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Impeachment Hearing for Ellisville Mayor Pushed Back

The hearing to consider whether or not Mayor Adam Paul should be ousted from office will now take place April 1, the day before municipal elections.

The impeachment hearing for Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul has been moved back again, placing it the day before a municipal election that could shift the balance of power on the city council.

The hearing to consider the charges leveled against Paul will now take place on April 1, back from its previous March 27 date. The change was made as a result of a request from Paul’s lawyer who is seeking more time to prepare and conduct depositions of city officials.

The Ellisville City Council discussed the request during a work session Wednesday and unanimously agreed to the extension.

The hearing had been planned to be held at moved from Ellisville City Hall to Ellisville Elementary to accommodate what is expected to be a large crowd. The location for the April 1 date was not set, but city officials indicated they would keep it at the school if it was available.

The move came as a surprise to Paul, who was present at Wednesday’s meeting and told Patch afterward that it was “news to him.”

The initial 11-page resolution included charges that Paul drank and used profanity on the job, recorded confidential meetings and usurped authority. Some charges were dropped at the council meeting last week. Paul, suspended from office since March 6, has denied all allegations.

Emails Turned Over

On Monday, a lawyer appointed by the city to preside over the hearing sided with Paul’s attorney Chet Pleban and handed over a trove of email communications between city staff and council members.

Pleban explained that the city had objected to the release of the emails on the basis that they were protected under attorney-client privilege. However, Pleban said the resolution adopted by the council calling for Paul’s removal waived any such privilege.

With even the now pushed back trial date coming up quickly, Paul’s legal representation is scrambling to gather enough evidence to mount a defense.

“It took us two weeks to get these documents. A lot of valuable time has been lost. We will do our best to try and get up to speed,” Pleban said.

Ellisville City Attorney Paul Martin, who drafted the resolution calling for Paul’s impeachment, has previously declined to comment on the specific allegations and said further evidence will be presented at the hearing.

