Friday, January 25, 2013
During his State of the City Address, Mayor Pat Kelly updated local business owners on several issues in Brentwood.
Brentwood city officials are looking for long-term solutions to the flooding problems on Manchester Road. That's according to Mayor Pat Kelly, who delivered his State of the City Address during the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce meeting on Thursday. More than 65 members attended the monthly meeting to hear the mayor offer updates about the city. The city recently hired an engineer consultant to examine the area on Manchester Road between Hanley and Mary roads, Kelly said. The firm met with elected officials, business owners and other stakeholders in October. The goal, Kelly said, is to learn what can be accomplished to improve the area. "I understand, from a business owner's perspective, why they're reluctant to invest in their property …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
A vote in last night's meeting made it possible to put the discussion on the agenda of a future meeting. Seemayer's pension, when he reaches 60, is what's at stake.
Close to a hundred Brentwood residents were ready for something to go their way at the board of aldermen meeting last night. They got it at the very end, when alderwoman Maureen Saunders made a motion in an almost “oh by the way” fashion, in the meeting at the Brentwood Recreation Center. “And another thing,” she said, after agreeing to a time change for a joint ward meeting, “In listening to the residents, I am going to go ahead and make a motion that this board pursue civil action against Chris Seemayer.” When Seemayer was found guilty last year of embezzling $30,000 from the city of Brentwood to pay gambling debts, he was allowed to resign instead of being fired, making it possible for him to get sick and vacation pay, and receive an …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Kramer hasn't been happy with Brentwood's low reserve, and doesn't like mayor Kelly's idea of taxing residents as a possible fix.
Brentwood alderman Tom Kramer says the city's budget reserve is insufficient. Kramer is on the Brentwood Ways and Means Committee, and the reserve was a topic of discussion at Tuesday's meeting. Maureen Saunders, also on the committee, said there is less than a month's expenses in reserve. Kramer said he's brought it up over the years, and has been told not to worry, because residents are not taxed on things they could be taxed on, which would bring in revenue if needed. Kramer further explained his statement in an email to Patch. "For years, the city has not assessed, nor collected residential real estate taxes or residential utility taxes. We could, but we don’t. "Our residential property tax rate is zero. Our residential utility taxes …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Public Works chairman Keith Robertson suggested combining all the city functions at what is now the rec center in a discussion on the future of the Brentwood Recreation Complex.
The Aug. 20 Brentwood Board of Aldermen meeting started an hour early to devote time to hopefully come closer to a decision on the Brentwood Recreation Center. The recreation center is decades old and in need of repair. The city is attempting to decide what to do with the building. The process has taken years. The Brentwood Public Works Committee: chairman Keith Robertson, Andy Leahy, Cindy Manestar and Maureen Saunders talked through the subject with Mayor Pat Kelly and other aldermen, and in the end, the entire board passed a motion similar to the agreement made at the Public Works Committee meeting on Aug. 8. Public Works Committee chairman Keith Robertson began by saying the committee discussed the possibility of combining the …
Lt. Paul Ferber was recognized at the Aug. 20 Board of Aldermen meeting.
The City of Brentwood recognized officer Lt. Paul Ferber 30 years of service to the citizens of Brentwood at the Aug. 20 Board of Aldermen meeting. Chief Steve Disbennett said Ferber had given years of service to the DARE program as well. Chief Steve Disbennett and Mayor Pat Kelly presented Lt. Ferber with a plaque to commemorate the occasion.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
A proposal to use comment cards in Board of Aldermen meetings were in five of the weekly city administrator’s reports.
It seems the concern about residents needing to fill out comment cards before speaking in a Brentwood Board of Aldermen meeting was unfounded. It was reported on Aug. 10 in Maplewood-Brentwood Patch that City Administrator Bola Akande had made the suggestion. In the Aug. 20 Board of Alderman meeting, mayor Pat Kelly said they won’t be used in Board of Aldermen meetings. “I don’t like them,” he said. “I don’t think it’s appropriate.” He said the Public Safety Committee had started using comment cards, and City Administrator Bola Akande took the initiative to propose using them for Board of Aldermen meetings. Alderwoman Cindy Manestar, by email on Wednesday, said the suggestion was included in the weekly (every Friday) city administrator’s …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The city attorney convinced them their July 16 vote wasn't good enough.
The Brentwood Board of Aldermen came to the Aug. 20 meeting with a revised agenda. An item to end health care benefits for elected officials by ordinance was on the table. The board voted in the July 16 meeting to end the health care benefit, but it was not an ordinance. Alderwoman Maureen Saunders immediately moved to remove the item and send it back to the ways and means committee. Alderwoman Cindy Manestar seconded it. Saunders said Alderman Tom Kramer, at the Aug. 7 ways and means committee meeting, brought forward the idea of ending the benefit by ordinance, instead of letting it end as a result of the July 16 vote. Kramer said he had been contacted by more than one attorney after the July 16 vote to end the benefit, and he contacted …
It took more than four months to start the work. The cause of the fire still hasn't been determined.
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- Doug Miner
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
A beautiful Tuesday in Brentwood was made more so in Ward 3 by the presence of heavy equipment shoveling the remains of the Sports Attic into dumpsters lined with plastic. The bar was destroyed by fire on Cardinals opening day (April 13). Now, more than a month after the 2012 All-Star Game, trucks are hauling away the rubble. After hearing complaints in Monday’s board of aldermen meeting, Brentwood mayor Pat Kelly said the owner had a permit for the cleanup over a month ago, but St. Louis County wouldn’t let them start. All the utilities had to be cut before work could start, and Kelly said the county wanted the water to be shut off at the main, across Manchester Road, rather than on the lot. Kelly said working that out caused the delay. …
Monday, August 20, 2012
The Brentwood alderwoman doesn't like a proposal that department heads report to the city administrator and not committees.
Brentwood Ward 2 alderwoman Cindy Manestar sent her constituents an email on what she called a "hot topic." In the Aug. 13 email newsletter, which was forwarded to Patch and she gave permission to use, Manestar expressed a concern about changes to Brentwood's organizational structure that she said does not meet its current codes. Instead of department heads reporting to a committee, they will report to the city administrator. "This drastic structure change would alter the duties and responsibilities of each level of government within our city and minimalize the role of the board of aldermen. It would remove the board from involvement in certain steps and processes that we currently oversee," she stated in her newsletter. “So if you sum …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Kelly defended the city-paid benefit and himself in an acrimonious meeting where he was told more than once to resign.
The Brentwood Board of Aldermen voted Monday night to end city-paid health care for elected officials, a benefit that has been maligned by many residents and one vocal alderwoman. The decision follows exposure from Fox 2 News, including an interview with Mayor Pat Kelly at City Hall. The motion by Alderwoman Maureen Saunders passed in a 4-3 vote minus Alderman Andy Leahy, who recused himself and stormed out of the room saying his vote would be “tainted.” There was some back-and-forth between Leahy and Saunders, but it wasn’t clear what Leahy meant by the word. (Keep up with all the Brentwood news, get Maplewood-Brentwood Patch free in your inbox every day.) “It’s just a shame they didn’t end (the health insurance benefit) at the beginning…