[R.O of 1966 §310.010]
The corporate powers of the City shall be vested in the Mayor and Board of Aldermen who shall have the care, management and control of the City and it finances, and shall have power to enact and ordain any and all ordinances not repugnant to the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri 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. of 1966 §203.010]
The Board of Aldermen shall consist of six (6) Alderman: Two (2) of whom shall be residents of the First Ward; two (2) of whom shall be residents of the Second Ward and two (2) of whom shall be residents of the Third Ward.
No person shall be an Alderman unless he be at least twenty-one (21) years of age, a citizen of the United States, and an inhabitant and resident of the City of Plattsburg, for one (1) year next preceding his election, and a resident of the ward from which he is elected.
[R.O. of 1966 §203.030]
Each Aldermen shall receive for his services a sum as set by the Board, payable semi-annually.
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. of 1966 §310.040]
The Presiding Officer of the Board of Aldermen shall be the Mayor, or in his absence, the Acting President of the Board of Aldermen. The Presiding Officer shall preserve strict order and decorum at all regular and special meetings of the Board of Aldermen. He shall state every question coming before the Board, and announce the decision of the Board on all subjects.
[R.O. of 1966 §310.060]
The Presiding Officer shall take the chair precisely at the hour appointed for the meeting and shall immediately call the Board to order.
Temporary Chair. 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 shall relinquish the chair.
[R.O. of 1966 §310.070]
The Presiding Officer shall decide all questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Board, in which event a majority vote of the Board shall conclusively determine the question of order. He shall not vote on any question, except in a case of a tie, nor shall he preside or vote in cases where he is interested. He shall sign all ordinances and resolutions adopted by the Board during his presence.
[R.O. of 1966 §310.080; Ord. No. 1236, 2-14-1989; Ord. No. 1372, 6-8-1998; Ord. No. 1432 §1, 12-13-2000; Ord. No. 2052 §1, 12-8-2010; Ord. No. 2157 §§1—3, 5-9-2013]
The Board of Aldermen shall hold its regular meetings on the second Thursday 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 that is not a holiday. Meeting dates and/or times can be changed with consent of the Board of Aldermen. Any regular meeting that is changed shall conform to the Sunshine Laws of Missouri at that time.
[R.O. of 1966 §310.090]
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 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 such meeting is called. No business shall be transacted at any special meeting except such business as is stated in the notice.
[R.O. of 1966 §310.100]
All regular and special meetings of the Board of Aldermen shall be held at City Hall, Plattsburg, Missouri, or at such other place as shall be designated by the Board from time to time.
[R.O. of 1966 §310.110]
The business of the Board shall be taken up for consideration and disposition in the following order:
Approval of minutes of previous meeting.
Petitioners, remonstrances, and communications.
Introduction and adoption of resolutions and ordinances.
Report of Officers — Boards — Committees.
[R.O. of 1966 §310.120]
After the meeting is called to order and 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.
[R.O. of 1966 §310.130]
Any person desiring to address the Board shall first secure the permission of the Presiding Officer so to do. He shall give his name and address in an audible tone of voice for the records, shall limit his 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.
[R.O. of 1966 §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.
[R.O. of 1966 §310.150]
Interested parties or their authorized representatives may address the Board by written communications in regard to matters then under discussion, unless the Presiding Officer rules otherwise.
[R.O. of 1966 §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.
[R.O. of 1966 §310.170]
The Presiding Officer may move, second and debate from the chair, subject only to such limitations of debate as are by these rules imposed on all members of the Board. No Alderman shall be deprived of any of the rights and privileges of an Alderman by reason of his acting as the Presiding Officer. Every member desiring to speak shall address the chair, and shall wait until he is recognized by the Presiding Officer. Every member shall confine himself to the question under debate, and avoid all personalities and indecorous language. A member, once recognized, shall not be interrupted when speaking, unless it be to call him to order, and in that event he shall cease speaking until the question for order be determined. The member of the Board moving the adoption of an ordinance or resolution shall have the privilege of closing the debate. A motion to reconsider any action taken by the Board may be made on the day such action was taken and must be made by one of the prevailing side, but may be seconded by any member, is debatable, and has precedence over all other motions. A member of the Board may request, through the Presiding Officer, the privilege of having an abstract of his statement on any subject under consideration by the Board entered in the minutes, and if the Board consents thereto, such statement shall be entered in the minutes. The 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.
[R.O. of 1966 §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 refusing to obey the orders of the Board or its Presiding Officer.
[R.O. of 1966 §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 to be prosecuted under the provisions of this Code, the complaint to be signed by the Presiding Officer.
[R.O. of 1966 §310.200]
A majority of all the members elected to the Board shall constitute a quorum at any regular or special meeting of the Board of Aldermen. When a quorum is present any resolution or motion shall be passed by a majority vote of the Board members present in regular or special session. Unless a member of the Board states that he is not voting, his silence shall be recorded as an affirmative vote.
[R.O. of 1966 §310.210]
No person, except City Officials, their representatives and newspaper reporters, shall be permitted within the rail in front of the Board Chamber without express consent of the Presiding Officer.
[R.O. of 1966 §310.220]
All Special Committees shall be appointed by the Presiding Officer, unless otherwise directed by the Board.
[R.O. of 1966 §310.230]
No account or other demand against the City shall be allowed until the same has been considered and approved by the majority of the Board members present.
[R.O. of 1966 §310.240]
The style of the ordinances shall be, "Be it ordained by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Plattsburg, Missouri, as follows:" All ordinances shall be prepared by the City Attorney. No ordinance shall be prepared for presentation to the Board, or requested in writing by the Mayor, or prepared by the City Attorney on his own initiative.
[Ord. No. 1188 §1, 9-11-1984]
Ordinances must be introduced and sponsored by a member of the Board, except that the Mayor or City Attorney may present ordinances to the Board, and any member of the Board may assume sponsorship thereof by moving that such ordinances be adopted; otherwise, they shall not be considered.
Style of Ordinance, How Passed. The style of ordinances of the City of Plattsburg, shall be: "Be it ordained by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Plattsburg, 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. of 1966 §310.270]
A motion to adjourn shall always be in order and decided without debate.