Sutton Avenue becomes Sutton Boulevard, and another street name mystery

Until approximately last year, the street called Sutton, in Maplewood, was Sutton Boulevard south of Manchester Road and Sutton Avenue north of Manchester. It’s now Sutton Boulevard the whole way. A resident mentioned it recently. Google Street View from July 2016 shows a street sign as Sutton Ave, though Google now calls it Sutton Boulevard when any addresses are searched, such as Stone Spiral Coffee, now at 2500 Sutton Boulevard. The city’s only comment was that Sutton Boulevard is the proper name for all blocks of Sutton — no comment on a change.

Hearing set for $64,000 Maplewood grant; Trump budget recommends elimination

The city of Maplewood will hold a Public Hearing to discuss the allocation of $64,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The hearing will be held at the  May 9 city council meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. In past years much of it has gone to the city’s home improvement grant program. Update: According to the city’s notes for the meeting, President Trump has recommended in his proposed budget that community development block grants be eliminated. At this time, Congress has not begun to act on the budget. The council is scheduled to discuss how to use the funds this year, and possibly take a vote.

Seventh candidate for council seat

A woman in Maplewood’s Ward 3 is the sixth candidate to pick up a petition to run for the vacant seat on city council. Kristen Spencer shared this introduction, her qualifications and her hopes for Maplewood. Correction: Spencer is the seventh candidate to pick up a petition — Alexandra Goodfellow was number six. My name is Kristen Spencer, and I am thrilled to be running for the Ward 3 Council seat.  I have lived in Maplewood for almost eight years and the St. Louis area for almost ten.

Watch for an open forum for vacant council seat — could be 5 running

Maplewood’s new mayor, Barry Greenberg — sworn in on Tuesday, told 40 South he’d like to have an open forum where the candidates for the now vacant Ward 3 council seat will have an opportunity to communicate their views and qualifications. Currently, of the five that have picked up petitions at city hall, three have been returned with signatures. Greenberg also said he’s planning on personally meeting with everyone running for the vacant seat to find out what their vision for the city of Maplewood is and what qualifications they would bring. He said he’s met one of the candidates so far. He hopes to see all of them serving Maplewood in some way.

MRH board member resigns

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District announced on Monday that board of education member Ray Crader resigned on April 24. Crader was appointed to the board to fill Brooke Rintoul’s seat in 2014. Crader was elected to the Maplewood City Council (Ward 2) in the April elections. He said in his resignation letter to the board that he needs to focus his energies there. He also said he looks forward to strengthening the relationship between the school district and city government in his new post.

5 in the running for Maplewood council seat – updated, now 7

Two more Maplewood city council hopefuls picked up petitions on Monday, adding to the three already out to run for Ward 3 council member. The first three petitions out were returned to city hall on Monday — Patrick Richards, Jennifer Schmidt and Steven Terelmes returned their petitions with the required 50 signatures to run for the council seat, which will be open after council member Barry Greenberg is sworn in as the new mayor on Tuesday. The signatures will need to be certified by the county election board. Also on Monday, Patrick Richards (Walter Avenue) and Clayton Gissler (Elm Avenue) picked up petitions to run for the seat. There will be no primary election.

Maplewood council hopeful Jenny Schmidt

Three Maplewood residents have now picked up petitions to run for the Ward 3 city council seat that will open up when council member Barry Greenberg becomes mayor. Jenny Schmidt is one of those hoping to serve on the council. She has sent in this information about herself:
My name is Jenny Schmidt and I am a 12-and-a-half-year resident of Maplewood with a law office located in downtown Maplewood. I am a sole practitioner who represents investors in historic rehabilitation projects utilizing state historic tax credits.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, I was an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, worked in the field of social work, was a substitute teacher in the City of Chicago, and was a legal assistant in a small law firm.  I have two daughters, Lucy (9) and Beatrice (6), who attend MRH Schools. I have coached my daughter’s MRH soccer team for the last three years and I also enjoy volunteering at school and PTO activities when possible.

3 running for Ward 3 now

Three Maplewood Ward 3 residents have now picked up a petition to run for the Ward 3 council seat, which will be vacant after Barry Greenberg becomes mayor. He was elected in the April 4 election. Those who have picked up petitions to run for Ward 3 council member are:

John Harbaugh, St. Elmo Avenue
Jennifer Schmidt, Elm Avenue
Steven Terelmes, Hazel Avenue

The election will be Tuesday, August 8. The candidate who gets the most votes in that election is the winner.

Post-Dispatch editorial on Maplewood’s ‘nuisance’ ordinance

In an editorial the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday said the Maplewood ordinance, which resulted in a woman to be banned from the city, has to go. The ordinance says a resident with more than two domestic violence calls in 180 days constitutes a nuisance, and bans the resident from the city for six months. The Post-Dispatch says the ordinance, and others like it nationwide, has the effect of silencing domestic violence victims — and that domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness. See the full post in the St.

More about Ward 3 council hopeful Steve Terelmes

Maplewood Ward 3 resident, Steve Terelmes, has picked up a petition to run for the city council seat that will become open when current Ward 3 council member Barry Greenberg is sworn in as the new mayor of Maplewood. Terelmes sent information about himself to 40 South. Terelmes describes himself as a proponent of businesses, schools and municipal services, and wants to make sure the residents aren’t left out of the vision for the city’s future. Ways Terelmes would like to see Maplewood support its residents:

Expand quality elderly housing in Maplewood so elderly residence have an option to move from a house to a nice condo or facilitated living without having to leave the area
Encourage sufficient housing stock to enable continued steady growth of new families into Maplewood ensuring that our recently built-out schooling infrastructure does not suddenly become unnecessary
Encourage communication with Maplewood residents. Holding periodic town hall meetings for residents to express their ideas or concerns
Continue to support the development of Maplewood’s infrastructure.

One petition picked up for Ward 3 seat

So far one petition has been picked up to run for the Maplewood Ward 3 council seat that will be empty after Barry Greenberg is sworn in as mayor. Filing for the seat, at Maplewood City Hall, is open, and closes May 23. A petition must have signatures from 50 registered voters in Ward 3. Petitions are reviewed and approved by the Board of Elections. See more about filing to run.

How to run for the open Maplewood Ward 3 council seat: filing is open now

The recent municipal election opened a spot on the Maplewood City Council for a council person to represent Ward 3. Barry Greenberg, Ward 3 council member for 14 years, was elected mayor and his seat needs to be filled. Greenberg, and council members Steve Moseley (Ward 1), Ray Crader (Ward 2) and Shawn Faulkingham (Ward 3) will be sworn in at the April 25 city council meeting. Greenberg’s seat on the council will be filled with a special election on Tuesday, August 8. The date is dictated by Missouri State Law.