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 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.

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.

1 candidate files for Ward 1 election, 2 more petitions go out

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 attends national conference for city leaders

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.

Maplewood Citizens Academy grads honored

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.

Resident to run for Maplewood City Council: his statement

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.

Who will run for Maplewood council?

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.

Election to be held to replace departing Maplewood council member

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.