Thursday, September 20, 2012
Emergency workers say the new tower would fix dead spots for police, sheriff, fire or ambulance transmissions; the city’s planning commission denied a permit to build it.
A proposed tower that emergency workers say could help patch dead spots in Jefferson County’s communications system is at the heart of a controversy in Arnold on two fronts. Building the 309-foot tower on the property of DeClue and Sons Tree Care, 3500 Telegraph Road, would require city council approval because it would be 110 feet taller than the city’s regulations allow. Residents have been speaking out against the tower at recent planning commision meetings. At one August meeting, 18 Arnold residents opposed the tower, saying they feared it would be dangerous in powerful tornadoes, reduce property values and expose them to cancer-causing radiation. "If the tower falls it has a possibility of hitting the gasoline (pipeline). When it …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Arnold City Council gave the owners of former Checkered Flag Motors more time to close down their lot and also debated if businesses really need buildings at the last council meeting.
Mary Simpson, co-owner of Checkered Flag Motors, asked the city for another extension on an order to clean up the now defunct car lot after the city had received complaints about the unsightly property. Police Chief Robert Shockey, who also is working as interim city administrator, said the Simpsons had been issued a junk vehicle notice in July and were given 14 days to remove 18 vehicles from the lot. After meeting with city officials in July to gain more time, the 14-day notice was extended to 30 days. Stay up-to-date on Arnold news by liking Patch on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ArnoldPatch Simpson returned to the city council during last Thursday's meeting to ask for another extension. “It’s not like moving boxes,” Simpson said. She …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Ward 1 Councilwoman's announcement comes only days after Mayor Ron Counts announced his intention to run too.
Doris Borgelt has announced her intention to run for mayor of Arnold in April 2013. Borgelt, 56, currently serves as a Ward 1 Councilwoman, a position she was elected to in 2011. She also serves on the city's finance and economic development committees, and was previously a part of the farmers market committee. "I am running because I would like city government to be more accessible to the people," said Borgelt in an interview with Patch. "And more accountable." Stay in-the-know about Arnold election news by liking Patch on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ArnoldPatch She referred to the city's recent practice of posting warrants and financial reports online as ways of increasing accountability. Borgelt also previously recorded city council …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Members of the Arnold City Council were divided on how to handle bids regarding the city's disposal of hazardous waste.
A discussion about which company the city of Arnold should hire to dispose of hazardous waste evolved into a wider debate about the city's lowest bidder policy during a city council meeting last Thursday. When the city bids out jobs, it is required by ordinance to accept the lowest qualified bidder. Officials may reject low bids if they're offered by companies that do not appear to be capable of handling a job. At issue was Arnold’s annual community event to collect and dispose of hazardous household waste like old paint, anti-freeze or batteries. The city has a $20,000 grant from the St. Louis County-Jefferson County Solid Waste Management District to pay for the event. All the bids they received came in higher than this amount, requiring…
The purchase was approved by Arnold City Council following a request from interim city administrator Robert Shockey.
A new speed trailer will soon be stationed beside various roads following Arnold City Council's approval of the purchase last Thursday. The speed trailer is an automated device that monitors passing cars and shows drivers how fast they are traveling. The trailer simply records the number of cars and their speeds, said Robert Shockey, interim city administrator and chief of the Arnold Police Department. The trailer does not take photos and cannot be used to issue tickets, he said. The purchase will replace an old trailer that is used every day, Shockey said. It's usually placed on road sides where residents complain of speeding motorists. The police use the trailer to observe traffic, and if it shows that motorist are routinely speeding on…
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Three appointments for two Arnold committees are the only items on the agenda for Thursday night’s city council meeting.
The only items scheduled on the agenda packet are three appointments to two of the city’s committees: the Building Appeals Board, which resolves disputes of residential and commercial parties who disagree with the City’s Building Code, and the Aging and Disabilities Commission, which oversees the needs of the senior and disabled population in Arnold. If approved, Huffy and Dunfee would both serve a one-year term and Hutson would serve a three-year term. The council meets at 7 p.m. today at in City Hall. You can see the appointees’ complete resumes in the agenda packet of tonight’s city council meeting.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Arnold City Hall will be closed to observe Christmas Day and New Year's Eve this week.
Arnold City Hall will only be open for three days, Tuesday through Thursday, for the week beginning on Dec. 26. Residents needing to pay bills or complete business at City Hall, at 2101 Jeffco Blvd., prior to the end of the year should plan talk with municipal employees during the middle of the week. Arnold City Hall will be closed to observe national holidays that occur on the weekends. Since Christmas is on Sunday, City Hall will be closed on Monday, Dec., 26. And since New Year's Eve is on Saturday, the building will close on Friday, Dec. 30, at noon. Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported that Arnold City Hall would be closed all day Friday. The writer erred.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The City of Arnold will observe Veteran's Day on Friday.
All City of Arnold buildings will be closed to the public on Friday to observe the Veteran's Day, a federal holiday In an email to constituents, Ward 2 Councilman Bill Moritz said city employees will attend development programs at City Hall, at 2101 Jeffco Blvd., during the national holiday. City employees will recieve updates on health benefits, harassment policies and safety procedures.
Friday, March 4, 2011
The Arnold Police Department has the final decision to issue a ticket to a red-light violator.
City Hall posted information about the red-light camera system operating at four intersections in Arnold. The Arnold Police Department provided the document, Police Chief Shockey said during a City Council meeting in Feb. 17. Shockey did not provide the author of the document. According to the document, the Arnold Police Department reviews the photos and makes the final decision to issue a ticket, the document said. Tickets are $94.50 and are sent to the vehicle owner. If the car’s owner was not driving the car during the violation, the owner can sign a document identifying the driver during the photographed violation, the document stated. A red-light camera violation occurs when a car enters an intersection after the signal has turned …
Thursday, January 13, 2011
City Attorney Bob Sweeney must create a sump pump ordinance that assures the public safety but does not resemble the U.S. tax code.
Arnold City Attorney Bob Sweeney has the challenge of writing an ordinance to deal with the slimy problem of sump pumps. Two residents, during the Council’s Working Session in City Hall on Thursday, described the public hazard and private property issues caused by neighbors with sump pumps that continuously drain water on to lawns and streets. Aimee Knisley, who owns a home in the Missouri Meadows area, said water flows day-and-night throughout the year from a neighbor’s sump pump. During the summer the running water lays a thick slime coating along her driveway and down the street, she said. In the winter months, the water turns to ice and has been as thick as 10-inches. “I’ve had to take my son to the hospital after he slipped on the …