Out of no where comes the news that the St. Louis County Board has plans to take over ownership of several of Clayton's major downtown streets, including South Central, Bonhomme, Meramec, Forsyth, Carondelet and Bemiston avenues.
Legislation to hand oversight of the roadways surrounding the Government Center to the county transportation department is headed toward preliminary approval by the County Council next week. Formal enactment is expected in June.
The city manager said this move comes as a total surprise to the city and the county board chairman believes it is necessary for security reasons although he wouldn't say just what the security reasons are.
It seems hard to believe that one agency of government can just decide to take over a part of another government's venue. I can't say I blame Clayton city officials for be upset about this, these are major streets in the downtown and the county will most likely forbid parking if they get ownership.