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Update: Ellisville City Council Proposes Resolution to Remove Mayor from Office

The council approved a motion to draft a resolution to start the process to remove Mayor Adam Paul from office.

Update: Feb. 21 at 11:04 a.m.

City Council Member and former mayor Matt Pirrello issued the following statement this morning:

"The Mayor is innocent until proven guilty. An innocent man needs only the truth on his side. The burden is on the City to establish guilt. Please refrain from passing judgment until all of the facts are known from both sides. Please do not succumb to the rhetoric. We live in a nation of laws not popular opinion."

Original post:

The Ellisville City Council on Wednesday put in motion a process to review whether Mayor Adam Paul is qualified to hold the post, two days after a charter enforcement commission declined to press a separate case against him.

Council member Michelle Murray initiated the process to have the city council review whether Paul should be removed from office in the wake of unrelated complaints that he overstepped his authority and violated the city charter.

The complaint against Paul was filed last week, claiming that the mayor violated the city charter by ordering police to remove a member of the public from meeting premises on two separate occasions, most recently at a Feb. 6 council meeting.

The charter enforcement commission, consisting of Murray and council members Dawn Anglin and Linda Reel, unanimously voted to recommend to the council to dismiss the claim on Monday night.

On Wednesday, Murray requested that City Attorney Paul Martin draft a resolution based on a provision of the city charter that allows the council to review the qualifications of any of its members, including the mayor.

Reel was the only member of the council to vote against the motion.

Murray's motion read:

"I move that the city attorney prepare a preliminary resolution for the removal of the mayor under Section 3.6 of the city charter and that the city council and staff including the city attorney be authorized and be directed to cooperate in the preparation of the resolution, constraints of the Sunshine Law notwithstanding, and to waive any privileged attorney-client communications related to the contents of the preliminary resolution."

Paul referred questions about the turn of events to his lawyer, who could not be reached Wednesday night.

"There have been a number of instances where the judgment and actions of the mayor have been called into question," Martin said. "The council, I believe, wants to explore whether those instances merit his forfeiture of the office."

Martin added he would prefer to prepare the resolution prior to commenting on any specifics. Martin said the resolution is expected to be ready for the next council meeting March 6.

Patch is tracking this story as it develops.

