Tuesday, July 17, 2012
A specialist will work to resolve the divisions and improve relations on the eight person council.
Mayor Ron Counts plans to have a specialist work with councilmen in an additional work session called for July or August at City Hall. “The council and the city have a lot of divisions,” Counts said during the council’s work session on July 12. “But we can accomplish a lot more and move the city forward, if we (as individuals) work together.” The mayor’s words came after the normally civil discussion about city issues became a yelling exchange between Ward 1 Councilman Doris Borgelt and Ward 3 Councilman Phil Amato. “I’m getting calls about jobs, jobs, jobs, and now we’re sitting here (during a work session) talking about stupid stuff having to deal with the Christmas dinner,” Amato said prior to Borgelt’s interruption. The councilmen were…
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The decision is a move to increase transparency in Arnold government.
The Arnold City Council voted, 7-0, to publicly post the city’s payroll warrants, general warrants and income sheet on the city’s website. Ward 1 Councilman Doris Borgelt made the motion, for the public disclosure, to increase the public’s understanding of the city’s operations and costs during the City Council meeting at City Hall on July 5. No word on when the documents would be available online or where the documents would be located on the City of Arnold website. Ward 4 Councilman Ken Moss was absent during the vote.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Arnold's Planning and Zoning Board will listen to suggestions to build a parking lot, for semi-trucks, near the intersection of Tenbrook Road and Arnold Tenbrook Road, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Arnold councilmen are asking residents to attend and voice their concerns during the Planning and Zoning meeting at City Hall, at 2101 Jeffco Blvd., at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22. The Zoning board will consider whether to allow a business to build a parking lot, for semitrucks, near the intersection of Tenbrook Road and Telegraph Road, Ward 2 Councilman Bill Moritz said in an email to residents. The proposal is for the owners of Two Men and a Spa Dolly, an Arnold-based business at 2960 Arnold Tenbrook Rd., to purchase the Stewart Property, drain and fill the pond area and erect a building for their business that is currently located on Arnold Tenbrook Road and near the railroad tracks, Moritz said. The business owner also wants to move a …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The city seems to be the economic engine for the county but what does it receive for its tax revenue.
There was a light-hearted moment during the Arnold City Council meeting on March 15. During his report to the council, Arnold Treasurer Dan Kroupa said that Jefferson Countyhad a 5 percent increase in sales tax revenue collected to the beginning of March when compared to the same period a year ago. Arnold's sales tax revenue increased 12 percent for the same time period, Kroupa said. "We're a big part of the county," Kroupa said about Arnold. "So if you took Arnold out, the county wouldn't even pull the 5 percent increase." At that moment Ward 1 Councilman Doris Borgelt introduced a light moment to the meeting. "Are you thinking about seceding?" she said in reference to the idea of Arnold leaving Jefferson County. "No, no I'm just saying …
Monday, November 14, 2011
Ward 1 Councilwoman Borgelt questions need for ordinance and how it was passed
The City of Arnold has joined the phalanx of local municipalities battling methamphetamine production by requiring a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine in the city, but the manner in which the ordinance was passed is raising some questions on the council. Pseudoephedrine is an ingredient in some cold medicines and is a key ingredient in the manufacture of methaphetamine. Methamphetamine, or meth, can increase sexual arousal and reduce inhibitions, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website. Council members voted 4-to-4 on the ordinance at the Nov. 3 council meeting. Since Mayor Ron Counts was absent from the meeting, Ward 2 Councilman Bill Moritz, as mayor pro tem, cast the tie-breaking vote to pass the measure. Moritz had …
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Arnold councilmen, with the help of the city attorney, negotiated a lower registration fee to help local businesses.
Arnold city councilmen negotiated a lower annual sign fee, to $65, for Arnold business owners, during the city council meeting at City Hall, 2101 Jeffco Blvd., on Thursday. The inital registration fee was $120. “I think $120 is very excessive for this type of sign,” Ward 1 Councilman Doris Borgelt said. City Administrator Matt Unrein said about $55 of the fee paid for taking, reviewing and approving the sign. “The rest of the fee is to inspect and re-inspect the sign and its placement,” Unrein said. A-Frame signs must be placed with 10-feet of the owner's business entrance, said documents on Arnold City Hall website. A portion of the fee pays for traveling to and investigating alleged violators, said Community Development Director Mary …
Monday, August 15, 2011
Finding and making sewer repairs should occur prior to street repairs, public works director says.
The City of Arnold will delay any street repairs on Harmony Lane and other streets that need sewer repairs. “Those streets are still a high priority,” Public Works Director Bryson Baker said to city council members during last Thursday’s planning session at City Hall, at 2101 Jeffco Blvd. Sewer repairs and the water infiltration study must be completed prior to laying down new asphalt streets, Baker said. Public works employees will continue to fill potholes in the numerous streets, he said. Replacing an entire street's surface will occur after the sewers are repaired. In a city finance committee meeting prior to the work session, City Administrator Matt Unrein said it made little sense to pay for a new street when it would be destroyed to…
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Ozark mobile home owner will have small payments for a longer period of time to $266,000 owed on the Ozark Bridge.
Arnold City Council members voted to allow business owner Rob Rosenfeld 20 years, instead of 10 years, to pay the $266,000 owed to the city for building the Ozark Road Bridge. The 6-2 vote occurred at the city council meeting at City Hall, 2101 Jeffco Blvd., July 21. Ward 3 Councilmen Phil Amato and Paul Freese voted against granting the 20-year payment plan to Rosenfeld. Rosenfeld lives in Ladue and owns Ozark Hills Park Properties, a mobile home park in Arnold, council members said. The longer term means Rosenfeld’s payments are smaller than the typical 10-year payment. The first payment would occur with the scheduled property tax at the end of the year. The council approved the bridge’s total cost at $343,000 at an April 7 council …