Why Ryan Hummert playground is taped off, Deer Creek too; with an update

No nefarious reason why the Ryan Hummert playground is taped off — the city is repairing the play surface. Weather permitting the crew is hoping to have Ryan Hummert Park finished by the end of the day on Thursday. Deer Creek is scheduled for the work as well, and will take a little longer, the later part of next week, the city says. Update: Friday morning, workers say it will be finished by the end of the day. They’re making sure it’s all sealed so there’s nothing to trip on.

City council thanks Mayor White for his service

Maplewood Mayor Jim White was given a fond farewell at the city council meeting on Tuesday. White was mayor for two terms.

The Mid County Chamber of Commerce posted photos on Twitter (@MidCountyChamb) of council member Karen White reading the city proclamation, City Manager Marty Corcoran with White, and White’s family at the meeting. Farewell to Mayor Jim White

Ward 3 council member Barry Greenberg was elected to be the new mayor on April 4. He will be sworn in on Tuesday, April 25.

Maplewood city responds to ACLU lawsuit

Maplewood City Hall responded Tuesday on Facebook to a lawsuit filed against the city by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a woman whose city residency permit was revoked because she called the police for aid too many times in a 180-day period, according to a Maplewood ordinance. Her calls were the result of an abusive relationship. The city, according to its statement, “denies allegations that the city has unlawfully discriminated against or violated the rights of any female (or male) victims of domestic abuse,” also that the ordinance has been on the books for more than 10 years, and is enforced only following complaints from other residents. ACLU sues Maplewood; similar suit filed in March
New York Times, others, report on suit against Maplewood

The city of Maplewood’s full response:
Please note: The City of Maplewood has not been officially served with a lawsuit by the ACLU but we have received numerous press inquiries and public comments. ACLU LAWSUIT

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New York Times, others, report on suit against Maplewood

Maplewood’s troubles with the The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which filed a suit against the city last week, has garnered national attention. The New York Times reported on the action on Tuesday. A Maplewood woman was ordered to leave her apartment becasue she called the police — for protection from an abusive boyfriend — more times than allowed by Maplewood’s ‘nuisance’ ordinance. For more than two calls to the police regarding domestic violence from the same address within a 180-day period, a resident can be considered a nuisance, according to the ordinance. Violators can be forced from their homes and banished from the city for six months.

Farewell to Mayor Jim White

I don’t know how many times that I have heard some version of, “Why would anyone want to serve on City Council?” in recent months. I think most of us would agree that serving in local government is a relatively thankless job. The two vacant council seats that went unopposed seem to speak volumes. Collectively, the Council dedicates hours and hours of time on issues that affect the lives of citizens and businesses, listening and researching every possible angle before making decisions. Ninety-nine times out of 100, their efforts go unnoticed.

Vintage clothing store not a thrift shop — $900 sweaters from the 1980s

The owner of the vintage clothing store, Reset Vintage Apparel, Bruce Schwerdt, set to open at 2607-C Bellevue Avenue pending approval from city council, describes his merchandise as “a uniquely curated selection of collectable clothing, shoes and accessories ranging from the 1980s to the early 2000s.”

In his description of the store for the city council agenda for the April 11 meeting, which will have its first reading for the store on Tuesday, Schwerdt says the store isn’t  a thrift store or resale shop. The items will be “collectable and vintage,” selling at a higher cost than when they were originally released. He says the current market for vintage clothing is at an all time high. Select T-shirts that originally sold for $10 to $15 now sell for $20 and up. Jackets that originally sold for $30 to $50 now sell for for $75 and up.

ACLU sues Maplewood; similar suit filed in March

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Maplewood, challenging the city’s ‘chronic nuisance ordinance,’ which the organization says is unconstitutional, according to a press release dated April 7. In March the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council filed a similar suit against Maplewood, saying the city’s nuisance ordinance effectively exiles households that have drawn two or more police calls — even if they’re the victims rather than perpetrators. Maplewood city responds to ACLU lawsuit

According to the ACLU, between September 2011 to February 2012, Rosetta Watson called the police several times after physical abuse by her former boyfriend at her Maplewood home. In one incident, he kicked open the front door and punched Watson in the face while she was in bed.

Special election to be held to fill vacant council seat

Maplewood mayor-elect Barry Greenberg says he doesn’t believe the city council will vote to temporarily fill his vacant Council seat. Greenberg is a Ward 3 councilman, and won the mayoral election on Tuesday, defeating Patrick Jugo. The council has the option to fill a vacant seat for a period of up to 180 days. Greenberg said a special election will be held within 60 days to fill his vacant Ward 3 seat. From the Maplewood ordinances:
Filling of vacancies. A vacancy in the council, or in the office of the mayor, shall be filled by the council by a majority vote of all its remaining members (including the mayor), for a period running to the next regular election unless such period exceeds 180 days.

Barry Greenberg wins race for mayor of Maplewood

Barry Greenberg, 14-year council member for Maplewood’s Ward 3, won the race for mayor of Maplewood over Patrick Jugo, running for municipal office for the first time. Both are architects and live on Vine Avenue. Greenberg emphasized his experience in Maplewood government in his campaign. Greenberg took 57 percent of the vote (772 votes) to Jugo’s 43 percent (574). He won a four-year term.

Maplewood votes

Maplewood residents went to the polls on Tuesday for vote for a new mayor — Barry Greenberg and Patrick Jugo ran. Council seats were uncontested: Steve Moseley ran in Ward 1, Ray Crader in Ward 2, and Shawn Faulkingham in Ward 3.

Candidate for mayor of Maplewood says experience is the difference

Candidate for mayor of Maplewood, Barry Greenberg, sent this statement to 40 South News on Monday. The election is on Tuesday, April 4. Based on the fact that my opponent and I are both architects living on the same street, I have been asked what are the differences that distinguish us from each other. The main difference is experience. In my 14 years as a city councilman, I have established relationships with elected officials and staff of surrounding communities that will benefit the City of Maplewood as we continue to look at opportunities to combine efforts resulting in less redundancy and more efficient use of taxpayers’ dollars.