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low this distribution,”
Rost said.
Rost said the city
initially hoped cost-ofliving raises wouldn’t
be necessary because
sales tax growth would
provide enough yearover-year pay growth,
but sales tax revenue
growth in some other
parts of Franklin County did not see the kind of
increases seen in Union.
Alderman
Robert
Schmuke told Rost there
still appears to be some
confusion about the
raises, saying he’d heard
from a parent of an officer who thought the officer was taking a paycut.
“’Cause they’re taking a raise back they
had been given, that’s
how they explain it to
the best of my knowledge,” Schmuke said
at a Monday, March 2
personnel, finance and
public works committee
meeting.
Rost said he doesn’t
expect a major difference in the Prop P
money officers will take
home.
Officials
explained
that Rost recently met
with officers and sent
them a letter explaining how the new process
will work. He also made
it clear they could talk
to Police Chief Andrew
Parker, Rost or other officials if they have questions.
Rost disputed the
concerns.

“I can’t imagine there
would be any misunderstandings or I would
have heard them,” Rost
said at the personnel
meeting. “A lot of times,
there are rumors, and I
think that might be what
Alderman
Schmuke’s
been hearing, but hearing it directly from the
guys ... they were all
there, and the letter
even encouraged them,
if you don’t understand
or if you have questions
or if you think there’s an
error, please come in.”
Pay stubs will itemize
Proposition P and baserate money, Rost said.
Despite Rost’s assurances that any confusion was smoothed over,
Alderman Karen Erwin
suggested more might
need to be done.
“I always thought
Prop P was a good thing,
but it sounds like people
are more upset about it,”
she said.
Under a plan approved
in
January
2019, the starting salary for a Union officer
was pushed to just over
$49,000 because of the
$4.18 hourly raise.
On average, pay in
the Union and Washington
departments
was about $4,000 less
than agencies outside
Franklin County with
higher starting salaries,
including departments
in St. Louis County. But
local officials touted the
shorter commute for police to get to their jobs.

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will only make a transition twice as opposed to
three times.”
Previously students
who attended Central
Elementary would go
to Clark-Vitt Elementary then to the middle
school before moving
onto high school. ClarkVitt will be shut down
at the end of the current
school year.
The building was recently sold to the Franklin County Children and
Families
Community
Resource Board, which
plans to renovate the old
Clark-Vitt School. The

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new facility will become a
children and family community resource center.
Weinhold added that,
with the decrease in
number of transitions
and students spending
a longer span of time in
a school building, it will
give them an ability to
have a better relationship with the school
staff in it.
The process for an
intradistrict
transfer
will be available soon
to parents who want to
be considered for attendance in a school other
than the school in their
boundary, according to
Weinhold.
He added that those
who choose an intradistrict transfer will be
responsible for the students transportation to
and from school.
After the intradistrict transfer process
has been completed,
the district will review
the number of students
in attendance at each
school and will then
assign teachers based
on the students’ needs.
Other things, like bus
routes, are still being
worked out.
For more information on the district or its
boundaries, visit https://
urxi-mo.schoolloop.com/
or its Facebook page
Union R-XI School District.

Not as Bad as It Sounds
Sirens blared through downtown Union Monday, March 9, after the police scanner announced an
“explosion” at Union City BBQ. The incident turned out to be a trash fire. The call came in just before
6 p.m.  
Missourian Photo.

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nally planned for the
new building did not
meet the needed fire
rating, so the city is having to pay an additional
$1,152 for an improved
door.
In all, the change
orders meant the city
owned a net addition
of $6,262 on the cost of
the city hall project. But
Rost said the project remains well under budget overall.
The change orders
were approved Monday,
March 9 by the Board of
Aldermen.
The City Hall project appears to be ahead
of the projected substantial completion in
August, with employees able to move to the
new building in October,
Rost said.
Project Background
The city hosted the
official groundbreaking

Passover
Dinner
Planned

Believers Bible Chapel, 2032 Highway 50
W. in Union, will play
host to a “Messiah in
the Passover” demonstration to show how Jesus fulfilled the ancient
feast of Passover.
The March 29 event,
which will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. by Ari
Hauben of Chosen People Ministries, will feature a Passover Seder
table. The speaker will
explain the symbolic
meanings of the various items in the feast
and their relationship to
Christ’s Last Supper.
The event, which is
open to the public, including the Christian
and Jewish communities, attempts to give
Christians insight into
Jewish traditions to better understand the roots
of Christianity.
Call 314-260-1966 for
more information.

for the project in October 2019. The groundbreaking was a culmination of work to get
the site ready for a new
building.
The city has never
had a building designated specifically for city
hall. Through the years,
it has shared space with
the fire department, police department and the
city auditorium.
The city agreed to
purchase the former
Fricks grocery store
in late March 2018 for
$475,000 from Central
Markets Inc. The city
stated it intended to
use the site for the first
permanent city hall in
Union’s history.
In the summer of
2019, the city razed
the old Fricks market
and cleared the way for
construction to begin.

