City of Hazelwood, MO
St. Louis County
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[Ord. No. 4456-16 §1, 1-20-2016; Ord. No. 4457-16 §1, 1-20-2016 both passed in election of 4-5-2016]
There shall be administrative departments as may be created from time to time as specified by ordinance.
There shall be Boards and Commissions as may be created from time to time as specified by ordinance.
All departments, Boards and Commissions shall have such powers and perform such duties as are prescribed by law or by this Charter or as may be prescribed by Ordinance, not inconsistent with law or Charter provisions. Nothing herein shall be construed as to prevent the Council from authorizing the execution of any contract between the City and any other governmental body, public agency or any one for the rendition of any service or function assigned by the Charter to a department of the City.
Each Board or Commission shall maintain a written journal of its proceedings, said journal to be a public record and open to public inspection, and may establish such rules of procedure and organization as it deems necessary, not inconsistent with the Charter, laws or Ordinances.
Each administrative department shall be under the supervision and control of a director who shall be appointed by the City Manager and who shall have supervision and control of the department subject to the authority of the City Manager. Two (2) or more departments may be headed by the same person and the City Manager may himself serve as director of one or more departments.
[Ord. No. 4456-16 §1, 1-20-2016; Ord. No. 4457-16 §1, 1-20-2016 both passed in election of 4-5-2016[1]]
Neither the City Manager nor any person holding an administrative office or any employee thereunder shall, while holding such office or employment, be a candidate for the Council or engage, directly or indirectly in sponsoring any person as a candidate for the Council except as permitted by law or as the Council may provide by Ordinance. Any person violating the provisions of any restrictions imposed by ordinance pursuant to this Section shall be discharged from the employ of the City.
Editor’s Note: Ord. No. 4456-16 also repealed Article V, Section 5, Fire Department, Section 6, Police Department, Section 7, Department of Public Works, Section 8, Department of Finance, Section 9, Division of Purchases, which all immediately followed. Same also repealed former Article V, Section 15, Parks and Recreation, which derived from Ord. No. 2706-95, 12-13-1995. Article V, remaining Sections (10) through (14) were redesignated as Sections (5) through (9), respectively.
The fiscal and budget year shall, unless otherwise provided by Ordinance, begin on the first day of July and end on the last day of June of each year.
[Ord. No. 2706-95, 12-13-1995 passed in election of 4-2-1996]
The City Manager shall present to the Council a proposed annual budget prepared in such manner as may be provided by Ordinance and in accordance with the accepted principles of municipal budgeting. The budget shall be presented to the Council not less than thirty (30) days prior to the beginning of the fiscal year, or at such prior time as the Council may fix by Ordinance. The Council may adopt the budget as submitted or may amend the proposed budget in any respects.
Public hearing. At the meeting of the Council at which the budget is submitted the Council shall fix the time and place for a public hearing thereon. The City Clerk shall immediately provide by advertisement in a newspaper of general circulation in the City, by such other means as may be directed by the Council, for general notice to the public for said hearing.
[Ord. No. 4457-16 §1, 1-20-2016 passed in election of 4-5-2016]
Public record. The proposed budget and all supporting schedules shall be a public record in the office of the City Clerk and open to public inspection. The City Manager shall have sufficient copies of the proposed budget prepared for distribution to interested persons.
Appropriation ordinance. The City Manager shall present along with the annual budget an appropriation Bill which, if adopted, will authorize and approve the said budget. Such Bill may be altered or amended by the members of the Council. A favorable vote of the majority of the members of the Council shall be necessary for the adoption of the appropriation Ordinance. If the appropriation Bill as presented has not been adopted as set forth herein so that it is effective by or on the first day of the fiscal year, then the Bill as presented shall become effective as if it had been so adopted.
Appropriations. From the effective day of the budget and appropriation Ordinance, the several amounts stated therein shall be appropriated to the objects, purposes, departments and offices. The City Manager may control the rate at which any appropriation is expended during the period of appropriation, by allotment or other means, and may reduce the expenditures of the City or its agencies below the appropriations whenever the actual revenues are less than the revenue estimates upon which the appropriations were based.
Transfer of unencumbered appropriations. The City Manager may transfer any unencumbered appropriation balance or portion thereof from one classification of expenditure to another within a department or office. At the request of the City Manager, the Council may by Resolution transfer any unencumbered appropriation balance or portion thereof from one department or office to another. All appropriations shall lapse at the end of the budget year to the extent that they shall not have been spent or lawfully encumbered.
Emergency appropriations. At any time during the budget year, the Council may, upon recommendation of the City Manager, make emergency appropriations to meet a pressing need for public expenditure to protect the public health, safety or welfare. Such appropriation shall be by Resolution adopted by the favorable vote of at least six (6) members of the Council. The total amount of all emergency appropriations made in any budget year shall not exceed five (5) percent of the total operating appropriation made in the budget for that year.
[Ord. No. 1778-85, 1-30-1985 passed in election of 4-2-1985]
The Council shall, by Ordinance, after the appropriation Ordinance and budget are adopted, set the tax rates. Should the Council fail to act, the tax rate previously fixed shall be the rate for the budget year.
An independent audit of all accounts and other evidences of financial transactions of the City government shall be made at the close of the fiscal year, and at such other times as the Council may deem necessary, by a certified public accountant to be selected by the Council.
The City may issue its negotiable bonds in evidence of indebtedness incurred for any purpose which may be authorized in this Charter, and for any purpose for which any City is authorized to incur indebtedness under the Constitution and laws of the State. If, under the Constitution and laws of the State, an election is required to authorize the issuance of any bonds, the number of votes required for approval shall be as therein specified. Notice of such elections shall be given and such elections held, conducted and the returns made, canvassed and declared in the manner provided by Ordinance consistent with the Constitution and laws of the State.
All bonds shall be sold at public sale upon sealed proposals. At least fifteen (15) days prior to the date of sale, the Director of Finance shall give notice by direct mail and by such other advertising as the Council may direct to all parties and financial institutions which, in his opinion, may be interested in the purchase of such bonds.
[Ord. No. 4454-16 §1, 1-20-2016; Ord. No. 4457-16 §1, 1-20-2016 both passed in election of 4-5-2016]
There is hereby created a Compensation Commission, a short-term, interim study commission brought together at four-year intervals for the purpose of fixing the compensation for elected officials of the City as hereinafter provided. The Commission shall consist of the then-serving Chairpersons of the Civil Service Board, City Plan Commission and Parks and Recreation Board. The Chairperson of the Civil Service Board shall serve as Chair of the Compensation Commission. Members of the Commission shall receive no compensation for their services on the Commission.
Beginning on August 1, 2016 and on August 1st of each fourth year thereafter the members of the Compensation Commission shall be summoned to convene by the City Clerk. The Commission shall review and study the relationship of compensation to the duties of all elected City officials and compensation paid to elected officials in the St. Louis, Missouri, metropolitan area performing similar services and shall fix the compensation for each position. The Commission shall file its schedule of compensation with the City Clerk no later than the first day of October following. The schedule of compensation shall become effective unless disapproved by a resolution adopted by a two-thirds majority vote of the City Council before December 1 following the filing of the schedule. The schedule shall apply and represent the compensation for each elected office commencing with the beginning of the term of office for each person elected to that office following the filing of the schedule. If a schedule is disapproved as provided herein the compensation shall be unchanged.