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Charter Commission set to hold public forums on proposed changes

The 2019 St. Louis County Charter Commission convenes for its first meeting Feb. 21. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

September 12, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The St. Louis County Charter Commission plans to host four public forum/open house-style events in September to allow the public to provide feedback about possible changes that the commission is looking into making to the Charter. The Char...

St. Louis County Charter Commission debates making elections nonpartisan

St. Louis County Charter Commission debates making elections nonpartisan

August 27, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Four months before its deadline to review and recommend changes to the county Charter, the St. Louis County Charter Commission is exploring the possibility of drafting a proposal that would make all countywide elections nonpartisan. ...

Charter panel weighs changes to appeals

In a series of public Board of Equalization hearings July 25, commercial and residential property owners try to convince that they properties are worth less than originally assessed. More often than not, their bids to reverse the hike on their properties were turned down, especially in cases where property owners did not bring photo evidence to back up their cases. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

August 15, 2019

In a series of public Board of Equalization hearings July 25, commercial and residential property owners try to convince that they properties are worth less than originally assessed.  The current Board of Equalization is comprised of three members; under the Charter Commission's potential proposal, the...

Judge halts County Council’s subpoena of Northwest Plaza developers, for now

With the two chairs reserved for Bob and David Glarner empty, County Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas says the developers' failure to appear at a council Ethics Committee hearing is a 'flagrant, flagrant' violation of the public trust. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

August 3, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com A judge temporarily agreed to the Northwest Plaza developers’ request to quash a subpoena from the St. Louis County Council, halting efforts to get them to testify for now. County Circuit Judge David Vincent III ordered a halt Thursday to the c...

Commission plagued with vacancies as it aims for vote on changes to Charter

The 2019 St. Louis County Charter Commission convenes for its first meeting Feb. 21. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

July 23, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  Editor's Note: According to an amended add-on agenda sent out Tuesday morning for the July 23 County Council meeting, County Executive Sam Page nominated Wellston Mayor Nathaniel Griffin, a Democrat, and lawyer James R. Layton to fil...

Should county executive be ceremonial? Charter panel considers county manager

Former County Executive Steve Stenger, left, talks to then council Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, at the Aug. 1 council meeting. Page became county executive April 19, after Stenger resigned from the position and pled guilty to federal corruption charges. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

June 19, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  The St. Louis County Charter Commission is exploring the possibility of changing the structure of county government, making the county executive position more of a ceremonial role while installing a “county manager” similar to a ...

Dueling Port Authorities face off in lawsuit

County Counselor Peter Krane responds to a question from County Council members at the Aug. 1 council meeting. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

April 25, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  The lawsuit between St. Louis County’s dueling Port Authorities had its first airing in court last week. After 40 minutes of arguments, a motion to dismiss the case which will decide which St. Louis County Port Authority is the leg...

In third meeting, St. Louis County Charter Commission decides how it will operate

The 2019 St. Louis County Charter Commission convenes for its first meeting Feb. 21. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

April 12, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The St. Louis County Charter Commission held its third meeting last week, deciding how it will operate for the rest of its tenure this year. The commission adopted a meeting schedule and committee assignments for the rest of the year. Af...

Charter Commission set to start meeting weekly

The 2019 St. Louis County Charter Commission convenes for its first meeting Feb. 21. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

April 2, 2019

The 2019 St. Louis County Charter Commission convenes for its first meeting Feb. 21. Photo by Erin Achenbach. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Three months into its yearlong deadline, the St. Louis County Charter Commission hasn’t made any decisions yet, but made...

County Council members disagree on implications of proposed county Charter amendment

County Counselor Peter Krane responds to a question from County Council members at the Aug. 1 council meeting. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

March 28, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Some members of the St. Louis County Council believe they could get better legal representation if county voters approve an amendment to the county Charter next week, but others predict nothing substantial will change even if the amendment is...

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