Monday, December 12, 2005

MoDNR Urban Outreach Moves to South County

MoDNR Urban Outreach Moves to South County

Friday's Local Government Briefings reports that:

"The Department of Natural Resources St. Louis Urban Outreach Office is moving to the St. Louis Regional Office. Nancy Morgan - Environmental Assistance, Pat Justis - Energy Center, Mary Donze - State Parks, and Kris Zapalac - Historic Preservation Office are in the process of moving. The move will be completed December 15, 2005. Their new address is: St. Louis Regional Office, 7545 S. Lindbergh, Suite 210, St. Louis, MO 63125. Phone: (314) 416-2960; fax: (314) 416-2970."

The St. Louis Urban Outreach office had been located at 4030 Chouteau, 6th floor, in the heart of the City of St. Louis.

While this is probably an unfortunate byproduct of budget cuts and the desire to consolidated offices, it seems kind of silly.

After all, the Division of State Parks - which is part of DNR - just last year announced the opening of a St. Louis Area Office based at the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site and headed by Dr. Karla Frye. Admittedly, that was under the previous administration.

So, now the "Urban Outreach" staff like the great Kris Zapalac will have to do a bit more commuting.

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