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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING

 

 

City Hall                                                                                                     October 16, 2006

Council Chambers                                                                                                    7:00 p.m.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

ROLL CALL

 

PRESENT:       Mayor Kelly, Alderman Marshall, Alderman Leahy, Alderwoman Krewson, Alderman Kramer, Alderman Robertson, Alderman Wynn.

 

                        City Attorney Albrecht, City Clerk/Administrator Seemayer, Director of Planning and Development/Asst. City Administrator Denton, City Treasurer Reynders and Executive Secretary Williams.

 

ABSENT:        Alderwoman Clements and Alderman Cross.

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF OCTOBER 16, 2006

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Robertson to amend and approve the Agenda of the Regular Board of Aldermen Meeting of October 16, 2006 by adding a presentation to the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater St. Louis and Resolution No. 940.  All in favor none opposed. 

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF OCTOBER 2, 2006

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Wynn to approve and adopt the Minutes of the Regular Board of Aldermen Meeting of October 2, 2006 as presented.  All in favor none opposed.

 

Presentation to the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater St. Louis

 

Mayor Kelly introduced Jeff Rayfield Chairman of the Board of the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater St. Louis and presented him with a check in the amount of $4,000.00.  The United Cerebral Palsy of Greater St. Louis was one the beneficiaries of this year’s golf tournament.

 

Jeff Rayfield – Chairman of the Board of the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater St. Louis came before the Board and thanked the City for its generosity and support in hosting the golf tournament and making their organization one of the beneficiaries.  The United Cerebral Palsy of Greater St. Louis will use the funds to help severely disabled citizens work towards their goals of living independent lives.  They do that through helping and assisting with employment, supportive living and other day programs. 

 

BIDS – None

 

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

 

Chad Weston – a resident at 2529 High School Drive came before the Board for an update on the situation with the flooding of his yard and leaky basement. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that he has taken some pictures and discovered some things that may be causing some of the problems. He suggested Mr. Weston meet with him and the City Engineer Birchler to see what can be worked out. 

 

INTRODUCTIONS, READINGS, AND PASSAGE OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

 

Bill No. 5350 – Site Development Plan

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Marshall to give Bill No. 5350 first and second readings.   All in favor none opposed.

 

City Attorney Albrecht gave Bill No. 5350, AN ORDINANCE GRANTING APPROVAL OF A SITE DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR PARKING LOT MODIFICATIONS AND A NEW BUILDING FACADE FOR AN OFFICE BUILDING AT PROPERTY NUMBERED 1520 SOUTH BRENTWOOD BOULEVARD WHICH PERMITS UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER 25, SECTIONS 126 AND 260 OF THE BRENTWOOD CITY CODE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THAT SITE; PROVIDING THE CONDITIONS TO SUCH DEVELOPMENT; AND PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE, its first and second readings.

 

Alderman Kramer read a synopsis of Bill No. 5350 as a Bill that wouldapprove a site development plan for 1520 South Brentwood Boulevard for a medical office building. The tenant, University Medical, received approval from the Planning & Zoning Commission.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderwoman Krewson to approve and adopt Bill No. 5350.  Roll call:  Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderwoman Krewson, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes.

 

The Mayor thereupon declared Bill No. 5350 duly passed and signed same into approval thereof.  Said Bill was given Ordinance No. 4042.

 

Resolution No. 938 – Provide for General Election

 

Motion was made by Alderman Robertson, second by Alderman Wynn to adopt Resolution No. 938 providing for a General Election on April 3rd, 2007.  All in favor none opposed.

 

Resolution No. 939 – Adopting the Comprehensive Plan

 

Don Beimdiek – Brentwood resident and Chairman of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee came before the Board and stated that the City has a substantial financial investment in the Plan and in addition there was substantial investment in time from the members of the Steering Committee.  They first met in 2003 and continued meeting for about two years.  In December 2005 they submitted their work to the Planning and Zoning Commission and they have favorably recommended the Plan to the Board.  In the process of developing the Plan they mailed a survey to 3,900 recipients in the City in January of 2005.  They had slightly more than 500 responses to that survey which was a 13% return.  They sent a survey to 1,000 businesses in Brentwood and got 82 responses, which was an 8% response.  They held open houses, two workshops, and had a business focus group where they picked business owners in Brentwood and invited them to meet with the consultants and talk about what their thoughts were about doing business in Brentwood.  Sixty business owners where invited, seven of them committed to participate and two came to meet with the consultants.  The same thing was done with the residents where they picked 60 residents and invited them to meet with the consultants and discuss their views for the future of the city and eight people showed up. 

 

The function of the Plan is a guide to measure future decisions that the Board is going to make based on the recommendations from the Planning and Zoning Commission.  The challenge that he would like to make to the Board if Resolution No. 939 is adopted is that they be proactive about looking for opportunities for possible change.  The future of the city is going to be dependent on people who will take the time and interest to implement changes that will make the city an attractive place to live.  The city is missing out on the opportunity to keep the 22 to 34 year old residents in town.  The reality is that the housing limitations make the decision to stay in Brentwood a difficult one.  They are finding that many of the young families are leaving which impact the school district, consumer base, etc.  Mr. Beimdiek stated that they do not have to wait until a developer comes forward with a proposal.  The City and the Planning and Zoning Commission has the ability to invite some proposals to see what can be done and measure them against what the Plan states. 

 

Mayor Kelly thanked Mr. Beimdiek and the Steering Committee for their efforts with the Comprehensive Plan.     

