Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The St. Louis County Council had been in conversation about the legislation for months with market officials and the county health department.
Legislation governing vendor fees and liability at St. Louis County farmers markets has been approved by the County Council after months of discussion, CallNewspapers.com reported last week. Quoting from the Call article: "Farmers' market vendor permits were decreased from $35 for a 14-day period to $50 for one location and $30 per location for a second through fifth location with a $193 cap for 'six or more farmers' market locations with concurrent operating dates,' according to the ordinance." The County Council vote happened at the Lawrence K. Roos Government Building in Clayton. Read reaction from Clayton Farmer's Market manager Deb Henderson and Sixth District Councilman Steve Stenger (D-Affton) in the complete Call article.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
After a tumultuous two-month period that included threats of park shutdowns, protests and the possible closing of a West County satellite office, council members sign off on a $357 million budget.
The St. Louis County Council has approved a $357 million budget that spares county parks and averts the shutdown of a satellite office in West County. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the budget plan will include cuts in staff through layoffs and through allowing vacant positions to remain unfilled — including 10 positions in the county police department. The Post says those positions do not include patrol officers. The cuts could involve as many as 50 employees. “That won’t be decided until January, where we’re at with those positions,” councilman Mike O’Mara, D-Florissant, told KMOX. The biggest hit is likely to come from the parks department; while no parks will be closed, the department budget is down from $26 million to $22.6 …
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The council will consider whether to put a bond issue before voters as early as April that would fund the construction of a new St. Louis County Family Court Center in Clayton.
Members of the St. Louis County Council showed unanimous support on Tuesday for a resolution supporting construction of a new St. Louis County Family Court Center. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday that council members have begun the process of putting a $100 million bond issue on the April ballot to build a new family courts building and to refurbish the St. Louis County Courts Building. Both facilities are located in Clayton. County Council Chairman Steve Stenger (D-South St. Louis County) told the Post-Dispatch that a resolution expressing support for the project is the first step to getting the measure on the ballot. That resolution passed the council Tuesday without opposition. Councilwoman Hazel Erby (D-University City) …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The change of course appears to have cooled tensions between St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and members of the County Council.
A schism between St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and members of the St. Louis County Council appears to have been averted. Roughly two weeks after the Democratic county executive appeared ready to increase property taxes in order provide raises for county employees and avoid layoffs, Dooley indicated that he had put the kibosh on the proposal. “I think that’s off the table for right now,” Dooley said during his report to the council. It happened during the council's Tuesday meeting at the Lawrence K. Roos Government Building in Clayton. The proposal to raise property taxes by 2.3 cents sparked an antagonistic reaction from council members, including Democrats such as County Council President Steve Stenger (D-Unincorporated St. …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
But the St. Louis County executive's plan received a largely chilly reception from members of the County Council on Tuesday in Clayton.
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley this week defended his call to raise property taxes, even as he may be facing a revolt from members of the County Council. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch first reported that Dooley wants to raise property taxes by roughly 2.3 cents, which he said would generate $8.6 million over the next couple of years. Dooley told the Post-Dispatch that the move would provide raises to county employees who haven’t seen a pay increase in nearly three years. At a Monday grand opening of a St. Louis Community College building in Florissant, Dooley defended his proposal. He said that option is preferable to cutting county employees loose. “These are very difficult times, I recognize that, there’s no question about it,” …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
A ballot item on the town's future is set for November thanks to a vote Tuesday night in Clayton by the St. Louis County Council.
St. George residents will get a chance this November to decide whether their town should exist anymore. That’s because the St. Louis County Council approved a ballot item on Tuesday in Clayton that, if approved, would disincorporate the south St. Louis County town. St. George residents will vote on the issue Nov. 8. The unanimous vote to put the issue up for a vote prompted a small cheer from St. George Mayor Carmen Wilkerson, who attended the meeting along with several other people who support taking apart the town. In an interview, Wilkerson said she was “very excited” about the voters getting to “make a choice for themselves.” “Now we get out the vote,” Wilkerson said. “We talk to our citizens about the importance of how important this …
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
A University City resident's letter to the editor drew fire from St. Louis County Council Chairman Steve Stenger.
Members of the St. Louis County Council struck back Tuesday in Clayton at criticism of county investment in a gathering aimed at drawing conventions to the St. Louis area. In June, the council approved $250,000 for a convention for the American Society of Association Executives. Dubbed the “Super Bowl of conventions,” the gathering is aimed at attracting major conferences to the St. Louis area. The event, however, drew criticism from Tom Sullivan, a University City resident who wrote a letter to the Call Newspaper about the council's allocation. “By anyone's standards, $750,000 is an exorbitant amount of money for a party—especially when it is completely funded with public money,” Sullivan wrote in his letter. Sullivan also wrote that “…
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
The chairman of the St. Louis County Council said Tuesday in Clayton that he is open to extending the ban.
The chairman of the St. Louis County Council said Tuesday in Clayton that he doesn’t expect a move to expand a recently enacted smoking ban to formulate for several months. County Council Chairman Steve Stenger, a Democrat who represents District 6 and lives in unincorporated St. Louis County, told reporters that he would be open to removing exemptions on the county’s smoking ban that went into effect in January. The ban doesn’t encompass certain bars that serve primarily alcohol, casinos or some private clubs. “I would be in favor of a ban certainly that had fewer exemptions,” Stenger said. “And I am very open to having a dialogue, and we’ve been having a dialogue among council members about which exemptions might be removed and which …