ST LOUIS, MO/May 11, 2017 (STL.News) A section of north St. Louis County is embarking on a new era.
A ceremony was held Wednesday morning to celebrate the official merger of Vinita Park and Vinita Terrace. Voters approved the merger during the November 2016 election, making Vinita Terrace the fourth ward of Vinita Park.
“The merger is a community-driven effort and the result of months of tireless effort by our elected officials to communicate the benefits to our residents,” said Mayor James W. McGee, City of Vinita Park.
“By becoming part of Vinita Park, Vinita Terrace residents will keep the local representation they desire and obtain new professional, full-time services such as public works, clerks, financial services and free trash service,” McGee added.
This historical merger impacts more than 2,000 residents who live and pay taxes in the two communities. Both municipalities already have a history of cooperation, including shared police services. With the merger, the North County Police Cooperative’s headquarters will move to the former Village Hall building in Vinita Terrace. Community leaders say the new headquarters will allow police services to be more centrally-located and provide more services to residents.
“Our two communities will greatly benefit from joining together,” said McGee. “Among other things, it is believed that the merger will help stabilize and could even increase property values and strengthen the fabric of both communities.”
Dan Clasby, Chairman of Vinita Terrace agrees.
“This is going to be good for our residents,” said Clasby. “A lot of thought and time went into planning this merger and it would not have been possible without the help of Vinita Park and the St. Louis County boundary commission.”
Beyond Housing which supports the 24 communities within the Normandy Schools Collaborative, was instrumental in this effort.
“Beyond Housing was thrilled to spearhead this effort,” said Chris Krehmeyer, CEO and President of Beyond Housing.
“The goal of the 24:1 Initiative is to bring partners together, in this case Vinita Park and Vinita Terrace, to work together for the benefit of its residents. We also now have a detailed roadmap for other municipalities looking to consolidate in the future,” Krehmeyer added.
ABOUT VINITA PARK
Vinita Park is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, located just east of I-170 and south of St. Charles Rock Road. The population was 1,880 at the 2010 census. The City of Vinita Park, along with the Village of Vinita Terrace, gets its name from “Vinita Station,” an electric rail car Station that was at the intersection of Midland Boulevard and Page Avenue. Voters of both Vinita Park and neighboring Vinita Terrace voted Nov. 8, 2016, to consolidate into one municipality – Vinita Park.
ABOUT VINITA TERRACE
Vinita Terrace is a village in St. Louis County, Missouri, located next to Vinita Park. It spans just under 40 acres. The population was 277 at the 2010 census.