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Legislation #: 950479 Introduction Date: 4/13/1995
Type: Resolution Effective Date: 6/8/1995
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER ZCLEAVER(OLD)
Title: Amending Rules 1, 1-A, 6, 8, 34 and 35 of the Standing Rules of the City Council by repealing these rules and enacting new rules of like subject matter which change the names, meeting times and assignments of various standing committees.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
4/14/1995

Referred Plans And Zoning Committee

4/13/1995

Referred Plans And Zoning Committee

4/19/1995

Immediate Adoption as a Committee Substitute

4/20/1995

Held on Docket

4/27/1995

Held on Docket

5/4/1995

Held on Docket

5/11/1995

Hold Until End of Debate Docket

5/11/1995

Amended

5/11/1995

Held on Docket

5/18/1995

Held on Docket

5/25/1995

Held on Docket

6/1/1995

Held on Docket

6/8/1995

Adopted as Substituted and Amended


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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR RESOLUTION NO. 950479, AS AMENDED

 

Amending Rules 1, 1-A, 6, 8, 34 and 35 of the Standing Rules of the City Council by repealing these rules and enacting new rules of like subject matter which change the names, meeting times and assignments of various standing committees.

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That Rules 1, 1-A, 6, 8, 34 and 35 of the Standing Rules of the City Council are hereby repealed and new rules are adopted in lieu thereof to read as follows:

 

Rule 1. Presiding Officer; state of the city.

 

The mayor is designated the president of the Council. In the absence of the president of the Council, the mayor pro tempore shall preside. In the absence of the mayor pro tempore, the order of succession to preside over the meetings of the council will be: chair of finance and administration committee; chair of city operations committee; chair of planning, zoning and economic development committee; and chair of neighborhood development committee. The presiding officer shall govern the proceedings of the council and act in accordance with the provisions of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised.

 

On an annual basis, the mayor shall address the citizens of Kansas City to report upon the state of the city and make recommendations on goals for the city and proposals for achieving such goals.

 

Rule 1-A. Mayor Pro Tempore; Council Whip.

 

The mayor pro tempore shall have the following job responsibilities:

 

1. Preside in the absence of the mayor.

 

2. Manage the Council office including the staff, budget, purchasing and office assignments, excluding the staff and offices of individual Council members.

 

3. Serve as the chief City lobbyist to the Missouri General Assembly.

 

4. Such other assignments as the mayor may delegate.

 

The council whip, appointed by the mayor with the consent of the council, shall act as a liaison between the mayor and council on legislative matters.

 

Rule 6. Committees, appointment of.

 

Immediately after the election, the mayor as president of the council, shall appoint the following standing committees:

 

1. Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee

 

2. City Operations Committee

 

3. Finance and Administration Committee

 

4. Neighborhood Development Committee

 

In addition to the standing committees, the mayor may, with the approval of the council, appoint special committees, not encompassed by the foregoing committees. A majority of a special committee shall constitute a quorum.

 

 

Rule 8. Committees, meetings.

 

Except for zoning ordinances, where meetings may be set at any time after proper publication of notice, the following standing committees shall hold regular public hearings on ordinances and resolutions referred to them by the president of the council each Wednesday as follows:

 

Finance and Administration Committee, Room D, 25th floor, City Hall, 2:00 p.m.

 

City Operations Committee, Room D, 25th floor, City Hall, 10:00 a.m.

 

Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee, Council Chamber, 26th floor, City Hall, 2:00 p.m.

 

Neighborhood Development Committee, Council Chamber, 26th floor, City Hall, 10:00 a.m.

 

Provided, however, that such hearings may be held at such other times and places as such committee may deem necessary for any cause, upon reasonable notice of such times and places as set out in Rule 9-A, and by notice posted at the entrance or in the city clerk's office, or by public announcement at a meeting of the council, or by both such posted notice and announcements. Committees may hold special public hearings on pending ordinances and resolutions, having first given like notice of the time and place of such meeting.

 

A quorum for conducting business shall be determined as of the commencement of the hearing.

 

Three members of a standing committee shall constitute a quorum. The chair of a committee may appoint a temporary committee member if required for a quorum. Such temporary committee member is appointed to establish a quorum exclusively and shall have no vote before the committee. Upon a vote of the majority of the committee present at a meeting, each ordinance or resolution referred to a committee shall be reported out "Do Pass", "Do Not Pass", or "Without Recommendation". In the event there is deadlock on the vote, the chair is authorized to hold off the docket the ordinance or resolution referred and may place the ordinance or resolution back on the docket at the chair's discretion.

 

The chair of each committee shall maintain order, allowing only one person to address the committee at a time. The committee chair may require the clerk to send a secretary to the committee room to take notes and assist the committee in making changes in ordinances or resolutions that may be desired during the course of a meeting so that these may be transmitted to the city manager and the city attorney. The chair may call upon the city attorney, city manager or any department head for advice or technical assistance in dealing with problems before the committee. Each committee may establish procedures for the conduct of its hearings. Councilmembers and citizens shall not use cellular phones during committee meetings.

 

Prior to all committee meetings, the city manager shall issue to each department head a notice of council action, advising the department head of the date that is set for the hearing of the matter involving the department and requesting that a designee be prepared to discuss the subject before the committee.

 

Rule 34. To amend rules.

 

Proposed amendments or rules shall be referred to the neighborhood development committee for its report and recommendations and may be adopted by a majority vote of the members of the council. No amendment or rule may be adopted at the same meeting at which it is introduced.

 

Rule 35. Annual review of appointed positions.

 

The city manager, city auditor and city clerk shall be reviewed annually in September, as follows:

 

(a) The finance and administration committee shall review the performance and salary of the city auditor and make recommendations to the entire council.

 

(b) The finance and administration committee shall review the performance and salary of the city clerk and make recommendations to the entire council.

 

(c) The council, sitting as a committee of the whole, shall review the performance and salary of the city manager.

 

(d) The purpose of this rule is to insure that the performance and salary of the above three positions are reviewed at least annually and no provision of this rule shall prevent the finance and administration committee or the council from performing such a review, of any of the positions, at any other time.

 

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