City of Versailles, MO
Morgan County
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No person shall be an Alderman unless he/she be at least eighteen (18) years of age, a citizen of the United States, and an inhabitant and resident of the City for one (1) year next preceding his/her election, and a resident, at the time he/she files and during the time he/she serves, of the ward from which he/she is elected.
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.
The Board shall 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.
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 temporary absence, until the Mayor's return.
The Mayor and Board of Aldermen of each City governed by this Chapter shall have the care, management and control of the City and its finances and shall have power to enact and ordain any and all ordinances not repugnant to the Constitution and laws of this State, and such as they shall deem expedient for the good government of the City, the preservation of peace and good order, the benefit of trade and commerce, and the health of the inhabitants thereof, and such other ordinances, rules and regulations as may be deemed necessary to carry such powers into effect and to alter, modify or repeal the same.
The Mayor shall have a seat in and preside over the Board of Aldermen but shall not vote on any question except in case of a tie, nor shall he/she preside or vote in cases when he/she is an interested party. He/she shall exercise a general supervision over all the officers and affairs of the City and shall take care that the ordinances of the City, and the State laws relating to such City, are complied with.
The style of the ordinances of the City shall be: "Be it ordained by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Versailles, as follows: "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 person exercising the duties of the Mayor's office, or shall have been passed over the Mayor's veto as herein provided.
The provisions of this Section shall not apply to ordinances proposed or passed under Section 79.135, RSMo.
Every bill duly 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 aforesaid, but returned with the Mayor's objections thereto, shall stand reconsidered. The Board of Aldermen 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 this form: "Shall the bill pass, the objections of the Mayor thereto notwithstanding?" The vote on this question shall be taken by "ayes" and "nays" and the names entered upon the journal, and if two-thirds (2/3) of all the members-elect shall vote in the affirmative, the City Clerk shall certify the fact on the roll, and the bill thus certified shall be deposited with the proper officer and shall become an ordinance in the same manner and with like effect as if it had received the approval of the Mayor. The Mayor shall have power to sign or veto any ordinance passed by the Board of Aldermen; provided, that should he/she neglect or refuse to sign any ordinance and return the same with his/her objections, in writing, at the next regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen, the same shall become a law without his/her signature.
The Board of Aldermen shall cause to be kept a journal of its proceedings, and the "ayes" and "nays" shall be entered on any question at the request of any two (2) members. The Board of Aldermen may prescribe and enforce such rules as it may find necessary for the expeditious transaction of its business.
The Board of Aldermen shall semi-annually each year, at times to be set by the Board of Aldermen, make out and spread upon their records a full and detailed account and statement of the receipts and expenditures and indebtedness of the City for the half year ending with the last day of the month immediately preceding the date of such report, which account and statement shall be published in some newspaper in the City.
In the event the financial statement of the City is not published as required by Section 110.100, the Treasurer of the City shall not pay out any money of the City on any warrant or order of the Board of Aldermen after the end of the month in which such financial statement should have been published until such time as such financial statement is published. Any Treasurer violating the provisions of this Section shall be deemed guilty of a ordinance violation.
The Board of Aldermen shall have power to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of papers and records relating to any subject under consideration in which the interest of the City is involved and shall have power to call on the proper officers of the City, or of the County in which such City is located, to execute such process. The officer making such service shall be allowed to receive therefor such fees as are allowed by law in the Circuit Court for similar services, to be paid by the City. The Mayor or Acting President of the Board of Aldermen shall have power to administer oaths to witnesses.
[CC 1974 §115.030]
The Mayor shall sign the commissions and appointments of all City Officers elected or appointed in the City and shall approve all official bonds unless otherwise prescribed by ordinance. The Mayor shall, within fifteen (15) days after his/her election and before entering upon the discharge of the duties of his/her office, give bond to the City in the amount of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00).
The Mayor shall be active and vigilant in enforcing all laws and ordinances for the government of the City, and he/she shall cause all subordinate officers to be dealt with promptly for any neglect or violation of duty; and he/she is hereby authorized to call on every male inhabitant of the City over eighteen (18) years of age and under fifty (50) to aid in enforcing the laws.
The Mayor shall from time to time communicate to the Board of Aldermen such measures as may, in his/her opinion, tend to the improvement of the finances, the Police, health, security, ornament, comfort and general prosperity of the City.
The Mayor shall have power to remit fines and forfeitures and to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses arising under the ordinances of the City; but this Section shall not be so construed as to authorize the Mayor to remit any costs which may have accrued to any officer of said City by reason of any prosecution under the laws or ordinances of such City.
