Maplewood officials at the city’s council meeting Tuesday authorized City Manager Marty Corcoran to apply for a Federal Highway Competitive Bridge Program grant in conjunction with the city of St. Louis. State inspectors have determined that the bridges over Black Creek at Folk Avenue and Weaver Place are deficient though not currently unsafe. Corcoran said the grant is open to 25 states, which includes Missouri. St.
During their meeting on Tuesday night, Maplewood city council voted to approve a resolution “urging voters to become educated on Amendment 1, known as the Clean Missouri Amendment.” This amendment, if passed, will lower campaign contribution limits for state legislative candidates, require that legislative records be open to the public, and ensure that neither political party is given an unfair advantage. The council also approved a resolution authorizing City Manager Corcoran to purchase 8 mobile data terminals and tabled the approval of an ordinance to dedicate $15,000 from the unappropriated fund to repairs and maintenance for the city. This ordinance will be read the third time at the next city council meeting and will be up for approval at that time. To research the Clean Missouri Amendment, visit https://www.cleanmissouri.org/solution/.
On Tuesday evening, three Maplewood residents voiced their objections to the updated wording of the Maplewood nuisance ordinance, saying they didn’t believe the city was doing enough to resolve the issues. In a public forum held during the city council meeting, Maplewood residents Kyle Oberle, Jim Breihan, and Jason Goldkamp addressed the council, commending them for taking the first step in amending the broken ordinance, but saying they did not believe the proposed amendments would resolve the fundamental problems with the ordinance. “I am distressed by the proposed nuisance ordinance. We are not facing the fullness of the problematic nature of our ordinance,” Oberle, the first to raise an objection, said. “I simply do not see the justice of forcing someone out of our community.
On Tuesday evening the city council unanimously approved a resolution to execute a $137,000 release and settlement agreement with Rosetta Watson, the woman who was declared a nuisance and had her occupancy permit revoked. In addition to approving the settlement, the council also moved through the second reading of an ordinance to revise the Maplewood nuisance ordinance, which was cited in Watson’s case. The council is scheduled for a third reading and a final vote at the next meeting on September 25. If approved, the ordinance will take effect on October 10, and will prevent officials from taking action against anyone who was a victim in the incident which prompted the nuisance enforcement action. “It’s not necessarily an admission of guilt…