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E. Schmidt February 23, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Now businesses are afraid that a TIF Big Box Behemoth and another TIF project with an unfair economic advantage will either wreck their customer base or the Great Streets median planned to make Walmart more accessible with make their businesses less accessible and snarl traffic. That also lies squarely on the shoulders of the current city staff and council including ex-Mayor Matt Pirrello. Homeowners and property owners who live within a block or two of the other target redevelopment areas fear their property could face the Threat of Eminent Domain. That also lies squarely on the shoulders of the current city staff and council including ex-Mayor Matt Pirrello. Yep..I think there is a pattern here which needs to be broken.
E. Schmidt February 23, 2013 at 01:31 PM
.In the above post strike bankruptcy, replace with foreclosure; add lyin’, cheatin’ and stealin’ and a country-western operatic score and you get the picture. Sorry for the error. So, little mike k and his ilk have no idea what they are talking about.
E. Schmidt February 23, 2013 at 01:44 PM
At this time I wish to pre-empt any blame to be erroneously mis-placed on Mayor Paul for the possible closure of our local Office Depot. Office Max and Office Depot are merging per an email I received as a customer. This is happening nation-wide and is a corporate decision based on the realities of the current economy. Perhaps we'll get lucky and our own Office Depot will remain in place, relocate within Ellisville and/or even expand. They are good folk there and have been helpful....and they are doing it without a TIF
Mike K February 23, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Why would they keep not one Office Depot open that is right next door to a WalMart, but TWO? I'm pretty sure the OD across the street from WM/Manchester Highlands is on life support. See how that access for Costco/WM from 141 and Manchester worked out for them and how it worked out for Office Depot? You're looking at Ellisville if the current council and ex-mayor succeed and continue to destroy this community. My gut says they close BOTH Office Depot stores (Ellisville and Manchester) and refocus on the Ballwin Office Max that is as far as it can be from both Walmart stores.
E. Schmidt February 23, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Big Mike K, Your wrote: >>>My gut says they close BOTH Office Depot stores (Ellisville and Manchester) and refocus on the Ballwin Office Max that is as far as it can be from both Walmart stores.<<< You could be dead on with your guestimate re: store closing and openings. Lease expiration dates and options to renew will also play a part. I have not seen a time frame on the merger/consolidation of the two corps. Their real competitor is Staples, not Walmart. But, Walmart no doubt cuts into their margins on the low end of some products. From a Chicago Trib article. >>>OfficeMax, with about 29,000 employees, operates 978 stores, including 10 in the Chicago area. Office Depot has about 39,000 employees and operates 1,675 stores, including seven in the Chicago area. The two CEOs wouldn't say how many stores would be closed, but Balter has predicted about 600.<<<
mike k February 24, 2013 at 05:50 AM
No doubt with our brilliant Mayor in charge, our Office Max will be closed, just like the Ellisville BlockBuster. Please note not all the BlockBusters or Chevy Mexican Restaurants in the St. Louis area are closed or closing but ours sure were. Given the option of which store in an area to close, with our Mayor's anti business attitude, what CEO in their right mind would not close their Ellisville store. Ellisville, the East St. Louis of West County brought to you in living color under Mayor Paul.
Mike K February 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM
@littlemikek: Saying something over and over doesn't make it any less false or less delusional. Here's a clue: CEOs don't give a rip about Ellisville. Either their location are profitable or they are not. That's what matters in deciding store locations to close. The mayor or the council's pro or anti business stance, whatever that even means, is irrelevant to the decision making process. As proof, I looked on Wikipedia for Chevy's and there isn't one word about Ellisville or your hallucinatory views on our Mayor's and City Council's actions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevys_Fresh_Mex I call BS, little mike. Put up or shut up. Show us ONE example of any anti-business action by the Mayor *alone* in any official record of this imaginary thing you speak of. You can't. Because the Mayor can only act in concert *with the council* on any city action. And that contradicts your fictional worldview. But don't let mere things such as facts stand in the way of you making a complete donkey of yourself. Why stop now?
Mike K February 24, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Our Ellisville *Office Depot* will close. There is no OfficeMax in Ellisville. And it will close because OfficeDepot knows that locations across the street from Walmarts lose money, like the one in Manchester. It has nothing to do with the dysfunctional City Council we have. Thankfully, three members will be gone by April, and replaced by people that can hopefully salvage the damage from their predecessors' toxic, scorched earth obstructionist actions that have disgraced the entire City Council in the view of the 44% of the voters that elected Mayor Paul, if not the entire St. Louis region.
E. Schmidt February 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM
>>>No doubt with our brilliant Mayor in charge, our Office Max will be closed,<<< It's an Office DEPOT...DEPOT... Here, let me spell it for you...D-E-P-O-T... Which only goes to show just how ill-informed you are or how much you even bother to shop locally. Will your moronic comments ever cease? (I truly hope not as they just highlight the mental capacity and mental state of the opposition.)
Ellisville Shopper February 24, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Hey BIG E, Ordering a couple of thousand dollars worth of consumer items on line. No sales tax to the city of Ellisivlle to waste. Starve the Beast from Within. No Mom and Pops harmed in the purchase of these items. Sorry to good non TIF corporate citizens. You mostly don’t have what I want or at the right price. Voting with my wallet for now. Voting on April 2nd to get them out of office.
Mike K February 24, 2013 at 03:58 PM
