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Three seek two seats on Mehlville school board

By Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com Three candidates are seeking two seats on the Mehlville Board of Education in the April 3 election. Victoria “Tori” Behlke, former board member Ron Fedorchak and Lisa Messmer are vying for the two seats that carry three-year terms. Asked to identify the most important issue in the race, the

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Adopting House Bill 1236 would aid school districts

By Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com We believe state legislators should adopt House Bill 1236, which would allow school districts and other taxing entities to opt out of tax-increment financing, or TIF, districts. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Dan Stacy, R-Blue Springs. Co-sponsors include Rep. David Gregory, R-Sunset Hills; Rep. Mary Nichols, D-Maryland Heights;

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Commission votes against accepting Tapawingo subdivisions’ streets for maintenance

By Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com The Sunset Hills Planning and Zoning Commission voted last week against accepting streets in the city’s Tapawingo subdivisions for city maintenance. The panel voted 7-0 March 7 to recommend the Board of Aldermen deny a request that the streets be accepted for city maintenance. Commission members Bill Hopfinger, Brian

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Crestwood official laments lack of activity at mall site

By Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com A Crestwood alderman last week lamented the lack of progress on the redevelopment of the former Crestwood Plaza and wondered if mall owner UrbanStreet Group of Chicago is the right developer for the project. Ward 1 Alderman Darryl Wallach said he is “disappointed” with UrbanStreet’s efforts to redevelop the

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Elected official proposes city meetings be recorded

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com We attended the very first meeting of the Green Park Board of Aldermen, which took place June 1, 1995, at the Tesson Ferry Branch County Library. In April 1995, voters approved the incorporation of the city of Green Park with 614 people in favor and 336

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Rezoning approved for Pardee Lane lots in Crestwood

By Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com The Crestwood Board of Aldermen voted last week to adopt ordinances rezoning two properties on Pardee Lane. The city initiated the requests to change the zoning to M-1 Light Industrial District from R-4 Single-Family Residential District at 8659 Pardee Lane and 8687 Pardee Lane. Both properties are near the

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School board member pushes for changes to state’s TIF law

Pictured above: The Crestwood mall site. By Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com Lindbergh Board of Education Treasurer Mike Tsichlis is pushing hard for state legislation that would allow school districts and other taxing entities to opt out of tax-increment financing districts. At the last Board of Education meeting, Tsichlis reported that he and fellow board

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Gregory, Evans proposing to enhance Sunshine Law

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com Changes to improve the Missouri Open Meetings and Records Act, also called the Sunshine Law, are long overdue. It’s no secret that we believe Missouri’s Sunshine Law is one of the weakest in the nation. Rep. David Gregory, R-Sunset Hills, and Rep. Jean Evans, R-Manchester, have

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