Richmond Heights receives 26th consecutive financial reporting recognition

The City of Richmond Heights has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association. The award was for the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2015.  This is the 26th consecutive year the City of Richmond Heights has won the award. The certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The City’s CAFR met high standards, including a “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate people to read the CAFR, according to the association. The City of Richmond Heights Finance Department is led by Finance Director Sara J. Fox.

$5.5 million property sale included in Richmond Heights budget

The planned sale of 4.5 acres at the northeast corner of Hanley and Dale from the city of Richmond Heights to Summit Development was included in the 2016-17 city budget, according to city manager, Amy Hamilton. The lot is under contract with Summit Development Group for $5.5 million, Hamilton said. Hotel planned for Richmond Heights; Menards outbuilding update
4.5 acre site under contract with Summit Group

A hotel, restaurants and retail space are planned for the property. No specific hotel has been named. Planning and zoning was to hold a public hearing on a preliminary development plan for 8015, 8111 and 8131 Dale Avenue at its May 19 meeting, but it was postponed.

Richmond Heights officials honor fire fighters, EMS; approve liquor licenses

Richmond Heights City Council Monday night honored Battalion Chief Brian Wideman for saving a man’s life who was suffering from a drug overdose, and also recognized EMS Week. The officials also approved a new liquor license for Pie Five Pizza, in front of Menards. The city reported on the council meeting on Twitter.

Boys Hope Girls Hope cuts the ribbon in Richmond Heights

Boys Hope Girls Hope cut the ribbon in Richmond Heights Sunday afternoon as contributors, students and parents watched from Elinor Avenue. Ten boys and 10 girls will live in the two houses, which are across Elinor from Menards. An office building is in the middle between the two houses. Boys Hope Girls Hope could land in Richmond Heights/MRH
Boys Hope Girls Hope site plan approved in Richmond Heights


Richmond Heights post office to re-open May 9

The Richmond Heights post office is set to re-open on Monday, May 9, the city of Richmond Heights announced on Facebook and Twitter on Friday. Following the building gut renovation, the post office, at 1209 South Big Bend Boulevard, now has retail spaces to the north of the post office in the same building. As of Friday the city says it’s not sure who will occupy the extra spaces. Temporary Richmond Heights Post Office opens on Dale
Richmond Heights post office is short-staffed for now

Wise Ave. block to lose power for 6 hours on April 24: Ameren

The city Richmond Heights received an automated message from Ameren that there will be a power outage on the 7500 block of Wise Avenue on April 24 (Sunday) starting at 6 a.m. and lasting for about six hours to repair a utility pole, the city reported on Twitter and Facebook. Ameren said all affected residents should be contacted.

New, re-elected Richmond Heights officials installed

At the Richmond Heights City Council meeting Monday evening, the newly-elected mayor, Jim Thomson was sworn in, in addition to new council members Joan Provaznik (District 1) and Danny Hebenstreit (District 4). Megan Moylan (District 3) and Rick Vilcek (District 2) were re-elected. Citizens, council members, St. Louis County Councilman Pat Dolan and Nelson Mitten (speaking for his wife, Rep. Gina Mitten) thanked Jim Beck for his service as mayor for eight years. Outgoing council members Camille Greenwald and Rob Jacknewitz were also recognized.

1 car wash each for residents affected by Manhassett construction

A Brentwood resident isn’t happy with the car wash voucher program for residents living near the Manhasset apartments construction on Eager Road. Resident T. delRosario lives on Eager Road across from the construction. He said in December that Eager wasn’t being cleaned and construction dirt covered cars and buildings. Since then the roads are being cleaned, and the cities of Brentwood and Richmond Heights offered free car washes to residents affected by flying dirt. delRosario said he asked the city administrator by email how to collect the car wash coupons.

Richmond Heights officials OK Dunkin’ Donuts, with drive-thru

Richmond Heights officials approved plans for three businesses on Monday at the city council meeting — one at the Menards complex, one on Clayton Road and one on Big Bend, the city posted on Twitter. Dunkin’ Donuts received a received a permit to operate at 1754 S. Hanley Road in an outbuilding by Menards. The city reported on Twitter that there will be a drive-thru. Pie Five Pizza and Noodles & Company have also reported plans for the Menards location. Also, Wingstop, Penn Station and Andy’s Frozen Custard are set to open locations there, according to a source.

Richmond Heights elects new mayor

With all votes in, challenger Jim Thomson defeated incumbent mayor, James Beck 1,076 – 972 votes. With all votes in, in District 1, Joan Provanznik took 51 percent of the vote, Mark Mueller had 26 and Greg Vescovo had 22. District 2 councilman, Ron Vilcek defended his seat against challenger Derek Bolden, taking 72 percent. In District 3 Megan Moylan ran unopposed. In District 4 Danny Hebenstreit took 52 percent of the vote over Charles Connors.

Construction firm offers free car washes (for some)

Brentwood and Richmond Heights residents living near the building site of multi-family housing between Eager Road and Highway 64/40 are being offered recompense for putting up with construction dirt in the air. Brentwood Mayor Chris Thornton and Richmond Heights Mayor Jim Beck have been talking with Holland Construction — the building contractor — on how they can help affected residents during the construction, according to a press release coming from both cities. The mayors asked Holland Construction to offer car wash coupons. The Brentwood Administrator’s Office will distribute the car wash coupons to affected residents. Brentwood City Hall is at 2348 S. Brentwood Boulevard.

RH Council approves townhouse development

The Richmond Heights City Council Monday night (March 21) gave final approval for the new Central Park Townes residential development, near the Metro-Link tracks in the Lavina Terrace subdivision. The 42-unit townhouse complex, on the former grounds of the Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel Congregation at 1107 East Linden, will offer units priced from the upper $300,000s to low $400,000s, according to Pulte Homes, the project developer. Construction is set to begin during the second half of this year. The city council gave second gave second reading to an ordinance subdividing Lot 12 and part of Lot 13 of Lavina Terrace into 42 separate lots to accommodate the townhouse complex. Final approval came on a motion by Councilman Rick Vilcek, a second by Councilwoman Camille Greenwald, and a unanimous vote.