Wentzville Board Asks for More Discussion on Parks Funding

Apr 26, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Patch.com

Last month, members of the Wentzville Board of Aldermen were surprised to find out that money generated from the 1/2 cent parks sales tax was not being kept in a separate fund.

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laura

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May 14, 2013
 

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You think criticizing staff is bad? How about approving contracts that they were not even aware of? Let's face it these morons are incompetent and blatantly take advantage of the public. Not one of these board members have lived up to the oath that they took when they were sworn in...This is sooo embarrassing because people I know knew that I lived in Wentzville, so I moved. I want honest people in office not people that lie, cheat and steal from the public right in the open. I still have many friends in Wentzville so I am more adamant about telling them things I hear so that they will move too.
What contracts are you talking about? I know for a fact that Rick Stokes has a procedure in place so I believe all contracts go out to bid and approved after the bids get open so please tell me if this is not happening?
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May 15, 2013
 

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The only process Stokes has in place is how can he bypass procedures for his own benefit. The pool contract mentioned in the post article was not taken through a process other than a quid pro quo deal with the new city administrator.
Egotistical Politicians

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#23
May 15, 2013
 
The facts are slowly but surely coming out, there's an article in the St. Louis post titled "Wentzville official says she was fired for questioning contract".

It's interesting that the City Administrator claims there were other bidders for this contract but he doesn't give a name and doesn't remember the bid amount.

If or more likely when the City ends up being sued there will be plenty of former employees to testify!!
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May 15, 2013
 
Egotistical Politicians wrote:
The facts are slowly but surely coming out, there's an article in the St. Louis post titled "Wentzville official says she was fired for questioning contract".
It's interesting that the City Administrator claims there were other bidders for this contract but he doesn't give a name and doesn't remember the bid amount.
If or more likely when the City ends up being sued there will be plenty of former employees to testify!!
This could be doom day for our aldermem. Looks like dirty hands are not only at BWW but strikes wherever they might be. I believe they just fired the last one. So she was doing her job and gets fired now that is nice.
Egotistical Politicians

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May 15, 2013
 
I think all the Wentzville politicians are liars, they've proven that by their actions. The mayor got elected by telling employees that he was on their side and now he's going along with the dismissals, his comment about the Diane Bolderson firing was, "I don't agree with it or disagree with it", wow what a leader!! Just keep riding that fence until you get knocked off!!!

I strongly recommend that all City of Wentzville employees need to document every unethical and illegal action that they are subjected to, protect yourselves, it's blatantly obvious that noone else is going to protect your rights!!!

City of Wentzville employees should know that there's a law that protects you called the Whistleblower Protection Act. I recommend that you take the time to educate yourself on this Act!
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#26
May 16, 2013
 
The St Louis Post, in their fair or foul editorial section today by Tony Messenger, points the finger at McDowell. He has only been the City Administrator for four or five weeks and gives his good buddy a contract worth 80k? If people in Wentzville don't see this as wrong, then they are blind and dumb and that is why you have these egotistical, narcissistic, above the law politicians!
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#27
May 16, 2013
 
The above is very good advice and employees need to feel free to use it. The city has lost so many good people (either by being fired or existing to get far from these people).

Diane Bolderson did a great job for our city. She knew her job well and did not deviate from what was code; this made a certain group upset that they did not get special treatment that they paid (by donations to aldermen's campaigns) to get rid of the people who got in their way. This is a FACT which I have heard straight from the mouth of these people, although not in these exact words but with the same outcome. Now this group will develop and then leave this community with their particular development less than adequate for our city. Yes you and I have been sold out by the greed of these aldermen.

We have a runaway train in city hall. Wake up you bone heads - all 7 of you. Your hole is getting deeper by the day.
Egotistical Politicians

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#28
May 16, 2013
 
This sums up the situation very well!

http://m.stltoday.com/STL/db_/contentdetail.h...

