CHAPTER I. ADMINISTRATIONCHAPTER I. ADMINISTRATION\ARTICLE 2. GOVERNING BODY

The governing body of the city shall consist of a city board of commissioners provided by the laws of Kansas for cities of the first class having the statutory commission-manager plan of government. The said governing body may be referred to in this code as the City Commission, Commission, Governing Body, or Board of Commissioners.

(R.O. 1964, Sec. 1-101)

All powers exercised by cities of the first class, or which shall hereafter be conferred upon them, shall be exercised by the city commission as the governing body of the city, insofar as they do not conflict with the provisions of the statutes relating to the city manager plan of government.

(K.S.A. 12-1002; R.O. 1964, 1-102)

No distinction shall be made in title or duties among the commissioners, except as the board shall organize itself for business.

(K.S.A. 12-1006; R.O. 1964, 1-103)

The city commission shall choose its own chairperson annually, and the chairperson shall have the title of mayor during the year of his or her office to the end that the city shall have an official head on formal occasions.

(K.S.A. 12-1007; R.O. 1964, 1-104)

The city commission shall determine its own order of business.

(K.S.A. 12-1007; R.O. 1964, 1-105)

The regular meetings of the commission shall be on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, and shall commence at the hour of 7:00 p.m.  A call signed by the mayor, or by a majority of the commission, shall be sufficient warrant for a special meeting on the date and at the hour designated in the call.

(K.S.A. 12-1009; C.O. 2; C.O. 21; C.O. 37; C.O. No. 41; C.O. 50; C.O. 52)

The city commission shall provide for offices as shall be necessary to carry out the provisions of the laws of the State of Kansas relating to the city manager plan of government and shall determine the compensation of such officers as may be appointed.

(K.S.A. 12-1010; R.O. 1964, 1-108)

The city commission shall appoint a city manager, as provided in article 3 of this chapter, and shall be responsible for his or her efficient administration of the city’s business.

(K.S.A. 12-1010; R.O. 1964, 1-109; Code 2014)

No member of the city commission shall directly interfere with the conduct of any department, except at the express direction of the commission at a regularly convened meeting of the board of commissioners.

(K.S.A. 12-1014; R.O. 1964, 1-110)

The members of the governing body of said city shall receive salaries for their service as follows:

(a)   From the effective date of this ordinance and through the end of the 1994 calendar year, each commissioner other than the mayor shall receive a base salary in the amount of $2,100 per year, payable in monthly installments, and in addition thereto shall receive the sum of $25 for each special or emergency meeting of the governing body at which formal votes• may be taken;

(b)   From the effective date of this ordinance and through the end of the 1994 calendar year, the mayor shall receive a base salary in the amount of $2,700 per year, payable in monthly installments, and in additional thereto shall receive the sum of $30 for each special or emergency meeting of the governing body at which formal votes may be taken. As to each subsequent calendar year, the amount of the base salaries and the additional meeting compensation may be adjusted by the same percentage as the average by which the compensation of general employees of the city was adjusted during the preceding calendar year in the form of cost-of-living adjustments. The amount of such adjustments shall be determined annually by resolution of the governing body.

(C.O. No. 8; C.O. No. 15; C.O. No. 18, C.O. No. 36; Code 2014)

In the event of a catastrophe in which all, or a majority, of the members of the governing body are fatally injured, the interim governing body shall be composed of the surviving member, the city attorney, and the city clerk.

(Code 1981, 1-113)

The city commission shall appoint a city attorney, and any assistant city attorneys as the city commission may from time to time deem desirable, and shall establish the terms and compensation for such person or persons.

(C.O. No. 43, Sec. 2; Code 2014)

Except as otherwise provided herein, the attendance of not less than three members-elect of the governing body of the City of Newton, Kansas, shall be necessary to constitute a quorum to do business at any regular or special meeting of the governing body. If a quorum is not present at or during any portion of a regular or duly called special meeting of the governing body, a majority of the members present may take any of the following actions: (a) to recess such meeting from time to time or from day to day until such time as a quorum may be present, provided that the date, time and place to which such meeting is to be recessed is publicly announced during the open session of such meeting being so recessed; or (b) to adjourn the meeting. If, through death, resignation or other vacancy in office, there be less than four members-elect of the governing body, then a majority of the total number of members-elect shall be necessary to constitute a quorum.

(Ord. 4274-98; Code 2014)