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Municipal Terms & Definitions
Below is a list of common terms and definitions used by city government.

Agenda:

A list of items to be discussed at the City Council meeting.  Items are considered one at a time in the order in which they are listed.

Consent Agenda:

Items that are enacted by one motion with no separate discussion of each item.  An item may be removed from the Consent Agenda and placed on the regular agenda at the request of any Council Member.

Resolution:

A method of formally expressing the opinion or policy of the City Council.  The resolution goes into effect immediately but carries no legal authority.

Ordinance:

A law or rule made by a governing authority.  If the ordinance deals with matters of a general and permanent nature, it becomes part of the City of Greensburg's Code of Ordinances.  If the ordinance deals with matters of a special nature, it is a non-coded ordinance.  The ordinance is effective after a second reading by the City Council, and publication; unless it is adopted as an emergency ordinance, which goes into effect immediately.

Motion:

A verbal or written suggestion made by a City Council Member taking action on an issue that is discussed and voted on at a meeting.  A motion must be seconded, voted upon and approved by a majority of the members present to accomplish the action desired.

New Business:

An opportunity for Council Members, and at times the City Clerk, City CPA and City Attorney, to present additional items for discussion and/or action by City Council.


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