Sunday, January 20, 2013
The 2012 report represents the fourth year in a row of overall crime reduction, according to police data. See which crime categories decreased and which increased.
Serious crime in areas protected by St. Louis County Police Department officers has decreased in 2012, dropping to its lowest level since 1969. The total population served directly by county police is more than 410,000. Index crime statistics comparing 2012 to 2011 in the municipalities served by county officers, as well as unincorporated St. Louis County, show an overall reduction of 8.7 percent. The county police team stated in a news release the following update: These crime numbers include offenses reported in a community more recently contracted with the county police department last March—the City of Dellwood. In Missouri, a St. Louis County police spokesperson said only the Kansas City Police Department is responsible for more …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Councilman Steve Stenger disagrees with the allocation for St. Louis County Parks as County Executive Charlie Dooley’s budget office reduces funding for the department.
The St. Louis County Parks Department is still $500,000 in the red despite laying off 20 employees and increasing revenue by $193,780. Those numbers were presented to the St. Louis County Council Tuesday in a plan meant to make the parks department more efficient. Acting Parks Director Tom Ott created a business plan that outlined a strategy to keep parks providing the basic services while reducing costs. The plan comes seven months after County Executive Charlie Dooley proposed closing 23 parks and laying off more than 100 employees because of a budget crisis. Early budget projections showed a $10 million deficit, according to the county executive. *At the end of the year, the county received unexpected revenues, leaving the parks open. …
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Charlie Dooley said he plans to run for his seat again in 2014.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Twenty-six employees in the parks and public works departments to be laid off.
In a move that saves St. Louis County about $4 million, County Executive Charlie Dooley announced he was laying off 26 full-time employees, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday. Six employees come from the public works department, while the parks department will see 20 lay-offs. Dooley also plans to terminate four part-time positions in the parks department, one full-time job in the revenue department and 25 funded, but unfilled positions. Dooley said the county would lay off employees after he and the County Council reached acompromise on the 2012 budget. He originally proposed shutting down 23 St. Louis County Parks, laying off 173 employees and eliminating snowplowing in unincorporated areas when less than 2 inches …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
After a tumultuous two-month period that included threats of park shutdowns, protests and the possible closing of a West County satellite office, council members sign off on a $357 million budget.
The St. Louis County Council has approved a $357 million budget that spares county parks and averts the shutdown of a satellite office in West County. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the budget plan will include cuts in staff through layoffs and through allowing vacant positions to remain unfilled — including 10 positions in the county police department. The Post says those positions do not include patrol officers. The cuts could involve as many as 50 employees. “That won’t be decided until January, where we’re at with those positions,” councilman Mike O’Mara, D-Florissant, told KMOX. The biggest hit is likely to come from the parks department; while no parks will be closed, the department budget is down from $26 million to $22.6 …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The change of course appears to have cooled tensions between St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and members of the St. Louis County Council.
CLAYTON — A schism between St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and members of the St. Louis County Council appears to have been averted. Roughly two weeks after the Democratic county executive appeared ready to increase property taxes in order provide raises for county employees and avoid layoffs, Dooley indicated that he had put the kibosh on the proposal. “I think that’s off the table for right now,” Dooley said during his report to the council. It happened during the council's Tuesday meeting at the Lawrence K. Roos Government Building in Clayton. The proposal to raise property taxes by 2.3 cents sparked an antagonistic reaction from council members, including Democrats such as County Council President Steve Stenger (D-…
Friday, July 29, 2011
The July 29 PatchCast--the last one of the month--includes varied news headlines from across St. Louis and St. Charles counties. Check it out and tell us what piece of news you enjoyed reading this week, even if it isn't on the list.
July 29 PatchCast headlines for St. Louis and St. Charles counties:
Friday, May 27, 2011
Town-planning firm and St. Louis County team up to show ideas and plans for the Jamestown Mall area.
Approximately 200 people crowded into the multipurpose room at the St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley campus to hear the redevelopment plans for the Jamestown Mall area. Victor Dover of Dover, Kohl and Partners gave a two-hour presentation on the intensive background research study done of the area, the ideas proposed by North County residents for the area and what plans could be made a reality of the 142 acres. Dover presented four conceptual plan scenarios and alternatives to the audience that included: Dover said during the presentation that these plans take into account economic and place-making principles for the Jamestown Mall area. “Jamestown Mall does not have requirements for regular shopping destination in today’s …
Sunday, April 24, 2011
A major storm hit St. Louis Friday, with devastating consequences.
A major storm hit the St. Louis area on Friday, April 22. Portions of Lambert International Airport were destroyed, as well as houses and businesses.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Officials took media on a tour of Concourse C, the most heavily damaged section of the facility, on Saturday morning.
Pieces of broken glass littered passenger waiting areas Saturday at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport's Concourse C following a devastating storm. Numerous workers could be seen rebuilding during a media tour of the facility. During the tour, Mayor Francis Slay told St. Louis Patch he doesn't know the number of St. Louis City employees who had been dispatched to help in storm-ravaged parts of the county. But he said that the two governments are working together and that he has personally reached out to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. The airport likely sustained millions of dollars in damage as a result of the storm, said Rich Bradley, president of the Board of Public Service of St. Louis City, during a news conference. …