On Monday, June 1, 2020 the Town Council voted to revise the Council Rules of Procedure. The revised Town Council Rules of Procedure are available here.
The most recent revision to the rules was a change to rule 4.2, and the addition of rule 4.6, the language shown below was added:
4.2 Agenda Items
5. Consent Agenda
4.6 Consent Agenda
A Consent Agenda may be used to allow the Council to act on matters of business that require action by the Council which are considered to be of a routine and non-controversial nature. The individual items on the consent agenda shall be approved, adopted, or enacted by one motion of the Council.
Examples of items appropriate for the Consent Agenda include but are not limited to approval of Council minutes; passage of resolutions, proclamations, citations, or commemorations; approval of leases and agreements; acceptance of grants, deeds, or easements; or approval of Town Manager appointments. In addition, items appropriate for the Consent Agenda may also include any action or informational item that a subject matter Council Committee has forwarded to the full Council with unanimous recommendation for approval, except any item having a high level of public interest or controversy as determined by the Council President. Items ineligible for the Consent Agenda shall include any action or informational item that a subject matter Council Committee has forwarded to the full Council without unanimous recommendation for approval or any item having a high level of public interest or controversy as determined by the Council President.
No discussion or debate shall take place regarding any item on the Consent Agenda beyond asking questions for simple clarification. Simple questions, clarifications, or short amounts of dialogue relative to a consent item may be discussed after the motion, but before approval.
All items on the Consent Agenda shall be voted on and adopted by a single motion, with the minutes reflecting the motion and vote on each item.
Any member may remove an item from the Consent Agenda and place it on the regular agenda for discussion at its appropriate location, by asking for removal while the President lists the Consent Agenda items prior to the motion to adopt. The request to remove an item from the Consent Agenda does not require a second. An item from the Consent Agenda should be removed if a Councilor wants to vote against the specific item.
If you have questions, please reach out to Clerk of the Council Athena O’Keeffe via email or call (413) 259-3209.
This notice is posted in compliance with Amherst Home Rule Charter Section 9.13.