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8 I NEWS I February 14, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE @WESTNEWSMAG WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM Experienced Home Care You Can Trust your lifestyle. Rest assured, our experienced Caregivers are extensively trained, screened, bonded and insured. ♥ Personal Care ♥ Activity Assistance ♥ Hospice Support Care ♥ Light Housekeeping ♥ Errands/Shopping ♥ Travel Companion ♥ Meal Preparation ♥ Dementia & Alzheimer Care Affordable Care Plans from 1 - 24 hours | Calls Personally Answered 24/7! 636-391-0000 | www.HomeHelpersSTL.com Serving St. Louis & surrounding communities Lois Murphy [center] with the Ballwin employees who came to her rescue. news briefs CHESTERFIELD River Valley Drive property returned to trustees The property initially given to the city of Chesterfield to facilitate building a turnaround for a road closure has been returned to the River Bend subdivision trustees. The Chesterfield City Council unanimously approved vacating the property located on subdivision common ground at 178 River Valley Drive. Although subdivision trustees earlier had conveyed the land to the city, it later was determined they didn’t have the legal authority to do so. Most homeowners in the subdivision had urged River Valley Drive be closed at the Chesterfield city limits with Maryland Heights due to concerns that proposed development in the adjoining community would cause traffic and safety problems on the narrow, curve-filled roadway. Chesterfield subsequently redesigned the road closure and cul-de-sac using only property dedicated by the River Bend Bath and Tennis Club and the existing River Valley Drive right-of-way. The construction contract received city council approval last August and the work was completed by year end. The council’s “housekeeping” action ensures the limits of the new right-of-way are properly noted in St. Louis County records. Council approves, delays city administrator’s pay raise The Chesterfield City Council approved a pay hike for City Administrator Mike Geisel during a closed-door session last month but now has decided to delay the increase, apparently in the interest of following its procedural rules. The delay doesn’t mean anything financially because the council made the increase effective as of Jan. 1. However, the council’s policy usually is to require two readings of legislation at separate meetings and the group failed to approve a motion to suspend those requirements and have both readings at its Feb. 5 session. A council-approved policy in effect for many years permits both readings at the same meeting when a measure pertains to “planning and zoning issues, fire hydrants or urgent matters.” However, the council also can vote to suspend that rule and have both readings at one meeting. Although both first and second readings of legislation officially approving Geisel’s salary increase were included on the Feb. 5 meeting agenda, a council vote to suspend the rules and allow the second reading resulted in a 4-4 stalemate and Mayor Bob Nation declared the motion failed. Ordinance provisions authorizing the boost put Geisel’s annual salary at $173,400, a 2-percent increase from his former $170,000 yearly pay. Voting to permit the second reading were councilmembers Barry Flachsbart [Ward 1], Guy Tilman [Ward 2], Dan Hurt [Ward 3] and Randy Logan [Ward 3]. Opposed were Barbara McGuinness [Ward 1], Ben Keathley [Ward 2], Tom DeCampi [Ward 4] and Michelle Ohley [Ward 4]. Presumably, the ordinance will come up for a second reading and final action at the council’s Feb. 21 meeting. Earlier in the session, the council deferred action on a recommended change in council policy establishing when both readings could occur at the same meeting. The proposal added wording from Robert’s Rules of Order saying the rules could be suspended if the governing body [in this case, the council] voted to do so – a procedure already being adhered to by the council. Not included in the new wording were specifics on what kind of majority vote would be required to suspend the rules. The proposal will go back to the Finance and Administration Committee for fine-tuning, along with another measure spelling out a number of procedures to be followed in land acquisition transactions. BALLWIN Employees come to elderly woman’s rescue Four city of Ballwin employees recently became heroes in the eyes of one elderly resident after they came to her swift rescue when her car got stuck. On Thursday, Jan. 25, Ballwin resident Lois Murphy was driving to meet a friend when she noticed members of Ballwin Public Works’ tree trimming crew working up ahead. As she attempted to turn around in a drive way, her car became stuck on an inlet and she was unable to move it in either direction. “My immediate reaction was, ‘This could be bad,’” one worker recalled. Murphy got out of her car to see what could be done and determined she would have to call a tow truck. Instead, Ballwin employees John Lott, Shane Kelly, Andrew Noyes and Rob Viehmann jumped into action. Noyes was up in the bucket truck and spotted Murphy’s trouble. Crew leader John Lott instructed the team to go and help the woman. “These gentleman came down there so fast and they were so nice and kind