mike k March 25, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Time to review kindergarden Paul's record as we near the one year anniversary of his Mayorship. BEST BUY - GONE MEDICINE & MORE - GONE BLOCKBUSTER - GONE TRI STAR MERCEDES - GONE SHOE CARNIVAL - GONE CHEVY'S FRESH MEX - GONE Mayor Paulies stellar anti business attitude has cost Ellisville 6 major employers during his short tenure as mayor. It is time for this amateur to go before he completes his mission of turning Ellisville into the East St. Louis of West County. April 1ST, 2013 - MAYOR PAUL - GONE
Suzanne Gundlach March 25, 2013 at 03:20 PM
"major employers"...??? Best Buy - business contraction, had nothing to do with Ellisville Medicine & More - acquired by another company, nothing to do with Ellisville Blockbuster - slowly going out of business, nothing to do with Ellisville Shoe Carnival - consolidated locations, business contraction Chevy's Fresh Mex - filed for bankruptcy, business contraction, nothing to do with Ellisville
mike k March 25, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Where is the new business in ellisville. there is none, Mayor paulie is a classic failure. We need Walmart here and we need it now. Mayor paulie needs to go now while we still have a business base in ellisville to protect.
Caffeinated March 25, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Ruby's Guns Dunkin' Donuts Veritas WIndow Sills Cafe / Market Place That craft brewery/restaurant going into Chevy's I hear a Sports Authority is on the way... That's just off the top of my head. Anyone else know what else is coming in?
mike k March 25, 2013 at 03:54 PM
On a tax dollar basis, the past year has been a huge net loss for Ellisville. Another year of Paul and you can forget having our own Ellisville police department, snow removal, trash pickup, 4th July fireworks, plus many other Ellisville services currently offered. Of course, we can always go to the dog park for entertainment.
Caffeinated March 25, 2013 at 03:58 PM
The past four years, actually. It was called the Great Recession for a reason. Your continued insistence to attribute this to a guy who has been in office for less than a year and is essentially a councilman-at-large shows a basic misunderstanding of how our government works and an ignorance of the economic realities we face.
Suzanne Gundlach March 25, 2013 at 04:18 PM
I would like to add a few to Caffeinated's list of new businesses... C&C Butcher Shop Savers Five Below Red Racks Also, "MIKE K" mentioned he wanted to *protect* the business base in Ellisville...know how you do that? You have to *PATRONIZE* the businesses in Ellisville. * Be interested to know your real name, because I would like to know how often I bump into you "around town"...
E. Schmidt March 25, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Orange Leaf (next to Dunkin' Donuts - not sure of date opened.) Dollar Store type place west of Dierberg's (recent open within the past year.) Some are Mom and Pop or Partnership owned franchises, some are straight-up Mom and Pops...and the money will more likely than not stay in or around the community rather than find its, way to Bentonville, AK. Of course little mike k doesn't mention them because it blows his case for the mythical "business killing" powers of the Mayor Paul. I've always thought little mike k is likely a Walmart shareholder which might explain some of his histrionics. >>>We need Walmart here and we need it now.<<< !!! (Emphasis added.) If so, those other businesses aren't putting any money in his pocket. No need to mention them. Like no one can find any cheap Chinese made crap without a Walmart and there aren't three other Walmarts within a short drive.
mike k March 25, 2013 at 06:57 PM
suzanne, you can get my name and address from Big E. Her "union friends" already paid me one visit and slashed the tires on one of my cars. I have brushed up on Missouri's castle doctrine which allows a homeowner to use force, up to and including deadly force to defend his home, property, or VEHICLE against an intruder without being liable to prosecution. By the way, I am a regular customer at Ruby's guns so perhaps we will bump into each other there.
robert kerr March 25, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Ms Schmidt, You see you have just given away your true motive on Wal-Mart. You have a deep seated hatred of Wal-Mart and it shows in your posts. You obviously don't understand economics, either. Wal-Mart pays people (save your breath, I already know what you going to say, Wal-Mart doesn’t pay people a fair wage, ect., then don’t work there) , some of those people will be local people, those people will in turn, spend money locally..i.e, house payment, McDonald's, Diebergs, ect. Then those people will spend money locally...you see, money has velocity. It is called economic activity and choice. You are for choice, are you not? Why would you not own Wal-Mart stock? Ms Schmidt, that’s how people become wealthy, they invest their money. You must have learned your economics from President Obama.
robert kerr March 25, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Suzzane, I hate to pop your bubble, but Five Below and Red Racks are in Ballwin, not Ellisville.
Mike K March 25, 2013 at 08:23 PM
My concern isn't for those that choose to work elsewhere. Its for those that can't afford not to. Especially with those free classes they offer to employees on how to maximize all of the government benefits programs they qualify for. Walmart has done more to create more 'takers' than any other company in history. And yet you idiot conservatives think they are a shining example of capitalism and 'good' in the world. You haven't thought through the end state of a capitalist society. It is a race to the bottom for the 99% to put the 1% at ever increasing risk of overthrow and class warfare. It won't matter how many guns the 1% will have when they realize the 99% have just as many. And Mr. Kerr, I am sure you have nothing against slaves either, because you think everyone should own one or three.
E. Schmidt March 25, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Good gawd…Now your’re pretending to teach us economics? Re: velocity of money. Here’s a quandary you might want to ponder. Perhaps it will keep you busy for a while. http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2012-08-10/inflation-m2-and-velocity-money My concern is that our money stay in or near our community for as long as possible and not find its’ way to Bentonville, AK. Again, we are not your students at SLCC-Wildwood, too young and inexperienced to know a crock when they hear one (and smell it.) And FYI, there are plenty of publicly and privately traded companies to hold stock in other than Walmart. Some produce/manufacture actual things, have decent employment practices, actually pay a dividend and have experienced significant share price increase...while not contributing to the decline of the American middle class and the rise of the corporate welfare state.
mike k March 26, 2013 at 02:02 AM
Walmart is in the top 50 of the most widely held stocks in the world. I suspect Big E if she has any investments at all is probably 100% invested in Dunkin Donuts.
Cindy Pool March 26, 2013 at 05:25 AM
Holly, I would love to discuss the issues with you. I have met with several Ellisville businesses to get their point of view, not only of RPA-1 and RPA-2, but the general relationship they have with the city. I am at every open City Hall meeting. You can also send me an email or call anytime. I am always open to hearing new opinions. I have my candidate profile in the Post Dispatch, West Newsmagazine, and Suburban Journal. My Patch profile will be published this week. You can also visit my website at www.CindyforCityCouncil.com.
