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Burns challenges Trakas for 6th District County Council seat this November

Bob Burns, left, and Ernie Trakas, right.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

October 6, 2020

Rep. Bob Burns, D-Affton, will challenge Republican incumbent Ernie Trakas in the election Tuesday, Nov. 3, to see who will take the seat representing the County Council’s 6th District. The 6th District represents Oakville, Lemay, Green Park, Concord and Affton — more than 150,000 residents of ...

Mehlville Board of Education passes 2020 blended tax rate

In the Rogers Elementary first-day-of-school scavenger hunt in 2019, second-grader Aleah Jacobsmeyer, right, and other students went straight to the top for help, asking Superintendent Chris Gaines if he fit any of their categories. He checked the box ‘I like vegetables.’

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

September 29, 2020

The Mehlville Board of Education unanimously approved the 2020 blended tax rate at its annual tax rate hearing Monday, Sept. 28.  The Board of Education approved a blended tax rate of $3.8056, a slight increase from last year’s blended rate of $3.7994. The public hearing was held in-person with ca...

Green Park welcomes three new aldermen, as longtime President Fred Baras departs

Green Park City Hall as seen on Google Maps.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

September 29, 2020

The city of Green Park has installed three new aldermen — half the Board of Aldermen — in the past three months, following the municipal election in June and an appointment by the mayor. And as the city celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, one of the aldermen is a throwback to the city’s ...

Mehlville has a $4.5 million operating deficit due to COVID-19 pandemic

Mehlville Board of Education member Jean Pretto and CFO Marshall Crutcher discuss the 2020 budget during a meeting June 5, 2019 at Mehlville High School.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

September 27, 2020

With an uncertain financial outlook because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Mehlville Board of Education unanimously passed a $124.8 million budget with a $4.5 million operating deficit for the 2020-2021 school year. The budget projects total expenditures of $124.8 million with anticipated revenu...

With help from Sifton, Murphy gets law signed allowing nursing home cameras

Gov. Mike Parson, above left, signs legislation for nursing home cameras into law in July as bill sponsor Rep. Jim Murphy of Oakville, right, looks on.

By Erin Achenbach and Gloria Lloyd

September 27, 2020

Despite an unusual legislative session this year in Jefferson City that was abbreviated due to the coronavirus pandemic, one South County representative’s legislation addressing cameras in nursing homes made it across the finish line with bipartisan support. The “Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-T...

Gregory, Hoffman square off again for Missouri House 96th District

From left to right; Rep. David Gregory and Erica Hoffman.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Repoter

September 25, 2020

David Gregory, a Republican attorney, is running for re-election in the 96th Missouri House District Tuesday, Nov. 3, and is being challenged once again by Democrat Erica Hoffman, a stay-at-home mother and community volunteer. Hoffman and Gregory previously faced off for the 96th District seat in 2018. In that race, Hoffman, the first Democrat to run in the 96th District in eight years, lost to Gregory ...

Planning panel recommends denial of gas station in shadow of the JB Bridge

The view from the site of the proposed Moto Mart along the Mississippi River, directly next to the JB Bridge.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

September 23, 2020

A Moto Mart proposed to be built along Interstate 255 in the shadow of the Jefferson Barracks Bridge may not happen after the St. Louis County Planning Commission unanimously recommended zoning for the gas station be denied because, among other reasons, it is “not aesthetically or visually appealing at ...

Developers question why aldermen don’t OK Helen’s/hotel plan

The new Comfort Suites development next to Helen Fitzgerald’s under construction, as seen July 17, 2020.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

September 23, 2020

A Sunset Hills bill that would establish a new sales tax at Helen Fitzgerald’s and the neighboring hotel to fund parking has been postponed for months after city officials said they would drop a related tax abatement that could have funded a second hotel. The 1-percent Community Improvement District ...

Crestwood meets online through January due to City Hall rehab

Crestwood City Hall

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

September 22, 2020

The Crestwood Board of Aldermen will continue to meet virtually for the remainder of the year due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the city is also taking the opportunity during the time of videoconferenced meetings to renovate the upper level of the Government Center. The City Hall chambers that usually...

New Sunset Hills city administrator looks forward to challenge of moving city ahead

Brittany Gillett

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

September 22, 2020

The city of Sunset Hills will have a new city administrator at the helm starting next week, after the board voted unanimously to hire Brittany Gillett as the city’s second-ever city administrator. The Board of Aldermen voted unanimously in open session Sept. 8 to officially hire Gillett at an annual base ...

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