City of Creve Coeur, MO
St. Louis County
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Cross References — Municipal court, ch. 135; offenses against public peace, §§210.200 et seq.; recreation department, §120.210 et seq, police department, §§200.010 et seq.; taxation, ch. 145.
[R.O. 2008 §2-1; Ord. No. 1562 §1, 1-11-1993; Ord. No. 1567 §1(IV), 2-8-1993]
The rules contained in the most recent edition of "Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised" shall be the parliamentary authority and shall govern the conduct of all meetings of the Council in all cases where they are not inconsistent with Missouri law or with the rules of procedure adopted by the Council herein or hereafter.
[R.O. 2008 §2-2; Ord. No. 1567 §1(I), 2-8-1993; Ord. No. 1606 §1, 9-27-1993; Ord. No. 2129 §1, 6-11-2001; Ord. No. 4092 §2, 7-9-2007; Ord. No. 5220 §§1 — 2, 9-8-2011]
Regular — When Held.
The City Council regularly meets at 7:00 P.M. on the second (2nd) and fourth (4th) Monday of the month in the Council Chamber of the Creve Coeur Government Center, except when a regular meeting date falls on a legal holiday, in which case the City Council generally meets the next evening. The City Council may, from time to time, change the date, time or location of a regular meeting. Work sessions routinely precede regular meetings, at various times and locations for the purpose of discussion items.
The City is required by law to give notice of the time, date, place and tentative agenda of each meeting and work session. The notice of a regular meeting or work session shall be posted on the prominent bulletin board at the Government Center at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the meeting.
Special — Procedure — How Called.
The Mayor upon his/her own motion may or at the request of four (4) members of the City Council shall, call a special meeting of the City Council for a time not earlier than three (3) hours after notice is given to all members of the City Council. Special meetings of the City Council may also be held at any time by the consent of all members of the City Council. Such consent may be given prior to or during the special meeting. Notice of a special meeting shall be given to each City Council member in such manner as will best assure timely receipt thereof, including by means of telecommunications, voice mail, e-mail, fax or delivery.
The City is required by law to give notice of the time, date, place and tentative agenda of each meeting and work session. The notice of a special meeting or work session shall generally be posted on the prominent bulletin board at the Government Center at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the meeting. If an emergency exists which makes it impossible to give twenty-four (24) hours' notice or to hold the meeting at a time and place reasonably accessible and convenient to the public, an explanation must be reflected in the minutes and notice posted as soon as possible.
Closed Session, Procedure — How Called. Before closing a meeting to the public, a majority of a quorum of the City Council (with a quorum present) must vote to do so in a public vote. The vote of each member of the City Council on the question of closing the meeting and the reason for closing the meeting by reference to a specific exception provided for in Sections 610.010 to 610.030, RSMo., shall be announced at the public meeting and entered into the minutes. No other business may be discussed in a closed meeting which does not directly relate to the specific reason announced to close the meeting to the public.
Attendance. A majority of the members of the City Council shall constitute a quorum for its business.
Voting shall be by roll call and the "ayes" and "nays" shall be recorded in the minutes. Except as otherwise provided by law, the affirmative vote of a majority of the entire City Council shall be necessary to adopt any ordinance or resolution and in the event of a tie, the Mayor shall cast the deciding vote.
An ordinance that would amend, supplement, change, modify or repeal boundaries of zoning districts or the uses, regulations or restrictions thereof is subject to Section 89.060, RSMo.
Adoption Of Ordinances And Resolutions.
Proposed ordinances and resolutions shall be introduced to the City Council only in written or printed form.
The President of the City Council shall certify as to the adoption of all ordinances duly adopted by the City Council. In the absence of the President of the City Council, the senior member of the City Council by tenure shall execute such certification.
Note — See Resolution 1004 regarding selection of Council President.
Charter References — Legislative proceedings, meetings, §3.11(a); legislative proceedings, voting, §3.11(c); legislative proceedings, form of ordinances, §3.11(d); legislative proceedings, procedure, §3.11(e); legislative proceedings, emergency ordinances, §3.11(f); legislative proceedings, effective date of ordinances, §3.11(g); mayor's powers and duties, §4.4; mayor's approval of ordinances, §4.4(c).
