Nov 03

Addressing Mandates and Quarantine Requirements in Schools

Posted on November 3, 2021 at 12:43 PM by County Council

Parents have recently attended St. Charles County Council meetings to express their anger and frustrations about COVID-19 mask mandates and quarantine policies of local school districts. Many blame the St. Charles County Public Health Department, but the department is required by state law to follow requirements set by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). It is also important to note that school districts, similarly, are regulated by the state (the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education), and County government has no regulatory authority over them. 

Some of the school districts also blame the County health department; however, the school districts are required to send the names of students who test positive or may have been in close contact with a student who tested positive for COVID to the County health department. The blame game goes on and on. Recently, DHSS has given some flexibility to county health departments and school districts to reduce or eliminate quarantine requirements for close contacts. Credit should be given to the St. Charles County Executive’s office for their efforts in encouraging DHSS to change the quarantine requirement. Thank you, County Executive Steve Ehlmann.  

The way I witnessed it, this is the truth of what's going on, folks.

Oct 27

Keep Our Storm Drains and Waterways Clean

Posted on October 27, 2020 at 10:23 AM by County Council

It’s fall and that means many of us will begin—or already have started—spending our free time raking leaves. Did you know leaves can pollute and block our storm drains and natural drainageway systems? They are just one of many things that puts these systems at risk. Being aware of everything that can pollute and clog our waterways is extremely important.

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Dec 20

The Impact of Sales Tax and Online Purchases

Posted on December 20, 2019 at 2:30 PM by County Council

Your County Council thoroughly reviewed, discussed and then passed a budget for 2020 that was presented to us by the County Executive and his staff. It is one of the tightest County Government has ever seen.

After a year of economic growth and low unemployment, why is this the case? It’s because local governments are unable to collect sales tax from all online purchases. This isn’t a situation unique to St. Charles County, but that doesn’t make it any easier for us.

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