Article I Mayor
Article II Board of Aldermen
[R.O. 2013 §110.010; CC 1984 §2-66; Ord. No. 162 §2, 2-15-1937]
When two (2) or more persons shall have an equal number of votes for the office of Mayor and a higher number of votes than any other candidate, the matter shall be determined as provided for by State Statute.
[R.O. 2013 §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. 2013 §110.030; CC 1984 §2-67; Ord. No. 162 §3, 2-15-1937]
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 the City are complied with.
[R.O. 2013 §110.040; CC 1984 §2-68; Ord. No. 10 §1, 8-24-1917; Ord. No. 145 §1, 12-4-1936; Ord. No. 162 §4, 2-15-1937; Ord. No. 1697 §1, 2-22-2006]
The Mayor, with the consent and approval of the majority of the members of the Board of Aldermen, shall have power to appoint a Treasurer, City Attorney and Municipal Judge, such officers to hold their office until their successors are appointed and qualified; and if deemed for the best interests of the City, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen may by ordinance employ special counsel to represent the City, either in the case of a vacancy in the office of the City Attorney or to assist the City Attorney, and pay reasonable compensation therefor.
[R.O. 2013 §110.050; CC 1984 §2-69; Ord. No. 162 §7, 2-15-1937]
The Mayor shall sign the commissions and appointments of all City Officers elected or appointed in the City and shall, with the Board of Aldermen, approve all official bonds.
He/she shall sign and properly execute all deeds to purchasers of real estate which the City may sell when properly authorized to do so by the Board of Aldermen, and cause the City Clerk to attest the same and affix thereto the City Seal and keep a true and accurate record thereof in a book to be provided for that purpose.
[R.O. 2013 §110.060; CC 1984 §2-70; Ord. No. 162 §8, 2-15-1937]
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, police, health, security, ornament, comfort and general prosperity of the City.
[R.O. 2013 §110.070; CC 1984 §2-71; Ord. No. 162 §9, 2-15-1937]
The Mayor or Board of Aldermen shall have power, as often as he/she or the Board may deem it necessary, to require any officer of the City to exhibit his/her accounts or other papers or records, and to make report to the Board of Aldermen in writing, touching any matter relating to his/her office.
[R.O. 2013 §110.080; CC 1984 §2-72; Ord. No. 162 §10, 2-15-1937]
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. 2013 §110.090; CC 1984 §2-74; Ord. No. 162 §16, 2-15-1937]
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. 2013 §110.100; CC 1984 §2-75; Ord. No. 743 §2, 5-3-1982; Ord. No. 1600 §1, 6-2-2003]
The Mayor may hire a secretary to assist that officer in the performance of the duties of Mayor, the salary and hours thereof to be set forth in the annual salary ordinance of the City.
[R.O. 2013 §110.110; CC 1984 §2-86; Ord. No. 162 §2, 2-15-1937]
The Board of Aldermen shall be composed of two (2) Aldermen from each Ward.
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 of the ward from which he/she is elected.
[R.O. 2013 §110.130; CC 1984 §2-87; Ord. No. 161 §1, 2-15-1937]
Whenever there shall be a tie in the election of Aldermen, the matter shall be determined by State Statute.
[R.O. 2013 §110.140; CC 1984 §2-88; Ord. No. 1308 §§1 — 2, 11-4-1996]
Except as otherwise provided by ordinance or Statute, Robert's Rules of Order shall be enforced and govern the proceedings of the Board of Aldermen meetings and all other meetings of the City boards and commissions, so far as practical; and the Mayor or Acting President, as the case may be, shall decide all questions which may arise according to such parliamentary usage.
[R.O. 2013 §110.150; CC 1984 §2-89; Res. of 2-5-1937, Rule 1; Ord. No. 161 §3, 2-15-1937; Ord. No. 315, 6-18-1956; Ord. No. 1204 §2-89, 12-5-1994; Ord. No. 1439 §1, 2-16-1999; Ord. No. 1524 §1, 1-16-2001]
The regular meetings of the Board of Aldermen shall be held the first (1st) and third (3rd) Mondays of each month and at the hour as shall be ordered by the Board provided that if the first (1st) and third (3rd) Mondays of the month fall on a national legal holiday, the regular Board meeting may be held on the following Tuesday or such date as is agreed to by a majority vote of the Board.
[R.O. 2013 §110.160; CC 1984 §2-90; Ord. No. 161 §4, 2-15-1937]
The Board of Aldermen may hold adjourned meetings at any time, which shall, to all intents and purposes, be continuations of the meetings of which they are adjournments, and the same proceedings may be held as at the meeting of which they are adjournments.
