Maplewood ice cream shop moving down a few doors

Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream, which opened at 7326 Manchester Road in February 2017, is moving east on the same block. The dessert shop is taking the space Sole Survivor left behind when that store moved to 7401 Manchester Road, at the corner of Sutton Boulevard. Owner Eric Moore is building out the new space, with more seating for customers.

Richmond Heights OK’s small vehicle sharing, drones

Following an almost hour and a half-long public forum on Better Together’s merger plan, Richmond Heights officials finished off the remainder of the agenda in 15 minutes. With no discussion council members passed a bill authorizing a small vehicle sharing program with Brentwood and Maplewood. Maplewood council members discussed at their previous meeting that the program could include bikes, motorized bikes, or motorized scooters. The council also heard the first reading of a bill to authorize an agreement to have access to a drone owned by the city of Clayton. City Manager Amy Hamilton said after the meeting that a drone could be used by the city for such things as showing firefighters an aerial view of a fire scene or assisting police in a chase.

Residents for and against merger in Richmond Heights public forum

About 60 people came to the Richmond Heights City Council meeting Monday at The Heights to hear and express opinions on Better Together’s plan to merge the city and county. City attorney, Ken Heinz summarized the plan with a few opinions interjected. For instance a reason for the merger given by Better Together would be to unify the court systems, preventing municipalities from abusing the system for their own funding. Heinz said he has been employed by the city of Richmond Heights for 35 years and the city has  had some great judges, and he’s never seen it happen here. See also: Richmond Heights OK’s small vehicle sharing, drones

City Manager Amy Hamilton said according to Better Together’s information Richmond Heights would be in the red $1.9 million in the first year.

Juvenile punches woman for refusing to hand over keys at Galleria

Richmond Height Police have reported that a juvenile punched an 84-year-old woman  for refusing to hand over her car keys on Saturday at the Galleria. The juvenile and three other juveniles fled, and the woman flagged down a security guard. From the Richmond Heights Police on Facebook: At about 3:00 p.m. (Saturday) an 84-year-old female was walking to her car on the south end of the Galleria parking garage’s second level. When she arrived at her car, with keys in hand, she was approached by four juveniles, two males and two females, who demanded her keys. When she refused to surrender her keys, one of the juvenile males punched her.

New computers, software at Richmond Heights Memorial Library

The next time you visit Richmond Heights Memorial Library, you might notice something different about the public computers. The library has been awarded a Technology Mini-Grant from the Missouri State Library to update a variety of technological services, the library has reported. All 14 public computers are being replaced with an updated model that runs on Windows 10 and has the full Microsoft Office Suite available for use. The new models have “lighting fast” updated hardware. The grant will also be used to create a public printing station, where library users can release their own print jobs from the computers or their mobile devices,

Expect to see this new feature in May of 2019.

In the press: Citizens National Bank, CBD shop opens, changing public’s mind on MetroLink

Seen in the press recently:

Fox 2 — Bi-State CEO says changing the public’s perception of MetroLink will take years
Fox 2 — Tim’s Travels: Bringing the “Jersey Shore” Boardwalk to St. Louis
KMOV — City of Brentwood proposes sales tax increase to fund project that would address flooding on Manchester
KMOX — 18 St. Louis-area farmers’ markets for you to pick and choose from
KPLR — Redoing the road: Crews resurface stretch of Clayton Road in massive, $3.8 million project
KSDK — CBD shop opens at the Galleria
Riverfront Times — Richmond Heights Is (Again) the Best Place to Live in Missouri
Riverfront Times — Record Store Day in St. Louis 2019: A Complete Guide
St. Louis Business Journal — You’ve listened to Jim Rome and KROQ radio, now hear from the St.

Wine bar/ shop opens in Maplewood

The wine bar/wine store, Chateau Maplewood, announced Friday on Instagram that it’s open. The shop recently joined the Mid County Chamber of Commerce, according to the chamber’s Facebook page.

The shop’s request to open passed planning and zoning in 2017. From the 40 South report following the meeting:
Maplewood planning and zoning Monday night approved a new wine bar/restaurant, with retail wine by the bottle at the former J&E Office City location — 7326 Manchester Road. Owner, Brian Hobbs, was the general manager at Bar Les Freres in Clayton for four and a half years, a job he left two and half weeks ago, he told the commission.

The Troubling Legacy of our Pioneer Families

James Compton Sutton (later Sr.) and his wife Ann Wells Sutton might have been the earliest settlers of European ancestry of the area known today as Maplewood, Missouri. At least I don’t know of anyone here earlier.  Ann West Evans McElderry didn’t buy her 320 acres (west of Big Bend, north of Manchester, sold to Charles Rannells in 1848) until 1839. Henry Bartold didn’t build his stone roadhouse (at Hanley and Manchester) until 1840.  John Baptiste Bruno, whose farm was just north of Sutton’s, got here early but I don’t know how early.

Maplewood officials proceed on bike sharing, body cameras, bus stop renovation

Maplewood City Council on Tuesday approved purchasing police cameras and radar units, renovating the bus stop on Manchester Road at Yale, proceeding with a bike (or scooter) sharing program, and submitting a grant for backyard composting units. Some of the items on the agenda:

Approved a resolution to buy 25 body-worn cameras for the police department at the cost of $38,695. There was a discussion of when the cameras would be turned on. Councilman Shawn Faulkingham said he’s not a huge fan of the cameras. Approved submitting a grant to St.