[CC 1974 §115.090; Ord. No. 963-A §§2 — 3, 7-1975]
The Mayor is hereby vested with the responsibility, authority and means to:
Delineate or assist the Administrator, at his/her request, in delineating the limits of the areas having special flood (and/or mudslide) hazards on available local maps of sufficient scale to identify the location of building sites.
Provide such information as the Administrator may request concerning present uses and occupancy of the floodplain (and/or mudslide area).
Cooperate with Federal, State and local agencies and private firms which undertake to study, survey, map and identify floodplain or mudslide areas and cooperate with neighboring communities with respect to management of adjoining floodplain and/or mudslide areas in order to prevent aggravation of existing hazards.
Submit on the anniversary date of the community's initial eligibility an annual report to the Administrator on the progress made during the past year within the community in the development and implementation of floodplain (and/or mudslide area) management measures.
Maintain for public inspection and to furnish upon request a record of elevations (in relation to mean sea level) of the lowest floor (including basement) of all new or substantially improved structures located in the special flood hazard areas. If the lowest floor is below grade on one (1) or more sides, the elevation of the floor immediately above must also be recorded.
[CC 1974 §120.040; Pg. 11 R.O. 1939; Ord. No. 1548 §1, 11-13-2001; Ord. No. 1563 §1, 3-27-2002; Ord. No. 1593 §1, 2-4-2003; Ord. No. 1621 §§1 — 2, 1-6-2004; Ord. No. 1733 §§1 — 2, 8-14-2007]
The regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Versailles, Missouri, shall be held within the corporate limits of the City on the second (2nd) Tuesday of each month that is not a public holiday of the State of Missouri. If the second (2nd) Tuesday of the month falls on a holiday, then the regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen shall be held on the Wednesday after the second (2nd) Tuesday. The time for said regular meeting shall be 6:00 p.m.
[Ord. No. 16-009 §§1 — 2, 8-2-2016; Ord. No. 17-011 §§1 — 2, 6-13-2017]
All elected City Officials shall be sworn into their respective offices at the next meeting of the Board of Aldermen after the election date. Prior to the swearing in of newly elected City Officials the certification of the vote shall be approved by resolution of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Versailles, Missouri.
[CC 1974 §120.050; Pg. 11 R.O. 1939]
Special meetings may be called by the Mayor or by any two (2) members of the Board by written request filed with the City Clerk who shall thereupon prepare a notice of such special meeting in conformance with Chapter 120, Open Meetings and Records Policy, of this Code.
At the hour appointed, the Mayor, or in his/her absence the Acting President of the Board of Aldermen, shall call the Board to order, the Clerk shall call the roll of members and announce whether or not a quorum is present. A majority of the members elected to the Board, which shall include the Mayor, shall constitute a quorum. If a quorum not be present, a smaller number may lawfully adjourn the meeting from day to day until a quorum is present.
[CC 1974 §120.020; Pg. 10 R.O. 1939]
The Board of Aldermen may prescribe and enforce such rules as it may deem necessary for the expeditious transaction of business. No demand or claim against the City shall be received by the Clerk or examined by the Board of Aldermen, unless its contents are sworn to by the party presenting the same. The form of such affidavit shall be prepared by the Clerk and furnished to the person presenting the same without charge.
[CC 1974 §120.090; Pg. 11 R.O. 1939]
The business of each meeting shall be conducted in the following order:
The reading of the minutes of the proceedings of the past meeting; amendment and approval of the same.
The presentation of petitions and reports of officers.
Reports of standing committees.
Reports of select committees.
Unfinished business of previous meeting.
Motions, resolutions and notices.
All questions relating to the priority of business shall be decided without debate.
[CC 1974 §120.100; Ord. No. 1406 §1, 5-6-1997; Pg. 11 R.O. 1939]
The Mayor shall, on the reorganization of the Board of Aldermen, appoint the following standing committees, each committee to consist of one (1) or more members of the Board of Aldermen, but no two (2) Aldermen on any committee to be representatives from the same ward, to wit:
Committee on Finance
Committee on Public Safety
Committee on Streets and Walks
Committee on Waterworks and Sewers
The Mayor shall appoint such standing committees as to him/her may seem proper, each committee to be appointed as provided for the above named.
[CC 1974 §120.110; Pg. 11 R.O. 1939]
The various committees shall have general supervision of the various matters and things falling within the preview of their appointment. They shall, at the direction and reference of the Mayor, take charge of the investigation of a report on any matter at the request of the Mayor or Board of Aldermen and do such other things in connection with the departments assigned to them as the ordinances of the City and the direction of the Board of Aldermen may require.