Volume 23, Number 37
1 Section, 20 Pages
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011
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Ruling awarding $1.16 million to trash haulers to be appealed By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter The county plans to appeal a judge’s decision to award roughly $1.16 million to three waste haulers in a lawsuit over the establishment of trash-collection districts, County Counselor Patricia Redington said last week. County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Wallace on Sept. 2 ordered the county pay a total of $1,159,903.90 to American Eagle Waste, Meridian Waste and Waste Management in their suit that alleges the county failed to
provide the state-required two years’ written notice it was establishing eight trash districts in unincorporated areas. The three haulers were outbid in 2008 for contracts to provide exclusive service to trash-district residents. “Definitely,” Redington said when asked last week if the county would appeal the ruling. “We’ve always felt this case was going to get resolved on appeal. There are a lot of legal issues involved.” Jane Dueker, the plaintiffs’ attorney, was (See RULING, Page 7A)
Hotel, multipurpose event center to be added to River City Casino By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter Pinnacle Entertainment unveiled plans this week for an $82 million expansion of its River City Casino in Lemay. The gaming company plans to add a 200room hotel, a 10,000-square-foot multipurpose event center and a covered parking garage with 1,700 spaces.
Officials said the expansion will generate 100 permanent jobs and 350 constructionrelated jobs. Construction will begin early next year and finish up in the second half of 2013, officials said. The Las Vegas-based Pinnacle, which also owns and operates Lumière Place Casino (See CASINO, Page 10A)
Schools conduct patriotic assemblies As the nation remembered the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Lindbergh elementary students honored their local heroes Friday during special Patriots’ Day assemblies. At Kennerly Elementary School, students invited such personal heroes as parents and neighbors to attend an assembly honoring local first responders and servicemen. Kennerly students’ heroes included policemen, doctors, firefighters, servicemen and nurses. Above, second-grader Brock Barger, left, and brother Chase, first grade, give their dad a hug after Kennerly’s patriotic assembly. Their father is Capt. Todd Barger of the Metro West Fire Protection District in Wildwood.
Sunset Hills panel postpones consideration of task force’s recommendation By MIKE ANTHONY Executive Editor The Sunset Hills Planning and Zoning Commission last week postponed until October consideration of a recommendation for the area devastated by the New Year’s Eve tornado that swept through the city. The Planning and Zoning Commission voted 9-1 Sept. 7
to postpone consideration of the Residential Recovery Task Force’s recommendation for Court Drive and West Watson Road west of South Lindbergh Boulevard. Commission member Stuart Walls was opposed. The Residential Recovery Task Force, which was appointed in June by Mayor Bill Nolan, had recommended the Planning and Zoning Commission vote to amend the
city’s comprehensive master plan to allow for both singlefamily residences and attached housing on Court Drive and West Watson Road — similar to the nearby Courtyards of Sunset Hills, which has both single-family homes and attached villas. As proposed, the recommendation would require the creation (See POSTPONES, Page 6A)
County executive informs council he’s withdrawing plan to roll up tax rate by 2.3 cents By EVAN YOUNG Staff Reporter While County Executive Charlie Dooley last week backed off his proposal to roll up the county’s property tax rate by 2.3 cents, another official projected the county eventually will exhaust its reserves without raising revenues or making cuts.
many taxing entities take when property values decrease. “... I think that’s off the table for right now,” Dooley said. “I’m going to leave that alone.” Dooley also wanted to give county employees a pay increase, their first since a salary freeze was implemented in 2008.
However, the roll-up proposal drew criticism, particularly from council Chairman Steve Stenger, D-south county, who disputed Dooley’s comments to local media that the county would face a “crisis” and have to lay off employees if the tax-rate were not increased. (See INFORMS, Page 7A)
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Dooley told the County Council at its meeting Sept. 6 he was withdrawing his plan to increase the property-tax rate to 54.6 cents from 52.3 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. Rolling up the tax rate would’ve allowed the county to collect the same amount of property-tax revenue as last year, a step
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