Maplewood officials at the council meeting on Monday unanimously approved a package liquor license, including sales on Sunday and special package tasting license for a store set to replace the former Conoco station at 3600 S. Big Bend Boulevard.
The owner, Gaurang Bhavsar, has operated the Conoco station for three years, and told the council it wasn’t making enough money as a gas station.
Council members asked Bhavsar before the vote about his request for the package tasting license, which is separate and above a liquor license, City Manager Marty Corcoran said. Bhavsar said the additional license would allow tastings that package liquor companies sometimes sponsor.
Mayor Barry Greenberg asked Corcoran if there was a history of problems at the store. Corcoran called the Maplewood police chief during the meeting and reported that in the three years Bhavsar has owned the store there has been no problems of selling alcoholic beverages to minors.
Corcoran said after the meeting that no ordinance that limits the number of liquor stores in Maplewood, just where they can be.
Short term rentals
The council voted unanimously (with neighbor Ray Crader abstaining) to allow Claire Martin to operate a short term vacation rental (AirBnb) at her home at 7127 High Street. The vote was the second taken, after being tabled at the last meeting. The third and final vote is due at the council’s next meeting. The council will also vote to amend the short term vacation rental law to allow it in low and medium residential density zones.
Combined fire command
The item to allow the city to participate in the proposed East Central Fire Command, combining the command structure for Maplewood and three surrounding cities, was removed from the agenda. Corcoran said after the meeting (confirmed by Rock Hill alderman, Philip Scherry via Twitter) that Rock Hill has pulled out of the agreement, and that the remaining cities would absorb the cost. Richmond Heights officials OK’d it in early August.