A CHARTER ORDINANCE EXEMPTING THE CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS, KANSAS, FROM THE PROVISIONS OF K.S.A. 14-103 and/or K.S.A. 14-201 and/or K.S.A. 14-204, RELATING TO THE ELECTION OF OFFICERS, THEIR TERMS OF OFFICE, TRANSITIONS TO NOVEMBER ELECTIONS, THE APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS, AND NOMINATION PETITIONS; AND EXEMPTING THE CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS, KANSAS FROM THE PROVISIONS OF K.S.A. (2015 Supp.) 12-104a PROCEDURE FOR FILLING GOVERNING BODY VACANCIES; AND, PROVIDING SUBSTITUTE AND ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS ON THE SAME SUBJECT; AND REPEALING ORDINANCE NUMBERS 1-101 AND 1-301 AND 1-211.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS, KANSAS:
The City of Minneapolis, Kansas, by the power vested in it by Article 12, Section 5 of the Kansas Constitution hereby elects to and does exempt itself and make inapplicable to it the provisions of K.S.A. 14-103, and/or K.S.A. 14-201 and/or K.S.A. 14-204, that apply to this city, but are parts of enactments which do not apply uniformly to all cities.
(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 Minneapolis, Kansas.
(b) The governing body of the city may, by ordinance, divide the city into wards and precincts, establish the boundaries thereof, and number the same. No ordinance redefining wards and precincts shall become effective less than 30 days prior to the next regular city election.
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. Those governing body positions with terms expiring in April 2019, shall expire on the second Monday in January of 2020, when the city officials elected in the November 2019 general election take office.
A general election of city officers take place on the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday in November 2017. Succeeding elections will be held every two years for all such governing body positions whose terms have expired. One council member from each ward shall be elected at one election, and the other council member from that ward shall be elected at the succeeding election. The council members shall have four year terms. The Mayor shall have a K.S.A two year term.
The mayor shall appoint, with the consent of the council, a municipal judge of the municipal court, a chief of police, city clerk, city attorney, city administrator 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. Whenever they deem it expedient the council may retain a licensed professional engineer to act in capacity of city engineer for specifically defined duties and provide for reasonable compensation for the services rendered.
No person shall be eligible for the office of council member who is not at the time of election an actual resident of the ward from which elected. If any council member moves from the ward from which elected, the office shall be deemed vacant. Whenever a vacancy occurs, for any reason, it shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining members of the governing body; the governing body shall appoint an elector of the ward where the vacancy occurs to be council member for the balance of the unexpired term.