City of Eureka, MO
St. Louis County
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[Ord. No. 2, §1; Ord. No. 2280, §1, 11-19-2013]
No person shall be an Alderman unless he is 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 election, and a resident of the ward from which he is elected.
[Ord. No. 727 §2, 9-4-1984; Ord. No. 1962 §1, 3-20-2007]
The monthly compensation for aldermen is hereby set at two hundred dollars per meeting attended.
There is hereby established an expense allowance for each member of the board of aldermen in the amount of two hundred dollars ($200.00) per month.
[Ord. No. 3, §1; Ord. No. 312, §1; Ord. No. 1996 §1, 9-11-2007]
Two aldermen shall be elected from each ward by the qualified voters thereof at the first election to be held on the first Tuesday in April next after the organization of the city. At such election for aldermen, the person receiving the highest number of votes in each ward shall hold office for two years and the person receiving the next highest number of votes shall hold office for one year; but thereafter each ward shall elect annually one alderman who shall hold his office for two years.
If a vacancy occurs in the office of alderman, the same shall be filled by the mayor or person exercising the duties of the mayor, subject to the consent and approval of the board of aldermen, such appointee's term to cease at the next general municipal election, at which time a successor shall be elected for the full term or for the remainder of the term in which the vacancy occurred if such term did not expire on the date of such election.
[Ord. No. 2, §2; Ord. No. 127, §2; Ord. No. 165 §2; Ord. No. 180, §2; Ord. No. 2095 §1, 8-18-2009]
The board of aldermen shall hold regular stated meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of each month within the city. All meetings of the board of aldermen shall be held at 7:00 P.M. Adjourned meetings may be held for the purpose of completing the unfinished business of any meeting at such time as may be determined by the board. Special meetings may be called from time to time at the time designated in the notice therefore; such special meetings may be called by the mayor or by a majority of the board of aldermen members. Notice of special meetings shall be given in person or by mail at least twenty-four (24) hours before the same is set.
[Ord. No. 320, §2; Ord. No. 616, §1; Ord. No. 1014, §§1 — 2, 2-18-1992; Ord. No. 1397 §1, 3-2-1999]
Each Alderman shall receive as compensation for his services as such the sum of one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) for each regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen attended. In addition, the Mayor and each Alderman shall receive the sum of fifty dollars ($50.00) for each special meeting of the Board of Aldermen attended, which is convened at the request or instigation of any person, persons, entity or the City of Eureka, Missouri. Said compensation rates shall be effective when the respective aldermanic terms presently being served expire and after such time the respective Aldermen shall receive the full compensation set forth above.
The payment of a fee of four hundred dollars ($400.00) to the City of Eureka shall be a condition precedent to the convening of any special meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Eureka when requested or instigated by any person, persons or entity other than the City of Eureka.
[Ord. No. 2, §3]
The members of the board of aldermen shall attend all meetings of the board unless leave of absence be granted or unless excused for illness or other special reasons.
[Ord. No. 4, §1]
At the hour appointed, the mayor, or in his absence the 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.
[Ord. No. 2, §4; Ord. No. 127]
Four aldermen shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. If at any meeting a quorum is not present, the meeting shall stand adjourned until the next regular or special meeting.
[Ord. No. 4, §2; Ord. No. 195, §1]
The board of aldermen, upon the announcement of a quorum, shall proceed to transact the business before them in the following order:
Approval of the minutes of the last meeting unless changed or objected to by a member, in which event they shall be approved as corrected. Copies of the minutes of the last regular meeting shall be made available to each member of the board of aldermen at least twenty-four hours before the meeting is called to order at which the minutes are to be approved.
The presentation and hearing of remarks, complaints and petitions of citizens or other interested parties on all matters.
Reports of officers and committees.
Unfinished business.
New business.
The audit of all bills and claims against the city and ordering of payment of bills approved and allowed.
Miscellaneous business.
[Ord. No. 4, §5]
The established rules of parliamentary procedure shall govern the proceedings of the board of aldermen, except when otherwise provided by ordinance, and any question arising thereunder shall be decided by the mayor, subject to appeal to the board of aldermen by any member.
[Ord. No. 2, §13]
The board of aldermen shall have such powers and perform such duties as may be provided by the laws of the state or by this Code or other ordinance.
