Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Metropolitan Sewer District officials say preparation now and taking simple steps when heavy rains come can make a difference.
The Metropolitan Sewer District issued the following advisory ahead of what could amount to several inches of rain this weekend as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac arrive in the St. Louis region: FLOODING: Anyone who lives adjacent to or near a waterway – no matter how small the waterway is during dry weather – lives in a floodplain or drainage way. During high intensity rainfalls (a large amount of rain falling in a short period of time), creeks, streams, rivers, and other waterways can quickly become a torrent of rushing water, possibly causing extensive flash flooding, and putting property and human safety at risk. If you live near such a waterway or live in a low area to which rainwater normally flows, pay close attention to weather …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Sewer rates and several related measures are on the ballot Tuesday for voters in Creve Coeur. Here's what you should know.
Polls open at 6 a.m. Tuesday and remain open until 7 p.m. to Creve Coeur voters. They'll decide whether to approve a proposition that slows the rate at which sewer bills rise over the next several years. Several charter amendments governing the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District also will be on the ballot. Use the following guide to learn about the issues and to find your polling place. Check back Tuesday night for election results. Get to know the issues Find out where to vote Download a PDF of the official June 5, 2012 polling places guide from the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners. THE FOLLOWING CREVE COEUR LOCATIONS ARE BEING USED AS POLLING PLACES:
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Clean Water STL has received roughly $385,000 in monetary support in the last five weeks. The committee wants St. Louis residents to vote Tuesday in favor of Proposition Y, a measure that will affect sewer rates throughout the area.
Financial support has been pouring in for a committee aimed at getting St. Louisans to vote in favor of a sewer proposition next week. The special election for Proposition Y is Tuesday in Creve Coeur and other St. Louis County municipalities, as well as parts of St. Louis city. Documents filed this week with the Missouri Ethics Commission show that Clean Water STL—the committee formed to back the proposition—received approximately $385,000 in monetary contributions between April 22 and May 24. It received more than $9,000 of in-kind support. The filings also show approximately $308,000 in expenses for that period, largely on direct mailings. Among the highlights A list of the donors follows: While some municipalities have come out and …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
St. Louis voters will decide the rate at which their sewer rates rise this summer. Here's a look at the federal law—and lawsuit—that started it all.
Hundreds of sewer overflows in the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) system are at the heart of a Clean Water Act settlement agreement and a ballot issue planned June 5 in Clayton and Richmond Heights. That's according to a primer document compiled by MSD. In August, MSD reached the settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment Foundation, a news release posted to the federal agency's website states. Now, MSD customers are tasked with deciding whether they will pay more now—or later—to fund the $4.7 billion in repair work mandated by the agreement. The following are questions by Patch paired with quotes from the federal agency's Aug. 4 news release announcing the …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
A June 5 vote is planned in St. Louis county and city on Proposition Y, along with eight charter amendments aimed at increasing the efficiency and transparency of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District.
People living in the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) can't change the fact that their sewer bills are going to rise incrementally over the next several years, Ed Rhode said. What they can control is the rate at which that change happens. That's why Rhode and Mike Kelley—members of the pro-Proposition Y committee Clean Water STL—are encouraging residents of St. Louis County and St. Louis city to vote yes on the $945 million bond issue June 5. MSD is paying for the costs of the June vote, estimated to be roughly $1.2 million. The issue was not ready for the April ballot because the agency's consent degree with the federal government was only announced last fall. If St. Louisans vote yes, sewer rates for the average single-family …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Mandel served as Mayor in Creve Coeur from 1997-2003.
The Metropolitan Sewer District announced Friday that former Creve Coeur Mayor Annette Mandel has been appointed to the agency's board of trustees. The appointment, made by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, took place on April 13, according to MSD's website. A spokesman for MSD said Mandel would be sworn in next Thursday. Mandel served two terms as Mayor of Creve Coeur, from 1997-2003, and was a controversial figure as a plaintiff in a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) lawsuit filed against a member of the city council and five other city residents, as reported by the Riverfront Times, among other local media outlets at the time. The suit was thrown out of court. Mandel has not yet returned a message seeking comment on the…
Friday, April 6, 2012
Contractors on a Metropolitan Sewer District project may be in your neighborhood for the next few months.
The Creve Coeur Police department is contacting residents by email to let them know about contractors working on a project for the Metropolitan Sewer District. One notice went out Thursday with the following information: The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) will be studying proposed improvements to the sanitary sewer system located south of Olive Blvd and east of North New Ballas Rd. within the City of Creve Coeur, for the next six months (project #10576). These investigations my require subcontractors to enter houses to obtain measurements of basement elevations. The following is a list of subcontractors who will be carrying ID and a copy of the project proposal. Crawford Murphy & Tilly Inc. Civil Design Inc. David Mason…
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Creve Coeur the latest city to take a look at allowing for hens at residences and institutional locations.
The chickens could be coming home to roost in Creve Coeur. That's because Creve Coeur City Council gave unanimous final approval to an ordinance alteration allowing for chicken hens to be kept by residents for non-breeding and non-commercial purposes. The measure passed without opposition. Creve Coeur City Administrator Mark Perkins said the issue got another look when residents interested in keeping the chickens at their residences contacted the city. “We decided that it would be appropriate under certain conditions to allow chicken pets,” Perkins said. One of the conditions, he said, was keeping in place restrictions on rosters. In an August 2011 meeting of the council, Councilwoman Jeanne Rhoades noted that the ordinance would not allow…
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Cleanup and repair of Metropolitan Sewer District line is complete.
According to a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Sewer District, repairs and cleanup work in Creve Coeur following last week's leak of more than 200,000 gallons of sewage into Smith Creeek is complete. Lance LeComb said what was left was a matter of pipe inspection work and what he described as something akin to an angioplasty procedure on pipes in the neighborhood around Chamblee Lane and Chasselle Lane. No official cause of the break was identified, although crews on scene last week speculated the age of the pipes and tree roots in the area were possible factors.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Increased revenue would fund improvements required by federal consent decree agreement with regulatory agencies.
The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) has announced a proposal to ask the public for a $945-million bond issue in the April 2012 election. If the bond issue passes, MSD would raise the average homeowner’s monthly bill by nearly 64 percent throughout the course of four years. The bond issue would help fund a $1-billion capital improvement plan that would help MSD meet federal consent decree requirements. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment filed a lawsuit to require MSD to upgrade its sewer and wastewater treatment plants. The consent decree came out of mediation efforts. “There never was a question of whether these improvements …