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Who is paying? To the editor: Thanks to Don Drier, (Letters, Aug. 8, 2009, MRN), for stating so well his opposition to the Internet sales tax bill, (March 11, 2009, MRN), and additionally, any new tax. I don’t know Mr. Drier, but his opinions seem to mirror mine exactly. I, too, hope to believe that most people are feeling this same way. I’d like to take it to a new level and make a point about who is being hurt by these new taxes, and other fines and fees. We are taxed, fined, and charged fees to our breaking point. And for what? More homemade looking flower pots and light poles without lights (see Boone Hills Drive)? I’m also tired of my “representatives� spending my money for their own poorly planned and mishandled projects. Under the guise of creating “an even playing field� these same people want to put yet another burden on us, the taxpayer. Don’t forget readers that they want to tax your magazine subscriptions too. When will this stop? Why can’t we have a break? Goods for sale on the Internet help keep the prices down on goods available locally. Additionally, not all goods available on the Internet can be purchased locally. I might have to drive across the river to find something I need, costing me gas money and time. By the way, maybe I’ll fill up my tank while I’m over there. Quality customer service, and convenience will keep us buying locally, and customer loyalty cannot be forced by applying taxes to the competition. Maybe cutting taxes on locally bought products would be a better idea. (St. Peters Mayor Len) Pagano should not try to blow smoke at us. These new taxes might help fund some new “idea of the week,� or rework some project that should have been done right the first time, but at whose expense? Who is hurt by this new tax? The citizens of St. Peters, that’s who. Speaking of hurting St. Peter’s residents, please bear with me while I make a point about another related topic. How about those red light cameras? Whom do those exorbitant fines hurt? Yes, the citizens of St. Peters again. Non-residents don’t even have to pay those fines. And, is there anywhere in St. Peters that is not a double-fine zone? Again I ask, who is being hurt by all of this money grubbing? Don’t get me

wrong, speeding and other moving violations should be dealt with in a serious manner, but the message that I’m getting is that it’s all about collecting more money, and not about our safety. I could go on and on. I thought, when I voted for Mr. Pagano, that I was voting for one of us, the regular guy. What about us, the regular guys and gals of St. Peters? We will continue to support our local merchants, especially the locally owned businesses, when they treat us fairly and neighborly. Is it a bonus to save on taxes when buying on the Internet? Yes, but what’s wrong with us getting a bonus once and a while? Give us a break. The small amount of revenue gained from Internet sales tax will not help the city proportionally to how it will hurt the citizen once again. Tighten your belt for a change. And as Mr. Drier points out, his vote (and ours) can make the needed cuts when the time comes. Dennis Wroblewski St. Peters

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Questionable behavior A Barat Academy baseball coach flagged down a school bus on Hwy. 40 on April 1â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an April Foolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day joke. Jason Theodorakos followed the bus in his van, flashing his lights and gesturing for the bus carrying the Ritenour freshmen baseball team to pull over. Ritenourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s baseball coach requested the driver pull over because the team may have left equipment at the game just held at Barat. The two coaches talked outside of the bus and Theodorakos allegedly accused Ritenour players of stealing money that had disappeared from the locker room. Theodorakos has since apologized to Ritenour officials for the accusation.

only taken a photo of his ballotâ&#x20AC;Śhe could have tried to take a photo of someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ballot, he said. The punishment for the class four election offense is up to a year in jail and/or a $2,000 fine. Chrismer said he would not try to prosecute this fan, but wants to inform voters of the law to protect voterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s privacy. A new sign will be posted at all polling places that will state: â&#x20AC;&#x153;No unauthorized electronic recording devices are allowed in any polling places, such as cameras, cell phones, PDAs, Blackberrys, etc.â&#x20AC;?

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Coupon clipper dismissed Charges against an Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Fallon woman accused of producing counterfeit store coupons were dismissed early this month. Prosecutors dropped the 14 charges of forgery against 42-year-old Cynthia Madej just before her case went to a jury trial. Madej was charged with the counts of forgery in February 2007 after Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Fallon police raided a garage sale at her home. She was accused of using a printer and scanner to produce counterfeit coupons to receive

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY Inmate hangs himself A 54-year-old St. Peters man charged with aggravated assault hung himself in St. Charles County jail earlier this month. Officials said Daniel Joseph Bates was found lifeless on his bed with a sheet around his neck 20 minutes after guards checked on him. Bates was the fifth inmate to hang himself in the last three years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are reviewing every aspect of our operation to prevent suicides. Inmates have access to 24-hour nursing care, as well as counseling for mental health issues and evaluations by psychiatrists. So far in 2009, we have had 531 individual counseling sessions and 308 psychiatrist visits,â&#x20AC;? said John Sonderegger, spokesman for the County. Sonderegger said there is an extensive screening process for all incoming inmates, as well as a suicide prevention program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As of today, we have 312 inmates, and 71 percent of those (220) have been screened out to receive health services and 88 percent of those (194) are receiv-

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ST. CHARLES Back behind bars After driving his car into some trees on April 9 and leaving the scene of an accident, Casey Doss has found himself in police custody again. The 19-year-old was charged with involuntary manslaughter about a year ago after getting into a physical fight with his father Larry Doss, police said. After some shoving, the two fell down some stairs and Casey punched Larry in the head several times. Larry bled internally from the blows and died five days later. Casey pleaded no contest and was sentenced to five years probation. A couple of weeks ago, he was charged with leaving the scene of a car accident after plowing into trees off Westwood Drive. Police said he fled the scene, and his injured passenger. He was found at his

