Platte City, MO
Platte County
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Section 110.010 Corporate Powers — Composition in Number.

[Ord. No. 1227 §1, 1-9-2002]
The corporate powers of the inhabitants hereby incorporated under the name and style of the Mayor, Board of Aldermen and citizens of the City of Platte City shall be vested in and expressed by a Board of Aldermen to consist of two (2) members from each ward to be elected by the qualified voters of said City of Platte City.

Section 110.020 Aldermen — Qualifications — Vacating Office.

[Ord. No. 1227 §1, 1-9-2002; Ord. No. 1469 §1, 4-27-2006]
A. 
No person shall be a member of the Board of Aldermen unless he/she be a citizen of the United States, over the age of twenty-one (21) years and shall have resided within the City limits for one (1) year next preceding his/her election and be a bona fide resident at the time he/she files and during the time he/she serves of the Ward for which he/she is elected.
B. 
If the Alderman shall, after his/her election, move from the ward from which he/she was chosen, his/her office shall be thereby vacated.

Section 110.030 Alderman — Duties and Compensation.

[Ord. No. 1227 §1, 1-9-2002]
A. 
It is the duty of each Alderman to attend all regular and special meetings of the Board at the time and place designated for holding same.
B. 
Each Alderman shall receive for his/her services the sum as set by the Board from time to time.

Section 110.040 Mayor — Qualifications and Powers.

[Ord. No. 1227 §1, 1-9-2002]
A. 
No person shall be Mayor unless he/she be at least twenty-five (25) years of age, a citizen of the United States and a resident of the City at the time of and for at least one (1) year next preceding his/her election.
B. 
The Mayor shall sign all commissions and appointments of City Officers elected or appointed; shall approve all official bonds unless otherwise provided by ordinance; shall sign all orders and warrants drawn on the City Treasury for money. He/she shall have power to call every male inhabitant of the City over the age of eighteen (18) years and under the age of fifty (50) years to aid in enforcing the laws and shall have power to remit fines and forfeitures, grant reprieves and pardons for offenses arising under the ordinances of the City.

Section 110.050 Mayor — Acting President of The Board.

[Ord. No. 1227 §1, 1-9-2002]
A. 
The Board of Aldermen shall, at the first (1st) meeting after the City election in April of each year, elect one (1) of their own number who shall be styled "Acting President of the Board of Aldermen" and who shall serve for a term of one (1) year.
B. 
When any vacancy shall happen in the office of Mayor by death, resignation, removal from the City, removal from office, refusal to qualify or from any other cause whatever, the Acting President of the Board of Aldermen shall for the time being perform the duties of Mayor with all the rights, privileges, powers and jurisdiction of the Mayor until such vacancy be filled or such disability be removed or, in case of the temporary absence of the Mayor, until the Mayor's return.

Section 110.060 Compensation.

[Ord. No. 1227 §1, 1-9-2002]
The salary of the Mayor shall be as set by the Board from time to time.

Section 110.070 Presiding Officer — Duties.

[Ord. No. 1227 §1, 1-9-2002]
A. 
The Presiding Officer of the Board of Aldermen shall be the Mayor or, in his/her absence, the Acting President of the Board of Aldermen.
B. 
The Mayor shall have the following duties:
1. 
He/she shall preserve strict order and decorum at all regular and special meetings of the Board.
2. 
He/she shall state every question coming before the Board, announce the decision of the Board on all subjects and decide all questions of order subject, however, to an appeal to the Board, in which event a majority vote of the Board shall govern and conclusively determine such question of order.
3. 
The Mayor shall not vote on any question, except in case of tie, nor shall he/she preside or vote in cases wherein he/she is interested.
4. 
He/she shall sign all ordinances and resolutions adopted by the Board during his/her presence, unless vetoed in accordance with the provisions of this Code.
C. 
In the event of the absence of the Mayor, the Acting President of the Board shall sign ordinances and resolutions as then adopted and shall perform all other duties of the Presiding Officer herein set forth.

Section 110.080 Ordinances — Style.

[CC 1992 §100.130]
The style of the ordinances shall be as follows: "Be it ordained by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Platte City, Missouri, as follows:".

Section 110.090 Ordinances — Introduction — Subject Matter.

[CC 1992 §100.140; R.O. 1979 §2.010]
Ordinances shall be introduced and sponsored by a member of the Board of Aldermen; except, that the Mayor, City Administrator or the City Attorney may present ordinances to the Board, and any member of the Board may assume sponsorship thereof by moving that such ordinances be adopted or otherwise such ordinances shall not be considered. No ordinance or Section thereof shall be amended or repealed unless the new ordinance contains the title of the ordinance or Section amended or repealed and, when practicable, all ordinances shall be introduced as amendments to existing ordinances or Sections thereof.

Section 110.100 Ordinances — Passage — Passing Over Veto of Mayor.

