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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING

 

 

City Hall                                                                                               November 15, 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 and Executive Secretary Williams.

 

Absent: City Treasurer Reynders.

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF NOVEMBER 15, 2004

 

Motion was made by Alderman Robertson, second by Alderman Marshall to approve and adopt the Agenda of the Regular Board of Aldermen Meeting of November 15, 2004.  All in favor none opposed.

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF NOVEMBER 1, 2004

 

Motion was made by Alderman Golfin, second by Alderman Robertson to approve and adopt the Minutes of the Regular Board of Aldermen meeting of November 1, 2004.  All in favor none opposed. 

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF NOVEMBER 1, 2004

 

Motion was made by Alderman Cross, second by Alderman Marshall to approve and adopt the Minutes of the Special Board of Aldermen meeting of November 1, 2004.  All in favor none opposed.

 

BIDS - None

 

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

 

Bonnie Rasmussen – Pendleton and Collier came before the Board and stated she attended the joint town meeting with Clayton and Richmond Heights beginning to talk about a merger.  The attendees had an opportunity to submit any written questions they had.  She listened to them say that Clayton and Richmond Heights wanted to merge so that they would have a population of about 16,000 people and would be as big as Webster Groves.  That left her feeling like Brentwood was very much in the middle of it.  She asked if they were going to include Brentwood in the consolidation plan.  They stated they were not.

 

Public Hearing – Conditional Use Permit – 2827 S. Brentwood Blvd.

 

Mayor Kelly announced the public hearing for a conditional use permit for Bommarito Wines at 2827 S. Brentwood Boulevard would now be heard. 

 

Matt Wolfe – Bond & Wolfe Architects came before the Board and stated that they are the architects for Bommarito Wines.  Mr. Wolfe stated that the property is a blank site.  They will be cutting off access from that site from Brentwood Boulevard and bring in access to the parking off Pendleton.  They are lowering the grade on the site slightly and building a retaining wall on the west side with a six-foot high wood fence separating the two properties.   The six foot high fence would be measured from the top of the retaining wall.  It is a one-story structure with office and a warehouse about 14 feet tall with an access ramp for delivery trucks with a loading dock.  They will do landscaping along Brentwood Boulevard and plant landscaping specimen trees with 35 foot spacing or tighter.  On the Pendleton side the landscaping will be denser.  They have site lights on each corner of the parking lot, so there will be very little spillage over to the residential neighborhood on the west.  The general appearance would be a concrete block building with an 8x8 scoring in the block pattern on both Pendleton and the Brentwood Boulevard side.  They will try to wrap it around on both sides where Schnucks is located and on the west, if costs allow.  If not it will be stained to match the block that is facing Brentwood Boulevard. 

 

Alderman Leahy stated that the biggest concern he has is the backing up of trucks into the bay.  They will eventually have to come in from the Pendleton side.  Has anyone figured the distance in the dimensions in terms of the trucks entering the bay without creating a major problem?

 

Mr. Wolfe stated that the curbs are 25-foot radius off Pendleton. 

 

Alderman Leahy stated so the trucks would come down Collier and make a left turn onto West Pendleton and then back up, instead of coming in from the Brentwood Boulevard side. 

 

Mr. Wolfe stated currently this business is located on the other side of Pendleton, so it is exactly the same condition. 

 

Alderman Leahy asked if there is enough room on Pendleton to handle the semi-trucks backing up into the bay.

 

Mr. Wolfe stated that is correct.

 

Alderman Kramer stated some of the residents came forward that live on the street and talked about the timeframes that the trucks may be getting there.  Section 4, (g) states truck deliveries prohibited between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.  Does that allow a truck to arrive, park on the street and wait until 7 a.m.?

 

Mr. Wolfe stated they would have to park elsewhere.

 

Alderwoman Jepsen asked if the HVAC has been relocated away from the neighbors’ houses.

 

Mr. Wolfe stated that their worry was due to the efficiencies of the equipment.  They could not be that far away.  They have challenged their engineers and have relocated them to the backside so they are facing Schnucks and there is also a wood fence around them.

 

Tony Bommarito – Bommarito Wines came before the Board and thanked the Mayor, Board and City staff for all their help.

 

Mayor Kelly stated Mr. Bommarito’s business has been located in Brentwood for a long time.  He has been an asset to the community and is making a big investment in buying the property and building a new building to maintain his business in Brentwood.   

