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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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O’Fallon to provide transportation program for residents with diabilities

The city of O’Fallon now is offering its residents a Disabled Transportation Program – at no cost to them. At a meeting on Oct. 23, the City Council approved a contract with ZipCare Transportation to provide services for the program. O’Fallon’s Communications Director Tom Drabelle said the program will work like a taxi service for residents who are legally disabled. Rides can be scheduled by calling (314) 292-7302 ext. 380 or online at zipcaretransportation.com. “Anyone that qualifies for the program would be able to call the number, (to) get a ride to essential living appointments. That could include medical appointments, ...

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News Briefs: Stepping back in time

Stepping back in time Heald House, located in Fort Zumwalt Park in O’Fallon, was the setting of a colonial tea hosted Oct. 12 by the Caroline Close Stuart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The reason for the tea was to meet State Regent Morgan Lake. Decorated with fall foliage, elegant table linens, real china, candles and a full silver tea set, the home harkened back to days gone by. Members of the chapter used the opportunity to wear their own colonial clothing creations while Karen Wright played a collection of period songs on her fiddle. The formal ...

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Lake Saint Louis keeps tax rate flat

Tax rates for Lake Saint Louis residents aren’t going up this year. The city’s Board of Aldermen approved keeping the city’s property tax rate at 59.51 cents per $100 assessed valuation, which will provide funding for the city’s general fund that covers most city expenses. The city’s debt service rate will remain at 47 cents per $100 assessed valuation for this year. Those rates are the same as in 2013. The board is required to adopt tax rates by Oct. 1. Aldermen took the action at their Sept. 22 meeting after being told that – even though the city’s assessed ...

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LSL alderman continues effort to ban texting while driving

A Lake Saint Louis alderman again plans to seek a ban on all texting while driving in the city. Alderman John Pellerito (Ward 3) said he plans to introduce the bill at the city’s Board of Aldermen meeting on Oct. 6. He filed a similar bill earlier this year, but the board voted in May to drop it from consideration. Pellerito’s bill is similar to ordinances adopted by Kirkwood, St. Charles, Manchester, Florissant and St. John and would go a step beyond current state law, which prohibits texting only for drivers age 21 and younger. His bill would ban texting ...

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Board appoints new mayor in Lake Saint Louis

Lake Saint Louis has a new mayor. Alderman Kathy Schweikert (Ward 2) was appointed mayor by the LSL Board of Aldermen at a special board meeting on Sept. 22. There was no debate and her appointment was quickly approved by a 5-0 vote, with Alderman Toni Zito (Ward 1) was absent. Schweikert, 56, succeeds Mayor Ralph Sidebottom who died on Sept. 15  after battling pancreatic cancer. An alderman since 2009, Schweikert most recently was the board’s president. She will serve as a mayor on a temporary basis or as “mayor pro temp” until the municipal election in April 2015. The ...

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LSL to participate in Drug Take Back Event on Sept. 27

On Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Lake Saint Louis Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Residents are encouraged to bring unneeded medications to the Lake Saint Louis Civic Center, at 200 Civic Center Drive, for proper disposal. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked; however, the DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. Last April, Americans turned in ...

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