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Thursday, May 19, 2011

State high court hears claims in lawsuit over trash districts By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter JEFFERSON CITY — Attorneys for parties in a class-action suit over the county’s trash-collection districts argued their case last week before the Missouri Supreme Court. The judges took the case — the first of several lawsuits over the trash program to reach their courtroom — under submission following roughly 40 minutes of oral arguments May 11.

Three county residents want three waste haulers to refund households all the fees they’ve collected since they began exclusively serving eight trash districts in unincorporated areas some three years ago. Plaintiffs Cathy Armbruster of Lemay, Paul Marquis of Fenton and Mike Weber of Oakville in September 2009 sued the county and Allied Waste, IESI and Veolia Environmental Services, which remains a defendant despite pulling its operations out of (See HIGH, Page 6A)

Council votes 5-2 to award contracts for trash collection to Allied Waste, IESI By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter The County Council last week awarded the next round of contracts for trash collection in unincorporated areas of the county to Allied Waste Services and IESI. Council members voted 5-2 on May 10 to approve orders awarding five-year trash collection contracts in eight trash districts. Sixth District Council Chairman Steve

Stenger, D-south county, and 7th District Councilman Greg Quinn, R-Ballwin, were opposed. Allied and IESI were the apparent low bidders for the contracts, which take effect in October. The two haulers, along with Veolia Environmental Services, were awarded the first trash-district contracts in 2008. (See CONTRACTS, Page 9A)

Student’s photo to be displayed in U.S. Capitol A photograph taken by Oakville High School junior Lauren Kuechenmeister will be on display in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., for the next year as part of the annual Congressional Art Competition sponsored by the Congressional Institute. Kuechenmeister’s photo was selected by U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan for the honor and she will travel to Washington, D.C., for the June 22 opening ceremony of the exhibit. Her award-winning photo, titled ‘Never to be Forgotten,’ features a red rose on top of a tombstone in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Lindbergh Schools 2011-2012 budget to be focus of board workshop Tuesday By MIKE ANTHONY Executive Editor The Lindbergh Schools 2011-2012 budget will be the focus of a Board of Education workshop next week. The budget workshop will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday,

May 24, at Crestwood Elementary School, 1020 S. Sappington Road. Noting Lindbergh would be in dire financial straits if voters had not approved Proposition L last November, Superintendent Jim Simpson told the Call this year’s work-

Legislation will solve Mehlville’s tax-rate issue By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter Mehlville school officials are expressing their gratitude to south county’s state lawmakers for their work on a legislative solution to the district’s tax-rate certification issue. They learned last Friday morning that House Bill 506 was on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon after receiving final approval in the General Assembly the day before. “Everyone here connected to the district is very pleased,” Superintendent Terry Noble said Friday. “We’re

(See BUDGET, Page 8A)

Crestwood aldermen to consider final OK of new retail center pact By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter The Crestwood Board of Aldermen will consider final approval next week of an ordinance authorizing a new development agreement for the Sappington Square retail center. Aldermen voted 4-3 last week to approve the first reading of the ordinance, with Ward 1 Alderman Darryl Wallach and Ward 3 Aldermen Paul Duchild and Jerry Miguel opposed.

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also grateful to our representatives and our senator for their diligent efforts in seeing this through.” Nixon hadn’t signed the bill as of press time Monday. Dubbed the “Mehlville Fix,” HB 506 aims to solve a glitch in state law that has left the district’s propGary Fuhr erty tax rates for the past two years uncertified by the state auditor’s office.

shop will be a more pleasant affair than the school board’s fiscal planning sessions in 2009 and 2010. More than 53 percent of Lindbergh voters approved Prop L, a 65-cent tax-rate increase that will generate an estimated

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