The first Council elected under this Charter and each newly elected Council shall hold its first meeting at 7:30 p.m. on the first day of July next following its election. At the first meeting of each Council, the first order of business shall be the induction of the Councilmen and other elective officers into office. The Council shall hold regular meetings on the first and third Thursdays of each month, and the hour and place of such meetings shall be fixed by the Council in the rules adopted by it.
   Special meetings may be held at any time upon such notice as Council may by rule prescribe, upon call of the Mayor or any three Councilmen. Such notice shall state the time, place, and object of the meeting.
   All meetings of Council shall be open to the public. For the purpose of transacting business, a majority of the members of Council shall constitute a quorum, except as otherwise provided in Section 12.6 of this Charter, but a smaller number may adjourn from time to time and may compel the attendance of absent members in such manner and under such penalties as it may by rules provide.