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St. Louis Board of Aldermen: Two Month Break After Tomorrow

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen usually meet at 10am on Fridays, but last week they met on Thursday June 30 — off the Friday before the July 4th holiday.

St. Louis City Hall
St. Louis City Hall

Though no new bills were introduced, the meeting was nearly three hours long. See the agenda here.

They will meet tomorrow morning, but will then have a 2-month summer break. They’ll resume regular meetings on Friday September 9, 2016. It should be noted the chambers where their meetings are held are not air conditioned,

The Engrossment Rules, Resolutions and Credentials committee, chaired by Marlene Davis, met last week — they killed a bill to keep lobbyists out of their chambers:

Do not fear, lobbyists — your place on the floor of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen is safe for the foreseeable future.

The city’s rules committee on Wednesday voted down a piece of legislation sponsored by Alderman Megan-Ellyia Green, D-15th Ward, that would have banished lobbyists to the hall, the galleries, or the side rooms at City Hall. Just one committee member, Alderman Christine Ingrassia, D-6th Ward, voted yes. (St. Louis Public Radio)

The committee members are:

They’ve got a cozy arrangement — they don’t want to change it. They like having the people they work for right there on the floor of the chambers.

— Steve Patterson

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 6/24/2016

St. Louis City Hall
St. Louis City Hall

One new Board Bill was introduced at the St. Louis Board of Aldermen on Friday 6/24/2016:

Board Bill No. 99 | Ordinance relating to Office of Recorder of Deeds

BOARD BILL NO. 99 INTRODUCED BY ALDERMAN LARRY ARNOWITZ An ordinance relating to the employees and salaries of the Office of the Recorder of Deeds; repealing Ordinances #69192 approved pertaining to the Office of the Recorder of Deeds and enacting in lieu thereof a new ordinance pertaining to the same subject matter and containing an emergency clause.

This bill was referred to the Public Employees committee, see list of committees.

Here’s the video of the meeting:

Much of the meeting we spent on the budget. The final vote on BB!64 to vacate 17th Street begins at 2 hours 43 minutes.

The meeting this week will be held Thursday June 30, 2016.

— Steve Patterson

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 6/17/16

St. Louis City Hall
St. Louis City Hall

The following new Board Bills were introduced Friday June 17, 2016:

Board Bill No. 86 | Redevelopment plan for 721 Victor

BOARD BILL NO. 86 INTRODUCED BY ALD. JOHN COATAR An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 721 Victor St./2403-15 S. 7th St. (“Area”) after finding that the Area is blighted as defined in Section 99.320 and Chapter 353 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, 2000, as amended, (the “Statutes” being Sections 99.300 to 99.715 inclusive and Chapter 353), containing a description of the boundaries of said Area in the City of St. Louis (“City”), attached hereto and incorporated herein as Exhibit “A”, finding that redevelopment and rehabilitation of the Area is in the interest of the public health, safety, morals and general welfare of the people of the City; approving the Plan dated May 24, 2016 for the Area (“Plan”), incorporated herein by attached Exhibit “B”, pursuant to Sections 99.430 and 353.020 (4); finding that there is a feasible financial plan for the development of the Area which affords maximum opportunity for development of the Area by private enterprise; finding that no property in the Area may be acquired by the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority of the City of St. Louis (“LCRA”) through the exercise of eminent domain; finding that the property within the Area is unoccupied, but if it should become occupied the Redeveloper shall be responsible for relocating any eligible occupants displaced as a result of implementation of the Plan; finding that financial aid may be necessary to enable the Area to be redeveloped in accordance with the Plan; finding that there shall be available ten (10) year real estate tax abatement; and pledging cooperation of the Board of Aldermen and requesting various officials, departments, boards and agencies of the City to cooperate and to exercise their respective powers in a manner consistent with the Plan.

Board Bill No. 87 | Redevelopment plan for Kosciusko Site

BOARD BILL NO. 87 INTRODUCED BY ALDERMAN JOHN COATAR An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the Kosciusko Industrial Site I (“Area”) after finding that the Area is blighted as defined in Section 99.320 and Chapter 353 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, 2000, as amended, (the “Statutes” being Sections 99.300 to 99.715 inclusive and Chapter 353), containing a description of the boundaries of said Area in the City of St. Louis (“City”), attached hereto and incorporated herein as Exhibit “A”, finding that redevelopment and rehabilitation of the Area is in the interest of the public health, safety, morals and general welfare of the people of the City; approving the Plan dated May 24, 2016 for the Area (“Plan”), incorporated herein by attached Exhibit “B”, pursuant to Sections 99.430 and 353.020 (4); finding that there is a feasible financial plan for the development of the Area which affords maximum opportunity for development of the Area by private enterprise; finding that no property in the Area may be acquired by the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority of the City of St. Louis (“LCRA”) through the exercise of eminent domain; finding that the property within the Area is unoccupied, but if it should become occupied the Redeveloper shall be responsible for relocating any eligible occupants displaced as a result of implementation of the Plan; finding that financial aid may be necessary to enable the Area to be redeveloped in accordance with the Plan; finding that there shall be available up to a twenty-five (25) year real estate tax abatement; and pledging cooperation of the Board of Aldermen and requesting various officials, departments, boards and agencies of the City to cooperate and to exercise their respective powers in a manner consistent with the Plan.

