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West Newsmagazine 2-14-18

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

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12 I NEWS I 125501 CB February 14, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE Myth vs. Reality presented by: Know the 10 Signs: Separate myth from reality and address commonly-held fears about Alzheimer’s disease. Find out how to recognize the signs, learn the benefits of early detection and discover resources to help. Brookdale West County Assisted Living Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 785 Henry Avenue Ballwin, Missouri 63011 ©2018 Brookdale Senior Living Inc. All rights reserved. BROOKDALE SENIOR LIVING and BRINGING NEW LIFE TO SENIOR LIVING are the registered trademarks of Brookdale Senior Living Inc. Bringing New Life to Senior Living® brookdale.com Tuesday, February 27 6 p.m. For reservations or more information, call (636) 527-5700. Going Out of Business Sale 30-50% OFF THE ENTIRE STORE 16962 Manchester Road Wildwood, MO 63040 By JESSICA MESZAROS In response to the possible placement of a handful of measures on the state’s upcoming Nov. 6 general election ballot regarding the legalization of medical cannabis, the Ellisville City Council asked city staff to develop text amendments to consider hydroponic and greenhouse growing applications as well possible options for retail dispensaries. The suggestion was brought forward by Councilmember Ken Newhouse [District 2] as a way to bring more revenue into the city after a dip in sales revenue in 2017. Sales tax revenue is Ellisville’s largest income producer. “I’m not going to take an official position on this, and I don’t want the city to take an official stance on this, but I know we’ve had revenue questions lately, and my question is if a medical cannabis dispensary or a plot for a grower could impact our revenue,” Newhouse said at the council’s Feb. 7 meeting. “It’s certainly an interesting business if it becomes legal statewide.” The issue potentially could be sent to the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission [P&Z] for the creation of zoning text amendments and possible alteration of existing zoned areas to allow for commercial or agricultural uses. Though no action on that suggestion was taken. “I think this is a potential source of retail revenue,” Mayor Pro Tem Dan Duffy said. Areas along Old State Road specifically were pitched as possible locations for greenhouses, due to its zoning within the city’s light manufacturing area. According to Duffy, zoning in the area could be altered to allow certain agricultural uses and other conditional uses. The council also discussed the potential use of smaller areas, such as secured greenhouses with @WESTNEWSMAG WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM Ellisville looks toward options if medical cannabis is legalized NEWS BRIEFS, from page 9 Asked if the suspect still could be charged, Magee said, “That’s correct.” Asked if it was unusual to let a suspect in this kind of case go, he said, “No, it’s not unusual.” However, Magee would not elaborate further. Magee put no time frame on when a decision could be made. Meanwhile, Florissant Police hydroponic growing systems, which use a source of highly oxygenated, nutrient enriched water to aid in crop production. “I don’t really think people are growing cannabis is large areas,” Councilmember Stephen Chismarich [District 1] said at the council’s Feb. 7 work session. “I think it’s grown in smaller, much more controlled environments, hydroponically.” According to Councilmember Vince McGrath [District 1], the production of medical cannabis is specialized and somewhat difficult. Missouri voters may have the opportunity in November to decide if medical cannabis [marijuana] should be legalized. “It’s not easy to grow, so it’s not just going to be a field where people can throw seeds,” McGrath said. The city also discussed initiating conversations with local pharmacies should the legislation pass since individuals would need a prescription from a doctor to purchase cannabis. The council also suggested looking at cities where medical marijuana is legal to find examples of how to model potential legislation and zoning. According to Duffy, no law change will be active in the city until statewide legalization legislation is passed. The state has yet to finalize any 2018 ballot measures regarding medical cannabis, but a few initiative petitions have been approved for circulation. “I think we’re putting the cart before the horse here,” resident Mick Cahill said. Winchester resident Scott Beary [Beary family photo] Officer Steve Michael, a spokesperson for that department, said the case is not closed. A Facebook posting by Florissant police on the morning of Feb. 9 said, “By law, an individual can’t legally be held in police custody when no charges are issued within 24 hours.” The suspect was booked on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

FACEBOOK.COM/WESTNEWSMAGAZINE WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM Chesterfield City Council acts to further protect victims’ rights By JIM ERICKSON Despite some doubts regarding the need for it, legislation establishing a victim’s bill of rights has received unanimous support from the Chesterfield City Council on its first reading. The measure, which amends the municipal court chapter of the city’s code by adding a new section spelling out a victim’s rights, will receive a second reading and be subject to final council action at a future meeting. Provisions in the new section are designed “to ensure fair and compassionate treatment of victims” of violations of city ordinances and “to increase the effectiveness” of the city’s justice system. Among other things, a victim’s rights include being reasonably protected from the accused and being treated with courtesy, compassion and respect. The victim also can request various items of information about due process and justice system procedures, notice of court proceedings, to be present at public court sessions and, in most cases, to be heard when the court is considering the release, plea sentencing or probation revocation. Thinking about possible boundary changes By JIM ERICKSON The city of Chesterfield thinks it may be a good idea to consider changing some boundaries with two of its neighbors – Creve Coeur and Town & Country. The possibility of annexing an entire community such as Clarkson Valley and another adjoining area may not be a bad idea either. The Chesterfield City Council will consider including those possibilities in a filing with the Boundary Commission, which reviews all proposals affecting the borders of incorporated and unincorporated areas in St. Louis County. The commission operates on a six-year cycle that includes a map plan phase and a proposal phase. Under the current cycle, municipalities have until July 1 to submit map plans reserving the right to pursue annexation during the proposal phase. Including a proposed boundary change in a map plan doesn’t mean a municipality is obligated to pursue a revision. But any possible alterations not included now can’t be proposed again for another six years. Most boundary changes must receive commission and votes approval. At its Feb. 5 meeting, the council directed its Finance and Administration Committee Victims also are permitted to request restitution from a defendant and to seek a case’s speedy disposition. During the public comment period at the Feb. 5 council meeting where the victim’s rights measure was on the agenda, Chesterfield resident Jon Lerman strongly supported the proposal. If the council approves the ordinance, Chesterfield would be the first city in the state to adopt such legislation and would be a trendsetter for other communities, Lerman said. But Councilmember Barry Flachsbart [Ward 1] took exception to any inference that Chesterfield’s police department, prosecuting attorney and municipal court are not already taking steps to ensure a victim’s rights. The only thing the proposed ordinance does is spell out what already is being done, he said. Councilmember Barbara McGuinness [Ward 1] argued that, while current city officials may be treating victims properly, the proposed ordinance is needed so that practices and procedures are codified to ensure similar requirements are maintained in the future. to review three specific possibilities: Clarkson Valley: With an estimated population of 2,628, Clarkson Valley has an area of about 2.7 square miles and immediately adjoins a portion of Chesterfield’s southern boundary. Chesterfield currently provides police service for the community under a contract approved last year. City Administrator Mike Geisel said Chesterfield has discussed the proposal with city leaders in Clarkson Valley. Their reaction, he noted, was to encourage the idea. However, other adjoining communities also may receive similar encouragement. Westland Acres: This area is in the southwest area of Chesterfield off Strecker Road with another portion within Wildwood city limits. Chesterfield officials say they have been told that any development plans for the area are made more difficult by the necessity of obtaining approvals from two separate jurisdictions. Route 141 corridor: Chesterfield has identified six parcels, totaling about 39 acres, that could move from Chesterfield to Creve Coeur. Two other Chesterfield tracts with a total of some 42 acres could be included in Town & Country, while four areas totaling approximately 25 acres now in Town & Country could become part of Chesterfield. 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