Missing snake forces early closure at Brentwood schools

Brentwood High School and Middle School students were released early on Friday because an escaped 9-foot long boa constrictor couldn’t be found, according to reports. It was found, eventually. According to a comment (below): “Boe, the class snake, is a red tail boa constrictor, not a python (as was previously reported). She was adopted from the St. Louis Zoo over 20 years ago and has spent almost all of her life in the classroom.

Brentwood firehouse being abated for mold

The Brentwood firefighters are bunking in the basement of the firehouse while mold is being removed from the living quarters ceiling, according to the city. An investigation in 2017 determined that mold was present above the second-floor ceilings in the fire station. In fall 2017 the city solicited bids for mold remediation services, and the board of aldermen approved the lowest bidder’s contract ($507,000 — see bids summary) on November 6, 2017. The remediation process is expected to be completed by April 2018. During the process the firefighters are living in the basement, which has been renovated to serve as a living space.

Brentwood plan and zoning to confirm stand on short term rentals

The city of Brentwood may soon make clear its stand on short term rentals — they’re not allowed. The plan and zoning commission at its meeting on Jan. 10 is set to put into writing what City Administrator Bola Akande wrote in a memo in November 2017, that the city wants to make clear that short term rentals, such as Airbnb, are prohibited in the city. See the meeting agenda. The city of Richmond Heights is considering allowing short term rentals: Richmond Heights council discusses short term rentals (Airbnb), Richmond Heights officials proceed toward Airbnb decision

Brentwood officials OK purchase on Manchester to ‘enhance flood protection’

At Monday night’s Brentwood Board of Aldermen meeting, officials voted to allow the city to buy 8606 Manchester Road, “for the purpose of enhancing protection against flooding, revitalizing the critical commercial corridor of the city and in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of the city of Brentwood,” according to the ordinance. Mayor Chris Thornton has proposed that the city consider a plan to mitigate flooding on Manchester Road from Deer Creek. See the most recent study about the problem here. The officials also approved a temporary parking lot at 8212 Manchester Road. Brentchester LLC bought the lot in 2014 from Joe & Joes Enterprises LLC for $80,000 according to St.

Dispatchers, firefighters, EMS recognized after woman is saved

Brentwood Fire Chief Terry Kurten, at the Dec. 4 Brentwood Board of Aldermen meeting, recognized firefighters, dispatchers, and St. Mary’s Hospital employees whose efforts saved a Brentwood woman in cardiac arrest on September 6. According to Kurten, from the meeting minutes:

Catherine Hamer had collapsed and was unresponsive. Her husband called 911 and dispatchers Melissa Stites and and Amanda Lerch dispatched emergency personnel, obtained information and gave instruction.

Would you help?

The answer to the question is that most people will and do.  The help comes in many forms; meals for a family in the neighborhood going through a death or sickness, money in the church collection plate, helping an elderly neighbor with outdoor chores or project, giving a dollar or five to the homeless person on the street. We would like to bring your focus on another way to help.  The sick will always be with us, but their battle with disease does not need to be theirs alone.  Each year the American Red Cross puts out “emergency need” of “critical shortages” in the blood supply and asks donors to please come in and donate.  This simple act can reach as many as three other people with this one donation and might even be life-changing.  You must wait at least eight weeks (56 days) between donations of whole blood (that would be six donations each year) and 16 weeks (112 days) between Power Red donations (that is three donations per year).  Platelet donors may give every seven days up to 24 times per year.  The problem is not enough of us participate and the NEED does not go away. A second way to help is registering with Be the Match for a cancer patient in need.  If you, or a friend you know, is between 18 and 44 years old the Be the Match National Bone Marrow registry is looking for you and them. The registry looks for “matches” for cancer patients to help them in their fight with cancer.  Seventy percent of all patients who need a transplant don’t have a fully matched donor in their family. A patient’s likelihood of finding a matching donor on the Be The Match Registry is estimated to range from 66-97%.

Brentwood to use Prop P for street lights, protective equipment, furniture

Brentwood plans to use its Prop P funds (earmarked for public safety) for street lights in all four wards, protective equipment for police and firefighters, furniture for the firehouse and more, according to a source that pointed out that the new street light locations were listed in the Oct. 19 public safety committee agenda.The proposed street light locations listed on the agenda are here: 2017.09.18_Proposed Light Updated Costs. Total new street lights per ward:

Ward 1 — 11 lights
Ward 2 — 4 lights
Ward 3 — 3 lights
Ward 4 — 8 lights

Details for where the funds are to be used are in the Dec. 4 meeting minutes:

“Furthermore, the recent approval of the County-wide Proposition P provides a partial-year boost to the General Fund, and this is quite positive. Proposition P funds allow us to pay for: 35 new streetlights in Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4; personal protective equipment that includes shin forearm protection and ballistic helmets for police officers; ballistic helmets for firefighters; training and ammunition for the police department; the CALEA Accreditation Manager; furniture for the fire house multi-purpose room; fire station alerting system; citywide emergency preparedness training; firearms training; ballistic vests, uniforms and equipment for new police officers; health and wellness equipment for the fire department; and the opportunity to secure a permanent location for firearms training firing range.”

Brentwood considered 6 others to be laid off in November

Before laying off four administrative staff members in a reorganization on Nov. 9, the city of Brentwood considered laying off six others as well. A chart made by the city on Nov. 8 included 10 city employees whose positions were examined and were considered for release. The four on the left side of the chart were released.

Fire at Brentwood Forest condos

The city of Brentwood said in a news release on Tuesday that a fire occurred in Brentwood Forest Condominiums that morning. According to the city the fire was in a single-family residence at the condominiums and was confined to the kitchen area. The homeowner was not home at the time; there were no injuries. No cause has been determined. An investigation will be conducted.

4 Brentwood city employees fired in one day, sources say

According to three different sources, four Brentwood city employees were fired on November 9. All sources said that Brentwood Mayor Chris Thornton and City Administrator Bola Akande told those fired that their services were no longer needed, and their positions were being eliminated. All were long-time employees. He said they were fired “without any prior notice and seemingly without cause.” One said that the Human Resources manager did not know this would occur until it actually happened.