The back and forth controversy surrounding Caseyville Police Chief Jose Alvarez may not end with Wednesday night's board meeting. That's when board members are expected to vote on whether or not to fire the chief.
Alvarez has already been fire twice by the mayor, and reinstated once by the village board, and once by a judge. He tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he plans to appeal if the board does fire him.
Alvarez contends that local radio personality Bob Romanik used his influence to get him fired in retaliation for the chief's recommendation that Romanik's son, probationary patrolman Steve Romanik, be dismissed.
The elder Romanik says Alvarez went after his son in retaliation for his own on-air criticism of the chief.
The St. Louis County Library System will go ahead with plans to tear down two older library buildings and replace them with new structures despite recent opposition.
About 100 people attended the Board of Trustees meeting Monday, many pleading with board members to spare the buildings that house Lewis and Clark branch in Moline Acres and the Tesson Ferry library in Green Park. Preservationists pleaded to save the modern architecture and stained-glass windows of the Frederick Dunn designed Lewis and Clark branch. It's slated to be razed and replaced with a $6.2 million building with more space for computers and technology.
The Tesson Ferry branch on Lin-Ferry Drive will be replaced by a new $16 million structure on Musick Road, across from Grant's Farm.
Despite the opposition, Director Kristen Sorth tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the library is moving forward with its plans.