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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING

 

 

City Hall                                                                                                  April 19, 2004

Council Chambers                                                                                  7:00 p.m.

 

The Mayor led with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

ROLL CALL

 

Present:          Alderman Marshall, Alderman Leahy, Alderman Golfin, Alderman Kramer, Alderman Robertson, Alderman Wynn, Alderman Cross.

 

Asst. City Attorney Gretchen Wallace, City Clerk/Administrator Seemayer, Zoning Administrator Wolf, Director of Economic Development Shelton and Executive Secretary Williams.

 

Absent:           Alderman Moreno, City Attorney Murphy and Treasurer Reynders.

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF APRIL 19, 2004

 

Motion was made by Alderman Golfin, second by Alderman Wynn to amend the Agenda of the Regular Board of Aldermen meeting of April 19, 2004 by moving the “Swearing in of elected official” to item C, 2.  Roll call:  Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Marshall to approve and adopt the Agenda of the Regular Board of Aldermen Meeting of April 19, 2004 as amended.  Roll call:  Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF APRIL 5, 2004

 

Motion was made by Alderman Golfin, second by Alderman Kramer to approve and adopt the Minutes of the Regular Board of Aldermen Meeting of April 5, 2004 with certain clarifications noted. 

 

Alderman Leahy stated that the warrant list attached to the minutes is the warrant list that was approved but they made exception to the TIF notes for the Manchester Road TDD activity.  It should read community services, not TIF.

 

Alderman Golfin stated that page 4, first paragraph, last sentence states, “This is an aspect of the actions that has the most serious repercussions for the Association.  The code strictly prohibits organizations from supporting candidates for public office . . . ” That quote appears to him as it’s written reflective of the Articles of the Hanley Industrial Court Association, when actually, it was a quote from the letter that was received. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that it is out of their indentures and is actually part of the IRS Code as well.

 

Alderman Kramer stated page 3, in the last paragraph of the minutes there was a situation where the Aldermen had the opportunity or not to raise their hands.  He wanted to clarify what he meant when he raised his hand.  The minutes states, “Mayor Kelly asked for a show of hands from the Board members that would not use eminent domain to take owner occupied properties in Hanley Industrial Court or any place else in the City.  Mayor Kelly stated that he wanted to clarify that the City has no intention of doing that”.   While it is never the intention, he would never see it as the intention of his vote to condone the use of eminent domain.  It is a very realistic possibility if it is for the greater good of the community, if there is a situation where the majority of residents or the majority of property owners have agreed to a development situation and there is one roadblock standing in the way, he would like to have the opportunity to weigh that and assess at that time without ruling it out completely as he did apparently with that vote. 

 

Alderman Golfin stated that he would amplify Alderman Kramer’s comments.  He feels the same way.  However he feels the statement is not the intention and adequately qualifies that.  There may be a specific case.  They have seen cases in Webster Groves where there may have been one particular obstruction and then they might have considered the use of eminent domain.

 

Alderman Kramer stated there were a couple of instances where that took place with the Kenilworth Development and Brentwood Square.

 

Mayor Kelly stated in both of those instances it is important to point out that the issue was not that those residents did not want to sell their property, it was how much money they were getting for their property.  The point he was trying to make at the last meeting was the fact that he had talked to this specific property owner and had made it clear to him, who was the only owner occupied property owner in the potential development, that the City would not use eminent domain to take his property.  That was the point he was trying to make because that is not the goal of the City to do that with this project.  He was trying to emphasize that to this particular property owner.   

 

Roll call on minutes:  Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

 

 

BIDS

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that bids were opened on Friday, April 16th for the purpose of acquiring a new City ambulance.    Along with the bid there was a trade-in allowance that they could quote on.  They received two bids for a new ambulance and then a separate bidder to purchase one of their old pieces of equipment.  The bids are as follows: 

 

            Braun Industries, Inc.                                                      $164,624.00

            No trade-in allowance

 

Foster Coach Sales, Inc.                                                      $149,129.00

            Trade-in allowance for current ambulance                   $19,500

            Rescue vehicle $25,000

 

There was a bid from Fire Masters Apparatus who want to purchase the rescue vehicle for $24,500.  The bids will be referred to the Public Safety Committee.

 

Alderman Golfin asked if the City is contemplating trading in both of those vehicles and replacing them with one.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that they are contemplating trading in both vehicles but for the rescue truck they would like to replace that with a second used ambulance.  They have much more need to have two ambulances.  They can carry equipment on the new fire truck.  The City would purchase the second used ambulance if they could find one at an equivalent price of what they would receive for that rescue truck. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that the reason for not keeping the current ambulance as the backup is the fact that they will not fit into the firehouse.  The backup ambulance would be a smaller one, so they could fit into the garage. 

