Wednesday, January 2, 2013
If the council doesn't reverse its decision to accept the independent investigation on Moss' alleged harassment of a city employee, Bill Moritz intends to call for his removal.
Thursday's Arnold City Council meeting could turn out to be a showstopper with emotions running rampant among its members regarding the alleged harassment of a city employee by Ward 4 Councilman Ken Moss. In fact, one councilman has threatened to call for Moss' impeachment if the council does not reverse its decision to accept an independent investigation on the matter. Arnold's Parks and Recreation Director Susie Boone claims Moss harassed her for more than two years after his sister was fired from the Parks Department. Moss has denied the accusations and said if he did something wrong, he would have admitted it. "I ask the five of you who voted to cover up Ken's activities to reconsider voting to accept the report of the investigation," …
Friday, December 28, 2012
On a 5-to-3 vote, the Arnold City Council decided against entering into public record the independent investigation on the harassment of a city employee by a councilman.
The Arnold City Council has voted against accepting into public record the independent investigation regarding a city employee's complaint about a hostile work environment. Susie Boone, Arnold's parks and recreation director, claims she was harassed for more than two years by Ward 4 City Councilman Ken Moss. Boone says the harassment began after Moss' sister was fired from the Parks Department in 2010. In October, the city hired Protective & Investigative Services to investigate the complaint. The investigation cost Arnold $6,800, according to a spokeswoman from the city's Finance Department. See previous articles: At the last council meeting, the discussion about the investigation began with Ward 3 Councilman Paul Freese making a motion…
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Susie Boone, Arnold parks and recreation director, says she was harrassed for more than two years by Ward 4 City Councilman Ken Moss after his sister was fired from the city's Parks Department.
An independent investigation into a hostile work environment complaint made by Arnold's parks and recreation director has merit, according to a summary of the investigation. Susie Boone claims she was harassed for more than two years by Ward 4 City Councilman Ken Moss. Boone says the harassment began after Moss' sister was fired from the Parks Department in 2010. See previous article: Arnold Employee Files Harassment Complaint Against Councilman In October, the city hired Protective & Investigative Services to investigate the complaint. The St. Louis County company provides investigative, security and polygraph services. In a letter on the investigation to Police Chief/Acting City Administrator Robert Shockey, Kevin Garrison, a …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Susie Boone, the city's parks and recreation director, claims that Ward 4 Councilman Ken Moss has harassed her for more than two years, Arnold's city attorney says.
Susie Boone, Arnold's parks and recreation director, has gone public alleging Ward 4 Councilman Ken Moss has harassed her for more than two years, according to Arnold City Attorney Bob Sweeney. Boone recently filed a complaint with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights regarding the matter, Sweeney told Patch. Matt Unrein, Arnold's former city administrator, received Boone's first memo on the issue in 2010. The city council was informed of the complaint at a Sept. 20 closed council session, according to an Oct. 11 article in the Arnold-Imperial Leader. The harassment began after Moss' sister was fired from the parks and recreation department in 2010, Sweeney told the weekly newspaper. Moss denied the allegations. Both Boone and Moss …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Many St. Louis County cities canceled their July 4 fireworks shows after the City of Arnold announced its holiday change of plans on June 29.
When the City of Arnold cancelled its July 4 fireworks show at Arnold City Park many other cities around the St. Louis region followed suit. “There were a few calls thanking us for taking the lead,” Arnold Parks and Recreation Director Susie Boone said during a City Council at City Hall, 2101 Jeffco Blvd., meeting on July 5. City leaders decided to cancel the fireworks show due to the fire hazard created by the low amounts of rainfall this year and the 100+ degree temperatures that existed last week. The two conditions created a lot dry grass and branches throughout Arnold and Jefferson County, Rock Community Fire Protection District Spokesman Ron Harder said for a separate article. If a stray firework touched the kindling, a large brush …
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Popular parks feature off-leash areas for small and large dogs.
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- Tim Rowden
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Logan Lutes came to the Paw Park at Arnold City Park Wednesday to let his dogs, Max and Lilly, run off leash with dogs their own size. About 15 other pet owners and their pooches joined them to socialize and enjoy the evening’s cooler temperatures. The 1-acre dog park is completely fenced in with two separate areas for dogs 25 pounds and smaller and for dogs heavier than 25 pounds. It also includes a doggie water fountain, fire hydrants, shade and benches for dog owners and a bag dispenser for cleaning up after the dogs. Max, a Lab-shepherd mix, was pulling at his leash as soon as they entered the gate and quickly fell in with several other dogs in the large dog area. Some were chasing Frisbees. Others were chasing balls. Most just seemed …
Monday, June 13, 2011
Flood buyout program has created more green space, less risk.
When the Meramec River at Arnold crested at 29.6 feet Tuesday–5.6 feet above flood stage–the impact was minimal, impacting mostly city parks property. That’s according to plan, Arnold Parks and Recreation Director Susie Boone said and is due largely to federally funded buyouts of flood-prone properties in the city. Arnold sits at the juncture of the Meramec and Mississippi Rivers. The Meramec, which flows south, forms the city's north and east borders. Where hundreds of residences were once susceptible to flooding, the city now has green space, athletic fields and walking trails. While flooding still has an impact on Arnold City Park and some residences around the park, Boone said it has less impact than it once did, thanks to the city’s …
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Camp incorporates learning, socializing and active play, director says.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Tim Rowden
Saturday, June 11, 2011
The Arnold Parks and Recreation Department Day camp at Ferd B. Lang Park answers the question of what to do during summer's long, hot days. “They have stuff planned,” camper Austin Kloth, 11, of Arnold, said with his hair dripping from a recent bit of water fun. “You’re not just sitting there doing nothing, you’re actually doing stuff.” Doing stuff is what Arnold day camp is all about. Camp Director Amanda Quayle, a junior studying child development at Missouri Baptist University, has assembled a program jam packed with activities, crafts, games and special visitors, including representatives from the Ronald McDonald House, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, golf instructors, Marines, local police and fire fighters and others. Campers …
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Arnold Parks and Recreation Director Susie Boone has seen one of Arnold's albino deer.
Some people have seen the albino deer roaming the city of Arnold and its parks. Some have only heard about them. Arnold Parks and Recreation Director Susie Boone says an all-white pink-eyed doe was first spotted in the late fall of 2007. A white buck was also spotted and, at one point, two fawns. Poachers are believed to have killed the fawns and the buck hasn’t been seen in some time. But the doe is still a visitor to the city. Boone spotted her recently with two new fawns – both black. Boone is reluctant to say which areas of the city the deer frequent for fear that poachers might come after them. “I’m very protective of her,” Boone said. “The whole city is. My guess is because we do have so much good coverage for her and her babies, …
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Conventions, and two-day sports events would appeal to children and parents and prompt tourists to reserve a local hotel room.
Arnold’s Tourism Commission may begin to work more closely with the Parks and Recreation Department to increase tourism activities for the 2011 and 2012 fiscal year. The commission may also begin to develop partnerships with the tourism departments of St. Louis County, St. Louis city and Fenton. The tourism commissioners mentioned the ideas during the Tourism Commission’s meeting Wednesday afternoon at City Hall, at 2101 Jeffco Blvd. Tourism Commissioner Gary Allen and Parks and Leisure Commissioner Gary Plunk said, two- or three-day tournaments at Pomme Creek Golf Course or at Ferd B. Lang’s skateboard park and white-sand volleyball courts could attract more people to Arnold and prompt them to reserve rooms at local hotels. “Those are …