Friday, November 18, 2011

Gov. Nixon Offers Help to Dooley to Keep St. Louis County Parks Open

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Nixon said that he had offered assistance to Dooley. In particular, the governor mentioned Lone Elk Park, which is adjacent to Castlewood State Park. Nixon said such a state-county operation there would save money.

Scott said that the county and the state had not discussed which parks could be part of the plan, or when such a joint operation would happen.

County Council Chairman Steve Stenger has said that the threat to close the parks was actually Dooley's ruse to gain a tax increase that Stenger said the county does not need.

Dooley has denied such a tactic.

The county's chief operating officer, Garry Earls, said last month that the county hoped to share management of some parks with other governmental entities. He cited the possibilities that Lone Elk would go to the Missouri Department of Conservation; Greensfelder to the city of Wildwood; George Winter to Fenton; and Bon Oak to Dellwood.

Earls initially said that some of the parks, including Lone Elk, could be sold. However, Dooley dismissed that possibility at a special budget meeting Tuesday night.

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