Cross Reference — As to pay plan, see Ord. No. 1453, on file in city offices.
Article I Mayor and Board of Aldermen — Generally
Article II Board of Aldermen Meetings
[Ord. No. 3383 §1, 1-23-2014]
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.
Any person desiring to be a candidate for any elective office in the City shall be a registered voter in the City of Fenton, St. Louis County, Missouri.
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.
[R.O. 2006 §105.010; Ord. No. 413 §1, 11-15-1976]
The style of ordinances of the City of Fenton shall be: "Be it ordained by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Fenton, Missouri, as follows:".
[R.O. 2006 §105.020; Ord. No. 413 §2, 11-15-1976]
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.
[R.O. 2006 §105.030; Ord. No. 1157 §1, 11-21-1988; Ord. No. 3446 §1, 7-24-2014]
All bills shall be read two (2) times before their final passage.
[R.O. 2006 §105.040; Ord. No. 1328 §1, 10-16-1989; Ord. No. 3446 §2, 7-24-2014]
All bills shall be introduced to the Board of Aldermen in writing. The first and second readings shall be of the full bill in its entirety, or by title only.
If the reading of the bill is by title only, copies of the bill shall be made available for public inspection prior to the time the bill is under consideration by the Board of Aldermen.
[R.O. 2006 §105.050; Ord. No. 1157 §1, 11-21-1988; Ord. No. 1238§1, 5-15-1989; Ord. No. 3446 §3, 7-24-2014]
No bill shall become an ordinance until it shall have been presented at two (2) meetings of the Board of Aldermen except in the following situations:
Three-fourths of members of the Board of Aldermen present so vote. When the Board of Aldermen shall by three-fourths vote of the members present vote to allow the reading of the bill two (2) times.
Budgeted contract amount. When a bill is presented approving the form of a contract and authorizing the Mayor to execute and when said contract shall be authorizing the provision of services or the provision of supplies previously established in the budget of the City of Fenton and the total expenditure shall be less than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) then said bill may be read two (2) times at the same meeting, except if objection shall be made by a majority of the members of the Board of Aldermen present. If objection is made to the reading of said bill approving the form of a contract by either a majority of the members of the Board of Aldermen present, then said bill shall be presented at two (2) meetings. In all cases when an objection is made, a reason shall be stated and set out in the minutes.
[R.O. 2006 §105.060; Ord. No. 1157 §1, 11-21-1988]
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 §105.070; Ord. No. 1157 §1, 11-21-1988]
Every bill duly passed by the Board of Aldermen as herein provided and presented to the Mayor and by him/her approved shall become an ordinance.
[R.O. 2006 §105.080; Ord. No. 1157 §1, 11-21-1988]
Every bill presented to the Mayor as herein provided but returned at the next regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen 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:
The Mayor shall have the 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 bill 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 120.100, 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.
[R.O. 2006 §120.100; Ord. No. 1056 §1, 1-18-1988]
The Mayor and members of the Board of Aldermen shall receive such compensation as may be designated from time to time by ordinance as approved by the Board of Aldermen.
[R.O. 2006 §120.060; Ord. No. 7 §5, 9-11-1956; Ord. No. 3431 §1, 6-26-2014]
The Board of Aldermen will meet annually on the fourth Thursday in April or as soon thereafter as possible to approve the Board membership. Membership of the Board committees will be decided by the Board of Aldermen with the following conditions:
Each ward shall decide among them which member shall serve on which committee so that one Alderman from each ward serves on each committee and present such selection to the Board for Board approval. If the two (2) members from each ward cannot decide on which Board committee each shall serve upon, the majority of the remaining members of the Board of Aldermen shall vote upon which committee each Alderman from that specific ward shall serve. Once the membership of each committee is established, each committee shall select a Chairman subject to the condition in Subsection (B)(1)(c) above.
Meetings. Unless otherwise changed by a majority vote of the Board of Aldermen, the Board committees shall meet on the first and second Thursday of every month.
[R.O. 2006 §120.010; Ord. No. 1082 §1, 3-21-1988; Ord. No. 1275 §1, 8-21-1989; Ord. No. 1362 §1, 3-19-1990; Ord. No. 2971 §1, 6-16-2008]
The regular meetings of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Fenton shall be held on the fourth (4th) Thursday of each month at the hour of 7:00 P.M. at Fenton City Hall, Fenton, Missouri, effective August 1, 2008.
Committee meeting(s) of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Fenton shall be held on the first (1st) and second (2nd) Thursdays of each month at the hour of 7:00 P.M. at Fenton City Hall, Fenton, Missouri, effective August 1, 2008.
All meetings of the Board of Aldermen, whether regular, special or committee, shall end on or before 10:30 P.M. CST/DST, unless by a vote of the majority of the Board members present, the business to be conducted is declared a valid emergency.
Exception. When the regular meeting date falls on a nationally observed holiday, the meeting date will be adjusted accordingly. The City Clerk will give appropriate notice to all concerned parties at least thirty (30) days in advance of such occasion.
Special meetings may be called by the Mayor upon notification to the City Clerk who shall thereupon prepare a notice of such special meeting in conformance with Chapter 101, Open Meetings and Records Policy, 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. A majority of the members elected to the Board 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.
[R.O. 2006 §120.030; Ord. No. 1 §3, 7-22-1954]
Members of the Board of Aldermen shall be required to attend all stated and special meetings of the Board unless leave is granted by the Board, or unless excused by the Chairman or Acting Chairman for illness or other special reason.
[R.O. 2006 §120.050; Ord. No. 7 §3, 9-11-1956]
The Mayor shall call the meetings of the Board of Aldermen to order, or in his/her absence the President of the Board of Aldermen or in their absence a Temporary Chairman, elected from the Aldermen present at the meeting to preside during such meeting, shall call the meeting to order. The Clerk shall then call the roll and shall announce whether or not a quorum is present.
[R.O. 2006 §120.090; Ord. No. 7 §7, 9-11-1956; Ord. No. 3263 §1, 5-24-2012]
Roberts Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings of the Board of Aldermen and any question of procedure arising before said Board shall be determined thereby. The decision concerning compliance with Roberts Rules of Order shall be made by the City Attorney subject to appeal to the Board of Aldermen, which appeal may be made by any member of the Board of Aldermen.