[CC 1992 §100.150; R.O. 1979 §2.020]
A. 
No ordinance shall be passed except by bill and no bill shall become an ordinance unless on its final passage a majority of the members elected to the Board of Aldermen shall vote for it and the "ayes" and "nays" be entered on the journal. Every proposed ordinance shall be introduced to the Board of Aldermen in writing and shall be read by title or in full two (2) times prior to passage. Both readings may occur at a single meeting of the Board of Aldermen. If the proposed ordinance is read by title only, copies of the proposed ordinance shall be made available for public inspection prior to the time the bill is under consideration by the Board of Aldermen. No bill shall become an ordinance until it shall have been signed by the Mayor or the person exercising the duties of the Mayor's office or shall have been passed over the Mayor's veto as herein provided.
B. 
Every bill passed by the Board of Aldermen and presented to the Mayor and by him/her approved shall become an ordinance and every bill presented as stated above, but returned with the Mayor's objections thereto, shall stand reconsidered. The Board shall cause the objections of the Mayor to be entered at large upon the journal and proceed at its convenience to consider the question pending, which shall be in the following form: "Shall the bill pass, the objections of the Mayor thereto notwithstanding?" The vote on this question shall be taken by "ayes" and "nays", the names entered upon the journal and if two-thirds (⅔) of all members of the Board shall vote in the affirmative, the City Clerk shall certify the fact on the roll. The bill thus certified shall be deposited with the proper officer and shall become an ordinance in the same manner and with the same effect as if it had received the approval of the Mayor.
C. 
The Mayor shall have the power to sign or veto any ordinance passed by the Board of Aldermen; provided that if he/she neglects or refuses to sign any ordinance and return such ordinance with his/her objections, in writing, at the next regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen, such ordinance shall become a law without his/her signature.

Section 110.110 Ordinances — When Effective.

[CC 1992 §100.160; R.O. 1979 §2.030]
All ordinances passed by the Board of Aldermen, except when otherwise specifically provided, shall take effect and be in force from and after their final passage.

Section 110.120 Journal.

[Ord. No. 1227 §1, 1-9-2002]
The Board of Aldermen shall keep a journal of its proceedings and the "ayes" and "nays" of the members voting on any question shall be entered therein at the request of any two (2) members.

Section 110.130 Standing Committees.

[Ord. No. 1227 §1, 1-9-2002; Ord. No. 1614 §1, 2-24-2009; Ord. No. 1615 §1, 3-11-2009; Ord. No. 1631 §1, 8-26-2009]
A. 
Standing committees shall be as follows:
Economic Development Committee
Personnel Committee
Public Works Committee
Public Safety Committee
B. 
The membership of the Public Works and Public Safety Committees shall consist of three (3) Aldermen appointed by the Mayor, the City Administrator and the department head or other designated official. The Mayor of the City of Platte City may serve as an ex officio member.

Section 110.140 Other Board Committees — Qualifications — Compensation.

[Ord. No. 1227 §1, 1-9-2002]
The Mayor shall appoint the members of the Personnel and Finance Committee, Public Works Committee, Public Safety Committee and such other committees as may be provided in this Code with the advice and consent of the Board of Aldermen. Such committee members shall possess such qualifications and knowledge of the particular area in which they shall serve as the Mayor may deem appropriate and advisable. The compensation to be paid to the committee members, if any, shall be fixed by resolution by the Board of Aldermen. The duties of such committee members shall be fixed by the Sections of this Code pertaining to such committee.

Section 110.150 Meetings — Regular and Special.

[Ord. No. 1227 §1, 1-9-2002]
A. 
Regular meetings of the Board of Aldermen shall be held at such time and place as shall be designated by resolution of the Board of Aldermen, which resolution shall be passed by a majority vote of the members of the Board of Aldermen at a meeting at which all members of the Board of Aldermen are present in person. There shall be at least one (1) regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen each calendar month.
B. 
Special meetings may be called by the Mayor or any two (2) Aldermen. Notice of such meeting shall be given as provided in Section 120.070.

Section 110.160 Quorum.

[Ord. No. 1227 §1, 1-9-2002]
A majority of the Board of Aldermen shall constitute a quorum to do business but a smaller number may meet and adjourn from day to day and may compel the attendance of absent members in such manner as the Board may prescribe.

Section 110.170 Rules of Proceedings.

[Ord. No. 1227 §1, 1-9-2002]
The Board may determine the rules of their proceedings and punish their members for disorderly conduct.

Section 110.180 Conduct of Meetings — Election of Temporary Chairman — Rules of Debate — Passage of Resolutions or Motions.

