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									                                                                                                                         October 2007




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             Questions or comments may be direc ted to Cr aig St rohbeck 314-963-8684
PROPOSITION “A” LOCAL USE TAX ON NOVEMBER BALLOT
The Local Use Tax was created by the Missouri General Assembly in 1996.The tax was enacted to allow the collection of sales tax on goods
that were purchased via mail order, the internet or through catalogs. When making purchases consumers would pay the sales tax rate that
applied to purchases made in the City in which they lived. Brentwood collected this tax for about two years, averaging about $80,000 each
year. The money was to be used for any general municipal purpose. Shortly after the tax was enacted a group of Missouri business’s filed
a lawsuit claiming the tax to be unconstitutional. Ultimately, the Missouri Supreme Court disagreed with the challengers but stipulated
the Local Use Tax needed to be passed by a majority of the voters locally. The Use Tax replaces the general sales tax when purchases are
made via mail order, the internet or catalogs. You do not pay both the Local Use Tax and the general sales tax. It is imposed when tangible
personal property comes into the State of Missouri and is stored, used or consumed in Missouri. As a consumer, this means you would
pay the local sales tax rate of 5.725% on purchases made out of State whether by mail order, catalog or internet. If you are physically in
another State and make a purchase you pay the sales tax in that State. Individual consumers are exempt from paying the Local Use Tax if
their purchases do not exceed $2,000 in a calendar year. The vast majority of receipts from the Local Use Tax come from business’s that
do not qualify for the $2,000 annual exemption and frequently purchase goods from out of State.

If you purchase an item by phone, catalog or internet from a Missouri based vendor or from a vendor that has one or more physical
locations in Missouri, you currently pay the State portion of the use tax which is 4.225%. If the Local Use Tax is approved, you would pay
the State and local portion (Brentwood’s portion) of the sales tax or 5.725%. All in-state vendors are required to charge the Local Use Tax
when you make a purchase. Most vendors out of State add the sales tax to your purchase. They are required to add the sales tax if they
want to be eligible to receive Missouri State contracts. In this case the vendor collects the sales tax from the purchaser and remits it to
the State who distributes it to the local agency (Brentwood). If an out of state vendor does not add the sales tax to your purchase, you are
responsible to pay the local use tax when you file your annual State tax return. Individual consumers are exempt from paying the Local
Use Tax if your purchases do not exceed $2,000 in a calendar year.

The Local Use Tax helps local businesses remain competitive by keeping the playing field level. By having the same sales tax rate as out of
town vendors local businesses remain competitive in pricing. It is estimated the Local Use Tax would generate approximately $125,000
annually for Brentwood. If approved, the local use tax would help the City with Public Safety demands, such as police, fire and ambulance
dispatching, and other general needs of the City. The Local Use Tax will be on the ballot November 6th and requires a simple majority for
passage. If approved, the tax would become effective April 1st, 2008.

For additional questions please contact Chris Seemayer at 314-963-8605 or by e-mail at cseemayer@brentwoodmo.org


