The three forms of action that the City Council may take involve ordinances, resolutions and minute orders.
An ordinance is the most binding form of action taken by the City Council. It is the legislative enactment of City law that requires votes at two separate Council meetings and usually becomes effective 30 days after it is adopted.
A resolution establishes Council policy or directs certain types of administrative action. Resolutions of commendations are adopted to honor deserving individuals or organizations. It is usually effective after a majority vote at the meeting.
A minute order is considered the most informal action taken by the Council. It requires majority approval of procedural actions such as filing a report or instructing the administrative staff to take certain actions.