Resident voices safety concerns after Commonwealth Avenue shootings

Maplewood resident and father, Jonathan Taylor, addressed the Maplewood City Council  Tuesday evening after his children’s bus stop became the location of two shootings this week. “You need to know that we are very concerned about this issue,” he said, and urged the police department to be more proactive about patrolling the neighborhood. “I don’t want our neighborhood to begin to be perceived as an easy mark.” City Manager Marty Corcoran responded, saying he wasn’t able to share much due to the ongoing investigation, but he assured Taylor and the other concerned parents that “this was not a random shooting.” Corcoran also said he was hopeful they would be able to give the public more information about the shooting in the coming days, but was unclear as to when that information would be available.

Maplewood mayor commends local heroes

On Tuesday night, Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg presented certificates of commendation to Gina Imo, Jeffrey Summers, and Richard Sykora for rescuing a man whose car had become stuck on the train tracks on January 5, 2019. Greenberg praised them for the way they “distinguished themselves through their immediate response to the emergency,” and commended their courage under pressure. The council also overruled a request from Elmwood for four parking spots to be used for valet parking (Monday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.) next to the new restaurant at 2704 Sutton Boulevard, suggesting they reduce the number of spots to two, after the owners of the Nova Salon asked the council to deny the request, claiming it would hurt local businesses.  

Maplewood city council moves forward on Burgess parking restrictions

The Maplewood City Council voted on Tuesday evening to approve an ordinance restricting parking on Burgess avenue. This ordinance will restrict parking on Burgess avenue to resident-only parking in front of three houses between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. The ordinance will be put to a final vote at the council meeting on January 22. The council also voted to purchase a second street sweeper, which they anticipate will help improve the timeliness of the leaf pickup. The council additionally approved a new design for the Maplewood Square sign. This new sign will prominently feature the Schnucks logo, with spaces for six additional tenants.

Burgess Avenue residents complain about parking: city manager proposes restrictions

Maplewood City Manager Marty Corcoran proposed Tuesday night at the city council meeting that several parking spaces on Burgess Avenue be reserved for residents only, in response to several complaints from residents of Burgess. Corcoran told the council, “There are a couple of residents there [Burgess Ave.] that do not have driveways, and they’ve become fed up with school parents leaving them no place to park.” In response to the complaints, Corcoran initially inspected the school to see if there was, in fact, adequate parking for parents picking up their children and stated both times he visited there were at least thirty spaces left unused while the parents opted to park on Burgess Avenue instead to avoid the line. “The only solution we can think of is to create resident-only parking within certain periods of time,” Corcoran said. Mayor Barry Greenberg suggested an alternate plan in response, proposing only the residents without driveways be given two reserved parking spots each.

Maplewood, St. Louis combine for bridge repair grant request

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.

City council urges voters to become educated on the Clean Missouri Amendment

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/.

Citizens voice concerns over newly amended nuisance ordinance

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.

Maplewood officials move to amend nuisance ordinance; approve settlement with Rosetta Watson

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…