 

Certified Election Results

 

City Administrator Seemayer read into record the certified election result from the April 6, 2004 municipal election. 

 

Ward 1                                                           Ward 2

Gerry Moreno                        257                 Mike Marshall            267 Unopposed   

Jim Fiete                                  39

Kathryn Jepsen                       369

 

 

Ward 3                                                           Ward 4          Two-year term

Andrew G. Leahy              339                 Lorraine Krewson            103

Terry Stoverink Noles  221                 Leon Golfin              134

 

Ward 4 One-year unexpired term               

Thomas Kramer                       194            Unopposed

 

Motion was made by Alderman Wynn, second by Alderman Leahy to accept the certified election results from the April 6, 2004 municipal election.  All in favor none opposed.

 

Swearing-in of Elected Officials

 

Mayor Kelly administered the Oath of Office to Alderwoman Jepsen, Alderman Marshall, Alderman Leahy, Alderman Golfin and Alderman Kramer.

 

Public Hearing – Amending Chapter 25

 

Mayor Kelly announced the public hearing for amending Chapter 25 would now be heard at 7:15 p.m. 

 

Zoning Administrator Wolf came before the Board and stated that the amendment is in response to the EPA regulations.  The City is a part of a coalition of MSD and the 90 municipalities in St. Louis County along with St. Louis County to serve as a reporting authority with respect to the Clean Air and Clean Water Act.   It deals with storm water runoff and erosion control.  The City has regulations in the ordinance but they were slightly different than what MSD wanted to implement, so they along with the other municipalities will be adopting the new regulations with this legislation.  It repeals the current storm water erosion plan and enacts the new one.  The new one is consistent across the county.

 

Alderman Golfin stated that as he reads the legislation it actually strengthens the regulations required rather than loosens them.

 

Zoning Administrator Wolf stated that it has that affect particularly on larger projects.

 

Alderman Golfin stated that prevents the runoff of soil erosion into the storm water.

 

Zoning Administrator Wolf stated that primarily on projects one acre and larger, it has more control features.  They will try to implement reasonable control measures on projects under one acre. 

 

Alderman Golfin asked if there are some areas in the City where they are going to address soil erosion specifically.

 

Zoning Administrator Wolf stated that it applies to new projects.  It does not apply to existing conditions, although they could if they noted some existing conditions of which he is not aware of any that is more than one acre.  If there are some they would implement those. 

 

Alderman Leahy stated that on page 3 of the bill, section (g), for the one acre and above, the applicant would have to go to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to get a permit.  Would the City establish a permit from within the City for anything less than one acre?  What does the City do with anybody that wants to do an infill housing that does not take up a full acre of land?  Do they have to come to the City and comply with another set of guidelines that they will have to meet or are they looking for a committee to establish what that less than one-acre requirement might be.

 

Zoning Administrator Wolf said yes.  The only thing that is being enacted is the larger size.  He would think that would be a part of the infill construction regulation that would be discussed at the Public Works Committee meeting.  The Public Works Committee will be giving a recommendation on it and then it will come to the full Board.  Those aspects of the regulations that will deal with storm water control unfortunately will trigger going to a modification of Chapter 25, which then goes back to the Planning and Zoning Commission. 

 

Alderman Kramer stated that they are working on the infill housing residential construction requirements in the Public Works Committee.  In the body of that they refer to the upcoming tree preservation ordinance that Alderman Marshall has been working on and ideally in that same body they would refer to the less than one-acre storm water erosion control. 

 

Mayor Kelly asked if there were any comments from the audience.

 

Karen Smith – 8930 Harrison came before the Board and stated she would support something along those lines.  She has an issue where her neighbor built up their side of the house and she is getting all of their water runoff, and it is killing her landscaping.  She would like to see something instilled to prevent people from building things that will create hardship on a neighbor. 

 

Alderman Marshall asked if there is any current guideline as far as construction that prohibits people from directing water to their neighbors yard.

 

Zoning Administrator Wolf stated that you cannot change the direction of flow or the intensity of flow, but water that used to run towards your south property line for example can continue to run that way.  What you cannot do is take all that water that used to run in a sheet off the entire south property line and funnel it so it goes down to the southwest corner. 

 

With no further comments, Mayor Kelly announced the public hearing closed at 7:23 p.m.

