Earlier this month, I met with Senator Eric Schmitt, Ballwin City Administrator Robert Kuntz, and representatives from Ameren and Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD). During the meeting, I was impressed by Mr. Kuntz’s proactive and professional approach to the issues we discussed.
The city of Ballwin is struggling to pay for rising street light costs and is concerned that utility companies have been unresponsive to its needs. Despite these challenges, Ballwin has already implemented various initiatives to become more energy efficient. I hope that this meeting will encourage more effective communication between the city and utility companies in the future.
The second issue addressed at the meeting was MSD’s response to storm water runoff in Ballwin. Mr. Kuntz hopes to develop a financially responsible plan that will also protect the city’s environmental needs and recreation areas.
Focusing on long-term solutions from the outset is the only way to effectively overcome obstacles in government, and I appreciated that Mr. Kuntz came to the meeting with ideas on how to improve the current system. With Ballwin’s solution-oriented approach, I am confident that we will be able to resolve these challenges.