[R.O. 2013 §110.170; CC 1984 §2-91; Res. of 2-5-1937, Rule 1; Ord. No. 161 §6, 2-15-1937]
The Mayor or any two (2) Aldermen may call a special meeting of the Board at any time by notifying all the members of the Board in writing or otherwise, twenty-four (24) hours in advance, at which meeting any and all business shall be transacted as at regular meetings. Notice of said meeting shall be published in accordance with Chapter 610, RSMo.
[R.O. 2013 §110.180; CC 1984 §2-92; Ord. No. 161 §5, 2-15-1937]
A majority of the Board of Aldermen shall constitute a quorum, and it is necessary that a quorum be present before business is transacted.
[R.O. 2013 §110.190; CC 1984 §2-93; Ord. No. 161 §7, 2-15-1937]
At any meeting of the Board of Aldermen, a quorum not being present, it shall stand adjourned until the next regular meeting; provided that any two (2) members of the Board together with the Mayor may have a call of the Board of Aldermen, send for and compel the attendance of absent members and make an order for their censure.
[R.O. 2013 §110.200; CC 1984 §2-94; Res. of 2-5-1937, Rule 4; Ord. No. 1612 §1, 9-4-2003]
Members of the Board of Aldermen shall attend all meetings of the Board, unless the Board grants a leave of absence or excuses a member for illness or other special reasons. Unless a member of the Board of Aldermen or a member of any City committee or commission is physically present at a meeting, he/she shall not be permitted to participate or vote at that meeting.
[R.O. 2013 §110.210; CC 1984 §2-95; Ord. No. 161 §16, 2-15-1937]
Whenever a member shall absent himself/herself, without leave of absence or excuse, from two (2) or more consecutive monthly meetings of the Board, by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of all members elected thereto, the Board may expel such member and declare his/her office vacant.
[R.O. 2013 §110.220; CC 1984 §2-96; Res. of 2-5-1937, Rule 2; Ord. No. 161 §2, 2-15-1937; Ord. No. 162 §6, 2-15-1937]
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 is filled or such disability is removed; or, in case of temporary absence, until the Mayor's return.
[R.O. 2013 §110.230; CC 1984 §2-97; Res. of 2-5-1937, Rule 3]
At the hour appointed for a meeting of the Board, the Clerk or some other person appointed in his/her absence shall proceed to call the roll of the members, marking the absentees, and announce whether or not a quorum is present. Upon the presence of a quorum, the Board shall be called to order by the Mayor, if present, and if the Mayor is absent, the Acting President of the Board of Aldermen shall call the same to order and preside during the meeting.
[R.O. 2013 §110.240; CC 1984 §2-98; Ord. No. 161 §11, 2-15-1937]
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. 2013 §110.250; CC 1984 §2-99; Res. of 2-5-1937, Rule 5]
All committees of the Board shall be appointed by the Mayor unless otherwise specially directed by the Board of Aldermen, and when so directed they shall be selected by ballot.
[R.O. 2013 §110.260; CC 1984 §2-100; Res. of 2-5-1937, Rule 6; Ord. No. 162 §5, 2-15-1937]
The standing committees shall consist of four (4) members each, one (1) from each Ward, and the person first named on the committee shall be the Chairman thereof.
[R.O. 2013 §110.270; CC 1984 §2-102; Ord. No. 161 §14, 2-15-1937; Ord. No. 934 §1, 9-21-1988]
The style of the ordinances of the City shall be: "Be it ordained by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Valley Park, Missouri, 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.
The provisions of this Section shall not apply to ordinances proposed or passed under Section 79.135, RSMo.
[R.O. 2013 §110.280; CC 1984 §2-104; Ord. No. 161 §15, 2-15-1937]
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, 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. 2013 §110.290; CC 1984 §2-105; Ord. No. 161 §13, 2-15-1937]
The Board of Aldermen shall, from time to time, provide by ordinance for the levy and collection of all taxes and licenses, and within a reasonable time after the copy of the assessment of the taxable property of the City is obtained from the County Clerk, as provided by ordinance, ascertain the amount of money to be raised thereon for general and other purposes and fix the annual rate of levy therefor by ordinance.
[R.O. 2013 §110.300; CC 1984 §2-108; Ord. No. 161 §10, 2-15-1937]
The Board of Aldermen shall, semi-annually, at times to be set by the Board, make out and spread upon its 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.