The work of Council is to propose, debate and and pass legislation in order to conduct the business of the Village and address the needs of the community. Many times this requires the passing of ordinances and resolutions. The Village charter, ordinances, and codes are available and searchable online. Access them here.
An ordinance is a permanent rule for conducting government. Ordinances set standards for zoning, property maintenance, and criminal and civil codes of conduct. Once enacted, an ordinance takes the effect of law. An ordinance is many times proposed and debated by members of Council and is written by the Village solicitor. Generally, after Council’s approval of the first reading, a summary of the ordinance is made available at the municipal building. Council’s second and third readings generally take place at the next two regularly scheduled meetings.
An affirmative vote of at least four members of Council is necessary for each reading and final passage of any ordinance. Once approved, the ordinance becomes effective after 30 days.
In situations where immediate action needs to be taken on an issue, an affirmative vote of at least five council members is required to dispense with the three readings rule and for passage of an emergency ordinance. Emergency ordinances require only one reading and become effective immediately.
A resolution is legislation of a special or temporary nature. Resolutions are formal records of the action of Council, for example, approving a contract to resurface a street, renovate a park, or entering into an agreement with a provider of insurance for Village employees. It is also introduced in writing, requires one reading and can be enacted on a formal motion by a majority vote of council members. Resolutions take effect immediately and are published in the minutes of the meeting during which they are adopted.