Used At City Council Meetings (Glossary)
Consent Calendar ~ are items of routine
nature included as a single consent item on the
agenda. Unless a Council member has a question
concerning an individual item (s) and asks that
it be withdrawn from the consent list, the list
is approved in a single motion by vote of the
Hearings ~ are items which are scheduled
to be heard in accordance with the Sonora
Municipal Code concerning zoning, street
proceedings, protest/appeals and petitions. Interested
persons who wish to speak on the matter are
given the opportunity to do so.
Appearance Items ~ are those items which
members of the public desire to bring attention
of the Council and are not on the written
agenda. The Mayor will ask if there are any
citizens who wish to address the Council; those
raising their hand will be asked to approach the
podium. Please remember to introduce yourself
and speak directly into the microphone; you will
be limited to five (5) minutes. Per California
State Law, matters raised by the public will be
referred to Staff or placed on the next meetings
Agenda. Unless of an emergency nature, items not
on the Agenda cannot be acted upon by the
Council until they are placed on the Agenda.
~ are legal instruments or laws used to affect
general health, safety and welfare of the
public. With the exception of emergency ordinances,
all ordinances must go through two readings.
Most ordinances do not become effective until
thirty days after the approval of the second
~ are generally routine actions either
implementing a policy or proposal and do not
always require legal processing. Resolutions
become effective upon adoption unless otherwise
Business ~ is any agenda item where the
Council has received a request for continuation.
Also, a Council member or member of the public
may request additional time to review and/or
investigate prior to taking any action thereby
requesting the matter to be continued.
Business ~ is any item not previously
discussed in open session; such items could be
proposed new City policies, community proposals
for Council consideration or citizen requested
Reports ~ are similar to agenda items
being presented for introduction and adoption.
They differ to the extend that most of the time
they are either informational in nature and
require no Council action, or offer a number of
policy alternatives for City Council
Reports ~ are issues which are referred
by the City Council to the various Council
Committees for study and recommendation (s).
Committee reports contain the Committees'
discussion and recommendations. The
reports are submitted tot he City Council with a
verbal report given by the chairperson prior to
City Council consideration. Council Committees
are often supplemented with members of the
Sessions ~ address personnel, litigation
or property acquisition matters. Closed sessions
are the only Council session not open to the