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.

‘Hatchet’ used in Great Clips robbery

Jacob K. Clover, 30, of St. Louis, has been charged with first degree robbery and armed criminal action, after threatening a hair stylist at the Promenade Great Clips in Brentwood on June 7. According to court and police records Clover went into the Great Clips and demanded money from the stylist while holding a ‘hatchet-like tool’ and threatened to kill the stylist if he didn’t comply. Clover confessed to the crime.

Yoga studio moving to Brentwood

An established yoga studio, Joy of Yoga, is moving to 8981 Manchester Road from its current location at 3525 Watson Road, the studio announced to its clients. The new space, on the corner of Manchester Road and Brentwood Boulevard, will have two yoga studios and additional rooms for massage, reiki, diet and nutrition consultations, meditation, breathwork, energy work, sound healing, maternity consultations, card readings, specialty classes and more. They say the move will happen in the next couple of months. Theie current space, on Watson, will continue to be used as a yoga studio under a new name — Blue Sky Yoga. Joy of Yoga is on Facebook.

BHS coding winner leads coding camp at library

Brentwood High School junior (at the time) Emma Stoverink, who was on the winning team at a coding competition at Chaifetz Arena in October 2016, led a coding camp for middle school- girls at the Brentwood Library recently. The library posted a photo on Facebook. Brentwood junior again wins coding contest
Senator Sifton honors Brentwood student