Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Council member Byron Price asks for better solutions to recent shootings and burglaries in University City.
Shots fired Friday night. A rash of burglary attempts and home break-ins. A drive-by shooting, mobs in the Loop and a the murder of a 16 year old near University City High School. It's been a busy summer for the University City Police Department. University City Councilman Byron Price, Ward 3, on Monday asked that City Manager Lehman Walker and Police Chief Charles Adams look into the city's crime statistics for the year and whether the police department needs more resources. "This issue is bigger than just the police department and my concern is that there is a pattern of activity taking place," Price said. "The progression of activity is totally out of control." The city council noted the swift reaction of police after the shooting in …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
City Council members are hosting an open meeting tonight.
Recent events in University City have local residents asking "what can I do?" Tonight, City Councilman Arthur Sharpe, Jr. and Byron Price, both of Ward 3, are hosting an area meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Heman Park Community Center All residents of University City are invited to learn how to protect their homes, property and neighborhoods. New University City High School Principal Michael Maclin also will be in attendence. Ward 3 has seen violence in recent weeks with two fatal shootings. For more on this story, see our previous coverage:
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The council agreed, via a 5-2 vote, to keep the current free parking and to begin a dialogue with the Loop Special Business District about how to keep free parking in the future.
The Parkview Gardens plan is still winding through the University City Plan Commission but the city council clarified its position Monday on one possible aspect of the plan. The council voted 5-2 to keep the existing free parking in the Loop while the city begins a dialogue with Delmar Loop businesses about maintaining the parking in the future. The parking in question is Municipal Lot #4, otherwise known as the lot behind Cicero's and Market Pub House. The lot has approximately 400 free spaces for Loop visitors. Mayor Shelley Welsch and Councilman Michael Glickert voted against the measure. Welsch said she objected to voting on anything related to the plan before it was approved by the plan commission and came before the council for a …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Council Member Byron Price objects to new practice.
What should the minutes reflect? That question was posed Monday during the University City City Council meeting. Council member Byron Price objected to the minutes of the city's June 11 council meeting after noticing that several comments he made weren't included in the official minutes. "I know I was at this meeting and I know I commented on items, but they are not included in minutes," Price said. "It's like I never existed." City Clerk Joyce Pumm told the council that after seeking a legal opinion from the city's attorney Paul Martin, she streamlined the council meetings to only include information on action taken and not comments made. Price said that the council's minutes have always included the conversations of council members and a…
Monday, November 28, 2011
University City Resident Mae Etta Weston is the editor of the 3rd Ward newsletter.
Monday, November 28, 2011
The 3rd Ward newsletter highlight's Councilmember Byron Price's concern for the city's deteriorating streets and sidewalks, and his advocacy for infrastructure funding. The newsletter also says Councilmember Arthur Sharpe is advocating for keeping Heman Park Community Center open full-time.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Council member Terry Crow, Lynn Ricci and L. Michael Glickert call for investigation into how Byron Price's letter of reprimand made it into the public domain.
City Council member Terry Crow said he is determined to find out how the media learned of University City Mayor Shelley Welsch's letter of reprimand to Council member Byron Price. Crow said the matter was "inappropriately" leaked to the press. He said it was a confidential letter. Crow said he joins Council members Lynn Ricci and L. Michael Glickert in calling for an investigation into the alleged leak.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Council members Price, Crow and Sharpe have signed a statement of No Confidence concerning the performance of City Manager Lehman Walker.
University City Council members Terry Crow, Arthur Sharpe Jr. and Byron Price have signed a statement of No Confidence in the performance of City Manager Lehman Walker. The statement was signed after an Executive Session on Monday night which was held to evaluate Walker's performance. The Executive Session followed a contentious Monday night meeting where the City Council voted 4-3 to formally adopt a resolution reprimanding Council member Price for his behavior during a February 14th council meeting. The statement reads "Lehman Walker has failed to meet the standards of performance," as prescribed in the Charter and Ordinances of the City, and as assigned to him in compliance with all Council directives, state and federal laws, and …
Sunday, February 27, 2011
University City mayor said she feels safe with 2 police officers at Council meetings, but takes seriously concerns expressed by Council member Lynn Ricci.
University City Mayor Shelley Welsch said she "personally" feels safe with two police officers in the City Council chambers. In an email to University City Patch, she said "However, I am, of course, concerned when any member of Council feels uncomfortable or unsafe in a meeting." In a letter to the mayor dated Friday, Feb. 25, Council member Lynn Ricci said she wanted to see ''5 police officers at our meeting" to remove any person, councilmember or audience member alike that gets "physical, loud and menacing." Ricci's remarks come after the mayor wrote a letter of reprimand to Council member Byron Price for what she called his "bullying" and "disorderly" behavior at the council meeting on Monday, Feb. 14. In her letter, Ricci wrote, "I am …
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Vote on non-University City residents using picnic shelters and pool at Heman Park turned in a discussion about race.
A recent City Council vote on an item that would allow non-University City residents access to picnic shelters and pool at Heman Park and change fees touched off a discussion about race. Councilman Stephen Kraft asked if he could offer an amendment concerning the pool. It stated that the council would give "the City manager the authority if necessitated by public safety concerns to limit non-residents to only 18 or over." The move riled Councilmembers Byron Price, Terry Crow and Lynn Ricci. "Let's be honest, the people they're talking about is African American," Price said. He said it doesn't make sense to allow African American adults and not their children. "That is the silliest thing I've ever heard in the my life...it's totally …
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Habitat for Humanity St. Louis passes initial hurdle to building several homes in the City.
The University City City Council has agreed to consider establishing a partnership with Habitat for Humanity St. Louis for the development of five City-owned vacant lots in the northeast section of U City. The motion received unanimous approval after it was amended to add that the partnership be based on an understanding that the new homes will be designed to blend into the neighborhood. The wording was reworked after Councilman Byron Price voiced concerned about the structures and blending. Kimberly McKinney, CEO of Habitat for St. Louis said they had not started the design work so could not provide a specific example on what the University City houses would look like. But she assured the council that their architects work with the …