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City Passes Bill to Snowplow Private Streets; Mayor May Veto

Former Lake Saint Louis alderman Larry DeGroodt spoke out against the bill, citing the Missouri Constitution.

Mid Rivers Newsmagazine reported Wednesday that the Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen have passed a bill making provisions for the city to cover the expenses of snowplowing for the eight miles of private streets within city limits.

The bill passed 4-1, with Ward 2 Alderman Kathy Schweikert the only nay vote. Ward 2 Alderman Karen Vennard, who spoke out against the bill at the Aug. 6 board meeting, was absent.

Mayor Mike Potter indicated at the meeting that he may veto the bill. If he chooses to do so, the board may vote to override his veto.

in a story posted on July 17 about a worksession where Public Works Director Derek Koestel outlined options for handling the cost. Koestel said that the could hire extra staff, could contract for services or could allow homeowners associations to contract the work themselves, which the city could later reimburse for costs.

At the August 6 board meeting, , saying that the bill was unconstitutional and citing passages from the Missouri State Constitution.

"I would like to see a motion on the floor tonight to remove this bill from the agenda, never to see light of day again," DeGroodt said.

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