Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Local Digest

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JEFFERSON CITY > Ex-lawmaker faces $100,000 ethics fine * A former Missouri Democratic lawmaker faces a $100,000 fine from the state's ethics commission for campaign finance disclosure violations.

Former Rep. Steve Webb, of Florissant, said Monday he was not shying away from personal blame for his actions.

"You have to be personally responsible for some of the things you do, and I should have done a better job keeping my books straight and filing my reports on time," Webb said.

The consent order with the ethics commission allows most of the fine to be waived if Webb pays $3,550 within 60 days.

Webb pleaded guilty to seven misdemeanors and one felony charge of theft related to his handling of campaign funds in March. He resigned from the Missouri House in December 2013 after charges were filed. (AP)

Ex-MoDOT chief gets similar post in Maryland * Incoming Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed former Missouri Department of Transportation chief Pete Rahn as that state's new secretary of transportation.

Rahn led MoDOT for five years before leaving in 2010 for a private-sector job with the Kansas City-based engineering firm HNTB Corp. Rahn also had previously served as secretary of the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department.

Rahn led MoDOT during the $524 million rebuilding of Highway 40 (Interstate 64) west of Kingshighway, a project that involved closing the 10-mile section of highway in two separate phases over a two-year period. (Ken Leiser)

UNIVERSITY CITY > Council considers putting two tax measures on ballot * University City voters would be asked to authorize two capital improvement bond issues totaling $25 million and requiring increases in property taxes under legislation being considered by the City Council.

On Monday night, the council gave first readings to measures that would place a $20 million streets and sidewalks bond issue, and a $5 million parks improvements proposition on the April 7 election ballot. Each general obligation bond issue would require a four- sevenths (57 percent) majority for approval, officials said.

According to city documents, the city would use proceeds from the streets bond issue to resurface 40 miles of city streets, install wheelchair ramps and eliminate hazards on sidewalks, and repair eight miles of alleys.

The parks proposition would provide funds to improve and bridge the River des Peres in Heman Park; revamp roads and parking in Heman; replace playgrounds in as many as three parks and install a new one in Heman; and improve access and facilities for the disabled.

According to city estimates, the owner of a home valued at $200,000 would pay an additional $91.92 per year in property taxes under the streets and sidewalks proposal, and $23.16 more per year under the parks proposition. (Special to the Post-Dispatch)

WILDWOOD > City administrator post is filled * After a five- month national search, officials have turned in-house to replace their city administrator. …

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