The Supreme Court of Missouri is soliciting comments directly from members of the general public concerning their experiences in “particular” municipal courts and suggestions as to any practices or procedures that might improve those experiences. “Recent events have raised issues about practices and procedures in the municipal courts of Missouri,” notes an April 2 post on the court’s website (www.courts.mo.gov). Suggestions should be described in a letter, not to exceed two pages, and sent to the Clerk of the Supreme Court, P.O. Box 150, Jefferson City, MO 65102. The deadline for submission is Friday, May 1, 2015. While some lawmakers, organizations and media outlets have recently suggested changes in municipal court operations, the Supreme Court survey marks one of the few times, since last year’s civil unrest, that the public has been invited to directly submit information on the municipal courts or suggest improvements.
Real estate owners in Richmond Heights will be getting a second tax property bill for 2014 – this time, for $11 to cover an increase in the assessment for the city’s sewer lateral repair fund. Richmond Heights voters in 2013 approved an increase in the sewer lateral assessment from $28 for $39 for each sewer connection. The city sent the St. Louis County Department of Revenue notice of the fee increase in late 2013, with instructions to adjust 2014 property tax bill accordingly. However, the increase was not reflected on property tax bills that went out last fall, City Manager Amy Hamilton told the Richmond Heights City Council Monday night (April 6).
The Richmond Heights City Council Monday night reluctantly approved the contractor for the city’s new public works building, which when completed, will clear the way for the Menards development to begin. The council authorized Mayor James Beck to enter into a $1.4 million deal with Raineri Construction for a new public works building. However, the project will likely be getting some additional scrutiny before Mayor Beck actually signs the contract – and quite a bit thereafter, city officials say. Construction of the new facility at 7990 Jones, and demolition of the city’s present public works building at 8108 Elinor, is considered a key step in development of the new Menards home improvement store on Hanley Road. “We want Menards open,” Hamilton said.