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Volume 23, Number 10

1 Section, 20 Pages

9977 Lin Ferry Drive St. Louis, MO 63123

Thursday, March 10, 2011

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State Supreme Court to hear trash-district program lawsuit By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear a lawsuit related to St. Louis County’s trash-district program. The Missouri Supreme Court on March 1 sustained the appeal of three residents who sued the county and three

waste haulers over the establishment of eight trash districts in unincorporated areas. Plaintiffs Cathy Armbruster of Lemay, Paul Marquis of Fenton and Mike Weber of Oakville sued the county and Allied Waste, IESI and Veolia Environmental Services in 2009. The county contracted with the three haulers in

2008 to serve the trash districts exclusively. In their class-action suit, the plaintiffs contend the county violated a state statute by not providing two years’ written notice of its forthcoming trash district program to other waste haulers, and its own charter by not putting the program (See SUPREME, Page 13A)

Bill increasing duration of contracts for trash districts receives initial OK By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter By a 4-3 vote, the County Council last week tentatively approved legislation that would extend the length of the county’s trash-district contracts. Council Chairman Steve Stenger, Dsouth county, crossed party lines to vote against the measure along with council members Greg Quinn, R-Ballwin, and Colleen Wasinger, R-Town and Country. The proposal would extend the term of the

contracts for eight trash districts in unincorporated areas to five years from three years. The current contracts expire Sept. 30 and are expected to be rebid this summer. County officials believe the move would result in lower bids, citing interviews conducted with local waste haulers. Cheaper bids could lead to a five-year savings of $24 to $45 per unincorporated household, or $1.9 million to $3.6 million in five-year savings across all 80,366 households the (See CONTRACTS, Page 5A)

City to work to minimize inconvenience for those affected by road, bridge work Bill Milligan photo

Unfazed by a close shave Members of the Lindbergh High School football team and the Green Machine spirit club, along with family and friends, rallied around junior Jake Franzel Saturday by shaving their heads during a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation at Helen Fitzgerald’s in Sunset Hills. Jake, son of Kennerly Elementary School music teacher Mike Franzel, is battling osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Roughly 40 Lindbergh students and head football coach Tom Beauchamp had their heads shaved during the event to raise money for childhood cancer research. Pictured, from left, are: Ryan Birmingham; Jake’s mother, Sue; Jan McDonald, Eric Miner and Todd Good. About $7,800 was raised.

By MIKE ANTHONY Executive Editor The long-awaited development of Green Park Road will be inconvenient to many, but contractors will work to ensure residents and business operators affected by the construction will continue to have access to their homes and places of employment. Roughly 50 people, including residents and business owners, attended a construction update meeting last week in the train-

ing facility at the Mehlville Fire Protection District’s headquarters on Mueller Road in Green Park. “... There will be inconvenience. That’s no doubt, but the city — we will try to keep the inconvenience down to a minimum,’’ Mayor Tony Konopka said Feb. 28. “Whenever we’ve had a road project in the city, there’s always been some inconvenience, but the thing to keep in mind is really how (See MINIMIZE, Page 8A)

Candidates’ opinions vary on Mehlville’s top issue

Sunset Hills considers CID for Holiday Inn

Doyel, Mark Stoner, Franchesca Gindler and David Wessel are seeking election to the three seats, which carry three-year terms. Incumbents Drew Frauenhoffer and Erin Weber, elected in 2008, did not file for re-election. The third seat formerly was held by Karl Frank Jr., who resigned in November. This article will focus on Powers, Franz and Doyel as

Staff Report A petition to establish a community improvement district, or CID, at the Holiday Inn Southwest-Viking Conference Center was set to be considered this week by the Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen. The board was scheduled to conduct a public hearing and consider the first reading of an ordinance approving the petition at its regular meeting Tuesday — after the Call went to press. As outlined in the petition, submitted by Viking Lodge and Restaurant

(See TOP, Page 6A)

(See CONSIDERS, Page 8A)

Second of three parts By MIKE ANTHONY Executive Editor Candidates seeking election to the Mehlville Board of Education in the Tuesday, April 5, election offer varying opinions of the top issue facing the district. Nine candidates are vying for three seats on the school board. Marea Kluth-Hoppe, John Roland Jr., Deb Langland, Elaine Powers, Rich Franz, Michael

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