 

HEARING OF ANY MATTER OF PUBLIC INTEREST UPON REQUEST OF ANY PERSON PRESENT

 

David Walter – 2328 Annalee came before the Board and stated that he is the husband of Kathryn Jepsen, newly elected Alderwoman of Ward 1.  He is here tonight to make a presentation on behalf of Vox Populi.  They are a citizens group in Brentwood that got together about six months ago and decided that rather than complain about things they would do something about it.  Something that they wanted to do as a tradition for the community beginning this evening is present the Good Government Award.  This award could go to anybody on the Board of Alderpersons, the Mayor, employee of the City or a schoolteacher.  The group felt that it would be important for them to recognize people occasionally if someone has demonstrated outstanding behavior in government.  Mr. Walter presented the first Good Government Award to Alderman Leahy Ward 3 for monthly ward meetings. 

 

Barb Hughes – 2001 Urban came before the Board and stated that she has been talking about an off-leash dog park in Brentwood.  They have established a committee of about a dozen people.  She has also been working with a group called People for Dogparks.   They initially started working with St. Louis County to get dog parks in county parks.  They have evolved into working with various municipalities around the county area.  They will be having a meet and greet on Sunday, May 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville, MO.  The concept of the dog park is not just for dogs it is for their people also.  It is a great way to get to know each other in the neighborhood.  She asked if the City was at one point considering a dog park in Oak Tree Park.  She understands there is some City owned property on Russell that they have been looking at.  They would also like to know when are the parks department meetings.  They would appreciate the consideration of someone working with them on this effort. 

 

Bob Osterholt – 9380 Pine came before the Board and stated that he works for Southside Roofing located at 290 Hanley Industrial Court in the Hanley Industrial Court and is a member of the Board of Directors for Hanley Industrial Court.  His comments tonight are as a resident, not in anyway representing the industrial court.  Two meetings ago he was pleased to hear the sentiments of the Board regarding eminent domain.  He is the owner operator of a business/Brentwood resident that the mayor spoke of.  It seems that the comments from Alderman Kramer and Alderman Golfin is backtracking on what was said two meetings ago.  They do not want to move Southside Roofing from Brentwood.  One of the Aldermen mentioned a single holdout.  Southside Roofing is the holdout in Hanley Industrial Court and he does not want to move.  They will not make a deal with the developer to be moved.  They are not going to sign a deal with anybody and are not looking for more money.     He is ¾ mile away from his place of work and lives in a great neighborhood.   

 

Kent Phelan – 258 Oakwood in Webster Groves came before the Board and stated that page 3 of the minutes of April 5th stated that there are three owner occupied properties within the redevelopment area, the City, Missouri Boiler and Southside Roofing.  There is actually a fourth property.  He and his brother Tim own the property at 1300 Hanley Industrial Court.  They are also the owners of Access Courier and together they employ 300 people.   They join the Osterholts in saying they will not be selling either. 

 

INTRODUCTIONS, READINGS, AND PASSAGE OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

 

Motion was made by Alderman Robertson, second by Alderman Cross to give Bills No. 5227 and 5228 first and second readings.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

Bill No. 5227 – Fourth Amendment to Redevelopment Agreement

 

Asst. City Attorney Wallace gave Bill No. 5227, AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF A FOURTH AMENDMENT TO REDEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AND EAGER ROAD ASSOCIATES, L.L.C., its first and second readings.

 

Alderman Kramer read a synopsis of the bill into the record.  The synopsis is attached to the minutes.

 

Alderman Leahy stated with a one-year extension what would be the adverse effect to the project if at the April 2005 determination another year extension were not granted. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that the developer needs to proceed on the construction of the office building by July of 2004.  The main goal of this project is the office building.  Initially the first phase was going to be the construction of the office building.  They had a tenant locked in and were proceeding with it when 9/11 happened.  This business was going to move from New York to St. Louis and that contract fell through.  The developer proceeded with the 2nd phase of the project, which was the retail component first.  Since 9/11 the office market in the St. Louis area has gone down.  The reason for the extension is that it is still the goal of the City to have an office building built there.  They are not looking for other retail.  What they could do once their options run out is issue another RFP to construct an office building.  Given that DCM owns the property and is willing to proceed with the building of an office building they figure they have the best shot at building it.  It could potentially reduce the amount of the TIF for the 2nd phase.  Once this project was selected and the developer started moving forward the TIF clock started ticking.  Whether they build it today or build it in four years there is going to be a certain amount of years left and they need to have the ability to pay that back.  In order for DCM to get loan commitment to build the office building they need to have it about 60% leased. 

