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.

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.

‘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.

Brentwood set to demolish city-owned houses

The city of Brentwood plans to clear three houses that border City Hall so it’s not “landlocked,” according to Brentwood Assistant City Administrator Lisa Koerkenmeier. The public works committee will consider five bids, from $27,648 to $104,487, to  remove 8758 and 8754 Rosalie and 8751 Eulalie avenues at its Sept. 13 meeting. The bids will be will be presented to the board of aldermen on September 18. Koerkenmeier said there are no immediate plans for the properties.

West Community CU to expand; nearby properties rezoned, to be razed

Brentwood aldermen on September 5 approved a request by West Community Credit Union (2345 S. Brentwood Boulevard) to rezone the two properties to the west from single family residential to planned development, to make room for a new credit union building, plus tenants. The houses rezoned are 8815 Litzsinger Road and 8816 Harrison Avenue, and are set to be demolished. The parcels combined are a total of about seven tenths of an acre. The new building will consist of 9,965 square feet of office space. The credit union square footage is 4,990 square feet, and up to three tenant bays occupying the remaining 4,975 square feet of space are planned.

Brentwood Chief of Police Fitzgerald to retire

According to the city of Brentwood, Chief of Police Dan Fitzgerald has decided to retire from the city. He has accepted a position as associate director of CYC sports with the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Fitzgerald is been a life-long Brentwood resident. Mayor Chris Thornton and the board of aldermen thank Fitzgerald for his dedicated service to the city and his leadership of the Brentwood Police Department, according to the release.

Brentwood 4th-graders learn about city government from the mayor

McGrath Elementary and Mark Twain four-graders recently took part in a mock city council meetings at Brentwood City Hall, conducted by Mayor Chris Thornton. In the meetings, Thornton, Director of Planning and Development Lisa Koerkenmeier, City Administrator Bola Akande, Fire Captain David Niemeyer and Assistant Chief Ron Cottrell explained some workings of the city and answered their questions. See videos of the meetings on the Brentwood city website.

Brentwood officials take oath

Following the election this month, Brentwood’s officials elected for new terms took the oath of office Monday evening at City Hall, swearing to “support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution and the Laws of the State of Missouri, and the Ordinances of the City of Brentwood…” All were incumbents. Incumbent Brentwood mayor Thornton wins another term

Brentwood resident working to restore paths from former elementary school

Barry Williams went to Frazier Elementary in Brentwood. The school is no longer there, but some footpaths that students used to walk to the school remain. Williams still lives in Brentwood not far from where the school stood, and he’s on a mission to restore two of those paths for the walkers and runners of today. The school has been replaced by houses in Brentwood’s Ward 1. As a result, two out of four original paths remain (one of those  is in good condition and one needs maintenance), one was lost with no hope of being restored (between Parkridge Avenue and St.