 

Mayor Kelly announced the public hearing closed at 7:25 p.m.

 

Alderman Leahy asked if the change of address with the new building going in requires a change in the liquor licensing. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated they reapply but it is usually a transfer.

 

Public Hearing – Amending Chapter 25

 

Mayor Kelly announced the public hearing for amending Chapter 25 relating to a brick ordinance would now be continued.

 

Alderman Kramer stated that Bill No. 5250 speaks to contemplation that has been undertaken by the Planning and Zoning Commission and previous discussions of the aldermanic Board and the most recent addition of the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting saw an advancement from the Public Works Committee regarding the potential revision of the existing Architectural Review Board which is ideally meant to approach the topic envisioned by Bill No. 5250.  They discussed briefly and it has been referred to the Site Plan Review Committee on November 24th.  That will be a conversation regarding a reformatting of the City of Brentwood existing Architectural Review Board, which has advanced from the Public Works Committee with a positive recommendation.

 

INTRODUCTIONS, READINGS, AND PASSAGE OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

 

1st and 2nd Readings of Bill No. 5256

 

Motion was made by Alderman Cross, second by Alderman Leahy to give Bill No. 5256 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.

 

Alderman Kramer read a synopsis of Bill No. 5256 which is attached to the minutes.

 

Bill No. 5256 – Conditional Use Permit

 

City Attorney Murphy gave Bill No. 5256, AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT TO AUTHORIZE WHOLESALE SALES OF MANUFACTURED PRODUCT AT 2827 S. BRENTWOOD BLVD; ESTABLISHING THE CONDITIONS OF SUCH USE; APPROVING A SITE PLAN FOR THE PROPOSED SITE DEVELOPMENT; AND, ESTABLISHING THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE, its first and second readings.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Robertson to approve and adopt Bill No. 5256.  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. 5256 duly passed and signed same into approval thereof.   Said Bill was given Ordinance No. 3956.

 

Resolution No. 916 – City Vehicle Policy

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated the Public Safety Committee discussed adding two positions to Category 4 of the City vehicle policy Assistant Police Chief and communication supervisor/sergeant, a police personnel position.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that the personnel in these two positions would have the ability to take a vehicle home because they are on call 24 hours for emergency situations.

 

Alderman Golfin asked if that would not mean the purchase of any new vehicles by the City.

 

Mayor Kelly stated they are going to use surplus vehicles instead of selling them this year. 

 

Alderman Robertson stated they would not be hiring any new people, just promoting from within. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated an evaluation was done some time back and it was determined that the chain of command was lacking in the police department.  At that time they had a police chief and three lieutenants.  They did not have an assistant chief position.  That put the City in a bind when the former chief resigned.   From a structure and a management standpoint the outside evaluation that was done recommended having not only the communication officer but also an assistant police chief. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Golfin, second by Alderman Robertson to approve and adopt Resolution No. 916.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

ACCOUNTS AGAINST THE CITY

 

Motion was made by Alderman Marshall, second by Alderman Golfin to approve the warrant list dated 11/15/04.  All in favor none opposed.

 

REPORT OF COMMITTEES AND DEPARTMENT HEADS:

 

Mayor’s Report

 

Merging of Cities

 

Mayor Kelly stated that the Mayor of Clayton approached him about four years ago to see if Brentwood would be interested in merging the cities.  He informed the Mayor at that time that it would not be in the best interest of the City of Brentwood to merge with either Richmond Heights or Clayton.  The main reason is Brentwood taxes are lower than both of those cities, and services are better.  He suggested and they have worked together on the cooperation between the cities parks departments.   They have established mutual programming between Maplewood, Richmond Heights and Brentwood.  That allowed the cities to offer more services to all of the residents.  Maplewood has an outdoor pool.   Richmond Heights has an indoor pool and Brentwood has an ice rink.   All those things can be offered to the residents at residential rates.  

 

Alderman Golfin stated they do have cooperative agreements with fire and police protection, so Brentwood has the advantages of merged cities, but still maintains independence and better services such as free trash collection, etc.

 

Rock Hill

 

Mayor Kelly stated that he attended a meeting of the St. Louis Municipal League and found out that Rock Hill has approached Glendale about taking over their fire department by mid December.  He expressed to the Mayor of Glendale that he was concerned about them merging their fire departments.  Rock Hill would basically supply the pumper and men and Glendale would house the equipment and the men.  Rock Hill would no longer be giving Brentwood mutual aid.  Brentwood would probably be the first responder to 2/3 of the City of Rock Hill given the vicinity of that community.  It will put an added burden on Brentwood’s fire department with no benefit to Brentwood.  If they are talking about a merger of that type they need to talk to all the surrounding municipalities.   

