Wildwood considers new salt storage facility near community college campus

Wildwood is considering building a new salt storage facility either on the grounds of, or on city-owned land adjacent to, the campus of St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, located at 2645 Generations Drive. Ryan Thomas, the city’s director of public works, told members of the City Council’s Administration and Public Works subcommittee on July 8 that staff has met with college officials, who indicated that they wanted their own salt storage facility on campus, but were willing to consider the potential of partnering with the city. Thomas said two sites in that area would be best-suited to the planned 4,300-square-foot storage ...

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Wildwood targets executive search firm for new city administrator

In an effort to replace Wildwood City Administrator Dan Dubruiel, a subcommittee has recommended that the Wildwood City Council vote to contract with the GovHRUSA executive search firm. In July, Councilmembers Dave Bertolino (Ward 5), Sue Cullinane (Ward 3), Jim Baugus (Ward 3) and David Sewell (Ward 6) along with Mayor Tim Woerther were named to the city administrator search committee. Dubruiel had previously announced that he will retire effective Sept. 26. GovHRUSA was one of four search firms the city had considered. “This firm stood out as the one to move ahead with, because of a number of benefits ...

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Questions loom over emergency dispatch center’s future

While day-to-day operations continue at the Central County Emergency dispatch center in Ellisville, other recent developments are casting a shadow over who eventually will be in charge of answering the phone when St. Louis County residents call 911 for fire and medical services. After two recent expansion moves, CCE handles that job for the vast majority of the county, as well as parts of adjoining counties. But St. Louis County’s new emergency communications center, located in Ohlendorf Park on Hanna Road, is nearing completion and soon will begin testing equipment and procedures in preparation for its start-up, now expected no ...

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News briefs: Lucky’s Market opens in Ellisville

BALLWIN City ushers in new recycling program The city of Ballwin has received a grant from the St. Louis County Department of Health to purchase several trash/recycling receptacles for city facilities. The receptacles will be placed at The Pointe at Ballwin Commons, the North Pointe Aquatic Center, the Police Department and the Government Center. Signage to encourage recycling and explain what can and cannot be recycled will be placed over each receptacle. Through this program, the city expects to realize a 60 percent decrease in the amount of waste that goes into a landfill. Records will be kept to track ...

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Editorial: A nation of nomophobes

Admit it, you’re never more than a few steps away from some form of technology. Your computer sits in your lap or fits in your hand. Your phone is perpetually in your purse or pocket. It might even be in your ear, although bluetooth doesn’t seem to be as popular as it once was. If by some chance you leave the house without your phone, you make a u-turn and retrieve it. Who knows who might call while you’re running to the market for a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk? We have become a nation of nomophobes. ...

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Cover art questioned

To the Editor: With almost 30 out of the 68 profiled businesses with women as sole-owners or quoted directors, your cover illustration shows only male images. In 2014. Really? Lynne Gronefeld Creve Coeur

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In favor of the Lafayette greenhouse

To the Editor:  Speaking as a soon-to-be senior at Lafayette this fall, I approve of any plans to institute a greenhouse. Such a resource would be fully utilized to enrich the entire Lafayette community. I, myself, have learned many skills and gained experience in various areas via practical arts courses offered at Lafayette. I would appreciate the availability of even more practical learning. If Mr. Shaughnessy’s findings are met with approval from the Rockwood School District Board of Education, the attached greenhouse will greatly benefit the school, the students and the community. Ian Greenwood  

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Responding to ‘Border Madness’

To the Editor: Here he goes again. Thomas Sowell in “Bordering on Madness” (West Newsmagazine, July 30) bemoans our lack of immigration policy and yet Republicans have refused to bring immigration reform to the table. They have blocked every effort to do so. President Obama has greatly increased border security but it takes money and the House has refused again to fund increased border patrols. We cannot place a border guard every 10 feet. The great wall has been breached by smugglers time and again. Deportations are up and have been vastly increased under Obama. Sowell apparently accuses recent immigrants ...

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Regarding ‘Applauding Gov. Perry’

To the Editor: The border madness is without a doubt a national disgrace. It is a moral failure that belies belief!! Children sent by desperate parents hundreds of miles alone with no food, money or an adult. We have to make some hard choices, painful as they might be. However Mr. Stoeffler’s solution (“Letters to the Editor,” West Newsmagazine, July 30) is so absurd its makes me laugh. Missouri is never going to provide money or allow the National Guard to be deployed. Stoeffler reminds me of  a modern day “Man of LaMancha” dreaming the impossible dream. This theme is ...

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