Maplewood City Manager Marty Corcoran said in a call to 40 South on Thursday that the city is willing to defend itself in court against an allegation that one of its ordinances is racist.
Corcoran said the suit doesn’t mention a specific case; is general allegations. He said the 10-year-old ordinance is “proper” and the city “vehemently” denies acting in a racist manner. (See the complete ordinance on the city website.)
The charge was filed two weeks ago by Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council with the Missouri Human Rights Commission, and was dismissed, which is standard procedure. The suit was filed immediately after that. Maplewood received it Tuesday afternoon.
Corcoran said when the city receives a complaint against a resident both the resident and anyone with a complaint are given the right to testify in a hearing. Sometimes the person with the complaint doesn’t show up, sometimes they both show up, sometimes no one shows up.
The ordinance regarding nuisances, Declaration of acts or conditions