Cross Reference — City council to provide for levy of taxes, licenses, etc., §140.020.
[Code 1974 §125.010; CC 1984 §2-17; Ord. No. 1-4-B §1(125.010), 12-15-1980]
No person shall be Councilman unless he/she is at least twenty-one (21) years of age prior to taking office, a citizen of the United States, and an inhabitant of the City for one (1) year next preceding his/her election, and a resident of the ward from which he/she is elected six (6) months next preceding his/her election.
[Code 1974 §120.020; CC 1984 §2-77; Ord. No. 1-3-B §1(110.020, 120.020), 12-15-1980]
No person shall be Mayor unless he/she be at least thirty (30) years of age, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the City at the time of and for two (2) years next preceding his/her election.
[Code 1974 §120.070; CC 1984 §2-18; Ord. No. 1-3-B §1(120.070), 12-15-1980; Ord. No. 14-2 §1, 5-18-2010]
At the first (1st) meeting of the City Council after the election in each year, and after the installation of the newly elected officials, the Council shall elect one (1) of its members President Pro Tem, who shall hold his/her office for the term of one (1) year, and who, in the absence of the Mayor, shall preside at the meeting of the Council, provided that in the absence of the Mayor and the President Pro Tem, the Council may select one (1) of its members present to preside at such meetings, who shall be styled "Acting President Pro Tem".
[Code 1974 §125.020; CC 1984 §2-16; Ord. No. 1-4-B §1(125.020), 12-15-1980]
The City Council shall be composed of two (2) Councilmen from each ward; and in the absence of the Mayor, shall be presided over by the President Pro Tem.
[Code 1974 §125.100; CC 1984 §2-30]
Whenever a vacancy shall occur in the office of Councilman, it shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of Section 115.080.
[Code 1974 §120.040; CC 1984 §2-79]
The Mayor shall be President of the City Council and shall preside over same, but shall not vote except in case of a tie in the Council, when he/she shall cast the deciding vote; but provided however, that he/she shall have no such power to vote in cases when he/she is an interested party. The Mayor shall have the superintending control of all the officers and affairs of the City, and shall take care that the ordinances of the City and the State laws relating to the City are complied with.
[Code 1974 §120.010; CC 1984 §2-76; Ord. No. 1-3-B §1(120.010), 12-15-1980]
At the general election of the City, the qualified voters of the City shall elect some suitable person as Mayor who shall hold his/her office for a term of four (4) years and until his/her successor is elected and qualified.
[Code 1974 §125.230; CC 1984 §2-23; Ord. No. 1-4B §1(125.230(1 — 3, 6)), 12-15-1980; Ord. No. 1-4B1, §1, 8-15-1988; Ord. No. 14-2 §1, 5-18-2010]
The style of the ordinances of the City shall be: "Be it ordained by the Council of the City of Farmington, as follows:"
No ordinance shall be passed except by bill, and no bill shall become an ordinance unless on its final passage the majority of the members elected to the Council shall vote therefor and the "ayes" and "nays" shall be entered on the journal. Every proposed ordinance shall be introduced to the Council 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 Council. 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 Council. For the transaction of all other business, five (5) members elect shall constitute a quorum, and a majority of those present voting in the affirmative upon any question before the Council shall be necessary to carry the same.
No bills shall become an ordinance until it shall have been signed by the officer presiding at the meeting of the Council at which it shall have been passed. When so signed, it shall be delivered to the Mayor for his/her approval and signature or his/her veto.
All ordinances passed shall take effect and be enforced from and after the date of their passage and approval, as provided herein, unless otherwise expressly provided.
[Code 1974 §§120.150, 125.230; CC 1984 §2-78; Ord. No. 1-4-B §1(120.150(4)), 12-15-1980]
Every bill duly passed by the City Council and presented to the Mayor and by him/her approved shall become an ordinance; every bill presented as aforesaid, but returned with the Mayor's objections thereto, shall stand reconsidered. The City Council shall cause the objections of the Mayor to be entered at large on the journal and proceed at its convenience to consider the questioned bill which shall be in this form: "Shall the bill pass, the objections of the Mayor thereto notwithstanding?" The votes on this question shall be taken by "ayes" and "nays" and the names entered upon the journal and if two-thirds (⅔) of all the members-elect shall vote in the affirmative, the President shall certify the fact on the roll and the bill thus shall be deposited with the proper officer and shall become an ordinance in the same manner and with like effect as if it had received the approval of the Mayor.
The Mayor shall have power to sign or veto any ordinance passed by the City Council and shall also possess the power to approve all or any portion of the general appropriations bill or to veto any item or all of the same; provided, that should he/she neglect or refuse to sign any ordinance and return the same with his/her objection, in writing, at the next regular meeting of the Council, the same shall become a law without his/her signature.
[Code 1974 §120.100; CC 1984 §2-80]
The Mayor shall be active and vigilant in enforcing all laws and ordinances for the government of the City, and he/she shall cause all subordinate officers to be dealt with promptly for any neglect or violation of duty; and is hereby authorized to call on every inhabitant of the City over eighteen (18) years of age and under fifty (50) to aid in enforcing the laws.
