Brentwood mayoral candidate Patrick Toohey met with 40 South News Sunday at Saint Louis Bread Co. to talk about the issues. He covered three main topics, then a few others, including some that residents had mentioned on a Brentwood Facebook group.
Toohey voted to close the Brentwood’s emergency dispatch center and switch to the shared East Central dispatch. A resident asked why he voted against the will of many residents on the issue.
Toohey said every decision is independent, and he’d listen to residential concerns, but made a distinction in the type of decisions.
“Is it more technical or is it more directional?” he said. “If I have experts that the city pays, which I consider more technical, telling me that’s the best decision, I’ll lean more that direction. But if it’s more city-oriented, for instance if money should go to parks or streets, I’ll listen to residents.”
He said a dog park and a skateboard park would be a great asset, it’s just an issue where they would go.
He said a pedestrian bridge over Manchester Road or Bentwood Boulevard can take up quite a bit of space, which could include removing houses. “It could be a great amenity to be connected to miles of trails, but it’s just a question of how it could be built,” he said.
He said there is great potential for the Manchester corridor, but the flooding issue needs to be resolved. He said an idea that’s been suggested is to lower the park areas so they become flood plains, which would keep the water off Manchester.
Toohey said the condition of Brentwood Boulevard isn’t the city’s call because it’s maintained by the county, but he’d open a dialog.
So far, Toohey is the only one to file to run for mayor. The deadline is the end of the day, Jan. 20.