Resolutions, Ordinances and City Code
formal statements by the mayor and council which have the effect of setting
city policy. A resolution ordinarily denotes something less formal than an
ordinance and is an expression of opinion or a policy action concerning some
particular item of business. Resolutions are introduced and adopted with one
(1) vote of the majority of all members elected to the council.
used to establish local laws and regulations enforceable within the limits
of the city's boundaries. The ordinances prescribe general unit form and
permanent rules relating to the corporate affairs of the city. Zoning
ordinances have extraterritorial jurisdiction to the two-mile limit beyond
the city boundaries.
Prior to the
adoption of a zoning ordinance, the Council must hold a formal hearing for
public discussion. In order for any ordinance to pass on first reading, it
must be approved by the majority of all members elected to the Council (not
just those Council members present). Ordinances must be read at three
different City Council meetings unless the statutory rules are suspended by
a three-fourth vote of the Council. After passage, ordinances are published
legally according to statute and the majority are codified in the City Code.
Online version of the
Municipal Code of the City