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Chesterfield approves rezoning request for ‘the wedge’

After more than a year of discussion and revisions, the city of Chesterfield has approved a zoning request for a five-acre site on Chesterfield Airport Road. On a 7-1 vote, the Chesterfield City Council rezoned the property from a C-8 commercial district to a PC planned commercial district. The tract is on the north side of Olive Street Road, west of its intersection with Chesterfield Airport Road, and is referred to as “the wedge” (McGrath Plaza). The petitioner, Energy Marketing, LLC, plans to tear down an existing convenience store with pump stations – the only development now on the property ...

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Gated Communities

Wildwood City Council fails to override mayor’s veto The Wildwood City Council, on Nov. 10, failed to override Mayor Tim Woerther’s veto of the council’s Oct. 27 approval of legislation that would allow installation of gates at the entrance of certain private residential streets in the city. While the council voted 9 to 6 in favor of an override, 11 votes were needed for passage. One resident threatened litigation against the city over its failure to pass the legislation. However, Woerther, in his rationale for the veto, said homeowners who’ve come forward to support the ordinance change made a choice ...

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Wildwood considers allowing commercial uses for Centaur Station

Wildwood’s City Council is set to vote Nov. 24 on the first reading of legislation that would place a landmark and preservation area designation on the Centaur Station buildings and property located in the historic Centaur neighborhood near the Missouri River. Such a designation would allow for low-intensity commercial uses. During a public hearing on Nov. 10, Joe Vujnich, the city’s director of planning and parks, told councilmembers that the development for 3.11 acres at 107 and 109 Centaur Road – now owned by Michael Phelan and located on the west side of Centaur, north of Wild Horse Creek Road ...

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Negative recommendations given on Winter Brothers zoning, use request

Eureka’s Planning and Zoning Commission has voted to give negative recommendations to the Board of Aldermen regarding Winter Brothers Material Company’s request for rezoning and a special use permit. The negative votes won applause from the audience; however, City Attorney Kathy Butler later said that the company would have 30 days to appeal the action once the written report of the commission decision comes out. An appeal could take place as early as December, meaning the Board likely wouldn’t consider the issue until  January, she said. Members of the commission cited potential traffic and quality of life concerns about the ...

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Chesterfield opts to run city arts program with Parks department addition

The city of Chesterfield will assume responsibility for directing the community’s arts program. As part of a preferred option presented by a committee of city staff, $100,000 formerly allocated to the Chesterfield Arts organization will be used to pay for the plan. The approach calls for promoting one of three existing recreation managers to a new position of arts and entertainment superintendent and hiring an entry-level person to assist in the new effort. The arts program will be in the parks and recreation division under the supervision of  Director Tom McCarthy. McCarthy, along with Libbey Tucker, Chesterfield’s community services and ...

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Central County Emergency 911 dispatch center hit with lawsuit

A consultant, whose agreement with Central County Emergency 911 was terminated more than a year ago, has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was the target of libelous statements and breach of contract. Specifically named in the lawsuit filed by Colleen Dealey are Timothy Flora and other members of the CCE Board of Directors as well as Mike Turner, the dispatch center’s executive director. Dealey is seeking $40,800, costs, attorney fees and other relief on each of the action’s three counts and punitive damages from Flora, Turner and CCE on two of the counts involving libel and conspiracy to commit ...

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News Briefs: Chesterfield public works director honored

BALLWIN Ballwin chooses pay hike over pension increase With the choice of a 3 percent pool for merit salary increases or paying for a hike in pension benefits for city employees, the Ballwin Board of Aldermen has opted for the former in its 2015 budget. According to figures submitted by Denise Keller, the city’s finance officer, the annual cost of the 3 percent merit increase pool for employees is $264,000, compared with the initial expense of $351,000 to pay for boosting pension benefits to the next higher level. Both figures included funding to adjust salary scales that have put some ...

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Chesterfield to direct city arts program; Chesterfield Arts looks to broaden its audience

The city of Chesterfield will assume responsibility for directing the community’s arts program. As part of a preferred option presented by a committee of city staff, $100,000 formerly allocated to the Chesterfield Arts organization will be used to pay for the plan. The approach calls for promoting one of three existing recreation managers to a new position of arts and entertainment superintendent and hiring an entry-level person to assist in the new effort. The arts program will be in the parks and recreation division under the supervision of Director Tom McCarthy. McCarthy, along with Libbey Tucker, Chesterfield’s community services and ...

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Rec-Plex leisure pool closed Nov. 10-19

The St. Peters Rec-Plex will close the Leisure Pool in the Natatorium from Nov. 10-19 in order to install a new waterslide. The Leisure Pool will open back up on Nov. 20, and the new waterslide should be ready for use by Nov. 28. The new waterslide will be similar in design to the old one, which needed to be replaced due to wear and tear after 20 years of use. In order to combat rusting, the steps and landings on the new waterslide will be made of PVC material rather than concrete and steel. The rest of the Natatorium, ...

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