Merger idea spring 1961
Kaufman said he could not es-a tima,e how many municipalities F.N'T MERGING COUNTY rais io IE ;U. City Mayor Says This Would Obviate1 Granting More Pow-; ers to Council. Consolidation of St. Louis county's 98 municipalities into 'few large cities canahl.. of nm. jviding necessary municipal serv- urs was luvncaiea yesterday by Nathan B, Kaufman, mayor of University City. As a corollary, Kaufman told a reporter, it then would be unnecessary unnecessary to give additional powers to th St. Louis County Council. Council leaoVrs are seeking authority to supply some municipal services throuhout the county. "If we continue to attempt to survive under the present framework framework of 98 municipalities, in the near future we will encourage additional state legislation to give the county government power power to perform area-wide area-wide area-wide functions," functions," Kaufman predicted. His city is the largest municipality in the county. "If we had self-sufficient self-sufficient self-sufficient municipal municipal units, we could take the position that it would be unnecessary unnecessary to transfer additional functions functions to the county government," he said. "The area-wide area-wide area-wide problems would fade to an irreducible minimum. Control over major traffic arteries and disposal of rubbish and garbage are examples examples of the few area-wide area-wide area-wide functions functions that would remain for the county government to handle sn0lll(1 De 'ormea under Jiis pro- pro- posal. "1 would say that the determining determining factor should be simply whether a given area can pro vide all the needed services," he stated. "Certainly the cities with 0nly 750 resi(,rn,s are nnt doinR ii. r.ven many inai are considerably considerably larger are not doing It either. There are only about five municipalities in the county that are providing all municipal services today." Kaufman expressed the view that consolidation or a cedinR powers to the county govern ment are the Inevitable alternatives alternatives facing county residents. He pointed out that there Is strong opposition to the latter action, one of the principal ob-pections ob-pections ob-pections being that the "town-hall" "town-hall" "town-hall" type of democracy would be lost in a big governmental unit and another being that such a government would, by virtue of its size, be inefficient nd t0 f "j'y controlled by self- self- lsn P'i'cai iniere.M.v A bill to facilitate consolida tions of municipalities is pending the Missouri Legislature, he pointed out. Under terms of the bill, in the form of a proposed constitutional amendment, the County Council could initiate consolidations, which would become become effective if approved by voters in each of the affected corporate areas. It was introduced introduced by Representative F. Neil Aschemeyer (Dcm.), of Olivette. Pedestrians Go Underground. VIENNA, April 1 Wi. Under-ground Under-ground Under-ground passageways have been made for pedestrians at busy Schotten crossing in famous Ring avenue. Vienna s BIG CITIES URGED!