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05/26/14 - The Pool is Open!

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer and Old Farm joined the rest of St. Louis in celebrating.  The water was a beautiful shade of blue and a bit chilly, but everyone had a great weekend in the pool.  With school being out, be sure to get your membership today.  Join the pool!

 

11/12/13 - OFE Beautification Contest -

This year we had 6 contestants enter our contest.  Survey was sent out electronically and we had 80 people resond by voting.  All contestants did a great job and the top three winners were to receive a cash prize ($250 for first and $125 for 2nd and 3rd).  The 2nd and 3rd place winners have been very gracious and donated their winning back to the subdivision.  Not only were no subdivision funds expended for the contest, we were able to raise an additional $250 in funds for the subdivision.

 

11/12/13 - OFE Amendment Election Results -

352 voting ballots were received.  There were 189 yes votes and 163 no votes.  Although the majority of voting households wanted the amendment as in all previous votes, 60% of the yes votes were not received so the amendment failed.

 

6/15/13 - Household Hazardous Waste - St. Louis County has opened up a permanent drop-off site for Household Hazardous Waste. In the past, they used to have collection events scheduled in the spring and fall but this is a permanent replacement.

Just go to the website http://hhwstl.com/ to make a reservation to drop off all those old chemicals that are laying around the house.

 

4/9/13 - NextDoor Social Site - Take a look at this social site which is designed for neighborhoods like Old Farm Estates.  There will be more information about it in the coming Gazette.  https://oldfarmestates.nextdoor.com/login/

 

3/12/13 - Go Ape In Creve Coeur Park - The County Council Approves Go Ape Contract for Creve Coeur Park on February 19:

 

7/27/12 - Dog Walking - Please be a good neighbor

Unsightly, smelly, a breeding medium for germs and disease, and a huge hassle on the sole of a shoe, dog poop is not a desirable feature in any neighborhood. Dog feces plays a significant role in water pollution, especially in cities, and the bacteria that makes its way into streams, lakes and the water table can make people sick. Indeed, a single gram of dog feces can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria that can cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal disorders and kidney problems. In 1991, the EPA even designated dog poop as a "nonpoint source of pollution" putting it right up there with oil and toxic chemicals

 

Yet about 40 percent of Americans don't clean up after their dogs! Removing dog poop and disposing of it properly is therefore a public health and safety activity, and one in which every dog owner should proudly participate.

 

Yet, handling dog poop is not the most pleasant of tasks. Here are some ways to minimize the unpleasantness of the task. And if you see someone leaving their dog's mess behind, feel free to educate them on these methods! Have courage and do your bit to ensure that our canine friends can live with us in harmony, and not put the dog poop complainants on high alert!

 

Plastic Bag Method

 

Bring several bags with you when you take your dog for a walk. Plastic grocery bags work well for picking up dog poop. These bags do sometimes have a tear or two, so it helps to use two bags - one inside the other. This way the odds are extremely small that there will be two holes in the same location and you are almost guaranteed not to get poop on your hands. Using two bags of whatever kind also has an insulating effect so that you don't feel the heat from the poop as much. And it helps to reduce the smell.

There are also pre-made poop bags available for sale that are self-sealing and strong at

wikihow.com/Pick-Up-Dog-Poop. See note 7.  These are especially good if you're queasy or the quality of the grocery bags in your area is somewhat flimsy. (You might also be doing your bit to stop accepting plastic bags!) Some pet supply stores have doggy bags that are scented. You may want to try some.

 

Pooper Scooper Method

 

If you can't bring yourself to handle the poop even through a plastic bag, or you cannot bend over for any reason, purchase a commercially made "pooper scooper." These usually consist of a handle on one end of a long arm, with a double-sided shovel on the other end. When looking for a suitable scooper, check that the size is appropriate for your breed of dog.

 

For animal violations St. Louis County Ordinance web site http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=11512 and search on 611.210.  From the law, "A dog, ... creates a nuisance if it:  a. Soils, defiles, or defecates, on urban property other than property of a person responsible for the animal unless such waste is immediately removed by a person responsible for the animal ...

 

8. Every person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provision of this chapter shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or imprisoned in the St. Louis County jail for not more than one year, or assessed both such fine and imprisonment."

 

 

7/26/12 - Solicitors - ANYONE, with a couple of exceptions, who solicits door to door in the County MUST register with the County , MUST carry this registration with them, and MUST present it when requested. If they don't have it, or won't show it to you, call the police non-emergency number and report them.  St. Louis County website for solicitors' permits:

http://revenue.stlouisco.com/licensing/PeddlersCode.aspx