Saturday, April 27, 2013
The group learned about the Maplewood inner workings from city staff.
Eight Maplewood residents now know much more about how their city operates. The group was the latest to complete Maplewood's Citizens' Academy, a six-session class where participants learn about the city administration and how each department works on a daily basis. Get Patch in your inbox! Mayor Jim White gave certificates to the ones at Tuesday's city council meeting. City Manager Marty Corcoran said the staff thouroughly enjoyed working with this group of Citizen's Academy participants. "They were interested, they were active, and asked lots of good questions," he said. The class included Aaron Armstrong, Luke Havel, Kurt Heidrich, Cassandra Maynard, Kim Noonan, Kristin Schultz, Jonathan Spencer and Colleen Zurliene.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Petitioners turned in more signatures to Maplewood City Hall this week. Here's the latest update on the potential referendum.
Days after petitioners were notified that they were 79 signatures short of forcing a referendum on the potential QuikTrip redevelopment, they turned in more than 200 signatures to Maplewood City Hall. On Tuesday afternoon, City Manager Marty Corcoran confirmed that city officials had received the signatures and had delivered them to the St. Louis County Board of Elections for verification. The petition process began after Maplewood City Council voted on Nov. 27 to allow QuikTrip to move its Maplewood store from the current location on Big Bend Boulevard to the northwest corner of Big Bend and Manchester Road. The approval drew scrutiny from the Maplewood Richmond Heights Board of Education and several families within the school district…
Monday, June 25, 2012
A preliminary 2012-13 budget submitted by City Manager Martin Corcoran accounts for extra sales tax revenues from the expected openings of a Mini Cooper dealership and CVS.
Maplewood City Manager Martin Corcoran submitted the proposed 2012-2013 fiscal year budget last week. The introduction on the front page, signed by Corcoran, states that Maplewood’s financial position will continue to improve because of general improvement in the economy. The expected openings of the Mini Cooper Dealership and CVS also will generate additional sales tax revenues, Corcoran stated. The redevelopment of Deer Creek Center would also help, he said. He’s also optimistic that more businesses will move to Maplewood. The budget doesn't call for new city hires, but accounts for a 2 percent salary increase for all employees and additional 1 percent increase for qualified employees. Corcoran reports that the budget for all funds will …
Monday, April 2, 2012
An email blast from city hall informed Maplewood residents that they could pay for city fees with spare mulch.
Call me gullible, but Sunday's announcement that the city of Maplewood would waive city fees in exchange for spare mulch excited me. Rachelle L'Ecuyer, Maplewood's community development director, sent out an email blast on Sunday that noted, "The mild winter created a mulch shortage for Maplewood. The situation has become so dire that the city staff had an emergency meeting today regarding a serious lack of mulch to use for city parks and trees in the treelawns." The email continued with information on how residents and businesses could potentially exchange pounds of mulch for dollars. (Our morning newsletter is packed with local news, photos, events and blogs. Learn more here: www.maplewood-brentwood.patch.com/newsletters.) Finally, a …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
They will replace the old bleachers at the Maplewood park.
Five new sets of bleachers will be coming to Deer Creek Park. During a meeting on Tuesday night, Maplewood City Council approved a $11,340 bid to add five sets of aluminum bleachers to the park. The bleachers have five rows and come with a guardrail. The bleachers will likely be installed by mid-April, City Manager Marty Corcoran said. Out of six bids received, Corcoran recommended Bergfeld Recreation Company as the lowest and best bidder for the project. Money for the project will come out of the Deer Creek Special Allocation Fund.
Monday, February 6, 2012
The streets are scheduled for upgrades after the 2012-13 fiscal year begins in July.
Maplewood City Council identified which streets will receive funding for upgrades during the next fiscal year, which will begin on July 1. During a city council work session last Monday, council members selected Marietta, Marshall, Walter and Yale avenues for upgrades at an estimated cost of $1.6 million. The most expensive project will be Yale Avenue because the street will require complete reconstruction. Yale is estimated to cost $852,000. The city previously estimated a $1 million cost for the road, but officials found a way to save money while adding green space, said Anthony Traxler, director of public works. The city plans to extend the tree lawn by about three feet on each side of Yale Avenue—from one-and-a-half feet to roughly …
Friday, February 3, 2012
Maplewood City Council briefly discussed the space during a work session on Monday. What suggestions would you make for the currently-empty Sutton Bus Loop?
What the Sutton Bus Loop will look like in two years remains unknown. Maplewood City Council briefly discussed the bus loop during a work session on Monday before deciding to table the discussion for a future meeting. The area is located between Hazel and Maple avenues on Sutton Boulevard. The city already paid to remove the bus loop's pavement in the fall, and next year's fiscal budget—which begins on July 1—is expected to include $250,000 to pay for whatever city council decides. What would you like to see at the Sutton Bus Loop? Vote in our poll below and add your thoughts in the comments section. Most council members agreed that the location could serve as a town square-style space for residents, business owners and visitors. Anthony …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The money will be used to purchase new ballistic helmets and shields.
A state grant will help the Maplewood Police Department buy seven ballistic helmets and six ballistic shields. The Missouri Department of Public Safety awarded a $7,193 grant to the city under the Local Law Enforcement Block Program. Maplewood matched the grant by 10 percent in the amount of $719. The helmets and shields will be placed in marked patrol cars for immediate access by officers. Maplewood City Council approved the spending during last Tuesday's regularly-scheduled meeting.
As part of a larger plan, the fence and wall will provide extra safetyalong the parking lot behind Manchester Road.
Neighbors along Marietta Avenue could soon see a buffer between their homes and the public parking lot across the street. A retaining wall and fencing are planned for the Marietta Public Parking Lot, which was recently expanded. Maplewood City Council approved a design during last Tuesday's meeting that consists of a mosaic retaining wall and wrought iron ornamental fence. City council still must approve spending roughly $140,000 on the project. If approved, the city would start collecting bids and complete the project by August, City Manager Marty Corcoran said. The wall, which would run along the sidewalk beside the parking lot, would be roughly two-and-a-half feet tall, Corcoran said. That could be a safety hazard for people walking in …
Friday, January 27, 2012
Members of the commission said the requested funding was not in the best interest of St. Louis County as a whole.
An $8.5 million request in public funding to help pay for Deer Creek Center's redevelopment was rejected by a 12-member commission Wednesday night. The commission was created to advise Maplewood City Council on whether it should provide public funding to Summit Development Group, a private company that also owns the property. Representatives from the City of Maplewood, the Maplewood Richmond Heights Board of Education and St. Louis County are among those on the commission. The commission voted 7-5 against the use of public dollars. The only commission members to support the funding were appointed by the city council and MRH school board. At issue is whether the project is worth the cost of public funding—this time in the form of tax-…