[Code 1974 §120.110; CC 1984 §2-81]
The Mayor shall, from time to time, communicate to the City Council such measures as may, in his/her opinion, tend to the improvement of the finances, the Police, health, security, ornament, comfort and general prosperity of the City.
[Code 1974 §120.050; CC 1984 §2-82; Ord. No. 1-112A §1(120.050), 6-16-1980; Ord. No. 1-3-B §1(120.050(1, 2)), 12-15-1980; Ord. No. 14-2 §1, 5-18-2010]
The Mayor, with the consent and approval of the majority of the members elected to the City Council, shall have the power to appoint a City Counselor and a Municipal Judge; such officers to hold their office for a term of two (2) years from the date of their appointment and until their successors are appointed and qualified.
All officers for whose appointment provision is not made in this Section shall be appointed by the City Administrator.
[Code 1974 §120.060; CC 1984 §2-83]
In cases of emergencies, public celebrations, exhibitions or gatherings in the City or for other causes where the public safety may require it, the Mayor shall have the power and is hereby authorized to appoint special Police Officers who shall have the same powers and perform the same duties as the regular appointed Police Officers of the City. Special Police Officers shall be discharged by the Mayor when and as soon as, in his/her judgment, the cause necessitating their appointment has ceased to exist. The compensation to be paid special Police Officers shall be fixed by the City Council.
[Code 1974 §120.090; CC 1984 §2-84]
The Mayor shall sign the commissions and appointments of all City Officers elected or appointed in the City and shall approve all official bonds. He/she shall sign all orders and drafts drawn on the City Treasury for money and cause the City Clerk to attest the same, and to affix thereto the Seal of the City, and to keep an accurate record thereof in a book to be provided for that purpose.
Editor's Note — Ord. no. 14-2 §1, adopted May 18, 2010, repealed section 110.150 "mayor authorized to execute public hearings" in its entirety. Former section 110.150 derived from ord. no. 1-4-D §1, 4-21-1997.
[Code 1974 §120.080; CC 1984 §2-85; Ord. No. 1-3-B §1(120.080), 12-15-1980]
When a vacancy shall happen in the office of Mayor by death, resignation, removal from the City, removal from office, refusal to qualify otherwise, nominations of a successor may be made by any member of the Council and selected with the consent of a majority of the members of the Council.
In the case of a temporary absence of the Mayor or disability to perform the duties of his/her office, the President Pro Tem of the Council shall perform the duties of Mayor until the Mayor shall return or such disability be removed; and during the time the President Pro Tem of the Council shall act as Mayor, he/she shall receive the same compensation that the Mayor would be entitled to.
[Code 1974 §125.030; CC 1984 §2-19; Ord. No. 1-119-B §1, 6-21-1993; Ord. No. 1-476 §1, 5-19-2006; Ord. No. 1-522 §1, 6-23-2009; Ord. No. 14-2 §1, 5-18-2010]
The regular meetings of the City Council shall be held on the second (2nd) Thursday and the fourth (4th) Monday in each month at 6:30 P.M. unless otherwise set by Council.
[Code 1974 §125.080; CC 1984 §2-20]
The Mayor, or any two (2) members of the City Council, may call a special meeting at any time notifying all the members of the Council, in writing, twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the meeting. Any and all business shall be transacted at a special meeting as may be transacted at a regular meeting.
[Code 1974 §125.060; CC 1984 §2-21]
The City Council may, from time to time, hold meetings without notice, closed meetings or closed record and vote meetings, provided the meetings are called and held in accordance with the provisions of Sections 610.010 to 610.030, RSMo.
[Code 1974 §125.160; CC 1984 §2-24]
The City Council 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, to execute any such process. The officer making any such service shall be allowed to receive therefor the fees allowed by law in the Circuit Court of similar services to be paid by the City. The President of the Council, or President Pro Tem, shall have power to administer oaths to witnesses.
[Code 1974 §125.170; CC 1984 §2-25]
The City Council shall have power to fix the compensation of all the officers and employees of the City, but except as to the Police Department whose salary schedules may be revised by the Council upon recommendation of the Personnel Board, the salary of an officer shall not be changed during the time for which he/she was elected or appointed.
[Code 1974 §§125.190, 125.200; CC 1984 §2-26]
The Mayor and City Council are hereby authorized to issue and negotiate bonds or other securities for any purpose authorized by, and in compliance with the terms of, Sections 77.160, 77.180 and 95.320 et seq., RSMo.
[Code 1974 §125.120; CC 1984 §2-28]
The City Council shall cause to be kept a journal of its proceedings, and the "ayes" and "nays" of the members shall be entered on any question at the desire of any two (2) members. The Council may prescribe and enforce such rules as may be necessary to secure the attendance of its members and the expeditious transaction of its business.
The Council shall publish a full and detailed statement of the receipts and expenditures and indebtedness of the City at the end of each fiscal year and six (6) months after the end of each fiscal year in a newspaper of general circulation in the City. Each such statement shall be for the six (6) month period preceding the date of the statement.