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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING

 

 

City Hall                                                                                               August 16, 2004

Council Chambers                                                                                7:00 p.m.

 

The Mayor led with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Present:            Mayor Kelly, Alderwoman Jepsen, Alderman Marshall, Alderman Leahy, Alderman Golfin, Alderman Kramer, Alderman Robertson, Alderman Wynn, Alderman Cross.

 

                        City Attorney Murphy, City Clerk/Administrator Seemayer, Zoning Administrator Wolf, Director of Economic Development Shelton, Treasurer Reynders and Executive Secretary Williams.

 

Absent:             None.

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF AUGUST 16, 2004

 

Motion was made by Alderman Golfin, second by Alderman Robertson to approve and adopt the Agenda of the Regular Board of Aldermen Meeting of August 16, 2004.  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.

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF JULY 19, 2004

 

Motion was made by Alderman Kramer, second by Alderman Marshall to approve and adopt the Minutes of the Regular Board of Aldermen Meeting of July 19, 2004.  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.

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF JULY 27, 2004

 

Corrections:

 

Page 3 - second paragraph, delete the words in the fourth line, “At that meeting” and insert “Prior to that meeting”.

 

Page 4 - last paragraph, insert the words “another traffic professional not affiliated with the development”. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Kramer, second by Alderman Leahy to amend the Minutes of the Special Board of Aldermen Meeting of July 27, 2004.  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.

 

SWEARING IN OF POLICE OFFICERS

 

Chief Knight came before the Board and introduced Scott Wurth and Todd Lambert as new police officers for the City of Brentwood Police Department.   

 

Alderman Robertson came before the Board and administered the Oath of Office to Scott Wurth and Todd Lambert the new police officers for the Brentwood Police Department.

 

BIDS – None

 

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

 

Mike Conlon – 8817 Moritz came before the Board and stated his north property line borders the Pioneer Bank building.  He asked who is responsible for seeing that the plans for Pioneer Bank are carried out the way they were signed off on and agreed to.

 

Mayor Kelly responded the City Engineer and the Housing Department.

 

Mr. Conlon asked about some incomplete items on the Pioneer Bank property as it relates to his property and when it would be taken care of.   

 

Mayor Kelly stated that he would talk with Mr. Conlon and address the issues, along with Pioneer Bank.  He will take Pioneer Bank representatives at their word that they will resolve the issues and follow those plans.

 

Mr. Wolf stated that the bank assured him it would be taken care of.  It will be done exactly the way the plans read.

 

Public Hearing – Setting of 2004 Property Tax Rate

 

Mayor Kelly announced the public hearing scheduled for the setting of the 2004 property tax rate would now be heard at 7:15 p.m.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that Bill No. 5249 sets the 2004 property tax rate as follows:  The General Fund Residential Rate $.000, Commercial Rate $.230 and Personal Property Rate $.207.  The Public Library Residential Rate $.181, Commercial Rate $.198 and Personal Property Rate $.179.  The Police and Firemen’s Retirement Residential Rate $.238, Commercial Rate $.261 and Personal Property Rate $.235.  The Bonded Indebtedness Residential, Commercial and Personal Property Rates $.000.

 

Mayor Kelly asked what would the total be on the debt service if the City were to assess that against the residents.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that it would be $.235.  The amount being waived between the residential rate and the debt service rate is a combined $.444. 

 

Alderman Leahy asked if the Board approves the rates does it accomplish the fact that the City can operate on a balanced budget.   Will there be a surplus?

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that it does not address either of those.  Those are the rates being projected for this portion of the revenues.  It does not give the City a balanced budget, a deficit or surplus.  It is in line with what they projected for this year for this portion of the revenues.  The amounts will keep the budget working.

 

Alderwoman Jepsen asked how does the rates compare to what was approved last year.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that the City is about  $.103 higher on the residential rate.  It follows the same on the commercial and personal property rates. 

