BOUNDARY PANEL VOTES FOR FLORISSANT PLAN
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Monday, February 1, 1993
Author: By Marcia L. Koenig ; Of the Post-Dispatch Staff
After the vote, Crest Aire resident Joe Eagan told the commissioners their vote was "a slap in the face to the residents you are charged to protect."
But Commissioner Phillip Schreiber pointed out that even after the commission casts its final vote on Feb. 9, residents of the areas to be annexed and residents of Florissant will have to approve the idea.
Schreiber said the commission had to weigh annexations from a technical and a populist view. "No matter what we say, it will still have to go to a vote; so the will of the people will be heard," he said.
But Eagan said his neighborhood was outnumbered by residents in other areas in Florissant's annexation plan. "Realistically, every Crest Aire resident could vote against it and still be taken into Florissant. That's wrong," Eagan said.
The commission will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at the County Council chamber, 41 South Central Avenue, Clayton.
OFFICIALS EXPECTED TO TRY ANNEXING NORTHWEST AREAS
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Monday, August 7, 1995
Author: By Sterling Levy ; Special to the Post-Dispatch
Crest Aire has about 700 residents on about 100 acres west of Howdershell Road and adjacent to the northwest area that Hazelwood annexed in June. Florissant tried twice to annex the area, but voters in the area rejected it both times.
Joe Eagan , a resident of the annexation area who had helped a petition effort for Crest Aire to join Hazelwood when Hazelwood temporarily had the northwest area, spoke for the annexation. "We wanted to be in Hazelwood before and we still do," he said.
ANNEXATION MEETINGS LEAN TO HAZELWOODSt. Louis Post-Dispatch - Monday, June 10, 1996
Author: By Sterling Levy ; Special To The Post-Dispatch
He explained later that Florissant is "nitpicky" on trash, housing, maintenance and parks issues.
Joe Eagan of Crest Aire said Florissant's efforts to annex have been stopped on previous occasions and should not be boosted by a legal technicality that would allow a single vote.
"Let's have a fair fight," he said.
CITIES MAY SOON ABSORB UNINCORPORATED POCKETS - SOME RESIDENTS UNHAPPY WITH LAW CHANGING VOTE PROCESS
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Thursday, July 18, 1996
Author: By Phil Sutin ; Of The Post-Dispatch Staff
Some Boundary Commission members are concerned that the law takes away the possibility of residents of pockets having a say in their destiny. Several boundary commission members have said they are concerned about the fairness of forcing people into a municipality they do not want to join.
That's the complaint of Joe Eagan , a resident of Crest Aire . The law, he said, "takes your vote away. I believe in fair elections for both the city and the area. If the area is defined as a pocket, you lose your vote."
Eagan said he is particularly concerned that the Boundary Commission will force Crest Aire into Florissant even though residents have rejected annexation proposals several times.
BOUNDARY PANEL WEIGHS RIVAL PLANS FOR CREST AIRE
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)- Monday, October 1, 2001
Author: Victor Volland Of The Post-Dispatch
Florissant, which borders Crest Aire at seven points and whose population of about 50,000 is double that of Hazelwood, argues greater accessibility and more services, including 17 parks, a community center and theater, an aquatic center, a golf course, an ice skating and roller rink and other public facilities for residents. Florissant officials also have noted that Hazelwood had budget deficits in 1999 and 2000 and projected deficits for 2001 and 2000.
Crest Aire resident Joe Eagan , who has led several petition drives for annexation by Hazelwood, says he is more noncommittal now.
"The crucial thing is to be annexed by someone”