Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Voters will elect members of Creve Coeur City Council, Parkway, Ladue and Pattonville School Boards, and other representatives in April.
The first day of filing for Apri's municipal elections came and went Tuesday without much fanfare in Creve Coeur Tuesday. Ward 4 Councilman Scott Saunders was first to file at 8 a.m. in his bid for re-election to a second two-year term. Dr. Saunders, who runs a pediatric research lab at Washington University, is a former Creve Coeur Planning and Zoning Commissioner who has also been active in city efforts to promote the arts. Dr. Saunders made an unsuccessful attempt this past spring at being elected Council President in an effort to try and bridge factions of the council raw from a bruising 2012 Mayor's race and to promote a sense of fairness in the process. "I really feel at the moment that the council's working very well together. We …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Creve Coeur City Council members conducted business Monday night in roughly 24 minutes.
As Patch previously noted, the Creve Coeur City Council meeting which was supposed to begin with a proclamation honoring Robert McNulty for his service to the city over the years instead began with a moment of silence. McNulty died Sunday. Also remembered at the start of the session was Steven Aul, a Creve Coeur resident and a friend of Mayor Barry Glantz. Aul fell ill at Forest Park on Saturday and passed away. Aul was 51 years old. In other business, the council:
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Laurie Copeland offers her reaction to plans to attempt to add to the list of protected classes in anti-discrimination policies.
The following Letter To The Editor was submitted to Patch last week by Laurie Copeland: After reading the Patch blog in ‘Local Voices’ from Jennifer Bernstein in, ‘End Discrimination in Creve Coeur’, I decided to also ‘come out of the closet’ with my support of ending discrimination here in Creve Coeur. When I read the blog post, I was surprised to find out that Creve Coeur and St. Louis County do not already offer these basic protections. I was moved when Jennifer mentioned the constant fear that the LGBT community faces, and it struck me…how would I feel if my children were discriminated against because of something that they cannot control? As a mother I cannot even fathom my child or any child whether gay or straight, ever being …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Clayton, Richmond Heights and Olivette have adopted similar measures.
An effort to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of classes protected by anti-discrimination statutes in municipalities in St. Louis County appears to be heading for Creve Coeur. Ward 1 Councilwoman Beth Kistner told Counci colleagues earlier this week she intends to introduce language at a future council meeting. An activist group working in support of the reform identified several areas in Creve Coeur's municipal ordinances which currently do not protect gays, lesbians, bisexuals or transgenders: SECTION 14.2: PROHIBITIONS (a) Activities prohibited. (1) No person employed by the City or seeking employment from the City shall be appointed, promoted, demoted, removed or in any way favored or …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday's forum was hosted by Ward 1 Creve Coeur City Councilmembers.
Two city council members – as well as Creve Coeur’s city administrator got an earful at a Ward 1 town hall meeting Tuesday about a wide range of topics. One of the most prevalent items at Tuesday's town hall meeting featuring Ward 1 Councilwoman Beth Kistner, Ward 1 Councilman David Kreuter and City Administrator Mark Perkins was trash collection. In 2010, Creve Coeur voters approved a hike to the city's sales tax in lieu of charging a fee for trash collection for three years. But numerous people questioned why the sales tax increase went for other services when city leaders said the focus was primarily on avoiding a trash fee. Perkins said the tax increase was not dedicated for only trash. “It was for any general operations,” said Perkins…
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Lawmaker wonders if proposal would undermine purpose of Creve Coeur's existing smoking ban.
Two weeks after city staff prompted discussion of the potential for establishing smoking shelters in Creve Coeur, council members formally debated the language behind an a proposed ordinance Monday night. Ward 1 Councilwoman Beth Kistner suggested amending the ordinance to exclude locations where food and drink is served, saying she could see the shelter creating an opportunity for patrons to create "a de factor outdoor bar." Ward 3 Councilman Robert Hoffman repeated his opposition to all shelters, saying "it's wrong to do this," and that it defeats the purpose of the stepped-up smoking ban which went into effect in January. Lawmakers voted unanimously (D'Alfonso and Saunders absent) to defer the ordinance to the next meeting. …
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Incumbent Beth Kistner is ready for her 5th and final term on Creve Coeur City Council.
In Creve Coeur's ward 1, covering the eastern part of the city, incumbent Councilwoman Beth Kistner defeated challenger Tony Kardis by 43 votes out of 516 cast Tuesday. The final tally showed Kistner with 279 votes to Kardis' 236, a 54% to 46% margin of victory. There was one write-in vote. Because of term limits, the upcoming two-year term will mark Kistner's last go-round on Creve Coeur city council. Upon hearing the news of her victory from Patch, Kistner said she has no future plans beyond serving these last two years on council. "When you know something is ending it really makes you enjoy having this one last chance to serve." The Kistner-Kardis race was not without its share of controversy, as the two candidates were ideologically…
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Creve Coeur could have saved almost $1 million if law had been in effect during the past year.
The city of Creve Coeur could be in line to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales tax revenue it currently gives back to St. Louis County to be redistributed, if a measure making its way through the Missouri General Assembly becomes law. That news was delivered to City Council Monday night by City Administrator Mark Perkins. Under the current system, originated in 1993, municipalities are divided into two camps--point-of-sale, or “A” cities; and pool, or “B” cities. Under the system, the wealthiest “A” cities are required to share a portion of their 1-cent countywide sales tax revenues with both the “B” cities and St. Louis County on a per-capita basis. Under this system, the pool cities get $124 per person, annually. But under …
Friday, March 25, 2011
Incumbent Beth Kistner defends her 8-year record while challenger Tony Kardis says it's time for fresh leadership.
The first ward covers the eastern section of Creve Coeur, an area trying to balance new development, old infrastructure and the concerns of longtime residents. It features some of the most mature residential neighborhoods in the city. Beth Kistner has served 8 years on Creve Coeur city council. If elected this year, her next term will be her final term; Creve Coeur has 10 year term limits for its council members. Kistner is a 16-year resident of Creve Coeur. Her career background is in telecommunications and presently she serves as a consultant in corporate telecommunications and government relations. She sees the institutional knowledge gained from nearly a decade representing Ward One as an asset. "I want to put that knowledge to work…
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Letter regarding Beth Kistner's 2007 campaign is one of 16 sent to county municipalities.
Creve Coeur City Councilwoman Beth Kistner is among a group of 18 candidates for municipal office in St. Louis County notified this month about outstanding campaign finance documents. A letter from the St. Louis County Board of Elections dated March 10 informed city clerk Debbie Ryan that "Ms. Kistner has failed to file her Quarterly Reports, an amended Statement of Committee Organization and/or a Termination report for the April 3, 2007 General Municipal election," called for under state law. The letter cites statutes in state law which prevent a candidate from taking office or filing to run in the future until those documents are filed. Kistner won the 2007 race for city council and is running for re-election next month. Representatives …