Thursday, March 21, 2013
Maplewood Ward 3 Councilman Barry Greenberg told Patch there were too many issues to respond in the comments. He addresses them here.
I feel compelled to take exception to several opinions by Tonya Powell and by Beverly Tronicek that are stated as “facts”. Previous articles written by Barry Greenberg regarding QuikTrip in Maplewood:
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Greenberg discusses recent changes in the ordinance. His comments are preceded by an introduction.
Two recent articles in Maplewood-Brentwood Patch on QuikTrip, and the Maplewood ordinance which would allow it to move to the northwest corner of Manchester and Big Bend, have generated comments and questions. Those articles are: The ordinance is the subject of a referendum (Proposition Q) that Maplewood residents will vote on in the April 2 general election. The Prop Q question on the ballot reads: Shall Ordinance No. 5689 (Ordinance), authorizing and approving on the terms and conditions stated therein the Planned Unit Development District for QuikTrip Corporation for property generally located at the northwest quadrant of Manchester Avenue and Big Bend Boulevard, be reaffirmed? Voters wishing to affirm the Ordinance, vote Yes. Voters …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Maplewood Ward 3 Councilman Barry Greenberg addresses student safety and benefits to the city of a QuikTrip relocation in a letter to the editor.
The Maplewood QuikTrip may be moving. The relocation was passed by city council, but may now go to a referendum if enough signatures are collected by a group that opposes the move. Maplewood Ward 3 Councilman Barry Greenberg submitted a letter to the editor about why he voted for a QuikTrip move to the corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard. The following are Greenberg's words: The factors to consider when determining whether QuikTrip should be allowed to relocate to the corner of Big Bend and Manchester are: 1. Safety of Students It has already been established by all parties that the intersection currently has safety concerns due to the quantity of traffic in all directions. Traffic engineers who routinely evaluate …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The Maplewood city manager will have a food truck ordinance for the council to vote on at the next meeting.
Food trucks will likely be voted on at the next Maplewood City Council meeting. It looked like a dead issue earlier in the year, but it appeared on the Sept. 11 agenda to be discussed, which resulted in the idea of a trial period. At the Sept. 25 meeting, owner the Maplewood restaurant, The Post, Adrian Glass, spoke to the council on behalf of the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce. “We don’t believe it will bring business to the community,” he said. “We feel it will gravely impact a lot of the restaurants in Maplewood.” But he said he appreciates the idea of a trial period. He suggested they first gather sales data for six to 12 months, then compare that with sales during the trial period. Councilman Barry Greenberg (Ward 3) said he doesn't …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Some Maplewood residents have noticed a change in the year-old business, and wonder if it's currently in the right location.
Maplewood Ward 3 council member Shawn Faulkingham said in an email to Patch some have noticed that Jumpin' Jupiter's business model has changed from its original dinner show idea. When asked for comment, Faulkingham sent Patch an email. Shawn Faulkingham's email to Patch: "Jumpin' Jupiter's original business plan for me seemed to fit nicely in Maplewood. A couple of dinner shows a night, with different artistic acts such as burlesque or out of the ordinary circus style acts. Sounded like an eclectic, edgy idea, but perfectly acceptable for our Community, as it was kept inside and not viewable by the general public and for adults 21 and older. I had many people tell me they liked the place, and some that didn't, which was fine either way (…
Sunday, July 8, 2012
The patio grand opening and a home brew festival was combined into one big event.
A rabbi, a pastor and Catholic father walked into a bar. But seriously, Tom Schlafly invited three local religious figures to the christening of the new patio outside Schlafly Bottleworks on Saturday to bless the structure. He also invited homebrewers to a home brew festival under the patio. More than a hundred tasters came to sample local beer and help celebrate. See more photos on Maplewood-Brentwood Patch Facebook. (Like it!) “We wanted to give them an area to show off their beers,” restaurant general manager Scot Smelser said. “We decided to share that with the christening of the patio.” Chip Stone, a Maplewood homebrewer, said the homebrewers were kept out of the recent Heritage Fest, a craft beer event downtown, so he was happy …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Owner Jim Callahan said he's worked things out with the state, and expects to remain open.
The Jumpin’ Jupiter hasn’t been paying its state sales taxes, and now has until Friday to settle with the State of Missouri or the City of Maplewood will not renew its business license on Monday, July 2. According to Ward 3 council member Barry Greenberg, Jumpin’ Jupiter owner Jim Callahan testified in a public revocation hearing, before the city council meeting Tuesday, that he owes $28,000 in sales taxes to the state. Council member Shawn Faulkingham said July 1 is the deadline for Maplewood to hear from the state that Callahan is in good standing, but that’s a Sunday, so he has until by June 29 to settle, or on July 2 the club won’t qualify to renew its business license with the city. Like Maplewood-Brentwood Patch on Facebook and keep …
Monday, June 18, 2012
Barry Greenberg said food trucks can work in the right place and time. He said it's not a black and white issue.
The Maplewood City Council discussed food trucks at its last meeting, June 12. No vote was taken, but the consensus of those present (Shawn Faulkingham was absent) seemed to be against allowing food trucks in Maplewood. Several St. Louis media outlets reported on the meeting. Council member Barry Greenberg prepared a comment for one of those outlets, but the article published without it. Greenburg offered it to Patch, so below is his comments on the pros and cons, and how food trucks might work in Maplewood. Here is Greenberg's statement: The advantages of the food truck concept is that offer a break from the normal routine, and they can be fun. They can also offer variety, food that might not be available in immediate area. Whether food …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Three Missouri news outlets weighed in on the council's discussion and the outcome.
Maplewood City Council drew attention from the media when it discussed food trucks at its Monday meeting. The St. Louis Post Dispatch ran an article the next day, quoting Maplewood city manager Martin Corcoran that the food truck issue is dead, "as of tonight." Mayor Jim White and council members Barry Greenberg, Fred Wolf and Karen Wood were listed as opposed "because they were worried the trucks could “cannibalize” the local restaurants’ business," the article stated. Corcoran is quoted that it would take four votes to pass, and as of Monday, they weren't there. The St. Louis Business Journal summarized the meeting in an article on Thursday. Councilmember David Cerven, who said in the meeting he's for food trucks, was quoted in the …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
A discussion of food trucks at Tuesday's Maplewood city council meeting showed two for and two against. Two others were against on a regular basis. One councilman wasn't there. No motion was made.
In the end, no motion was made after the food truck discussion Tuesday night at the Maplewood city council meeting. City manager Martin Corcoran said the staff was given no directives, so nothing will happen to change the current law that prohibits food trucks from operating in the city. The discussion revealed council members David Cerven and Tim Dunn for food trucks and Karen Wood and Fred Wolf against. Wood and Wolf said few words in indicating their positions against. Cerven and Dunn explained how they came to be for food trucks. Cerven said an event at Kellog Park or Deer Creek Park might work, but the important thing is to level the playing field so food truck operators don’t have an economic advantage. “If it can be worked out that …