Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

7-0 Veto Override Backs Builder in Housing near `Y'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

7-0 Veto Override Backs Builder in Housing near `Y'

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The St. Peters Board of Aldermen voted Thursday night to override Mayor Tom Brown's veto of a proposal by Greater Missouri Builders Inc. to build 49 houses near the St. Charles County YMCA.

Seven of St. Peters' eight aldermen voted to override Brown's veto. Joyce Townsend, 1st Ward, was absent.

Brown has exercised his veto power three times previously in his 14 years as mayor - in 1989, 1991 and 1992. Only once before has his veto been overridden. That was in 1992 when he vetoed an ordinance authorizing the American Golf Corp. concession at the St. Peters Municipal Golf Course.

Brown's veto was of the proposal for Braewood Estates, which would be similar to several other large complexes built in St. Charles County by Greater Missouri Builders Inc. The houses with two to four bedrooms are to be built in clusters of three at a starting price of $105,000.

More than 40 St. Peters residents owning houses built by Greater Missouri Inc. attended Thursday's meeting in a show of support for Brown's veto. One of their spokesmen, Jack Galvin of 2045 Belltower Drive, said he was appalled when he read a newspaper article and learned that Greater Missouri Inc. had proposed a new housing development when so many problems with his and his neighbors' houses still had not been corrected.

Norma Hufnagel, who has been in her home at 2057 Belltower Drive eight months, said rainwater accumulated as deep as 18 inches outside her patio door and seeped into the lower level of her house. She said she gave Greater Missouri a two-page list of problems to correct. Ed Andrzejewski of 3095 Shady Oak Drive said that soil-erosion problems in his area were so severe that they had caused damage.

Before voting, Alderman Judy Bateman, 2nd Ward, said she could not see the connection between the complaints of residents about maintenance on their property and the reasons for Brown's veto. Brown cited a lack of amenities in the proposed development along with his and the board's prior show of disfavor for multifamily housing in St. Peters.

Scott Campbell of Missouri Builders Inc. said Brown had vetoed the proposal because Campbell's company had refused to contribute to Brown's campaign for re-election in April. …

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