Call’s reporting of McManus issue ‘biased,’ Affton reader asserts

Letter to the Editor

To the editor:
I am expressing concern over Call repor-ter Gloria Lloyd’s biased reporting of the McManus Construction Co. zoning issue at the former Tee Time Family Fun Center at 4631 Lemay Ferry Road.
Gloria reported that 6th District County Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville, was sending the rezoning back to the Planning Commission because the report didn’t mention “salt.” Constituents have expressed concerns for months that Snow Pro did not disclose that it is one of the largest salt distributors in the area.
I recently obtained at a County Council meeting a petition amended by McManus Construction and, lo and behold, the concerned citizens were right. One part of the amended petition states, “Last year, Snow Pro’s sales and use depleted an average of 600 tons of salt, 8,000 gallons of salt brine and 18 pallets of calcium chloride.”
The amount of proposed material and intended uses outlined in the new petition fundamentally change the nature of Snow Pro’s business plan. Now that these new facts have emerged, I hope Gloria will investigate and report on the potential effects of storing these chemicals near the Mattese Creek Watershed, and also how residents traveling along Lemay Ferry Road will be impacted due to the amount of industrial vehicles entering and exiting the blind, dangerous curve at that location.
Lynn LeBaube
Affton