Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Mayor James White is running unopposed for reelection in April.
The Maplewood mayor and council members running for reelection in April were invited to share their thoughts on Maplewood's future. Mayor James White is running unopposed, and listed his priorities for a second term. I am running for a second term as Mayor of Maplewood. I believe there are several important items that need to be addressed in the next four years. These items are: I have lived in Maplewood all of my life and it has been a wonderful place to live and raise a family. I feel being a public servant is a good way to repay the community I love. Sincerely, James P. White Mayor Also in Patch:
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Maplewood Councilman Tim Dunn, who introduced the ordinance, said the law wouldn't protect peeping-toms.
Maplewood Mayor James White gave a scenario at the Sept. 11 city council meeting of a male "convicted sexual pervert" opening shower curtains in a women's locker room if a law were passed prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. He said if it passed, that person would be protected. A Sept. 12 Patch article on the meeting prompted an article in the Riverfront Times on Sept. 13. The reporter called White for clarification on the ordinance, and he said the city manager said the document couldn't be released. After the council meeting, White, who spent 30 years as an officer with the St. Louis County Police and 10 years as Maplewood chief of police said it could happen. "That's the old policeman in me," White …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Retailers will move in in the fall, with a grand opening in March 2013.
Maplewood city council tonight finally approved the Deer Creek Center redevelopment. The council, minus Mayor Jim White and council member Tim Dunn, voted to approved the Deer Creek Center Tax Increment Refinancing (TIF) Plan and to establish the Deer Creek Center Community Improvement District. Council member Karen Wood said the city wanted to make sure enough retail places that had signed a commitment before any money was spent to go through the process, and they were assured that had happened. Two retailers have been made public, Ross Dress for Less and Joanne Fabric have signed leases. Summit Development Group president Scott Reese, after the meeting, said several other national retailers of soft goods will be announced in the next 30 …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Council member Shawn Faulkingham was at a Boy Scout camp last week and missed the meeting. He made a statement on his Facebook page.
Maplewood city council member Shawn Faulkingham was out of town on a Boy Scout camping trip when the council discussed food trucks last week. Because he couldn’t contribute to the council meeting, Faulkingham posted a statement on his Facebook page. He also spoke with Patch on the phone. He wasn’t happy to have missed the discussion, especially considering he has since stated his support for food trucks, and only two out of the six present at the meeting last week agree with him. “Fundamentally its one of those things where, I can’t stop a porn shop from coming to Maplewood, why would I want to stop food trucks, which I think would add more to the city,” he told Patch. He said about five years ago the city blocked tattoo shops, which he …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
An amendment to the city's code to include sexual orientation and gender identity regarding discrimination is to be tabled for the second meeting, despite the school board's position.
For the second meeting in a row, the Maplewood City Council has tabled an ordinance that would include sexual orientation and gender identity in various sections of the city's code regarding discrimination. The ordinance is on the agenda for the June 12 meeting, but the Public Agenda Notes for the meeting state that it is being requested to be tabled. Don't miss updates on this. Get the Maplewood-Brentwood Patch e-newsletter! That, in spite of Maplewood mayor James White and the city council having received a letter, dated June 6, from the Maplewood Richmond Heights school board that supports the city council in making the amendment. "We felt very strongly about it," said school board president Maria Langston. "It came up for a discussion…
Thursday, May 24, 2012
He named one store by name and said what type two others are. The fourth is to be named next week by the developer.
After months of tabling, Maplewood City Council may finally pass the two ordinances that will make way for negotiations for the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Redevelopment Plan, to help fund the Deer Creek Center redevelopment. That's because the owner and developer of the property, the Summit Group, has signed three tenants out of the four larger vacancies. The city wouldn't go into negotiations until Summit had signed leases for the larger spaces. At the concert at Ryan Hummert Memorial Park, Wednesday evening, Maplewood mayor James White said Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is one of the stores signed for the larger spots. He said two others were a national brand shoe store chain and dress store. He didn't know their names. He said the …
The owner is going through the governmental processes now, but knows there is opposition in the community.
QuikTrip has signed a long-term lease with the owner of the northwest corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard. The company also has the OK from St. Louis County to incorporate right-turn lanes to accommodate traffic. Regardless of having a signed lease, the proposal needs to go to Maplewood Planning and Zoning for approval. If it passes there then it will go to the City Council. If it doesn't pass Planning and Zoning, they can still go to the council for approval. Those both for and against QuikTrip moving from its current location on Big Bend to the busier intersection are signing petitions–but no matter–the move is progressing. Get the Maplewood-Brentwood Patch e-newsletter and keep up with this issue. At the concert Wednesday …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Crown Vision has more than two dozen stores in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Monday, April 23, 2012
A new Crown Vision Center in the Maplewood Commons held a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 17. Store manager Kathryn Wong cut the ribbon, and chamber of commerce vice-president Mary Kausch, and City of Maplewood mayor James White officiated the ceremony. Mayor White presented Wong with a key to the city. Following the ribbon cutting, Crown Vision hosted a Business After Hours event where they gave away a pair of glasses. A handful of chamber members modeled the eyewear, and gave presentations to the group on the spot on why they should be the winner. The group voted that Carol Mertz, of the Rampant Creative Group, had the best presentation, so she won the glasses. The new Crown Vision Center is at 1817 Maplewood Commons Drive, Maplewood…
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-…
Friday, December 16, 2011
Those who took time to learn more about their local government were rewarded with plaques for their commitment.
Graduates of the six-week Citizens Academy class offered through the city of Maplewood were recognized with certificates and a glowing speech from Mayor James White at Tuesday night's Maplewood City Council meeting. "These people took the time to get an in-depth sense of their city government, and it's very exciting," White said. "We really appreciate it." The Citizens Academy offers residents the chance to learn the inner workings of their local government directly from their elected officials and city employees. Attendees learn the day-to-day operations of each department within the city, as well as how the city interacts with other municipalities. "It's just amazing how the government works," said Margaret Kastigar, one of the …