 

Alderman Marshall stated that this issue came to the Ways and Means Committee and DCM had asked for two years.  It was the recommendation of the committee to give them one year and look at it again later.  

 

Alderman Robertson stated that it is his understanding that DCM has completed a substantial amount of work that supports phase 2 as far as site work and the road behind the building, which they did not have to do in order to capture the TIF money. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that a lot of the roadwork was scheduled for phase 2.  The lane that is in front of Home Depot, which is the right turn lane, will extend from the McDonald’s around the corner on Eager.  They will be adding an additional designated right turn lane where people would not have to stop or slow down coming from Eager to Hanley.  Those are things that are part of the phase 2 project that they proceeded with in phase 1.  

 

Alderwoman Jepsen stated at that intersection they are competing with Clayton.  Are the vacancies filling in Clayton?

 

Alan Skop – President of DCM Management came before the Board and stated that the Clayton market is as weak as the overall office market.  However their project does not directly compete for most of the tenants in Clayton.  A lot of those are law firms that need to be near the courthouse and that type of situation.  They are more of an operational type of tenancy.  Although they do not compete directly just a general softness of the market overall affects everybody.  They have seen pickup in the tenant interest over the past six weeks.  They have several prospects they are working with, so they can move on to the next phase.  They do compete with the suburbs both west and out by Earth City. 

 

Alderwoman Jepsen stated there was an article in today’s paper about enterprise zones. Is that area part of an enterprise zone now? 

 

Mayor Kelly stated the City does not have any enterprise zones.

 

Economic Development Director Shelton stated that the enterprise zone is designated based on income of the residents that live in that area.  The entire area of the City of St. Louis is an enterprise zone and a couple of places in North County.  

 

Motion was made by Alderman Marshall, second by Alderman Golfin to approve and adopt Bill No. 5227.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, abstain; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

The Mayor thereupon declared Bill No. 5227 duly passed and signed same into approval thereof.  Said Bill was given Ordinance No. 3930

 

Bill No. 5228 – Storm Water Runoff and Erosion Control

 

Asst. City Attorney Wallace gave Bill No. 5228, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 25, ARTICLE VI, DIVISION 7 OF THE REVISED CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD, MISSOURI BY AMENDING SECTION 25-125 (b)(4) K; BY DELETING SECTION 461 THROUGH 467; BY ADDING IN LIEU THEREOF NEW SECTIONS 461 THROUGH 469; PROVIDING FOR THE CURRENT MAINTENANCE OF THIS CODE; PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE; AND, PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF ALL CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, its first and second readings.

 

Alderman Kramer read a synopsis of the bill into the record.  The synopsis is attached to the minutes.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Golfin, second by Alderman Wynn to approve and adopt Bill No. 5228.  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

The Mayor thereupon declared Bill No. 5228 duly passed and signed same into approval thereof.  Said Bill was given Ordinance No. 3931. 

 

ACCOUNTS AGAINST THE CITY

 

Motion was made by Alderman Marshall, second by Alderman Cross to adopt the warrant list dated 4/19/04 as submitted.  All in favor none opposed.

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND DEPARTMENT HEADS:

 

Mayor’s Report

 

Mayor Kelly recommended Scott Stinson represent the City on the newly formed TDD for Strassner Road.  He, the County Executive, Metro and one appointee from each of the entities will serve on that Board of Directors.  Scott Stinson lives in Ward 2 and is more than happy to represent the City as a Board member for the Strassner Road TDD.

 

Alderwoman Jepsen asked if there is a place to have anyone from the Hanley Industrial Court Association on that Board.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that as far as the executive board there will only be the six members.  The Board of Directors for the TDD main function is to establish the collection process, make sure that the paperwork is done for the formation of the TDD and the funds are allocated properly.  The projects are already designated with estimated costs, which include the Metro link bridge, improvements to Eager Road in front of the Promenade, improvements to Wrenwood at Brentwood Boulevard and also the additional work to the parks system to connect Oak Tree Park to Memorial Park and help fund the bridge over the creek. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Wynn, second by Alderman Marshall to appoint Scott Stinson as a Board member to the Strassner Road TDD.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

Manchester Road TDD

 

Mayor Kelly stated that the Manchester Road TDD was overwhelmingly defeated to make the much-needed improvements to Manchester Road. There was a lot of misinformation or people did not understand what the TDD was going to do and what those funds could be spent on.  They felt the ballot language was very specific as to what the funds could be spent on.  The City had received a grant for $1.5 million dollars to make improvements to the Hanley Road/Manchester intersection.  They will be withdrawing their use of that grant because they will not have matching funds to acquire it.  They would have needed $300,000 for 20% match.  The Manchester Road Committee that started working about four years ago will hold a committee meeting on Thursday, April 22 at 9:00 a.m. at Brentwood City Hall to discuss what to do next.  They lost a great opportunity to start to make some significant improvements to that corridor. 

