Wildwood set to vote on future park

Wildwood’s City Council is set to vote Dec. 8 on giving final approval to a lease agreement with St. Louis County for the 99-acre Belleview Farms tract in the Meramec River greenway to be used as a park. Joe Vujnich, the city’s director of planning and parks, has said the term of the lease is 25 years, with possible renewal for another 25 years. The lease would commit the county to partner with Wildwood to provide recreational programming at the site, including hayrides, nature programs, bird watching  and other activities, Vujnich said. The agreement also provides for improvements such as ...

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Wildwood gives final approval to Centaur Road speed limit, half Ironman event

To address some drivers who are far exceeding the current speed limit, Wildwood’s City Council gave final approval Nov. 24 to legislation that will reduce the speed limit on Centaur Road, between a railroad crossing near the city’s boundary with Chesterfield and Eatherton Road, from 45 to 35 miles per hour. The rest of Centaur, between Wild Horse Creek Road and the railroad crossing, will remain at the current 30 mph speed limit. The current 45 mph segment crosses the Monarch Chesterfield Levee, where, last year, a new floodgate with a concrete wall was added and where a future trailhead ...

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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, capital improvement, parks and stormwater, safety and training and public art – in 2015. City Administrator Gary Hoelzer said the difference between projected 2015 revenues and expenditures comes from one-time expenses necessary for maintaining the city’s infrastructure. Alderwoman Linda Rallo ...

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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) for help if any “natural or man-made” situations arise. The agreement enables CCE to ask for help from other MoTERT-affiliated dispatch centers if call volume increases beyond CCE’s ability to handle it. The board also has approved the hiring of ...

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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 city’s charter. Those changes, first adopted in December of 2013, eliminated the fee associated with obtaining a temporary sign permit and allowed more types of signs than previously were permitted. The legislation passed on Nov. 19 keeps many 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 at $16,737,060 and estimates total expenses from all funds at $22,797,976. Ryan Thomas, the city’s director of public works and co-interim city administrator, said some expenses include projects planned earlier and carried out in 2015. Such projects include phase one ...

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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 is expected to save the city more than $560,000. The new bonds will be retired by 2019.   CREVE COEUR City conducts tree inventory  The city of Creve Coeur is utilizing a Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) Grant, administered ...

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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 Los Angeles, Chicago and Cincinnati. We will be discussed in schools. We will have a Wikipedia page. It is easy to think that Ferguson is not “us,” that we are separate and distinct. Yet being easy does not make it ...

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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 there is a center turning lane. That lane is where drivers sometimes play “chicken.” When making left turns, a “Hail Mary” prayer works. Years ago there was a bumper sticker that read: “Pray for me, I drive on Manchester Road.” ...

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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, we are going to lose this one. “Separation of Church and State” as per the First Amendment to the Constitution has been recast to mean something far different than its authors intended. So, don’t look to win a battle in ...

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