ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) -
The St. Louis County prosecutor has put the Village of Uplands Park on notice, citing a lack of police protection for its citizens.
First, the 450 person village could not pay its own officers and shut down its police department.
Then, there was a dispute over unpaid bills to nearby municipalities providing patrols.
Now, the village chairman says Uplands Park has one full-time marshal for ordinance enforcement and St. Louis County for 911 calls.
But the county prosecutor says that is not enough and is asking the county council to consider ordering full-time county police patrols.
The village is so cash-strapped there that residents will vote next month on whether to dissolve the village. This is a move that village chairman Henry Iwenofu opposes.
"You should be able to knock on the door of your elected official like they used to do when this country was founded," said Iwenofu, who added that the village is working to secure a contract with St. Louis County for full-time patrols but the process has been slowed by "politics" within the village hall.
"If you can't provide the basic services for your citizens then you have no business existing," St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said.
State law requires 24-hour patrols for towns of more than 400 people.
The Uplands Park chairman says he hopes to resolve the issue at a meeting next Monday.