Remarks from Mayor Schneider issued on Friday on 2 bills

Florissant Mayor Tom Schneider Responds to Councilman Lee’s Remarks of March 19.

The following are remarks from the mayor issued on Friday

It shall be noted that Mr. Lee was the primary author and promoter of Bill 8981 therefore the umbrage expressed in his remarks is not surprising.

Mr. Lee clams that an urgent project was stopped by the Mayor last year which is not factual. The administration requested that Bill 8965 be introduced on November 11th to appropriate $300,000 for the first phase to replace the light poles at St. Ferdinand Park. That bill was removed from the Nov. 11 agenda with a motion by Mr. Lee seconded by Mr. Stinnett. During a January 23 work session after regrettably hostile grilling of our Public Works Director and City Engineer by Council members Lee and Stinnett the Administration was expecting to discuss the details of our Ball Field lights estimates with the Council but that discussion was tabled with a motion by Mr. Stinnett seconded by Mr. Lee.

Mr. Lee complains that the Mayor did not attend the February 27th Council Work session. What he fails to note is that the Mayor explained to the Council repeatedly starting in mid January that he had a legitimate conflict with the date and sincerely requested that the work session be rescheduled when the Administration was available.

“I explained that I am the immediate past President of the St. Louis County Municipal League, that I already missed one important Municipal League meeting to attend the above mentioned January 23 work session and that there was very urgent business on the League agenda January 27th that specifically impacts the future of Florissant. In addition, not only did I feel it was necessary for me to attend but I feel it is important for Florissant Council members to attend Municipal League meetings also,” the mayor said in the statement.

“The City Council has repeatedly disregarded the time constraints of the Administration. More troubling is that it appears to me and other members of this Administration that the current City council, at the continuing behest of Mr. Lee and Mr. Stinnett, as evidenced by the section 2 of Bill 8981, has been attempting to move beyond their legislative authority and have advocated for the Council to assume a dangerous level of Administrative Power.”

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