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Red-light camera bill withdrawn for lack of county council votes

A proposal that would spare cities from a possible ban on red-light cameras in St. Charles County  has been withdrawn.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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St. Charles County election recap

The Aug. 5 elections have concluded. Amendment No. 7, the three-quarter-cent sales tax meant for Missouri roadway and other transportation improvements, was voted against by 59 percent of Missouri voters. Amendment No. 8, which would have created a Veterans lottery ticket, failed to pass as well. Amendment No. 5, which deals with the right to bear arms, passed due to statewide votes. Amendment No. 9, which protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures in relation to electronic communications, also passed statewide with 74 percent voting in approval. In the St. Charles county executive race, the Democratic primary saw Rod Zerr ...

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Route 364 traffic shifts to begin Aug. 7

Motorists traveling on westbound Route 364 should expect traffic shifts, starting Thursday, Aug. 7,  as part of the ongoing Route 364 construction in St. Charles county this week. The Missouri Department of Transportation crews will shift traffic to the left at Mid Rives Mall Drive. This traffic shift is necessary as crews work to make the connection from the current Route 364 to the new stretch. The speed limit will also be lowered to 45 mph. For additional work zone information, go to www.traveler.modot.org/map.  For real time traffic, visit www.gatewayguide.com.  All work is weather permitting and may be shifted due ...

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Celebrate St. Peters: City prepares for annual two-day community celebration

Celebrate St. Peters, the city’s annual two-day community festival, is expected to draw big crowds again this year. Lisa Bedian, the city’s communications director, told the city’s Board of Aldermen at their July 24 meeting that the weekend event may draw 12,000 to 14,000 people, particularly during major concerts scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 20. The event is held at the city’s 370 Lakeside Park just off Interstate 370, east of I-70. It will be open on Friday, Sept. 19 from 5 p.m.-11 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. The event features food, drinks, carnival rides, children’s ...

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County Council rejects request for cell tower off Penny Royal Lane

The St. Charles County Commission turned down a conditional use permit request for a proposed 190-foot-tall communications tower in an unincorporated area near Wentzville. The project was strongly opposed by nearby residents. At its July 28 meeting, the council voted 6-0, with Councilman John White (District 7) absent, against granting the permit for the tower to be placed on a 13-acre site at 1834 Penny Royal Lane, about 2,100 feet north of Hwy. N. “The fact is that these things are pollution to the environment in my view, especially in a rural area, and that is a pretty rural area,” ...

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