Unless otherwise established by ordinance, no action shall be maintained against the City for or on account of any injuries growing out of any defect in the condition of any bridge, boulevard, street, sidewalk or thoroughfare in the City, until notice shall first have been given in writing to the Mayor, within ninety (90) days of the occurrence for which such damage is claimed, stating the place where and the time when such injury was received, and the character and circumstances of the injury, and that the person so injured will claim damages therefore from the City. The Council is authorized to establish by ordinance such additional or different notice provisions regarding any claims against the City as permitted by law.
All officers and employees of the City who receive, disburse, or are responsible for City funds and such other officers and employees as the City Council by ordinance may designate, shall, within such time after election or appointment as may be fixed by ordinance, and before entering upon the discharge of their duties, give bond to the City in such sums and with such sureties as shall be prescribed by ordinance, and subject to approval by the City Council, conditioned upon the faithful and proper performance of their duties and for the prompt accounting for and paying over to the City of all moneys belonging to the City that may come into their hands. The City shall pay the premiums on all such bonds.
Amendments to this Charter may be framed and submitted to the voters by a commission as provided by law and the Constitution of the State of Missouri for framing and submitting a complete charter. The commission may include the Mayor and Council Members. Amendments may also be proposed by ordinance by the City Council, the Charter Review Commission or by petition signed by not less than ten percent (10%) of the registered voters of the City setting forth the proposed amendment and filed with the City Clerk.
The City Council shall at once provide by ordinance that any amendment so proposed shall be submitted to the voters at the next election held in the City not less than two (2) months nor more than eight (8) months after such proposal is certified by the appropriate election officials. If a City election is not scheduled within that time period, a special election shall be held at the next available election date provided by law.
Any amendment approved by a majority of those voting thereon shall become a part of the Charter at the time and under the conditions fixed in the amendment. Sections or Articles may be submitted separately or in the alternative and determined as provided for a complete Charter.
From time to time, but not less than every ten (10) years, the City Council shall provide for a Charter Review Commission to consider whether any amendments to this Charter are appropriate. The members of the Charter Review Commission shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of a majority of the members of the City Council.
The Charter Review Commission shall consist of one (1) member from each Ward, with not more than one-fourth (1/4) of the members being persons holding other elected offices of the City.
The Charter Review Commission shall within six (6) months of its first meeting report to the City Council any amendments to the Charter it deems advisable. The City Council may at its discretion submit such proposed amendments to the voters.
Improvements. The procedure for making, altering, vacating or abandoning a public improvement shall be governed by general ordinance, consistent with applicable law.
Special Assessments. The procedure for levying, collecting and enforcing the payment of special assessments for public improvements or special tax bills evidencing such assessments shall be governed by general ordinance, consistent with applicable law.
Any ordinance may be proved by a copy thereof certified by the City Clerk under the seal of the City; or, when printed and published by authority of the City, shall be received in evidence in all courts, or other places, without further proof of authenticity.
If any provision of this Charter is held invalid, the other provisions of the Charter shall not be affected thereby. If the application of the Charter or any of its provisions to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the application of the Charter and its provisions to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.