 

Alderwoman Jepsen stated that it is her understanding that the personal property value has dropped citywide.  Is that the reason nothing was assessed if that is the area going down.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that they could not do that on the personal property.  They have a ceiling amount that the voters approved some time ago.  They are limited to that amount.  When the rate goes higher like it did this year it is because the overall assessed value went down because of the personal property, so the rate is adjusted slightly higher to accommodate that.  When the assessed values go up then the rate would probably drop down so they collect the same amount of money. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated under the Hancock Amendment they could not increase those rates without voter approval.  The changes come from the State letting them know what increases they can have in order to bring it up to the same level of income they had the year before.

 

Alderman Golfin stated in order to frame this tax rate in terms that they might all understand better, this increase as he remember would amount to about $2.78 cents on the average home in the City of Brentwood.  It is really an adjustment because assessed values have gone down.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that is correct.  

        

Mayor Kelly asked if there were any comments from the audience regarding the setting of the 2004 property tax rate.  There were none.

 

The Mayor announced the public hearing closed at 7:23 p.m.

 

Public Hearing – Amending Chapter 25

 

Mayor Kelly announced a public hearing for an amendment to Chapter 25 would now be heard at 7:25 p.m.

 

Mayor Kelly stated there is a bill before the Board, which addresses one of the issues that the residents have been concerned about with respect to building new homes and the exterior building materials, primarily wanting brick homes in brick neighborhoods.   He asked the City Engineer how they could come up with an ordinance that would resolve that issue for building permits being submitted to the City, while they try to hash out some of the other issues with respect to building materials and architectural review.  If someone is tearing down and building a new house and if three houses on either side of the new house are built primarily of brick then the house would have to meet those same percentages of brick.  The bill did not get a favorable review from the Commission.  He asked the Board to put the bill on hold for review.  The public hearing will remain.  

 

Alderman Robertson stated that this bill does not specify either residential zones but it covers both. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that this would be citywide.  One of the issues of coming up with separate zones for different parts of the City is very complicated.   

 

Alderman Robertson stated that he lives on Lawndell, which is entirely frame and siding houses.  Would they prevent a brick house from being built on that street since it would be very disruptive? 

 

Alderman Wynn stated that there are several streets with brick houses that are getting old.  If someone wanted to build a house with siding it may be better off with siding than to continue to let the brick house deteriorate.  They should think of the City as a whole.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that they want to maintain the integrity of the City and make sure they are building quality homes when they put up new homes.

 

Alderman Kramer stated as the newly appointed Chairman of the Architectural Review Board and not having a chance to meet with that group he wanted to make sure he passed along his affirmation and applaud to the initiative on Bill No. 5250.  However he does have some concerns that Alderman Robertson has brought up about some of the frame homes in the way this would or would not address that issue.  There was a concern about the introduction into our community of vinyl siding versus many of the frame homes that are constructed with the older type siding, which may have been made out of the different materials one of which is asbestos based.  There are some communities further to our west and some around us who have gone more towards specifying the type of siding that would preclude vinyl as an option.  He invited his fellow aldermen to take a look at the Missouri Municipal Review article on infill housing that was published in the June issue of that magazine that talked about the City of Ladue’s approach and their use of the architectural review board for their benefit and maintain the uniformity in the various neighborhoods.  Bill No. 5250 is very good but there may be a better way to approach what they as a community may end up wanting in the end.

 

Alderwoman Jepsen asked what were the criteria for the three houses on either side of the house being built.  Are there written review guidelines in place?

 

Alderman Kramer stated that there is not a good list of guidelines.  However the article in the Missouri Municipal Review basically spoke to a ruling by the Missouri Supreme Court in regards to Ladue’s use of the architectural review board, which has very loose guidelines.  Their main objective is to preserve the integrity of the neighborhood without specifying in particular that you have to do this.  Leave it up to the architects that are on the architectural review board to specify whether or not this conforms to the community.  Ideally if it does a permit is issued and the building is erected.  If it is not then the petitioner is allowed to go before the Board of Aldermen and get a review of that decision.  It is a concept that has been challenged and gone to court and made it to the Supreme Court as to whether or not the City of Ladue could go through that review without the specific guidelines and in fact they can.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that this bill was modeled after Ellisville’s ordinance.

