Local governments transact business through meetings. The general rule of thumb is to conduct the public’s business in public. Deliberate so that constituents know how and why decisions are made. City and village councils should adopt rules of procedure to expedite business and provide fair and open deliberation. Rules of procedure describe the processes for councils, clerks, city administrators and citizens to bring matters before the council. The council or commission meeting is the final step in meeting community needs. Here, under public scrutiny, the municipal lawmaker must transact the business of the community based on established priorities and data that have been gathered and analyzed.