365.125 ORDINANCE FORMALITIES; PUBLISH, POST, RECORD.
Subdivision 1. Formalities; title, style.
An ordinance must be enacted by a majority vote of
all the members of the town board unless a larger number is required by law. An ordinance must
be signed by the chair of the town board and attested by the clerk. An ordinance must have a title
and must begin with words like "The board of supervisors of the town of ......... ordains:".
Subd. 2. Publication.
An ordinance must be published once in a qualified newspaper having
general circulation in the town. The whole ordinance must be published unless the town board
decides that publishing its title and a summary of it clearly tells the public of its intent and effect.
The text of the ordinance, if published, must be in body type no smaller than brevier or 8-point
Subd. 3. If summary published.
The town board must approve the words in the summary.
The decision to publish only the title and a summary must be made by a two-thirds vote of a
three-member board and a four-fifths vote of a five-member board. A notice must be published
with the summary. The notice must say that a printed copy of the whole ordinance is available for
inspection by any person during the clerk's regular office hours and at another named place. The
publishing of the title and summary is legally the same as publishing the whole ordinance.
Subd. 4. Posting.
A copy of the whole ordinance must be posted in the community library, if
there is one. If there is no library, the whole ordinance must be posted in another public place
that the town board names.
Subd. 5. Recording.
An ordinance must be recorded in the town's ordinance book within
20 days after the ordinance, or its title and summary, is published. Proof of publication must be
attached to the recorded ordinance.
History: 1984 c 562 s 13; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 229 art 8 s 1; 1995 c 186 s 75