Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Brentwood Recreation Center may the the center of a system of trails.
- Doug Miner
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Brentwood’s system of trails may be expanded in the future, connecting with trails belonging to Great Rivers Greenway and Trailnet. Some current trails may be completely resurfaced. Trailnet recently completed a multi-community study including Maplewood, Brentwood and Richmond Heights for bikeable and walkable routes. Those routes, combined with what Brentwood’s Public Works Committee is calling the Brentwood Trails Expansion Initiative, will provide expanded trails throughout the city. A Great Rivers Greenway trail, in Deer Creek Park, may be connected. Committee chairman Alderman Keith Robertson (Ward 3) said in the Sept. 12 meeting that the Brentwood Recreation Complex could be the center of the system of trails. “One reason we selected…
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 …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Some new ideas came up, including moving city hall functions and the library to the rec center, and moving the police department back to the old City Hall.
If you’re a Brentwood resident, hopefully sooner rather than later, expect a concise survey on your opinions for a new recreation center. That was the result of the Brentwood public works committee’s discussion on Aug. 8. Committee chair Keith Robertson laid out the known facts, then added the possibility of including city hall functions into the new rec center, including the library. “Accounting sense, it doesn’t make sense to have city hall any longer, where it is and the way it functions now,” he said. Maureen Saunders said she’d like to go back to the residents with a survey. She said the gym and the pool would be cost-prohibitive. She said she’d like to see a rec center for teens. “Alderman Kramer has been championing a gym. What sort…
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The city currently has no regulations, and the public works committee agreed to have regulations drawn up by city staff, to go to planning and zoning.
A food truck debate has raged for months in Maplewood, but on Wednesday, with little fanfare, Brentwood took the first step to allowing them on a regular basis. Public Works Committee members Andy Leahy, Cindy Manestar, Keith Robertson and Maureen Saunders approved a motion Wednesday to send a proposal to planning and zoning to allow food trucks, with regulations. City planner Ellen Rottjakob said the city has had requests for food trucks, and so far they’ve been handled with a special use permit. "The increased demand for food trucks in communites is something that's been in the news," she said. "Communities that surround us have taken action and our current ordinance does not really provide much guidance." She said the planning and …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The first hour of Monday's board of aldermen meeting was devoted to the recreation complex. In the end they voted unanimously to let the Public Works Committee work on it one more time, before the full board takes it up again at the July meeting.
Two issues brought 50 to 60 Brentwood residents to a multi-purpose room at the Brentwood Recreation Complex Monday night for the June Board of Alderman meeting. The meeting was a week early because mayor Pat Kelly and city administrator Bola Akande couldn’t make the scheduled June 18 meeting, and it was at the Recreation Center because the court had the room in City Hall Monday night. It was appropriate to meet in a room with windows overlooking the ice rink. It was the topic of discussion the first hour of the meeting. Mayor Pat Kelly had scheduled the discussion because he said he wants the alderman to get to a motion on the future of the recreation center. He said he’s concerned that they can’t seem to all get on the same page. “That’s…
Monday, June 11, 2012
Two hot-button topics will be discussed at the Brentwood Board of Aldermen meeting at the Recreation Complex at 6 p.m. June 11.
Brentwood Recreation Complex Brentwood mayor Pat Kelly asked the aldermen to discuss the future of Brentwood's Recreation Complex for 20 minutes at the May 21 meeting, which resulted in a much longer discussion with no consensus reached. The city considered bringing a $9 million bond issue to the voters last year to renovate the complex but it never got out of the ways and means committee. Alderman Keith Robertson had advocated for the bond issue last year. He was in favor of a plan to bring the building up to code, improve the ice rink, and add a fitness center and multi-use gym. Alderman Andrew Leahy was concerned that voters wouldn’t approve a bond issue in the midst of the down economy. He had voted against the proposal in April. …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
But any voting is expected to wait until the city hires a new parks director.
Any discussion about potentially allowing alcohol in Brentwood Park during adult softball leagues will wait until the city hires a new parks director. Ward 3 Alderman Keith Robertson, who chairs the Brentwood Public Works Committee, said the city should ask for input from whoever takes the job left vacant with the ousting of former director Michele Frankowski last week. Robertson made the comments during a committee meeting on Wednesday afternoon. The hiring process could take a couple months, City Administrator Bola Akande said. In the meantime, Robertson said the committee should solicit feedback from the community. Jim Patterson, who lives on Hilldale Avenue, said the leagues function as more of a social gathering than a sports …
Friday, November 25, 2011
A permanent stop sign was requested by residents living on Bridgeport Avenue.
The temporary stop sign at the corner of Bridgeport Avenue and High School Drive will become permanent soon. The change was approved by the Brentwood Board of Aldermen during its regularly-scheduled meeting last Monday. Aldermen Anthony Harper (1), Keith Robertson (Ward 3) and Tom Kramer (Ward 4) voted against the change, but were overruled by the remaining five aldermen. Drivers were previously required to stop at the sign while school was in session, but the sign was removed after school ended each day and during the summer. Four residents who live on Bridgeport Avenue spoke during the meeting's public comment period to ask for a permanent stop sign. Toni Bowman was among them. She called the temporary signs too confusing, and said …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Brentwood residents spend half of Monday's meeting asking questions and criticizing the city's handling of recent events.
Monday night’s Brentwood Board of Aldermen meeting quickly became heated as residents once again took Mayor Pat Kelly and the board to task about their handling of recent events and the way the city conducts general meetings. The open session lasted roughly an hour, but half of that time was spent on the public comment period. Of the 20 residents who attended the meeting, five spoke. They continued to ask why former Brentwood city administrator Chris Seemayer was allowed to resign instead of being fired. Others asked about purported financial mismanagement in the city. For the most part, Kelly and the aldermen waited patiently to respond while being peppered with questions and none-too-subtle criticisms. Legalities prevented Kelly from …
Friday, October 14, 2011
The city's redevelopment corporation agreed Tuesday to act quickly but thoroughly as the hotel project moves forward.
Members of the Brentwood Redevelopment Corporation committed Tuesday to be responsive and meet as needed as plans for a new Drury hotel unfold over the coming months. "This is, in reality, the last really major piece of property in Brentwood that is just screaming to be developed," said John Geppert, a resident and member of the organization, during the meeting at City Hall. "And I think we want to do this in the best possible fashion, and I communicated that to the Drury people. And I think that in order to do that, we have to keep in mind that when a city enters into a relationship like this, it's a partnership. And we need to respond quickly." While Drury Development Corporation had not requested any economic development tools as of …