City of Blue Springs, MO
Jackson County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Cross References: See City Charter Article III, City Council, and Article IV, Mayor.
[R.O. 1996 § 110.010; CC 1968 § 15-21; Ord. No. 733 § 1, 2-4-1974; Ord. No. 4518 § 3, 11-17-2014]
A. 
Qualifications.
1. 
No person shall be elected to the office of Mayor who is not at least twenty-five (25) years of age prior to the election, a citizen of the United States, an inhabitant and a registered, qualified voter of the City for at least two (2) years next preceding the Mayor's election.
2. 
No Mayor shall be delinquent in paying any County or Blue Springs income, personal property, real property or sales taxes, nor be a convicted felon, nor be a registered sex offender, nor have been removed from an elected public office, except that a person recalled from office may again run for the office from which recalled following the expiration of the term from which they were recalled, or may at any time run for a different office.
[Ord. No. 4818, 5-6-2019]
B. 
Tie Vote. When two (2) or more persons shall have an equal number of votes for the office of Mayor, the matter shall be determined as provided by State law.
[R.O. 1996 § 110.020; CC 1968 § 15-22]
In addition to the rights, duties, privileges and prerogatives conferred by the Statutes of Missouri and the City Charter, the Mayor shall be amenable to and be controlled by the various Sections of this Chapter, and of other ordinances applicable to such office.
[R.O. 1996 § 110.030; CC 1968 § 15-23; Ord. No. 732 § 1, 2-4-1974; Ord. No. 812 § 1, 1-5-1976; Ord. No. 932 § 1, 1-3-1978; Ord. No. 1706 § 1, 3-21-1988; Ord. No. 3533 § 2, 1-21-2003]
A. 
The executive power in the City shall be vested in the Mayor, who shall be recognized as the head of the City for all legal and ceremonial purposes and by the Governor of Missouri for all purposes of military law. As a member of the City Council, the Mayor shall have all the powers, rights, privileges, duties, and responsibilities of a member of the City Council, including the right to vote on questions.
[Ord. No. 4518 § 3, 11-17-2014]
B. 
The Mayor shall receive an annual salary of eighteen thousand dollars ($18,000.00) payable biweekly or as directed by the City Council for the year beginning April 19, 2004, and subsequent years unless said compensation is altered by ordinance. Any change in compensation shall not become effective during the term of office being served at the time the ordinance making such change is adopted.
[R.O. 1996 § 110.040; CC 1968 § 15-24]
When any vacancy shall happen in the office of the Mayor by death, resignation, removal or other cause, the Mayor Pro Tempore shall assume the powers and duties of the Mayor during the absence or disability of the Mayor and, if a vacancy occurs, shall become Mayor until the next regular municipal election. The election shall occur in accordance with the election laws of the State of Missouri.
[R.O. 1996 § 110.050]
The Mayor shall take care that the laws, ordinances, resolutions, rules, and regulations of the City be faithfully executed. The Mayor may require oral or written reports and opinions from the Directors of all executive departments of the City or from the heads of other departments, boards, and commissions of the City, except the Judge of the Municipal Court.
[R.O. 1996 § 110.060; CC 1968 § 15-26; Ord. No. 3584 § 1, 7-21-2003]
A. 
The Mayor, with the advice and consent of a majority of the City Council, shall appoint the City Attorney, the City Prosecutor, Municipal Judges, and Presiding Judge.
[Ord. No. 4518 § 3, 11-17-2014; Ord. No. 4813, 4-15-2019; Ord. No. 4818, 5-6-2019]
B. 
If a vacancy occurs in any office not elective, the Mayor shall appoint a suitable person to discharge the duties of such office until the first regular meeting of the City Council thereafter, at which time such vacancy shall be permanently filled.
[Ord. No. 4813, 4-15-2019]
A. 
The Mayor, with the consent and approval of a majority of the City Council, shall appoint all members of boards, commissions, and committees, except as otherwise specified in this Code of Ordinances. Appointments of members shall be made on or before expiration of the member’s term, or on or about May 1 following expiration of the member’s term. The terms of members appointed after the effective date of this Section shall not exceed three (3) years except as otherwise specified in this Code of Ordinances. Members shall continue to hold office until reappointed or their successor is appointed.