E. Schmidt March 26, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Any friends and family of non-whites, gays and any other groups you denigrate with your racist and homophobic comments should be on your "suspect" list. Look around your immediate neighborhood. I still maintain the fence and gate are not to keep others out, but to keep your neighbors in and living near you. Yes. We all get that you are one dangerous hombre and you have a gun. Most of us are more afraid that you have car rather than a gun, given your penchant to run over people.
Frank Johnson March 26, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Suzanne, I've added a PDF of the resolution containing the amended charges against Mayor Adam Paul to this story, I apologize for not getting it up sooner. @Mike K, Unfortunately, no. At the moment, this is the only way the system allows for PDFs to be uploaded/viewed.
HollyG March 26, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Thank you Cindy, I will email my concerns. I had seen your FB page. After more review of your profiles, I do like the emphasis on better communication. It seems that the negativity escalated when a very large group of citizens and businesses felt that they weren't being heard about the TIF and the removal of the mayor...and not that they did not understand. Hopefully they will feel better represented and more positive in the future.
Mike K March 26, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Thank you Frank, for attaching the updated resolution and for trying to have "real" PDFs linked.
Mike K March 26, 2013 at 07:55 PM
@little mike: And Walmart is in the top 1 of companies with more employees (both as a percentage and in number) with part-time status, no health care benefits, and receiving government assistance benefits for the poor (typically called "entitlements" by those opposed to such programs). I posit that Walmart alone has done more to expand Medicaid, welfare, and "Obama-care" costs across the country than any other factor. And yet you rail against the "takers" (government benefits recipients) and laud the "success" of Walmart. What will Walmart do to find "qualified" part-time employees if you succeed in scaling back Medicare/Medicaid/Welfare/"Obama-care" since I don't think you will be able to repeal the 13th Amendment for them to find a suitable workforce and maintain their shareholder value?
Suzanne Gundlach March 26, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Walmart was mentioned in Bloomberg today: "In the past five years, the world’s largest retailer added 455 U.S. Wal-Mart stores, a 13 percent increase, according to filings and the company’s website. In the same period, its total U.S. workforce, which includes Sam’s Club employees, dropped by about 20,000, or 1.4 percent." * So even though they are building more stores, they are hiring significantly fewer people to work in them. And sales are showing a decline. Still think this is the company that can single-handedly save a muni economy? http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-26/customers-flee-wal-mart-empty-shelves-for-target-costco.html
robert kerr March 26, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Ms Schmidt, Do you mean that K-Mart's money "stays in the area?" No dear, I am sorry that does not happen....how about Sears in Chesterfield? Home Depot? Lee's Chicken? McDonald's? My dear, Ms Schmidt, your arguments are all over the lot and you keep moving the goal posts. Yes, they are many companies that I invest in, so what is your point? Do you wish for me not to be able to invest in Wal-Mart? That’s not very democratic of you. Yes, the fallback position on Wal-Mart, the corporate welfare state.....like Solyndra? Fisker? GE? I thought all along that it was about a TIF...go figure.
Mike K March 26, 2013 at 08:52 PM
I don't think her arguments are all of over the lot. But rather your comprehension of basic socratic discussion is what is severely impaired. Please re-read the part "there are plenty of publicly and privately traded companies to hold stock in other than Walmart. Some produce/manufacture actual things, have decent employment practices, actually pay a dividend and have experienced significant share price increase...while not contributing to the decline of the American middle class and the rise of the corporate welfare state." Sears and Home Depot both refer a great deal of sub-contractor (installation work) to local businesses (construction) that simply can't be outsourced. The STL are Lee's are owned by EJG Enterprises, (Emmett and Jennifer Gamache) located in Earth City. The Ellisville McD's is owned and operated by an independent franchisee. You seem to be incapable of comprehending anyone's other than your own incoherent ramblings. The point is not that anyone wishes you not to be able to invest in Walmart. Please don't put forth false attributions to bolster your own fallacious arguments. The point is not any of the other litany of straw men you proffer. The point is that Walmart, "but for" that $10MM TIF, is not and never will provide any demonstrable benefit to the Ellisville community. Those who think it will are in a tiny minority, and unfortunately for the taxpayers, some of them are on the City Council and the City Attorney stinks of corruption.
E. Schmidt March 26, 2013 at 09:19 PM
For crimeny sakes. This was the question I answered...>>> Why would you not own Wal-Mart stock?<<< Because there are better companies to invest in...and as Suzanne notes the company is having major problems and as BIG MIKE notes it teaches people how to apply for public benefits and expects the taxpayer to subsidize Walmart employees' health care to improve the bottom line to the shareholders. >>>Do you mean that K-Mart's money "stays in the area?" No dear, I am sorry that does not happen....how about Sears in Chesterfield? Home Depot? Lee's Chicken? McDonald's?<<< In some cases yes, in other no. But, none of those companies came begging for corporate welfare and asked the taxpayers to finance and subsidize the construction of their stores >>>My dear, Ms Schmidt,...<<< My dear, "Professor," I can hardly believe you get paid to teach in a public community college.
mike k March 26, 2013 at 09:21 PM
I hope you realize that building a Walmart in Ellisville will bring something that has been sorely missing and in decline since Mr. anti business Mayor Paul took office and that is JOBS. Many of the new Walmart employees will likely be Ellisville residents. Good for the local economy, good for Ellisville.
Mike K March 26, 2013 at 09:37 PM
"Good for the local economy, good for Ellisville." Spoken like a true Southerner opining for the days when slavery was "Good for the local economy, good for the South". I think we all know how that turned out, now don't we? Perhaps the local history buff, "Professor" Kerr, and the resident Pivot Man, will speak to that.
robert kerr March 26, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Mikie... Good that you joined, you guys must take turns. Yes, I want slavery again, sure! Wal-Mart = slavery Huh? Yeah, that's the ticket. Grow up and act like a man. You're a slave to your mind, I believe.
robert kerr March 26, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Ms Schimdt, Yeah, now the argument is, Wal-Mart is going bankrupt. Wal-Mart stock: $74.77 and they just upped the dividend for the year, too. I can't see your point.........Oh and none of that Wal-Mart money won't stay in the area, so it must be hoarded in Bentonville Ark? What? I get paid very well, thank you. Your tax dollars at work! What about you? Tip: You should not be so angry at other people and what they do for a living. I am just a middle class citizen living in Ellisville that walks my dog in a free park.
robert kerr March 26, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Just for you Mikie, If you do not go to the dog park, you will not pay the fee for entrance...if you do not go into the Wal-Mart to shop, you will not pay the sales tax, hence, you will not pay the TIF. Is that not a correct statement? I love Socrates.......
Suzanne Gundlach March 26, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Thank you!

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