Monday, August 03, 2015

Property Maintenance Check List

Property Maintenance

As homes age, routine maintenance plays a vital role in maintaining property values. Neighborhood Preservation is responsible for inspecting existing housing for code violations and ensuring the violations are corrected. The Neighborhood Preservation inspection team is proactive in their pursuit of code violations.

 With a proactive approach, an inspector will discover code violations while he/she rigorously combs his/her designated area. Once a violation is discovered, a member of the team performs an inspection of the exterior of the house for Property Maintenance Code (paint peeling, house gutters not properly secured, loose or missing siding and roofing, litter in yards, etc). By correcting these code violations, neighborhoods can enjoy stability in their property value.

 You can partner with Saint Louis County by using this Property Maintenance Code Checklist to perform an inspection of your property. Early detection and correction of maintenance need eliminates costly repairs and neighborhood deterioration.

Click here to view the Property Maintenance Ordinance.

New Ideas for Home Secuity



Older & Wiser
The older we get the wiser we become. 

We've disconnected our home alarm system and quit our “candy-ass” Neighborhood Watch.
I bought two Pakistani flags on eBay and raised them in the front yard, one at each corner, plus I put a black flag of ISIS in the center.

Now, the local police, sheriff, FBI, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security, Secret Service and other agencies are all watching my house 24/7.

I've never felt safer and we're saving $49.95 a month.

Finally, "MY" tax dollars at work!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Car Thefts on the Rise in South County

An Oakville reader in 63129 informed us that cars are being ransacked in subdivisions in the area of Forder and RInger Rds.  Other neighbors have also reported their cars being ransacked as well.

Please remain vigilant, lock your car doors, lock your garages at night and be sure to watch out for any suspicious activity.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Housing for veterans proposed near VA Hospital

A housing developer is looking to buy land near the Jefferson Barracks Veterans Affairs Hospital from the Mehlville School District and partner with a nonprofit to build a 48-unit apartment complex to house low-income veterans and their families.

In partnership with the Missouri National Guard Foundation, representatives from North Star Housing LLC and Gardner Capital want to lease or buy land from the school district to open "The Commons at Jefferson Barracks." As proposed, the facility at Interstate 255 and Koch Road, directly across from the Veterans Affairs, or VA, Hospital, would be built with the help of state low-income housing grants for veterans' housing.

The building would also house a staff member from the Salvation Army to deliver needed services to the residents. The target population would be disabled National Guard veterans who have come home from multiple tours overseas and use the services at the VA Hospital across the street. As proposed, half of the units would be set aside for special-needs veterans.

Despite the millions of dollars in budget shortfalls the district faces, however, when the Board of Education discussed the apartment proposal Thursday night, some board members were not convinced the plan — or selling the property without shopping around for the highest bidder — is the best thing for Mehlville. District officials did not seek to sell the land, but were approached after North Star identified the property as its ideal location for the apartment building.

More information at: http://www.callnewspapers.com/Articles-Business-i-2015-05-06-277994.112112-Housing-for-veterans-proposed-near-VA-Hospital.html#222

Friday, May 01, 2015

Stink Bomb—Riot Control …



...but apparently it is for real, as the saying goes.

The article describes a new kind of non-lethal weapon. It is intended for use in handling civil unrest without putting people at risk of harm. 

The police have it in Ferguson, but they have not used it yet.
You do not want to get any of this sprayed on on you, or spill any in your house or car. 

And it sure could make life in a community downwind unpleasant....think about what it would do to your barbecue.

How would you like to be showing a house down-wind of a riot zone. 


http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2015/04/americas-police-will-fight-next-riot-these-stink-bombs/111430/

Future protestors in places like Baltimore could be met with a new and disgusting chemical weapon.

Lemay Water Park Ready to Open



Splashing down in 2015! The much anticipated Lemay Community and Aquatic Center will be the place to be for South County families. The $18 million facility includes community-driven amenities such as lap lanes and a lazy river outside, and a walking/jogging track and fitness rooms inside. The community and aquatic center is funded by St. Louis County Port Authority and River City Casino.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New South County Police Precinct

The South County Precinct of the St. Louis County Police Department is in the final stages of building its first state-of-the-art police station.

The old precinct building located at 3031 Telegraph, and the smaller substations in the area, will close when the new station opens at 315 Sappington Barracks near Telegraph in early spring.

With the consolidation of the main station and the substations, the Crime Scene Unit, General Assignment Detectives and Burglary Detectives will all be under one roof.
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The new precinct will be about 9,000 square feet and will include a small community center for meetings such as Neighborhood Watch and Citizen Police Academy classes.
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For more information, visit stlouisco.com/police. For up-to-the-minute crime and safety news, “Like” the St. Louis County Police South County Precinct on Facebook.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Free Trees for Common Grounds

Forest ReLeaf of Missouri is a small nonprofit organization that has been giving away trees for the past twenty years - nearly 150,000 to date!  With a mission to restore our urban forests, this dedicated group has made a huge impact on the area. Their trees are everywhere from schools and churches to Forest Park and out in Joplin. In fact, they just received a national award from the Arbor Day Foundation for their Excellence in Urban Forest Leadership.

Trees are available to groups for planting through two different programs with the provision they must be planted on public or nonprofit land.  For neighborhood associations and subdivisions, common grounds also qualify.  The first program, Project ReLeaf, provides balled and burlapped trees, typically 5-12’ tall, which are sold at a greatly reduced price. These trees must be ordered in advance and can be done so by going to the Project ReLeaf link on their website. This will also connect you to the Tree Catalog so you can see the species selection.  The deadline for ordering trees will be sometime in March but is yet to be determined given the recent unusual weather. 

The second program, which provides free trees, is Project CommuniTree.  These are 3-gallon trees, typically 4-6’ in height, distributed on a first-come first-served basis. Applications are required and can be printed and faxed or mailed in. 

Forest ReLeaf grows about 20,000 trees at their CommuniTree Gardens Nursery in Creve Coeur Park which is also the pickup site for trees. The work to grow and maintain these trees is done largely by volunteers. 

Each spring, groups, families and individuals volunteer at the nursery and pot up thousands of seedlings that will be distributed back out to the region. People from age 6 to 86 come to help out and find that this is a great way to have fun and give back to the community. Forest ReLeaf also gives frequent classes and lectures including their free, 7 week TreeKeepers class. 

To learn more about these programs, available species, deadlines and other opportunities within Forest ReLeaf, visit their website at  http://moreleaf.org  To make sure you receive notification of deadlines and the latest developments, email info@moreleaf.orgto have them add your name to their email list.