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Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012 7:45 am | Updated: 7:43 pm, Sat Jun 22, 2013.

Officials decided to keep the city’s municipal court judge salary the same for the next two years.

The St. Clair Board of Aldermen earlier this month passed a resolution, required by law, that establishes the pay for the judge at $8,750 annually.

A. David Arand currently holds the position and oversees the city’s municipal court proceedings when they take place in city hall.

“We have to set this salary before the next (municipal) election,” City Administrator Rick Childers told the aldermen during their first November meeting.  “This maintains the salary at the current level.”

Childers said he checked into what other municipal court judges in the area are paid.

“This is very fair,” he said.

Arand was appointed by Presiding Circuit Judge Gael D. Wood of the 20th judicial circuit to fill out the unexpired term of longtime Judge Nick Gasaway, who was forced to step down last fall because he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75.

“Due to the mandatory retirement of the Honorable Nick Gasaway, the Honorable A. David Arand is assigned to serve as municipal judge for the city of St. Clair, Mo., beginning Nov. 17, 2011, and continuing until such time as a permanent replacement is selected by election process in April 2012,” read an order of assignment issued by Wood that was shared with the aldermen last November.

Arand then was elected to fill out the one-year term this past April. He was the only person on the ballot for the position.

Because it is a two-year elected term, the municipal court judge slot will be open on next April’s local election ballot. Filing for all municipal positions begins in December. Besides the judge’s position, the mayor’s spot and two aldermen, one in each ward, will be on the ticket.

Late last year, the St. Clair aldermen passed an ordinance amending the city’s laws regarding the qualifications for municipal judge.

The ordinance states that a municipal judge must be a resident of the 20th Judicial Circuit of Missouri, which includes Franklin, Gasconade and Osage counties, for at least one year prior to the election; must be a licensed attorney in good standing to practice law in the state and remain a licensed attorney in good standing throughout the term; must be at least 21 years of age; must be elected for a term of two years; can serve until his or her 75th birthday; must be a registered voter; must not be in arrears in city taxes at the time of the election; and will receive a set salary as set by the board of aldermen.

The old ordinance did not require a municipal court judge to be a licensed attorney, but it did stipulate that he or she must reside within the St. Clair city limits for one year before seeking the position.

In October 2011, City Attorney Kurt Voss shared his opinion through a seven-page memorandum that went through several issues relating to rules and regulations for the municipal judge and concluded with his recommendations that led to the new ordinance.

Ordinances

The aldermen quickly passed two ordinances during their Nov. 5 meeting.

One authorized Blum to sign a consent letter with Sprint Spectrum Realty Co. LP for antenna upgrades and repairs to their antennas.

“They need to change out some of their equipment and make modifications,” Childers said, adding that the quickest and easiest way to form the agreement was through passage of an ordinance.

He also said customers will experience no interruptions in service while the work is being performed.

The other ordinance authorized City Clerk Chris Fawe to amend 2012 revenues and appropriations in the 2012 budget.

Ordinance language states the adjustments need to be made to accounts within the budget to show proceeds from loan payments within the water and sewer fund and to allow receipt of those funds.

The amount is $178,838. 

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