  SALES TAX BREAKDOWN
  State*                                4.225%
                                                                                      Bikeable/Walkable Trails
                                                                                 The first of two public meetings will be held on
  County General                        1.000%
  County Transportation                 0.500%
                                                                              Thursday, Nov. 29th from 4-6 p.m. at the Brentwood
  Metro Link                            0.250%                               Recreation Complex to gather information from resi-
  Metro Parks                           0.100%                               dents regarding possible trail connectors or designated
  Brentwood*                            1.500%                                 routes that will help residents navigate throughout
  TOTAL                                 7.575%                                 the community to schools, parks, public buildings,
                                                                             shopping areas, etc.. without the need to drive. Many
  If the Local Use Tax is approved the State portion (4.225%)                 times, residents are aware of routes or “secret” paths
  and the Brentwood portion (1.5%) would apply to                               that will help our consultants as they prepare our
  purchases                                                                     study. Residents are invited to participate in this
  as described above, bring the total Local Use Tax rte to
                                                                               process by attending this meeting on Nov. 29th. A
  5.725%.
  *These are the only two taxes that would apply to the Local
                                                                              second meeting will be held the same evening at The
  Use Tax.                                                                     HEIGHTS Community Center from 7-9 p.m. This
                                                                             study is a joint study covering the cities of Brentwood,
                                                                                  Clayton, Maplewood and Richmond Heights.
Flu Shot Clinics                                  Lead Remediation                                     Recreation Center Study
                                                  Assistance Available                                 Update
The Visiting Nurses Association will
be conducting Flu Shot Clinics at the                                                                  The Recreation Center Ad Hoc Committee
                                                St. Louis County Planning Department, Office
Brentwood Recreation Center. Each clinic                                                               is releasing a Request For Proposal (RFP) to
                                                of Community Development, has received a
is designed especially for certain groups                                                              potential consultants on October 12th to receive
                                                new HUD grant for Lead Remediation. They
and is subject to last minute changes due to                                                           proposals to complete a study of Brentwood’s
                                                have begun taking applications and want to
supply of the vaccines. Certain insurances                                                             future recreational needs and the needs of
                                                make sure the residents in Brentwood are
may be accepted. Please bring your                                                                     our recreation center. This study will help to
                                                aware the funds are available.
insurance cards or traditional Medicare                                                                identify if the residents of Brentwood would like
                                                To qualify for the Lead Program, the resident
card to be considered.                                                                                 to upgrade the current facility and ice arena or
                                                must own their own home, be current on
Friday, October 19: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. –                                                                 if a new facility would be preferred that may or
                                                their taxes, have a child 6 years old or under,
Senior Clinic (Ages 9-Adult)                                                                           may not include an ice arena and other types
                                                and be willing to have their child tested for
Saturday, October 27: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. –                                                                  of programming facilities.        It is anticipated
                                                lead poisoning. This program is targeted to
Family Clinic (Ages 6 months-Adult)                                                                    that a consultant will be selected to begin this
                                                low-income families.
Saturday, December 1: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. –                                                                  study after the first of January. Once the study
                                                Generally, if the house was built before 1978
Family Clinic (Ages 6 months-Adult)                                                                    begins, the City of Brentwood is requesting the
                                                it will likely have lead paint somewhere.
For additional information, please contact the                                                         assistance of our residents by filling out surveys
                                                St. Louis County’s goal is to prevent lead
VNA St. Louis at 314-918-9090.                                                                         or taking phone surveys in an effort to determine
                                                poisoning in as many homes as possible,
                                                                                                       the wishes of our community. More information
                                                but had to limit the program to families
Busy Holiday Calendar                           with children under 6 years old. The reason
                                                                                                       on this portion of the study will be forthcoming.
                                                                                                       If you wish to be made aware of information
Brings Events to Residents                      for choosing this particular age is because
                                                                                                       regarding the recreation center study, please sign
                                                children under 6 are still developing certain
                                                                                                       up for updates on the Brentwood webpage at
Veteran’s Day Ceremony: Thursday, parts of their brain and their cognitive and                         www.brentwoodmo.org under the “Quick Links”
November 8th at City Hall. The ceremony will behavioral skills are negatively affected when            section on the main page.
begin at 6 p.m.                                 exposed to lead.
                                                If you are aware of a family that would qualify        REI Clean Stream Project
                                                and would like to participate, please contact
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony: Judi Candela, Health Education Coordinator,
Friday, November 16th at the Brentwood                                                                 Brentwood Parks & Recreation and REI have
                                                at 314-615-1642.                                       once again teamed up for a day of cleaning up
Community Center. Join in to sing carols and
light the City Holiday Tree. Ceremony begins at   A Message from Ameren                                our local creeks and parks. We will meet at
                                                                                                       Memorial Park for orientation, and send you
6:00 p.m.
                                                                                                       on your way with trash bags in hand. Trash
                                                  If you are concerned about tree growth near          bags will be provided. Please wear proper
City Holiday Party: Monday, December              your service drop (the electric line that runs       clothing to get dirty in: shoes and work gloves.
10th from 5-7 p.m. at the Brentwood               from the main power line to a home), please          Lunch provided by the Brentwood Lions
Community Center. Residents and staff are         contact Ameren at (800) 552-7583 to schedule         Club after the clean up. Please help clean up
invited to enjoy refreshments, entertainment      an appointment to have your service drop             your local creeks and parks by donating your
and view gingerbread houses made in classes       disconnected in order to have the trees near         time and energy. Register with REI at least
on Dec. 8th. Free Ice Skating will be available   this line trimmed safely. In addition, if a meter/   one week prior to the event by calling REI-
from 4-6:45 p.m. with Santa making an             service box is pulled off a home during a storm,     St. Louis customer service at 314-918-1004,
appearance on ice and at the party! Make          it is the property owner’s responsibility to have    or stop by their Brentwood Square location
sure to bring your wish list for Santa…           an electrician re-attach the meter/service box       at 1703 South Brentwood Blvd., and register
                                                  assembly before Ameren will restore power.           in person.
                                                                                                       Saturday            11/4      9-11:30 a.m.
                                                                                                       Memorial Park in Brentwood
 OCTOBER                                                                      NOVEMBER
 15        Board of Aldermen Mtg: 7 p.m.                                      1         Architectural Review Board Mtg: 7 p.m.
 16        Power Yoga Class begins & Sit N Be Fit: 963-8689                   3         Saturday Learn- To -Skate classes begin
 18        Architectural Review Board Mtg: 7 p.m.                             4         Daylight Savings Time Ends
 19        Senior Flu Shot Clinic: 918-9090                                   5         Board of Aldermen Mtg: 7 p.m.
 22        Library Board Mtg: 6:30 p.m.                                       6         Election Day
           Municipal Court: 7 p.m.                                                      T’ai Chi Chih begins: 963-8689
 25        Board of Adjustment: 7 p.m.                                        8         Veteran’s Day Ceremony
           Bagels and Bingo: 963-8689                                         9         Argosy Casino Trip: 963-8689
 26        Coffee with the Mayor: 9 a.m.                                      11        Veteran’s Day Holiday
 27        Family Flu Clinic: 918-9090                                        12        City Offices Closed
 29        Monday Learn- To -Skate classes begin                              14        Planning and Zoning Mtg.: 7 p.m.
 30        Ward 3 Mtg: 7 p.m.                                                           A World of Belly Dance begins: 963-8689
 31        HALLOWEEN                                                          15        Architectural Review Board Mtg: 7 p.m.
           Site Plan Review: 7 p.m.                                           16        Tree Lighting Ceremony – 6 p.m.
           Wednesday Learn – To- Skate classes begin: 963-8689                19        Board of Aldermen Mtg: 7 p.m.
Tree Maintenance                                      or not to remove a tree, there are three factors
                                                      to consider:
                                                                                                                Brentwood Public
Over the past few years Brentwood has been
                                                           •	 •The potential for a tree to fail                 Library Events
                                                           •	 •The environment of the tree and its
struck by severe storms that have inflicted
                                                                 surroundings                                   The Brentwood Public Library presents
damage to personal property and has
                                                           •	 •Whether the tree is a potential                  Reading Our World, a series of informative
inconvenienced many within the community.
                                                           •	 target (for pests or disease)                     and entertaining programs to help you make
When properly maintained, trees give a wealth
                                                      Finally, future problems can be prevented by              sense of our rapidly changing world. From
of aesthetic value to our community. A tree
                                                      planting the right tree in the correct location.          October through November, we will present
that is taken care of provides shade, reduces
                                                      Large trees should not be planted where they              a series of free programs designed to open
cooling costs, and beautifies our community.
                                                      will interfere with overhead wires, homes, or             your eyes to the possibilities of science and
One of the most important aspects of tree
                                                      any other structure that can be affected by               its role in our lives. We have something for
maintenance is pruning, which involves the
                                                      tree growth. Low growing ornamental trees                 every age and interest, including a series of
removal of dead and undesired branches from
                                                      that grow wider shouldn’t be planted close                special programs just for the kids. For more
the canopy of the tree. The best time of year
                                                      to the street, where they could interfere with            information, visit www.brentwood.lib.mo.us,
for tree pruning is early Spring or late Fall.
                                                      vehicle or pedestrian traffic.                            or call the Brentwood Public Library at 314-
Properly done, pruning improves tree health
                                                      Brentwood’s City Arborist can assist you if               963-8630.
and reduces the risk of property damage
                                                      you have any questions or concerns regarding
and personal injury. Many people confuse
                                                      Arboriculture, including thinning, crown
“pruning” or “trimming” with what is called
                                                      cleaning, crown restoration and proper


