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.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It's Time to Kill Daylight Savings Time


As most people no doubt noticed given that they were robbed of an hour of sleep recently marked with the beginning of Daylight Savings Time in the United States, Canada, and several other countries and territories in North America. For morning people, Daylight Savings is a drag, depriving them of an hour of tranquil morning light. But for others, "spring forward" brings with it the promise of long, languid afternoons and warmer weather.

Brace Yourself: Daylight Saving Time Is Here. Huffington Post Like millions of other Americans who have slogged through an uncomfortably cold winter, we're looking forward to the change of season. But Daylight Savings Time is an annual tradition whose time has passed. In contemporary society, it's not only unnecessary: It's also wasteful, cruel, and dangerous. And it's long past time to bid it goodbye.

Daylight Savings has been an official ritual since 1918, when President Woodrow Wilson codified it into law during the waning days of World War One. Nowadays, its ostensible purpose is to save energy: One more hour of sunlight in the evening means one less hour of consumption of artificial lighting. In 2005, President George W. Bush lengthened Daylight Savings Time by a month as part of a sweeping energy bill signed that year, citing the need to reduce U.S. dependency on foreign oil.


It's Time to Kill Daylight Savings

But does Daylight Savings Time actually make much of a difference? Evidence suggests that the answer is no. After the Australian government extended Daylight Savings Time by two months in 2000 in order to accommodate the Sydney Olympic Games, a study at UC Berkeley showed that the move failed to reduce electricity demand at all. More recently, a study of homes in Indiana—a state that adopted Daylight Savings Time only in 2006—showed that the savings from electricity use were negated, and then some, by additional use of air conditioning and heat.

Daylight Savings Time isn't just unnecessary. It's also wasteful, cruel, and dangerous.

The simple act of adjusting to the time change, however subtle, also has measurable consequences. Many people feel the effects of the "spring forward" for longer than a day; a study showed that Americans lose around 40 minutes of sleep on the Sunday night after the shift. This means more than just additional yawns on Monday: the resulting loss in productivity costs the economy an estimated $434 million a year.

Daylight Savings Time may also hurt people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, depriving them of light in the mornings. "Our circadian rhythms were set eons ago to a rhythm that didn’t include daylight savings time, so the shift tends to throw people off a bit,” Dr. Nicholas Rummo, director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, New York, told HealthDay News. The switchover to Daylight Savings Time is also linked to an increase in heart attacks as well as traffic accidents.

Those of us who have lived with Daylight Savings Time our whole lives might feel disoriented without it. But the millions of Americans in Arizona, Hawaii, and territories like Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have survived just fine without it. Not to mention the billions of people throughout Asia, Africa, and South America.

It's said that Benjamin Franklin first proposed a version of Daylight Savings back in 1784 as a way to save candles. This, no disrespect to old Ben, should tell us how silly and obsolete the tradition has become. President Obama—and leaders elsewhere in the world—should do the sensible thing and scrap it.

Daylight Saving Time Is America's Greatest Shame


Monday, March 23, 2015

Food for Thought



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Residents and Trustees Fight Over Solar Panels

A family chose to install solar panels without the approval of association trustees. The decision to cover the roof of the house they bought with solar panels had come to this: a last-ditch effort to win a variance from trustees at their annual meeting held Tuesday.

Already, the fight between the homeowners and their neighborhood association in this south St. Louis County suburb has been simmering for months. Trustees say the family can mount the panels in the back of the house, but the owner days that will only expose them to two or three hours of sunlight a day.

The Oakville fight is one of several playing out in several regional court cases pitting homeowners against their property associations, exposing nasty rifts among neighbors over a technology expected to become more common in years to come.

At least 12 homeowners association disputes have scuttled a property owner’s plans for solar panels or wound up in court, according to solar advocate Frances Babb.

Babb faced her own fight with the city of Clarkson Valley, in west St. Louis County, after she installed solar panels two years ago. But after winning that round last year, she was sued by her neighborhood association.

Homeowners associations say it’s a simple matter of following the property indenture rules residents buy into. Babb’s association, the Kehrs Mill Estates Resident Association, is seeking damages even though at this point they may not be able to force her to remove the panels.

But unlike fence height and paint color, the national interest in renewable energy has gathered enough momentum to prompt state laws that overrule homeowners associations’ aesthetic sensibilities.

In Missouri, bills have been filed for the last several years to give homeowners the right to install solar panels. Several states have already enacted similar laws. In Illinois, state law has required homeowners associations to approve solar panel installations since 2011.

For more information and the rest of the story, visit: 
http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/solar-panels-spur-fights-between-homeowners-property-associations/article_dc0d927c-d178-5dae-81b9-3b65f1b42705.html

Friday, March 13, 2015

South County License Office Moves to new Location

Please make note that the South County License office moved and is now at:

111 Concord Plaza
St Louis MO 63128

Office hours are listed below. 

Monday  -   9-5
Tuesday  -   9-7
Wednesday  -  9-5
Thursday  -  9-7
Friday  -  9-5

Saturday  -  9-1