Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Metropolitan Sewer District officials say preparation now and taking simple steps when heavy rains come can make a difference.
The Metropolitan Sewer District issued the following advisory ahead of what could amount to several inches of rain this weekend as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac arrive in the St. Louis region: If you feel that conditions are such that your property or safety is at risk, seek higher ground – do not wait! If you find yourself trapped by water or in a situation that you cannot easily escape, contact 911. MSD is not equipped or trained to conduct rescue operations or emergency response. 911 will connect you with the first responders (police, fire, etc.) that can best and immediately help you.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
A bond issue that is expected to result in steady increases in many St. Louisans' sewer bills won approval from voters Tuesday, according to unofficial election results.
Sewer bills are expected to rise gradually for many St. Louis residents with the passage of Proposition Y on Tuesday. The $945 million bond issue passed with 85 percent of the vote in St. Louis County with all precincts reporting, according to unofficial election results. Fifteen percent of county voters rejected the measure. In St. Louis city, approximately 87 percent of voters approved the measure, while 13 percent rejected it with 99 percent of precincts reporting. That comes out to nearly 63,000 votes in favor of the measure (85 percent) St. Louis-wide and roughly 11,000 against it (15 percent). As a result, the sewer bill for the average single family served by the Metropolitan Sewer District of St. Louis (MSD) is expected to rise …
Voters across the region to determine future rates.
It's election day in University City and there is only one issue on the ballot. The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) is asking area voters to decide on Proposition Y, which will determine how rate increases will be doled out. If St. Louisans vote yes, sewer rates for the average single-family MSD user would rise from roughly $29 for the average single family to roughly $44 by mid-2015. The new rate effective July 1 of this year would be about $31. By contrast, a rejection of the measure would raise that average rate to about $64 effective July 1 of this year. That figure would then rise to about $65 by mid-2015. Do you know where you vote? Check out the polling places for today's election by clicking here. Read our previous coverage of …
Double check your information before heading out to the polls today.
Today is election day for Proposition Y. The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) is asking area voters to decide on Proposition Y, which will determine how rate increases will be doled out. If St. Louisans vote yes, sewer rates for the average single-family MSD user would rise from roughly $29 for the average single family to roughly $44 by mid-2015. The new rate effective July 1 of this year would be about $31. By contrast, a rejection of the measure would raise that average rate to about $64 effective July 1 of this year. That figure would then rise to about $65 by mid-2015. University City voters will cast their votes at one of the following polling places. Polling Places
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Clean Water STL has received roughly $385,000 in monetary support in the last five weeks. The committee wants St. Louis residents to vote Tuesday in favor of Proposition Y, a measure that will affect sewer rates throughout the area.
Financial support has been pouring in for a committee aimed at getting St. Louisans to vote in favor of a sewer proposition next week. The special election for Proposition Y is Tuesday in University City and other St. Louis County municipalities, as well as parts of St. Louis city. Documents filed this week with the Missouri Ethics Commission show that Clean Water STL—the committee formed to back the proposition—received approximately $385,000 in monetary contributions between April 22 and May 24. It received more than $9,000 of in-kind support. The filings also show approximately $308,000 in expenses for that period, largely on direct mailings. Among the highlights A list of the donors follows: More about the June 5 sewer measure on Patch:
Monday, May 21, 2012
St. Louis voters will decide the rate at which their sewer rates rise this summer. Here's a look at the federal law—and lawsuit—that started it all.
Hundreds of sewer overflows in the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) system are at the heart of a Clean Water Act settlement agreement and a ballot issue planned June 5 in University City. That's according to a primer document compiled by MSD. In August, MSD reached the settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment Foundation, a news release posted to the federal agency's website states. Now, MSD customers are tasked with deciding whether they will pay more now—or later—to fund the $4.7 billion in repair work mandated by the agreement. Several sources outline the alleged violations and the reasons for the EPA's involvement in the case. The following are questions by Patch …
Monday, May 14, 2012
A June 5 vote is planned in St. Louis county and city on Proposition Y, along with eight charter amendments aimed at increasing the efficiency and transparency of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District.
People living in the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) can't change the fact that their sewer bills are going to rise incrementally over the next several years, Ed Rhode said. That includes University City. What they can control is the rate at which that change happens. That's why Rhode and Mike Kelley—members of the pro-Proposition Y committee Clean Water STL—are encouraging residents of St. Louis County and St. Louis city to vote yes on the $945 million bond issue June 5. If St. Louisans vote yes, sewer rates for the average single-family MSD user would rise from roughly $29 for the average single family to roughly $44 by mid-2015. The new rate effective July 1 of this year would be about $31. By contrast, a rejection of the …
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The easements allow MSD and Ameren to work in areas involving their equipment in Flynn Park.
In a special session on Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved two ordinances involving access to Flynn Park. The meeting, which got under way at 5 p.m., lasted 7 minutes. The Ameren easement concerns two utility poles in Flynn Park. "They never had an easement for them, and now they have to run a new wire on those poles," said Ewald Winker, interim director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry told University City Patch. "It means they have the right to come on and work there," Winker said. "They don't have to knock on your door and say 'Hey, we're going to be in your backyard."' The MSD easement involves bioretention or a rain garden to catch storm water for both the new school addition at Flynn Park School and the nearby city …