City of Greenwood, MO
Jackson County
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[Adopted 12-8-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-2900[1]]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 105, Board of Aldermen, adopted and/or amended 9-14-1981 by Ord. No. 1.030, as further amended.
No person shall be an Alderman unless he or 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 or her election, and a resident, at the time he or she files and during the time he or she serves, of the ward from which he or she is elected.
Number Of Aldermen. There shall be elected at the regular election, two (2) Aldermen from each of said Wards and that henceforth all elections of all Aldermen shall be by the described Wards in Section 125.060.
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.
The Board shall elect one (1) of its 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 be filled or such disability be removed; or, in case of temporary absence, until the Mayor's return.
The Mayor and Board of Aldermen 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 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.
The style of the ordinances of the City shall be: "Be it ordained by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Greenwood, 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.
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.
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.
The Board of Aldermen shall semiannually each year, at times to be set by the Board of Aldermen, 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.
In the event the financial statement of the City is not published as required by Section 105.100, the Treasurer of the City shall not pay out any money of the City on any warrant or order of the Board of Aldermen after the end of the month in which such financial statement should have been published until such time as such financial statement is published. Any Treasurer violating the provisions of this Section shall be deemed guilty of an ordinance violation.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
The Board of Aldermen of the City of Greenwood shall meet in regular session on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The meetings shall convene at 7:00 P.M.
If the second or fourth Tuesday of any month in which a regular meeting is scheduled shall fall on a recognized holiday, then such regular meeting shall be held as determined by the Board of Aldermen.
The place of all regular meetings of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Greenwood shall be at Greenwood City Hall located at 709 W. Main, Greenwood, Missouri.
The Board of Aldermen, accepting a resolution by the State of Missouri does hereby prohibit smoking in the City Hall during all regular meetings of the Board of Aldermen.
Special meetings may be called by the Mayor or by any two (2) members of the Board by written request, including e-mail correspondence, filed with the City Clerk for a time not earlier than twenty-four (24) hours after notice is given to all members of the Board of Aldermen. It shall be the duty of the City Clerk, immediately upon receipt of the request for the meeting, to make diligent effort to notify each member of the Board and the Mayor in person, either by telephone or otherwise, of such special meeting. Failure to comply with the requirements of this Section shall not invalidate any action taken at a special meeting of the Board of Aldermen.
At the hour appointed, the Mayor, or in his/her absence the Acting President of the Board of Aldermen, shall call the Board to order, the Clerk shall call the roll of members and announce whether or not a quorum is present. A majority of the members elected to the Board shall constitute a quorum. If a quorum not be present, a smaller number may lawfully adjourn the meeting from day to day until a quorum is present.
Any person desiring to address the Board shall first obtain the recognition of the presiding officer. The following rules shall govern communications and recognition:
Each person addressing the Board shall give his name and address in an audible tone of voice for the records and, unless further time is granted by the Board, shall limit his/her address to four (4) 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 question shall be asked of a member of the Board except through the presiding officer.
Written Communications. Interested persons, or their representatives, may address the Board by written communications in regard to any matter concerning the City's business by delivering a copy of such communication to the City Clerk, either before the Board meeting commences or at a recess of such Board meeting, or by reading the written communication themselves.
Oral Communications. Interested persons, or their representatives, may address the Board by oral communications with regard to any matter concerning the City business or any matter over which the Board of Alderman 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 of Aldermen.
After a motion is made by a Board member, no person shall address the Board without first securing the permission of the presiding officer to do so.
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 provided in this Chapter.
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 during the meeting, unless permission to continue be granted by a majority vote of the Board.