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Public tax rate hearing set for West County EMS/FPD residents

The West County EMS and Fire Protection District will hold a public hearing Sept. 15 on proposed property tax rates to finance the district’s operations in 2015. The hearing will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the district’s administration building, 223 Henry Ave. in Manchester. Tax rates included in the official hearing notice are the same as those that applied this year. However, the levies in the notice are proposals only and are subject to change when final real estate and personal property valuation figures are set by the St. Louis County Assessor’s office. Updated information is expected to be ...

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MSD main break in Chesterfield allows sewage to enter Missouri River

At approximately 5 a.m. on Sept. 8, a force main sewer break was reported to the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) in the area just west of where Cordovan Commons Parkway turns into Howard Bend Station Road in Chesterfield. As a result of the break, raw sewage drained into a ditch leading into the Missouri River.  While it is unknown how much sewage leaked from the force main, MSD indicated that there was no risk to public health or safety resulting from the break. A force main sewer is a sewer line through which wastewater is propelled by the force of ...

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Eastbound access between Route 141 and Woods Mill Road to close Sept. 9

The Missouri Department of Transportation will close eastbound access between Route 141 and Woods Mill Road and  Brooking Park Drive in Chesterfield on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The right turn lane from southbound Route 141 to Brooking Park Drive will also be closed. All drivers, especially those in large vehicles, should avoid making the right turn and continue to Conway to get to Woods Mill Road. Drivers will not be able to turn onto Route 141 from Brooking Park Drive. Right . The roadway will reopen by Nov. 1. Westbound access from St. Luke’s Hospital Drive to Route 141 and across ...

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St. Peters alderman to draft bill banning e-cigarette sales to minors

St. Peters may be moving to ban the purchase of electronic cigarettes by minors and forbid them from entering so-called “vapor lounges” where they can be smoked. The city’s Board of Aldermen approved a motion by Alderman Patrick Barclay (Ward 4) during a work session on Aug. 14 authorizing him to draft a bill with the bans. The bill is expected to be considered by the board in September. Barclay said the bill would be modeled after an ordinance approved on July 21 by the Chesterfield City Council. The Chesterfield ordinance bans the sale and possession of vapor nicotine products ...

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Wildwood to pursue agreement for use of Belleview Farms property

Despite an arsonist recently burning down a historic home on the site, Wildwood’s City Council has approved continuing the pursuit of an agreement with St. Louis County on the use of the county’s Belleview Farms property. Joe Vujnich, the city’s director of planning and parks, told the council during a work session on Aug. 25 that, over the past year, the council’s Planning/Economic Development/Parks (PEP) subcommittee has discussed a lease agreement for the county-owned property on St. Paul Road near the unincorporated Sherman area that abuts Wildwood’s southeastern boundary. The city has similar lease agreements with the county for the ...

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Parkway trains bus drivers for active shooter situations

Parkway school bus drivers got a crash course in safety on Tuesday, Aug. 26, receiving training for active shooter situations around their vehicles. Gary Moore, a retired Missouri State Highway Patrol officer, led the training session at South High. Moore, who is now working with the Missouri Center for Education Safety, said that situational awareness was one of the topics on which drivers were educated. Moore said he schooled the drivers on ‘Just Doesn’t Look Right,’ or JDLR. “If you’ve got someone hanging around your bus stop, that has no business being there and has no connection to the school, ...

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Local community shows support for Ferguson police officers

Wildwood and West County residents made a sizable donation of food and water to the officers working the streets of Ferguson during recent weeks. Wildwood Police Lieutenant Mike Reifschneider said he doesn’t know how exactly the collection started, only that it consisted of eight local community groups, including school groups, Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations, and businesses, and was spearheaded by one concerned citizen. Reifschneider said the officers’ reaction to the donation was “ecstatic.” “Everybody watches the news, and everyone has an opinion,” Reifschneider said. But he added that it was great “to see that there are a lot ...

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Ellisville launches new city website

Ellisville’s website has gotten a makeover – making it easier to use by citizens and more inviting, too. The new website, which has been under development for over six months, went live on Thursday, Aug 28. Aaddia Jones, Ellisville’s Information Systems manager, said the website has improved on a technical level in addition to being more aesthetically pleasing. “Finding information on our old website was very difficult for our residents, whereas now we’ve tried to make it a little more user- and resident-friendly,” Jones said. The new Ellisville webpage is hosted by CivicPlus, who hosts the websites for several other ...

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Public hearing to give Wildwood residents voice regarding gated communities

A public hearing – and an initial reading on proposed legislation – regarding whether the city should allow installation of gates for certain private residential streets is scheduled for Sept. 8. The Wildwood City Council, during a work session on Aug. 25, approved holding the public hearing and having a first-round vote on draft legislation by a vote of 12 to 3, with Glen De Hart (Ward 1), Marc Cox (Ward 4) and Randy Ladd (Ward 2) opposed and Katie Dodwell (Ward 4) absent. The Planning/Economic Development/Parks (PEP) subcommittee had voted unanimously in August to forward draft legislation to the ...

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Meadows of Wildwood developer, residents come to consensus

Wildwood’s City Council, on Aug. 25, gave first-round approval to legislation that included revised indentures for the Meadows of Wildwood subdivision. The preliminary approval came after most residents and the developer came to a consensus on the proposal and pressed the city for the measure to go forward. A final vote is set for the council’s Sept. 8 meeting. While residents and developers’ representatives had urged the council to vote on final approval on Aug. 25, city officials insisted that submission, only earlier that day, of documents meant they had not had a chance to fully study the latest revisions. ...

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