Terms & Definitions


  • Agenda - printed list of legislative items the City Council considers at its meeting.
  • Audiences granted to the general public - an opportunity for the general public to address the Council. There is a three minute time limit without regard to any attempt by others to yield time to the speaker.
  • Miscellaneous new business - includes and is limited to the opportunity for members of the Council, the city manager and the city attorney to be heard concerning matters relating to the business of the city. No initiative requiring a vote by Council, except when subject to a specific time constraint or determined to be an emergency by a majority vote of council, shall be presented on the floor by a council member under new business.
  • Motion - a motion is the verbal means for a Council member to take action on an issue. A motion must be seconded, voted upon, and approved by four or more members to accomplish the action desired.
  • Ordinance - an ordinance becomes the local law of the City of Hampton if adopted by the City Council. If the ordinance deals with matters of a general and permanent nature, it is included in the Hampton City Code. If the ordinance deals with matters of a special nature, it is a non-coded ordinance.
  • Resolution - a resolution is a method of expressing the opinion or policy of the city council about matters of administration. Resolutions are less formal than ordinances.
  • Council vacancies - when a City Council position becomes vacant for any reason, it is filled by appointment of the majority of the remaining City Council members. Such appointment must be made within 60 days of the vacancy, and the appointee serves until the next council manic election.