St. Louis County News

Tucker close to one year on the job; still no audits

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com County Auditor Mark Tucker is fast approaching his one-year anniversary of employment, but we question whether taxpayers have received their money’s worth for his $85,000 salary. Tucker, who began his duties March 6, has yet to produce a single audit. That’s right, after nearly a year

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Special prosecutor assigned to probe if Trakas violated Charter requirements

Pictured above: St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar. By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com A special prosecutor is investigating whether 6th District County Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville, is violating the county Charter’s requirements for office by serving as an attorney for public school districts. County Circuit Judge Douglas Beach assigned St. Charles County Prosecuting

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Council, Stenger spar over lease for former Northwest Plaza

Pictured above: The new St. Louis County Government Center Northwest at the former Northwest Plaza mall in St. Ann. Photo by Gloria Lloyd. Stenger says lease will ‘pay for itself’ with tax revenue generated for county By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com Everyone seems to agree that the county’s 20-year, $50 million lease for a new

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Rescue boat purchase OK’d by MFPD board

The Mehlville Fire Protection District Board of Directors voted unanimously last week to purchase a rescue boat at a cost of over $35,000. Chief Brian Hendricks recommended the board approve the purchase of the rescue boat from Troutt & Sons Inc. of St. James at a cost of $35,135. “… We service approximately 21 nautical

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Council makes correct call by changing meeting time

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com We’ve been critical of the County Council under the leadership of Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, but we believe council members should be commended for their decision to change their meetings to a later time. Beginning Tuesday — after the Call went to press — the

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Majority of council members remain at odds with Stenger

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com A majority of the County Council is accusing County Executive Steve Stenger of using intimidation and threats to get his way, but Stenger dismissed the claims as “election-year ankle-biting.” The allegations leveled by the council span St. Louis County: In south county, 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville, contends

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