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MISSOURI One term too long? How many years should a state representative get to serve his state? Term Limits for Missouri thinks 8 years is enough. Earlier this month Term Limits for Missouri began gathering signatures for its initiative that would amend the Missouri Constitution to term limit all statewide officeholders to two 4-year terms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Missourians have led the nation in the effort to term limit state elected officials and their will has served the state well as new and fresh faces continue to cycle into the work of leading our stateâ&#x20AC;? said Ed Martin, Term Limits for Missouri president. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the work of term limits is not done: all state-wide officeholders must face term limits so that we continue to bring fresh air into government and chase out the stale and dank stench of bureaucratic incumbency.â&#x20AC;? The initiative will appear on the ballot in November 2010 for a vote by Missourians.

ST. PETERS Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the ticket The St. Peters Police Department issued a total of 35 traffic tickets during the national â&#x20AC;&#x153;Operation Safe Teenâ&#x20AC;? mobilization conducted March 15 through March 31. During the enforcement effort, officers issued four safety belt tickets, 25 speeding tickets, and six other traffic violations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Safety belts are your single best defense in a crash,â&#x20AC;? said Police Chief Tom Bishop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Law enforcement will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to buckle up and arrive alive.â&#x20AC;?

'SJEBZ .BZÂ&#x2026;QN 4BUVSEBZ .BZÂ&#x2026;QN There goes Robert E. Lee St. Charles may have a new boat in town. But the new owner of the Lt. Robert E. Lee will have to answer some questions first. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new owner (Steve Petroff) applied for a permit and we are currently reviewing his application,â&#x20AC;? said Bruce Evans, community development director for St. Charles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of questions that have to be answered before we go forwardâ&#x20AC;Śif all of the questions get resolved and everything goes according to plan it will go to planning and zoning on May 18 and to the City Council in June.â&#x20AC;? The Lt. Robert E. Lee is a stationary 19th century replica riverboat that has plans to house a nightclub, buffet, a deli, a formal French restaurant and a banquet room for wedding receptions. City officials are concerned with some safety issues that will need to be resolved. Evans said a letter with concerns was sent to the owner and the city is awaiting a response. If approved the boat would be docked where the Goldenrod Showboat was until 2003.

Cutting into shoplifting Shoppers at Mid Rivers Mall will have to start leaving their wire cutters and razor blades at home. The St. Peters Board of Aldermen unanimously passed a new ordinance that will allow the police to arrest anyone carrying shoplifting devices with the intent of stealing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new ordinance will give (police) the ability to charge people with carrying shoplifting toolsâ&#x20AC;Śthe police will still have to prove the intent to shoplift,â&#x20AC;? said Officer Melissa Doss, with the St. Peters Police Department. The prior ordinance required the thief to be caught with the stolen items. The new ordinance was introduced in late March as an effort to cut down on shoplifting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shoplifting is our biggest issue at Mid Rivers Mallâ&#x20AC;Śbut shoplifting at Mid Rivers Mall is not as bad as it is at other malls,â&#x20AC;? Doss said. The punishment for shoplifting is up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine if convicted.

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By MARY ANN O’TOOLE HOLLEY It’s déjà vu in the city of O’Fallon. It’s been said before, and it’s being said again, only this time, O’Fallon Mayorelect Bill Hennessy is shouting a definitive ‘YES,’ whether the City Council and staff want it or not. “There will be a new era of harmony in O’Fallon city politics,” Hennessy said. Hennessy, 51, who won a three-way race for mayor in the April 8 election, said just days after the election that he’s already talked with all eight council members and is giving them information as he gets it. “Pretty soon they may be tired of hearing from me about all this information,” Hennessy said. “I’m saying, ‘tough.’ I’m talking to each and every one of them whether they like it or not.” Hennessy, who will be officially sworn in at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, says he’s also met with all of the city’s managing directors, and it has been going well. “It’s called communication,” Hennessy said. “As long as they know what’s going on, they can make their decisions. I think 100 percent the main problem for the past two terms of leadership was lack of communication. That was a frustration for me as a councilman. You hear rumors, and res-

idents hear rumors and stuff even before the council does. This way, if they hear a rumor, I can tell them this is the fact, and this is what’s going on.” Hennessy says he realizes he takes office at a particularly busy period in O’Fallon’s development. His first day on the job will mean selecting boards and commission liaisons, and fulfilling plenty of other requirements voted upon by residents. But, he stresses, it will all be done above board. “It will be on the agenda what councilman is going on what board or commission,” Hennessy said. “I can’t say how the council stacks as for support, but I know all eight of them, and everybody has their own mind and thought process. And I do plan on sitting down with each one of them to ask them to give me their thoughts and views for the next two years and what they want accomplished. Then, we can work to get those things accomplished. Instead of them working one on one, maybe we can work together to get everybody’s goals and objectives met.” In recent years, there has been plenty of drama in the city of O’Fallon. City Administrator Bob Lowery Jr. was chastised by exiting Mayor Donna Morrow in June 2008 for going behind her back during the

