The chairperson has the most important role to play in making sure that community council meetings run smoothly. Members can help by respecting the role of the chairperson.
The chairperson is elected in line with the rules set out in the community council's constitution. Your secretary should be able to provide you with a copy. The constitution is very important because it provides the framework of procedures that govern the work of your community council.
The chairperson's job is to make sure that decisions are taken on all of the items which are on the agenda. This usually means that they have to make judgements about how much time to allocate to each agenda item. It also means that he or she may occasionally have to bring speakers back to the agenda and encourage people to make their contributions brief and to the point.