The Board of Directors makes laws by adopting ordinances or resolutions. Other things that the Board of Directors may do can be accomplished by resolution, motion or order. Roll call votes are required to be taken with respect to all ordinances and resolutions. No ordinance or resolution may pass without receiving the affirmative vote of at least three Directors.
Ordinances are the most permanent and binding type of Board action. An ordinance may be repealed or replaced only by a subsequent ordinance. An ordinance must be “passed to print” before it may be adopted (and thus requires at least two meetings to put into effect). Ordinances must be published as a legal advertisement in an appropriate newspaper. The adoption of an ordinance cannot take place until more than three days have passed since its publication and more than five days have passed its since introduction (i.e., passage to print). Except in emergency situations, the effective date of an ordinance is 30 days after its final adoption.
Resolutions may be adopted at the same meeting at which they are introduced and need not be published. There need not be any delay in the effective date of a resolution. Resolutions are passed to express the policy of the Board or to direct certain administrative action. Resolutions memorialize acts of the Board which are not otherwise subject to legislation by ordinance and that are of a contractual, enduring or consequential nature in a more permanent way.