 

Holiday Open House

 

The Holiday Open House will be held on December 20th at the Recreation Center at 5:30 p.m.

 

Furniture Stores

 

Mayor Kelly stated one of the three furniture stores moving in the Brentwood Promenade would probably be opened before Christmas.  They have almost finished the inside remodeling of the store.  All they need to do is stock the shelves. 

 

Industrial Park

 

Mayor Kelly stated he read an article about a new industrial park being built by the airport and it may have affect on Brentwood in the future.  The article touched on how that would impact other commercial areas throughout St. Louis County because of its location, vicinity to the airport and close to highways, etc.  It could have an impact on Brentwood’s industrial park. 

 

Tree Lighting

 

Mayor Kelly stated Friday, November 19th Brentwood will have a brief ceremony for the lighting of the Christmas trees at Urban and Strassner to start the holiday season. 

 

Coffee with the Mayor

 

Mayor Kelly announced Coffee with the Mayor would be held on Friday, November 19th at 9:00 a.m.  There will be no meeting held in December because of the holidays.  It will start again on the last Friday in January.  Tentatively County Executive Charlie Dooley will attend the January Coffee with the Mayor and answer any questions people may have.

 

Public Safety Committee – No report

 

Public Works Committee – No report

 

City Engineer – No report

 

Parks – No report

 

Zoning Administrator – No report

 

Ways and Means Committee

 

Meeting

 

A Ways and Means Committee meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 17th at 10:00 a.m.

 

Planning and Zoning – No report

 

City Attorney – No report

 

City Clerk/Administrator

 

Special Use Permit – Optimist Club

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that the Optimist Club was seeking permission to sell Christmas trees on the Optimist lot located next to Gene–Del Printing starting the day after Thanksgiving until they run out of trees.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Wynn, second by Alderman Leahy to approve the Special Use Permit for the Optimist Club Christmas tree lot.  All in favor none opposed.

 

Director of Economic Development

 

Airing of Meeting

 

Director of Economic Development Shelton came before the Board and stated that the November 15th meeting will not air until a week from tonight when Kevin McCarthy returns. 

 

Open House

 

On December 7th an open house will be held in the Council Chambers from 4:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  It is part of the Great River Greenway.  This is a trail that will connect from the river downtown to Deer Creek. 

 

Comprehensive Plan Committee Meeting

 

The Comprehensive Plan Committee will be meeting this Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. 

 

TDD Project

 

Director of Economic Development Shelton stated that the Mayor had previously mentioned the Metro link bridge, which was the biggest item for the Strassner Road TDD.  Metro link will be running on top of that bridge and east of there will be the MLP project.  They will be putting a road that will connect Strassner Road from Hanley Road to Brentwood Boulevard.  It will run underneath that bridge. 

 

They have been working with St. Louis County to put a dual left at Eager and I-170, which is part of the Strassner Road TDD.

 

Another one of the Strassner Road TDD projects is the trail system connecting Oaktree Park into Hanley Industrial Court.  The trail will go along Rosalie and cross over the creek to Hanley Industrial Court.   

 

There will be some improvements to the intersection of Wrenwood and Brentwood Boulevard as part of the Strassner Road TDD.  It has been designed and Zoning Administrator Wolf has the project out to bid.

 

Alderman Golfin asked when would the construction start on the Wrenwood and Brentwood Boulevard intersection. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated they hope to have it done by the end of the year. 

 

Meridian Project

 

As part of the Meridian Redevelopment project there will be a tunnel where Metro link will run northbound and southbound.  They will fill under the bridge.  The bridge will not be redone until after the holidays.  Then there will be five lanes from Hanley Road to Brentwood Boulevard.

 

Manhasset Village

 

Alderman Golfin stated that Manhasset Village is going down and will be redeveloped.  As part of the Richmond Heights plan McCutcheon Road will be rerouted and run parallel to Eager Road.  They are concerned about that in Brentwood Forest because they would not want Eager Road to be used for construction and heavy trucks.  His original understanding was that McCutcheon Road would be routed straight through and connect with Eager Road at right angles.  The latest he has heard was that it will run parallel to Eager Road.  It means that they would have no access from Eager to McCutcheon to Clayton. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated he would check into that.

