Tuesday, August 2, 2011
In a special meeting Monday night, Larry DeGroot received a unanimous vote from the Board of Aldermen to fill the vacancy left by Harry Slyman's resignation.
The Lake Saint Louis board of aldermen voted unanimously Monday night for Larry DeGroot to fill the vacant Ward One seat. DeGroot has served on the board previously, from 2000-2006. Mayor Mike Potter mentioned at the July 18 board meeting that he was considering DeGroot for the position. NewsmagazineNetwork.com reported last week that DeGroot would be returning to see work completed on the Freymuth Road project, which DeGroot had campaigned for in 1999. In a July 27 article, StlToday.com mentioned that DeGroot would serve only until an April 2012 election to fill the remainder of the term. The Ward One seat was left vacant by the resignation of Harry Slyman on June 20.
Friday, May 13, 2011
What makes Lake Saint Louisans nervous? Black cats? Spilling salt? Breaking a mirror?
With Friday the 13th upon us, Lake Saint Louis Patch asked several aldermen and city staffers if they had any superstitions they'd be willing to share. (Editor's note: I'm not terribly superstitious myself. For awhile, a group of my friends decided that wearing blue underwear kept it from raining. It didn't take long to prove that wrong, but it sure was fun going around asking everyone what color underwear they had on.)
Sunday, April 24, 2011
After a busy week, a devastating storm closed Lambert airport before the holiday weekend.
Mom's Talk Round-Up weighed in on Monday on keeping up with your kids, from balancing schedules, summer camps, and the bad lyric songs they listen to. Aldermen-elect took their oath of office during the Monday night meeting. A St. Charles County council member is pushing for an ordinance so that the county can have tighter control over cell tower locations, specifically in scenic or historic places. In Mom's Talk, a mother asks if it's all right for her daughter to miss school days for a long vacation. In a letter to the editor, Alderman George Rich highlights the April 18th work session. A class is being offered on April 30th to train people in spotting severe weather, and about safety during storms. With flashlights and easter baskets, …
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Alderman George Rich recaps the April 18 joint work session and board of aldermen meeting.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
George’s Alderman Highlights – April 18, 2011 City Bonds & Taxes: As reported in detail last month, the real estate tax for bonds may need to increase 2 cents because of property assessments being reduced. This money can only be used to pay off bonds. We will know in September, when property assessments are finalized, if a 2 cents increase is the best way to keep our bond fund solvent. This issue requires a lot of guessing about future property values out to the year 2024. So I think we’ll have to keep reviewing the bond fund every year. Any bond fund surplus is limited to one year’s bond payment. City Employee Benefits: Staff presented a survey of our benefit plan compared to other city benefit plans in both St. Charles and St. Louis…
Sunday, April 3, 2011
With candidate Profiles for alderman incumbents and school board hopefuls, we provided Lake Saint Louis residents with some pre-election reading material.
Much of Lake Saint Louis Patch's content this past week was focused on Tuesday's election. We posted several articles about the candidates, issues and general election information: Aside from the election, we looked at other news in the area. 2009 Timberland graduate and freshman at University of Missouri-Columbia, Alex McDonald is excelling at the shot put for the track and field team. Saint Charles County achieved a low 3.6 percent proverty rate according to the 2010 census, as well as low taxes and low crime rate. In a letter to the editor, Lake Saint Louis Alderman George Rich highlights the joint work session and Board of Alderman meeting from March 21. Holt Senior Katie Larkin is this week's Whiz Kid.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Lake Saint Louis Patch has everything you need to know for the April 5 election.
Here's a roundup of Lake Saint Louis Patch's pre-election coverage (items in blue are links to the articles) as well as additional information for the election. Election News Candidate Profiles — Board of Aldermen (Ward 1 Candidate Eric Oman has not responded to requests for an interview.) Candidate Profiles — Wentzville School Board The Issues Polling Places in Lake Saint Louis: The St. Charles County Election Authority offers a search feature. Enter your street address, and you can find out your assigned polling place.
Lake Saint Louis Alderman George Rich recaps the March 21 joint work session and Board of Aldermen meeting.
Friday, April 1, 2011
March 21, 2011 City Bonds & Taxes: Real estate taxes may have to go up to pay off outstanding city bonds. We have a general fund real estate tax rate of about 59 cents that we have talked about keeping constant. We also have been paying an additional bond real estate tax rate of about 40 cents ever since the ‘90s just to retire city bonds. This “bond” money is put in a separate account and can only be used to pay off bonds. The last bond was approved by you in 2006 as a “no bond tax rate increase.” The bond payments were structured under certain assumptions about the growth of total property values that proved too optimistic. So the 40 cents isn’t enough now. Seems like bankers weren’t the only ones wildly optimistic before the …
Sunday, March 20, 2011
A roundup of St. Louis news headlines for Monday.
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A scouting Whiz Kid, spring sports and roller derby were on this week's Patch plate.
In a letter to the editor, Lake Saint Louis Alderman George Rich went over the joint work session and Board of Alderman meeting from March 7. With practice for spring taking off, we got to see a preview of Holt's spring sports squads on Tuesday. A St. Charles county councilman brought up the idea for an ordinance requiring smoking and non-smoking signs in front of buildings. In Mom's Talk, a mother asks if she should expect her friends to baby-proof their homes because they invite her and her toddler along. During the crisis in Japan, a St. Louis native reaches out and connects to friends and family using social media like Facebook and Skype. Missouri state troopers were on the lookout Saturday Night for drunk drivers during Operation A.R.…
Sunday, February 27, 2011
We had a glimpse of spring before winter snow took over again, but that wasn't all that went on this week!
On Monday, Patch released an article with information about the CyberKnife System that can treat tumors that were previously inoperable. The Advice around the Garden column offerd advice on how to properly prune a tree to keep it healthy. Updates came out from the Lake Saint Louis/Dardenne Prairire Chamber, which is partnering to offer vacation packages. On Tuesday, there was a live blog from the public work session and Board of Alderman meeting. News from the Lake Saint Louis Ski Club came out on Wednesday. Ameren's rate hike request hit a sour note as residents spoke out against the rising costs. New information from the US Census showed that Lake Saint Louis saw 43% growth since the 2000 Census. Raeanne Paynes was this week's Whiz Kid, …