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…
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 …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Maplewood City Council considered amending the bill, but in the end voted on it unchanged.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The bill that would allow QuikTrip to relocate to the northwest corner of Manchester and Big Bend had its second reading and second unanimous vote at the Maplewood City Council meeting Tuesday. It now has the possibility of becoming law at the next council meeting, on October 9. Maplewood councilman Shawn Faulkingham (Ward 3) had two sticking points. He wanted the items, no right turn on red from southbound Big Bend, and left turn from eastbound Manchester only on an arrow, in the amendments, to be approved by St. Louis County traffic engineers before being voted on. Councilman Tim Dunn (Ward 2) said that changed the amendment and it would have to be re-voted with a new amendment. Faulkingham decided finally not to move to amend the bill. …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The owner wants to pull more of an afternoon and weekend crowd to the Maplewood restaurant.
Last summer Tiffany’s Original Diner added snow cones to the menu. This summer, the Maplewood restaurant plans to add beer. Owner Greg Winchell said he’s trying to attract customers that might go down the street to another Maplewood business. “We’re not trying to become a pub or a bar,” he said. “We’re just adding a few more things to the menu, and this on the drink end.” (See related on Patch: A Fur Business is Coming Soon to Clayton) Maplewood City Council passed a motion on Tuesday to approve a liquor license for the diner on the corner of Manchester Road and Sutton Boulevard. At the meeting, City Manager Marty Corcoran said the permit is good as long as 51 percent of the diner's sales remains food. Winchell said most liquor sales would…
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Maplewood city council listened to anyone who wanted to speak about the issue on Tuesday, and the session went for over an hour.
With Maplewood city manager Marty Corcoran making sure no one went over three minutes, 28 people spoke, for an hour and ten minutes, on the proposed QuikTrip relocation at the Maplewood City Council meeting on Tuesday. The council chamber was standing-room only, with over 100 people who came to listen or comment. The comment session was the first public meeting on the proposed move to the northwest corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard since the planning and zoning commission gave its recommendation for approval at its July 3 meeting. (See related on Patch: Menards Gives Update on Hanley Road Project in Hadley) The city council let QuikTrip representatives go first. Allan Renner, real estate manager for QuikTrip, said a 5,600 …
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 …
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 …
Monday, June 11, 2012
QuikTrip has presented at the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce and secured OKs at the county level.
QuikTrip, on the corner of Flora Avenue and Big Bend Boulevard, in Maplewood, wants to move to the northwest corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend. It would be a bigger store - what's known as a "Generation 3" QuikTrip. The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District has stated its opposition to the move. Maplewood City Manager Marty Corcoran released a statement on the project's status. In May, QuikTrip signed a lease with the property owner Elsie Lesseg, that would go into effect if the city approves the move. Any thoughts on this? Express yourself below, in the comments box! Daniel Lesseg, attorney for the property owner, his mother, Elsie Lesseg, had said he has a list of "talking points" addressing many of the issues around the move. …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
The city pays 100 percent of the vision and dental insurance for some of its elected officials. The newly elected aldermen are excluded.
A perk that’s been available to Brentwood’s elected officials for years has one city resident wondering if it’s legal, and if it’s in the municipal code. The benefit in question is health insurance. Resident Julie Pozzo asked about the perk at the May 21 Brentwood Board of Aldermen meeting. Here is what Patch found out. Part-Time Officials Receive Fulltime Benefit Brentwood pays 100 percent of its elected officials’ monthly premiums. Presently it is $416 — the same as for a fulltime Brentwood employee, which city officials are not. Mayor Pat Kelly, Aldermen Tom Kramer, Andy Leahy and Keith Robertson are enrolled in the health insurance program. Aldermen Anthony Harper and Lee Wynn are not. Newly elected alderwoman Cindy Manestar is …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
If approved, the funds will go towards community development in Maplewood.
Maplewood City Council approved a request made by City Manager Marty Corcoran to apply for $64,000 in funding from a Community Development Block Grant at last Tuesday night's regularly scheduled meeting. A public hearing was held at the meeting to provide residents the opportunity to give input on how to allocate the funds, should they be approved, though no one spoke. Of the $64,000, council members would like $39,000 to go towards a home improvement program, $20,000 for sidewalk improvement and $5,000 for backstops in Kellogg Park, Corcoran said. A city memo states it is uncertain if the federal government will continue to fund the block grant program, but Corcoran isn't worried. "That's the way it's been for the past five years or so," …