Actually, it was two sides of the same story. One side was told by Conners and the other by his former bosses, who are being sued by Conners for defamation.
The council passed the measure by a 5-2 vote at Tuesday night’s meeting. Council Chairwoman Kathleen Burkett of Overland and Councilwoman Hazel Erby of University City voted against the bill.
“Fitch displayed professionalism and leadership by his refusal to go along and get along with questionable activities of county political leaders and their supporters.”
The bill has drawn national attention for its attempts at nullifying federal gun laws in the state and even making it a crime for federal authorities to enforce them.
“We just sent ‘Being Gay is OK’ to Mr. Rasputin as we call him here in the office and we sent it to Putin in Russia and it was picked up by the Moscow Times [and] Moscow One.”
The council instead moved forward with a measure that would require background and credit checks on police board member appointees, a move the county executive said isn’t helpful.
The city of St. Louis acts as its own county. Merger proponents say a union could save taxpayers money and reduce government duplication.
After an hour of testimony, County Councilman Steve Stenger didn’t address the crowd as he received and filed the Planing Committee recommendation to allow the project to continue.
In a Committee of the Whole meeting before the actual meeting, four members of the seven-person council voted to hold off on the nominations, claiming they need more information.
Halting the project could cost St. Louis County a lawsuit from the developer, National Church Residences, but residents opposed to the project have vowed their own lawsuit if it continues.