In the race for mayor of Maplewood, one candidate is taking campaign contributions and one isn’t. Patrick Jugo is taking contributions and spending money on his campaign, so he was required to form a committee and file with the Missouri Ethics Commission (See Jugo’s statement of committee organization). He was also required to file expense reports at 40 days and eights days before the April 4 election. Jugo’s opponent, Ward 3 Councilman Barry Greenberg, decided not to take contributions or spend money on items like yard signs, so he doesn’t need to file with the Missouri Ethics Commission. In the report Jugo was required to file 40 days before the election (see report), he reports receiving $460 in amounts of $100 or less, so the contributions are unitemized.
Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg announced at the council meeting Tuesday that he has launched a blog for him to communicate with residents. He said he hopes the site will allow him to have a dialog with residents on city issues, including asking him questions. The site is at maplewoodmayor.com. The site has a list of eight rules and disclaimers. Greenberg’s advice for commenters are: always comment on the subject topic; use short sentences; use good blogging manners – be courteous and respectful, avoid rudeness, profanity, racial comments or inappropriate offensive comments; do not use confidential information in your comments.
Maplewood council members voted unanimously Tuesday evening to allow a permit for the Thai Table restaurant to operate at 7403 Manchester Road. Owner, Somying Fox, along with her business partner, Natthinee Hughes, said they’re planning to open in January 2018. Fox said the menu will be authentic Thai, and “upscale.” Hughes lives in Maplewood, and Fox said she’d like to move here; she said she likes the school district. The council also discussed a potential greenway biking/walking route through Maplewood that would connect the now under construction Great Rivers Greenway near Francis Slay Park on McCausland Avenue with Deer Creek Park. Routes being considered are along Greenwood Boulevard; or a south route, along Deer Creek.
The Maplewood City Council met in a work session Wednesday evening at Foley’s Bar and Grill to talk about a dedicated bicycle/running/walking trail to connect the Deer Creek Greenway to the River Des Peres Greenway extension, now being completed on Ellendale and Wabash avenues. Great Rivers Greenway has asked Maplewood for input about where the connecting route might run through the city. Mayor Barry Greenberg said Friday that the meeting was at Foley’s because they wanted feedback from the business and property owners in the area one option that would take the trail down Greenwood Boulevard. See also: Deer Creek Greenway to be extended; officials to discuss connecting Maplewood
Councilman Ray Crader said on Facebook that the discussion was well attended. One route considered, the council is calling the southern route, would take the trail along the southern boundary of city following Deer Creek.
The Deer Creek Greenway paved biking trail is set to be 1.5 miles longer, connecting Deer Creek Park with Webster Groves, it’s been announced. Construction to extend the Deer Creek Greenway from its current endpoint in Deer Creek Park and connect it with Lorraine Davis Park in Webster Groves is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 16. The extension will add 1.5 miles to the existing 0.7-mile greenway, for a total of 2.2 miles, according to Great Rivers Greenway. The Maplewood City Council is considering how Maplewood residents can connect to the route.The council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the upper room of Foley’s, 3522 Greenwood Boulevard, to discuss the Deer Creek Greenway.
The city of Maplewood plans to use Maplewood business, St. Louis Closet Company, for built-in closets in the new firehouse. The council will consider a resolution to approve a bid from the company at its meeting on Tuesday. The company submitted the sole bid to the city for the installation. According to the agenda the cost will be $44,472 for closets to be installed in seven bunk rooms and an office.
Mayor Barry Greenberg and council members, Steve Moseley (Ward 1) and Ray Crader (Ward 2) were elected to office in April. Jenny Schmidt was elected to fill the empty Ward 1 council seat in August. The city of Maplewood asked each of them five questions:
Why did you run for office? How long have you lived in Maplewood? Please tell us about your professional background and current employment.
Maplewood officials at the council meeting on Monday unanimously approved a package liquor license, including sales on Sunday and special package tasting license for a store set to replace the former Conoco station at 3600 S. Big Bend Boulevard. The owner, Gaurang Bhavsar, has operated the Conoco station for thee years, and told the council it wasn’t making enough money as a gas station. Council members asked Bhavsar before the vote about his request for the package tasting license, which is separate and above a liquor license, City Manager Marty Corcoran said. Bhavsar said the additional license would allow tastings that package liquor companies sometimes sponsor. Mayor Barry Greenberg asked Corcoran if there was a history of problems at the store.
The owner of the former Conoco gas station, at 3600 Big Bend Boulevard, will ask Maplewood city officials at their meeting on Tuesday to use the building as a package liquor store. The awning and pumps were removed recently. Gaurang Bhavsar will request a packaged liquor license and Sunday packaged liquor license for the store, according to the meeting agenda. Maplewood city staff recommends approval the the store. Also at the meeting:
Resident, Adelina Mart’s term on the board of adjustment is to be ‘corrected.’
Maplewood Police Sergeant Michael Martin on Monday sent out the first email to 31 previous block captains for Maplewood’s St. Louis Regional Night Out Against Crime, this year planned for Tuesday, Oct. 3. The event will again kick off with a t-shirt contest. The artwork theme should be anything related to community togetherness, neighborhood safety or any symbol in which reminds you of the City of Maplewood.
Approximately 15 percent of registered voters came to the polls from Maplewood Ward 3 for Tuesday’s special election to fill the ward’s vacant city council seat. Maplewood pays the St. Louis County Board of Elections to conduct elections. Board director Eric Fey told 40 South the city will be billed approximately $4,000 for Tuesday’s election. According to an election official there are 2,073 registered voters in the ward; 313 votes were cast.
Jenny Schmidt, a 12-and-a-half-year resident of Maplewood with a law office located in downtown Maplewood won the open Ward 3 council seat in the special election on Tuesday. Schmidt won with 163 votes (52.08 percent), Kristen Spencer was second with 105 (33.55 percent) and Steve Terelmes was third with 42 (13.42 percent of the votes). The seat was vacated when Barry Greenberg left it to become mayor. Schmidt is a 12-and-a-half-year resident of Maplewood with a law office located in downtown Maplewood. She represents investors in historic rehabilitation projects utilizing state historic tax credits.
Residents of Maplewood Ward 3 will vote on Tuesday to elect a council person to replace Barry Greenberg, who was elected mayor in April. In ballot order, the candidates are: Jenny Schmidt, Steve Terelmes and Kristen Spencer. The poling place for the election is the usual poling place for the ward, 7240 Anna Avenue, at Immaculate Conception Church. Jennifer Schmidt (Elm Avenue)
Maplewood council hopeful Jenny Schmidt
Ward 3 candidate Jenny Schmidt follows up
Steve Terelmes (Hazel Avenue)
Ward 3 Candidate Steve Terelmes to hold get-togethers at Muddled Pig, shares more info
More about Ward 3 council hopeful Steve Terelmes
Kristen Spencer (Oxford Boulevard)
Ward 3 candidate Kristen Spencer’s interactions with residents: part 1
Ward 3 candidate Kristen Spencer’s interactions with residents: part 2
Candidate Kristen Spencer to hold get-together, shares Maplewood info
Council candidate Kristen Spencer to meet residents Monday, shares info
Maplewood Ward 3 candidates answer questions in forum
Maplewood Ward 3 candidates forum: opening and closing remarks