Mayor Lambi stated several of the speaker cards were for the animal/Pit Bull subject. This may be a future work session.
Judy Hemmer, 1947 Hill Road, read a letter from an individual that was involved in an accident at the intersection of Highway 61 and Peine Road.
Jeff Buckheit, 1969 Hill Road, stated they have a petition with over 1,000 signatures collected in the past month requesting construction of an overpass at that location. The petition includes comments from the signers. The population of Lincoln County has grown by 35% and there have been changes at Highway U and Highway C. He asked how soon an overpass might be built at Highway 61 and Peine Road as part of the David Hoekel Parkway.
Community Development Director Doug Forbeck stated the environmental assessment is near completion. Peine Road is a City street and Highway 61 is a State controlled road. The City and the State will have to work together on the project. The interchange will require service roads for connections to other roads. These will help with the traffic in that area.
Mayor Lambi stated the project is proceeding. Completion will require funding. The 1/2 cent Transportation Sales Tax will sunset in 2014. This sales tax is important for future projects. The City must be able to provide 20% funding on projects that will then be matched with funds from the St. Charles County Road Board, East/West Gateway Council of Governments and other sources.
Ald. Gard stated they should contact their State Representative and Senator for Wentzville.
Mayor Lambi suggested they file their petitions with the City Clerk. They may add others as they are completed.
Ald. Kross stated the Board of Aldermen previously passed a Resolution supporting this project.
(No petitions were presented at this time.)
Tyanna Flynn, 2688 Providence Ridge, stated the construction of frontage roads in that area would improve access.
Mayor Lambi stated that would be a State project.
Rodney Sherman, owner of Budget Towing and President of the Downtown Business Association, invited the Police Department, Aldermen and Finance Department to tour his facility. He stated that the Christmas Parade was created by the Downtown Business Association several years ago. It has been referred to as the Holiday Parade in City publications. He requested it be referred to as the Christmas Parade in the future.
Krisana Simpson, from St. Peters, Amanda Kearney, 222 Fredde Drive, Amy Conner, 416 Highland Meadows Place, Teal Erickson, Sarah Thomas and Nicole Fischer spoke in opposition to the breed specific legislation (Pit Bull ordinance). They feel it is unfair. Fines have not proven to be effective. Other cities have retracted similar ordinances. They feel they are being unjustly targeted. They asked the Board to reconsider this ordinance.
City Attorney Paul Rost stated the maximum fine is $500.
Joel Budnik, 418 Highland Meadows Place, stated the law should stay as it is. His family has had a bad experience with a Pit Bull owned by a neighbor at another location. This law is good. It provides for the safety of children. He feels it should be enforced more.
Donna Sherwood thanked Jamie Paige for her assistance with an erosion problem. She said she was thorough, efficient and articulate.
Ms. Sherwood expressed her concern about medicines being expelled into the water system through urine. The medicine drop box won't help with that.
Mayor Lambi called for a short break.