Incorporated, February 17, 1869, the City of Wright City became a Fourth Class City under the laws of the State on March 9, 1944.
[CC §110.020; Ord. No. 2, 10-8-1959]
The boundaries of the City of Wright City are as now constituted and shown by records in the Recorder's Office of Warren County, Missouri, and records of the City of Wright City, Missouri.
The Official Seal of the City shall be a metallic disc not more than two (2) inches in diameter with the words "City of Wright City, Missouri" engraved in the border, and the words "Corporate Seal" engraved across the center.
The official time for the City shall be that established by State Statute or Federal law or regulation.
[CC §110.100: Ord. No. 3, 10-8-1959; Ord. No. 519 §I, 2-24-2005]
The Board of Aldermen shall hold regular meetings on the second (2nd) and fourth (4th) Thursdays of each month at 6:30 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 a day designated by the Board of Aldermen.
[CC §110.110; Ord. No. 3, 10-8-1959]
All regular meetings of the Board of Aldermen shall be held in the City Hall Chambers of the City.
[CC §110.115: Ord. No. 3, 10-8-1959]
The Mayor shall call special meetings of the Board whenever in his opinion the public business may require it, or at the express written request of any two (2) members of the Board. Whenever a special meeting shall be called, a summons or a notice in writing signed by the Mayor or the President of the Board shall be served upon each member of the Board either in person or by notice left at his place of residence, stating the date and hour of the meeting and the purpose for which the meeting is called, and no business shall be transacted thereat, except as is stated in the notice. Provided, any Alderman may waive such notice in writing, or is deemed waived if the Alderman attends the meeting, except in cases where such attendance is for the specific purpose of contesting the regularity of proceedings leading up to the special meeting.
[CC §110.130; Ord. No. 3, 10-8-1959]
The only standing committee of the Board shall be the Committee of the Whole. The President of the Board shall be the Presiding Officer of the Committee of the Whole, and the rules of proceedings in the Board shall be observed in the Committee of the Whole as far as the same may be applicable.
[CC §110.140; Ord. No. 3, 10-8-1959]
All meetings of the Board shall be open to the public. Promptly at the hour set by law on the day of each regular meeting, the members of the Board, the City Clerk, City Attorney and Mayor shall take their regular stations in the Board Chambers, and the business of the Board shall be taken up for consideration and disposition in the following order:
Approval of minutes of previous meeting.
Petitions, remonstrances and communications.
Introduction and adoption of resolutions and ordinances.
Report of officers, boards and committees.
[CC §110.150: Ord. No. 3, 10-8-1959]
The Mayor shall take the chair precisely at the hour appointed for the meeting, and shall immediately call the Board to order. In the absence of the Mayor, the President of the Board or the City Clerk, or his assistant shall call the Board to order, whereupon a temporary chairman shall be elected by the members present. Upon the arrival of the Mayor or President of the Board, the temporary chairman shall immediately relinquish the chair upon the conclusion of the business immediately before the Board.
[CC §110.160; Ord. No. 3, 10-8-1959]
A majority of all the members elected to the Board shall constitute a quorum at any regular or special meeting of the Board. In the absence of a quorum, the Presiding Officer, shall, at the insistence of any two (2) members present, compel the attendance of absent members.
[CC §110.170; Ord. No. 3, 10-8-1959]
Before proceeding with the business of the Board, the City Clerk or his deputy shall call the roll of the members, and the names of those present shall be entered in the minutes.
[CC §110.180; Ord. No. 3, 10-8-1959]
All reports, communications, ordinances, resolutions, contract documents or other matters to be submitted to the Board shall, at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to each Board meeting, be delivered to the City Clerk whereupon the City Clerk shall immediately arrange a list of such matters according to the order of business. None of the foregoing matters shall be presented to the Board by administrative officials except those of an urgent nature, and the same, when so presented, shall have the written approval of the Mayor before presentation.
[CC §110.190; Ord. No. 4, 8-16-1954]
The Board 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 may prescribe and enforce such rules as it may find necessary for the expeditious transaction of its business.
