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ORDER OF BUSINESS.

Reading and correcting the journal of the last session. Unfinished business,

Presentations of petitions.
Communications from the Mayor.
Reports and communications from the Controller.
Reports and communications from the City Attorney.
Reports and communications from other officers.
Reports from committees, in the following order :
1. Ways and Means. 11. Street Openings.
2 Judiciary.

12. Printing 3 Claims and Accounts. 13. Markets.

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Regular meetings of the Common Council are held in the Council Chamber, City Hall, on Tuesday and Friday evenings of each week, at 7% o'clock.

RULES OF ORDER.

MEETINGS.

RULE 1. Regular meetings of the Common Council shall be held at the Council Chamber on Tuesday and Friday evenings of each week, at 732 o'clock, unless otherwise ordered by the Council.

RULE 2. Special meetings of the Council, called by the President, shall be limited to the object for which they were called. (Charter, chap. V, sec. 5).

COMMITTEES,

RULE 3. The following shall be the standing committees of the Council:

Ways and Means.
Judiciary.
Claims and Accounts.
Streets.
Fire Limits.
House of Correction.
Public Buildings.
Sewers.
Taxes.
Parks.
Street Openings.
Printing.
Markets.
Licenses.
Health.
Gas Lights.
Ordinances.
Pounds.
City Hospital.

POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT.

RULE 4. The President shall take the chair precisely at the hour to which the Council shall have adjourned at the preceding session, shall immediately call the members to order, and on the appearance of a quorom shall cause the journal of the preceding session to be read, unless otherwise ordered by the Council

RULE 5. He shall preserve order and decorum; may speak to points of order in preference to other members, rising in his stat for that purpose; and shall decide questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Council (which appeal must be made and seconded, otherwise it cannot be entertained), on which appeal no member shall speak more than once, except by unanimous consent of the Council.

RULE 6. He shall appoint all standing committees (Charter, chap. V, sec 20), and the first named member of any committee shall be the chairman. He'shall also appoint all special committees, unless otherwise ordered by the Council.

RULE 7. He, or in his absence, the President pro tempore shall have the right to name any member to perform the duties of the chair, but such substitution shall not exceed beyond an adjournment.

RULE 8. When the Council shall have decided to go into committee of the whole, he, or in his absence, the President pro tempore, shall name a chairman to preside therein.

POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE.

RULE 9. The Council shall elect one of its members a President pro tempore, who shall, during the absence of the President, hare and exercise all the duties and powers of that officer.

QUORUM.

RULE 10. A majority of all the Aldermen elected shall be a quorum for the transaction of business, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day; and upon a call of the Council by any member thereof, if supported by a majority of the members present, whether a quorum or not, the President shall have power to send a Sergeant of police, or any member of the police force of the city, to bring the absent Alderman forthwith before said Common Council.

DUTIES OF THE CLERK.

RULE 11. The Clerk shall attend all meetings of the Council, and shall keep a correct journal of its proceedings, and within forty-eight hours after their passage shall present to the Mayor all resolutions or other proceedings requiring his signature. At the time of presenting any resolution or proceeding to the Mayor, he shall make and indorse thereon, or attach thereto, a certificate specifying the day on which the same was so presented, and such certificate shall be recorded with the proceedings of the Council. (Charter, chap. V, sec. 9).

RULE 12. On the second Tuesday of January in each year, immediately after the newly elected Aldermen are sworn in, it shall be the duty of the Clerk to call the Aldermen to order, and shall preside over the same and each of their subsequent meetings, until a President of the Common Council shall be elected, and no other business shall be transacted by said Council until a President thereof shall have been chosen.

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