[Ord. No. 236 §203.010, 5-2-1989]
The Board of Aldermen shall consist of six (6) Aldermen; two (2) of whom shall be residents of the First (I) Ward, two (2) of whom shall be residents of the Second (II) Ward, and two (2) of whom shall be residents of the Third (III) Ward.
No person shall be an Alderman unless he/she be 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/her election, and a resident, at the time he/she files and during the time he/she serves, of the ward from which he/she is elected.
No person shall be Mayor unless he/she be at least twenty-five (25) years of age, a citizen of the United States and a resident of the City at the time of and for at least one (1) year next preceding his/her election.
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.
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 be filled or such disability be removed; or, in case of temporary absence, until the Mayor's return.
The Mayor and Board of Aldermen of each City governed by this Chapter shall have the care, management and control of the City and its finances, and shall have power to enact and ordain any and all ordinances not repugnant to the Constitution and laws of this State, and such as they shall deem expedient for the good government of the City, the preservation of peace and good order, the benefit of trade and commerce and the health of the inhabitants thereof, and such other ordinances, rules and regulations as may be deemed necessary to carry such powers into effect, and to alter, modify or repeal the same.
The Mayor shall have a seat in and preside over the Board of Aldermen, but shall not vote on any question except in case of a tie, nor shall he/she preside or vote in cases when he/she is an interested party. He/she shall exercise a general supervision over all the officers and affairs of the City and shall take care that the ordinances of the City and the State laws relating to such City are complied with.
The style of the ordinances of the City shall be: "Be it ordained by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Northmoor, 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.
The provisions of this Section shall not apply to ordinances proposed or passed under Section 79.135, RSMo.
Every bill duly passed by the Board of Aldermen and presented to the Mayor and by him/her approved shall become an ordinance, and every bill presented as aforesaid, 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 (⅔) 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 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 Board of Aldermen; provided, that should he/she neglect or refuse to sign any ordinance and return the same with his/her objections, in writing, at the next regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen, the same shall become a law without his/her signature.
The Board of Aldermen shall cause to be kept a journal of its proceedings, and the "ayes" and "nays" shall be entered on any question at the request of any two (2) members. The Board of Aldermen may prescribe and enforce such rules as it may find necessary for the expeditious transaction of its business.
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.
In the event the financial statement of the City is not published as required by Section 110.100, the Treasurer of the City shall not pay out any money of the City on any warrant or order of the Board of Aldermen after the end of the month in which such financial statement should have been published until such time as such financial statement is published. Any Treasurer violating the provisions of this Section shall be deemed guilty of an ordinance violation.
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. The officer making such service shall be allowed to 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.
The Mayor shall sign the commissions and appointments of all City Officers elected or appointed in the City and shall approve all official bonds unless otherwise prescribed by ordinance.
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 he/she is hereby authorized to call on every male inhabitant of the City over eighteen (18) years of age and under fifty (50) to aid in enforcing the laws.
The Mayor shall, from time to time, communicate to the Board of Aldermen 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.
The Mayor shall have power to remit fines and forfeitures, and to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses arising under the ordinances of the City; but this Section shall not be so construed as to authorize the Mayor to remit any costs which may have accrued to any officer of said City by reason of any prosecution under the laws or ordinances of such City.
[CC 1964 §310.080]
The Board of Aldermen shall hold its regular meetings on the first (1st) Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M., provided however, that when the day fixed for any regular meeting of the Board falls upon a day designated by law as a legal or national holiday, such meeting shall be held at the same hour on the next succeeding day not a holiday.
Special meetings may be called by the Mayor or by any four (4) members of the Board by written request filed with the City Clerk, who shall thereupon prepare a notice of such special meeting in conformance with Chapter 120, Open Meetings, of this Code.
At the hour appointed, the Mayor, or in his/her absence the Acting 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. Four (4) of the Aldermen shall constitute a quorum. If a quorum not be present, a smaller number may lawfully adjourn the meeting from day to day until a quorum is present.
