In the past Brentwood has used a city-owned 2008 Chevy heavy-duty dump truck to tow the city’s band wagon, which weighs approximately 17,000 pounds. The city points out in the agenda that the truck wasn’t specified for pulling a bandwagon. Taking into account the weight of the truck and the wagon, the combined weight could cause damage to the truck. The staff recommends selling or trading one of its current trucks and buying a new one capable of towing the bandwagon. The cost would be approximately $90,000.
The city of Brentwood received the services of a Brentwood firm at no cost in implementing GPS tracking devices in all of its public vehicles, according to the city. According to the city deputy clerk the city has “no contract” with as well as “no relationship” with Geocompile, LLC, which the city partnered with in implementing GPS tracking devices in all of its public vehicles, according to the Missouri Municipal League, which awarded the city for the project. See also: Brentwood wins statewide award; city partnered with company apparently owned by mayor
The company is owned by Brentwood Mayor Christopher Thornton, according to State records. Brentwood’s deputy city clerk responded to a Sunshine request for public information from the city about any contract the city might have with Geocompile. The exchange below occurred on Thursday by email:
deputy city clerk: Thank you for your Request for Public Records.
The city of Brentwood may soon make clear its stand on short term rentals — they’re not allowed. The plan and zoning commission at its meeting on Jan. 10 is set to put into writing what City Administrator Bola Akande wrote in a memo in November 2017, that the city wants to make clear that short term rentals, such as Airbnb, are prohibited in the city. See the meeting agenda. The city of Richmond Heights is considering allowing short term rentals: Richmond Heights council discusses short term rentals (Airbnb), Richmond Heights officials proceed toward Airbnb decision
At Monday night’s Brentwood Board of Aldermen meeting, officials voted to allow the city to buy 8606 Manchester Road, “for the purpose of enhancing protection against flooding, revitalizing the critical commercial corridor of the city and in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of the city of Brentwood,” according to the ordinance. Mayor Chris Thornton has proposed that the city consider a plan to mitigate flooding on Manchester Road from Deer Creek. See the most recent study about the problem here. The officials also approved a temporary parking lot at 8212 Manchester Road. Brentchester LLC bought the lot in 2014 from Joe & Joes Enterprises LLC for $80,000 according to St.
Brentwood plans to use its Prop P funds (earmarked for public safety) for street lights in all four wards, protective equipment for police and firefighters, furniture for the firehouse and more, according to a source that pointed out that the new street light locations were listed in the Oct. 19 public safety committee agenda.The proposed street light locations listed on the agenda are here: 2017.09.18_Proposed Light Updated Costs. Total new street lights per ward:
Ward 1 — 11 lights
Ward 2 — 4 lights
Ward 3 — 3 lights
Ward 4 — 8 lights
Details for where the funds are to be used are in the Dec. 4 meeting minutes:
“Furthermore, the recent approval of the County-wide Proposition P provides a partial-year boost to the General Fund, and this is quite positive. Proposition P funds allow us to pay for: 35 new streetlights in Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4; personal protective equipment that includes shin forearm protection and ballistic helmets for police officers; ballistic helmets for firefighters; training and ammunition for the police department; the CALEA Accreditation Manager; furniture for the fire house multi-purpose room; fire station alerting system; citywide emergency preparedness training; firearms training; ballistic vests, uniforms and equipment for new police officers; health and wellness equipment for the fire department; and the opportunity to secure a permanent location for firearms training firing range.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.