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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 proposition 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.
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 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.
Maplewood resident Owen Skoler has collected all the signatures he needs (50) to file to run for the vacant Ward 1 on city council, and two more petitions have gone out as well. The seat became vacant because former council member Steven Moseley is leaving the area. On his candidate Facebook page, Skoler said, “I truly appreciate everyone’s time and conversation. I know it’s not easy opening a door to a stranger. On to City Hall Tuesday for filing!”
Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg reported on his mayor’s blog that he and his wife Deni went to the National League of Cities City Summit in Charlotte, NC, Nov. 15-18. He said he covered Deni’s expenses. Greenberg said he talked with other city mayors, council members and staff about issues they face and how problems are solved in their communities. He reported: “My conclusion is that we are fortunate to have so many involved citizens, great city staff, school district, business community, and elected officials that work together to make Maplewood such a fantastic city, but there is always more work that needs to be done to keep us moving forward.
The 2017 fall Maplewood Citizens Academy graduates were recognized at the recent city council meeting, and posed for a photo with city staff. It was posted, along with the caption, on Maplewood City Hall Facebook.Photo left to right: Fire Chief Terry Merrell, Police Chief Steve Kruse, Assistant City Manager/Public Works Director Anthony Traxler, Deputy Mayor Karen Woods, Jonathan Taylor, Vicki Kahn, Dianne Moran, Finance Director Karen Dilber, Shea Marks, Becky Konersmann, Pickett Lema, Denise Chappell, Kimberly Berry and Library Director Terry Donnelly.
My name is Owen Skoler, and I will be running to fill the vacant Ward 1 seat on the Maplewood City Council. I moved to Maplewood three years ago with my wife and then 2-year-old daughter. We were looking for a diverse, inclusive community with a progressive public school system and affordable housing. We found that in Ward 1. Since moving to Maplewood, I’ve seen my daughter thrive at the Maplewood Early Childhood Center.
Maplewood Baptist pastor, Rev. Steven Moseley, has announced he’s resigning that post to take a new position out of town, meaning that his Maplewood Ward 1 City Council seat will open up. Moseley won the seat unopposed in April. Incumbent, David Cerven, had filed to run but later dropped out. Opening of candidate filings for the April 3rd General Municipal Election opens Dec. 12.
Maplewood Ward 1 council member, and Maplewood Baptist Pastor Steven Moseley, has accepted a position as campus pastor at The Baptist Home in Chillicothe, MO, he said Wednesday. Moseley said his last Sunday as pastor at Maplewood Baptist will be November 19. He was elected to the city council in April, running unopposed. Ward 1 incumbent David Cerven filed to run then dropped out. The next possible election date to replace Moseley on the the council, according the the St.
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.