 

Zoning Administrator Wolf stated that theirs is a function of the size, square foot of living area and the percentage of brick that is required on a home.  It ranges anywhere from 100 percent to 0 percent.  That was not what the residents seem to want here.  Three homes in general are about 350 feet.  That is the distance you would look and see and register in your mind as to whether it is mostly brick, etc.  That is a variable.  It can be changed to two, five, seven, or the whole block.  In most blocks in Brentwood you have a variety of mixes.  If you make it too complicated nothing is going to be done.  In the Brentwood Code the architectural review board is just an advisory group to the Board of Aldermen, so whatever decision they reach would be considered a recommendation.  Regardless of whether it is this bill or the Brentwood Code as a whole it still comes to this body for a decision.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that one of the concerns he has is having some standards for the architectural review board and not having something in black and white to look at makes it very subjective in making their decisions. 

 

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

 

Jim Fiete – 2201 Parkridge came before the Board and asked what happens if four of the houses on each side are brick and two of them simply have a brick facing. Is that the majority? 

 

Zoning Administrator Wolf stated that when Mr. Fiete referred to a brick home he was referring to a brick structure both the structural wall as well as the exterior finished wall.  Bill No. 5250 is written with a brick veneer, which does not address what the structural wall is.  It can be masonry or wood stud.  In either case unless you are talking about the thirteen-inch thick walls, what you have out in front is a facing of veneer. 

 

Alderman Leahy stated the way the bill is written you could pick the three houses to the left or the three to the south depending on what you are seeing.

 

Zoning Administrator Wolf stated that was not the intent in writing the bill.  

 

Alderman Robertson stated that unless you have all three houses on each side and both sides of the houses have brick there is no requirement to comply.  It does not state in the bill the majority of the houses. 

 

Zoning Administrator Wolf stated that would have to be changed.  It was the intent that when you look at those six houses whatever is predominant is what should take effect.  For example, if there were four siding homes and two brick homes then siding would be used.

 

Mayor Kelly announced he would leave the public hearing open until the next meeting. 

 

Public Comment Continued

 

David Emas - 2614 Helen came before the Board and asked what is the budget for the Parks Department annually and how many acres of parks are maintained.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated it is approximately $1.7 million. 

 

Mr. Emas stated Forest Park has 1,292 acres and their budget is $800,000 a year.  The entire City of St. Louis has got in excess of 10,000 acres of parks and their budget is a little over $8 million.  Brentwood has 36 acres and the budget is $1.7 million.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that a big part of the Brentwood’s budget is the operation of the ice rink.  That may be the money that the City is contributing to Forest Park but if you look at their budget a lot of their funds come from donations.   They have a multi-million dollar operation in maintaining those parks.  The residents of Brentwood have stated to the Board of Aldermen that the parks are very important.  The residents in 1993 approved a $1 million bond issue to make the improvements to the parks.  It included the trail systems, the playgrounds and so forth.  The City has an obligation to the residents to maintain those parks.  About $500,000 of general revenue help to maintain those parks.  The City has not assessed against the residents that bond issue and is paying for it out of the general revenue in order to keep the taxes low.    If you look at the overall operation of the parks they run very efficiently and they do a great job of maintaining them. 

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that the Park Department has revenues of about $700,000 a year. 

 

Barbara Dorries – 2610 Helen came before the Board and thanked the Mayor and Alderman Marshall for speaking with them this week regarding their storm sewer issue on Helen Avenue.   She is begging the Board not to let this issue drop.   

 

Linda Emas – 2614 Helen came before the Board and stated they are part of the group that has storm sewer backup in their basement.  They frequently experience storm sewer backups.  MSD has promised they would come out and they have not done that yet.  She has been calling MSD and is not getting any answers.  They cannot sell their home and will not be able to move.  They have to put up with this every time it rains.  It is very frustrating and she is tired of it. 

 

INTRODUCTIONS, READINGS, AND PASSAGE OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

 

Bill No. 5250 – On Hold

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Wynn to place Bill No. 5250 on hold.  All in favor none opposed.

