Tuesday, March 19, 2013
This has to do with offering assistance for any citizens who do not speak English well.
If Ladue wants to have any future hopes of getting federal grants for such things as sidewalk projects, then the city must comply with regulations such as Title VI, which relates to equal opportunity and Limited English Proficiency (LEP), which it has for done for years now. But this time, the Ladue City Council adopted a resolution to put it firmly on the books. “We apply this (Title VI) to all the business we do in the city,” said Ladue’s administrator Michael Woolridge. Now, the council wants to take it a step further. At the request of council members, City Attorney John Maupin will research language for a draft ordinance for their consideration. Much of this work has already been put in place by the St. Louis Municipal League. These …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
A review of the existing mayor-clerk system called it inefficient and confusing for employees.
As Ladue’s mayor prepares to leave office, he’s been nudging his colleagues on the city council to consider some sweeping changes in the way the city is managed. For 77 years, the city of Ladue has been governed by a city council, working in partnership with a city clerk. Some of the day-to-day administration is handled by the clerk, some by the mayor. Mayor Anthony Bommarito says that has to change, and his view was bolstered this week by a report from a committee recommending changes. Attorney John Sant, a long-time city resident, led a committee to review how the city is managed and recommend changes. “I believe job titles are important, and I just have to ask the question: 'Who is in charge here?',” Sant said told council members this …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Thursday, look for a complete report of the Ladue Governance committee's recommendations.
For 77 years, the City of Ladue has maintained what has been termed a mostly unstructured form of city government. A City Clerk/Administrator works alongside the Mayor for the purposes of governing the City. That could all change, based on the studies of the Governance Committee, chaired by long-time resident attorney John Sant. The report of the Governance Committee recommends the city revert to a City Manager type of structure and at the same time considering reducing the number of volunteer boards which steers a host of city activities. Currently, Ladue has some 27 committees, though most meet only on an as-needed basis. Mayor Anthony Bommarito, who is stepping down the end of April looks at it this way. “This is not for me. I’ll be …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
McKnight road bridge, road and sidewalk project moving along nicely at this stage.
Somewhere, somehow the Ladue City Council members are getting caught up in the weeds just a bit when trying to follow the continuous flow of money for road and sidewalk projects. Some $375,000 had been set aside to purchase some limited easement property in conjunction with the new rebuild of McKnight Road and sidewalks ranging from Ladue to Clayton roads. It seems, the number of parcels to purchase limited easement has risen from 3 to 11. And that’s where there’s some honest confusion. The council members would like to know what’s been spent, and what needs to be spent. Anne Lamitola, Ladue’s new public works director says that can be a complex issue. “Some homeowners will donate their piece of property and some expect to be paid (fair …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The other candidate, Ed Hempstead, Jr. withdrew from the race.
When voters go to the polls in Ladue April 2, there will be just one name on the ballot for mayor. That would be veteran council woman Nancy Spewak. Ed Hempstead, Jr. an insurance executive had filed for office and recently withdrew his name from the race. Spewak will replace Anthony "Tony" Bommarito who decided to step down as mayor after serving one term. Bommarito previously served 10 years as a member of the city council. Spewak is looking forward to working with residents and hearing their thoughs and opinions. Spewak will sit down and talk to Patch in February about her hopes and plans for the city once she takes office.
Friday, January 18, 2013
There are so many do's and don't to make your home safe from invaders.
Like us on the Ladue-Frontenac Facebook page. Recently in Ladue some homeowners have been victims of burglaries in the areas of Old Warson Road, along south Price Road and south Warson Road. Actually, these have not been out of the ordinary. Ladue had 21 residential burglaries in 2012 the same as 2011. In reality, theft from retail businesses (shoplifting) remains the No. 1 crime in Ladue statistically year in and year out. Ladue’s police chief Rich Wooten believes an ounce of prevention can be better than a pound of cure. “If a burglar truly wants to break into your home, he’s going to be able to do that.” Burglars are opportunists Wooten says home burglars are opportunists. They often evaluate your home based on their observations …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Ladue to get a new mayor. Frontenac returns veteran Keith Krieg unopposed.
Correction: 3:00 p.m. Some information about Ladue mayoral candidate Nancy Spewak was incorrect. She has a home staging business and residential design. She did not serve previously on the Ladue School Board. Patch regrets those errors. Update: 9:43 am. Frontenac had a last day filing. Add to the list Kate Hatfield, Ward 1. Yesterday, at 5 o’clock, all filing ended for local council and mayoral races in Ladue and Frontenac. These are the candidates for the Ladue City Council. No candidate has an opponent in the April 2 election. Council Member Ward 1 – Art Bond, incumbent Council Member Ward 2 – John Fox, incumbent Council Member Ward 3 – Bill Brennan Mayor Anthony “Tony” Bommarito elected to step down after one term and after serving 10 …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Ladue police blotter report for January 7-13, 2013.
Monday, January 7, 2013 8:48 a.m. Two automobiles were involved in an accident on eastbound Highway 40/64. Injuries were involved but one of the victims declined any medical service. 4:11 p.m. Groceries were stolen from the Schnucks store at 8867 Ladue Rd. in the Crossing at Ladue. A 68 year old female was arrested and charged and released on a summons. Tuesday, January 8, 2013 11:31 a.m. An 18 year old male was arrested for possession of Marijuana at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. No information is available until charges are issued by St. Louis County. Wednesday, January 9, 2013 9:25 a.m. Ladue officers picked up a 24-year-old female at the St. Louis County Intake Center, wanted on failure to appear on various charges in Ladue. 3:05 p…
Monday, December 17, 2012
Councilwoman Nancy Spewak said she is running for the Ladue mayor's seat in the April 2 elections.
Mayor Anthony "Tony" Bommarito announced at the regularly-scheduled meeting of the Ladue City Council that he would not seek a second term. Bommarito has served one term as mayor and 10 years on the Ladue City Council. "I've enjoyed serving the city (of Ladue) but I do not want to run for a second term and I wanted to make sure there is enough time for someone else to file (for this office)," he said. Bommarito won a spirited election in a landslide over newcomer Mary Berner just two years ago. Bommarito took the reins from retired Mayor Irene Holmes. Bommarito said after the council meeting that the city was facing new challenges and wished he could have accomplished more. "The council needs new life," Bommarito said, without elaborating…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Ladue City Council promotes Jeff Johnson to Acting Fire Chief. Hires retired Fire Captain Andy Brown as Johnson's deputy chief.
The Rock Hill Quarry, located at the extreme southwest corner of Ladue off Old Warson Road and McKnight Road will have an amended special use permit for the next five years. Quarry officials asked for a 10-year extension, but following a 7-4 recommendation of the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission, the council settled on five. Rock Hill officials appealed they have always been good neighbors, having met the rigid licensing standards of local regional and state-wide governing agencies. The 19 acre site is filled with non-sanitary waste, mostly construction dirt, and building material debris such as dry wall, lumber and similar materials. The Quarry has existed almost as long as anyone can remember pre-dating the 1950s or even before the …