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8 I NEWS I March 7, 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 | Serving St. Louis & surrounding communities Jeanne Tevlin presents Green Team recognition to Elaine Collins and Judy Smith with Mayor Bob Nation. news briefs BALLWIN City to receive ‘next-gen’ 911 system The city of Ballwin expects to have its “next generation” 911 emergency communication service installed by this summer. A resolution authorizing Mayor Tim Pogue to execute a contract with St. Louis County for the upgraded system received unanimous approval at the Feb. 26 Ballwin Board of Aldermen meeting. The current 911 infrastructure operates via analog lines used since the 1950s. The new digital system represents a major upgrade that, among other things, includes texting to 911, transmittal of video and enhanced ability to pinpoint the location of calls. Ballwin will install the new equipment in its police communications center, a public safety answering point that handles 911 calls and serves as the dispatcher for its own police department and Manchester’s. Communications gear, its installation and training of personnel are funded by the countywide sales tax initiative approved by voters in 2009 and Ballwin will receive those services and the equipment at no additional cost. City officials earlier opted for a general renovation of its communications center at the same time the new equipment is installed and costs related to those additional improvements are included in the 2018 budget. St. Louis County’s Emergency Communications Commission was created as part of the 2009 initiative to administer a system that provides communications links between governmental entities throughout the county. In addition to that radio system, an emergency alert system also has been installed. Enhancements to 911 capabilities represent the third major part of the communications upgrade. City employees to receive merit increase The Ballwin Board of Aldermen has approved a 3-percent merit increase for city employees, effective April 1. The issue was discussed during the 2018 budget preparation last fall and aldermen then asked staff to factor in the increase, pending a final decision early in the new year after complete sales tax revenues were available for calendar year 2017. While sales tax receipts from existing sources for the October-December quarter were up slightly from the same period in 2016, they were down 4.6 percent for the year, according to Denise Keller, the city’s finance director. Not included in those numbers are revenues from the public safety sales tax that went into effect Oct. 1. The half-cent increase, which brought in more than $366,000 by year-end, boosted total sales tax revenue to $8.2 million, or .7 of 1 percent more than the final budget figure, Keller added. A key factor in the board’s earlier pay increase discussion was the revised pension plan that will have full-time employees contributing 4 percent of their salary toward retirement benefits. Employee contributions to the plan take effect July 1. Board approves equipment, construction materials Purchases of replacement equipment and various roadwork supplies and services for the upcoming construction season have received approval from the Ballwin Board of Aldermen. The acquisitions include: • A 2018 cargo van for the Parks and Recreation Department’s building systems activities to replace a similar vehicle purchased in 2004. Don Brown Chevrolet, the low bidder in the state’s annual equipment purchase program, will provide the vehicle at a price of $21,784. • Street slab, curb and gutters, sidewalk replacement and upgrading of curb ramps to Americans with Disabilities Act standards. M&H Concrete Contractors received the contract with a low bid of $725,012. • Crushed rock used as a base for concrete work. Simpson Materials was the low bidder at $5.35 per ton. • Street sweeping in April, June, September and December. Low bidder was Contractors & Municipal Sweeping Service with a price of $26,500. Republic Waste disposes of sweeping debris at no cost to the city. • Concrete for pavement use and for sidewalk applications. Landvatter Ready Mix, Inc., was the low bidder with cubic yard prices of $95 and $88.10, respectively, for the two types. Ballwin expects to use the concrete mixer purchased in 2017 for most of its projects this year but sought a backup supplier as a precaution. • Hot mix asphalt for pothole repair and other projects. The contract went to the second-lowest bidder, Fred Weber, Inc., with a price of $306,900, or $44 per ton. The lowest bidder was rejected because the operation is not open during winter months. • A riding mower for cutting greens at the Ballwin Golf Club. Low bidder Turfwerks- Scotts will supply the replacement mower for $36,687, less a $1,500 allowance for the city’s 15-year-old trade-in. CHESTERFIELD Women honored by CCE Two women have received “Green Team” recognition by the Chesterfield Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee [CCE] for their volunteer efforts assisting in the group’s various programs and activities. Honored at the Feb. 26 Chesterfield City Council meeting for their hours of volunteer work were Elaine Collins and Judy Smith. A chef for Dierbergs Markets, Smith uses native flora from her garden in creating cakes, cookies and other food items and has passed along her experience and knowledge to others at CCE events. She also has served as an instructor on bees and the importance of the insects in the nation’s food crops and flowers. Collins has used her photographic skills to serve as a volunteer photographer at numerous CCE events. In connection with their recognition, each woman received a “bee hotel,” an object resembling a birdhouse but filled with individual tubes that provide protection for the insects and eggs they lay. CCE has initiated a number of environmental programs including the annual honeysuckle removal event at Faust Park, placing of pollinator gardens in the com-

