Brentwood considered 6 others to be laid off in November

Before laying off four administrative staff members in a reorganization on Nov. 9, the city of Brentwood considered laying off six others as well. A chart made by the city on Nov. 8 included 10 city employees whose positions were examined and were considered for release. The four on the left side of the chart were released.

Fire at Brentwood Forest condos

The city of Brentwood said in a news release on Tuesday that a fire occurred in Brentwood Forest Condominiums that morning. According to the city the fire was in a single-family residence at the condominiums and was confined to the kitchen area. The homeowner was not home at the time; there were no injuries. No cause has been determined. An investigation will be conducted.

4 Brentwood city employees fired in one day, sources say

According to three different sources, four Brentwood city employees were fired on November 9. All sources said that Brentwood Mayor Chris Thornton and City Administrator Bola Akande told those fired that their services were no longer needed, and their positions were being eliminated. All were long-time employees. He said they were fired “without any prior notice and seemingly without cause.” One said that the Human Resources manager did not know this would occur until it actually happened.

Brentwood dog park to open

A dog park in Brentwood is set to open at 610 Hanley Industrial Court, as part of the existing Hanley Park. Construction is set to begin the first week of November, and weather permitting, the park will be open in late November, according to the city. It’s to be divided into large and small dog areas. The cost is $25 for Brentwood residents and $50 for non-residents. To register, take the following to the Brentwood Community Center:

Payment (cash, check, MasterCard, Discover or Visa)
Brentwood residents must provide proof of residency (such as a current utility bill)
Rabies vaccination documentation for all dogs to be registered (must be current)
Bordatella vaccination documentation for all dogs to be registered (must be current)
Spayed/neutered documentation for all dogs to be registered

New Brentwood tax fails in low-turnout election

Turnout and unofficial results for the November 7, 2017 Special Election have been posted on the St. Louis County website; a local use tax on the ballot in Brentwood was defeated by 17 points. The ‘no’ votes beat the ‘yes’ for Proposition 1 by 312 to 218. The issue would have authorized Brentwood to levy a 1.5 percent use tax on purchases from out-of-state vendors who are exempt from local sales tax. It would also have applied to internet purchases over $2,000 per year by individuals when self-reported on their state income tax returns.

Brentwood voters to decide tax in November

The City of Brentwood has placed Proposition 1/Use Tax on the Nov. 7 ballot for residents to decide, according to the city. A use tax is levied in many cities and by the state of Missouri on out-of-state business-to-business and internet sales. The ballot issue would authorize Brentwood to levy a 1.5 percent use tax on purchases from out-of-state vendors who are exempt from local sales tax. The tax would also apply to internet purchases over $2,000 per year by individuals when self-reported on their state income tax returns.

Mark Twain Elementary named 2017 National Blue Ribbon School

Brentwood’s Mark Twain Elementary was recognized yesterday as a National Blue Ribbon School, the US Department of Education announced on Thursday. It was one of only eight schools honored in Missouri. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap, the department says. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the honorees. “You are visionaries, innovators and leaders.

Brentwood seeking chief of police

The city of Brentwood is seeking a new chief of police, according to a Sept. 22 posting on the city website. Police Major James McIntyre was named interim chief of police when then chief Dan Fitzgerald retired in April 2017 to accept a position as associate director of CYC sports with the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Former Brentwood mayor, Pat Kelly, appointed Fitzgerald in April 2014, replacing Steve Disbennett, who had retired in February that year.

Former Sports Attic lot set to be parking lot; fire cause still “undetermined”

The owner of the vacant lot that was once The Sports Attic (8212 Manchester Road) has asked the city of Brentwood if he could turn it into a temporary parking lot for his private use, a city employee said Wednesday. The Brentwood plan and zoning commission sub committee will consider the request at a meeting on Wednesday. The owner, Brentchester LLC, bought the property from Sports Attic owner Joe Droege for $80,000 in 2014, with a possible plan to bring a Taco Bell. Brentchester has the property up for sale. The Sports Attic was destroyed by a fire in April 2012.

‘Monkey Business’ custard shop planned in Brentwood: mayor is the owner

Brentwood Planning and Zoning last week considered a request for a custard shop at 2301 S. Brentwood Boulevard, at the corner at Brentwood Boulevard and White Avenue, according to the meeting agenda. Brentwood Mayor Chris Thornton owns the property, doing business as Three Monkeys LLC according to state records. Thornton had previously planned to build a new office for his wife, Pam’s, insurance business. Plan and zoning considered a 909 square-foot drive-thru custard shop with parking. The new shop will be called Monkey Business Frozen Treats, according to the site plan.

Brentwood recognized for sidewalk repair innovation

The Missouri Municipal League has recognized the city of Brentwood for “Alternative Sidewalk Slab Repairs.” According to the Missouri Municipal League (below), in the past, sidewalk slabs lifted but not cracked by tree roots were removed and new ones were poured. This year Brentwood Public Works used a process to lift and level the existing slabs instead of replacing them, saving time and money.