Volume 23, Number 30
1 Section, 20 Pages
9977 Lin Ferry Drive St. Louis, MO 63123
Thursday, July 28, 2011
State Supreme Court upholds dismissal of trash-district suit By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter The Missouri Supreme Court dealt a blow last week to residents hoping to upend the county’s trash-collection districts by ruling that the program did not need voter approval. In a 5-2 decision handed down July 19, the high court upheld a county circuit court’s dismissal in January 2010
of a class-action lawsuit filed by three unincorporated residents. Plaintiffs Cathy Armbruster of Lemay, Paul Marquis of Fenton and Mike Weber of Oakville in September 2009 sued the county and waste haulers Allied Waste, IESI and Veolia Environmental Services, which pulled its operations out of the St. Louis area last October.
By MIKE ANTHONY Executive Editor The Mehlville Fire Protection District’s 2009 tax rate did not violate state law, a St. Louis County Circuit Court judge ruled last week. Attorney General Chris Koster filed the lawsuit against the fire district in February 2010 that asked the circuit court to determine the fire district’s 2009 tax rate. Associate Circuit Judge Patrick Clifford ruled July 20 the fire district’s 2009 tax rate did not violate state law. Clifford’s judgment came after the attorney general’s office and the fire district’s attorney in March signed a stipulation of facts stating they would submit a proposed order to the judge “finding that tax bills issued by Mehlville in 2009 did not exceed what would have been its properly calculated
By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter The Mehlville Board of Education is scheduled this week to consider granting a 1-percent salary increase to district classified staff. Board members will consider the increase when they meet at 7 p.m. today — July 28 — at the Administration Building, 3120 Lemay Ferry Road. The increase will be added to the 2011-2012 salary schedules for classified employees, who are paid hourly. It will cost the district $120,000 plus $15,000 in payroll taxes and benefits, according to Chief Financial Officer Noel Knobloch. “The operating results for the past year (2010-2011) were better than projected due to an unanticipated increase in revenue and savings which resulted from cost controls which were implemented during the year,” Knobloch wrote in a recommendation to the board. (See HIKE, Page 4A)
Sunset Hills task force close to finalizing recommendation
(See PROPER, Page 7A)
Muraski steps down from Grantwood post
(See MURASKI, Page 12A)
Roadside program upgraded St. Louis County last week unveiled its upgraded ‘Adopt a Roadside’ program at the intersection of Patterson Road and Marbury Drive in Oakville. County Executive Charlie Dooley was keynote speaker at the event. He was joined by south county resident Susan Berg, who recently adopted a segment of Patterson Road in memory of her son Jordan John Feager. Pictured, from left, are: Garrett Berg; Brett Berg; Alec Boswell, who is Jordan Feager’s son; Mary Ann Jarzemkoski, who is Susan Berg’s mother and Jordan Feager’s grandmother; Susan Berg; and Dooley. Read more on Page 9A.
By MIKE ANTHONY Executive Editor Members of the Sunset Hills Residential Recovery Task Force could finalize a recommendation for the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission during the first week of August. During a meeting last week, task force members peppered longtime developer Mike Kuehnle of Kuehnle Construction with questions about how to best accomplish the residential redevelopment of Court Drive and West Watson Road west of South Lindbergh Boulevard. Mayor Bill Nolan established the task force after the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted June 1 to reject an amendment to change Sunset Hills’ comprehensive plan to provide for commercial and attached-unit residential uses of the area, which (See CLOSE, Page 8A)
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Pay hike of 1 percent eyed for Mehlville classified staff
MFPD’s ’09 tax rate proper, judge rules
Staff Report Grantwood Village Clerk Richard Muraski resigned from the Board of Trustees last week, becoming the third trustee to step down this year and the sixth to do so since May 2010. Muraski submitted his resignation, effective immediately, shortly before the board adjourned its regular monthly meeting on July 19. His departure follows those of former Trustees Nancy Humes, who resigned in
The residents wanted the haulers to refund households all the fees they’ve collected since they began exclusively serving the eight trash districts in unincorporated areas roughly three years ago. District residents must contract with their designated hauler or face prosecution. “I am disappointed in the court’s opinion ...,” Armbruster
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