[Ord. No. 4820, 5-6-2019]
B. 
All vacancies that are subject to appointment shall be reported to the Mayor and City Council. Thereafter, the Mayor, with the consent and approval of a majority of the City Council, shall appoint a person to fill the unexpired term of that member.
C. 
The Mayor, with the consent and approval of a majority of the City Council, may remove from office any member of a board, commission, or committee for misconduct, neglect of duty, or lack of qualifications, except as otherwise specified in this Code of Ordinances.
D. 
The Mayor, with the consent and approval of a majority of the City Council, shall appoint a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson for each board, commission, and committee, except as otherwise specified in this Code of Ordinances. Appointments shall be made annually on or about May 1 for a term of one (1) year.
[R.O. 1996 § 110.070; CC 1968 § 15-28; Ord. No. 386-B §§ 1 — 5, 4-22-1968]
A. 
Proclamation Of State Of Emergency. The Mayor is hereby authorized, in the event of riot or civil disobedience or when actions of riot or civil disobedience appear imminent, to declare, by proclamation, that a state of emergency exists in the City.
B. 
Emergency Curfew. The Mayor is hereby authorized in the event of the declaration of such emergency, to order an emergency curfew, at such hours as the Mayor shall deem necessary, to be in effect not to exceed seventy-two (72) hours at any one time without further orders of the City Council.
C. 
Curfew Area — Persons Permitted In Public Places. Such emergency curfew shall be for the entire City and all persons other than Law Enforcement Officers and personnel, conservators of the peace, Firemen and persons gainfully employed going to and from their places of employment shall remain off the streets and away from public places during the period of the curfew.
D. 
Certain Businesses And Establishments To Be Closed. The following businesses and establishments shall be ordered closed during the time and term of said curfew:
1. 
Retail and wholesale liquor establishments.
2. 
Gasoline service stations.
3. 
Any establishment selling firearms or ammunition.
4. 
All public meeting halls and auditoriums.
E. 
Penalty For Violation Of Section. Any person who shall violate any provision of this Section, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by a jail sentence not to exceed thirty (30) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
[R.O. 1996 § 110.080; CC 1968 § 15-29; Ord. No. 1066 § 1, 5-5-1980]
A. 
The Mayor is hereby authorized, in the event of shortage of water in the City's water distribution system, or when it appears that a shortage is imminent, to declare by proclamation, that a state of emergency exists in the City.
B. 
In the event of declaration of such emergency, the Mayor is hereby authorized to limit or prohibit the outdoor use of City water for such periods of time as they shall deem necessary, and to authorize designated City employees to enter upon private property to enforce the provisions of such proclamation.
C. 
Any person who shall violate any provision of this Section, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00).
[R.O. 1996 § 110.090; CC 1968 § 15-30; Ord. No. 2028 § 1, 3-4-1991]
The Mayor shall be elected for a term of four (4) years. In each election for the office of Mayor after the enactment of this Section, the term that the Mayor shall be elected to shall be four (4) years. This Section shall not affect the term of the present Mayor unless and until that person is re-elected.
[R.O. 1996 § 110.100; CC 1968 § 2-35; Ord. No. 156A, 2-7-1955; Ord. No. 1255 § 3, 11-7-1983]
Each district shall be represented by two (2) Councilmembers, making a total of six (6) members. City Councilmembers shall be elected to serve staggered three (3) year terms.
[R.O. 1996 § 110.110; CC 1968 § 2-36; Ord. No. 1442 § 4, 9-3-1985]
A. 
No person shall be a Councilmember of the City unless they shall be at least twenty-five (25) years of age prior to said election, a citizen of the United States, an inhabitant, and a registered qualified voter of the City for two (2) years next preceding election and shall be an inhabitant of the district one hundred eighty-two (182) days next preceding election.
[Ord. No. 4818, 5-6-2019]
B. 
No Councilmember shall be delinquent in paying any County or Blue Springs income, personal property, real property or sales taxes, nor be a convicted felon, nor have been removed from an elected public office, except that a person recalled from office may again run for the office from which recalled following the expiration of the term from which they were recalled, or may at any time run for a different office.
