City of Creve Coeur, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 14.1 Personal Financial Interest.

[Ord. No. 1129 §1(Prop. 7), 12-16-1985; Ord. No. 4058 §1(Prop. 5), 12-11-2006]
Any elected or appointed officer, employee or member of any board or commission of the city who has a substantial financial interest, direct or indirect in any proposed or existing contract with the city or in the proposed sale or purchase of any land, material, supplies or services to or from the city shall make known that interest in writing to the city council and shall refrain from voting upon or otherwise participating in his or her capacity as a city officer or employee or board or commission member in the making of such sale or purchase or in the making or performance of such contract. Any city officer or employee or board or commission member who willfully conceals such a substantial financial interest or willfully violates the requirements of this section shall be guilty of malfeasance in office or position and shall forfeit his or her office or position. Violation of this section with the knowledge express or implied of the person or corporation contracting with or making a sale to or purchase from the city shall render the contract or sale or purchase voidable by the city administrator or the city council. The city council shall enact and maintain a conflict of interest ordinance embodying the above principles.

Section 14.2 Prohibitions.

[Ord. No. 4058 §1(Prop. 5), 12-11-2006]
(a) 
Activities prohibited.
(1) 
No person employed by the City or seeking employment from the City shall be appointed, promoted, demoted, removed or in any way favored or discriminated against because of his or her age, race, color, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, religion, sex or disabled status except where specific age, sex or physical requirements constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification.
(2) 
No person shall willfully make any false statement, certificate, mark, rating or report in regard to any test, certification or appointment under the personnel provisions of this charter or the rules and regulations made thereunder, or in any manner commit or attempt to commit any fraud preventing the impartial execution of such provisions, rules and regulations.
(3) 
No person who seeks appointment or promotion with respect to any city position or appointive city administrative office shall directly or indirectly give, render or pay any money, service or other valuable thing to any person for or in connection with his or her test, appointment, proposed appointment, promotion or proposed promotion.
(b) 
Penalties. Any person who by himself or with others willfully violates any of the provisions of Paragraphs (1) through (3) shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punishable as may be provided by ordinance.

Section 14.3 Notice of Suits.

No action shall be maintained against the city for or on account of any injury growing out of alleged negligence of the city unless notice shall first have been given in writing to the city administrator within ninety (90) days of the occurrence for which said damage is claimed, stating the place, time, character and circumstances of the injury, and that the person so injured will claim damages therefor from the city.

Section 14.4 Official Bonds.

[Ord. No. 1129 §1(Prop. 7), 12-16-1985]
All officers and employees of the city who receive, disburse, or are responsible for city funds, and such other appointed or elected 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 monies belonging to the city that may come into their hands. The city shall pay the premiums on all such bonds.

Section 14.5 Charter Amendment.

[Ord. No. 1129 § 1(Prop. 7), 12-16-1985; Ord. No. 4055 §1(Prop. 2), 12-11-2006]
Amendments to this charter may be framed and submitted to the electors by a commission in the manner provided by law and the constitution for framing and submitting a complete charter. Amendments may also be proposed by the city council or by petition of not less than ten percent (10%) of the registered qualified electors of the city, filed with the city clerk, setting forth the proposed amendment. The city council shall promptly provide by ordinance that any amendment so proposed shall be submitted to the electors as soon as possible at a regularly scheduled election to be held in the city as provided by law and the constitution for a charter, except that the city council may in its discretion provide for a special election at an earlier date. Any amendment approved by a majority of the qualified electors 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 by law and the constitution for a complete charter.

Section 14.6 Public Improvements and Special Assessments.

(a) 
Improvements. The procedure for making, altering, vacating or abandoning a public improvement shall be governed by general ordinance, consistent with applicable state law.
(b) 
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 state law.

Section 14.7 Proof of Ordinance.

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, it shall be received in evidence in all courts, or other places, without further proof of authenticity.

Section 14.8 Separability.

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.