Ellisville Article 9 Amendment Proposal Withdrawn
The City Council held a special meeting Thursday to discuss the issue, but the Council moved to have the sole agenda item withdrawn.
Council Member Troy Pieper moved to amend the agenda and withdraw the Article 9 proposal within the first few minutes of the meeting.
"I really feel this is not the right time for this," Pieper said. "We all have a lot going on."
The withdrawal passed unanimously by present council members including Mayor Adam Paul. Council Member Matt Pirrello was absent from the proceedings.
Residents and business owners continued to voice opinions during public comments following the withdrawal. While some admitted to changing their original comments based on the council's decision to withdraw, others voiced continued opposition to the potential of the amendment as well as the pending Walmart development.
Liz Schmidt, the interim chair of the Article 9 Alliance, called the council "politically tone deaf," but said to the council, "Maybe you're starting to listen by dropping this amendment."
Former Ellisville mayor Edward O'Reilly asked during his comments who sponsored the amendment language. Wednesday's work session agenda noted Pirrello's name next to the charter amendment item, but the question was left directly unanswered.