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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Nine apply for Mehlville school board seat vacated by Ocello By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter While nine Mehlville School District residents have expressed interest in filling a vacant seat on the Board of Education, it’s unclear if they’ll all be interviewed for the post. The board is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the

Administration Building, 3120 Lemay Ferry Road, to discuss how it will go about naming one of the applicants to the board seat vacated by Micheal Ocello, who resigned in April. “What we’re going to do Saturday is basically figure out the process for who we interview — do we do one round

of interviews or do we do two rounds of interviews and then make the final decision? That’s going to be all up for discussion on Saturday,” board President Venki Palamand told the Call. Board policy states that the school board “may select final (See NINE, Page 6A)

MSD board eyes settlement of suit mandating $4.7 billion of districtwide improvements

Graduate leaves lasting impact at Oakville High Cody Summers, a 2011 Oakville Senior High School graduate, is shown with the mural he spent the last semester of his senior year designing and creating that will have a lasting impact on his high school and future classes of Oakville science students. Read more on Page 5A about how Summers was commissioned by his former science teacher, Jean Pfeifer, to expand upon a mural that stretches the length of the school’s science hallway and takes passing students on a journey through the evolution of life.

Crestwood aldermen approve revised meeting-room policy

The proposed amendment to the city’s comprehensive plan would have encompassed all property on Court Drive not already designated for commercial use, the first six properties along the north side of West Watson Road west of South Lindbergh Blvd. and 3851 and 3863 S. Lindbergh Blvd. More than 20 people addressed the Planning and Zoning Commission during a June 1 public hearing with the vast majority of speakers opposed to changing the comprehensive plan. After a resolution to approve the amendment to the comprehensive plan failed for lack of a motion, the commission voted 7-1 to deny the (See EYE, Page 8A)

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By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter Any group or individual can use rooms in the Crestwood Government Center under the city’s revised meeting-room policy. Beginning next year, however, they may have to pay to do so. The Board of Aldermen voted unanimously May 24 to approve the policy, which applies to the use of the aldermanic chambers and Fire Department training room at the Government Center, 1 Detjen Drive. While the policy became effective immediately, aldermen voted to delay implementation of an undetermined usage fee for the two rooms until Jan. 1. Officials drafted a meeting-room usage policy last fall that prohibited political, religious and commercial groups from using the board chambers and Fire Department training room.

Nolan forming task force to eye residential redevelopment By MIKE ANTHONY Executive Editor Sunset Hills Mayor Bill Nolan is forming a task force to study the residential redevelopment of Court Drive and West Watson Road west of South Lindbergh Boulevard. Nolan decided to establish the task force after the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted last week to reject an amendment to change the city’s comprehensive plan to provide for commercial and attached-unit residential uses of the area, which was devastated by the New Year’s Eve tornado that swept through Sunset Hills.

By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District Board of Trustees this week will consider an ordinance approving a consent decree that includes roughly $4.7 billion in sewer district infrastructure improvements and other mandates over the next 23 years. The board is scheduled to consider the matter when it meets at 5 p.m. today — June 9 — at MSD headquarters, 2350 Market St., St. Louis. The consent decree would settle a 2007 lawsuit against MSD by the federal government on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Missouri on behalf of the Department of Natural Resources. Plaintiffs claimed in part that the district was discharging untreated sewage from its collection system through combined sewer overflows and constructed sanitary sewer overflows, a violation of the Clean

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