                                                                                                                                                                      B
“topping” a tree. Topping causes weak branch
                                                      pruning techniques. To reach our City
attachment and often opens entry ways for
                                                      Arborist, please call 963-8642.
disease and pests. In the Arboricultural field,                                                                             www.brentwoodmo.org
topping is considered a form of malpractice.                                                                                          Questions or comments may
Fallen trees and branches are a primary cause         READING OUR WORLD – Adult Programs
of electric power outages. To minimize the            Tuesday 10/16, 7-8:30 p.m.: Viewing the Night Sky: K. Michael Malolepszy will enlighten amateur
likelihood of safety hazards and power outages,       astronomers about the night sky and offer tips on observing the heavens with a telescope, binoculars,
                                                      or the naked eye. A viewing of the night sky in the library parking lot will follow this presentation.
trees and vegetation must be kept clear of
                                                      Tuesday, 10/16, 1-5 p.m. & Saturday, 10/20 1-5 p.m.: The Unisphere: The St. Louis Science Center
electric power lines. Trimming trees and              will lead participants on a trip to the stars in the inflatable Unisphere, and through the telling of Stellar
managing right-of-way vegetation can prevent          Stories, Legends and Lore. The 45-minute star show will be presented five times each day.
many—but not all—outages that are caused              Tuesday, 10/23, 7-8:30 p.m.: The Sacred Depths of Nature: Ursula Goodenough, Ph.D, will describe
when trees adjoining Ameren’s easements fall          some of our current understandings of nature and their spiritual potential. Goodenough has shared
onto power lines. Ameren trims trees only in          the theory of religious naturalism around the world and in productions on PBS and The History
rights-of-way and easements. Trees near the           Channel, as well as on National Public Radio. Copies of The Sacred Depths of Nature will be available
                                                      for purchase and signing.
electric line that runs from the main power
                                                      Thursday, 11/1, 7-8:30 p.m.: Practical Availability for Alternate Energy: Nick Akers, president
line to a home—called a service drop—are the          and founder of Akermin, Inc., will describe alternative energy and its importance. Akers will discuss
property owner’s responsibility. Never attempt        alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, biofuels, and fuel cells, and their viability in solving
to remove a limb or a tree that has been              energy needs.
entangled in any type of utility cable. All utility   Tuesday, 11/16, 7-8:30 p.m.: Nano Technology: Science and Technology on a Nanoscopic (or
wire should always be treated as if it were an        Smaller than Microscopic) Scale: Phil Fraundorf, Ph.D., of Washington University and the University
energized line. Only tree care professionals that     of Missouri-St. Louis, describes the work of scientists within the tiny world of atoms and molecules.
                                                      Fraundorf will discuss the impact of nanotechnology on medicine, biology, engineering, chemistry,
are line clearance certified can come within 10
                                                      robotics, and computers.
feet any type of electrical conductor. Ameren         READING OUR WORLD- Children’s Programs
is willing to assist anyone in any line clearance     Saturday, 10/16, 3-4 p.m.: St. Louis Science Center: Unisphere: The Unisphere brings outer space up
circumstance.                                         close and personal with 45 minute shows. The shows will repeat five times each day.
Although pruning is a very important aspect           Saturday, 11/3, 3-4 p.m.: Sensational Science: Flight : Airplanes, jets, helicopters! Take off with the
of tree maintenance, some trees may be better         library! Saturday, 11/17, 3-4 p.m.: Sensational Science: Technology: Bring your best smile and learn
suited for removal. When determining whether          about photography with great stories and fun experiments!


