Please find attached a copy of the proposed Council Rules, including a marked-up version and clean/final version. Several necessary changes have been identified since the Council's order to adopt the most recent amendments on May 27, 2008. The following is a memo from Councilor Wrobleski explaining the changes.
To:¬† The Council
From:¬† Councilor Wrobleski
Re:¬† Final edited version of the Council Rules
Here is the final edited version, ready for publication.¬† The changes made were mostly a clean up of typos, renumbering
mistakes, or deletion of duplicate rules, but here are some substantive changes and issues:
1.¬† New section 23, (former Section 28), should have had the first part deleted, as the text which concerns waiving the rules was re-drafted in new Section 16(F).¬†¬†Also,¬†there should be some mechanism in the rules for amendment of the rules.¬† Stating that amendments shall be by order of the Council should be sufficient.
2.¬† The end of section 11 should read "and before noon, two business days prior to the day of any other regular meeting."¬† The wording of the original rule is incredibly unclear.
3.¬† Section 1 requires that, if the date for the regular meeting falls on a holiday or on election day (it never should), then the meeting "shall be held on the following Wednesday."¬† I don't think we have done this in the past, and I think we need to recognize when we reschedule, that we violate the rules if our regular meeting is not on the following Wednesday.¬† No change is recommended, but I thought it important to point this out, because our practice has not always¬†clearly followed this rule.