Ward 3 council seat forum set for Monday

The Hadley Township Democratic Club’s forum for the Maplewood Ward 3 City Council candidates is set for Monday at the Bottleworks. Candidates Jennifer Schmidt, Kristen Spencer and Steve Terelmes have all confirmed they will take part. The race is for the council seat Barry Greenberg vacated when he was elected mayor. The special election is Tuesday, August 8. The forum is set for Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Avenue, on Monday, July 24 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. The club is working out the details of how the forum will be run.

Resident removed from parks board chose public vote

Adelina Mart, whose reappointment to the Maplewood parks board was voted down by city council 5-1 on Tuesday has responded. She said Mayor Barry Greenberg gave her the opportunity to have the vote removed from the agenda, to save her “the embarrassment,” but declined, saying the council’s decisions should be made in public. Mart’s response:
A few hours before this Tuesday’s Council meeting, Mayor Greenberg informed me that the other Council members would not approve my reappointment to the Park Board. He was truly kind in offering me the option to be removed from the agenda and save me the embarrassment. While I appreciate the offer, my view is that Council decisions should be done in public view to increase transparency in a government where it is sorely lacking it.

Maplewood park board member removed by vote

Maplewood park board member, Adelina Mart, was voted out of the position at the city council meeting on Tuesday by a vote of 5-1. Mayor Barry Greenberg cast the only vote to reappointment her. In many cases reappointments to boards are done in batches, but Mart’s reappointment was the only one voted on in the meeting. In her two years on the board many causes that Mart has advocated for as a park board member have been defeated, including expanding the dog park and a walking path through Kellogg Park for Metrolink riders. She was also critical of the city’s decision to build a skate board park without first consulting the park board.

Maplewood resident whose Airbnb request was denied to use attorney

The Maplewood resident, Claire Martin, whose request for a permit for a short term vacation rental (Airbnb) was denied by planning and zoning took it to city council on Tuesday. The council tabled the vote; Martin said after the meeting she would now have an attorney speak for her. Martin read a statement to the council in a public hearing. When the item came up in the meeting Mayor Barry Greenberg said the vote should be tabled because Martin had said on 40 South she would be seeking legal counsel and they should wait to see what happens. See also: Airbnb request passed in June, then failed in July

Martin said she feels it’s her right as a resident, and that she feels bullied.

Ward 3 candidate Kristen Spencer’s interactions with residents: part 2

Maplewood Ward 3 residents will vote on August 8 to fill the vacant city council seat for their ward. Candidate Kristen Spencer has been talking to residents and sent some thoughts to 40 South for publication. I have been spending a lot of time getting to know Maplewood residents in depth by asking people what they love most about Maplewood and what they would like to see improved. I want to showcase the praises and concerns that our neighbors have about Maplewood and share how I would address these issues if elected to the council. The quotes below represent sentiments from actual Ward 3 residents.

Airbnb request passed in June, then failed in July

Maplewood resident, Claire Martin’s request to run a short term vacation rental (Airbnb) in her home passed planning and zoning in the June meeting, but was denied in the July meeting. The agenda for the June meeting went online this week. According to a commission member, the item returned to the July meeting because the process requires public notice, which it didn’t have for the June meeting. When it returned for July the neighbor was present and spoke out against it based on parking concerns. The commission voted in July to recommend to the city council that the permit be denied.

Ward 3 candidate Jenny Schmidt follows up

Maplewood Ward 3 candidate, Jenny Schmidt, sent an update to 40 South for publication. The special election to fill the vacant Ward 3 city council seat is on August 8. Schmidt’s update:
As we get closer to August 8, I wanted to follow up on the first statement I submitted to 40 South News in April and let you know what I have been doing and some events where you can meet with me and get to know me better. Since submitting my petition to run, I have been trying to attend the city council meetings to get a better understanding of how the council works and what issues are currently being addressed by the council.  We have begun canvassing efforts and I will be walking around Ward 3 over the next few weeks trying to get to every door and introduce myself and talk with you about the issues with which you are most concerned and any ideas you have for improvements or changes that can be made.

Maplewood’s 3rd Airbnb fails planning and zoning

The owner of 7127 High Street in Maplewood went before planning and zoning on Wednesday to request to operate an Airbnb. She was denied, commission member Sandi Phillips reported to 40 South, by request. Phillips said the petition was denied after neighbors, including city council member Ray Crader, told the commission about their parking concerns. The house is at the end of a short dead-end street, and is relatively new. It was built in 2011 after the house previously at the address burned down.

Maplewood revises its court rules

The Maplewood Municipal Court Rules have been updated, according to the city’s Facebook page. 

The revised rules go into effect on July 1, 2017. No details about what has been changed is included in the post. 40 South has contacted the city for details; so far there’s been no response. A link to the new rules, an 18-page PDF file, is included in the Facebook post. In November 2016 ArchCity Defenders filed a federal class action lawsuit against the city of Maplewood for “implementing and enforcing an illegal, racially biased cash bail system that exploits low-income people in order to generate revenue,” according to their press release at the time.

Here’s the August 8 special election ballot

The St. Louis County Board of Elections has posted the ballots for the August 8 special elections. Maplewood is among several municipalities holding elections. Maplewood’s election on the date is to fill the council seat left vacant when Ward 3 council member Barry Greenberg was elected mayor. See the ballot here on the board of election’s website.

Mobilize Missouri forms action team in Maplewood-Richmond Heights; endorses candidate in Maplewood Council Race

Mobilize Missouri, a member-driven, grassroots activist organization, has expanded its mission of supporting progressive candidates and initiatives to St. Louis County. We are excited to announce the first County action team: MoMO Maplewood-Richmond Heights. Currently, our action team’s primary focus is the Maplewood City Council Ward 3 race with our endorsement of Jenny Schmidt. This is a special election that will be held August 8.

Ward 3 candidate Kristen Spencer’s interactions with residents: part 1

Kristen Spencer, Maplewood Ward 3 city council candidate, in the August 8 special election, says she has been walking Maplewood and talking to the residents. She shares some thoughts here. I have been spending a lot of time getting to know Maplewood residents in depth by asking people what they love most about Maplewood and what they would like to see improved. I want to showcase the praises and concerns that our neighbors have about Maplewood and share how I would address these issues if elected to the council. The quotes below represent sentiments from actual Ward 3 residents.