FACEBOOK.COM/WESTNEWSMAGAZINE WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM March 7, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE I NEWS I 9 munity, activities around the annual Earth Day observance and the fall recycle day. Council approves victims’ rights ordinance The Chesterfield City Council has given final approval to a measure spelling out victims’ rights in cases involving violations of city ordinances. Recommended by the council’s Finance and Administration Committee, the new law is designed “to ensure fair and compassionate treatment” of those considered victims of acts committed by others in violation of city statutes. Under the bill, victims are entitled to information about how the legal system’s handling of a case, including details about due process, notices about court proceedings, plea sentencing and probation revocation. Victims also are to be reasonably protected from the accused and treated with courtesy, compassion and respect. Chesterfield is believed to be the first community in the state to adopt such a measure. Although some councilmembers noted the new law does nothing more than spell out steps and procedures already in effect and that no complaints have been directed at the city’s court system, the measure won approval on a 6-0 vote at the council’s Feb. 21 meeting. Councilmembers Barry Flachsbart [Ward 1] and Tom DeCampi [Ward 4] were not present for the vote. CREVE COEUR Public invited to police building groundbreaking Although work has begun, a ceremonial groundbreaking will be held on March 12 on the property of the new Creve Coeur Police Department Building. The ceremony is open to the public. The 30-minute ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. on the north side of the Government Center parking lot at 300 N. New Ballas Road. Mayor Barry Glantz and Chief Glenn Eidman are scheduled to speak before elected officials and dignitaries turn some ceremonial soil. In January, United Construction was awarded the construction contract and the site already has been cleared in preparation. The 25,000 square-foot, two-story building will be the new home of the police department that currently is housed in the Government Center. The $10.69 million bond project should be completed by March 2019. During construction, public parking at the Government Center will be limited. See NEWS BRIEFS, page 54 © © 2018 2018 Merle Merle Norman Norman Cosmetics Cosmetics Inc. Inc. RADIANT SKIN ESSENTIALS Enjoy travel-sized treats for a fresh, spring-ready complexion. MOISTURE RICH FACIAL TREATMENT RETINOL NIGHT COMPLEX TIMELESS ILLUMINATING MAKEUP BROAD SPECTRUM 30 Creamy Beige LASTING CHEEKCOLOR Sugar Melon *FREE in the U.S. and available for one cent in Canada with the purchase of two or more Merle Norman cosmetic products. Cosmetic accessories not included. Offer valid while supplies last at participating Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios beginning March 1, 2018. Limit one per customer. We reserve the right to substitute individual components of gift. 115 Studio Baxter Name Shops (Manchester at Baxter) Manchester Address • 636-394-3945 Phone HOURS: Number Monday - Saturday: 10am - 6pm SUNDAY: Business 12 Hours - 5pm © 2018 Merle Norman Cosmetics, Inc. Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios have been independently owned and operated since 1931. Spring 2018 GWP Ad Slick 70-86 S.A.U. system: 3 columns x 7" (6-7/16" x 7") Choose Your sterling rate! * FREE the U.S. and available for one cent Canada with the purchase of two or more Merle Norman cosmetic products. Cosmetic accessories not included. Offer valid while supplies last at participating Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios beginning RESIZING AND CUSTOMIZING INSTRUCTIONS A clear zone of 1/2 the height of May the logo 1, 2017. must be Limit maintained one per as customer. shown below. We reserve the right to substitute individual components of gift. No text or graphic elements can appear in this clear zone. Logo and tagline may not be stretched or manipulated in any way. 12-MONTH certificate 18-MONTH certificate 24-MONTH certificate 36-MONTH certificate 1.75% 2.00% 2.10% 2.50% APY * APY * APY * APY * $1,000 Minimum to Open $1,000 Minimum to Open $1,000 Minimum to Open $1,000 Minimum to Open Member FDIC Ask about our Deposit Accounts and our FREE Online Banking! Clayton 50 S. Bemiston Avenue (314) 571-5610 Chesterfield 16100 Swingley Ridge Road (636) 681-1144 *APY=Annual Percentage Yield. Minimum balance of $1,000 required to obtain stated APY. A penalty may be imposed for early withdrawal. All “Annual Percentage Yields”assume quarterly compounding with funds remaining on deposit for a full year. Interest Rates and“Annual Percentage Yields” are accurate as of Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Fees on any account could reduce earnings.