My name is Owen Skoler, and I will be running to fill the vacant Ward 1 seat on the Maplewood City Council. I moved to Maplewood three years ago with my wife and then 2-year-old daughter. We were looking for a diverse, inclusive community with a progressive public school system and affordable housing. We found that in Ward 1. Since moving to Maplewood, I’ve seen my daughter thrive at the Maplewood Early Childhood Center.
Beginning next year, the City of Maplewood will receive an estimated additional $400,000 annually to spend on police and public safety. The money comes from Prop P, a county-wide, half-cent sales tax to increase spending on “police and public safety” passed by voters in April 2017. Prop P garnered 63 percent support county wide, 57 percent support in Maplewood. A group of Maplewood residents is hosting a community meeting about Prop P on Monday, Nov. 13, from 7:30-9 p.m., at the Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd.
Mobilize Missouri, a member-driven, grassroots activist organization, has expanded its mission of supporting progressive candidates and initiatives to St. Louis County. We are excited to announce the first County action team: MoMO Maplewood-Richmond Heights. Currently, our action team’s primary focus is the Maplewood City Council Ward 3 race with our endorsement of Jenny Schmidt. This is a special election that will be held August 8.
In hopes of improving accessibility and safety for Maplewood MetroLink riders, a group of residents will present a proposal to the Maplewood City Council that asks for the development of a lighted, environmentally friendly walking path to the Maplewood-Manchester Station through Kellogg Park. The path would be funded using a $64,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), which the city has received annually for several years. Money can be used toward public works projects in low-to-medium-income (LMI) areas of the city, which includes Kellogg Park and nearby housing along Laclede Station Road. See a map of which areas of Maplewood qualify for the CDBG. The Council planned to vote on how to use the funds at its last meeting, May 9, however, after three residents made public statements that supported the path and greater community input on how the money will be spent, the Council decided to table the decision.