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Volume 22, Number 40

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Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010

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Council hears from critics of trash-district program By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter St. Louis County ignored opportunities to put the brakes on its trash-district program that could cost taxpayers millions of dollars after a recent court decision, an attorney told the County Council last week. Attorney Jane Dueker of Stinson Morrison Hecker was one of nearly a dozen speakers who criticized the county’s trashdistrict program during a period for public

comment at the Sept. 28 council meeting. The meeting was the council’s first since a county circuit judge ruled in favor of three waste haulers that sued the county in 2008 over its establishment of eight trash districts in unincorporated areas. Judge Barbara Wallace ruled Sept. 23 the county breached an implied contract with the haulers when it failed to provide two years’ notification, as required by Missouri (See CRITICS, Page 10A)

County Council approves transfer of trash-district contracts to Allied By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter The St. Louis County Council last week granted a transfer of trash-district contracts between two waste haulers, avoiding what one county official said could have been a “public health emergency.” Council members voted 5-1 Sept. 28 to approve Veolia Environmental Services’ request to assign contracts for its three trash

districts to Allied Services. Sixth District Council Vice Chair Steve Stenger, D-south county, voted against the proposal. Seventh District Councilman Greg Quinn, R-Ballwin, was absent last week. Allied as of Oct. 1 is the exclusive waste hauler in five of the county’s eight trash districts in unincorporated areas. Besides owning contracts for trash District (See TRANSFER, Page 2A)

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DeSmet shuts out Oakville Four DeSmet tacklers in white jerseys bring down this Tigers running back who picked up a modest gain Friday night at Oakville Senior High School. The Spartans shut out Oakville 42-0. Read more on Page 8A.

Business owner voices concerns to Crestwood board about commercial tax rate By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter While Crestwood expects to collect about the same amount of property tax revenue as last year, a business owner expressed concern to the Board of Aldermen last week about an increase in the city’s commercial tax rate.

The board voted unanimously Sept. 28 to approve the second reading of an ordinance establishing the city’s 2010 property tax rates. The approved 2010 property tax rates, per $100 of assessed valuation, are: residential, 22.8 cents; residential-Proposition S, 20.2 cents; commercial, 40.6 cents; commercial-

Akin, Carnahan weigh in on Grant’s Farm Staff report Two area congressmen recently weighed in on the National Park Service’s potential acquisition of Grant’s Farm. The National Park Service released a reconnaissance study in July that outlines the benefits and drawbacks of the agency assuming control of the 573-acre property. Congress ultimately decides which sites make it into the National Park System. Proponents of the Grant’s Farm transfer say the proposal will ensure the property — including the land, historic buildings (See FARM, Page 3A)

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Lindbergh to collect $1 million less in taxes than last year By MIKE ANTHONY Executive Editor The 2010-2011 tax rate approved last week by the Lindbergh Board of Education will generate roughly $1 million less in revenue than last year. The Board of Education voted 4-0 Sept. 28 to set the school district’s 2010-2011 blended tax rate at $3.2130 per $100 of assessed valuation. Board Vice President Vic Lenz, board Treasurer Mark Rudoff and board member Kara Gotsch were absent.

The 2010-2011 blended tax rate includes an operational tax rate of $2.8330 — 6.42 cents more than last year’s rate of $2.7688. Lindbergh does not assess the blended rate but four rates by property class: residential, commercial, agricultural and personal property. Individual property-class tax rates, per $100 of assessed valuation, are as follows: • Residential, $2.75 — unchanged from last year’s rate. (See LESS, Page 4A)

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Prop S, 20 cents; personal property, 27.9 cents and personal property-Prop S, 20 cents. Post-Board of Equalization assessed valuations released Sept. 17 resulted in adjustments to the residential and commercial tax rates, which were 22.9 cents and 40.4 cents,

Opinions . . . . . . . . . . Page 4A Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 6A Mail Call . . . . . . . . . . Page 1B Election 2010 . . . . . . . Page 4B Births . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 6B Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . Page 7B Nuptials . . . . . . . . . . . Page 8B Homes and gardens . . Page 9B Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . Page 10B The Oakville High soccer team won first place in the Classifieds . . . . . . . . . Page 11B CYC/Bob Guelker Tourney. Read more on Page 7A.

Fletcher’s Kitchen and Tap shuttered its Crestwood Court location last week. The restaurant, which opened in 2007 at the former Houlihan’s location, closed its doors Sept. 27. Fletcher’s was Crestwood Court’s only remaining restaurant. Its food court is empty. Read more on Page 5A.

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