[Ord. No. 2020-002, 6-4-2020]
Members of the Board of Aldermen are expected to be in attendance at a majority of Board of Aldermen meetings.
When an Alderman has missed four (4) of the twelve (12) regularly scheduled board meetings in a calendar year, the Mayor or the Board may have said member removed following the protocol set out in Section 115.020, which Section is based on Section 79.240, RSMo. Missing the number of meetings as set forth herein shall be deemed to be a presumption of "for cause shown," as set out in Section 115.020, for removal. Exceptions may be made when the absence is due to health or emergency situations.
When an Alderman has missed two (2) consecutive specially called board meetings in a calendar year, when seven (7) days' notice of said meeting was given, the Mayor or Board may have said member removed following the protocol set out in Section 115.020, which Section is based on Section 79.240, RSMo. Missing the number of meetings as set forth herein shall be deemed to be a presumption of "for cause shown," as set out in Section 115.020, for removal. Exceptions may be made when the absence is due health or emergency situations.
[CC 1964 §310.060]
In the event neither the Mayor or Acting President of the Board of Aldermen are present at the hour appointed for the meeting, the City Clerk shall call the Board to order and the members of the Board present shall elect a temporary Chairman who shall take the chair and perform the duties of Presiding Officer until such time as the Mayor or Acting President arrives, at which time he/she shall relinquish the chair.
[CC 1964 §310.100]
All regular and special meetings of the Board of Aldermen shall be held at City Hall, Northmoor, Missouri, or at such other place as shall be designated by the Board from time to time.
[CC 1964 §310.110]
The business of the Board shall be taken up for consideration and disposition in the following order:
[CC 1964 §310.120]
After the meeting is called to order and before proceeding with the business of the Board, the City Clerk or his/her deputy shall call the roll of the members, and the names of those present shall be entered in the minutes.
[CC 1964 §310.130]
Any person desiring to address the Board shall first secure the permission of the Presiding Officer to do so. He/she shall give his/her name and address in an audible tone of voice for the records, shall limit his/her address to five (5) minutes unless further time is granted and shall address all remarks to the Board as a body and not to any member thereof and shall ask no question of an Alderman, except through the Presiding Officer.
[CC 1964 §310.140]
Unless the Presiding Officer rules otherwise, taxpayers or residents of the City, or their authorized legal representatives, may address the Board by oral communications on any matter concerning the City's business or any matter over which the Board has control, provided that preference shall be given to those persons who may have notified the City Clerk in advance of their desire to speak in order that the same may appear on the agenda of the Board.
[CC 1964 §310.160]
Interested persons or their authorized representatives may address the Board by reading of protests, petitions or communications relating to sewer and street proceedings, hearing on protests, appeals and petitions or similar matters, in regard to matters then under consideration, unless the Presiding Officer rules otherwise.
[CC 1964 §310.180]
Any person making personal, impertinent or slanderous remarks or who shall become boisterous while addressing the Board shall be forthwith, by the Presiding Officer, barred from further audience before the Board, unless permission to continue be granted by a majority vote of the Board. While the Board is in session, the members must preserve order and decorum, and a member shall neither, by conversation or otherwise, delay or interrupt the proceedings or the peace of the Board, nor disturb any member while speaking or refuse to obey the orders of the Board or its Presiding Officer.
[CC 1964 §310.190]
The Chief of Police, or such person as the Board may designate, shall be sergeant at arms of the Board meetings. The sergeant at arms shall carry out all orders and instructions given by the Presiding Officer for the purpose of maintaining order and decorum at the Board meeting. Upon instructions of the Presiding Officer, it shall be the duty of the sergeant at arms, or any of them present, to place any person who violates the order and decorum of the meeting under arrest and cause him/her to be prosecuted under the provisions of this Code, the complaint to be signed by the Presiding Officer.
[CC 1964 §310.220]
All special committees shall be appointed by the Presiding Officer, unless otherwise directed by the Board.