This is just the tip of the iceburg!
Embarrassed

Saint Peters, MO

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#29
May 20, 2013
 
I'm surprised this conversation hasn't been removed. A related conversation about the retaliation termination of Wentzville's Building Commissioner, Diane Bolderson was removed, I guess the comments weren't flattering to Wentzville's powers that be!! The truth can be hard to take if you're dishonest!!
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#30
May 30, 2013
 
It was way beyond time for Ms Bolderson to GO! I don't disagree this situation should be questioned but there are many good reasons for Wentzville to get a new building commish and no good reason to keep her.
Time Will Tell

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#31
May 30, 2013
 
I guess we'll all know who's right and who's wrong after a lot of taxpayer money has been spent on audits, lawsuits and eventually a criminal investigation.
ex wentzvillian

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#32
May 30, 2013
 
To oh geez....do employees have time limits? If so then several alderman have been on the board way too long. After all, I believe that they are employees too! Personally I'm looking forward to some resignations by embarrassed board members. Maybe the truth will set them free...of course, time will tell.
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#33
Oct 24, 2013
 
so what ever happened to Diane? Where is she now?
Embarrassed

Eaton Rapids, MI

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#34
Oct 29, 2013
 
She's probably busy with her attorney preparing her case against the city.
Be Happy

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#35
Oct 30, 2013
 
You all in Wentzville need to take just a minute and count your blessings..........

You have a predominantly middle and upper middle class group of families who make up the MAJORITY of your residents. Only about 1 in 5 public school students, that's 20% for you non-math majors, are on Fed Free and Reduced Lunch.

Your taxbase is EXPANDING! Just take a look at the Parkway and tell me any different. There are communities very near you who have LOST assessed valuation in HUGE amounts. 50% of their children are on Fed Lunch Assistance and the local food pantries serve HUNDREDS of children and families each week.

Your residents have disposable income to spend in the stores along the Parkway. Your per capita income, approx $41K, is one of the highest in Missouri. That means more tax revenue for public services WITHOUT having to ask for huge tax increases.

Your homes, aka residential properties, have done much better at retaining their value. You sould live in a community where the only taxbase is residential and it has collapsed.

So before you start complaining about what your community has or doesn't have or about incompetent public officials, might I suggest taking a look at some other nearby communities in far worse shape?
Time Will Tell

Wentzville, MO

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#36
Oct 30, 2013
 
That's like saying, just accept unethical, dishonest and inept politicians who are ruining Wentzville's reputation and are wasting our tax dollars! I guess some of us have higher standards and expectations than others!
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Nov 1, 2013
 
"without having to ask for huge tax increases" Get your head outta your butt! Wentzville has had tax increases and that's how they fund all of those new parks, if they ever get built. look at the sales tax rate in some of the areas its nearly 10%! Wentzville has some of the highest, if not the highest tax rates in the area.

Besides that, looking the other way and not making politicians and staff accountable to the citizens is exactly why our country is in the state of chaos it is in. Too many people just look the other way.

If you are going to be a smart *** get your facts straight, especially before you choose to insult the "non math majors".

Wentzville is in crisis. Never before have so many employees exited the city at such a rapid pace. They are fleeing people - it's sad. Under the current Board and Mayor, who are collectively responsible, what had the potential to be a great city, is now quickly headed down the sewer.

But wait a minute - the problems began much earlier. They began when the powers that be decided to start hiring from outside of the city and bringing in department heads and other key positions that had personal agendas. Instead of building the departments and advancing the employees from within. Let's take a look:

Former City Admin - DW - actually very good at her job. A go getter. Personal Agenda: Short stop - moving up the ladder to a bigger municipality. unfortunately for her the stop was shorter than she anticipated because she was a threat to the egos of some of the male board members.

Economic Development - Swank - Good guy, just wanted to have fun. God rest his soul. Personal Agenda - using city funds to pay for his parties - Wabash Days, Renaissance Festival and on and on.

Public Works - he was there such a short period of time, I don't know his name - replaced Bensing - again good guy, just wanted to make a living. personal Agenda - unsure

Parks - who knows. What does this lady do anyway? Walks around in a daze most of the time and is known to say dumb off the wall remarks. Its been told that she just came to Wentzville to build new parks and then she wants to high tail it out. A stepping stone for her. And at what cost to Wentzville, does she really care about the projects? Not as long as they are lining the pockets of her friends. In addition, does she have the experience to lead these projects?