 

Alderman Kramer stated the latest word that they have as far as the timing goes is some time between the 1st and January 30th.  They vowed to Brentwood Forest and the community that they would keep the route opened during the process.  As far as whether McCutcheon Road is perpendicular to Eager Road or whether it runs parallel he has not heard that.  The most important thing is that the route still will be opened and the deconstruction, extra trucks are not due to start until after the 1st of the year. 

 

Excise Commissioner – No report

 

Library

 

Alderman Wynn stated that Brentwood Public Library would present a talk with Peter Wollenberg, President of the St. Louis Chapter of Architecture Historians, detailing the significance of these homes.  A brief walking tour of nearby Lustron Homes will follow the presentation on Saturday, November 20th at 2:00 p.m.

 

World’s fair Trivia will be held on Tuesday, November 16th at 6:30 p.m.

 

Municipal League – No report

 

Waste Management Commission – No report

 

Storm Water Management 

 

Funding

 

Alderman Golfin stated they have made some improvements in the funding for storm water.  In 2005 the funding will be increased by 400%.  Hopefully they can continue to improve on that until they reach the maximum needs for the storm water.

 

Grinder Pumps

 

Mayor Kelly stated that Public Works is doing a great job with the installation of the grinder pumps.  He received a call from a resident that had one installed who gave a very nice complement to the Public Works crew and the quality of the men that did the job and represent the City.  They deserve a lot of credit.  He stated that anyone having storm water related problems needs to contact the City and MSD and try to resolve them. 

 

Communication – No report

 

Insurance Committee – No report

 

Historical Society – No report

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

Veteran’s Day

 

Mayor Kelly thanked everyone that attended the Veteran’s Day ceremony last Thursday.  It was well attended by the local veterans.  He encouraged residents to come out next year and show their support for those veterans. 

 

Salvation Army Kettle

 

Alderman Wynn stated that Target has dropped having a Salvation Army kettle in front of their stores.   He suggested that if you want to donate go someplace else and drop it in the kettle, so they do not lose that money. 

 

Architectural Review Board

 

Alderwoman Jepsen stated that there should be flexibility built into the architectural review procedures otherwise there would be no point in raising a home and rebuilding a carbon copy of it.  The architectural styles and the needs of the homes will change, so they are not locked in time.

 

Alderman Kramer stated the City of Brentwood having the architectural review board in place already and then reformatting it basically allows them to address the topic that Alderwoman Jepsen brought up.  The ability for a builder to come to the architectural review board propose something that may be a little bit different contributive to the neighborhood but still in keeping with the architecture or the special characteristics of the neighborhood will allow an interaction to take place, which currently does not.  It is not too different from the Planning and Zoning Commission process that address the commercial applicants that come to the City.  In that it allows interaction and the conversation along the lines of would you consider doing this, what about this and that, versus meet the code and you are on your way.  In the draft that you have seen, it is possible there are some typographical items and proposed changes.  The Planning and Zoning Commission received the petition and they have agreed to look at it. 

 

Alderman Golfin stated the Planning and Zoning Commission is still not in a position to express their opinion on it, so it is an in process situation.

 

Alderman Wynn stated the members of the architectural review board are all going to be people with backgrounds in architecture.  He does not know that he would be thrilled with three people who have the same ideas about architecture, even though they may all be gifted on the board.  They may have some ideas that the average person wanting to buy a house does not see. 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Food Program

 

The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of the Brentwood area are participating in the scouting for food program.  This past Saturday the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts delivered the bags for the can goods.  This is their 19th annual drive for can goods for the hungry.  Their hope is to gather up to 2 million cans again this year.  The Brentwood Fire Station is the local receiving point for Saturday, November 20th.  The boys will come through after 9:00 a.m. in the morning and collect the bags.  He encouraged all the residents to be very generous.  If they miss your house, swing by the fire station between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. 

 

Ward 3 Meeting

 

The Ward 3 meeting will be Tuesday, November 30th at 7:00 p.m. Residents are invited to come up and meet with Aldermen Leahy and Robertson for an informal discussion on issues and concerns that are important to the residents.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion was made by Alderman Wynn, second by Alderman Leahy to adjourn the meeting at 8:05 p.m.  All in favor none opposed.

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                    Pat Kelly, Mayor

 

Attest:

 

                                                           

Chris Seemayer, City Clerk