Legislative Definitions

An ordinance is generally defined as local law of a municipal corporation of a general or permanent nature. In some cases, the law dictates when an ordinance must be used to accomplish a specific legislative action, such as creating the office of manager. If no specific direction is given in the code, then an ordinance should be used if the matter has general application or is of a permanent nature.

A resolution is considered less formal than an ordinance and is used when the matter is either specific or of a temporary nature, such as the adoption of the municipal budget. Occasionally the law requires the use of a resolution for permit fees, grant applications, tax information or recognition of achievements of residents or service organizations.

A motion is a formal method of taking action on any measure. It is used to finalize the decision on any actions before Borough Council. The adoption of a motion by the required majority of the governing body expresses the will of the group.

Legislative Process
All of the above mentioned actions come out of discussion and decision within specific committees of Borough Council. These matters are discussed within the committee, which then decides on a recommendation. This recommendation is presented to the full council at the monthly Work Session. After the discussion of Borough Council, the matter is presented in proper form for action at the Regular Council Meeting.

An Ordinance is presented by motion for preparation by the Borough Solicitor and advertised by the Borough Secretary. All Ordinances must be advertised in a general circulated newspaper prior to any Council action begin taken. An Ordinance must either be approved or vetoed by the Mayor prior to its enactment. Both Resolutions and Ordinances are adopted by using Motions which must be passed by the majority of Council present at the time of voting.