Article I Mayor and Board of Aldermen — Generally
Article II Board of Aldermen Meetings
[R.O. 2014 §110.010]
No person shall be an Alderman unless he/she is 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.
[R.O. 2014 §110.020]
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.
[R.O. 2014 §110.030]
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.
[R.O. 2014 §110.040]
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.
[R.O. 2014 §110.050]
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.
[R.O. 2014 §110.060]
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. 2014 §110.070]
The style of the ordinances of the City shall be: "Be it ordained by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Marshfield, 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.
[R.O. 2014 §110.080]
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 (2/3) 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.
[R.O. 2014 §110.090]
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.
[R.O. 2014 §110.100]
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.
[R.O. 2014 §110.110]
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.
[R.O. 2014 §110.120]
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.
[R.O. 2014 §110.130]
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.
[R.O. 2014 §110.140]
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.
[Ord. No. 1704 §1, 5-26-2016]
The Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Board of Aldermen, does hereby have the authority to establish standing and ad hoc committees to serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of Aldermen or which may otherwise be necessary or advisable for the best interests of the City. The members of any such committee shall serve at the will of the Board of Aldermen, may be removed without cause, and shall serve without compensation. Except as otherwise provided herein or required by law, the composition of membership of any such committee shall be no less than seventy-five percent (75%) residents of the City. Each committee may choose to adopt rules and procedures that are reasonably necessary for the expeditious transaction of its business and which are in conformance with Missouri law and with City policy; provided, however, that a majority of the voting members shall constitute the minimum quorum for the transaction of business.
[R.O. 2014 §110.150; Ord. No. 1027 §1, 8-14-2003; Ord. No. 1523 §1, 4-26-2012]
The Board of Aldermen shall hold regular meetings at the City Council Chambers at the Marshfield City Hall on South Marshall Street in the City of Marshfield, Missouri, on the second (2nd) and fourth (4th) Thursday nights of each month at 6:30 P.M., and may hold adjourned meetings at any time, which shall be, to all intents and purposes, continuations of the regular meetings.
[R.O. 2014 §110.160; Ord. No. 1027 §2, 8-14-2003]
The Board of Aldermen shall hold special meetings upon the call of the Mayor and/or two (2) members of the Board of Aldermen, which shall specify the purpose for which said meeting is called; each member of the Board of Aldermen shall be served with a copy of the notice of said meeting specifying the date, time, place and purpose. No business shall be transacted at any special meeting except that set forth in the called notice therefore.
[R.O. 2014 §110.170; Ord. No. 1027 §3, 8-14-2003]
A quorum for the transaction of business shall consist of a majority of all members elected to the Board of Aldermen, and when no quorum is present at any meeting, it shall stand adjourned until the next regular meeting.
[R.O. 2014 §110.180; Ord. No. 1324 §§1 — 3, 2-28-2008]
The Chief of Police, or such members of the Police Department as he may designate, shall be Sergeant-At-Arms of the Board of Aldermen meetings. He shall carry out all orders and instructions given by the Mayor for the purpose of maintaining order and decorum at the Board of Aldermen meetings.
No person shall make personal, impertinent or slanderous remarks or otherwise disturb the order and decorum of any Board of Aldermen meeting.
The Sergeant-At-Arms at the directions of the Mayor shall remove any person violating the order and decorum of Board of Aldermen meetings.