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Final days in office: Mayor Morrow shuts door on ‘Four years of h . . .’ By MARY ANN O’TOOLE HOLLEY O’Fallon Mayor Donna Morrow will leave office this week, taking with her memories she describes as “four years of hell.” As with all good intentions, Morrow’s dreams of taking O’Fallon to the top in a Dudley DoRight movement never quite panned out. “I don’t want to sound sour grapes, but we had it all going,” said Morrow, recalling the dream team that came into office with her in April 2005. “We could have made all these changes.” For a while they did. Morrow and a predominantly new City Council came into office at a time when City Hall needed a major cleanup. A 2003 State Audit had found numerous acts of malfeasance by the Renaud Administration (prior to Morrow’s arrival). She and a new slate of aldermen started with the best of intentions of cleaning it all up. When Morrow took office, she promised an “open door” policy. Under Morrow’s direction the Board of Aldermen passed a new street ordinance requiring improved street quality that was

seemingly overlooked by the prior administration. A core-sampling machine allowed O’Fallon’s Public Works Department to take samples from streets and found certain thickness requirements had not been met. The streets were ordered to be rebuilt by the developers and future street projects were required to use the increased thickness. Morrow and the alderman fought against developer giveaways and worked to stop substandard work in the city. Morrow was instrumental in resolving the issue of illegal immigrants working at the O’Fallon Lakes and Southernside affordable housing projects — a move that led to state laws disallowing undocumented workers Morrow on tax-funded projects. Then, in early 2006, just about a year into Morrow’s term as mayor, aldermen “When those guys all walked off, that was Lyn Schipper, Terry Busken and Randy a huge disruption,” Morrow said. “Instead Hudson resigned claiming the mayor had of working in a process that could change sided with their adversaries Alderman it, they left. The people elected them to do Peter Cantwell and Bill Hennessy in hiring a job and they left. It has been difficult for former Renaud Administration Attorney me to figure it out. Again, I’m not a quitMark Piontek. Former City Attorney Rick ter.” Fischer joined in the protest, submitting his resignation. See FINAL DAYS, page 21

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By JEANNIE SEIBERT With money coming in, money is also going out, it’s leaving St. Charles County government officials challenged with meeting current and future obligations along with federal government mandates. On the incoming front, the East/West Gateway Council of Governments recently named the Page Avenue extension project as one of 11 projects to be funded through federal government stimulus monies. Passage of the stimulus plan, or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), allowed a total of $43 million to be dedicated to completing the Page Avenue Extension from west of Harvester Road through to Central School Road. The project is being broken up into two phases. The Harvester Road to Woodstream , Drive will take $19 million to complete and the second leg, to Central School Road, will require a $24 million investment. “When others gave up on funding initiatives, we continued to pursue them,” said County Executive Steve Ehlmann, who also sits on the East/West Gateway Board of Directors. The county’s lobbyist for transportation funding, Gary Elmestad, received a nod of thanks from Ehlmann along with County Councilman John White (Dist. 7), who also is an East/West Gateway board member, and MoDOT and Missouri Highway Commission member Judge Grace Nichols. “When everyone was saying there was no money available, we kept getting our projects in line and everything done so that when money did become available we were ready,” Ehlmann said. “We put a fullcourt press on this because we don’t know when funds will be available again.” The city of St. Peters has joined the county’s full-court press to fund the Page exten-





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sion on through to include a third phase to the intersection of Mid Rivers Mall Drive and Hwy. 94. Because $17 million from the Page Avenue extension project had previously been funded by MoDOT for the phase one portion, it is now expected that money can be redirected to that third phase. As for money going out, after having just prevailed last September in a discussion of whether or not to cut property tax rates, Ehlmann has now proposed raising the county sales tax rate. Reducing the county sales tax for capital improvements in 2007, cutting the courthouse operating budget by 8 percent and laying off employees in 2008 while rolling back the property tax rate may seem like mixed signals, but the proposal is essentially a restoration of the 2007 sales tax rate and will require voter approval. During a Sept. 30 County Council meeting Ehlmann said the .05 cent sales tax increase would fund a countywide emergency communications system first discussed with the St. Louis County Council in 2007. At that time it was a concept. Now that the federal government is mandating local governments’ change-over to a different bandwidth dedicated to emergency communications systems, it has become incumbent that the investment be made at the local level as no funding was provided for local officials to comply with the requirement. In other items of interest, County Council Chair Joe Brazil (Dist. 2) did get backing for his bill that will enable the county to suspend contractors’ building permits for two weeks when found guilty of knowingly hiring undocumented workers. Brazil told MRN he had become frustrated by the inaction of the federal immigration enforcement agency. “If we make it harder on these employers hiring illegals maybe they’ll quit doing it,” Brazil said. “It’s going to be up to us at the local level.”

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Congressmen take Easter break to hear from small businesses By JEANNIE SEIBERT The auditorium at the St. Charles Community College Social Sciences Building quickly filled April 16 to hear from and question U.S. Dist. 2 congressmen Todd Akin and Blain Luetkemeyer. The assembly was to address many concerns of small businesses. Economic Development Center President Greg Prestemon acted as moderator for the Town Hall meeting who pointed out St. Charles County is represented on the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee by both Dist. 2 congressmen. “This gives (St. Charles County) a definite couple of voices needed in Washington, D.C., right now,” Prestemon said. The taxation and regulation that is pending, the spending issues that have passed are “a sobering note” conveying a “sense of warning,” Akin said. “After 21 years in elective office, the last three months are unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.”

