City of Vinita Park, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 105.010 Conformance of City Elections With State Law.

All City elections shall be conducted and held in conformance with the provisions of Chapter 115, RSMo.

Section 105.020 Date of Municipal Election.

[CC 2000 §1-5-2; CC 1974 §2-6; Ord. No. 855, 2-22-1994; Ord. No. 1295 §1, 7-18-2016]
A. 
A municipal election for the qualified voters of this City shall be held on the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in April as set forth herein.
B. 
On the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in April beginning 1994 and every four (4) years thereafter, a municipal election of the qualified voters of the City of Vinita Park shall be held for the purpose of electing a Mayor who shall hold his/her office for a term of four (4) years and until his/her successor is elected and qualified.
C. 
On the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in April beginning in 2017 and every four (4) years thereafter, a municipal election of the qualified voters of the City of Vinita Park shall be held for the purpose of electing one (1) Alderman from each ward who shall hold his/her office for a term of four (4) years and until his/her successor is elected and qualified.
1. 
Village Of Vinita Terrace, Consolidation Into The City – Board Members – Procedure.
[Ord. No. 1315 §§ 1 — 4, 5-15-2017]
a. 
With the advice and consent of a majority of the members of the Board of Aldermen, the Mayor of the City of Vinita Park shall appoint two (2) officers of the former Village of Vinita Terrace to serve on the City of Vinita Park's Board of Aldermen.
b. 
Those officers of the former Village of Vinita Terrace appointed to the Board of Aldermen of the City of Vinita Park shall hold such office until the April 2018 municipal election.
c. 
As and for the April 2018 municipal election only, the residents of Ward IV shall elect two (2) members to the Board of Aldermen of the City of Vinita Park. At such election for Aldermen, the person receiving the highest number of votes in Ward IV shall hold office for four ( 4) years, and the person receiving the next highest number of votes shall hold officer for three (3) years. Thereafter, Ward IV shall elect Aldermen consistent with the City's municipal election schedule, unless a special election is required.
2. 
The number of members of the Board of Aldermen for the City of Vinita Park shall be eight (8) members as of the date of the consolidation of the Village of Vinita Terrace into the City of Vinita Park, Missouri.
D. 
On the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in April beginning in 2018 and every four (4) years thereafter, a municipal election of the qualified voters of the City of Vinita Park shall be held for the purpose of electing one (1) Alderman from each ward who shall hold his/her office for a term of four (4) years and until his/her successor is elected and qualified.
E. 
On the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in April beginning 1994 and every four (4) years thereafter, a municipal election of the qualified voters of the City of Vinita Park shall be held for the purpose of electing a Collector who shall hold his/her offices for a term of four (4) years and until his/her successor is elected and qualified.

Section 105.030 Declaration of Candidacy — Dates for Filing.

Any person who desires to become a candidate for an elective City office at the general City election shall file with the City Clerk, not prior to the hour of 8:00 A.M. on the sixteenth (16th) Tuesday prior to nor later than 5:00 P.M. on the eleventh (11th) Tuesday prior to the next City municipal election, a written declaration of his/her intent to become a candidate at said election. The City Clerk shall keep a permanent record of the names of the candidates, the offices for which they seek election, and the date of their filing, and their names shall appear on the ballots in that order.

Section 105.035 Eligibility For Elective Office.

[Ord. No. 1269 §1, 12-21-2015]
A. 
No person shall qualify as a candidate for elective office in the City of Vinita Park who has been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under the Federal laws of the United States of America or to a felony under the laws of this State or an offense committed in another State that would be considered a felony in this State.
B. 
Any person who files as a candidate for election in the City of Vinita Park shall be disqualified from participation in the election for which the candidate has filed if such person is delinquent in the payment of any State income taxes, personal property taxes, municipal taxes, real property taxes on the place of residence, as stated on the declaration of candidacy, or if the person is a past or present corporate officer of any fee office that owes any taxes to the State.
C. 
In addition to any other document which may be required by this Code, each potential candidate for elective office shall complete and file with the City Clerk an affidavit which shall be consistent with the provisions of Section 115.306.2(2) RSMo., as it may be amended from time to time.

Section 105.040 Declaration of Candidacy — Notice to Public.

The City Clerk shall, on or before the sixteenth (16th) Tuesday prior to any election at which City offices are to be filled by said election, notify the general public of the opening filing date, the office or offices to be filled, the proper place for filing, and the closing filing date of the election. Such notification may be accomplished by legal notice published in at least one (1) newspaper of general circulation in the City.

Section 105.050 Declaration of Candidacy — Form.

[CC 2000 §1-10-2(C — F); Ord. No. 930, 9-16-1996]
A. 
Applications. Applications for public office may be picked up at City Hall one (1) week prior to the opening filing date.
B. 
Filing Fee. A five dollar ($5.00) filing fee must accompany the completed application when it is turned in at City Hall.
C. 
Offices Applied For. No applicant may submit an application to run for more than one (1) office at any specific election. (For example, an applicant cannot run for Alderman and Mayor at the same election.)
D. 
Submission Of Application And Fee. Applicants may submit application at the Administrative Offices of the City of Vinita Park at 8374 Midland Boulevard. Applications must be submitted with the five dollar ($5.00) filing fee. Then, if there is more than one (1) person in line at the time the application process begins, the City Clerk shall provide numbers to assure the applications are processed in the proper order. Anyone who does not have his/her application properly completed and his/her five dollar ($5.00) fee ready (unless it is a minor insertion needed on the application), will lose his/her place in line and/or his/her or her spot on the ballot. Once the application is completed and received, the person submitting the application will be given a position on the ballot commensurate with the time the completed application and filing fee were submitted.

Section 105.060 Notice of Elections.

In City elections, the City Clerk shall notify the Board of Election Commissioners prior to 5:00 P.M. on the tenth (10th) Tuesday prior to any City election except as noted in Section 115.125.1, RSMo. The notice shall be in writing, shall specify that the Board of Aldermen is calling the election, the purpose of the election, the date of the election, and shall include a certified copy of the legal notice to be published including the sample ballot. The notice and any other information required by this Section may, with the prior notification to the election authority receiving the notice, be accepted by facsimile transmission prior to 5:00 P.M. on the tenth (10th) Tuesday prior to the election, provided that the original copy of the notice and a certified copy of the legal notice to be published shall be received in the office of the election authority within three (3) business days from the date of the facsimile transmission.

Section 105.070 Adoption of Ward Boundaries and City Map.

[Ord. No. 1033 §1, 7-15-2002; Ord. No. 1324 § 1, 7-24-2017]
The Board of Aldermen hereby adopts the City map setting out the ward boundaries for the City, which is on file at City Hall.