Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Money Management Is Issue in Aldermanic Race

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Money Management Is Issue in Aldermanic Race

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Several candidates for alderman in Lake Saint Louis complain of wasteful spending by the current Board of Aldermen and say they would watch the city's money more carefully.

Eva Sketoe, candidate for 3rd Ward alderman, said the issues in the election were the same the city has faced for 20 years - an inadequate tax base to take care of the needs of the community.

Attempting to increase the tax base by building the Hawk Ridge commercial area south of Highway 40-61, near Freymuth Road, was a good idea , Sketoe said. But she also said it had been unsuccessful. "I would like to see that it becomes a successful venture, and if necessary we may have to change some personnel to do it," she said. Hawk Ridge consists of a public golf course and a business park built for about $8 million in financing issued through the city's Public Facilities Authority, City Administrator Ron Nelson said. Nelson defends the city's director of economic development, saying, "It's a slow process. He may be laying a seed today that won't come (to fruition) for four years." James E. Lloyd Jr., candidate for the second time for the 2nd Ward aldermanic seat, said one of the city's problems was that residents were not well informed. "A lot of stuff is done in secret meetings or handled by the (mayor and) the aldermen," he said. "Sometimes it feels like a little club. . . . I think it becomes their own little business instead of everyone else's business." Alderman Darrel R. Hollinger, who is seeking re-election from the 2nd Ward, said of the mayor and the aldermen, "I think we're very approachable." Hollinger said he talked to people in all three wards and listened to any resident who called him about an issue. "I do something about it and don't try to figure out if they're with the right (group) or the right clique." He said, "That's a key point if you're in a democracy. . . . I think it's critical to listen to people." He said he depended on information from boards and committees in making decisions for the city. "I'm not saying everything in Lake Saint Louis is perfect," Hollinger said. "But we're working together, and we have a lot of committees and boards to help us in trying to make the right decisions for the city and I think that's how you take any city in the right direction." Hollinger, an alderman since 1993, is region director for public affairs at GTE. Lloyd, Hollinger's challenger, is an anesthetist at Lincoln County Memorial Hospital in Troy. In the 3rd Ward, Alderman Bob Hammond is seeking re-election and is opposed by Sketoe, who served one term on the board, and by Pearson W. Buell, who is seeking office for the first time. Hammond, 3rd Ward, could not be reached for comment. Sketoe is a reporter for a local newspaper. Buell works for Citicorp Mortgage, in systems testing for computers. …

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