Maplewood Council Sends QuikTrip Decision to Voters
The council voted not to repeal an earlier ordinance allowing the QuikTrip move.
Maplewood voters will decide in the April 2 election if QuikTrip can relocate to the northwest corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard.
That was determined Tuesday night when Maplewood City Council members voted the same as they did on Nov. 27, when they approved the resolution allowing the QuikTrip move.
Following the Nov. 27 vote, a group opposed to the move collected enough signatures (1,038) to force Tuesday's vote. Many opposed to the move do so on grounds of safety for students who cross the intersection as they walk to Maplewood Richmond Heights High School and Middle School.
The vote on Tuesday was on a resolution to not repeal the earlier vote. All council members, except Ward 1 Councilman Shawn Faulkingham, voted for the resolution.
A signer of the referendum to stop the move, Tonya Powell, said the group will organize volunteers to get out the vote.
"The good news is we have petitions full of over 1,100 voters in Maplewood, so we just have to go out and find a few more and we've got it," she said.
Powell said QuikTrip may spend money to promote the move, but "we've got right on our side. They might throw money around here, but we live here."
Daniel Lesseg, who owns the site and seeks to lease it to QuikTrip, attended the meeting but didn't have a comment. No QuikTrip representatives were present.
Also in Patch:
- QuikTrip Referendum 79 Signatures Short, But There's Time to Make it Up
- Petition Opposing QuikTrip Move Turned In to City Hall on Thursday
- Councilman Barry Greenberg: QuikTrip Move Would "Benefit the City and Citizens"
- MRH School Board Protests QuikTrip Move in New Letter
- QuikTrip Passes, But Citizen Referendum Looms