To begin the year, the St. Robert Board of Aldermen December minutes were approved, a new employee was introduced, and old and new business was discussed.

First St Robert Board of Aldermen Meeting of 2017.

Attending the meeting were: Mayor Dr. George Lauritson, Alderman Theresa Cook, Charles Slider, Linda Daniels, Todd Williams, Allan Johannsen, and Bill Shaw. Aldermen Reggie Hall was absent. To begin the year, December minutes were approved, a new employee was introduced, and old and new business was discussed. Three more things you should know from the City Council Meeting are:

1. Ward IV Alderman resigns. New Alderman appointed.

Alderman Steven Benner resigned from the St Robert City Council because of a new job and relocation to Ballwin. Mayor George Lauriston appointed, with the approval of the other alderman, Michael Myers. Michael is a resident of Ward IV and will represent Ward IV until the next general election.

2. Waynesville R-VI School District Funding Presentation

Faced with the possible loss of $8.5 million in Federal Impact Aid dollars, the Waynesville R-VI Board of Education unanimously voted on Monday, Nov. 21, to place a proposal on the April 4, 2017, ballot. The proposal would increase the school operating tax levy by 20 cents for purposes of maintaining the federally mandated level of local effort required to receive B-2 Heavily Impacted aid.

Tuesday at the St Robert Council Meeting Superintendent Dr. Brian Henry and Dr. Chris Berger, assistant supervisor of operations, presented this proposal and the impact this proposal would have on the quality of education on the Waynesville area students.

3. Oversize trees removed by the St Robert Public Works Department

Public works director Steve Long said that, in an effort to reduce the number of power outages, the public works department has been cutting down oversize trees and branches. Of notable interest is the removal of the number of unsightly, power impeding trees on Zeigenbein Rd.