City of Clayton, MO
St. Louis County
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Charter References — Board of aldermen, art. II; mayor, art. II §2.
[CC 1970 §2-21; CC 1947 §2-12]
The Mayor shall be a conservator of the peace. He/she shall be active and vigilant in enforcing all laws and ordinances for the government of the City and may call on every male inhabitant of the City over eighteen (18) years of age and under fifty (50) years of age to aid in enforcing the laws.
[CC 1970 §2-22; CC 1947 §2-20]
The Mayor shall have power to administer oaths to witnesses to any matter under consideration in which the interest of the City is involved.
[CC 1970 §2-23; CC 1947 §2-21]
The Mayor shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be provided by the Charter, laws of the State and by ordinance.
[CC 1970 §2-39; CC 1947 §2-37]
The Mayor or the Mayor Pro Tempore in the absence of the Mayor may create standing committees and special committees and make appointments thereto, which appointments shall be subject to the approval of a majority of the members of the Board, which standing or special committees may hold hearings upon any matter pending before the Board.
[CC 1970 §2-41; Ord. No. 5941 §1, 8-8-2006]
Appointment to all boards and commissions of the City shall be made by the Mayor, with the approval of the Board of Aldermen, in accord with the Charter, and removal shall be made, for cause, in like manner. Service on such boards shall be without compensation.
The terms of office for all members of boards and commissions who are appointed for a fixed term, other than the Clayton Sports, Recreation and Wellness Commission (an independent joint entity of which the City is a member), shall begin on July first (1st) and end on June thirtieth (30th) of the year in which said term concludes.
[CC 1970 §2-42; Ord. No. 3823 §1, 6-22-1976; Ord. No. 5605 §1, 12-19-2000]
Subject to the provisions of Section 4, Article II of the Charter of the City of Clayton, each elected official shall receive remuneration as set by ordinance from time to time. The Board of Aldermen may by ordinance alter the compensation of the Mayor and other Aldermen, but such change shall not apply during the terms they are serving at the time the change is adopted.
[CC 1970 §2-24; CC 1947 §2-24; Ord. No. 5371 §1, 9-9-1997]
The Board of Aldermen shall meet regularly, but not less frequently than twice each month. All regular meetings shall be open to the public and notice of all meetings shall be given to the public in the manner prescribed by applicable Missouri law and rules prescribed by the Board.
Charter Reference—Required number of meetings, art. II §7.
[CC 1970 §2-26; CC 1947 §2-25]
Special meetings of the Board of Aldermen may be called by motion of the Board at any meeting, by the Mayor or the Mayor Pro Tempore in the absence of the Mayor or in the absence of the Mayor and the Mayor Pro Tempore, the next senior member of the Board then present in the City or by the City Clerk at the request, in writing, of any three (3) members of the Board. Written notices designating the time and place of a special meeting shall be given in person or by mail. If the notice is given in person, it shall be given at least twenty-four (24) hours before the time set for the meeting. If the notice is given by mail, it shall be deposited in the mail at least forty-eight (48) hours before the time set for the meeting. Notice of a special meeting may be waived by unanimous consent of all members of the Board.
[CC 1970 §2-27; CC 1947 §2-25]
At a special meeting the Board of Aldermen may consider and take action upon any business which it could consider and take action upon at a regular meeting. Emergency meetings may be called at the discretion of the Mayor or, in the absence of the Mayor, by any member of the Board. Emergencies are deemed to mean fire, flood, tornado, enemy attack or civil disorder.
[CC 1970 §2-29; CC 1947 §2-26]
Failure of a member who is present to answer to the roll call shall not prevent the Clerk from recording his/her presence in counting for a quorum. While the Board is in session, no member shall leave the room without permission of the Presiding Officer.
[CC 1970 §2-30; CC 1947 §2-27]
In the absence of both the Mayor and the Mayor Pro Tempore, the member of the Board next in seniority, who is present, shall preside until either the Mayor or the Mayor Pro Tempore arrives.
[CC 1970 §2-31; CC 1947 §2-29]
Any Alderman who is present but does not vote at any roll call shall be recorded in the journal as "present but not voting".
[CC 1970 §2-32; CC 1947 §2-31]
Any absent member of the Board of Aldermen shall have the right to file a written statement with the City Clerk expressing his/her dissent from any action taken by the Board when he/she was absent. Such dissent, if filed not later than the next regular meeting following the meeting at which the action was taken, shall be entered in the journal.
[CC 1970 §2-33; CC 1947 §2-28]
Except as otherwise provided by the rules of the Board of Aldermen, the proceedings of the Board shall be governed by the latest revised edition of Robert's Rules of Order. Any member may appeal to the Board on a ruling of the Presiding Officer by making a motion to override the ruling of the Chairman. If the motion is seconded, the member making the motion may briefly state his/her position and the Chairman may briefly explain his/her ruling. The Chairman shall ask for a roll call on the motion to override the ruling of the Chairman. If a majority of the members of the Board who are present vote in favor of the motion, the Chairman is overruled, otherwise the ruling is sustained.
[CC 1970 §2-35; CC 1947 §2-33]
The City Clerk shall prepare an agenda of matters to be presented to the Board at each meeting. Such agenda shall include any matters relevant to the administration of the City on which the City Manager or any member desires a report or discussion.
[CC 1970 §2-36; CC 1947 §2-34]
Bills for proposed ordinances shall be prepared by the City Attorney or shall be submitted to him/her for certification as to form. Bills shall be numbered in the order of their introduction.
Charter Reference—See art. II §8.
[CC 1970 §2-37; CC 1947 §2-35]
Any member of the Board may introduce a bill by securing recognition from the Chairman and stating that he/she desires to introduce Bill No. __________. If copies of the bill have not previously been supplied to members, each member shall be given a copy at the time the bill is introduced. The bill shall be read in full if two (2) members of the Board so request.
The member introducing a bill may move that the bill be considered for possible amendments and be placed on the calendar for consideration on final passage at the next meeting of the Board, with the exception of amendments in substance as provided in Section 8, Article II of the Charter, or he/she may move that the bill be considered for final passage immediately.