(KMOV) – Dozens of people in the Oakville area of south St. Louis County have started a movement to make the unincorporated town its own county.
“I think it’s a really good idea. I think the government of St. Louis County is kind of removed from what is going on in Oakville,” said Missouri Rep. Marsha Haefner, R-District 100.
Haefner said she has been hearing from dozens of her constituents.
“They feel that St. Louis County has been unresponsive to citizens in south St. Louis County, specifically what Oakville has asked them to do,” she said.
Many say the catalyst to the idea was when dirt started moving for a government senior housing center on Telegraph Rd.
“The problem was, is that nobody was really notified about what was going on,” said Rich Schuette, owner of Rich’s Frozen Custard. “And that kind of made us realize that we needed to take government in our own hands.”
Schuette said the decision to build the senior housing center was made without the voices of Oakville residents and businesses that would have impacted the choice.
A 13-member steering committee dubbed Citizens for Responsive Government is now researching what it must do to break away from St. Louis County and form its own county, with its own tax base, government and policing
Haefner says based on state statues, a county is easier to form than an incorporated city.
“I will admit, we don’t know what mountain we are trying to climb here, but that is what we are doing, we are at the very beginning of finding out what our options are and what the citizens really want us to do,” said Haefner.
The steering committee meets again next week to discuss its options moving forward.