Owner of Jamestown Mall gets 1 month extension to pay gas bill

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 6:33 PM

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV) -- The owner of the Jamestown Mall in north St. Louis County has apparently met his deadline to get the gas turned back on.

News 4 has learned he’s been given a month to actually pay up, or things will get quite chilly again.

More than two weeks ago the St. Louis County Public Works Department received complaints the theatre at the mall was too cold.

The county found it was well below 68 degrees - the temperature the law requires in public buildings - because gas service to the mall had been shut off.

“...We’re in a situation where we don’t want to close a mall,” said David Wrone with St. Louis County Public Works. “We don’t want to send 200 people to the unemployment line, it’s simply not what we’re about, however, this is an issue, it’s a problem.”

Laclede turned the gas back on and gave the owner a payment extension on his roughly $20,000 dollar bill.

The owner blames the bank for not paying the bill when the mall was in foreclosure.

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