2009 tax assessment notices in the mail St. Charles County Assessor Scott Shipman said the 2009 reassessment of real estate has been completed and assessment notices for residents living within the Washington, Wentzville and St. Charles school districts went out on April 15. Fort Zumwalt and Orchard Farm school districts notices will be mailed on or about April 22. Francis Howell School District notices are set to go out about April 29. Assessment notices are designed to be easier to read and include information on property tax relief, frequently asked questions and information on the appeal process. Labeled “2009 Notices of Real Estate Assessment,” taxpayers have 10 days from the mailed date to schedule an informal hearing with a staff member from the assessor’s office. To set a time, phone 949-7431 or 800822-4012, ext. 7431, weekdays, 8 a m. until 5 p.m. Scheduled, informal hearings will be held during the day, Monday through Thursday, during the evenings on Tuesday and Wednesday at the county administration building, 201 N. Second St., St. Charles. State law requires the assessor to revalue all real property every odd-numbered year. The statues call on county assessors to place accurate values on property as of Jan. 1 of each reassessment cycle. That means the current values reflect the change as of Jan. 1, 2007.

Small businesses are “the engine that pulls the country to prosperous times,” Akin said. And it’s small business that will have to pay for the massive spending bills that have passed through the halls of Congress recently. Luetkemeyer told MRN that by the time he returns to Washington D.C. after the spring break, he will have made 50 stops throughout his district. Meeting with small business owners, schools, hospitals, community leaders and county courthouses, Luetkemeyer said to

date, the top concerns regard the government’s borrowing, taxing and spending how that will affect inflation and interest rates. From small companies to major corporations, plans for expansion are being put on hold until the economy stabilizes, said Luetkemeyer. “They’re afraid the cost of operation is going up. People are upset, angry. They feel the government is trying to balance the books on the backs of small business.” Despite the fact that the Town Hall was

called ostensibly to give constituents a chance to ask questions and share concerns with the two congressmen, it was the two small businessmen, invited to the podium who drew a great deal of interest - Bob Morgan, founder and CEO of Clean Earth Technologies and Greg Hobrock, owner of HTH electrical contractors. Hobrock called on the federal government to stop spending money it doesn’t have and raising taxes for unproven programs. “I’m mad about the money that’s being spent,” Hobrock said.

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Conservation college credits The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering a one week honors program this summer from June 14 until June 19 in Columbia. The program, offered to students who have completed 11th grade, will teach students the basics of natural resource conservation including outdoor skills, wildlife management, nature interpretation and other topics. The program, which earns students college credit, is free for the students who are accepted. Students must have completed an ACT, PLAN or PSAT by the application deadline of April 25. For more information see Dr. Gang in the guidance office at Francis Howell Central.

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LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY Accreditation After a stringent, four-year process, Lindenwood University’s social work program has achieved a key accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education. Carla Mueller, dean of the Lindenwood School of human services, said the social work program was launched in 1998 and became a candidate for CSWE accreditation in 2005. This was followed by four site visits by teams from the council in the fall of 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, as well as submission of a 510-page report that covered everything about the program and how it fits within Lindenwood University. “Each social work program is required to articulate its unique approach to social work education,” Mueller said. “At Lindenwood, our themes are cultural diversity, critical thinking, communication skills, values and ethics, and populations at risk.” As a result of the accreditation, Lindenwood students in the program will enjoy advanced standing in master of social work programs and will be able to enter twoyear master’s programs anywhere from a semester to a full year ahead when they attend full-time. “This makes the Lindenwood undergraduate program a combination of an undergraduate program and graduate program at the same time,” Mueller said. “Our graduates are also eligible for state licen-

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WENTZVILLE Academically advanced Four students from the Wentzville School District have been selected to attend the 2009 Missouri Scholars Academy. Holt High School sophomores Patrick Miller and Alex Ratcliff and Timberland sophomores Ashley Berg and Madeline Burnette were selected based on their leadership, creativity, intellectual curiosity, problem-solving ability and initiative. The Missouri Scholars Academy is a three-week academic program for 330 of Missouri’s gifted students who are ready to begin their junior year in high school. The Academy is designed specifically for these identified advanced-learning sophomores with enrichment activities from welltrained teachers and inspirational guest speakers. The program is based on the idea that Missouri’s gifted youth must be provided with special opportunities for learning and personal development in order for them to realize their full potential. The Academy is a summer residential program held on the campus of the University of MissouriColumbia. The program provides each high school in the state of Missouri the opportunity to nominate at least one student. They must then write out two essays and have teachers write a description of the nominees in their classes and how they would benefit from this program.

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LUTHERAN HIGH Minimizing mosquitoes The Lutheran High School of St. Charles County Business Management Class is learning business while working to help others. The class learned that in some areas of the tropics one person dies every 30 seconds because of malaria and mosquito nets could prevent a great number of deaths. Sports writer Rick Riley founded Nothing But Nets to combat this epidemic and so the LHS Business Management Class formed 3BT, Inc. to sponsor a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament to fight malaria. All money raised at the charity tournament will be used to purchase mosquito nets to save lives from malaria. The tournament will start at 10 a m., April 25, at the high school. The tournament is open to anyone high school age and older. Registration is $20 per team, which purchases two mosquito nets. Tickets cost $2 for students and $3 for adults. Registration forms are available at Lutheran High School, 5100 Mexico Road in St. Peters, or on the LHS website at lhssc.org.

