The city of Belleville, Kansas, by the power vested in it by Article 12, Section 5 of the Constitution of the state, hereby elects to exempt itself from and makes inapplicable to it Section 32 of Chapter 274 of the 1968 session of the Kansas Legislature (KSA 1968 Supp. 14-201), which statutory section is not applicable uniformly to all cities, and provides substitute and additional provisions as set forth in Section 2.04.020 of this chapter.

(Charter Ord. 3 § 1, 1969; Charter Ord. 12)

A.    The governing body shall consist of a mayor and six council members to be elected to terms as set forth herein.  The mayor and council members shall be residents and qualified electors of the City of Belleville, Kansas. All governing body members shall be elected to two-year terms, city-at-large.

B.    Those governing body positions with terms expiring in April 2016, shall expire on the second Monday in January of 2017, when the city officials elected in November 2016 general election take office. Those governing body positions with terms expiring in April 2017, shall expire on the second Monday in January of 2018, when the city officials elected in the November 2017 general election take office.

C.    A general election of city officers will take place on the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday in November 2016. Succeeding elections will be held every year for all such governing body positions whose terms have expired. The council members shall have two year terms. The Mayor and City Treasurer shall have two year terms.

D.    Elections shall be nonpartisan.

E.    In accordance with K.S.A. 25-205, and amendments thereto, any person may become a candidate for city office elected at large by having had filed with the county election office either of the following:

1.    a declaration of candidacy, accompanied by any fee required by law; or

2.    a nomination petition. The nomination petition must be signed by 25 qualified electors of the city.

(Charter Ord. 3 § 2, 1969; Charter Ord. 11 § 1, 2012; Charter Ord. 12; Code 2016)

Except as provided in Section 2.04.040 hereof, regular meetings of the Mayor and Council of the city shall be held at the City Offices on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at such hour as may from time to time be fixed by the governing body.

(Ord. 335; Ord. 824; Ord. 919, Sec. 1)

That when the regular meeting day of said Mayor and Council occurs on a legal holiday as fixed by the laws of Kansas such meeting shall be held at the usual hour on the day following or on such other day in the same week, as may be fixed by said Governing Body at its preceding meeting.

(Ord. 335; Ord. 824; Ord. 919, Sec. 2)

The council shall elect a member thereof who shall be styled “president of the council,” and who shall preside at all meetings of the council in the absence of the mayor.

(Ord. 464 § 1, 1964)

In the absence of the mayor and the president of the council, the council shall elect one of the members thereof who shall be styled “acting president of the council,” who shall preside temporarily over the meeting at which he was elected.

(Ord. 464 § 2, 1964)

The president and acting president, when occupying the place of the mayor, shall have the same privileges as other members of the council; but all acts of the president or acting president, while so acting, shall be of the same effect as if done by the mayor.

(Ord. 464 § 3, 1964)

That the salary of the Mayor of the City of Belleville is hereby fixed in the sum of $1,200.00 per year and that the salary of each Councilmember thereof at the sum of $800.00 per year, the same to be payable at the end of the year of service as directed by the governing body.

(Ord. 589; Ord. 650; Ord. 757; Code 2016)

The mayor shall appoint, by and with the consent of the council, a municipal judge of the municipal court, a chief of police, city clerk, city attorney, and any other officers deemed necessary. Any officers appointed and confirmed shall hold an initial term of office of not to exceed one year and until their successors are appointed and qualified.  Any officers who are reappointed shall hold their offices for a term of one year and until their successors are appointed and qualified. The council shall by ordinance specify the duties and compensation of the office holders, and by ordinance may abolish any office created by the council whenever deemed expedient.

(Charter Ord. 12; Code 2016)