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Election results create unique situation for Ballwin

The recent election has put the city of Ballwin in the position of replacing both aldermen from one of its four wards. Mayor Tim Pogue said he anticipates making recommendations to the board of aldermen early in January for replacing Shamed Dogan and Mark Harder, both from Ward 2. Dogan was unopposed in the Nov. 4 election for the District 98 seat in the Missouri House while Harder won 70 percent of the vote in his race for the District 7 position on the St. Louis County Council. Both ran on the Republican ticket. Harder has represented Ward 2 on ...

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Chesterfield approves rezoning request for ‘the wedge’

After more than a year of discussion and revisions, the city of Chesterfield has approved a zoning request for a five-acre site on Chesterfield Airport Road. On a 7-1 vote, the Chesterfield City Council rezoned the property from a C-8 commercial district to a PC planned commercial district. The tract is on the north side of Olive Street Road, west of its intersection with Chesterfield Airport Road, and is referred to as “the wedge” (McGrath Plaza). The petitioner, Energy Marketing, LLC, plans to tear down an existing convenience store with pump stations – the only development now on the property ...

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Gated Communities

Wildwood City Council fails to override mayor’s veto The Wildwood City Council, on Nov. 10, failed to override Mayor Tim Woerther’s veto of the council’s Oct. 27 approval of legislation that would allow installation of gates at the entrance of certain private residential streets in the city. While the council voted 9 to 6 in favor of an override, 11 votes were needed for passage. One resident threatened litigation against the city over its failure to pass the legislation. However, Woerther, in his rationale for the veto, said homeowners who’ve come forward to support the ordinance change made a choice ...

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Wildwood considers allowing commercial uses for Centaur Station

Wildwood’s City Council is set to vote Nov. 24 on the first reading of legislation that would place a landmark and preservation area designation on the Centaur Station buildings and property located in the historic Centaur neighborhood near the Missouri River. Such a designation would allow for low-intensity commercial uses. During a public hearing on Nov. 10, Joe Vujnich, the city’s director of planning and parks, told councilmembers that the development for 3.11 acres at 107 and 109 Centaur Road – now owned by Michael Phelan and located on the west side of Centaur, north of Wild Horse Creek Road ...

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Negative recommendations given on Winter Brothers zoning, use request

Eureka’s Planning and Zoning Commission has voted to give negative recommendations to the Board of Aldermen regarding Winter Brothers Material Company’s request for rezoning and a special use permit. The negative votes won applause from the audience; however, City Attorney Kathy Butler later said that the company would have 30 days to appeal the action once the written report of the commission decision comes out. An appeal could take place as early as December, meaning the Board likely wouldn’t consider the issue until  January, she said. Members of the commission cited potential traffic and quality of life concerns about the ...

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Chesterfield opts to run city arts program with Parks department addition

The city of Chesterfield will assume responsibility for directing the community’s arts program. As part of a preferred option presented by a committee of city staff, $100,000 formerly allocated to the Chesterfield Arts organization will be used to pay for the plan. The approach calls for promoting one of three existing recreation managers to a new position of arts and entertainment superintendent and hiring an entry-level person to assist in the new effort. The arts program will be in the parks and recreation division under the supervision of  Director Tom McCarthy. McCarthy, along with Libbey Tucker, Chesterfield’s community services and ...

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Central County Emergency 911 dispatch center hit with lawsuit

A consultant, whose agreement with Central County Emergency 911 was terminated more than a year ago, has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was the target of libelous statements and breach of contract. Specifically named in the lawsuit filed by Colleen Dealey are Timothy Flora and other members of the CCE Board of Directors as well as Mike Turner, the dispatch center’s executive director. Dealey is seeking $40,800, costs, attorney fees and other relief on each of the action’s three counts and punitive damages from Flora, Turner and CCE on two of the counts involving libel and conspiracy to commit ...

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News Briefs: Chesterfield public works director honored

BALLWIN Ballwin chooses pay hike over pension increase With the choice of a 3 percent pool for merit salary increases or paying for a hike in pension benefits for city employees, the Ballwin Board of Aldermen has opted for the former in its 2015 budget. According to figures submitted by Denise Keller, the city’s finance officer, the annual cost of the 3 percent merit increase pool for employees is $264,000, compared with the initial expense of $351,000 to pay for boosting pension benefits to the next higher level. Both figures included funding to adjust salary scales that have put some ...

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Editorial: Walk on by

On Nov. 6, a woman named Alice made an impassioned plea on Facebook: “Please do not do business at the Chesterfield Mall Bath & Body Works!!” She went on to say: “I was very disappointed today while on a field trip with my Special Education students. They were given an assignment to find stores on their own and locate a product and write down information about the product.” She explained that, while the task seems easy, it “is an important skill these students are still learning.” “As we got ready to walk into Bath & Body Works we were met ...

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The voters have spoken

To the Editor: The voters have spoken. They voted for a Democratic party opportunity to adopt the blueprint for obstructionism and gridlock followed so effectively by Mitch McConnell and John Boehner during their years of openly advocating opposition against any bill which might make this president look good — even bills originated by Republicans and subsequently supported by Obama. The immediate question seems to be: Will the president and Democratic leaders adopt that blueprint or will they step up and actually try to find ways to get along with the Republican Congress by employing a new “what’s good for the ...

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