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West Newsmagazine 5-24-17

Local news, local politics and community events for West St. Louis County Missouri.

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50 I NEWS I May 24, 2017 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK Creve Coeur is proud to announce our FOURTH SUMMER OF FREE FAMILY-FRIENDLY CONCERTS Millennium Park | 2 Barnes West Drive Pack a picnic basket or enjoy a snack from a food truck. A selection of booths from the Creve Coeur Farmers Market will be on hand. Boogie Chylde Thursday, June 8 - 6 pm Maple Jam Band Thursday, July 13 - 6 pm Abbey Road Warriors Thursday, August 10 - 6 pm By JESSICA MESZAROS In a Chesterfield City Council meeting already notable due to the absence of Mayor Bob Nation, with Councilmember Dan Hurt [Ward 3] serving as president pro tem, councilmembers examined a plan to send 5 percent of a cash settlement received from a class, action lawsuit against TracFone Wireless, Inc. to the Missouri Municipal League’s advocacy fund to be used for litigation purposes. The council’s Finance & Administration [F&A] Committee voted on May 8 to recommend the action to the council. The league represented 295 Missouri municipalities in a class, action lawsuit when the prepaid wireless provider refused to pay license taxes on its services. Chesterfield’s settlement share was $30,847; 5 percent of the amount would equate to about $1,542. Some councilmembers were not in favor of sending the money to the organization and cited concerns about providing funds to a lobbyist organization. “At this point, we lose control of it,” Councilmember Ben Keathley [Ward 2] said. “It doesn’t go toward our residents anymore. It goes toward a lobbyist group. @WESTNEWSMAG WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM Distribution of TracFone settlement fund splits Chesterfield City Council We don’t know what they would use the money for and if that would be consistent with what we want. “I think it’s inappropriate that we give taxpayer funds to a lobbyist organization to begin with, but I think it’s even more damaging if that money is used to the possible detriment of our residents.” Other councilmembers saw the contribution as a small price to pay for the league’s assistance, on the city’s behalf, in achieving the class-action settlement. “In the past, when we’ve had previous fights about reimbursement and payment by these telephone-related entities, this has been the traditional way that they have been funded,” Councilmember Barry Flachsbart [Ward 1] said. “When the money is recovered, a small percentage of it goes back to the lobbying effort that the Missouri Municipal League does. I believe that this is an appropriate thing and that we should indeed pay our share.” The council was split evenly over a vote, with Hurt breaking the tie. The result was a 5-4 vote in favor of sending the funds to the league, although the issue may circle back to the council for future consideration if requested by the mayor. MEMORIAL DAY Take some time during the Memorial Day weekend to remember those who have given their lives in defense of our freedom. “I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.” – President Ronald Reagan We do it all and We do it right Where Quality Flooring is Sold for Less! 636.225.8350 6 Meramec Valley Plaza Valley Park Love, Care and Understanding 636.733.7000 14805 N. Outer 40 Road Chesterfield Concrete is what we know! Serving West County for Over 40 years! 636.458.3626 17148 Manchester Road Glencoe “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” – President Harry S. Truman Celebrating 148 Years of Tradition 636.227.5511 14960 Manchester Road • Ellisville 108 N. Central • Eureka “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” ~ Benjamin Franklin 636.405.0990 16441 Village Plaza Wildwood We support our veterans and provide services for them. 636.391.9622 15825 Manchester Rd. Suite 209 • Ellisville 1034 S Brentwood Blvd. Suite 725 • Richmond Heights 1475 Kisker Rd. Suite 270 • St. Charles

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