Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Officials Pondering Position on Rules Governing Paving of Gravel Driveways

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Officials Pondering Position on Rules Governing Paving of Gravel Driveways

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To blacktop or not to blacktop -- that may not be the question at all.

The question that sparked debate last week among Bridgeton officials is whether homeowners have the right to buy and sell their property with gravel driveways.

"Ladue permits residents to have a gravel surface, and it's ranked fifth wealthiest in the nation," said Councilman Jeff Fitterling, 4th Ward.

Fitterling and some other council members are seeking to exempt residents with gravel driveways from having to pave the drives when their homes sell or change occupants. The city also requires residents to pave gravel driveways if they improve the house.

Councilwoman Peggy Meyer, 1st Ward, said she feared the city would be inconsistent if it required paving for home improvements but not for sale or change of occupancy.

"I have mixed emotions," said Councilman Vincent LoBosco, 1st Ward. "It seems we're trying to protect the people who are leaving - selling their homes - versus the new residents or people buying homes. …

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