Town & Country budget to receive final reading, vote at Dec. 8 meeting

The Board of Aldermen for Town & Country gave a first reading to the city’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 at its Nov. 24 meeting. A second reading and final vote of the budget will take place on Dec. 8. Overall, the city is expecting revenues of $13,609,373, and expenditures of $14,821,302 from all of its funds – general, ...

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Central County 911 Board approves steps to deal with possible emergencies

The Central County Emergency 911 Board of Directors has approved two actions designed to deal with the possible influx of calls stemming from any impending civil unrest or other emergencies. At its Nov. 19 meeting, the board gave unanimous approval to a memorandum of understanding establishing procedures on how CCE can call on the Missouri Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (MoTERT) ...

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Changes to Ellisville temporary sign code approved

For businesses, using temporary signs in Ellisville may have just become a little easier. The Ellisville City Council on Nov. 19 gave final approval to a lengthy list of changes to the city’s temporary sign code. The changes come after a yearlong trial run of another set of similar changes to the sign code, delineated in Chapter 410 of the ...

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2015 Wildwood budget gets initial approval

Wildwood’s City Council gave first-round approval Nov. 25 to legislation accepting the city’s proposed fiscal year 2015 municipal budget; however, the council also voted 6 to 8 to defeat an amendment that would have included $700,000 to construct a neighborhood pocket park in Ward 5. The budget, for the fiscal year starting Jan. 1, estimates total revenues from all funds ...

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News Briefs: Great Streets project breaks ground

CHESTERFIELD  City Council moves forward on bond refinancing The Chesterfield City Council has given final approval to an ordinance authorizing the refinancing of some $7.592 million in general obligation bonds. The original 2005 bond issue of $17.76 million was for construction, repair and other improvements to city streets, curbing and sidewalks. Refinancing the amount remaining at a lower interest rate ...

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Editorial: Ferguson

It was all so inevitable. From that August day on Canfield Drive right up to the buildings burning on West Florissant late last Monday night, there was inertia to it all. It felt like a movie we had seen before. We all knew how the movie ended. We are part of history now. We will be mentioned alongside Watts and ...

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Welcome to the neighborhood

To the Editor: Welcome to our newest neighbor, Jennifer M., who just moved to Ballwin and has to drive on Manchester Road. We lived in Ellisville for almost 40 years and it has always been crazy with drivers cutting you off, some driving almost 50 mph or others almost coming to a dead stop looking for some store even though ...

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Putting Christ back in Christmas

To the Editor: So articles are starting to appear on the “War on Christmas.” Well-meaning Christians are rightfully enraged at our secular nation’s annual chipping away at the religious remnants of Christmas with the clear desire to recreate the season as a national time of good cheer. Any visual representation of the Nativity is to remain within churches. Fellow Christians, ...

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Comic relief

To the Editor: In a world where a typical day can bring news of an Ebola epidemic, terrorist attacks, an immigration crisis, the latest beheading and more, it becomes essential for one to escape the brutal reality of life – even if only for a moment. I personally would like to thank Bill Howard for his hilarious piece entitled “The ...

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Financially prudent?

To the Editor: Wildwood is a city that prides itself on: • providing public space and recreation opportunities to its residents • being a government driven by citizen input • upholding its master plan and staying true to its vision and mission that has remained the same for 20 years. Yet, on Nov. 24, the majority of the Wildwood City ...

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