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HENNESSEY, from page 10 mailings, and when it was over, it was a fiasco that left the majority of the City Council scratching their heads, asking how did we get here, she said. “I think this new direction is a case of the pendulum. When I came in the city was in the hands of the residents. We had stopped concessions, evaluated annexations, etc. Then the pendulum swung the other way, where the council said we have to develop, plan for the future, not get hemmed in,” Morrow said last year. “Now after the elections in April (2008), I feel we have a middle-of-the-road, experienced council who have been in and gotten their feet wet. I’ve been in office two years, now the pendulum is in good method, and we can begin honest discussion as long as the council has full awareness of issues. They need to start looking at each issue as a battle, and we need to be focused on each issue and deal with it. We need to start questioning what has been done in the past, and has it been done correctly. I think the council realizes we need to fully evaluate things.” There was a period, however, when Morrow took the backseat on issues, allowing Lowery to take the lead. Morrow has, for a long period prior to Hennessy’s election as mayor, been conspicuously silent. “I had a council that was being controlled by others, and I was very disappointed that the councilmen wouldn’t have open and honest

discussions with me,” Morrow said last June. “Some of the information, I did find out, but unfortunately, since I had new members in, they weren’t necessarily getting the story of how things had evolved.” Hennessy said, in looking back, that he doesn’t think being mayor means being in a position of control. He said being mayor is more about guidance. “My view on the mayor’s position is to provide leadership for the council and to help them get accomplished,” Hennessy said. “In turn, it’s also about them helping me get accomplishments. Being mayor is not one of control.” Lowery in or out? When it comes to the future of City Administrator Bob Lowery Jr., Hennessy doesn’t hold back about his desire to see Lowery replaced. “I made a campaign promise to go out for a nationwide search for a city administrator and plan to bring that to the council,” Hennessy said. “They’ll make the decision to support it or not support it. I have made that comment at the League of Women Voters election forum, and people know that was my idea and I won’t back off that idea (of replacing Lowery.) “I don’t know whether he would be reduced to another position, and I could not say one way or another. That would be based on decisions as a group,” Hennessy said.

Charter passes Hennessy said at the top of his list of duties would be to deal with the self-governing City Charter issues approved in the April 8 election; the sewer lateral issue that was passed; and redistricting as mandated by the new City Charter. City wards must be restructured to allow five wards rather than four, and an election will take place to add two additional council members in April 2010, Hennessy said. “I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me and I look forward to it,” Hennessy said. “I have every confidence in the world that I can work with each one of the councilmen, and I look forward to it. Yes, we will have our disagreements, but we will agree to disagree. I don’t see everybody agreeing with what I want done, but there will be no grudges held.” He said he looks forward to working with the council, a group of eight that includes one newcomer, Bob Howell, and returning

Councilman John Haman, who served on the council but was defeated in April 2008. “I attribute my election as mayor to the support I received, and because between myself and my supporters, we knocked on 22,000 doors since mid-January listening to the residents,” Hennessy said. “The residents say they want communication. They want to know what’s going on, they want the council to know what’s going on and they want what looked like in-fighting among the council to stop. I’ve served for 10 years in O’Fallon city government, and never got sick of it. As I’ve told a lot of people, when I stop enjoying it, that’s when I’ll stop. I love what I do and love what I do for the city of O’Fallon, and you can’t have that with out the support of the residents of O’Fallon.” Hennessy replaces one-term Mayor Donna Morrow, who opted not to run for re-election.

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FINAL DAYS, from page 10 In the coming months, Morrow answered an ethic complaint that a supporter had paid her health insurance; the city’s insurance carrier refused to renew liability coverage for city staff and elected officials being sued over city business; two city department directors were fired and another resigned in protest. They later filed lawsuits for unfair termination and later received settlements from the city. In July 2006, the council, including a cast of new members, issued a formal reprimand to Morrow for “less than complete and less than precise” accounts of her actions and accused Morrow of “unchecked executive power.” Morrow, along with other city officials have “pre-annexation agreements” hanging over their heads. Prior to Morrow’s arrival, the Renaud Administration had promised $1.8 million in compensation for 1,183 existing and future sewer connection fees on individual properties. The agreements were offered as part of the city’s aggressive campaign to annex farms and other properties into its southwestern flank to make way for major single family subdivisions and apartment complexes. The issues of sewer tap-on fees continue to plague the city. Property owners are claiming breach of contract for refusing to honor the agreements made in 2001. “You can only do what you can do,” Morrow said. “I went to the authorities, but I can’t make them make a case. Rick Fischer didn’t know how to make a case. It’s just real funny. There are still sewer tap issues out there, people want the sewer taps that were promised, and some will sue.” In November 2006, Morrow’s assistant resigned claiming intimidating remarks by former Council President Peter Cantwell made her job unbearable. Shortly after that, the city’s wastewater treatment plant began faltering and the council agreed that the sewer plant was at capacity and could accept no new developments. The sewer plant pump failure cost the city more that $100,000, then a second and third sewer pump failed. In March 2007, Davis Street Land Co. filed a lawsuit against O’Fallon for failing to provide sewer service for The Meadows shopping development in Lake Saint Louis. Significant improvements are currently being made to O’Fallon’s sewer system to meet the needs of businesses and residents. The new system not only replaces the UV train that failed structurally last year, providing a more efficient and dependable system. It is now operated and maintained in-house. Morrow said she did her best to clean up the messes, but one can only do so much. Morrow listens calmly as she hears

