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Military vehicles, sheriff’s duties top concerns at County Council meeting

St. Charles County Council members said what a group of residents wanted to hear this week, telling them they aren’t returning any military equipment donated to the Sheriff’s Department by the federal government. But the council also told residents something they did not want to hear – that they weren’t going to put a charter amendment on the November ballot asking for another vote on the future of county law enforcement. During a public comment portion of their Aug. 25 meeting, council members heard from a number of speakers on law enforcement issues. Steve Steen, one of the residents, spoke ...

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St. Peters alderman to draft bill banning e-cigarette sales to minors

St. Peters may be moving to ban the purchase of electronic cigarettes by minors and forbid them from entering so-called “vapor lounges” where they can be smoked. The city’s Board of Aldermen approved a motion by Alderman Patrick Barclay (Ward 4) during a work session on Aug. 14 authorizing him to draft a bill with the bans. The bill is expected to be considered by the board in September. Barclay said the bill would be modeled after an ordinance approved on July 21 by the Chesterfield City Council. The Chesterfield ordinance bans the sale and possession of vapor nicotine products ...

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News Briefs: O’Fallon ranks 17th on ‘Safest Cities’ list

O’FALLON O’Fallon ranks 17th on ‘Safest Cities’ list The SafeWise Report released its “50 Safest Cities in Missouri” report this week and O’Fallon is listed as number 17. To compile this report, SafeWise used the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report from 2012 to analyze and rank these cities, which all have a minimum population of 4,000 people. O’Fallon was the second largest city on the list.   City celebrates ‘Days of Service’ Volunteers are needed for O’Fallon’s National Days of Service and Remembrance, held from Sept. 11-13. The event features community service projects that honor the heroes and victims ...

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Francis Howell to hold public hearing on district property tax rate

Residents of the Francis Howell School District could see a 19-cent decrease in the district property tax rate for the new academic year, according to the district’s top finance officer. During an Aug. 21 Board of Education meeting, district chief financial officer Kevin Supple attributed the projected decrease to expiration this year of a special purpose operating levy. The board is scheduled to set the annual levy during its Sept. 18 meeting. Prior to the meeting, board members will hold a public hearing on the tax rate. The state requires the rate be set by Sept. 30 each year. Supple ...

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West County boil order has been lifted

Boil order advisory has been issued for West St Louis County. Due to a power outage at a Missouri American water treatment plant a boil order advisory has been issued for portions of Ballwin, Manchester and Town & Country.

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O’Fallon looks at allowing poultry as pets, close to home food source

The city of O’Fallon is looking at potentially allowing poultry to be kept as pets in non-agricultural areas. At a City Council work session on Aug. 14, Lenore Toser-Aldaz, assistant city manager, made a presentation regarding O’Fallon’s animal control code relating to poultry, which she defined as domestic chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. The current ordinance pertaining to poultry only permits the raising of farm animals in agricultural zoning districts. “Recently, we received several inquiries from residents who want to raise poultry in their back yard in residential neighborhoods,” Toser-Aldaz said. “As the city of O’Fallon is extensively urbanized, you ...

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Sheriff preservation initiative comes up short for Nov. 4 ballot

A petition drive may have come up short to place a charter amendment before St. Charles County voters to vote again this November on changing law enforcement in the county’s unincorporated area. And that has Jeri Zerr, the coordinator for the petition group, upset with the county Election Authority about petition signature requirements. Zerr’s group, the St. Charles County Sheriff Preservation Initiative, mounted a petition drive to place an amendment on the ballot, saying ballot language on a measure approved in 2012 was confusing. That year, county voters approved establishing a new county police department and procedures for choosing a ...

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Red-light camera bill withdrawn for lack of county council votes

A proposal that would spare cities from a possible ban on red-light cameras in St. Charles County  has been withdrawn. County Councilman Joe Cronin (District 1) withdrew a bill before it was introduced at the Aug. 11 County Council meeting that would have amended provisions of a countywide charter amendment proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot. Voters are being asked to decide if red-light cameras should be banned countywide. Cronin’s bill would have limited any ban to the unincorporated area. The deadline for ballot measures on the November ballot is Aug. 27. The council voted 5-0 with one abstention on ...

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News Briefs: Collecting for our troops

O’FALLON Collecting for our troops To show appreciation to U.S. troops deployed overseas, donations of pocket-sized packages of food such as trail mix and beef jerky, batteries, personal care items and other useful supplies are being collected through O’Fallon’s Support Our Troops Supply Drive, which kicked off on Aug. 11. “Troops serving overseas deeply appreciate snacks and practical items from home,” said Kathy Halstead, O’Fallon’s volunteer services manager. “The donations will be sorted, boxed and shipped overseas as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11, coordinated by Volunteer O’Fallon.” The items that troops most often ...

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