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Maplewood's Goals? Better Roads and Parking

Maplewood City Council set long-range goals for the city during a workshop on Tuesday night.

The message has been received loud and clear: Maplewood needs to upgrade its residential streets and expand parking.

Maplewood City Council members kept returning to that point during a workshop at on Tuesday evening. The council met to discuss its long-range vision for the city, and to draft more immediate goals.

The city recently commissioned a survey in March of 400 citizens and 133 business owners. Seventeen percent of citizens mentioned "inadequate street maintenance" as a concern during the survey. Ten percent of of business owners said there was "inadequate parking."

City council has already approved a plan to improve , and plans to expand the are underway. But now the council must decide what to tackle next: a $1 million project to tear up and replace Yale Avenue—which council members agree is in terrible condition—or replace several smaller streets for the same amount.

Mayor James White suggested using $1 million of general revenue funds to improve several streets in spring 2012. Then the city could spend its entire capital funds budget to pay for the improvement of Yale Avenue during the 2012-13 budget cycle.

Council members David Cerven (Ward 1), Tim Dunn (Ward 2) and Shawn Faulkingham (Ward 3) all spoke against the mayor's suggestion. Instead, they hope to fix Yale before any other street.

The final decision likely will be made during a September 13 city council meeting.

Other goals for the city

Council members spent most of the workshop discussing broad and general goals for the city.

They drafted a four-paragraph vision statement that calls for a "symbiotic balance between vital neighborhoods and thriving businesses." The statement also includes a sentence about the city's plan to remain a "model community for our progressive, fiscal/government policies, environmental responsibility and wise use of taxpayer dollars."

The council's initial plan was to draft a long-range vision before diving into specific objectives. An action plan will be produced during a future city council workshop.

Pat Maloney (Wilken) August 25, 2011 at 05:22 PM
I think a LARGE number of streets need to be replaced in Maplewood. Drive down any of them South of City Hall and West of Big Bend. They all need to be fixed. As are the ones you have scheduled. I lived on Lyle for years....and as far as I know those streets in that little corner have never been replaced or maybe even repaired, so I know they need what they are getting. I have hardly ever driven on Yale...so am not sure what needs to be done there. We have had so many large trucks, and large equipment going back & forth on Comfort Ave..... I am guessing from construction going on at ECC....that I wonder if our streets are going to just cave in soon. It is hard to know what needs to be done first, but I am glad that City Hall is finally waking up to the fact that a lot needs to be done. Any grants or such out there we could apply for?????? Just asking.
Kimberly Swedlund August 26, 2011 at 03:35 PM
We live on Yale Avenue, just north of Maplewood in Richmond Heights. The section of Yale that is in Maplewood is so bad that we avoid driving on it, even if it's the shorter route. It shakes our vehicles so badly that I am sure that it causes damage any time we drive on it.
Pat Maloney (Wilken) August 27, 2011 at 05:21 PM
I was driving down on the streets around the Post Office, and Immaculate Conception....those streets also are in bad shape. Seems like both North, South and East and West, the streets are bad. At least we are getting a start on them.
Chillidan August 29, 2011 at 11:29 PM
Funny Pat, just a month ago you were supporting illegal overtime for the highest paid and least active fire department in St. Louis County. Yet your the first one to complain about the lack of funding for city streets. Just goes to show how uneducated some taxpayers are.

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