 

1st and 2nd Readings of Bills

 

Motion was made by Alderman Robertson, second by Alderman Golfin to give Bills No. 5247, 5248 and 5249 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. 5247 – Proposition “B”

 

City Attorney Murphy gave Bill No. 5247, AN ORDINANCE TO CALL AN ELECTION TO SUBMIT TO THE VOTERS OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD, MISSOURI, PROPOSITION “B” TO AUTHORIZE THE INCREASE OF THE BUSINESS LICENSE FEE ON GROSS RECEIPTS; AND PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE, its first and second readings.

 

Alderman Kramer read a synopsis of Bill No. 5247:  This Bill would place Proposition “B” on the November ballot with the question, “Shall the gross receipts business license fee be increased from $1 dollar per $1,000 of gross receipts to $1.25 per $1,000 of gross receipts”?  This Proposition requires a simple majority for passage and if approved would generate approximately $200,000 in additional business license fee’s annually.  The Ways and Means discussed this Bill and recommended its approval by the full Board of Aldermen.

 

Alderman Marshall stated that this increase is in line with surrounding municipalities.  Brentwood is actually lower compared to some others. 

 

Alderman Leahy questioned the timing of this bill with the Wal-Mart, Lowe’s and Sam’s going in Maplewood.  He has a feeling that the City of Brentwood is going to be faced with many open small storefront faces.  Increasing the business license fees could be a reason for picking or non-picking of a location.  He fears that raising the fee like this could end up chasing businesses.  He would like to see postponing this bill until they see what the affect of the adjacent development is doing.

 

Alderman Marshall stated that the City would be in line with Maplewood.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that Maplewood is currently at a $1.00 on business license fees on gross receipts, however their real estate, personal property and utility taxes are significantly higher than Brentwood’s. 

 

Alderman Golfin stated as a member of the Ways and Means Committee they had discussed the various aspects of this bill.  They need to have a balanced budget.  If you look at alternatives you would be looking at increasing the residential property tax.  The City has about 50,000 people in Brentwood during the day that are workers and doing business in Brentwood, shopping and there are only 8,000 residents.  They are faced with providing services for 50,000 people which includes police protection, traffic control, litter pickup, etc.  It is appropriate that businesses carry their share. 

 

Alderman Cross stated that this is the first time the City has raised the business license fee.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Marshall, second by Alderman Wynn to approve and adopt Bill No. 5247.  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, no; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

The Mayor thereupon declared Bill No. 5247 duly passed and signed same into approval thereof.   Said Bill was given Ordinance No. 3948.

 

Bill No. 5248 – Personal Financial Disclosure

 

City Attorney Murphy gave Bill No. 5248, AN ORDINANCE READOPTING ORDINANCE NO. 3153, SECTION 2-471 OF CHAPTER 2 OF THE REVISED CODE OR ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD FOR 1987; PROVIDING FOR THE CURRENT MAINTENANCE OF THIS CODE; PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF ALL CONFLICTING ORDINANCES; AND PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE, its first and second readings.

 

Alderman Kramer read a synopsis of Bill No. 5248:  This Bill would readopt our Ethics/Personal Financial Disclosure ordinance as required by State Statute.  This ordinance sets forth the requirements that elected and certain appointed officials must disclose any financial interests they may have with the City.  The filings must be performed on an annual basis and submitted to the Missouri Ethics Commission.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Kramer, second by Alderman Cross to approve and adopt Bill No. 5248.  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.

 

The Mayor thereupon declared Bill No. 5248 duly passed and signed same into approval thereof.  Said Bill was given Ordinance No. 3949.

 

Bill No. 5249 – Property Tax Rate

 

City Attorney Murphy gave Bill No. 5249, AN ORDINANCE TO CONFIRM, RATIFY AND APPROVE THE RATE OF TAX TO BE ASSESSED AND COLLECTED FOR EACH ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100) OF ASSESSED VALUATION FOR THE YEAR 2004 FOR: (A) GENERAL MUNICIPAL PURPOSES; (B) TO PAY PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST AS THE SAME MATURES ON INDEBTEDNESS OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD EVIDENCED BY BONDS; (C) TO PAY FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY; AND (D) TO PROVIDE THE ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD’S POLICE AND FIREMEN’S RETIREMENT FUND; PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE; AND PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF ALL CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, its first and second readings.

