Timing could influence trail vote

Great River Greenway (GRG) has given the city of Maplewood until April 30 to decide if it wants to be a part of its trail system in St. Louis. The election to fill the vacant Ward 1 seat is April 3. After Maplewood told GRG it would proceed with the group’s plan for a trail along Greenwood Boulevard, with stipulations, and GRG said the city’s demands forced them to pull the plug on a $1.6 million federal grant — GRG gave Maplewood until April 30 to agree to the plan, for next year’s budget. See Maplewood’s letter to GRG
See the GRG letter to Mayor Greenberg and the city council

If the council considers GRG’s proposal after the election — if it does at all — the new council member could swing the vote.

Great Rivers Greenway giving Maplewood a 2nd chance

Great Rivers Greenway is giving Maplewood a second shot at a trail through the city down Greenwood Boulevard, but there’s a deadline. After Great Rivers Greenway (GRG) determined that the list of stipulations Maplewood wanted for a trail crossing Big Bend at Oxford Avenue and down Greenwood Boulevard were outside the scope of the $1.6 million grant from the East West Gateway, they withdrew the grant request so the funds could be used for another project. See Maplewood’s letter to Great Rivers Greenway (Feb. 16)
See Great Rivers letter responding to Maplewood (Feb. 20)

GRG Communications Manager Seth Treptow said Friday that GRG asked the city of Maplewood, in its letter to Mayor Barry Greenberg and the city council, to let them know if they would like to work  together, “so we can look at what’s actually part of the greenway, what other funding sources might be, what’s feasible, and then if they’re interested in doing that — and we want them to let us know by April 30 — we’ll have time to incorporate those revisions into our budget for next year.”

Great Rivers Greenway rejects Maplewood proposal

The Deer Creek Trail extension, through Maplewood, has been effectively cancelled by Great Rivers Greenway after delays by Maplewood’s city council in approving the project jeopardized a federal grant of $1.5 million awarded to GRG to build the trail. This month, GRG was already beyond a federal deadline to show progress on the project, waiting for Maplewood’s decision to OK the route alignment, according to St. Louis 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie. GRG’s preferred route was along Greenwood Boulevard. Maplewood council members at a meeting on Feb.

Public Works Department Efforts, Like Clockwork

Next month, the Mid County Chamber of Commerce will recognize the hard work and tremendous efforts of the Public Works Department in Maplewood and Richmond Heights. They are the community’s “angels in orange”. The Public Works/Parks Department keeps our streets, sidewalks, and parks landscaped, plowed, salted, mowed, clean, and watered. In the blazing heat and bitter cold, their work continues- hanging holiday lights on busy streets, planting trees in residents yards, and putting out logistical fires throughout our communities. If we compare our city operations to a clock, the Public Works Department serves as the inside gears, wheels, and springs, the stuff that makes the clock tick.

Maplewood officials OK greenway through city, with ‘stipulations’

Despite hearing grave concerns about traffic and parking from residents and business-owners of the Greenwood neighborhood about routing a greenway through the area, Maplewood officials on Monday OK’d a plan for a Great Rivers Greenway route down the south side of Greenwood Boulevard — it took some doing. Council members Ray Crader, Shawn Faulkingham and Jennifer Schmidt were worried that MoDOT and St. Louis County — larger partners in the project — would bulldoze over Maplewood’s concerns, such as maintaining at least 8-foot wide parking on Greenwood. When Mayor Barry Greenberg polled the council; Schmidt, Ray Crader and himself were for allowing the Greenwood route to go be planned; Karen Wood and Tim Dunn were for the southern route, along Deer Creek, or no greenway at all; Faulkingham was for neither route, at the time. Four votes were needed for it to go ahead.

Maplewood P&Z approves another Airbnb

The Maplewood Plan and Zoning Commission on Monday approved another Airbnb in the city and also additional food trucks to use Christ Church as a commissary. The commission met in the meeting room of the new Maplewood firehouse. The short-term rental — an Airbnb — was approved at 7553 Woodland Avenue. The owner, Ellis Athanas, said he would be at the house when it is rented, which is required by the Maplewood ordinance. He said he would be renting one bedroom and the use of a bathroom and kitchen.

City council candidate Sandi Phillips shares her views

Sandi Phillips is running for the open Maplewood City Council Ward 1 seat in the April 3 municipal election. Her campaign is on Facebook. She sent 40 South a statement:
My name is Sandi Phillips and I am running for Maplewood City Council to represent Ward 1. Throughout our 23 years living in Maplewood, my husband Chris and I have treasured the great quality of life our city provides. We are excited about Maplewood’s economic growth in recent years, and proud of the way our city has managed this development to benefit all of our residents and neighborhoods. I have been pleased to play a small part in this work through my service on the Planning and Zoning Commission, and I want to continue helping to shape our city’s future.

Snack shop coming to Maplewood; work begins on Elmwood

Mirror Image Life Style Fitness (2718 Sutton Boulevard) closed at the end of 2017, with its owner saying what’s next will be exciting. Looks like it’s going to be a snack shop. Sherry’s Snacks went before Maplewood Design and  Review last week for approval for an awning sign. There’s a Sherry’s Snacks in Alton, IL, on Facebook, with this description: “Your Sweetest Destination! Come visit us for all your “sweets” needs!

Assistant city manager: new tax would add $19 per $100,000 appraised value

Maplewood City Assistant Manager Anthony Traxler explained in an email to 40 South how the measure city officials approved to be on the April municipal elections ballot would effect home owners. The proposal for an increased tax to cover trash and recycling pickup would add $0.10 per $100,000 assessed valuation. The current residential rate is $0.218 per $100 assessed valuation. This rate was passed by Maplewood voters in 2004. See the 2004 resolution here.

Now a possible 4 running for Maplewood Ward 1 seat

A fourth possible candidate has turned in her petition to run for the vacant Maplewood Ward 1 council seat. Sandi Phillips, who has served on Maplewood’s planning and zoning commission for four years, she said, turned in her petition this week. It’s yet to be certified. Phillips joins Owen Skoler, Kyle Oberle and Tyler Merkel. Two of them have had their petitions certified.