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Attorney tells Hermann aldermen exit from utility group could be costly, lengthy process

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Hermann likely can get out of the contract that provides electricity to municipal governments but it will be expensive and it will be a lengthy endeavor. So says Lee Curtis, the lead attorney in the law firm recently hired to represent the city in its efforts to leave the consortium of local governments — the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission (MJMEUC) — that sells electricity. Curtis Monday night offered

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  • Hermann city administrator begins to see the bigger picture of planning

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm

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    As if he’s not busy enough managing the day-to-day workings of a local government, Hermann City Administrator Mark Wallace last week began looking at things from a broader perspective. Wallace last Thursday joined the Board of Directors of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (RPC), headquartered in St. James. The city administrator — who landed in his new City Hall position in recent weeks from overseeing Hermann’s Department of Public Works

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  • Hermann aldermen ponder plan for licensing out-of-town food vendors

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm

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    Hermann officials are continuing their discussion on how to charge out-of-town food vendors — an issue that has been on the table for several weeks. The Board of Aldermen Monday night again took up the matter, but opted to take a little longer to consider possible changes to the city’s business license fee structure. City Attorney David Politte suggests that Hermann officials look at the fee system other area towns

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  • Gasconade County voters again reject proposed use tax

    Posted on August 12, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Gasconade County voters Tuesday rejected — again — a proposed use tax that would have been applied to purchases made via the Internet. During last week’s primary election balloting, county voters solidly turned down the proposal, voting 1,400 in favor to 2,082 against. Gasconade County’s effort was among the latest by local governments to seek approval of a use tax, a method of trying to collect revenue on purchases made

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  • Mayor: Hermann has no choice but to get out of MoPEP contract

    Posted on August 5, 2014 at 11:11 am

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    Hermann will be out from under its contract with the Missouri Public Energy Pool (MoPEP) in less than a year and buying electricity at a cheaper rate, so says Mayor Tom Shabel. The legal firm hired by the Board of Aldermen at its last meeting — Curtis, Heinz, Garrett and O’Keefe, P.C. — is “chomping at the bit” to begin working on scrapping the city’s contract with MoPEP, Shable told

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  • City of Hermann hires law firm, will seek exit from MoPEP

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 3:20 pm

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    By staff writer The Hermann board of aldermen, at Monday night’s city council meeting, approved a resolution to hire a law firm to start proceedings on vacating its purchase power agreement with MoPEP. The firm of Curtis, Heinz, Garrett & O’Keefe, P.C. will provide legal services for the city regarding its relationship with MoPEP at a rate not to exceed $225 per hour. It’s the same firm that represented the

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  • Hermann’s Stone Hill Winery wins another Governor’s Cup with a Norton

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 2:43 pm


    By staff writer The results from the 2014 Missouri Wine Competition was announced last week, and Stone Hill Winery’s 2012 Cross J Norton triumphs again with a tri-fecta earning Best of Class Dry Red, C.V. Riley Award, and the top award for Missouri’s best wine of the year, The Governor’s Cup. This marks the second year in a row for the winery to claim all three awards for one of

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