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News Briefs: City introduces Citizens First App


City receives recycling grant

The city of Cottleville received a $7,000 Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant from the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District.

City Administrator Scott Lewis said the grant will be used to purchase forty 10-gallon recycling containers. In addition, the grant will cover bags, signage and installation in Legacy Park and several miles of trails in the city.


Construction continues on trail 

Construction will continue on Kountz Fort Trail in Legacy Park later this summer, according to Cottleville City Administrator Scott Lewis.

The clearing is nearly completed, and the pipe and stone has been installed at the ditch crossing. The completed trail will connect the Dardenne Greenway trail to the Brittany Place neighborhood.

“Phase 2 of the trail will connect to the site of Kountz Fort on Hwy. N just west of Schnucks,” said Lewis.

The cost of the project is approximately $56,200.

“We are leveraging local funding that is being provided by the Park and Storm Water Tax with federal, state and local grants,” Lewis said.



City introduces Citizens First App

O’Fallon residents may be getting more cell phone savvy, and the city is making the most of its citizens’ technological prowess through the Citizens First Mobile App.

“We track where all of our visitors come from on our website,” Tom Drabelle, O’Fallon’s communications director, said. “We just saw such an uptick in mobile usage that we thought this is something that we really need to do, in order to make sure that we stay ahead of the game rather than behind it in terms of what our users are wanting.”

The Citizens First App is designed to put the entirety of O’Fallon’s city hall in the hands of residents with just a few taps on a screen.

Residents can use the app to look up a map of nearby businesses, register for city-hosted classes or access any data found on the O’Fallon website.

The app also can be used to send a picture of an issue in the community, like a pothole, to the relevant department at city hall. Drabelle said that once the app sends the picture, it will be given to the relevant department to be added to its to-do list.

The app is available for download under the “residents” tab on the city’s website, and on the Apple Store and Google® play.



Corporate expansion proposed

A major expansion of a business in Lake Saint Louis could add jobs to the area and additional tax revenue for the city.

National Information Solutions Cooperative wants to add a 44,000-square-foot addition to its present facility. The addition will essentially add a two-story addition next to its present building.

Jackie Rocha, manager of operations and facilities at NISC in Lake Saint Louis, said the addition will provide additional space for mail equipment, technology and employees.

For the expansion to happen, the Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen must approve a site plan review that requires the consolidation of 30.9-acre and 3.45-acre parcels. The company facility is south of Lake Saint Louis Boulevard, west of Ballantrae Subdivision, east of Technology Drive and north of The Meadows shopping center. That vote was expected after presstime on July 21.



Bill protects public safety funds

Gov. Jay Nixon signed House Bill 1504, which protects funds used for public safety. For St. Charles County, the bill removes the emergency radio communications system tax from TIFs imposed after August 28, 2013.

The bill makes the same provision for St. Charles County voters, who approved a sales tax increase in 2009 to fund a new emergency radio communications system that was made by the Missouri General Assembly last year for St. Louis County. It was passed with an added provision that revenues from new voter-approved increases to an existing tax cannot be diverted to pay for developments that are financed using TIF.

Build-out of St. Charles County’s new emergency radio communications system is almost complete and the county anticipates moving users onto the system in September 2014. The new system is part of a larger system being implemented concurrently in both St. Louis and Jefferson counties, increasing the capability of the entire metropolitan St. Louis area in responding to major disasters.


Road construction on Hwy. N 

One year of road improvements on Route N in St. Charles County began on July 7.

The project includes resurfacing, adding shoulders and correcting curves along Route N from Route Z to Sommers Road. Motorists can expect single lane closures with flaggers during off-peak hours, Monday through Friday.

The project is expected to be completed in summer 2015.


Hiring help for veterans 

The County Council approved an ordinance at their June 30 meeting to help establish an “employee-friendly environment” for veterans working for the county.

The ordinance puts in place new approaches to support veterans the county has hired and plans to hire. It establishes a veteran coordination and recruiting position in the county’s human resources department to work with veterans along with a 12-member “Veterans Best Practices Working Group.” The group will include nine county employees who are veterans and who would serve as mentors and as advisory group for the county. It also establishes an award to recognize businesses and other organizations in the county who work closely with veterans.

Businesses bidding for work with the county also would have to indicate as part of the information they submit if they have developed veteran-friendly employment practices.



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