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Ball Back in O'Fallon's Court for Menards Deal

Voters approved the annexation of the property north of Old Highway N‚ which will eventually be outlot businesses— into the City of Lake Saint Louis.

to the area is still alive, even after O'Fallon declined the

"My board said 'We’re not going to do that'," O'Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy said. Both Hennessy and O'Fallon City Administrator Keith Riesberg were in attendance at the April 2 Lake Saint Louis board of aldermen meeting, where city officials discussed a new plan.

City Administrator Paul Markworth suggested that the public works directors of both cities sit down and work out a cost for the maintenance of Lake Saint Louis roads that will service the Menards development. (Since the meeting, voters approved the annexations that bring the two roads, Old Highway N and Orf Road, into the city limits.)

Lake Saint Louis Public Works Director Derek Koestel said that they were working on a per lane-mile cost and mentioned a ballpark figure of about $40,000. If both cities agree, that cost would be shared.

"We’d be responsible for maintaining the roads that are bringing revenue to you," Ward 2 Aldermen Karen Vennard said. "In the long run, it’s probably going to benefit all of us. Let’s try to put a cooperative agreement together."

Ward 1 Alderman Ralph Sidebottom and Ward 3 Alderman George Rich expressed their concerns that having Menards there at all would adversely affect businesses in Lake Saint Louis.

"The Municipal League advises cities to take a regional approach," Ward 3 Alderman John Pellerito said. "We’re going to take a risk; they’re going to take a risk. We’re not going to lose any money up front. We can grow this county, this city, their city."

The aldermen eventually agreed to have the new shared road maintenance plan taken back to the O'Fallon board.

Lake Saint Louis Mayor Mike Potter nodded at the O'Fallon officials. "Now you've got the hard part," he said.

Steve Blechle April 10, 2012 at 02:45 PM
It is not our concern whether or not both stores can survive. The market place should be the determinator. NOT city governments. SAY NO to TIF.
Steve Blechle April 10, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Anyone know who the developer is on this project?
Ruth Markham June 22, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Not sure you can compare Menard's on a one-to-one basis with either Lowe's or Home Depot. Think you have to throw in a bit of Wal Mart, Target, and your grocery store as well..
J L Branson September 05, 2012 at 06:52 AM
I love Menards. The nearest to Marthasville has been Jefferson City or Columbia. I have been waiting for one in Wentzsville to St Charles area. I live in St. Charles County
Jim Frain December 05, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Menard's has withdrawn their request to construct a new location in O'Fallon, MO. I am not aware of the details but I am sure that the city will come out with a release of the reasons for this withdrawl.

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