 

Alderwoman Jepsen asked if the annual contribution to the City of Brentwood’s Police and Firemen’s Fund is fixed and separate from what will be on the ballot.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that would be an increase to this amount.  The library is a separate taxing district and they set their rate.  The Police and Firemen’s Pension Board is a legal entity that sets their rate.  It goes through the City and it is adopted by the City for legal reasons.  It is left up to those Boards to set that rate and then they run their operations from that revenue.  The rate that is being set with this bill for the Police and Firemen’s Retirement Fund is what they are currently at.  The issue that is going on the November 2nd ballot is an increase of an additional 15 cents that would be added to this amount. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Marshall, second by Alderman Robertson to approve and adopt Bill No. 5249.  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.

 

The Mayor thereupon declared Bill No. 5249 duly passed and signed same into approval thereof.  Said Bill was given Ordinance No. 3950. 

 

Resolution No. 912 – Sale of beer and wine at Brentwood Days

 

Alderman Kramer read a synopsis of Resolution No. 912:  This Resolution allows for the sale of beer and wine at the Brentwood Days Festival on September 17 and 18.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Kramer, second by Alderman Marshall to adopt Resolution No. 912.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, no; Alderman Cross, yes.

                                                                                             

Resolution No. 913 – Open meetings and records policy

 

Alderman Kramer read a synopsis of Resolution No. 913:  This Resolution adopts the new Sunshine Law rules and regulations, approved by the Missouri General Assembly this past session.  The new requirements address areas such as “on-line” meetings, telephone votes, e-mails as public records, fees for copy requests, increased fines for violations and executive session procedures.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Cross to adopt Resolution No. 913.  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.

 

Alderman Leahy stated that in Resolution No. 913 they are establishing that the e-mails need to be sent as a copy.  What address do they send the emails to?

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that he is the City Clerk but Shelly Williams keeps all the records, so they should be sent to her.

 

City Attorney Murphy stated that if any e-mail is being sent to the majority of elected officials then it is considered a public record.  If it is just one official e-mailing another that is not a public record.  City Attorney Murphy stated that he would bring the booklet of the open meeting law to the next meeting. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that the Municipal League would be holding some meetings on the open meetings and records policy. 

 

Alderman Kramer stated that an elected official can attend a meeting by electronic means but that elected official cannot place a vote during a roll call. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that it has to be posted that the elected official will be participating electronically.

 

ACCOUNTS AGAINST THE CITY

 

Motion was made by Alderman Marshall, second by Alderman Kramer to approve the revised warrant list dated 8/16/04.  All in favor none opposed. 

 

Alderman Kramer asked for a follow up regarding the judgment that is on the warrant list. 

 

City Attorney Murphy stated they are judgments that were awarded and the dollar amounts are listed on the warrant list.

 

Alderman Kramer asked if the insurance is covering the judgments.

 

City Attorney Murphy stated that they are getting involved in litigation in that regard.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that the City Attorney could be directed to bring the Board up to speed at the next meeting.  Obviously this is a legal matter and it would be discussed in executive session. 

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND DEPARTMENT HEADS:

 

Mayor’s Report

 

Brentwood Days

 

Mayor Kelly reminded everyone that Brentwood Days is on September 17 and 18. 

 

Metro

 

Metro has fired all of their consultants with respect to the Metro link line.  A meeting will be scheduled for next week to go over some issues.  One of the key issues is the delay of the work underneath Eager Road. 

 

MLP

 

MLP submitted their plans and had their first meeting with the Planning and Zoning Commission last week for their project on Hanley Road.  They are going to take members of the Planning and Zoning Commission on a bus tour of their project in downtown Kirkwood this Wednesday night.  He has requested Chris Ho with MLP schedule another meeting so that the Board of Aldermen could take a look at that project as well. 

