Sunset Hills News

Better Together resubmits plan to state after withdrawing it last week; no major changes

Pictured above: St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson addresses the crowd at the Better Together rollout, as St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger looks on. Photo by Erin Achenbach. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Better Together refiled its petition Monday with the Missouri Secretary of State’s office for a proposed Constitutional amendment that would merge

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Grassroots opposition rallies against merger

Pictured above: The room of Municipal League mayors votes to set up a Board of Freeholders in St. Louis County at Chesterfield City Hall Jan. 24. Photo by Gloria Lloyd. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Lines are being drawn in the battle for and against a St. Louis city-county merger, or the “creation of

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Sunshine Law change is a ‘crisis to access’

By Ian Nickens, Gaelle Fournier and Kelsey Wu of the Columbia Missourian and Erin Achenbach of the Call Missouri House members approved changes in the state Sunshine Law last week that would make communications between public officials at all levels of government and their constituents largely immune to public-records requests. The changes, amended to a

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Sunset Hills overhauls Planning Commission

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen overhauled the Planning and Zoning Commission last month in an unusual competitive vote for a city committee. Current Planning and Zoning member Steve Young and former longtime Police Advisory Board President Frank Pellegrini were both unanimously appointed to represent Ward 3 on the

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Sunset Hills dance instructor charged with statutory rape

A Sunset Hills operator of a hip-hop dance studio was charged with statutory rape last week. Nicholas Gates, 40, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was charged Jan. 24 with one count of statutory rape in the second degree. He is being held on a $25,000 cash only bond. The probable-cause statement alleges that Gates had

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Crestwood changes policy to take fewer bids

By Erin Achenbach  Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The city of Crestwood just updated its purchasing policy, which had been untouched for 15 years. The Board of Aldermen identified the change as a 2018 priority in an effort to modernize and improve overall efficiency of the city’s operations. The new policy allows the city to purchase budgeted

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Jubilee Church to expand to second story

Representatives from Jubilee Church once again appeared before the Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen last month, this time to request a second-story expansion to the church they are building in an office park. At the Jan. 8 meeting, Mike Vorwerk with Civil Engineering Design Consultants presented a plan to the board for changes to the

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