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Voters to decide on transportation sales tax

On July 9, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved a list containing $4.8 billion worth of transportation-related construction projects. On Aug. 5, voters will decide if those projects will receive the funding needed to see them through to fruition.

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News Briefs: Resident seeks speed control on Hanna Road

MANCHESTER Resident seeks speed control on Hanna Road Manchester aldermen on July 8 heard but took no action on a proposal from David Ritchey, a resident of Hanna Bend Court, for a double-fine zone to deter speeders and other motorists who he said routinely fail to honor stop signs on Hanna Road between Manchester and Big Bend roads. “What can I do to stop their traffic violations?” Ritchey asked the board. “This is fast becoming a high-traffic area.” Ritchey, who has a hearing impairment, said speeders and stop sign violators are a danger to others, especially to children and the ...

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Monarch captain given two days suspension by Board of Directors

Monarch Captain and Local IAFF 2665 Union Shop Steward Chris Gelven has been suspended for two shift days after a 3-0 vote by the Board of Directors. Gelven was brought before the Monarch Board of Directors on July 10 for making statements in April to local media outlets regarding security measures for the Board’s meeting room. “The issue was we don’t want, nor should anyone desire, that personnel attempt to divulge security protocols to the public,” Board President Robin Harris said. At the time, Gelven said the Board had chosen to line the wall in front of the Board Member’s seats ...

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Judge rules for firefighters in Monarch lawsuit

A St. Louis County Circuit Court judge has ruled in favor of Monarch Fire Protection District firefighters in a lawsuit filed last year challenging the district board’s failure to make a promotion to captain from those on an existing eligibility list. In a decision entered July 8, Judge Mary Elizabeth Ott ruled the Monarch Board of Directors must promote one of the three firefighter/paramedics on the then-current promotion list to a captain’s position. Further, the judge said the board cannot conduct any further promotion testing until one of the eligible firefighter/paramedics is named to the captain’s position. Contacted for his ...

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Northbound I-270 ramp to Dougherty Ferry to close for night work

The Missouri Department of Transportation will close the ramp from northbound I-270 to Dougherty Ferry for five nights, starting Monday, July 14, weather permitting. Crews will close the ramp at 9 p.m. each evening and reopen it by 5 a.m. the following morning. The crews are working on the foundations for sound walls which need to be completed as part of the recent I-270 lane addition project between I-44 and Route 100.

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Monarch hires new interim fire chief as district prepares for personnel search

The Monarch Fire Protection District has hired an interim fire chief, while the Board of Directors looks to begin the search for a permanent candidate to that position. Wayne Charles “Chuck” Marsonette was announced as the interim fire chief on June 24. Marsonette had previously worked for West County Fire and EMS from 1997 to 2008, starting as a firefighter/paramedic and eventually working his way up to the position of chief training officer. Prior to that, Marsonette worked at Des Peres Department of Public Safety as a police officer, firefighter and paramedic. He also has recently worked with Reliant Care ...

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Transportation tax project list approved by Highways and Transportation commission

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved a list containing $4.8 billion worth of transportation-related construction projects on July 9. The project list details where the money raised by a proposed three-quarters-of-a-cent sales tax increase would be spent, if voters approve the increase in the Aug. 5 election. According to a MoDOT press release, the provisions for the tax increase mandate that a list of the projects to be funded by the increase must be presented to the voters in order to allow them to make an informed decision. “This list is the culmination of years of work, with collaboration ...

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Parkway approves acceptance of Normandy transfer students

Parkway’s Board of Education, at a special meeting on June 27, approved allowing transfer students from the Normandy School District who attended its schools in the 2013-14 school year to return to Parkway for the 2014-15 school year. The board vote was 5 to 0 with Tom Appelbaum and Kim Appelbaum absent. Superintendent Keith Marty said that about 40 students came from Normandy last year, and 33 have asked to come back. He said the number of Normandy students asking to return is relatively small, especially since they are spread throughout Parkway’s 28 schools. He also noted that since last ...

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Loss of Ruth Schrader Arft is a loss to Ballwin, West County community

With her warm personality, professionalism and spirit of community volunteerism, Ruth Schrader Arft, who passed away June 18 at the age of 92, made a difference in the lives of so many who knew her and the family business she co-owned, Schrader Funeral Homes & Crematory in Ballwin and Eureka Son-in-law Dennis Goethe, vice president of Schrader and married to Arft’s only child Peggy Arft-Goethe, said his mother-in-law was “not just part of this business and family, but very much a part of the Ballwin community where she lived most of her life.” Arft died of complications of cancer. She ...

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Wildwood decides against widening part of Wild Horse Creek Road

Wildwood’s City Council on June 23 approved an asphalt resurfacing contract for Wild Horse Creek Road, but councilmembers declined to provide more of a shoulder and passing lanes as part of that work. The council gave final approve to legislation authorizing Mayor Tim Woerther to execute a contract for up to $903,000 on behalf of the city with L. Krupp Construction for the resurfacing of Wild Horse Creek Road from Hwy. 109 to Hwy. 100, Main Street, Plaza Drive, Eastgate Lane, Fountain Place and Market Avenue. Ryan Thomas, the city’s director of public works/city engineer, previously had told the council ...

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