Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Stenger would challenge current County Executive Charlie Dooley.
Steve Stenger, who represents Mehlville, Oakville, Affton and Lemay on the St. Louis County Council, said he’s "strongly considering" a bid for county executive in 2014. Stenger told Patch July 24 that he was continuously frustrated with the lack of funding in the parks department, especially after the county reported a surplus at the end of 2012. “They’re suggesting, 'Let’s starve off the parks so we can get a tax raise.' That’s the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” he said. When asked if he would contend for the executive position in 2014, he said, “I would strongly consider it, but I have not committed to that at all.” “But every day that we go on and we experience these kinds of difficulties where there should not be …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Employees were told their jobs were safe.
At age 43, Michele Whalen is looking for another job after almost three months of uncertainty. Whalen was one of 20 St. Louis County Parks employees who received lay-off notices on Jan. 24. An additional six employees were laid off in other departments. “They saved the parks, but they didn’t save our jobs,” she said. “At least now we know what was up, from Oct. 31 to Tuesday, we couldn’t do anything, we couldn’t plan anything. How would you like living your life like that?” Whalen has worked in the parks maintenance department at Jefferson Barracks Park for the last year, and was a seasonal employee for three years before that. The 26 layoffs come after a heated debate over the 2012 county budget. On Oct. 31, Dooley submitted a budget to …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
We're weaving together updates, pictures, video, tweets and more from the Save Our Parks rally and the County Council budget hearing to help you find the answer to tonight's big question: Will the county close parks to keep the budget
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
More than 60 attended the county council meeting Tuesday, with 10 speaking about the parks.
Although the possible closure of 23 county parks and facilities wasn't on the St. Louis County Council's agenda on Tuesday, the subject was fresh in the minds of 10 speakers who came to advocate on behalf of the parks. “Our purpose for speaking tonight is to plead with you to make the 2012 budget cuts fair and equitable across the board,” said Mehlville resident and parks volunteer Bonnie Lorenz. “A family may not be able to afford to go to the show, or a baseball game, but they can go to one of our wonderful 69 parks for free.” “Don’t let your legacy in office show that you were responsible for closing parks in our great county,” she said. Before the meeting, County Executive Charlie Dooley made it clear the county would not be selling …
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Officials are hoping the move will provide for better trash service rates in unincorporated areas. But some worry the extension will make it more difficult for smaller haulers to compete.
In hopes of receiving better rates on residential trash services, the St. Louis County Council has approved a measure extending the length of contracts with its waste haulers from three to five years. The decision affects unincorporated areas of the county, including Affton, Mehlville and Oakville, as well as portions of Eureka, Fenton, Manchester and Town and Country. The council voted 4-to-2 in favor of the extension at its meeting this week. Council members Steve Stenger, Sixth District, and Greg Quinn, Seventh District, cast the opposing votes. Councilwoman Colleen Wasinger, Third District, was absent from the meeting. “The most important function of the council is oversight, and the extension will give us less review of what is going…