[CC §110.200; Ord. No. 3, 10-8-1959]
Unless the reading of the minutes of a Board meeting is requested by a member of the Board, such minutes may be approved without reading if the City Clerk has previously furnished each member with a synopsis thereof.
[CC §110.210; Ord. No. 3, 10-8-1959]
All reports and resolutions shall be filed with the City Clerk and entered on the minutes.
[CC §110.220; Ord. No. 3, 10-8-1959]
Any member shall have the right to have the reason for his dissent from or protest against, any action of the Board on the minutes.
An Alderman may request the privilege of having an abstract of his statement on any subject under consideration by the Board entered in the minutes. Such Alderman's abstract shall be entered as submitted in the official minutes.
The City Clerk may be directed by the Presiding Officer with the consent of the Board, to enter in the minutes a synopsis of the discussion on any question coming regularly before the Board.
[CC §110.230; Ord. No. 3, 10-8-1959]
Any person desiring to address the Board shall first secure the permission of the Presiding Officer so to do, provided however, that under the following headings of business, unless the Presiding Officer rules otherwise, any qualified person may address the Board without securing such prior permission:
Written communications. Interested parties or their authorized representative may address the Board by written communications in regard to matters then under discussion.
Oral communications. 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 however, 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.
Reading of protests. Interested persons or their authorized representative may address the Board by reading of protests, petitions or communications relating to zoning, sewer and street proceedings, hearings on protests, appeals and petitions, or similar matters, in regard to matters then under consideration.
Time limit. Each person addressing the Board shall give his name and address in an audible tone of voice for the record, and unless further time is granted by the Board, shall limit his address to five (5) minutes. All remarks shall be addressed to the Board as a body and not to any member thereof. No person, other than the Board and the person having the floor, shall be permitted to enter into any discussion, either directly or through a member of the Board, without the permission of the Presiding Officer. No questions shall be asked a Board member except through the Presiding Officer.
Addressing the board after a motion is made. After a motion is made by the Board, no person shall address the Board without first securing the permission of the Board so to do.
Public inquiries. Any person desiring to ask a question of the Board shall submit the same in writing to the City Clerk.
[CC §110.250; Ord. No. 3, 10-8-1959]
The Committee of the Whole may make its reports in writing, and shall return the petition, resolution, account or other paper submitted for consideration.
[CC §110.260; Ord. No. 3, 10-8-1959]
No account or other demand against the City shall be allowed until the same has been considered and reported upon by the Committee of the Whole.
[CC §110.270; Ord. No. 3, 10-8-1959]
A motion to adjourn shall always be in order and decided without debate.
[CC §110.390; Ord. No. 3, 10-8-1959]
Board Members. 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, except as otherwise herein provided.
Citizens. 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.
Enforcement. The Chief of Police, or such member or members of the Police Department as he may designate, shall be Sergeant-at-Arms of the Board meetings. He or they, 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 to be prosecuted under the provisions of this Code, the complaint to be signed by the Presiding Officer.
[CC §110.400; Ord. No. 3, 10-8-1959]
Permission to Speak. Every member desiring to speak shall address the Chair, and, upon recognition by the Presiding Officer, shall confine himself to the question under debate, avoiding all personalities and indecorous language.
Interruptions. A member, once recognized, shall not be interrupted when speaking unless it be to call him to order, or as herein otherwise provided. If a member, while speaking, be called to order, he shall cease speaking until the question of order be determined, and, if in order, he shall be permitted to proceed.
Privilege of Closing Debate. The Alderman moving the adoption of an ordinance or resolution shall have the privilege of closing the debate.
Motion to Reconsider. A motion to reconsider any action taken by the Board may be made only on the day such action was taken. It may be made either immediately during the same session, or at a recessed or adjourned session thereof. Such motion must be made by one of the prevailing side, but may be seconded by any member, and may be made at any time and have precedence over all other motions or while a member has the floor, it shall be debatable. Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent any member of the Board from making or remaking the same or any other motion at a subsequent meeting of the Board.
[CC §110.500; Ord. No. 4, 8-16-1954]
Whenever it is provided that an advertisement or notice shall be published in a newspaper published in this City, and there shall, in fact, be no newspaper published in this City, then said advertisement shall be published in the next nearest newspaper published in the County.