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MRH School Board: Yes, We're Seriously Opposed to QT

A letter to the "MRH Family" has reaffirmed its opposition. Its first letter went out about a year ago.

The Maplewood Richmond Heights Board of Education, the Friday before voters decide if QuikTrip will relocate to the northwest corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard, has reaffirmed its opposition to Proposition Q.

The board stated in a letter to the "MRH Family" that the ordinance "contains many aspects we still feel are harmful to safety and our neighborhood residents," and recommends not endorsing the ordinance in its current form.

This is the letter, signed by all board members.

March 29, 2013

Dear MRH Family:

In March of last year, the MRH Board of Education sent a letter to all of our parents to convey our concerns about the proposed move of the Maplewood QuikTrip from its current location at 3010 Big Bend Boulevard to the northwest corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend.  At that time, we voiced our concerns for student safety and the impact to the surrounding neighborhood to the City of Maplewood and QuikTrip.

Over the past year, the Board of Education, as well as many District parents and community members, have been involved in ongoing meetings and negotiations with QuikTrip, the City of Maplewood, and St. Louis County to try and make the development as safe as possible, and with the least amount of impact to our residential neighborhood. 

On November 27, 2012 the City of Maplewood passed Ordinance No. 5689, which provides the approval for QuikTrip to relocate.  Unfortunately, the Ordinance, as passed (and the form in which it exists today), contains many aspects we still feel are harmful to safety and our neighborhood residents.   Some of these aspects include a new “cut-through” road from Big Bend Boulevard to Martini Drive at 2547 Big Bend, the closure of Martini Drive at the northern property line of QuikTrip, and inadequate safety signage and crosswalks.

After the Ordinance was passed a group of independent community members came together and gathered signatures to place a referendum on the April 2 ballot known as “Proposition Q.”  This ballot initiative, and what voters will be voting on, refers to the Ordinance as approved on November 27, 2012.   Unfortunately, recent discussions regarding amendments and additional safety measures to Ordinance No. 5689 have not been approved; thus leaving the Ordinance in its original form.

We had hoped for a new Ordinance approved by the City of Maplewood prior to the April 2 election or that the current one would have been repealed.  Unfortunately this has not happened. After much consideration and discussions with our constituents, the Board of Education must reaffirm its adopted Resolution to not endorse the Ordinance in its current form.

Again the District is committed to working with the City of Maplewood to promote business, collaboration, and safety within our community.  Only working together can we continue to build upon our community’s successes.

Sincerely,

Maria Langston, President  
Francis Chmelir, Vice President       
Nelson Mitten, Treasurer
Brooke Rintoul, Secretary
Julie Pole, Director
Rev. Ralph Posley, Director  
Dawn Medina, Director

Also in Patch:

  • MRH School Board Protests QuikTrip Move (March 29, 2012)
  • MRH School Board Protests QuikTrip Move in New Letter (Dec. 19, 2012)
Ian Storm March 29, 2013 at 08:56 PM
I appreciate the MRH BOE officially weighing in.
Susan March 30, 2013 at 01:15 AM
As I have said many times before, let the voters decide on Tuesday. That is what the school district wanted.
Jennifer O Brown March 30, 2013 at 06:30 PM
From a Vote Yes on Proposition Q flyer left in my door, (the one with the Mayor's and Chamber Commerce quotes are listed on the back), it makes is sounds as if QT is not approved then a liquor store, tavern hall or billiard hall could go in. That is next to the school. Could that happen? Another question: Would QT be selling alcohol at that store? As a parent of two this is important to know.
Jane March 30, 2013 at 06:52 PM
As someone who signed the referendum originally, I have since been on the fence about the issue. Last week I was primed to vote yes in light of the proposed amendments and an overall confidence that the council would make the changes happen even if the vote was on the original PUD. Note - I was going to vote yes even though I signed the referendum. Then the misleading and manipulative sign showed up in the scooter shop. Then Dan Lesseg told me that I had to choose between a gas station and a vacant, ugly stuccoed building. Then I received the annoying flyer today from a yes proponent at my door. You know - the one with the huge maple leaf on it that tells me that the only way towards progress is a gas station? The same flyer paid for by our illustrious council who somehow think that listing a bunch of Maplewood VIPs who support the referendum will convince me to vote with them? Um, yeah, I'm voting no. And I would like to point out that in comparison to the nonsense from my council and the property owner(s), the board of education sound measured and respectful. They also don't insult my intelligence. Thanks for helping me make up my mind, council and property owners, albeit not in the way you intended.
susan lee April 01, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Doug, your headline is very misleading. I have reread the letter several times and at no point did I see the MRH School Board state that they "oppose Quik Trip". It clearly states that they oppose the ordinance in its current form.

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