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Meeting Highlights: Aldermen Discuss Police Station Development

The Clayton Board of Aldermen met Tuesday night at City Hall.

The Clayton Board of Aldermen met Tuesday night to consider a bid by Thornburgh Abatement to remove asbestos-containing materials and other environmental hazards from the future site of the city's police station.

The work at 10 S. Brentwood Blvd. is expected to cost approximately $1.23 million.

headquarters is at 227 S. Central Ave.

The following is a summary of that and other discussions as they happened.

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8:23 P.M.: Ward II Aldermen Michelle Harris and Cynthia Garnholz have thanked Owens and the city . The meeting has adjourned.

8:21 P.M.: Ward III Alderman Steve Lichtenfeld commended the work of the Clayton parks department; the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for an article about the hours that Clayton firefighters work; and the Clayton police for the apprehension of a person suspected of burglarizing several Ward III homes over the past several weeks.

8:17 P.M.: Goldstein said a board retreat is planned for July or August. The session would last for a day and a half. She is surveying the aldermen about whether they would prefer a Thursday-Friday session or a Friday-Saturday session.

8:15 P.M.: A motion to appoint provisional judges is the last agenda item of the night. "A provisional judge substitutes at Municipal Court when the Municipal Judge is absent," a city document states. The appointment of Nancy Watkins in Ward II and Dan Raniere in Ward III has been approved.

8:14 P.M.: "Every year, we face some ambiguity" on this issue, Goodman said. She said the aldermen need to establish a timeline for selecting committee members.

Goldstein said that she thinks the inconsistencies will be clear and that the aldermen should discuss the issue at its next discussion session. The city could shoot for the first part of August to get people started on new committee terms.

The aldermen have tabled the issue.

8:06 P.M.: Goldstein is discussing term limits and committee appointments in Clayton. She said she reviewed her files and city ordinances. "There are a lot of things in the ordinances that we need to clarify," she said. Some of the committees no longer exist or have experienced changes over time. As an example, aldermanic representation on the Parks and Recreation Commission isn't necessitated by current ordinances, Goldstein said. She recommended that the aldermen review the ordinances and resolutions establishing these committees at their next discussion session to make sure the law is consistent.

Goldstein said she has a problem with the same people staying on committees for an indefinite amount of time when a wealth of talented people in Clayton could have the opportunity to also participate.

8:05 P.M.: The aldermen have approved the resolution related to the police station work.

8 P.M.: The abatement work would come in at about $2,000 more than anticipated, Owens said.

7:58 P.M.: The aldermen are reviewing a proposal by Thornburgh Abatement to remove asbestos-containing materials and other environmental hazards from the future site of the city's police station. Five companies bid on the project, Owens said. The company would have 60 days to complete the work.

7:55 P.M.: The aldermen have unanimously agreed to allow a canopy over a public sidewalk at 50 S. Bemiston Ave. as part of a renovation project.

7:52 P.M.: The city has proposed an extension of the due date for taxi stand fees from July 1 to October 1 so that the fee schedule can be reviewed. The nine stands are located at the St. Louis County Government Center and the . The aldermen have unanimously approved the ordinance.

7:51 P.M.: One unit of nine is under contract and the other units will be transitioned from rental units to condominiums at 6615 Alamo Ave., owner Sam
Chimento has told the aldermen. The aldermen have unanimously approved Chimento's request for a condominium plat.

7:48 P.M.: City Manager Craig Owens said Clayton is honoring July as Parks and Recreation Month. The city also has been recognized with the Distinguished Budget Presentation award, administered by GFOA.

7:45 P.M.: Aldermen are watching a video about the work of U.S. National Guard and reserve members.

7:41 P.M.: Clayton is being recognition as a recipient of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award. The award has been given to the city "for its outstanding support of reservist’s service to the guard and reserves," a city document states.

7:37 P.M.: Newman has presented a resolution from the Missouri House of Representatives recognizing Clayton as

7:33 P.M.: Ward I Aldermen Judy Goodman is asking for more information about the proposed voter ID measures. Newman said there are two issues at play, one of which is expected to go before voters in November 2012. She said confusion has arisen because of early voting components in the language of the measures.

7:29 P.M.: She said the governor is leaning toward vetoing the entire transportation bill. The floor is now open to the aldermen for questions.

7:26 P.M.: Newman is expressing concern about an omnibus transportation bill on Gov. Jay Nixon's desk that she said would reduce local control over billboard regulations. She said she addressed the issue at a Richmond Heights City Council meeting June 20.

7:23 P.M.: Newman said she's "really disappointed" that wasn't reached in the latest legislative session. The case involves the transfer of students from unaccredited districts to accredited ones and the question of who will pay for it. She said the five school districts she represents on the St. Louis County-St. Louis City line are "extremely nervous" about how the case will play out. She said legislators are in limbo as they await a decision.

7:22 P.M.: Bills regarding cracking down on interest rates charged by payday loan companies and the bankrupt second-injury fund, she said. Other bills were proposed but failed, including an attempt to lower the minimum wage—"We just feel like this is the wrong time in our economy to all of a sudden be lower the minimum wage"—and

7:17 P.M.: Among the items that didn't pass: An effort to make St. Louis a hub for trade with China. "Somehow along the channels, tax-credit reform got locked into it," Newman said of legislators' discussion about the issue. She said this will be at the top of legislators' to-do list in January, if not this fall.

7:16 P.M.: Newman is discussing the back-and-forth over a Missouri bill regarding dog-breeding facilities. She said Proposition B took up a lot of the legislature's time. She also expressed concern over legislation lowering the age for obtaining conceal-and-carry permits from 23 to 21.

7:12 P.M.: Among the legislation that passed that Newman identified as bad: Congressional redistricting that eliminated one congressional district for the state; an employment discrimination bill that she said makes it harder to prove such discrimination; a corporate franchise tax that she said cuts back on state revenue and a voter photo ID plan that she said would disenfranchise many longtime voters who don't have the proper paperwork to get a government-issued ID for voting.

 "This has become my issue in the legislature," Newman said. She said the issue will cost Missouri a total of $20 million over the next several years. She said 50,000 longtime registered voters in St. Louis County would no longer be able to vote as a result of the legislation.

7:04 P.M.: The most recent legislative session differed from the 2010 session in that nearly half of legislators were freshmen. She said there was more thoughtful discussion, less heated discussion and quite a few votes in which people crossed over party lines. Among bills that passed that she identified as good: An extension of Missouri's prescription drug benefits for low-income seniors, and legislation on domestic violence and human trafficking.

7:03 P.M.: State Rep. Stacey Newman, D-Richmond Heights, is addressing the aldermen. She is providing an overview of state legislative action in the session that ended recently.

7:01 P.M.: Mayor Linda Goldstein is calling the meeting to order.

6:49 P.M.: The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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