[R.O. 2008 §2-3; Ord. No. 1567 §1(II), 2-8-1993; Ord. No. 4092 §3, 7-9-2007]
A City Council meeting agenda shall include any matters relevant to the administration of the City or any matters on which any member desires a report or discussion.
Responsibility for preparation of agenda.
All agenda items are submitted to the City Administrator for inclusion on the agenda. After receiving approval, items are forwarded to the City Clerk for processing.
Additions to the agenda by the Mayor, City Council members or the staff may be accepted by the members of the City Council during a Council meeting.
Content of agenda. The agenda presented to the City Council shall contain a comment for each agenda item requiring an action by the City Council. Such comment shall summarize the information pertaining to the issue for City Council reference and indicate the action proposed.
Timing of agenda preparation.
The agenda packet is distributed to the City Council at least two (2) business days before the regularly scheduled meeting.
Other deadlines are established by the City Administrator based on administrative necessity and the meeting schedule of the City Council.
[R.O. 2008 §2-4; Ord. No. 1567 §1(III), 2-8-1993; Ord. No. 1606 §2, 9-27-1993; Ord. No. 2045 §1, 1-10-2000; Ord. No. 2221 §1, 5-27-2003; Ord. No. 4073 §1, 4-9-2007]
At each regular and special meeting of the Council, the order of business shall be as follows, unless otherwise provided by motion of the Council:
Call meeting to order;
Pledge of allegiance to the flag;
Roll call;
Proclamations or recognitions (if any scheduled);
Comments from the general public;
Public hearing(s) (if any scheduled);
Additions to, acceptance of the agenda;
Consent agenda;
Minutes (unless included on consent agenda);
Bills payable (unless included on consent agenda);
Unfinished business;
New business;
Business from Mayor and City Council;
Business from City Administrator;
The work session agenda shall be limited to discussion items.
[R.O. 2008 §2-7; Ord. No. 1567 §1(VII), 2-8-1993; Ord. No. 1606 §3, 9-27-1993; Ord. No. 2263 §1, 2-23-2004; Ord. No. 4092 §6, 7-9-2007]
The following rules of procedure shall govern the conduct of all meetings of the City Council, although these rules, other than those prescribed by State Statute and City Charter, may be suspended at any time by the consent of a majority of the City Council present at any meeting:
Rule 1.
The Mayor shall decide all questions of order, subject to appeal to a majority of the City Council.
Rule 2.
A member of Council discussing a question shall address his/her fellow members and no member of Council has the floor until recognized by the Mayor, subject to appeal to a majority of the City Council.
Rule 3.
All motions and amendments shall be reduced to writing at the request of any Council member and shall be handed to the City Clerk who shall read the same to the City Council.
Rule 4.
No vote or action of the City Council shall be rescinded at any special meeting unless there be present at such meeting as many members of the Council as were present when such vote or action was taken. In order for an item that has been defeated to be reconsidered by the City Council, said item must be placed back on the agenda by a member of the Council voting in the majority.
Rule 5.
Proposed ordinances appearing on an accepted agenda for first (1st) or second (2nd) reading shall be read by title by the City Clerk without the need for any motion to conduct or accept the reading or any other form of vote. When the reading of a proposed ordinance is the next item of business at a meeting, the Mayor shall indicate that the reading will commence absent any objection. Objections to readings shall be presented by procedural motion. Once an item has been read, discussion of the item shall be in order.
Rule 6.
The general public shall be afforded an opportunity to address the City Council during the portion of the order of business set aside for public comments. Any person desiring to address the City Council shall be required to identify himself/herself, stating his/her home address or place of business and to address his/her remarks to the Mayor and Council. Council members desiring further information or comment from the speaker or from any other person in the audience may request the same after being recognized by the Mayor. Protracted, repetitive, irrelevant or abusive remarks from the public may be closed off at any time by the Mayor or by request of a Council member.
Rule 7.
A member of the general public wishing to address a specific item on the agenda for the Council's consideration may be recognized during the course of the meeting and allowed an opportunity to address the Council on that matter.
Rule 8.
A person commits an unlawful offense of peace disturbance if that person willfully interrupts, disrupts or disturbs any lawful meeting or assembly.
Cross Reference — Disturbance of the peace, §§210.200 et seq.