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Public invited to comment on O’Fallon’s 2015 Action Plan for community block grants

O’Fallon’s 30-day comment period regarding the city’s Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant Program will end on Dec. 5. The plans can be viewed at the O’Fallon City Hall, located at 100 North Main Street, and the public can submit comments to jhawkins@ofallon.mo.us. The city held a public hearing on Nov. 5 concerning the action plan, but O’Fallon Director of Public Relations Thomas Drabelle said the city received no comments from residents during the hearing. After the Dec. 5 deadline, Drabelle said the city will analyze any comments, and prepare a draft of the ...

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Rec-Plex leisure pool closed Nov. 10-19

The St. Peters Rec-Plex will close the Leisure Pool in the Natatorium from Nov. 10-19 in order to install a new waterslide. The Leisure Pool will open back up on Nov. 20, and the new waterslide should be ready for use by Nov. 28. The new waterslide will be similar in design to the old one, which needed to be replaced due to wear and tear after 20 years of use. In order to combat rusting, the steps and landings on the new waterslide will be made of PVC material rather than concrete and steel. The rest of the Natatorium, ...

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Public invited to Paint Your County parks reveal

Winners of the Paint Your County Parks art contest will be announced during a reception at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, on Thursday, Nov. 6. The public is invited to join the St. Charles County Parks Department from 6-8 p.m. for this free event. Food and drink will be provided. At 7 p.m., the juror for the art competition, Janet Fons, will recognize the winning artist and showcase the winning painting at the Foundry Art Centre, located at 520 North Main Street in St. Charles. The first place winner will receive a $1,000 purchase prize for their work. ...

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St. Peters announces holiday hours for Veterans Day

St. Peters officials have announced that city hall offices and the Cultural Arts Centre will be closed for business on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in recognition of Veterans Day. The St. Peters Rec-Plex will be open normal hours on Nov. 11; however, the administrative offices will be closed. The St. Peters Municipal Court also will be closed on Nov. 11. Recycle City will be open for trash and yard waste disposal only from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., but the offices will be closed. Trash cart or yard waste cart pickup will not be available that day. St. Peters’ Earth Centre yard waste ...

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Opening of Hwy. 364 closes chapter in St. Charles history

“This is a ribbon cutting to open a new project but it’s the closing of the last chapter of the history of the Booneslick Trail in St. Charles County,” said County Executive Steve Ehlmann on Oct. 31. “This is where Daniel Boone and before him Native Americans crossed this area to go west.”

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Residents urged to shop local

The St. Charles County Council has endorsed a resolution urging residents to shop local this holiday season and beyond. The council approved the resolution at their Oct. 27 meeting, calling for local residents and businesses to “shop local St. Charles County.” Similar resolutions have come before the St. Peters and Lake Saint Louis boards of aldermen and other city governing boards. Colene McEntee, the county’s public affairs coordinator, said the resolutions are part of a combined effort by area officials to encourage economic development.  Officials say buying local both strengthens employment and local businesses and provides more retail sales tax ...

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Holiday Inn razed to make way for Courtyard by Marriott hotel

St. Peters officials say that they hope to have a new hotel opened by December 2015 on the site of the old Holiday Inn on Veterans Memorial Parkway, just west of Jungermann Road. The present 200-room building on the site is in the process of being torn down. “If you had an opportunity to go by there it looks like a bombed-out building in Beirut about 30 years ago,” City Administrator William Charnisky told the city’s Board of Aldermen at its Oct. 23 meeting. Charnisky said the demolition is expected to be complete by the end of December with construction ...

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St. Peters amends pet policy in favor of bees, but not rodents

Hamster and mouse lovers may have to watch out in St. Peters. St. Peters officials are cracking down on the number of pet hamsters, mice and other rodents and placing new requirements for bee hives in residential areas. The city’s Board of Aldermen on Oct. 23 amended certain portions of its pet regulations, adding new requirements for residents who have certain rodents or keep bees. City officials are trying to limit the number of hamsters and other rodents per residence. No more than five hamsters, mice or “other small rodent-related mammals” are considered one “pet unit” under the new regulations. ...

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Former St. Peters mayor remembered for role in city’s growth

Former St. Peters Mayor Tom Brown, who presided over the city during 20 years of unprecedented growth, was lauded last week as the man who played a major role in nurturing that growth. “Architect … you know, that’s a perfect description,” said Mayor Len Pagano, who spoke about Brown during the city’s Board of Aldermen meeting on Oct. 23. “He had that vision.” Brown, 79, died Oct. 16 in Henderson, Nevada, near Las Vegas after a long battle with cancer. He served as mayor of St. Peters from 1984 to 2004 – a period when the city’s population increased many ...

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County approves contract for new emergency response system

St. Charles County hopes to have a brand new 911 emergency response system in place by next April. The County Council with a 6-0 vote approved on Oct. 27 a $3.467 million bid from Emergency CallWorks, Inc., of Birmingham, Alabama, to build, deploy and operate the system for seven years. Councilman Mike Elam (District 3) was absent. Jennifer George, the county’s assistant director of administration, said the county began to discuss updating its 911 system about a year ago. Presently, the county has two separate systems – one for the city of St. Charles, and the other serving the county ...

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