 

Ambulance Fees

 

Mayor Kelly stated that one of the issues that many of the residents do not understand is the ambulance fee.  The policy of the City has been that when a resident call for the ambulance the City would collect their Medicare or Medicaid insurance and they would also collect any insurance if the resident has health insurance with ambulance coverage.  Beyond that, the City would not charge for deductibles and those types of things.  If the resident does not have insurance they do not have to pay.  He will ask the Ways and Means Committee to review a couple of ordinances from another city.  Basically it waives anything above and beyond their insurance payments. 

 

Report from CDG Engineering

 

Mayor Kelly stated that they received a preliminary report from CDG Engineering and met with some of the residents on Helen.  He will forward that document to the Public Works Committee.  In looking at what needs to be done, it is a project that MSD would never do which is a new storm water sewer.  There is no storm water sewer system in that area.  

 

Public Safety Committee – No further report

 

Public Works Committee – No further report

 

City Engineer  - No report

 

Parks – No report

 

Zoning Administrator – No report

 

Ways and Means Committee – No further report

 

Planning and Zoning – No report

 

City Attorney – No report

 

City Clerk/Administrator – No report

 

Director of Economic Development

 

Comprehensive Plan

 

Director of Economic Development Shelton came before the Board and stated the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee has targeted September 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber to review the scope of work.  The Board should have received a copy of that scope.  Submit comments to him and they will be incorporated. 

 

Manchester Road

 

Mr. Shelton stated that they had two Manchester Road meetings with the property owners and business operators.  They had representatives of the Board of Aldermen and the business community.  They were given a breakdown on how the different programs could work to fund some improvements.   As a result of the failure of the transportation development district the business owners and operators had said show them the various ways.  They covered neighborhood improvement districts, community improvement districts, TIF districts and 353.  The consensus he heard from the majority of that group was that it appears the TDD is the best feasible way to fund improvements.  They wanted them to go forward and do some survey work of the businesses and property owners.

 

Excise Commissioner

 

Liquor License Request – Double D Lounge

 

Excise Commissioner Clements came before the Board and stated that Double D Lounge on Brentwood Boulevard is applying for a Sunday liquor license by the drink.  They have begun food service.  They are building their business based on food and want to be opened on Sunday.  It is a temporary license, which is good for 90 days.  They need the City’s approval then they will get the State’s approval.  After the 90 days they have to justify to both the City and the State that they have met the 50/50 requirement for food and liquor. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Cross, second by Alderman Marshall to approve the temporary liquor license request for Double D Lounge.  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.

 

Package Liquor License – Trader Joe’s

 

Excise Commissioner Clements stated that there is a new application for package liquor for Trader Joe’s, which is moving into the Zany Brainy facility at the Promenade. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that Trader Joe’s is a grocery store.  They do not carry as much organic type things that Whole Foods carry.  They carry fresh seafood and imported wines, etc.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Cross, second by Alderman Robertson to approve a package liquor license for Trader Joe’s.  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.

 

Alderman Wynn explained why he votes on one side of the liquor issue and on another side.  He should not vote to interrupt business in the City of Brentwood.  He is not opposed to it.  He opposes having alcohol at such things like Brentwood Days because it is a family affair. 

 

Library

 

Alderman Wynn stated the front of the library has a new fountain, which is unique and beautiful. 

 

Waste Management Commission

 

A meeting will be held on Monday, August 30th 7:00 p.m. in the small conference room.

 

Alderman Leahy stated the Public Works Committee discussed the need to change the trash pick up day for an area in Ward 3.  That would take effect on September 14th.  The City will be sending out letters to the residents in Ward 3 on Bremerton to Litzsinger, Litzsinger to Brentwood Boulevard and coming up to Manchester Road.  They are shifting from a Friday pick up to a Tuesday pick up in order to accommodate the amount of trash they are getting on the trash trucks.

 

Storm Water Management

 

A meeting will be held on Monday, September 23rd 7:00 p.m. in the small conference room.

 

Communication – No further report

 

Insurance Committee – No report

 

Historical Society – No report

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS - None

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

A Ward 3 meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 31st at 7:00 p.m. City Hall.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Golfin to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 p.m.  All in favor none opposed.

 

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                    Pat Kelly, Mayor

 

Attest:

 

 

                                                           

Chris Seemayer, City Clerk