and sweet,” Murphy said. As true good Samaritans, the men first quickly ensured that Murphy was safe, then worked to get her back on the road. “There was no way she was going to get that off by herself,” Lott said. The crew was able to move the car off the inlet, preventing any harm to the woman, the car or the inlet. Murphy said she was incredibly thankful for the men’s generosity. “I wanted to buy them a pizza and some cokes, but they said no,” she said. Though the men did not accept Murphy’s offer, she was able to thank them again in person as they were reunited at Ballwin’s Government Center. “I was amazed how friendly and how helpful people are here in Ballwin. It really is good to see people doing good things,” said Murphy. “These men were really nice, I think they deserve a big raise,” she added with a smile. The city of Ballwin commended Lott, Kelly, Noyes and Viehmann for their quick actions and willingness to help a resident in need. MANCHESTER Police offer disaster preparedness training class The city of Manchester Police Department is offering a free, eight-week, basic
FACEBOOK.COM/WESTNEWSMAGAZINE WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM February 14, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE I NEWS I 9 disaster preparedness training program to area residents, sponsored by FEMA. Through the Community Emergency Response Team Program [CERT], area residents will learn how to face the challenges encountered during a disaster or emergency. Fire safety and suppression, medical operations, search and rescue, mass disaster training and the CERT organization are some of the topics covered. The program runs for eight consecutive Tuesdays from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Manchester Police Department, followed by one Saturday morning mock disaster drill. The course begins on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Training will be provided by FEMA-certified police officers and firefighters. There is no established physical standard for the free training. For details, call officers Evan Waters or James Logan at (636) 227-1410. Applications are available at the front desk of the Manchester Police Building, 200 Highlands Blvd., or visit manchestermo.gov. after prosecutors declined to initially file charges and took the case under advisement on Feb. 9. Scott Beary, 43, of Winchester, was fatally shot after a reported argument about a dog. Beary was shot about 4 p.m. on Feb. 7 inside the Show-Me’s bar and restaurant near Hwy. 67. Beary and a friend had stopped at the bar after getting off work at CSM Construction. Ryan Jacobsmeyer, of Troy, Missouri, also was wounded in the shooting and later treated at a hospital and released. Police said the shooting involved an argument about the weight of a German shepherd. The gunman fired a number of shots hitting Beary and Jacobsmeyer after the argument became a physical confrontation. The gunman was disarmed and detained by bar patrons and employees. Beary is survived by three teenage children and his wife, Christy. On Feb. 2, the family had buried the couple’s premature daughter, Jocelyn, who survived 11-days after her birth. A Go-Fund me page [gofundme.com/scottbeary] to assist the family was created on Feb. 8 by Jeana Schneider Sellenschuetter of St. Charles, who said she worked with Scott and was a friend of the couple. As of presstime, $37,210 had been raised toward a $50,000 goal. On Feb.9, the suspect in the case was released from a holding cell by the Florissant Police Department after the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office declined to issue charges in the case. “The Florissant Police Department presented a case to us,” Ed Magee, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, said. “The charges have been taken under advisement at this time pending a further investigation by the Florissant Police Department.” See NEWS BRIEFS, page 12 Ameren launches new outage map Ameren has launched a mobile-friendly outage map, making it easier for citizens to find the information they need to report or check on an outage at a home or business. Here’s how it works. After an outage is reported, Ameren tracks where the outage is in the restoration process to keep users up-to-date. The outage map includes the date and time of the outage, along with a “Customers Without Service” feature so users can know who has been impacted by the outage and how many outages occurred. To help people plan accordingly, crews develop an estimated safe restoration time once they begin working to restore power. Because circumstances can change, estimated safe restoration times may vary and need to be reassessed. Storms, trees, broken branches, wild animals and car crashes have all led to power outages. When Ameren has identified the cause of a power outage, they will include that information. Users also can sign up for text or email alerts during a power outage. Ameren’s outage map [outagemap. ameren.com] zooms in to about 1,000 feet, so users can get a closer look at a specific location of interest. WINCHESTER Prosecutor’s office takes fatal shooting ‘under advisement’ A man suspected of shooting two customers at the Show-Me’s Sports Bar & Grill in Florissant – killing a West County resident – has been released from custody