|St. Louis City Board of Aldermen Rules
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Rule 90 - Solicitation of Members Prohibited
Solicitation of members for advertising or any other purposes, within or near the Office or Chamber of the Board is prohibited. The Clerk of the Board, and all other officers and employees are charged with the strict enforcement of this rule.
Rule 91 - Missouri Sunshine Law
It is the public policy of the Board of Aldermen that meetings, records, votes, actions, and deliberations of the body shall be open to the public unless otherwise provided by law; and that the Board shall comply with Sections 610.010 to 610.030 RSMo, the Sunshine Law, now existing or as hereafter amended.
Rule 92 - Aldermanic Records
David W. Sweeney, the Clerk of the Board of Aldermen, whose address is Room 230, City Hall, 1200 Market, St. Louis, MO 63103, shall be the custodian of the records of the Board of Aldermen. The Clerk shall respond to all written requests for access to or copies of a public record within the time period provided by law except in the circumstances authorized by law. The Clerk shall determine the fees to be charged for access to or furnishing copies of records, payable prior to the making any such copies, provided that such fees shall not exceed the actual cost of document search and duplication. (See Sections 610.010 to 610.030, RSMo)
Rule 93 - Legal Contingency Fund
1. There is authorized a legal contingency fund in the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), which said fund is assigned to and will be under the control of the Counsel for the Board of Aldermen. The Personnel Committee of the Board of Aldermen having supervision and responsibility for discharge of Aldermanic Staff duties shall establish a review and monitoring procedure concerning the use and expenditures of any funds drawn against the Contingency Fund by the Counsel for the Board of Aldermen. (Rev. Code, Sec. 3.06.300)
2. The contingency fund shall be used to sustain the cost of litigations authorized to be filed on behalf of the Board of Aldermen and to sustain expenses directly necessary and incidental to the duties of the Counsel for the Board of Aldermen. (Rev. Code, Sec. 3.06.310)
Rule 94 - Postage
Each Alderman and the President shall be issued the equivalent of two hundred (200) United States Postage stamps of the denomination required to mail a standard business letter per month during each annual session of the Board. By accepting said postage, said members agree that said postage shall be used exclusively in the discharge of their respective Aldermanic duties.
Rule 95 - Oath or Affirmation of Witnesses
Pursuant to Article IV, Section 8 of the City Charter, the President and Committee Chairmen may administer oaths to witnesses.
1. Do you solemnly swear that the testimony you are about to give in this cause will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God?
2. Do you affirm that the testimony you are about to give in this cause will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?
Rule 96 - Seniority
1. Seniority of the Aldermen with the same service shall be determined by lot following each general Aldermanic election and said result shall be in effect for two years.
2. Assignment of desks in the Chamber, office space, secretarial appointments and similar allocations shall be determined by continuous seniority as follows:
a. The Alderman of the majority party with the greatest seniority shall choose first, followed by the Alderman of the majority party with the next greatest seniority, and so on until all the Aldermen of the majority party have been polled; then
b. the Alderman of the minority party with the greatest seniority shall choose, followed by the other Aldermen of the minority party in the same manner as above; then
c. all remaining Aldermen shall choose starting with the Alderman with the greatest seniority in the same manner as above;
d. provided that once made, assignments or allocations shall stand until there is a vacancy, opening or new employee, as the case may be, and then the members shall be again polled as above to fill only said vacancy, opening or employee assignment.
Rule 97 - Smoking Prohibited, Where
No person shall smoke in any public or non-public area of any building owned, leased or operated by the City of St. Louis nor in any public or non-public area of any building occupied by the City of St. Louis to the extent of such occupancy. (See Ordinance 65991)
Rule 98 - Courtesy Resolutions
1. Members having resolutions which are commemorative or honorific in nature may request of the clerk that such resolution be placed on the courtesy resolution calendar. All resolutions placed on the courtesy resolution calendar shall be adopted at one time upon motion by the president unless there is an objection by any member in which case the resolution shall be referred to the resolution calendar to be considered at the same meeting. Resolutions placed on the courtesy calendar shall not be read by the clerk but shall appear in the journal of this board. Nothing in this rule shall require a member to place a resolution on the courtesy resolution calendar.
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