 

Alderman Robertson stated that he supported the Manchester Road TDD as it was.  He would like to become more involved in the planning to find a TDD that would be acceptable to the majority of voters in the district.  It is really disgraceful the way Manchester Road is set up and maintained by the State of Missouri.  He lives about 200 yards from Manchester Road and it is dangerous.  His kids cross it going to and from school.   It is part of his responsibility as a Ward 3 Alderman to try to help that process.  

 

Mayor Kelly stated that one of the benefits was MoDOT was able to commit $9.2 million dollars for resurfacing of the existing roadway from Big Bend to Lindbergh which will start in 2006.  Unless they get something passed relatively quickly, all you’re going to see is MoDOT come through and resurface the existing roadway, and they won’t get any of the benefits of improving the storm water problems, drainage off the streets, etc.  

 

Public Safety Committee – No report

 

Public Works CommitteeNo report

 

City Engineer – No report

 

Parks – No report

 

Zoning Administrator – No report

 

Ways and Means Committee – No report

 

Planning and Zoning – No report

 

City Attorney – No report

 

City Clerk/Administrator

 

Special Use Permit – Brentwood Parks and Rec.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that the Parks and Recreation Department would hold their annual summer time concert series in the months of June, July and August in Brentwood Park.  They have allowed in the past with approval from the Board of Aldermen for the residents to bring in beer and wine.  They do not sell it there.  It was discussed at the Public Works Committee meeting and was given a two to two vote. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Robertson, second by Alderman Cross to approve the bringing of beer and wine to the summer time concert series held in June, July and August in Brentwood Park.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, no; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, no; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, no; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

Director of Economic Development

 

Director of Economic Development Shelton came before the Board and stated that the Board has asked that they keep everybody updated on the status of the Comprehensive Plan.  The Chairman of the Steering Committee Don Biemdiek is here and he would like to give a full update. 

 

Don Biemdiek came before the Board and stated that this April marks the twelfth month that the Comprehensive Plan Committee has been meeting.  They had their first meeting on May 21 of last year.   The members serving on this committee are Len Eschbach a member of the school board, Fred Epstein a business owner in Hanley Industrial Court and a member of their Board of Directors, John Geppert the chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Ryan Heath, Art Oppenhiem a former mayor of the City, Mark Kurtz a former mayor of the City, Betty Morgan member of the Board of Directors of Brentwood Forest, Bonnie Rasmussen former member of the planning and zoning commission who resides in the southwest part of town, Maureen Saunders, Ron Watermon a new resident in town who handles public affairs for the St. Louis Cardinals and Bob Shelton coordinator.  He commended Mr. Shelton for shepparding them into meetings, making arrangement, distributing agendas and minutes of the meeting.  Mr. Shelton has also contacted the various professionals that they have been interviewing and scheduling of their appearances.  They have met with seven different planning consultants and have interviewed four or five opinion takers.  One of the main objectives is to be sure that everyone in Brentwood who has something to say about the future of Brentwood or some ideas has an opportunity to present it.  They are hoping by a citywide questionnaire and some focus group meetings around the City to get as much input as they can.

 

When they came to this they inherited ten different plans that had been developed since 1959 in the City.  The most recent comprehensive plan was 1991.  It was an excellent document.  In that document the City was challenged to be proactive in terms of development and not reactive.  Up to that point, the City had reacted when commercial and residential interests came and started a process.  The 1991 plan suggested that the City not just react to what the marketplace was doing.  Five years after that the City retained an Economic Development Director Bob Shelton.  The City adopted the 353-redevelopment corporation, which was a development tool that allowed for tax abatements and incentives to encourage development of obsolete and poorly planned properties.  The City also used the tax increment law for financing some of the projects.  All of which were recommended in the 1991 plan.  The plan in his opinion, by showing, the mapping and proposed uses in the City stimulated one project and that was the Brentwood Square project.  The way that came about is in that plan they proposed that both sides of Kenilworth be zoned for commercial use and after that plan was adopted the owners of Brentwood Square started looking at ways that they could solve a tremendous problem they had with parking that was created by two widenings of Brentwood Boulevard and an increased use of automobiles in the City of Brentwood.  Brentwood Square was designed for people to walk to.  Now it does not happen that way people drive two blocks to go to Brentwood Square.  That stimulated the interest in the owners, plus speculators who paid attention to what was going on went and bought houses.   It is a good example of what can happen if you identify an area that is inappropriately zoned in the plan and send a message out that this is something the City would consider in the future. 

