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No ordinance or resolution, unless it be passed as an emergency measure, shall be passed until it shall have been read on two (2) separate days. The readings of ordinances and resolutions shall be by title only if a copy thereof is placed on the desk of each member of City Council at the time of reading, provided that ordinances and resolutions shall be read in full when requested by at least two (2) members of City Council.
However, the first ordinance or resolution in a series of measures involving special assessments for street improvements and ordinances or resolutions pertaining to franchises, rates or the Civil Service of the City shall not be passed as emergency measure unless, prior to the enactment thereof, a public hearing is held for which at least seven (7) days advance notice has been given by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the City or electronically on the City’s website or other electronic media generally available to the public.
Emergency ordinances and resolutions necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health, safety or property may be passed after one (1) reading upon the affirmative vote of three-fourths of the members of City Council. The reason for such emergency shall be stated in such ordinance or resolution.
Before the second reading of an ordinance or resolution which is not passed as an emergency measure, the title of such ordinance or resolution, together with a statement that such matter is pending before City Council, shall be published once in a newspaper having a general circulation in the City or electronically on the City’s website or other electronic media generally available to the public.
(Amended 11-3-1981; 11-7-2000; 11-6-2018)