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Chesterfield Celebrates First Day As City

June 2, 1988

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ The new mayor and council members of the third-largest city in St. Louis County are going to earn their $1 salary this year.

After the bands played and balloons flew Wednesday, the council faced a marathon session to pass more than 190 ordinances to govern the new city. A transition committee worked for four months to prepare more than 50 pages of recommendations.

The formation of the city of about 33,000 in west St. Louis County, with its own municipal government, was approved by 75 percent of Chesterfield’s voters April 5.

Council members are working to secure a $2 million line of credit for the municipality and select a permanent City Hall, said Jack Neiner, a City Council member and co-chairman of the transition committee.

The city’s first mayor, businessman Fred Steinbach, and eight council members were appointed six weeks ago by the St. Louis County Council to serve for $1 each until next April, when municipal elections will be held.

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