What’s a quorum? May council members debate directly to each other? Parliamentary procedure can be a language all its own, but it provides structure and fairness to meetings, including city council meetings. Click here to take a look at easy-to-read Citizen’s Guide to Effective Conduct of Public Meetings. (pdf) The guide was prepared by a number of parliamentarians (yes, that’s a thing), including Ann Macfarlane, who has assisted and trained Sumner’s elected officials and staff.
FYI: not all cities have the same structure. Sumner is a “mayor-council” city in which the mayor is elected by the people.