Article I Mayor and City Council — Generally
Article II Meetings
[Ord. No. 2007-22 §2, 11-13-2007]
The City Council shall be composed of one (1) Councilperson from each Ward; and in the absence of the Mayor, shall be presided over by the President Pro Tempore.
[Ord. No. 2007-16 §4, 8-14-2007]
No person shall be Councilperson unless he/she is at least twenty-one (21) years of age prior to taking office, a citizen of the United States and an inhabitant of the City for one (1) year next preceding his/her election and a resident of the ward from which he/she is elected six (6) months next preceding his/her election. No person shall be elected to any office who shall be in arrears to the City for any unpaid taxes or forfeiture or for any deficit while in office.
[Ord. No. 2008-03 §3, 1-8-2008]
No person shall be Mayor unless he/she be at least thirty (30) years of age, a citizen of the United States and a resident of such City at the time of and for two (2) years next preceding his/her election. A person who has served as Mayor for two (2) consecutive four (4) year terms is not qualified to serve a third (3rd) consecutive term as Mayor.
[Ord. No. 2007-22 §4, 11-13-2007]
At the first (1st) regular meeting of the City Council after the election in each year, which meeting shall occur at the time fixed by ordinance, but shall not be later than the fourth (4th) Tuesday in April, the Council shall elect one (1) of its members President Pro Tem who shall hold his/her office for the term of one (1) year and who, in the absence of the Mayor, shall preside at the meetings of the Council; provided that in the absence of the Mayor and President Pro Tem, the Council may select one (1) of its members present to preside at such meetings, who shall be styled "Acting President Pro Tem".
The Mayor and Council 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 be President of the Council and shall preside over same, but shall not vote except in case of a tie in said Council, when he/she shall cast the deciding vote; but provided however, that he/she shall have no such power to vote in cases when he/she is an interested party. He/she shall have the superintending control of 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.
When any vacancy shall happen in the office of Mayor by death, resignation, removal from the City, removal from office, refusal to qualify or otherwise, nominations of a successor may be made by any member of the Council and selected with the consent of a majority of the members of the Council. The Council may adopt procedures to fill any such vacancy consistent with this Section. In the case of a temporary absence of the Mayor or disability to perform the duties of his/her office, the President Pro Tem of the Council shall perform the duties of Mayor until the Mayor shall return or such disability be removed; and during the time the President Pro Tem of the Council shall act as Mayor, the President Pro Tem shall receive the same compensation that the Mayor would be entitled to.
[CC 2001 §2.08.110; Ord. No. 1.03 §14, 9-14-1953]
A resignation by a member of the City Council shall be addressed to the Mayor.
The style of the ordinances of the City shall be: "Be it ordained by the Council of the City of Bonne Terre, 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 Council shall vote therefor and the "ayes" and "nays" shall be entered on the journal. Every proposed ordinance shall be introduced to the Council 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 Council. 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 Council. No bill shall become an ordinance until it shall have been signed by the officer presiding at the meeting of the Council at which it shall have been passed. When so signed, it shall be delivered to the Mayor for his/her approval and signature or his/her veto.
Every bill presented to the Mayor and returned to the Council with the approval of the Mayor shall become an ordinance and every bill presented as aforesaid, but returned with his/her objections thereto, shall stand reconsidered. The Council 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 votes on this question shall be taken by "yeas" and "nays" and the names entered upon the journal and if two-thirds (⅔) of all the members-elect shall vote in the affirmative, the President 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 City Council and shall also possess the power to approve all or any portion of the general appropriation bill or to veto any item or all of the same; 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 Council, the same shall become a law without his/her signature.
[Ord. No. 2008-03 §8, 1-8-2008]
The Mayor shall also have the power to veto any resolution or order of the Council which calls for or contemplates the expenditures of the revenues of the City. Such vetoes shall be noted on the journal of the Council and shall be effective and binding unless the Council, at a subsequent session thereof, general or special, shall pass said resolution or order by a vote of three-fourths (¾) of all the members elected to the Council.
The Council shall cause to be kept a journal of its proceedings and the "ayes" and "nays" of the members shall be entered on any question at the desire of any two (2) members. The Council may prescribe and enforce such rules as may be necessary to secure the attendance of its members and the expeditious transactions of its business.