[R.O. 1996 § 110.120; CC 1968 § 2-38; Ord. No. 1176 § 1, 10-4-1982; Ord. No. 4518 § 3, 11-17-2014; Ord. No. 4818, 5-6-2019]
A vacancy in the office of a City Councilmember shall be filled by appointment by the Mayor and approval by the City Council by a majority of the remaining City Councilmembers. This shall occur at the next regular City Council meeting and shall be decided by approval of the City Council by a majority of the remaining City Councilmembers. The person appointed to fill the vacancy shall hold the appointed position until the next regular municipal election for which the filing period has not closed and shall serve until the end of the current term.
[R.O. 1996 § 110.130; CC 1968 § 2-39; Ord. No. 343 § 2, 1-23-1967]
A. 
Regular Meetings. Regular meetings of the City Council shall be held on the first and third Monday of each month, at such hour as they may from time to time designate.
B. 
Special Meetings. The Mayor upon their own motion may, or at the request of two (2) members of the City Council shall, call a special meeting of the Council for a time not earlier than twenty-four (24) hours after notice is given to all members of the City Council then in the City. Special meetings of the City Council may also be held with less than twenty-four (24) hours notice by the consent of all of the members of the City Council then in the City, and such consent may be given either prior to or during the special meeting.
[Ord. No. 4749, 7-16-2018]
The agenda for City Council meetings shall be established by the Mayor; provided, however, that any item requested by two (2) members of the City Council shall be included on the agenda.
[R.O. 1996 § 110.140; CC 1968 § 2-40]
A. 
A majority of members of the entire City Council shall constitute a quorum for its business, but a smaller number may meet and compel the attendance of absent members in the manner and subject to the penalties prescribed by the rules of the City Council.
B. 
The names of the absentees shall be noted by the Clerk upon the journal.
[R.O. 1996 § 110.150; CC 1968 § 2-42]
No person whether party, attorney or other person shall, at any meeting of the City Council, be permitted to argue or discuss any question of law or fact before such Council unless such Council shall by a majority vote permit such person so to do.
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Editor's Note: R.O. 1996 § 110.160, Open Meetings, Votes And Records, was removed by the City during the 2019 recodification project. See now Chapter 122, Open Meetings And Records Policy.
[R.O. 1996 § 110.170; CC 1968 § 2-44]
In all matters, business and transactions before the City Council, except as otherwise provided for by ordinances, the same may be made effective or operative by motion or resolution of said Council, the same being entered on record.
[R.O. 1996 § 110.180; CC 1968 § 2-45; Ord. No. 1772 § 1, 8-1-1988]
A. 
No ordinance of the City shall be passed or adopted or become effective until the same has been read two (2) times in the presence of the Council as required by the City Charter. Such ordinances shall be properly signed by the Mayor and Clerk and ordered printed. A printed copy shall be filed with the minutes of the Council meeting.
B. 
In voting upon the adoption of any ordinance or passage of any resolution, the members of the Council shall vote via voice; the Clerk shall call the roll, the name of each Councilmember being called in seating order and the name to be called first shall be advanced one position, with the name of the Mayor being called last for each vote. Upon the name being called, each Councilmember and the Mayor shall answer, and their name shall be entered by the Clerk upon the journal. The result of any such vote shall be given to the Mayor by the Clerk, and the Mayor shall then announce the same to the Council.
[Ord. No. 4518 § 3, 11-17-2014]
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Cross Reference: See § 100.040, Amendments Or Additions To Code.
[R.O. 1996 § 110.190; CC 1968 § 2-46]
In the absence of the Mayor the Mayor Pro Tempore of the City Council shall preside over the deliberations of said Council.
[R.O. 1996 § 110.200; CC 1968 § 2-47; Ord. No. 1707 § 1, 3-21-1988; Ord. No. 2062 § 1, 5-20-1991; Ord. No. 3533 § 1, 1-21-2003]
Each duly elected Councilmember shall receive a monthly salary of six hundred fifty dollars ($650.00) per month, except that in the case of the Mayor Pro Tempore of the City Council, the salary shall be eight hundred sixteen dollars sixty-six cents ($816.66), monthly or as directed by the City Council beginning April 19, 2004, and subsequent months thereafter unless said compensation is altered by ordinance. Any change in compensation shall not become effective during the term of office being served at the time the ordinance making such change is adopted.