Meanwhile, the city’s
owner
representative
Navigate Building Solutions, and Horn Architects worked on preparing for the new facility.
Work on the site
started in September
2019.
The new city hall
will be approximately
12,000 square feet and
will house the city’s administration, collector’s
office, boardroom, court,
meeting room and engineering department.
The city will move
from its current location
in the city auditorium.
The city started looking for ways to improve
city hall after an accessibility study in 2017
showed major issues
with the auditorium.
The current city hall
is in need of work because it has a number of

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) issues.
Horn’s 2017 feasibility
study on the current auditorium found a wide
range of issues that
needed to be addressed
to meet federal standards.
Based on the study,
the city decided the best
way to move forward
would be to leave the
auditorium and build a
new city hall.
Once the new city
hall is finished, the city
plans to partially renovate and upgrade the
auditorium. The majority of city staff will move
to the new building
while others, like the
parks department, will
stay behind.
The renovation work
on the auditorium will
start when the new city
hall is finished.

the March 9 meeting
because of illness, previously said he has no
plans to ever actually
move into the new building.
Rost won’t see the finish line on some other
projects he’s been working on — notable the
Union Expressway project. He said if he stuck
around to finish every
project, he’d never retire.
Rost previously said
he would provide input

to aldermen on the job
description for a new
city administrator, but
that he preferred not to
be involved in the interviewing process, saying
the decision should be
up to the aldermen and
mayor.
At the time, Rost said
internal and external
candidates would be
considered.
Rost
previously
served in a similar position with the city of St.
Clair.

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ry for the second district
position on the Franklin
County Commission.
Aldermen approved
a new contract with
Rost in the summer of
2018. At that point, he
said one of his goals
before he retired was
to see the new city hall
project wrap up. Work
started on the new
building in the fall of
2019 and is expected to
be finished by the fall
of 2020.
Rost, who missed

Paws for a Cause Event
The Jefferson Franklin
Community Action Corporation (JFCAC) is hosting
its second Paws for Our
Cause run/walk event.
Paws for Our Cause
features 10K and 5K runs
and a 1-mile run/walk.
The event is a benefit for
JFCAC programs.
The event starts at 9
a.m. Saturday, May 2.
The
family-friendly
event starts in front of the
Union
Splash-N-Swimplex. The mile walk and
runs go on a course in
the fairgrounds area that
is fully paved and nearly

flat, making it accessible
for strollers and wheelchairs.
Well-behaved dogs on
a non-retractable leash
are welcome on the mile
course.
Volunteers are being
sought to help put on the
event.
The community action
corporation provides programs like Head Start,
energy assistance and
weatherization.
For more information,
visit JFCAC.org/pawsreg.
html or call 636-789-2686
or 636-239-2113.

Library Plans March Events
Scenic Regional Library’s Union branch is
hosting a variety of activities in March.
Most events require registration, which can be done
by calling 636-583-3224, or
stopping by the branch, or
by visiting scenicregional.
org.
Preschool story time
will continue throughout
March. The sessions will be
held on Wednesdays at 10
a.m. The story time will re-

peat on Saturdays, also at
10 a.m. The event features
stories, songs and crafts for
the youngest library patrons.
Family Fort Night,
which starts at 6 p.m. Friday, March 13, answers the
question “What do stuffed
animals do while you’re
away?” Kids are asked to
bring a blanket to build a
fort, along with a stuffed
animal that wants to spend
the night at the library.

It’s Peter Reynolds!
Peter H. Reynolds was spotted at Beaufort Elementary on Friday, March 6,
visiting the school to share his message of “Be You,” from his newest book.
Beaufort won the visit from the New York Times bestselling author in the Family Reading Night mural contest. The author shared his message across the
area that day, also visiting Clearview Elementary and headlining the 20th
Family Reading Night at Washington Middle School.  
Missourian Photo.

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