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Mayor-elect Bill Hennessy promise “a new communication that he thinks he can get.” this way or that way. Bill Hennessy was a era of harmony” in O’Fallon city governShe adds, “The whole thing is… It will councilman when that was defined.” ment. She remembers well her own prom- be interesting because as much as people As for the future, Morrow said she is ise of “open and honest government,” and were against the old (Renaud) regime, it’s exploring different opportunities. Late last thinks she did well, at least for her part. interesting how they turned around. It will year she lost her job as a flight attendant, “I think it’s possible to have a new era be interesting to see how things will be and has been job hunting since then. of harmony, but it may be contradictory handled. It’s going to be different.” “I got the resume out, but it’s all different with regard to the separation of power of Morrow said she doesn’t believe she from the way things used to be,” Morrow the government branches,” Morrow said. ever dodged questions residents had, nor said. “Right now I’m looking into knock“In other words, Hennessy said he wanted did she ever lie. ing out some courses.” more communication, but the mayor and “The council, if they came to my office, Late last year, Morrow considered the council are two separate parts of gov- had their questions answered,” Morrow moving to Mississippi to be closer to her ernment. My past experience is that the said. “It’s a two-way street. I certainly daughter, but because she lives with her council didn’t always let the residents always had an open door with the coun- aging mother, she said she doesn’t think the know. I wish Bill the best of luck with the cil, but I never told them they should vote time is right to make such a big change.

An Open Letter from AmerenUE : A critical issue is now facing all Missourians. Currently, the General Assembly is considering the Clean and Renewable Energy Construction Act (SB228/HB554). It is forward-looking legislation that will help Missouri develop tomorrow’s most productive, cleanest energy plants. A key element of this bill is known as CWIP or “construction work in progress”. It’s a funding plan that would allow utilities like AmerenUE to charge customers for finance charges — NOT bricks-and-mortar construction costs — while building a new power plant. This pay-as-you-go method would ultimately save UE customers BILLIONS of dollars because interest charges would not accumulate during the years of construction. Recently, you’ve heard from opponents of this bill on television, by telephone and in your mailbox. Their message is ALARMING. It is also UNTRUE. Here are the FACTS: !"

Most importantly — passage of Missouri’s Clean and Renewable Energy Construction Act would NOT lead to a large or immediate rate increase for AmerenUE customers. If CWIP financing is approved — and used — it would result in a 1% - 3% annual increase in rates several years from now, during the approximately six years it would take to build a new generating plant.

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St. Peters Senior Center to get facelift, new wing By JEANNIE SEIBERT St. Peters continues to strive to give the impression of watching tax dollars. At the Board of Aldermenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s April 9 work session, St. Peters Parks Department Manager Jeff Hutsler got a sharp grilling regarding the specifics of a Senior Center expansion plan. The Parks Department had earlier determined to release a request for bid (RFB) on a design/build basis to save money. But aldermen cautioned Hutsler of the disparities in some of the bid amounts and questioned him about the number of change orders that could be expected. Design/build is a construction project delivery system in which the city contracts directly with a single entity responsible for both the design and construction. Hutsler said the method saves both time and money as opposed to the former process of contracting with an architectural firm to design the project and then release the RFB based one single set of specifications. A change order is a written construction document which modifies the plans, specs and/or price of the construction contract. In design/build, change orders tend to be more frequent. Comparing the cost benefit between the established method of public construction projects and design/build, most governments, including MoDOT on parts of the Hwy. 40/61 (I-64) project, are opting for design/build for both expediency and cost considerations. To achieve the â&#x20AC;&#x153;shovel readyâ&#x20AC;? status needed for federal stimulus monies, many construction projects are aided by the design/build model. While the project was originally budgeted to be a $700,000 renovation and expansion of the Senior Center, Duggan Construction Company bid came in at $654,880, the lowest of the four bidders, Hutsler said. Hutsler added that he and Senior Center Director Dan Lang had met with Duggan and recommended that company to complete the planned improvements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With design/build thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably going to be change orders here and there,â&#x20AC;? said Hutsler, but promised the changes would be kept to a minimum. He said his meeting with Lang and Duggan had worked out a number of specifics before making the recommendation to the Board of Aldermen. The project proposal includes the expansion to the east side of the facility to increase seating in the dining room, renovation of the kitchen, and additions to both the fitness and multi-purpose rooms. The fitness room would come with television circuits and cable access. While the board will not finalize a decision on the recommendation until its April 23 session, some of the particulars to the

new wing would include matching the exterior brick façade on the front and the roof extension to the original structure. However, Hutsler said the RFB stipulated the side and rear exterior walls, now covered in a hardboard siding, be replaced with new vinyl siding on the three sides. As for rest of the facility, sidewalks to access exterior egress doors would be constructed to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) specifications, according to the RFB. The existing structure will also receive a

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PLACES Back 2 Basics Marketing has opened in St. Charles County. The business is owned and operated by Michelle Nelson. For more information, visit backtobasicsmarketing. com. Representatives of the Karen Weidinger Foundation on April 7 presented to SSM St. Joseph staff a check for $28,000 to be used primarily to pay for breast cancer support services for patients at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake Saint Louis, SSM St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles, and SSM St. Joseph Medical Park in St. Peters. The Karen Weidinger Foundation was started in 2004 to honor Karen Weidinger, a St. Charles County resident and SSM St. Joseph Health Center patient who lost her

