Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg said at the council meeting Tuesday that there’s still hope for the proposed Great Rivers Greenway (GRG) trail through the city.
He said he and City Manager Marty Corcoran have a meeting with GRG on March 6 to discuss the biking and hiking trail through Maplewood, to run along Greenwood Boulevard.
Greenberg said probably everyone knows that GRG had declined the federal funding (of $1.6 million) and the project is canceled for the time, and that there could be a solution at a future date.
“There’s no hope of resurrecting the current project in its current form, however GRG has expressed desire to move forward with (the Maplewood) portion of the network. We’ll explore the possibility with them, letting them know there are certain stipulations to be acceptable to the city,” he said.
Also, the council approved:
- The low bid of M&H concrete for $988,728 (with a contingency of an additional $69,211) for concrete street reconstruction on: Hiawatha Avenue, Laclede Station Road from Burgess to Flora, Lohmeyer from Sutton to Oakview Terrace, Oakview Terrace from the Citizens Band drive-thru exit north to Lyndover Terrace, and Roseland Terrace from Lyndover Place to Zephyr Place.
- A full liquor license by the drink, to be served on premises only, for Toasty Subs, at 3001 S. Beg Bend Boulevard.
- A conditional use permit for a short term rental at 7553 Woodland Avenue. The owner, Ellis Athanas, plans to operate an Airbnb. In the hearing before the vote a neighbor three or four houses away from this one said her daughter was interested in also operating an Airbnb there, and asked if it would be allowed. City Manager Marty Corcoran said there is nothing in the ordinance that would prevent it as long as the conditions are met.
Also, the cities of Maplewood and Richmond Heights are accepting bids to manage the lifeguard and management staff at the Maplewood Family Aquatic Center. Previously the city of Richmond Heights managed the staff at the pool. Last summer some of the lifeguard staff at the Maplewood pool was fired over their use of a texting app.