The Council shall publish a full and detailed statement of the receipts and expenditures and indebtedness of the City at the end of each fiscal year and six (6) months after the end of each fiscal year in a newspaper of general circulation in the City. Each such statement shall be for the six (6) month period preceding the date of the statement.
The Council shall have power to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of papers relating to any subject under consideration in which the interest of the City is involved and shall have power to call on the proper officer of the City, or of the County in which such City is located, to execute such process. The officer making such service shall be entitled to receive therefor such fees as are allowed by law for similar service, to be paid by the City. The President of the Council or President Pro Tem shall have power to administer oaths to witnesses.
The Mayor shall, from time to time, communicate to the Council 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 sign the commissions and appointments of all City Officers elected or appointed in the City and shall approve all official bonds.
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 have power to remit fines and forfeitures and to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses arising under 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 the City by reason of any prosecution under the laws or ordinances of said City.
[Ord. No. 2008-03 §§14 — 18, 1-8-2008]
City Council Committees. The City Council shall form the following committees: the Community Betterment Committee, the Economic Development Committee, the Senior Center Coordination Committee, the Planning and Zoning Committee, the Parks Committee, the Library Committee, the Historical Committee, and any other committee proposed to the City Council, either formally or informally, and the creation of which is thereafter approved by the Mayor and a majority of the members elected to the City Council. These committees shall act as working committees of the City Council and shall meet on an as-needed basis to consider items and issues, conduct investigations and make recommendations to the City Council as a whole.
[Ord. No. 201516, 10-14-2015; Ord. No. 201726, 9-11-2017]
Composition Of Committees, Qualifications Of Members. All committees shall consist of a minimum of one (1) member of the Bonne Terre City Council who shall have been appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. The Mayor and City Administrator shall serve as non-voting, ex officio members of all committees. No member of the City Council shall be appointed to any committee where there is either a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest.
Responsibility Of Committees. The City Council shall periodically review the functions of the various committees and shall adopt guidelines as to their operations and responsibilities. The committees shall be limited in their responsibilities to carrying out the functions necessary to meet the guidelines which shall be periodically adopted. In no case shall any committee interfere in the daily operation of any department nor by-pass the accepted chain of command regarding operational matters without specific approval/direction of the Mayor or of the City Council as a whole.
Removal Of Committee Members — Vacancy — How Filled. Once appointed and approved, a member of a committee shall serve their entire term unless removed for cause. No member may be removed for cause without first having a hearing by the City Council as a whole. Vacancies on any committee shall be filled by appointment by the Mayor with approval of the City Council for the uncompleted term only.
Method Of Appointment — Term. The Mayor shall appoint or reappoint all members of all committees with the approval of a majority of the City Council not later than the second (2nd) regular Council meeting of the new business year each year. Members shall serve for a term of not less than one (1) year and until their successors are appointed and approved.
[CC 2001 §2.08.030; Ord. No. 1.03 §4, 9-14-1953; Ord. No. 1.03A §1, 5-11-1965; Ord. No. 1.03B §1, 1-12-1993; Ord. No. 1.03C §1, 11-16-1993; Ord. No. 1.03D §1, 1-17-1996; Ord. No. 1.03E §1, 2-12-1998]
The regular meeting night of the City Council shall be held on the second (2nd) Monday of each month at 6:00 P.M.
When the regular meeting night (second Monday of each month) falls on a holiday, the meeting will be moved to the next Monday, same time and location.
[Ord. No. 201308 §1, 11-18-2013]
[CC 2001 §2.08.040]
The City Council 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.
[CC 2001 §2.08.050; Ord. No. 1.03 §7, 9-14-1953]
A majority of the City Council shall constitute a quorum and it is necessary that a quorum be present before any business is transacted.
[CC 2001 §2.08.060; Ord. No. 1.03 §8, 9-14-1953]
The Mayor or any two (2) of the Council may call a special meeting at any time by notifying all the members of the Council twenty-four (24) hours in advance, at which meeting any and all business shall be transacted as at regular meetings.
[CC 2001 §2.08.070; Ord. No. 103 §9, 9-14-1953]
Every regular or special meeting of the City Council shall be held in a municipal building in the City and shall be open at 6:00 P.M. unless a different hour shall be specified by rule or resolution of the City Council.