[Ord. No. 2, §5]
The board of aldermen shall cause to be kept a journal of its proceedings, and ayes and nays shall be entered on any question at the request of any two members. In the vote on final passage of any ordinance, the ayes and nays shall in all cases be entered in the journal showing the vote of each alderman who is in attendance.
[Ord. No. 2, §6; Ord. No. 4, §3; Ord. No. 1765 §1, 7-6-2004]
Committees may be formed from time to time to assist and advise the City regarding various matters and may be comprised of Eureka residents and/or Eureka business owners. All committees shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the members of the Board of Aldermen. Members of such committees shall receive no compensation as such, but each committee member shall receive an expense allowance of fifty dollars ($50.00) upon attendance at each official committee meeting. Any member may be removed without cause upon the recommendation of the Mayor and approval by a majority of the Board of Aldermen.
[Ord. No. 2, §7]
New business and other matters may be referred by the mayor to the appropriate committee for consideration and report before final action by the entire board of aldermen. Such committee shall receive from the city clerk all papers relating to the subject matter referred.
[Ord. No. 2, §8; Ord. No. 182, §2; Ord. No. 1252, §§1 — 2, 9-17-1996]
The style of the ordinances of the City shall be: "Be it ordained by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Eureka, Missouri, 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 are entered on the journal; and all bills shall be read three (3) times before their passage. By unanimous vote of the Board of Aldermen in attendance, a bill may be read the first time by its short title if the proposed ordinance is available for public inspection prior to the time the bill is under consideration by the Board of Aldermen. If there is no such unanimous vote from the Aldermen in attendance, the proposed ordinance shall be read the first time in its entirety. The bill may be read the second time by its short title, and if it is approved for the third reading at the same meeting at which it is introduced, it may be read the third time by its short title. No bill or ordinance shall be given a third reading or considered for final passage at the same meeting at which it is introduced, unless the motion for such third reading is unanimously adopted and such final passage is voted for affirmatively by at least two-thirds (2/3) of the members elected to 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.
[Ord. No. 2, §9]
Every bill duly passed by the board of aldermen and presented to the mayor and by him approved shall become an ordinance, and every bill presented, 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 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 city clerk, and shall become an ordinance in the same manner and with like effect as if it had received the approval of the mayor; provided, that should the mayor neglect or refuse to sign any ordinance and return the same with his objections, in writing, at the next regular meeting of the board of aldermen, the same shall become a law without his signature.
[Ord. No. 2, §10]
The board of aldermen shall, as often as it deems necessary, require any officer of the city to exhibit his accounts or other papers or records, and to make report to the board, in writing, touching any matter relating to his office.
[Ord. No. 2, §12]
The board of aldermen shall semiannually in January and July of each year 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 December 31 and June 30, preceding the date of such report, which account and statement shall be published in some newspaper in the city.
[Ord. No. 2, §11]
The board of aldermen, in its discretion, may compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of books and papers relating to any subject under consideration in which the interest of the city is involved, and may call on the marshal or police of the city, or the proper officers of the county to execute such process.
[Ord. No. 1126 §§3 — 4, 10-4-1994]
Provisions set forth in subsection (b) of this section shall be applicable to the nomination, consideration and appointment of all Boards, Commissions and Committees of the City, unless specifically waived by a majority of the Board of Aldermen on a case specific basis.
Selecting And Forming Committees, Etc. — Procedure.
When a board, commission or committee is authorized and formed, the Mayor, in addition to selecting candidates himself or herself, shall solicit the Board of Aldermen for candidates. Such candidates shall receive equal consideration whenever possible based on objective criteria whenever applicable such as their qualifications and ability to serve.
With the exception of aldermanic representatives and other exceptions approved by the Board of Aldermen, every effort should be made to recommend and appoint representation, (a) from each Ward on a proportionally equal basis, (b) by giving preferential consideration to candidates who do not presently have family members serving on any other City of Eureka board, commission or committee, and (c) by giving preferential consideration to candidates who are not at the time of consideration serving on another City of Eureka board, commission or committee.
When the Mayor selects a candidate to recommend for appointment or reappointment, such name and any other relevant information shall be forwarded to the Board of Aldermen for a reasonable period to allow ample time for review and comments, if any.