Still More Yet – Images from William Lyman Thomas’ 1911 History of St. Louis County, Missouri

This is the fourth post of original images that William Lyman Thomas collected and used in his magnificent “History of St. Louis County, Missouri”.  We have a rare opportunity to examine these images that he assembled into his final two volume set in 1911. I am again including images made of the backs of these photographs.  I think it is especially interesting to see his notations and instructions to the printer.

Better Together representative speaks at council meeting; Richmond Heights to host forum next week

Better Together representative, Will Krueger, spoke at last week’s Richmond Heights Council meeting, listing reasons for a merger and what it would accomplish. The city plans to host a public forum on the proposed merger at next week’s meeting, April 15, 7:30 p.m. at The Heights. Krueger summarized reasons for a city/county merger: 1) With city and county population dropping as a whole and taxes going up, more is being spent on fewer residents. 2) Court fines — much of it on the poor and black — are propping up many municipalities. 3) There is an 18-year gap in life expectancy between city and county residents.

Maplewood candidates post statements: 3 winners and 1 who didn’t

Two candidates for Maplewood city council who won re-election posted on Facebook. One who lost to an incumbent also posted. Jenny Schmidt, incumbent who won re-election for her Maplewood Ward 3 city council seat against Scott Criscione, said this on her campaign Facebook page the day after the election:
Friends and neighbors, thank you so much for your support!! I am so honored and excited to have 3 more years as your Ward 3 Councilperson. In the last 18 months our council has gone from having 1 female councilperson out of 7 to 4 out of 7.

Richmond Heights, Brentwood ranked as ‘best place’ to raise a family in Missouri

The ranking review website Niche has named Richmond Heights and Brentwood as numbers 12 and 13, respectively, as “Best Places to Raise a Family in Missouri.” Schools, cost of living, crime statistics and housing were some of the things considered in the ranking, according to the website. See the list here. Some of the comments from the site about Richmond Heights are below (see more):

I love that I am really close to the Galleria and my school. Parking is reasonable and the property tax isn’t too bad considering I am still in the Ladue school district.

Maplewood incumbents retain council seats; women win in school board race

Voters in Maplewood and Richmond Heights elected all women on the ballots Tuesday in municipal elections. Maplewood voters re-elected incumbents Karen Wood (Ward 1) and Jenny Schmidt (Ward 3), as well as Eleanor Pardini (Ward 2) who ran unopposed. Wood took almost 60 percent of the vote, defeating Jason Goldkamp, who had been campaigning and canvassing since April 2018. Schmidt took 90 percent of the vote in her win over challenger Scott Criscione. Voters in Maplewood and Richmond Heights elected Nikylan Donato-Knapper and incumbent Brandi Herndon-Miller to the MRH School Board.

Flood mitigation proposition passes in Brentwood

Brentwood voters on Tuesday approved the city’s Proposition B, a half-cent sales tax to go toward a flood mitigation plan along Manchester Road. More than 75 percent of voters approved the proposition. Ward 1 Alderman David Dimmitt, running unopposed, was elected mayor, and all four of the city’s incumbent aldermen were re-elected, also unopposed. Melissa Nerht and Kerry Trostel defeated Lois Truman, running for a third time, in the election for the two open seats on the school board.

Brentwood alderman responds to resident’s questions about city recycling process

Brentwood resident, Robin Duntze, asked Brentwood aldermen Andy Leahy, Steve Lochmoeller, and David Dimmitt questions by email about the city’s recycling program and a 4-month period in which the city’s recycling process was in limbo. Leahy responded to Duntze’s letter on Tuesday. These were Duntze’s questions. Leahy’s answer follows. I was wondering if the city of Brentwood is planning to update residents about the recycling situation either via a link on the city website or preferably via a newsletter sent to all residents?

Red Brick ‘white boxing’ 7376 Manchester Ave

Demolition work is going on at 7376 Manchester Road — the unoccupied corner at Manchester Road and Sutton Boulevard (previously a piano bar). Property owner, Red Brick, is doing the work, not a new tenant. A Maplewood city employee said the building permit is for “INTERIOR WHITE BOX,” and no tenant name is mentioned anywhere on the plans. The scope of work includes interior demolition and new bathrooms.

The employee said it appears the landlord is just trying to clean up the space to make it easier to find a tenant.  

Also, the small space at 7312 Manchester Road that Sole Survivor moved out of to take the larger space at 7401 Manchester Road has a new tenant.

2nd shooting threat at BHS; superintendent communicates with parents

A Brentwood resident shared with 40 South News a letter she said Brentwood Schools Superintendent Brian Lane sent to parents following what was reported to be the second shooting threat in a week at Brentwood High School. The second was a copycat, the superintendent said. Superintendent Lane’s letter:
Dear Parents and Families,

In situations involving school threats there are often copycat offenders that are seeking similar attention. Unfortunately we had a copycat situation at Brentwood High School today in which we had a message referencing a school shooting on a restroom stall. The handwriting and message bore no similarities to the original message which leads us to believe that this is a copycat offender.