   22       Thanksgiving Day City Offices Closed
                                                                                        10              City Holiday Party: 5-7 p.m. Recreation Center
   23       City Offices Closed
                                                                                                        Municipal Court: 7 p.m.
   26       Library Board Mtg: 6:30 p.m.
                                                                                        11              Sit N Be Fit Exercise Class starts (314) 963-8689
            Municipal Court: 7 p.m.
                                                                                        12              Planning and Zoning Mtg: 7 p.m.
   27       Bikeable/Walkable Trails Open House: 4-6 p.m.
                                                                                        17              Board of Aldermen Mtg: 7 p.m.
   Recreation Center
                                                                                        18              Ward 3 Mtg: 7 p.m.
            Ward 3 Mtg: 7 p.m.
                                                                                        20              Architectural Review Board Mtg: 7 p.m.
            Power Yoga class begins: 963-8689
                                                                                        22              Winter Begins
   28       Site Plan Review: 7 p.m.
                                                                                        24              Chirstmas Eve
   30       Coffee with the Mayor: 9 a.m.
                                                                                        25              Christmas Holiday-City Offices Closed
   DECEMBER                                                                             26              Site Plan Review: 7 p.m.
   1         Family Flu Shot Clinic                                                                     Start of Mad Science Holiday Camp: 963-8689
   3         Board of Aldermen Mtg: 7 p.m.                                              27              Board of Adjustment: 7 p.m.
   6         Architectural Review Board Mtg: 7 p.m.                                     31              New Year’s Eve
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    City Hall
    962-4800