 

The first major redevelopment project after the 1991 plan was not stimulated by the plan.  In fact the plan did not even contemplate it and that was the Evans Place development with the Promenade.  The Promenade was stimulated by the residents, the owners got together realizing that they could not sell their homes and made enough money to replace housing any place in St. Louis County because the housing prices for the type of homes they had was not adequate.  They got together and selected a developer, Sansone Group.  The Sansone Group and the owners came to the City of Brentwood and said they would like the City to do some things to help this happen.  The citizens got together and the City responded by approving the project.  Out of that project came the Brentwood Pointe project and then the one you just extended tonight.  As much thought as they would give to this plan and all the input they will get cannot necessarily guarantee that anything is going to happen because the marketplace does not always react. 

 

This plan when they are finished with it will be presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission.  This committee is actually doing the legwork and the collecting of data that is by law the responsibility of your Planning and Zoning Commission but because of their workload and the projects that they were dealing with it was felt that a separate committee was necessary.  If the Planning and Zoning Commission approves it then it will be presented to this Board for its approval. 

 

When the plan is finished it is up to the Board to see that it works.  One of his personal recommendations is that the City should consider hiring a full-time or possibly part-time city planner to staff.   The planner will keep the plan alive. 

 

Don Biemdiek stated that Brentwood has a number of two-bedroom, one bath residences.  When the second child comes the house is not big enough.  Instead of enlarging that home they move to another community.  They have had a number of discussions about aesthetics.  He is not sure their plan is going to get into the aesthetics of the tear down and rebuild. 

 

Alderman Leahy stated that he would like to see the Comprehensive Plan Committee look at anything that will help maintain the residential character, so that they can make decisions that will help support keeping kids in the schools. 

 

Mr. Biemdiek stated this is why they have a school board member on the committee. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that with the opening of the Villas at Brentwood, they have replaced all the housing units they have lost and added more bedrooms than they had before.  Brentwood lost 27% of its population and 40% of its student population in the 70’s.  In the 90’s even with all the development Brentwood only had a 3% reduction in population in Brentwood.  Surrounding municipalities had much larger reductions.

 

Mr. Biemdiek stated the members of their committee have been very interested in the new urbanism style of designing cities.  The new urbanism concept is that the city should be designed to minimize the use of the automobile.  Most of the recent planning is being designed around the automobile. 

 

Alderwoman Jepsen stated that she has had a couple of good conversations with an older woman.  She and her husband would like to sell their bigger home, if there was an affordable senior condominium complex in the area.   Some sort of senior condominium in the $200,000 to $250,000 range would empty many bigger older homes.  The big feature of the new urbanism is the high-density housing where many people may keep a toddler there, until the child gets older to go outside.   The house that’s going up on Annalee is an amazing example of a house that fits in pretty well.  It is big and new with brick on the front and does not have a lot of detailing that screams I am new.  Perhaps we could get builders to look at that. 

 

Alderman Kramer stated that he wanted to recognize the work of the Comprehensive Plan Committee, which is voluntary.  He had a chance to go to a few of the meetings and was enthused at the scope of knowledge that sat around the tables and the various amounts of input that they are bringing forward for the City. 

 

Excise Commissioner – No report

 

Library

 

Alderman Wynn stated that the library has increased its circulation 22%.  There were 84 new cards given out last month.  Since the beginning of the year they have had 250 new cards issued. 

 

Municipal League – No report

 

Waste Management Commission

 

Alderman Golfin stated a meeting of the Waste Management Commission would be held on Monday, April 26, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. in the small conference at Brentwood City Hall.

 

Storm Water Management

 

Communication

 

Insurance Committee

 

Historical Society

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Ward 3 meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m. City Hall.

 

Brentwood National Night Out Against Crime meeting in order to pull the program together at 7:00 p.m. at the police department.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion was made by Alderman Kramer, second by Alderman Marshall to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 p.m.  All in favor none opposed.

 

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                Pat Kelly, Mayor

 

Attest:

 

                                               

Chris Seemayer, City Clerk