UPLANDS PARK, Mo. (KMOX) – Some citizens in the north St. Louis County village of Uplands Park say they want to disband and become a part of unincorporated St. Louis County.
The village has about 445 residents and more than 175 of them have signed a petition, asking the St. Louis County Council for a vote to dissolve.
Resident Sherry Brackins started the petition because she says the village’s government is corrupt and isn’t providing adequate services like a police force or emergency services.
“There’s no order there. All they do is they fuss and they fight. They name-call, they don’t let the citizens talk,” Brackins says. “We’ll sit there until nine or ten o’clock at night while they bicker back and forth. They say what they want to say. They don’t let the residents have any kind of input on anything.”
Brackins says she will need to get 50 percent of the residents to sign the petition in order to bring the measure to a vote next year.
Uplands Park Board Chairman Henry Iwenofu has vowed to fight the movement to disband, calling it a “land-grab” by county officials.
St. George, Mo. in south St. Louis County disbanded in 2011 after a similar movement by residents.
“If they were to have some sort of stability, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad,” Brackins said Tuesday night, “maybe we could have our own police department but right now it’s just so dysfunctional. They don’t know what they’re doing.”