City of Manchester, MO
St. Louis County
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[Ord. No. 19-2269, 9-16-2019]
A. 
For the purpose of promoting the general welfare of the community and the specific welfare of residents of the City who are veterans of military service to the United States of America, a Veterans Commission for the City of Manchester is hereby established.
B. 
The Veterans Commission shall consist of eleven (11) voting members, nine (9) volunteer members, a Board of Aldermen ex-officio representative and the Mayor. Of the volunteer members, at least five (5) shall be veterans or spouses of veterans; one (1) shall be designated by the Walter Le Pere American Legion Post 208, at least six (6) shall be City residents, and all shall be appointed by the Mayor with approval of the Board of Aldermen. The Commission shall elect its chairperson and secretary from among the nine (9) volunteer members, and both will serve for a one-year term with eligibility for reelection. The resident members of the Veterans Commission shall live in the City at the time of their appointment and during their term. All members shall serve without compensation.
C. 
In addition to the Mayor, resident and non-resident members, there shall be an ex-officio member of the Commission from the Board of Aldermen who is expected to attend all meetings and give input and shall have a vote on any recommendations of the Committee. The ex-officio member will be appointed by the Mayor with approval of the Board of Aldermen and will report Commission activities to the Board of Aldermen. The City Administrator will appoint a City staff person to serve as a liaison between the Commission and City staff. That person will not have voting power.
D. 
Terms for the initial volunteer member appointments to this Veterans Commission shall be staggered with three members initially appointed for a term of one (1) year ending in 2020, and three (3) members initially appointed for a term of two (2) years ending in 2021, the balance for a full three-year term ending in 2022. Thereafter, the terms for volunteer members of the Commission appointed by the Mayor shall be for three-year terms. The limit on the successive three-year terms a member may serve is three (3), for a total of nine (9) years. The initial appointees may serve nine (9) years plus their original appointment term length. Members shall serve until their successors are duly appointed except that a vacancy shall be deemed to have occurred upon a citizen member's non-residency or an aldermanic (ex-officio) member's going off of the Board of Aldermen.
E. 
The Veterans Commission shall hold regular and special meetings in accordance with the schedule established by the Commission, its Chairperson and the Mayor.
F. 
The Commission shall keep minutes of its meetings and provide the City Clerk with copies of those minutes for distribution to the Board of Aldermen. All Commission meetings shall be held in compliance with the Missouri Sunshine Law (Chapter 610, RSMo.) and the City's policy relating to open meetings and records.
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Unless provided otherwise by law, any member of this Commission may be removed by the Mayor, with or without cause, with the approval of a majority of the members of the Board of Aldermen, at any time, or by a two-thirds vote of the members of the Board of Aldermen without the consent and approval of the Mayor.
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The purpose and duties of the Veterans Commission is to plan and coordinate all veterans programs with support from City departments, and to make recommendations to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen concerning any programs or changes to existing programs, as it deems appropriate. The Commission shall insure the needs of the local veterans are identifiable and a top community priority, with emphasis on connecting them with known resources. The Commission shall make an annual, year-end report to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen concerning its activities.
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A. 
The payment and processing of expenses shall be in accordance with the regulations of the City and only as appropriated by the Board of Aldermen in the annual budget. Nothing herein shall require an appropriation of any funds by the Board.
B. 
The Commission shall accept grants and gifts by permission of and within the terms of such permission as may be granted by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen and by written City policy.
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The Veterans Commission is advisory. The Committee at its discretion and subject to the direction of the City Administrator may request the City staff to undertake research, to advertise and to do other ministerial duties as required.