Menlo Park's legal fees rose for developers and Menlo Park's City Attorney Bill McClure won a pay raise when the City Council unanimously adopted these measures Oct. 11.
Mr. McClure will now receive a salary of $10,000 per month (up from $9,000), plus income from an hourly fee, which goes into effect after the equivalent of $11,500 in fees have accumulated that month, according to Lenka Diaz, the city's human resources manager.
Fees that developers pay the city for legal services related to development projects will go up to $350 per hour (up from $300) for services rendered by Mr. McClure or partners at his law firm. The fees will remain at $240 for associates and rise to $125 for paralegal, clerk or assistant work.
For general legal services by Mr. McClure or other partners in his law firm, though, fees will go down to $225 an hour from $300; and for services by other attorneys, the hourly fee will decline to $200 from $240, according to a staff report. Per-hour fees for paralegals, law clerks and legal assistants will go up to $110 from $100.
This is the sixth amendment to the city attorney's contract since Mr. McClure started working for the city in 1993; the last amendment was in 2011. His initial salary was $4,675 a month, with hourly fees of $150 for law partners, $100 for research attorneys, and $75 for paralegals.