Ferguson city council to propose sweeping changes

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – It will be the 1st meeting for the Ferguson City Council following the unrest following the Michael Brown shooting.  The council will meet at Greater Grace Church, 3690 Pershall Road at 7 pm.

Through a press release, the city indicated a number of proposed changes will be discussed during the meeting.  The public will also have an opportunity to speak.

One change is the creation of a citizen review board tasked with working with the Ferguson Police Department.

"I think it's a great idea," said one of the demonstrators standing across the street from the Ferguson Police Department.

Other demonstrators wanted to know just how much authority the board would have.  One citizen hoped the review board would have a say in which officers are hired.

Another proposed change would be to cap how much of the city's general revenue comes from municipal court fines.  The cap would be 15%. The idea is to show citizens the fines are for punishment and not for generating revenue.

The council is also expected to introduce and ordnance that will repeal the offense of "Failure to Appear."​

We have included the agenda for Tuesday's meeting for details:

 

Ferguson City Council Agenda

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

7:00 pm

Greater Grace Church

3690 Pershall Road

 

1. OPENING CEREMONIES

Call to Order

Silent Prayer

Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag

Roll Call

 

2. BUSINESS PORTION

Upon a motion duly made and approved by affirmative vote of a majority of a quorum of the Council, the City Council may go into closed session at any time for discussions and/or action pertaining to one or more of the reasons set forth in Section 610.021 R.S.Mo., which includes,

but is not limited to: (1) legal actions, causes of action or litigation and confidential or privileged communications between the Council and its attorneys; (2) lease, purchase or sale of real estate; (3) hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting particular employees; (9) negotiations with

employee groups; (11) specifications for competitive bidding; (12) negotiations of a contract; (13) personnel matters where individually identifiable personnel information or records may be disclosed; (14) any other information which may be protected by law; (19) existing or

proposed security systems and structural plans of real property owned or leased by a public governmental body.

 

A. MINUTES

City Council Meeting Minutes- July 22, 2014

 

B. CONSENT AGENDA

Board of Adjustment Meeting Minutes- July 24, 2013

FSBD Board of Directors Meeting Minutes- May 15, 2014, June 19, 2014

 

C. RESOLUTIONS

2014-26

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF FERGUSON

 

2014-27

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN INTERGOVERNMENTAL COOPERATION

AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF FLORDELL HILLS FOR THE RESALE OF FUEL AND THE NECESSARY ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

 

2014-28

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN INTERGOVERNMENTAL COOPERATION

AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF FLORDELL HILLS FOR VEHICLE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR SERVICES

 

D. BILLS REQUIRING FIRST READINGS

BILL 7056

AN ORDINANCE LEVYING SPECIAL TAX BILLS AGAINST CERTAIN PROPERTIES FOR COSTS OF CUTTING AND REMOVING WEEDS AS PROVIDED UNDER CHAPTER 46. VEGETATION, ARTICLE III. WEEDS AND VINES, OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF FERGUSON, MISSOURI

 

BILL 7057

AN ORDINANCE LEVYING SPECIAL TAX BILLS AGAINST CERTAIN PROPERTIES FOR COSTS OF BOARDING UP BUILDINGS AS PROVIDED UNDER CHAPTER 7. BUILDINGS AND BUILDING REGULATIONS, OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF FERGUSON, MISSOURI

 

BILL 7058

AN ORDINANCE LEVYING SPECIAL TAX BILLS AGAINST CERTAIN PROPERTIES FOR COST OF REMOVING TRASH AND DEBRIS AS PROVIDED UNDER CHAPTER 28. NUISANCES, OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF FERGUSON, MISSOURI

 

BILL 7059

AN ORDINANCE REPEALING SECTION 44-50 AND THE FEE IMPOSED BY THE CITY RELATED TO THE TOWING OF VEHICLES

 

BILL 7060

AN ORDINANCE ABOLISHING CERTAIN FEES ASSOCIATED WITH MUNICIPAL COURT CASES BY AMENDING SECTION 13-70 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE AND REPEALING SECTION 13-72 IN ITS ENTIRETY

 

BILL 7061

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE BUDGET BY REDUCING AND LIMITING

MUNICIPAL COURT REVENUE TO BE APPROPRIATED AS PART OF THE GENERAL BUDGET AND ESTABLISHING A SPECIAL LINE ITEM FOR CERTAIN MUNICIPAL COURT REVENUE TO BE USED FOR PROJECTS TO BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY

 

BILL 7062

AN ORDINANCE REPEALING, IN ITS ENTIRETY, SECTION 13-58 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE, PERTAINING TO THE SEPARATE OFFENSE OF FAILURE TO APPEAR IN MUNICIPAL COURT

 

BILL 7063

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF FERGUSON REPEALING SECTION 44-31 OF THE TRAFFIC CODE AND ENACTING A NEW ARTICLE III OF CHAPTER 33 ESTABLISHING A CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD

 

3. PUBLIC COMMENTS

Citizens' comments and discussion will be heard at this time and shall be limited to a total of three (3) minutes per speaker, which may be increased at the discretion of the Mayor, or by a motion approved by a majority of the members of the Council present at the meeting.

 

4. ADJOURNMENT

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