[Ord. No. 1227 §1, 1-9-2002]
A. 
The Mayor, or in his/her absence the Acting President of the Board, shall take the Chair precisely at the hour appointed for the meeting and shall immediately call the Board to order. In the absence of the Mayor and the Acting President, the City Clerk or his/her assistant shall call the Board to order, whereupon a Temporary Chairman shall be elected by the members of the Board present. Upon the arrival of the Mayor or Acting President, the Temporary Chairman shall immediately relinquish the Chair upon the conclusion of the business immediately before the Board.
B. 
Conduct of the meeting shall include the following:
1. 
Before proceeding with the business of the Board of Aldermen, the City Clerk or his/her Deputy shall call the role of the members and the names of those present shall be entered in the minutes.
2. 
A majority of all members elected to the Board of Aldermen shall constitute a quorum at any regular or special meeting of the Board. No business shall be transacted at any regular or special meeting unless a quorum is present.
3. 
The Board of Aldermen shall, by resolution, establish the order in which business of the Board shall be brought before the Board for consideration and disposition at each meeting.
4. 
Unless a reading of the minutes of the Board of Aldermen's meeting is requested by a member of the Board, such minutes may be approved without reading if the City Clerk had previously furnished each member with a synopsis of the minutes.
5. 
Decorum before the Board of Aldermen shall be maintained; no member of the Board shall, by conversation or otherwise, delay or interrupt the proceedings or the peace of the Board or disturb any member while speaking or refuse to obey the orders of the Board or its Presiding Officer. All persons attending any meetings shall refrain from personal, impertinent or slanderous remarks or boisterous conduct. Any person indulging in such conduct shall be forthwith, by the Presiding Officer, barred from further audience before the Board unless permission to continue shall be granted by the majority vote of the Board.
C. 
The following rules of debate shall be observed by the Mayor and the Board members:
1. 
The Mayor or such other member of the Board of Aldermen as may be presiding may move, second and debate from the Chair, subject only to limitations of debate as are imposed by this Article on all members of the Board. No Alderman shall be deprived of any of the rights and privileges of an Alderman by reason of his/her acting as the Presiding Officer.
2. 
Every member desiring to speak shall address the Chair and, upon recognition by the Presiding Officer, shall confine himself/herself to the question under debate.
3. 
A member, once recognized, shall not be interrupted when speaking unless it shall be to call him/her to order or as otherwise provided in this Article. If a member, while speaking, is called to order, he/she shall cease speaking until the question of order is determined and, if in order, he/she shall be permitted to proceed.
4. 
A member of the Board moving the adoption of an ordinance or resolution shall have the privilege of closing the debate.
5. 
A motion to reconsider any action taken by the Board may be made only on the day such action was taken. It may be made either immediately during the same session or at a recessed or adjourned session thereof. Such motion shall be made by one (1) of the prevailing side, but may be seconded by any member. Such motion may be made at any time and shall have precedence over all other motions or while a member has the floor and it shall be debatable. Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent any member of the Board from making or remaking the motion to reconsider or any other motion at a subsequent meeting of the Board.
6. 
A member of the Board may request, through the Presiding Officer, the privilege of having an abstract of his/her statement on any subject under consideration by the Board entered in the minutes. If the Board consents thereto, such statement shall be entered in the minutes.
7. 
The City Clerk may be directed by the Presiding Officer, with the consent of the Board of Aldermen, to enter in the minutes a synopsis of the discussion on any question coming regularly before the Board.
8. 
Any member of the Board of Aldermen shall have the right to have the reasons for his/her dissent from or protest against any action of the Board entered in the minutes.
D. 
When a quorum is present at any regular or special meeting, any resolution or motion shall be passed by a majority vote of the Board of Aldermen. Unless a member of the Board of Aldermen states that he/she is not voting, his/her silence shall be recorded as an affirmative vote. A motion to adjourn shall always be in order and decided without debate.

Section 110.190 Addressing Board of Aldermen — Permission Required — Exceptions.

[Ord. No. 1227 §1, 1-9-2002]
A. 
Any person desiring to address the Board of Aldermen shall first secure the permission of the Presiding Officer to do so; provided that under the following headings of business, unless the Presiding Officer rules otherwise, any qualified person may address the Board without securing further permission:
1. 
Written communications. Interested parties or their authorized representatives may address the Board by written communications in regard to matters then under discussion.
2. 
Oral communications. Taxpayers or residents of the City or their authorized legal representatives may address the Board by oral communications on any matter concerning the Board's business or on any matter over which the Board has control; provided, that preference shall be given to those persons who may have notified the City Clerk in advance of their desire to speak in order that their names may appear on the agenda of the Board.
3. 
Reading of protests, etc. Interested persons or their authorized representatives may address the Board by reading of protests, petitions or communications relating to sewer and street proceedings, hearings on protests, appeals and petitions or similar matters in regard to matters then under consideration.
B. 
After a motion is made by the Board of Aldermen, no person shall address the Board without first securing the permission of the Board to do so.
Each person addressing the Board of Aldermen shall give his/her name and address in an audible tone of voice for the records and, unless further time is granted by the Board, shall limit his/her address to five (5) minutes. All remarks shall be addressed to the Board as a body and not to any member thereof. No questions shall be asked an Alderman except through the Presiding Officer. No person, other than the members of the Board and the person having the floor, shall be permitted to enter into any discussion, either directly or through a member of the Board, without permission of the Presiding Officer.