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The city of Lake Saint Louis has asked the city of O'Fallon to operate its Municipal Court. A five-year service agreement would be in effect from Jan. 1, 2023, through Dec. 31, 2027.

Proposed Bill No. 7476, sponsored by O'Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy, would authorize that agreement.

The bill had been on the agenda for a first reading at the O'Fallon City Council's Aug. 11 meeting but Hennessy held the bill over until the Aug. 25 meeting, when it was given a first reading. If normal process and timing are followed, the bill will receive a second reading and vote for passage at the next council meeting on Sept. 8.

According to city background materials, this proposal would not affect O'Fallon's 2022 budget, and annual service revenues are expected to exceed the expenditures. Budgets for 2023 and beyond would reflect these services, revenues, and costs.

Background materials include all details of the service agreement, including, but not limited to court operation.

O’Fallon would provide a certified municipal court administrator and all other necessary staff (e.g., court clerks, bailiffs), courtroom and other suitable facilities, equipment, software, hardware, and other services or items as may be reasonably required to operate the Lake Saint Louis Municipal Division in accordance with applicable Missouri statutes, court operating rules, and Office of State Courts Administrator guidelines.

Services provided by O’Fallon would include interactions with the public involving open cases and court records, record retention and destruction of files per guidelines of the Missouri Secretary of State, the collection of fines and costs and other fees through authorized methods, including debt collection services, reporting to Lake Saint Louis, the Office of the State Court Administrator, and State agencies as required under Missouri law, and the accounting of the sums collected as required by law.

O’Fallon would provide its municipal judge and provisional municipal judge to conduct all municipal judicial functions as required by Missouri law, Missouri Supreme Court Operating Rules, and local rules and orders of the 11th Judicial Circuit.

Lake Saint Louis would agree to take all necessary steps to timely provide for the proper appointment of the Municipal Judges as the Municipal Judges for the Lake Saint Louis Municipal Court. Upon appointment pursuant to this section, the Municipal Judges shall serve as appointed officers of both O’Fallon and Lake Saint Louis.

Lake Saint Louis would continue to employ its own prosecuting attorney and all staff necessary to perform the functions of the Lake Saint Louis prosecuting attorney’s office for the prosecution of ordinance violations of Lake Saint Louis.

Lake Saint Louis would pay O'Fallon $72,000 annually. Additionally, the $12 court cost that is remitted to Lake St. Louis would then be remitted back to O'Fallon on a quarterly basis.

All fines, the $12 municipal court cost, and all surcharges collected as a result of the adjudication of Lake Saint Louis municipal ordinance violations processed by the O’Fallon municipal division would be remitted to Lake Saint Louis, net of bank fees, credit card fees, record archival retrieval fees, etc.

All other court costs collected by O’Fallon as a result of the adjudication of Lake Saint Louis municipal ordinance violations shall be remitted by O’Fallon to the appropriate state funds.

Cost of these services shall automatically increase as of Dec. 31 each calendar year, beginning on Dec. 31, 2022, based upon the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers Consumer Price Index. In the event the index is negative, the contract sum would not be adjusted.

Lake Saint Louis must maintain identical court costs to the court costs established for the O’Fallon municipal court.

John is a news reporter covering O’Fallon. He has lived in the greater St. Louis area for 47 years, with 22 in O’Fallon. He is a graduate of UMSL evening college, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a minor in Political Science. John retired after a 46-plus year career in banking and insurance operations and IT, including his last seven years as an executive with international responsibilities and considerable travel to 25 countries on 5 continents. He and his wife have a daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren, also in O’Fallon. He is happy his grandchildren now can beat him in golf.

 

John is a news reporter covering the city of O’Fallon and St. Charles County government. He and his wife live in O’Fallon. They have a daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren, also in O’Fallon. He is happy his grandchildren now can beat him in golf.

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