(a) There shall be at least two regular meetings of the council in each month, except that in towns, as defined in Section 11-40-6, there shall be at least one regular meeting of the council in each month; but provided, however, the council of any town may, by ordinance, mandate at least two regular meetings of the council in each month, and the presiding officer shall call special meetings whenever in his or her opinion the public interest may require it and whenever two council members or the mayor request the presiding officer in writing to call a meeting. Upon the failure or refusal of the presiding officer to call a meeting when requested, the two council members or the mayor making the request shall have the right to call the meeting.
(b) A council member may notify the presiding officer in writing when the member will be unable to attend a council meeting. If the presiding officer receives sufficient written notice to indicate that a quorum will not be present at a meeting, the presiding officer may cancel the meeting and give notice that the meeting is canceled. If a meeting canceled pursuant to this subsection is a regular meeting, the presiding officer may reschedule the meeting provided proper notice is given pursuant to subsection (b) of Section 36-25A-3.