@ES: Not exactly true. You do know you are still required to claim items purchased from outstate (internet) where you did not pay sales tax on you MO tax return and pay the Use Tax (which just happens to be the same rate as the sales tax. The loser in collecting that is the local sales/use tax entity - Ellisville. For commodity items, I prefer to give the Ballwin Target my business or Kmart before UPS/FedEx/USPS. The carbon footprint/efficiency of the gas-powered-truck-to-your-door for watch package scaled up to everyone is worse than a big box store distribution model. So it is a 'green' thing for me to purchase over the internet only those items that are truly not available locally and no local alternative exists. I don't know of studies on the carbon/environmental costs of distributor @ entry/source to door for individual items (internet) vs adding a local distributor with consolidated trips to door.
Mike K February 24, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Substitute 'each' for 'watch' above. My mobile keyboard's autocorrect isn't sometimes.
mike k February 24, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Our illustrious Mayor is presiding over the greatest exodus of businesses from Ellisville that has been known to man and guess what, he is doing NOTHING to reverse the trend. In fact he is going out of his way to build walls to keep new businesses from coming into Ellisville. From a business perspective, he is worse than the black plaque that swept Europe between 1348 and 1350. He has got to go before there is nothing left of Ellisville to preserve.
Caffeinated February 24, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Our local millionaire genius racecar driver at it again. Guys, nobody takes this human stain seriously. You're all wasting pixels on a cartoon. Little mikey would fail a Turing test...
Mike K February 24, 2013 at 04:35 PM
44% of the voters have the same question of the City Council - which wad presided over by Perrillo. You also claim nothing more than he happens to be the guy in office during an economic downturn. You have demonstrated no action by Mayor Paul that has any element of causality whatsoever. I am not surprised by your overwhelming abundance of intellectual inability.
E. Schmidt February 24, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Big Shopper, You are certainly entitled to vote with your wallet. I have often wondered if Ellisville isn’t a hot bed of Libertarian sentiment lying just below the surface. Good luck with that sales tax revolt. I am still buying local and was in Office Depot (that’s D-E-P-O-T for the factually challenged among us) just yesterday. All I can say is…since you insist on calling me “BIG E” I will now be calling you The “Big Shopper.” It has that cool 1950s Rock 'n Roll ring to it and you have the dough, Daddio ;)
E. Schmidt February 24, 2013 at 05:12 PM
I still find it hard to believe little mike k is a real person. If I hadn't seen him stand up in the city council chamber and whine that people were being mean to him on the Patch and calling him names, I'd be wholly unconvinced. A few of us still talk about what a laugh riot that was. greatest exodus...that has been know to man...the black plague...LOL!
mike k February 24, 2013 at 06:20 PM
How about a big old group hug for the anti Ellisville business coalition. Calling Ms. Schmidt the big E certainly fits, she has got to be pushing 3 bills easy. Have another donut big E.
K Huggard February 24, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Ms. Schmidt, I am a journalism student in the area and preparing to submit an article I have written regarding this topic to area newspapers. My research as shown you being very active as an anti TIF activist, and has shown you as being quoted in many of the articles which have already been submitted. I would love to be able to have you perhaps read what I have written to proof facts based on your assumed knowledge of this controversy and see if you could potentially give any quotes for me to add to the paper to help legitimize my writing. Any chance that we could be get in touch via email?
Mike K February 24, 2013 at 07:11 PM
@ES (both of you): Pssst. We're all on the same side of the issue here on this thread. Shopper has always been respectful of the heated differences of opinions posted on the Patch, unlike some other denizens and pure purveyors of hatred, division, and misinformation. It's OK to respectfully agree to disagree on this minor side topic of personal choice micro-economics and its impact on larger community and macro-economics.
Ellisville Shopper February 24, 2013 at 07:52 PM
little mikey kkk, Be careful . BIG E might go tell the City Council on you. A few of those council girls aren’t exactly “skinny” either. They may not agree on much, but I can see them agreeing to open a fresh can of Whoop Ass brand on you and inviting Katie James along for the fun. Now that would be a sight! Great Moments in Municipal Politics if there ever was one! ROTFLMAO!!! FYI , that’s not why I call her BIG E. Big Mike K, Same side. Coming at it from different angles. We're just having some fun.
E. Schmidt February 24, 2013 at 08:18 PM
K Huggard, Come on by ellisvilleA9A@yahoo.com and introduce yourself.
Caffeinated February 24, 2013 at 08:22 PM
"...the black plague..." No, he stated the "black plaque." Led to the horrible outbreak of gingivitis that struck upper Gaul in 1403.
K Huggard February 24, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Awesome thank you so much, I will forward the email with an attachment now. Look forward to speaking with you!
E. Schmidt February 24, 2013 at 08:53 PM
>>>No, he stated the "black plaque." Led to the horrible outbreak of gingivitis that struck upper Gaul in 1403.<<< And eventually the digging of the Suez Root Canal in 1859. Seriously Caff, between you and Big Shopper, I can't stop laughing!!!! If I were in public, I'd be hauled away as a suspected lunatic. I hope little mike k never stops posting.
mike k February 24, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Have another box of donuts big E, which in your case the E stands for elephant
E. Schmidt February 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM
OK Girls...Hitch up your steel-belted pantyhose. I've got the can opener. Just remember, I saw him first. BWAHAHAHA!!!
mike k February 25, 2013 at 12:01 AM
LOL, you got to catch me first. Good luck with that.
E. Schmidt February 25, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Yes, little mike k. Disguised in your white hood, driving your race car ever so fast, the girls and I will never know it's you or even be able catch you if we did. VA-ROOM VA-ROOM VA-ROOM, etc... Caff and Big Shopper, I woke up laughing.
Charles Pavlack February 25, 2013 at 03:47 PM
I'm going to agree with Liz and Big Mike K on this one. Chevy's, Blockbuster, and the car dealerships were closings that have little or nothing to do with local Ellisville politics. I think we lose the K-Mart for similar (non-Ellisville) reasons in the next few years, with or without Walmart. I hope not, because even if the Walmart goes in, I still plan to do some of my shopping at K-Mart. I hope Liz is right and our Office Depot stays.

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