Brentwood firehouse being abated for mold

The Brentwood firefighters are bunking in the basement of the firehouse while mold is being removed from the living quarters ceiling, according to the city. An investigation in 2017 determined that mold was present above the second-floor ceilings in the fire station. In fall 2017 the city solicited bids for mold remediation services, and the board of aldermen approved the lowest bidder’s contract ($507,000 — see bids summary) on November 6, 2017. The remediation process is expected to be completed by April 2018. During the process the firefighters are living in the basement, which has been renovated to serve as a living space.

Brentwood plan and zoning to confirm stand on short term rentals

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

Brentwood officials OK purchase on Manchester to ‘enhance flood protection’

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.

Dispatchers, firefighters, EMS recognized after woman is saved

Brentwood Fire Chief Terry Kurten, at the Dec. 4 Brentwood Board of Aldermen meeting, recognized firefighters, dispatchers, and St. Mary’s Hospital employees whose efforts saved a Brentwood woman in cardiac arrest on September 6. According to Kurten, from the meeting minutes:

Catherine Hamer had collapsed and was unresponsive. Her husband called 911 and dispatchers Melissa Stites and and Amanda Lerch dispatched emergency personnel, obtained information and gave instruction.

Would you help?

The answer to the question is that most people will and do.  The help comes in many forms; meals for a family in the neighborhood going through a death or sickness, money in the church collection plate, helping an elderly neighbor with outdoor chores or project, giving a dollar or five to the homeless person on the street. We would like to bring your focus on another way to help.  The sick will always be with us, but their battle with disease does not need to be theirs alone.  Each year the American Red Cross puts out “emergency need” of “critical shortages” in the blood supply and asks donors to please come in and donate.  This simple act can reach as many as three other people with this one donation and might even be life-changing.  You must wait at least eight weeks (56 days) between donations of whole blood (that would be six donations each year) and 16 weeks (112 days) between Power Red donations (that is three donations per year).  Platelet donors may give every seven days up to 24 times per year.  The problem is not enough of us participate and the NEED does not go away. A second way to help is registering with Be the Match for a cancer patient in need.  If you, or a friend you know, is between 18 and 44 years old the Be the Match National Bone Marrow registry is looking for you and them. The registry looks for “matches” for cancer patients to help them in their fight with cancer.  Seventy percent of all patients who need a transplant don’t have a fully matched donor in their family. A patient’s likelihood of finding a matching donor on the Be The Match Registry is estimated to range from 66-97%.

Brentwood to use Prop P for street lights, protective equipment, furniture

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.”

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.

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.