 

Alderman Leahy stated that the draft Comprehensive Plan cites that some of their 40- foot wide housing development areas may be a mistake on the City’s part; that they should be looking at bigger lots.  Yet they have worked and approved the ten new homes going in on Litzsinger Avenue that are all 40 foot in dimensions. 

 

John Geppert – Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission came before the Board and stated that with the 40-foot wide lots it is difficult to put a home on that lot and not put the garage out front.  One of the things that they have tried to work away from in working with the various residential developers is the garage coming out from the house, which is called a snout nose. What’s unique about the houses on Litzsinger is the developer has assembled a number of lots and is putting an alley in the back of the property, so the garages are going to be rear entry to the property by way of shared driveways in back which is going to allow the builder to build across that site to the maximum weight with the five foot setbacks. 

 

Alderman Kramer applauded the Steering Committee’s efforts with the Plan and Chairman Biemdiek’s comments about the city in the future and that they should contemplate a more proactive approach versus a reactive approach to some of the planning for the city. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Robertson, second by Alderman Marshall to adopt Resolution No. 939.  All in favor none opposed.

 

Resolution No. 940 – Municipal Parks Grant

 

Craig Strohbeck – Manager/Brentwood Parks and Recreation Department stated that the deadline to apply for a grant-in-aid through the Municipal Parks Grant Commission is coming up and they would like to have the opportunity to apply for a grant to update and improve signage in the parks.  There would be a matching section to that program varying between 5% and 50% depending on how the Commission looks at it. 

 

Alderman Leahy asked if they could look into getting some cushions for the light standards in Brentwood Park. 

 

Craig Strohbeck responded that it is something they could look at through the regular budget.  This particular grant only allows for one project in a program cycle.

 

Motion was made by Alderwoman Krewson, second by Alderman Leahy to adopt Resolution No. 940.  All in favor none opposed.

 

ACCOUNTS AGAINST THE CITY

 
Motion was made by Alderman Marshall, second by Alderman Wynn to approve the revised warrant list dated 10/16/06.  All in favor none opposed.

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND DEPARTMENT HEADS:

 

Mayor’s Report

 

New Trail and Crosswalk

 

Mayor Kelly stated that he mentioned at the last meeting that he was concerned about the crosswalk by the new trail and the ramp coming off Rosalie and Litzsinger.  Public Works has trimmed the trees back.  At his request, Street Superintendent Nahmensen has put up two temporary stop signs at the crosswalk until they come up with a plan to make it a safer area for the pedestrians. 

 

Alderman Marshall requested that the crosswalk be painted with cross lines to highlight the area better. 

 

Veterans’ Day Observance

 

Mayor Kelly announced the Veterans’ Day Observance would be held on Thursday, November 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

 

Public Safety Committee – No report

 

Public Works Committee – No further report

 

Director of Planning and Development – No report

 

Ways and Means Committee – No report

 

City Attorney – No report

 

City Clerk/Administrator

 

Special Use Permit/Brentwood Rec Center

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that an Artist Demo Program would be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Brentwood Recreation Center and they are requesting permission to serve wine. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Kramer, second by Alderman Leahy to approve the special use permit for the Brentwood Recreation Center’s Artist Demo Program.  Roll call:  Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderwoman Krewson, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, no.

 

Special Use Permit/Optimist Club

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that the Optimist Club is requesting a special use permit to sell Christmas trees from December 1st through December 25th.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Marshall, second by Alderman Leahy to grant the special use permit to the Optimist Club for their Christmas tree lot.  Roll call:  Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderwoman Krewson, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes.

 

Excise Commissioner

 

Temporary Liquor License Requests

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that St. Mary Magdalen is requesting temporary liquor licenses for their Trivia Night on November 17th, School Auction on February 17th and the Friday Fish Fries starting on February 23 and ending on April 6th, 2007.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Marshall to grant the temporary liquor licenses to St. Mary Magdalen.  Roll call:  Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderwoman Krewson, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes.

 

Library – No report

 

Municipal League – No report

 

Communication – No further report

 

Insurance Committee – No report

 

Historical Society – No report

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

Rosalie and Eulalie Trail

 

Craig Strohbeck stated that the Rosalie/Eulalie trail was completed approximately two weeks ago and it is a very nice addition to the city. 

 

Litzsinger Bridge

 

Mayor Kelly stated that the City should look into applying for a grant to improve the bridge on Litzsinger Road by the new trail.  The center pier underneath the bridge could be removed which would help alleviate some of the flooding in that area. 

 

Trash Containers

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that the City has received an order of the 90-gallon trash cans, which can be rented or purchase.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Power Outage

 

Alderman Marshall stated that it has come to his attention that when the majority of Ward 2, along with City Hall and the fire station lost electricity in July it was due to the falling of a residential tree that had been dead for three plus years.  He requested that the Public Works Committee review the matter and see what the City can do about the removal of dead trees.   

 

Ward 3 Meeting

 

Alderman Leahy announced that a Ward 3 meeting would be held on October 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber of City Hall.

 

Boy Scout

 

Jack Suntrup – 8710 Bridgeport, a boy scout from Troop 339 was in the audience.  He is working on his communication merit badge.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion was made by Alderman Wynn, second by Alderman Leahy to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 p.m.  All in favor none opposed.

 

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                Pat Kelly, Mayor

 

Attest:

 

                                               

Chris Seemayer, City Clerk