Police Chief - No comment needed. Anyone who has seen her out in the public, knows she is such a narcissist she is bound to destroy herself eventually, hopefully that will happen before she destroys the police department.

The Mayor and every single board member needs to be removed from office. Save our City!

Anyone interested in creating a citizens group to Save Our City??
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#38
Nov 5, 2013
 
This is what Diane's been doing and I think it's going to cost the Wentzville taxpayers a lot of money in the end!

http://m.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-co...
WM Felt

Vienna, MO

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#39
Nov 5, 2013
 
In a recent drive in our city I decided to go by the new splash station on peine road. The pool is still not complete and now that's it's nearly complete its clear that it's located in the absolute wrong place. This pool should be located behind Dierbergs ( whatever that park is called). The pool is too colorful to hide on the outskirts of town. What fool decided to build it on that pile of rocks. I seen that Stokes and Kross were both liaisons on the parks commitee.. They should both be run out if office and forced to move out of town for this debockle.. I'm sure these fools won't be re elected but we're stuck with the pool in that location for years to come.. It's frustrating that we've elected complete idiots!!
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Nov 5, 2013
 
Whoa wrote:
"without having to ask for huge tax increases" Get your head outta your butt! Wentzville has had tax increases and that's how they fund all of those new parks, if they ever get built. look at the sales tax rate in some of the areas its nearly 10%! Wentzville has some of the highest, if not the highest tax rates in the area.
Besides that, looking the other way and not making politicians and staff accountable to the citizens is exactly why our country is in the state of chaos it is in. Too many people just look the other way.
If you are going to be a smart *** get your facts straight, especially before you choose to insult the "non math majors".
Wentzville is in crisis. Never before have so many employees exited the city at such a rapid pace. They are fleeing people - it's sad. Under the current Board and Mayor, who are collectively responsible, what had the potential to be a great city, is now quickly headed down the sewer.
But wait a minute - the problems began much earlier. They began when the powers that be decided to start hiring from outside of the city and bringing in department heads and other key positions that had personal agendas. Instead of building the departments and advancing the employees from within. Let's take a look:
Former City Admin - DW - actually very good at her job. A go getter. Personal Agenda: Short stop - moving up the ladder to a bigger municipality. unfortunately for her the stop was shorter than she anticipated because she was a threat to the egos of some of the male board members.
Economic Development - Swank - Good guy, just wanted to have fun. God rest his soul. Personal Agenda - using city funds to pay for his parties - Wabash Days, Renaissance Festival and on and on.
Public Works - he was there such a short period of time, I don't know his name - replaced Bensing - again good guy, just wanted to make a living. personal Agenda - unsure
Parks - who knows. What does this lady do anyway? Walks around in a daze most of the time and is known to say dumb off the wall remarks. Its been told that she just came to Wentzville to build new parks and then she wants to high tail it out. A stepping stone for her. And at what cost to Wentzville, does she really care about the projects? Not as long as they are lining the pockets of her friends. In addition, does she have the experience to lead these projects?
Police Chief - No comment needed. Anyone who has seen her out in the public, knows she is such a narcissist she is bound to destroy herself eventually, hopefully that will happen before she destroys the police department.
The Mayor and every single board member needs to be removed from office. Save our City!
Anyone interested in creating a citizens group to Save Our City??
As with most malcontent individuals, you offer NO DOCUMENTENTED FACTS to support your emotional and anecdotal rant. Simply attacking someone's appearance as a "narcissist" is hardly a legitimate reason to evaluate job performance. In fact, I would surmise you have your own personal issues requiring some sort of professional evaluation and treatment.

I have dealt with countless individuals like yourself for DECADES. You all have the same personality traits, including a tendency towards self-importance and an over-inflated view of your significance. It is most often referred to as "small man's syndrome."

Perfection is seldomseldom achieved and be happy with what you have. You could be like Spanish Lake, Black Jack, Riverview and other areas you vacated years ago. Be careful what you wish for, it could happen to you........

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