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.

Maplewood officials stress safety over route preference for greenway

In a discussion Monday in the Maplewood City Council meeting about a proposed Great Rivers Greenway route through the city, officials came to a consensus, and it wasn’t to prefer a north or south route. They want bikers and pedestrians to be safe. “Safety is number one,” councilman Shawn Faulkingham said. He said everything else is “moot.” The main issue is how the route will conduct bikers and walkers across S. Big Bend Boulevard.

Waste pickup tax increase to be on ballot; residents will pay cost one way or another

Maplewood officials voted unanimously on Tuesday to place on the ballot on April 3, an additional tax of 10 cents per $100 of evaluation to cover the rising costs of trash and recycling pickup in the city. City Department of Public Works Director Anthony Traxler said if voters don’t approve the tax the city will need to bill residents to cover the, currently, approximately $280,000 budget deficit, coming out of the general fund. If the measure fails residents will be billed approximately $97 annually in monthly payments, he said. Update: The city plans to send out all the information related to the propostion for residents. It will be sent it out in advance of election day to give residents ample time to review the information and ask questions.

Maplewood officials to consider waste pickup tax, 2 liquor licenses

On the agenda for the Maplewood City Council Jan. 9 meeting:

The 7-Eleven, at 2425 S. Big Bend, is requesting a packaged liquor and Sunday packaged liquor license limited to the sale of beer and wine. Somying Fox of of Thai Table, at 7403 Manchester Road, is requesting a liquor license by the drink to serve beer and wine. The officials will also consider a resolution authorizing and directing the submission of a ballot proposition for Maplewood voters, the question of whether the city’s solid waste tax shall be increased by 10¢ for residential property, commercial property and personal property to continue to provide trash pickup and recycling services for single family, and multi-family residential properties. Further discussion on the planned greenway through Maplewood is also on the agenda.

Maplewood officials could consider putting trash pickup tax on ballot

Maplewood now provides trash and recycling pickup for residents for free, but that might change. The city council is set to consider options to have residents help cover the cost. Maplewood City Manager Marty Corcoran sent a memo to the mayor and city council in October outlining some options. The cost to the city for the service is approximately $43,000 per month or $552,000 per year, according to a memo from the city manager to the council in October. The pickup costs are expected to increase this January and January 2019, each one an increase of one and a half percent.