City of Warrenton, MO
Warren County
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[R.O. 2006 §105.010; CC 1978 §24.010; Ord. No. 712 §I, 1-7-1992]
The Board of Aldermen of this City shall meet in regular session in the Council Room of the City Hall on the first (1st) and third (3rd) Tuesday of each month.
When any such meeting day is a holiday, the regular meeting shall be held at such time as may be provided by the Board on motion at the previous meeting.
The Board may, by motion, dispense with any regular meeting, but at least one (1) meeting, regular or special, must be held in each calendar month.
[R.O. 2006 §105.020; CC 1978 §24.020]
Special meetings may be called by the Mayor or by any two (2) members of the Board by request filed with the City Clerk, who shall thereupon prepare a notice of such special meeting, stating time, place and object thereof, which notice shall be served personally upon each member of the Board or left at his/her usual place of residence at least twenty-four (24) hours before the time of the meeting. It shall also be the duty of the City Clerk, immediately upon receipt of the request for the meeting, to make diligent effort to notify each member of the Board in person, either by telephone or otherwise, of such special session.
The City Clerk shall make a diligent effort to notify those members of the mass media who customarily attend meetings of the Board of Aldermen of the special session, in the same manner as described above.
Failure to comply with the requirements of this Section shall not invalidate any action taken at a special meeting of the Board of Aldermen.
[R.O. 2006 §105.030; CC 1978 §24.030]
A quorum of the Board of Aldermen shall consist of a majority of the full membership.
[R.O. 2006 §105.070]
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.
[R.O. 2006 §105.080; CC 1978 §24.060]
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 is filled or such disability is removed; or, in case of temporary absence, until the Mayor's return.
[R.O. 2006 §105.090; CC 1978 §24.065]
Except as otherwise provided by law or ordinance, the proceedings of the Board of Aldermen shall be controlled by Robert's Rules of Order, as revised.
[R.O. 2006 §105.110; CC 1978 §24.075; Ord. No. 1619 §I, 8-15-2006]
The Board shall vote upon questions and when requested by any two (2) members the vote upon any question shall be taken by "ayes" and "nays" and be recorded.
[R.O. 2006 §105.140; CC 1978 §24.100]
Any member of the Board of Aldermen shall have the right to express dissent from or protest against any ordinance or resolution of the Council and to have the reason therefor entered upon the journal. Such dissent or protest must be filed in writing and presented to the Council not later than the next regular meeting following the date of the passage of the ordinance or resolution to which objection is taken.
[R.O. 2006 §105.150; CC 1978 §24.110]
All meetings of the Board shall be open to the public, except when permitted by law the Board may hold a closed meeting pursuant to Chapter 106 Open Meetings And Records Policy.
The style of the ordinances of the City shall be: "Be it ordained by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Warrenton, 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.
[R.O. 2006 §105.180; CC 1978 §24.140]
Any bill shall be subject to amendment until the vote upon final passage.
[R.O. 2006 §105.200; CC 1978 §24.160]
All Special Committees shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City unless otherwise ordered by a majority of the Board. By consent of a majority of the Board, a Special Committee may be appointed at any time to hold public hearings for the Board upon any matter pending before it. A "Special Committee" is a committee composed of members of the Board of Aldermen.
[R.O. 2006 §105.220; CC 1978 §24.180]
The Board of Aldermen may by resolution prescribe and enforce such rules as it may find necessary for the expeditious transaction of its business, but such rules shall not contravene the requirements of this Code or other ordinance.
[R.O. 2006 §105.230; CC 1978 §24.190]
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. Such officer (other than a City Officer) shall 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.
[R.O. 2006 §105.240; CC 1978 §24.200]
Any rule of the Board of Aldermen may be repealed, altered or amended by a majority vote of the members. Every amendment offered shall lie on the table until the next meeting of the Board of Aldermen before being voted upon except by the unanimous consent of all elected members of the Board of Aldermen (including the Mayor). Any rule may be suspended by a majority vote of the members of the Board.
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.