Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Seven Propositions Top Municipal Ballot April 1

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Seven Propositions Top Municipal Ballot April 1

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Cottleville voters will decide on seven propositions on the municipal election ballot April 1.

Proposition 1 would extend the Cottleville city limit to include the unincorporated areas of Weiss Road, Birdie Hills Road and Knaust Road. The measure was proposed because Weiss Road now runs through part of Cottleville and through unincorporated areas of St. Charles County.

"It's like a checkerboard," Cottleville Mayor Steve Kochanski said. "We want to get rid of this crazy situation." Kochanski says the division of Weiss Road makes it difficult to enforce traffic regulations, install traffic lights, or clean mud from the road. "If there's an accident, it can be difficult to determine whether the Cottleville police or the county sheriff's department should respond," he said. Some Cottleville residents oppose the proposition, believing "their property is being taken from them," Cottleville Alderman Donald Buchhett said at last week's Board of Alderman meeting. Buchhett supports Proposition 1 but wanted to address the residents' concerns. Kochanski said: "We're not taking anyone's property. We're taking the right-of-way on the road. No one is being annexed into Cottleville, and no one currently in the county will have to pay any Cottleville taxes." City attorney Charles Niedner concurred, noting that better police protection and traffic lights as benefits for residents if Proposition 1 passes. Proposition 2 would increase the cost of an annual fireworks permit to a maximum of $4,000 from the current $260. Kochanski says this will bring Cottleville's permit fee to the same level as other cities, including St. Charles. "Our fees are way too low," Kochanski said. "If the fireworks stands decide to go somewhere else, then that's the way it goes." Proposition 3 would impose a fee of up to $100 for an annual business license. Cottleville does not now require businesses to obtain a license. "It's a never-ending battle to keep track of what businesses are operating in Cottleville," Kochanski said. …

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