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O’Fallon approves site plan for reclaiming Fred Weber quarry near I-70

  Perhaps two decades from now, after the water has been drained and the two pits are filled, a former quarry that borders Interstate 70 in O’Fallon might become the site of an industrial park or maybe apartments. O’Fallon officials have approved a site plan to allow the reclamation of the the former Fred Weber quarry site on West Terra Lane, about a half-mile west of Bryan Road.  The plan was submitted by Commercial Development Co., which wants to acquire the 84.4-acre site. The quarry, which has two pits that are no longer in use, dates back to the 1950s, but was closed in ...

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Process of revising Dardenne Prairie zoning, land use has begun

Not long ago, Dardenne Prairie officials in the fast-growing community latched onto an idea of a community with a civic “core” – a mixed-use area or district with a kind of downtown that included small retail stores, apartments and condominiums. Now, the city’s elected officials are in the process of dismantling that idea.

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St. Charles County jobless rate up slightly in August, but below nearby counties, state and nation

St. Charles County’s estimated unemployment rate went up slightly in August joining a general uptick that occurred in neighboring counties, Missouri and the nation. The county’s rate was 4.1 percent in August, up from 3.9 percent in July, and 3.6 percent last August. In all, 212,045 of the county’s estimated workforce of 221,060 was employed in August with an estimated 9,015 persons listed as jobless. In July, an estimated 8,654 persons were listed as jobless, compared to 7,767 last August. Still, St. Charles County’s August rate was still lower than five neighboring counties and the city of St. Louis.  St. ...

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Housing permit activity remains steady in St. Louis, St. Charles counties

Building new houses remains popular in the St. Louis region’s two largest counties so far this year but interest in apartments and condominiums is also up. The total number of housing permits issued for new homes in St. Charles and St. Louis counties for the first eight months of 2016 is up compared to last year at this time. Through August, 1,678 single and multi-family permits have been issued in St. Charles County, compared to 1.495 for the same period a year ago.  In St. Louis County, 825 single and multi-family permits were issued through August, compared to 762 total ...

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Lake Saint Louis calm about ‘traffic calming’ efforts on city streets

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Lake Saint Louis may remain calm for now concerning “traffic calming” efforts on city streets. A study of vehicle speeds on city residential and major streets found that while many drivers may exceed posted speed limits they aren’t going fast enough to prompt heavy ticketing by city police officers. For the moment, that means that the city may not have to take major “traffic calming” efforts to discourage speeding. Those efforts often take the form of what Derek Koestel, the city’s public works director, called “changing the geometry” of roads and streets such as implementing lane widths or restrictions, lower ...

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Cottleville firefighters hold 7th annual ‘Haunted Trail’ fund raiser

Cottleville Fire Protection District firefighters may look a bit scary on Oct. 8. They will be in costume for their annual “Haunted Trail” fund raiser starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at the city’s Legacy Park, off Highway N and next to Dardenne Creek, next to city hall and the police station. This is the seventh year that firefighters have held the event, which raises the firefighters Outreach, which assists families in crisis. According to a news release, the outdoor “haunted trail” will feature a “Molly Crenshaw” grave, “Slender Man and Wolf Man,” zombies, a simulated hazardous waste spill, ...

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