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Wildwood Council gives final approval to sign code revisions

Wildwood’s City Council voted 12-2 on Aug. 11 in final approval of newly revised changes to the city’s sign code. The vote came after some business owners and others questioned an earlier version of changes that would affect use of temporary banners. Councilmembers Debra Smith McCutchen (Ward 5) and Jim Bowlin (Ward 6) opposed the changes, while Ed Marshall (Ward 2) and David Sewell (Ward 6) were absent. Since May, the Council’s Planning/Economic Development/Parks subcommittee had further reviewed proposed changes and suggested a modification, said Joe Vujnich, the city’s director of planning and parks. The overall sign code changes will ...

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Wildwood Council to vote on additional solar panel legislation

Wildwood’s City Council is set to vote on Aug. 25 on final approval for legislation that would call for additional regulations on use of residential solar panel arrays. The council gave first-round approval to the legislation on Aug. 11. The proposal would require a conditional use permit from the city for all new ground-mounted solar panel arrays anywhere on a property, as well as all new rooftop solar panel arrays on the front of a home and visible from any adjacent or adjoining roadway. Existing solar panel systems would be “grandfathered,” and the new regulations would not apply, according to ...

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Chesterfield Arts programming still in limbo following council meeting

The Chesterfield City Council wants to find some middle ground to maintain its support for the arts, or more specifically, Chesterfield Arts, the nonprofit organization that bears the city’s name. Already the city has rejected the idea of spending $250,000 to purchase from Chesterfield Arts the “San Marco II,” equine  sculptures that stand in front of city hall. But, while the councilmembers and the mayor have rejected the purchase of the sculptures, it seems clear that they do not want to let Chesterfield Arts’ programming, including classes for individuals with disabilities, local performances, gallery exhibitions and contests – simply fade ...

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News Briefs: Fire destroys garage, three classic vehicles

BALLWIN Fire destroys garage, three classic vehicles  Metro West Fire Protection District officials believe a problem in a generator caused a fire that destroyed three classic vehicles and the detached garage where they were kept. The alarm was received about 8 p.m. on Aug. 13 and firefighters from Metro West and the Monarch and West County EMS and fire protection districts responded to the blaze in the 800 block of Rauscher Drive in Ballwin. The fire was ruled accidental and there were no injuries. Destroyed were a 1932 Ford pick-up and two 1966 Mustangs – a convertible and a coupe. ...

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Ellisville’s proposed Lion’s Choice has neighbors in an uproar

Residents of a Clarkson Valley subdivision made a show of force at the Aug. 6 Ellisville City Council meeting, objecting to the development of a Lion’s Choice in Ellisville’s Fountain Plaza. The Lion’s Choice is set to go next to Clarkson Road at the far north of Fountain Plaza and would be located in a lot approximately 36 feet from the property line of the nearest house on Clarkson Farm Drive, according to Ellisville City Manager Bill Schwer. “In a perfect world, I think Ellisville would be better served with a professional, medical office there, in the long run,” Allison ...

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MoDOT to begin work on I-64/Route 141 interchange

The Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor, Millstone-Weber Inc., will start work next week to make significant improvements to the interchange between Route 141 and I-64. As part of the $7 million project, crews will add two-lane left turns between Route 141 and the eastbound and westbound I-64 ramps. In addition, they will improve the intersections at Conway Road and at St. Luke’s Hospital on Route 141. Most of the work on the project will be at night between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next morning. However, crews will close one southbound lane on Route 141 around the ...

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Ballwin fire destroys garage, 3 classic vehicles

Metro West Fire Protection District officials believe a problem in a generator caused a fire that destroyed three classic vehicles and the detached garage where they were kept. The alarm was received about 8 p.m. Wednesday and firefighters from Metro West and the Monarch and West County EMS and Fire Protection Districts responded to the blaze in the 800 block of Rauscher Drive in Ballwin. The fire was ruled accidental and there were no injuries. Destroyed were a 1932 Ford pick-up and two 1966 Mustangs – convertible and a coupe. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to ...

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West County election recap

The Aug. 5 elections have concluded. Amendment No. 7, the three-quarters-cent sales tax meant for Missouri roadway and other transportation improvements, was voted against by 59 percent of Missouri voters. Amendment No. 8, which would have created a Veterans lottery ticket, failed to pass as well. In St. Louis County, 58 percent of residents voted against Amendment No. 5, however it passed due to statewide votes. Amendment No. 9, which protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures in relation to electronic communications, passed statewide with 74 percent voting in approval. On the Democratic side of the St. Louis county executive ...

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