CHAPTER 2. ADMINISTRATION.
Article I. City Council.
Sec. 2-1-12. Powers and duties of presiding officers.
(a) Participation. The presiding officer may move, second, debate and vote
from the chair.
(b) Seating Arrangement for City Council. The mayor shall,
following each council election and at such other time as he or she may deem it
necessary, establish the seating arrangement of the members of the council and
of the city staff.
(c) Question to be Stated. The presiding officer or such
member of the city staff as he or she may designate shall verbally restate each
question immediately prior to calling for the vote. Following the vote, the city
clerk shall announce whether the question carried or was defeated. The presiding
officer, in his discretion, may publicly explain the effect of a vote for the
audience, or he or she may direct a member of the city staff to do so, before
proceeding to the next item of business.
(d) Signing of Documents. The
presiding officer shall sign all ordinances, resolutions, contracts and other
documents necessitating his signature which were adopted in his presence, unless
he or she is unavailable, in which case the signature of an alternate presiding
officer may be used.
(e) Sworn Testimony. The presiding officer may require
any person addressing the city council to be sworn as a witness and to testify
under oath, and the presiding officer shall so require if directed to do so by a
majority vote of the council. The city clerk shall swear in any witness the city
council directs to be sworn in, by addressing the witness as follows: “You
do solemnly swear that the evidence you shall give in this matter shall be the
truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God.” (Ord.
No. 935, § 2 (part); Ord. No. 1317, § 2 (part).)