Ellisville Recall Effort Fails To Win City Council Support

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ELLISVILLE, MO. (KTVI) - A proposal to change the way elected officials can be recalled in Ellisville did not move forward on Thursday.  A majority of council members agreed that now is not the time to take up the issue.

Thursday's special meeting was held one night after the council approved a TIF to build a Wal-Mart Supercenter on Manchester near Clarkson.

The council approved the plan in spite of vocal opposition from some citizens.

The project would displace residents of a neighboring apartment building.

Some citizens threatened a recall of members who support the TIF.  They feel the effort to change recall procedures was a direct result of their threat to initiate a recall.

"We stand up their and say the pledge of allegiance and they turn around and say they're going to change the law to stay in office," complained Pete Cahill, Ellisville resident.

Adam Paul is the mayor of Ellisville.  He opposes the Wal-Mart project and had concerns over the effort to change the recall procedure.

He said the new proposal would have required proof of misconduct.  He felt that language left too much up to interpretation and could leave the city on the hook for costly legal challenges.

"Is misconduct falling asleep in church or is misconduct Penn State?" asked Mayor Adam Paul.

He promised to fight the development and said it's not a done deal until the doors open.

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