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Payphones, phone booths are making a final farewell Rose Mabel, of O’Fallon, doesn’t care for cell phones. When her 11-year-old granddaughter is visiting, she said, “It’s next to impossible to detach that cell phone from her head.” Despite her disapproval of the technology, the 59-year-old grandmother occasionally tapped her own cell phone as she tells her story. Her son bought it for her after her car stalled in St. Louis County one day. “I must have walked five miles looking for a phone,” Mabel said. “(There were) no payphones and no one would help me out.” Mabel told her story aside a group of friends that echoed her sentiments. Each of them reminisced on days when payphones were everywhere – movie theaters, grocery stores, skating rinks, even street corners – and all it took was a dime to make a call. Those days are fading into obscurity. Payphone prices range from 50-cents for a local call to more than a dollar. And finding a payphone can often be next to impossible. According to the Federal Communications Commission, there are only about one million payphones left in the U.S., down from more than two million in 2000. “Our payphone business has definitely declined,” said Bob Elek, a spokesperson for Verizon. Currently, Verizon owns and operates about 150,000 payphones. In 2007, the company had 220,000 payphones in service. Verizon is the only big name left in the payphone

industry. Today, most payphones are owned by smaller independent providers. AT&T had played a large role in the payphone business up until a few years ago, when the company decided to get out of the market. In December 2007, AT&T announced plans to exit the payphone business by the end of 2008. At the time, the company operated only 65,000 phones. “The wide availability of inexpensive cell phone services started to negatively impact the business,” said AT&T spokesperson Lauren Walters. “Payphones have declined significantly in the past several years.” AT&T still has a few contracts waiting to expire and won’t be completely out of the market until later this summer. The old payphones have mostly been transferred to independent providers. Bill Kula, a spokesperson for Verizon, also cited the rapid growing cell phone market as the main factor in the decline of payphones. “Payphone profits are down, primarily as a result of competition from wireless phones,” Kula said. However, Verizon still feels payphones are a viable business. “Payphones serve a niche market that no other communications vehicle does,” Kula said. “There will always be customers who rely on payphones for a number of reasons.” Kula said that a percentage of Americans will likely continue to exist who don’t have home phone

No more changing rooms for the Man of Steel In the town square near the courthouse in Metropolis, Ill., stands an old phone booth. Calls can’t be made from the phone inside, nor at the phone booth inside the Chamber of Commerce building, but that’s not why the city keeps them. “We anticipated cell phone technology would someday replace the old telephone booths,” said Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel. “So we kept two to ensure that our residents and tourists coming to the city will have a public telephone booth.” McDaniel admits that one particular resident comes to mind – Superman. Metropolis actually has two operational payphones left, according to McDaniel, but the phone booths are particularly important to the town’s superhero. The phone booths remain in the event Clark Kent shows up and needs a private place to change into Superman. Phone booths, particularly full enclosures, are a rare site and many cities don’t have one at all. What is Clark Kent to do when there’s no phone booth around? “Well, he’d just have to improvise,” McDaniel said. “That’s why they call him Superman.”

service or a cellular phone. To cover the cost of operation, for example, a Verizon payphone must handle a minimum of 150 calls per month. That number can vary depending on the prices a company charges for phone calls. Payphones aren’t becoming the only casualty of cell phones. Residential wire lines, or landlines, have also been on the decline. “It used to be that land-based telephones were a big business, but now everything is mobile,” Elek said. “We’ve been losing landlines pretty steadily. There’s no secret there, it’s anyone who has landlines as their core business.” In the fourth quarter of 2008, Verizon reported a 2.3-percent decline in all wire-line revenues, the smallest decrease in the past 12 quarters. AT&T lost 990,000 primary phone lines in the third quarter of 2008, cutting total revenue for its wireline business down by 2.2-percent. It’s not surprising that both companies are reporting impressive growth in the wireless business.

Payphones of the past Payphones didn’t always go by that name. They were once called “coin telephones” and went through a variety of transformations before becoming the payphones seen today. The following historical timeline comes from AT&T: 1878: The original payphone was actually a pay telephone station supervised by telephone company attendants who collected money due after phone calls were made. Customers were locked into the booth while they made calls and let out upon payment. 1889: The first public coin telephone was installed by inventor William Gray at a bank in Hartford, Ct. It was a post-pay

machine, where callers deposited coins after making a call. 1898: The order of payment was switched to prepay. 1905: The first outdoor Bell System coin telephone was installed. It wasn’t an instant hit as people were uncomfortable making personal calls on public streets. 1950s: Bell redesigns the phone booth. Wooden outdoor booths are replaced by new glass and aluminum booths. “Calling from your car” was tested in Alabama and Chicago, Ill., leading to the widespread use of drive-up payphones still in use today. 1972: An experimental handsfree booth featured a microphone in front of the caller and a loud-

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Saturday, April 25 SCC Social Science Society Trivia Night will be held from 7 p m. to 10 pm. on April 25, in the auditorium of the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building at St. Charles Community College. The cost is $10 per person or $80 for an eight-person table. For more information, call Vicky Herbel at 922-8666.

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Morning Star Church (MSC) will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sports Center,â&#x20AC;? a family-oriented evening with three Missouri sports legends: former Cardinalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pitcher, Andy Benes; Mizzou basketballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-time scorer and rebounder, Steve Stipanovich; and for the kids, Cardinalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mascot, FredBird. The event will start at 6:30 p m. on May 1 at the church which is located at 1600 Fiese Road. The eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events will include a meet and greet session with the three guests of honor, silent auction items and presentations from both Benes and Stipanovich. In addition, age-appropriate childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities will be available. Admission to Sports Center is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger. Tickets and additional information are available at mscwired.org.