    Fire Department
    963-8612

    Police Department
    644-7100

    Emergency
    911

     Hall
CityParks & Recreation
    963-8689
962-4800
Fire Department
    Public Works       Employee Focus – Rob Brockman, Certified Arborist
963-8612
    963-8642           The City of Brentwood is proud to recognize our City Forester and only Certified Arborist,
Police Department      Rob Brockman. Rob has worked for the City for three and half years, but just recently passed
644-7100
    Planning & Zoning  the exam to be a Certified Arborist. Rob’s expertise comes from years of experience previously
Emergency
    963-8626           with the City of Richmond Heights and specialized training since joining the Brentwood staff.
                       Climbing is an important part of his job and he has been climbing for 12 years. He event
911                    competed in the International (Tree) Climbing Competition in Topeka, KS. The City purchased
    Economic Development
Parks & Recreation
    963-8629           a new bucket truck two years ago that aids in his work tremendously and cuts down on the
963-8689               need to climb and the risks associated with this portion of his job. His primary responsibilities
Public Works
    Library            include daily upkeep of the forestry division that includes tree planting (Rob has added
963-8642
    963-8630           several different species to our city inventory to assist in beautification), stump grinding, tree
Planning & Zoning      pruning, tree removal and complete tree diagnosis. When performing a tree diagnosis, Rob is
963-8626
    BTV-10             looking for trees that meet the definition of “hazard trees”, pest management, disease, and risk
                       assessment. He also plays an important role in preparing the Tree City USA Award application
Economic Development
    962-8672
                       and assisting with other appropriate grants such as the TRIM Grant and updating the city tree
963-8629               inventory. Rob is also one of the first staff members called for storm management when trees
    Municipal Courts
Library
    963-8623           fall on public rights of way. The thing he likes most about his job with the City though is the
963-8630               versatility to work on other Public Works projects, operating equipment, doing concrete work,
BTV-10 Lateral Hotline etc…when he is not working with trees.
    Sewer
963-8672
    962-6234           In his personal life, Rob is the father of two sons. 8 year-old Corbin attends Maplewood
Municipal Courts       Elementary and Rob and Christy are excited to have welcomed 8 month-old Collin to their
                       family this past year. They will soon be moving to Oakville. In his spare time, Rob enjoys
963-8623
                       softball, bbq’s, camping, float trips and is an overall outdoor enthusiast.
Sewer Lateral Hotline
962-6234

								
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