The Boulevard progresses, with TIF

The Boulevard, a proposed mixed-use development across from the Galleria in Richmond Heights, has been half complete since 2005; city officials took a step Monday leading to finally finishing the project, KMOV reported. A Chicago-based developer wants to buy the completed and uncompleted property from Pace Property with the hope of finally finishing it. Richmond Heights officials at their meeting took the first vote to approve the sale. The final vote is due on October 3. It’s expected to pass.

Richmond Heights officials vote to add video to public access law

Richmond Heights officials, at the council meeting on Monday, passed a measure to include police video in an ordinance that restricts public access to crime scene photos and other crime-related information until investigations are finished. It was passed to match new state law, city manager, Amy Hamilton said. Governor Jay Nixon signed the state legislation in July. Richmond Heights covers its council meetings live, through Twitter, at @RichmondHghtsMO.

Richmond Heights approves joint fire command study; Brentwood and Maplewood: not yet

Three cities — Clayton, Rock Hill and Richmond Heights — have now approved a resolution to authorize their city administrators/managers to work with the fire chiefs to  study a joint fire command for Brentwood, Clayton, Maplewood, Richmond Heights and Rock Hill. Richmond Heights officials passed the resolution on August 15. 

All cities would have their own fire departments and fire stations, but would share a joint fire command staff structure. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A study by Emergency Services Consulting International concluded “a consolidated administrative and support branch to oversee operation of the five fire departments would lead to improved efficiency and elimination of redundant effort,” improved firefighter safety and possibly cost-savings. Richmond Heights City Manager Amy Hamilton said Wednesday that the council didn’t want to study to linger; she said they wondered if six months would be enough time.

Richmond Heights strengthens its indecency laws

The city of Richmond Heights has followed a month behind Maplewood in strengthening its indecency laws to head off any businesses similar to Social House II in University City, whose wait staff wears only body paint and pasties from the waist up, CBS News/KMOX has reported. The city’s revised law requires “opaque clothing” rather than just body paint. Maplewood’s revised ordinance uses similar language. “If we were to have the same sort of issue in Richmond Heights, we realized that our code as it stood could use some strengthening,” Richmond Heights City Manager Amy Hamilton told KMOX. The ordinance passed the city council with an 8-0 vote, according to the radio station.

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.