Thursday, April 30 An economic forum will be held at 6 p m. on April 30 in room 205 of the student center at St. Charles Community College. The nonpartisan open forum hosted by the SCC Young Democrats student organization is free and open to the public. For more information, email Kevin Muich at sccyoungdem@gmail.com.

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Wednesday, May 6 The 17th annual Peace Officers Memorial Service will be held at 7 p.m. on May 6 at St. Charles Memorial Gardens. Members of law enforcement agencies throughout St Charles County will come together to honor their members at a special candlelight service, sponsored by the Peace Officers Memorial Service Committee and hosted by Baue Funeral Homes, Crematory and Memorial Gardens. For more information, call 946-4042.

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No mystery about it - Sherlockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s features great steaks By SUZANNE CORBETT Sherlock Holmes would have agreed: At Sherlockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steak and Seafood, serving great steaks is elementary. It is the summation also of Matt McDonough, a former detective, and Mike Holmes (no relation to the fabled detective), owners of Sherlockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steak and Seafood, located in downtown Cottleville. Why call a steak house â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sherlockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;?? With McDonoughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s background in law enforcement and investigation and Holmes having the surname that he does, the name was a natural. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We both knew we wanted to open a place like this,â&#x20AC;? said McDonough, who first shared the idea with Holmes during backyard barbecues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opening a steak house made sense, especially since Mike worked for years at Citizen Kaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steak House in Kirkwood.â&#x20AC;? Sherlockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offers a unique dining experience that is casual, affordable gourmet. The bar is inviting and the dining room is well appointed with tables dressed with white linens. Large picture windows frame views of a red barn and grazing cattle that are oblivious to what is plated

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WWII re-enactors honor veterans, inspire future generations By SUSAN E. SAGARRA More than 350 World War II re-enactors invite the community to attend WWII Weekend, an annual event that honors veterans and educates people through living history. WWII Weekend, which has been conducted for more than 30 years, is the biggest WWII re-enacting event in the St. Louis area. This year’s event is April 25-26 at Jefferson Barracks County Park. The U.S. 2nd Ranger Infantry Battalion of St. Louis, Inc. hosts the annual event that includes re-enactors with units representing U.S. Rangers, U.S. Airborne, U.S. Armored Forces, U.S. Infantry, Russian Infantry, British Airborne, Canadian YMCA, Canadian RCME, Italian Infantry, German Heer, German SS, German Paratroopers and German SS Panzer forces. The weekend also displays a dozen operational WWII vehicles, including Stuart tanks, German and U.S. half tracks, German and U.S. motorcycles, British armor, trucks and Jeeps. “If you like action movies and war movies, you will love WWII Weekend,” said Kevin Owens, president of the 2nd Rangers in St. Louis. The battlefield and the encampment are the main areas of attraction. There are two battles on Saturday, a dance Saturday night, and a battle on Sunday. “We try to show some of the sacrifices that were made,” said Scott Wilke, who heads the local 14th Armored Infantry unit.

“That’s what keeps us going, keeping the memory alive of what they did for us. It’s also really inspiring to meet the veterans. There’s no way that we can truly create the battle as it happened. But WWII Weekend is a way to put on a show and demonstrate just one day of what it was like for one soldier. We try to set up a historically accurate event. For the veterans who see it, it opens up their memories. Our jobs are to get out and tell the people of America about these heroes who fought for our freedom.” A large educational encampment will display the equipment of all the re-enactors. “We highly urge people to come to the camps that are set up,” Owens said. “A lot of people come out to see the battle and then leave. But they really need to visit the camps. The veterans are hanging out there and people can talk to them. They also can see all of the old things that the soldiers used at the time. You get totally immersed into the 1940s, with the smell of old canvas, the exhaust of the vehicles, 1940s-era music.” Owens said visitors will be able to see normal activities that would have been conducted in a WWII camp. “You will see what one would have expected to see in a camp say in France post-D-Day,” Owens said. “The re-enactors and veterans will explain what’s in their packs they carry and why they have it. You can see actual foot lockers on display, airborne displays, medical displays and all the actual vehicles that were used.”

One of the interesting attractions is the vehicles from 14th Armored Re-Creations, a group of enthusiasts who preserve and restore vehicles and equipment from World War II.

There also will be a Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) display. One of the interesting attractions is the vehicles from 14th Armored Re-Creations, a group of enthusiasts who preserve and restore vehicles and equipment from WWII. “Events like these are a great way to honor our veterans for their service and sacrifices,” said Jon Shoop, one of four reenactors from the area who is part of the 14th Armored Re-Creations that is based in Louisville, Ky. The battlefield includes a spectator area and a sheltered area reserved for veterans. An announcer will narrate the battles and the weapons demonstrations. “The veterans get a kick out of watching

the battle,” Owens said. “It’s obviously not the real thing but people get a glimpse of what they went through. It’s hard sometimes to actually do the re-enacting, crawling through the woods or staying outside in the cold. But it’s nothing compared to what these guys endured. They really enjoy coming out and seeing the vehicles as well. When you get these 80-something-year-old men in a vehicle they become 19-year-old boys again. They start the whistling and hooting and hollering at the girls. They can barely stand up to hold the machine gun but they really enjoy it.” For more information and a detailed schedule of events, visit 2ndrangers.org/ wwii_weekend.php.

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