St. Louis County Council
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.
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.
“One of the tactics the Dooley administration used [in 2008] was to replace police board members in order to stack the deck in their favor against then-Chief Jerry Lee.”
Despite an FBI investigation, Councilman Greg Quinn, R-Ballwin, says that’s not why his resolution praising Fitch was brought to a vote Tuesday.
The commission voted 6-1 not to change the zoning ordinance that allows for the building. Still, Oakville resident Mark Haefner says the citizens don’t want it so it shouldn’t be there.
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.
Many citizens are concerned the move is one step closer to a merger between the city and county.
Councilman Steve Stenger, who originally sponsored the project a year ago, is now leading the charge to send the plan back to the Planning and Zoning Commission.