5 in the running for Maplewood council seat – updated, now 7

Two more Maplewood city council hopefuls picked up petitions on Monday, adding to the three already out to run for Ward 3 council member. The first three petitions out were returned to city hall on Monday — Patrick Richards, Jennifer Schmidt and Steven Terelmes returned their petitions with the required 50 signatures to run for the council seat, which will be open after council member Barry Greenberg is sworn in as the new mayor on Tuesday. The signatures will need to be certified by the county election board. Also on Monday, Patrick Richards (Walter Avenue) and Clayton Gissler (Elm Avenue) picked up petitions to run for the seat. There will be no primary election.

Maplewood council hopeful Jenny Schmidt

Three Maplewood residents have now picked up petitions to run for the Ward 3 city council seat that will open up when council member Barry Greenberg becomes mayor. Jenny Schmidt is one of those hoping to serve on the council. She has sent in this information about herself:
My name is Jenny Schmidt and I am a 12-and-a-half-year resident of Maplewood with a law office located in downtown Maplewood. I am a sole practitioner who represents investors in historic rehabilitation projects utilizing state historic tax credits.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, I was an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, worked in the field of social work, was a substitute teacher in the City of Chicago, and was a legal assistant in a small law firm.  I have two daughters, Lucy (9) and Beatrice (6), who attend MRH Schools. I have coached my daughter’s MRH soccer team for the last three years and I also enjoy volunteering at school and PTO activities when possible.

3 running for Ward 3 now

Three Maplewood Ward 3 residents have now picked up a petition to run for the Ward 3 council seat, which will be vacant after Barry Greenberg becomes mayor. He was elected in the April 4 election. Those who have picked up petitions to run for Ward 3 council member are:

John Harbaugh, St. Elmo Avenue
Jennifer Schmidt, Elm Avenue
Steven Terelmes, Hazel Avenue

The election will be Tuesday, August 8. The candidate who gets the most votes in that election is the winner.

Post-Dispatch editorial on Maplewood’s ‘nuisance’ ordinance

In an editorial the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday said the Maplewood ordinance, which resulted in a woman to be banned from the city, has to go. The ordinance says a resident with more than two domestic violence calls in 180 days constitutes a nuisance, and bans the resident from the city for six months. The Post-Dispatch says the ordinance, and others like it nationwide, has the effect of silencing domestic violence victims — and that domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness. See the full post in the St.

More about Ward 3 council hopeful Steve Terelmes

Maplewood Ward 3 resident, Steve Terelmes, has picked up a petition to run for the city council seat that will become open when current Ward 3 council member Barry Greenberg is sworn in as the new mayor of Maplewood. Terelmes sent information about himself to 40 South. Terelmes describes himself as a proponent of businesses, schools and municipal services, and wants to make sure the residents aren’t left out of the vision for the city’s future. Ways Terelmes would like to see Maplewood support its residents:

Expand quality elderly housing in Maplewood so elderly residence have an option to move from a house to a nice condo or facilitated living without having to leave the area
Encourage sufficient housing stock to enable continued steady growth of new families into Maplewood ensuring that our recently built-out schooling infrastructure does not suddenly become unnecessary
Encourage communication with Maplewood residents. Holding periodic town hall meetings for residents to express their ideas or concerns
Continue to support the development of Maplewood’s infrastructure.

One petition picked up for Ward 3 seat

So far one petition has been picked up to run for the Maplewood Ward 3 council seat that will be empty after Barry Greenberg is sworn in as mayor. Filing for the seat, at Maplewood City Hall, is open, and closes May 23. A petition must have signatures from 50 registered voters in Ward 3. Petitions are reviewed and approved by the Board of Elections. See more about filing to run.

How to run for the open Maplewood Ward 3 council seat: filing is open now

The recent municipal election opened a spot on the Maplewood City Council for a council person to represent Ward 3. Barry Greenberg, Ward 3 council member for 14 years, was elected mayor and his seat needs to be filled. Greenberg, and council members Steve Moseley (Ward 1), Ray Crader (Ward 2) and Shawn Faulkingham (Ward 3) will be sworn in at the April 25 city council meeting. Greenberg’s seat on the council will be filled with a special election on Tuesday, August 8. The date is dictated by Missouri State Law.

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


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.