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2U WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020 THE MISSOURIAN WWW.EMISSOURIAN.COM PROP P CONTINUED FROM 1U 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. BOUNDARY CONTINUED FROM 1U 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. 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If you didn’t receive your paper or it was wet, call 636-239-7701 or 1-888-239-7701. - Member Missouri Press Association National Newspaper Association Newspaper Association of America Inland Newspaper Association RECYCLABLE PRINTED ON RECYCLED PAPER 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. FLAGPOLES CONTINUED FROM 1U 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. LIST CONTINUED FROM 1U 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. Union Missourian Office *Place Display or Classified Ads *Purchase Missourian Subscriptions *Order Commercial Printing *Report a News Item 312 East Locust St. • Union, Mo. 636-583-7701 Fax 636-583-5298 Phone Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CLOSED DAILY 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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