Board Bill No. 88 | Ordinance regarding Traffic Calming

BOARD BILL NO. 88 INTRODUCED BY: ALDERMAN CHRIS CARTER An ordinance requiring that requests for Traffic Calming, as defined herein, and related traffic complaints, received by the City of St. Louis be managed in accordance with a centralized process to be called the City of St. Louis Traffic Calming Policy; granting the Director of Streets authority to develop and promulgate the City of St. Louis Traffic Calming Policy, subject to the Board of Public Service approval; containing an emergency clause.

Board Bill No. 89 | Amending Civil Service Ordinance

BOARD BILL NO. 89 INTRODUCED BY: ALDERMAN FRANK WILLIAMSON An ordinance to amend Ordinance 70285 by removing Section 29 of Ordinance 70285, providing an effective date and including an emergency clause.

Board Bill No. 90 | Ordinance establishing 3-way stop at Marquette & Prather

BOARD BILL NO. 90 INTRODUCED BY ALDERMAN JOSEPH VACCARO An Ordinance establishing a three-way stop site at the intersection of Marquette Avenue and Prather Avenue by regulating all eastbound and westbound traffic traveling on Marquette Avenue at Prather Avenue and regulating all northbound traffic traveling on Prather Avenue at Marquette Avenue, and containing an emergency clause.

Board Bill No. 91 | Vacation of Barton & 7th Street

BOARD BILL #91 INTRODUCED BY: ALDERMAN JACK COATAR An ordinance recommended by the Board of Public Service to conditionally vacate above surface, surface and sub-surface rights for vehicle, equestrian and pedestrian travel in 17 foot wide north/south alley in City Block 840 as bounded by Barton St., 7th St., Victor St. and 9th St. in the City of St. Louis, Missouri, as hereinafter described, in accordance with Charter authority, and in conformity with Section l4 of Article XXI of the Charter and imposing certain conditions on such vacation.

Board Bill No. 92 | Vacation of N/S alley at Terrance/Christy

BOARD BILL #92 INTRODUCED BY: ALDERWOMAN BETH MURPHY An ordinance recommended by the Board of Public Service to conditionally vacate above surface, surface and sub-surface rights for vehicle, equestrian and pedestrian travel in 17.5 foot wide north/south alley in City Block 5334 from Terrace Ave. south 150.07 feet to the 15 foot wide east/west alley in City Block 5334 as bounded by Terrace Ave., Christy Blvd.. Gravois Ave. and Dahlia Ave. in the City of St. Louis, Missouri, as hereinafter described, in accordance with Charter authority, and in conformity with Section l4 of Article XXI of the Charter and imposing certain conditions on such vacation.

Board Bill No. 93 | Ordinance authorizing Parcel Development Agreement

BOARD BILL # 93 INTRODUCED BY ALDERWOMAN TAMMIKA HUBBARD An Ordinance recommended by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment authorizing the execution of a Parcel Development Agreement by and among The City of St. Louis, Missouri, Northside Regeneration, LLC, and St. Louis Grocery Real Estate, LLC; prescribing the form and details of said Parcel Development Agreement; authorizing certain actions by City officials; and containing a severability clause.

Board Bill No. 94 | 4-way stop at Walsh & Clifton

BOARD BILL NO. 94 INTRODUCED BY ALDERWOMAN DONNA BARINGER An Ordinance establishing a four-way stop site at the intersection of Walsh Street and Clifton Avenue by regulating all eastbound and westbound traffic traveling on Walsh Street at Clifton Avenue and regulating all northbound and southbound traffic traveling on Clifton Avenue at Walsh Street, and containing an emergency clause.

Board Bill No. 95 |Ordinance prohibiting the installation of any new pole signs

BOARD BILL NO. 95 INTRODUCED BY: ALDERWOMAN SHARON TYUS An ordinance prohibiting the installation of any new pole signs, any sandwich signs, limiting signage to one sign attached to the building and establishing a closing time of 7:00 p.m., for all businesses located on Kingshighway Memorial Boulevard, containing an exception, and containing an emergency clause.

Board Bill No. 96 | Ordinance to close traffic at Wabada west of Union

BOARD BILL NO. 96 INTRODUCED BY ALDERWOMAN SHARON TYUS An Ordinance amending Ordinance 70238 directing the Director of Streets to permanently close barricade or otherwise impede the flow of Traffic at Wabada 75 feet east the west curb line of Union Boulevard and containing an emergency clause.

Board Bill No. 97 | Ordinance to close traffic at Terry & Kingshighway

BOARD BILL NO. 97 INTRODUCED BY ALDERWOMAN SHARON TYUS An Ordinance amending Ordinance 70224 directing the Director of Streets to permanently close barricade or otherwise impede the flow of Traffic at Terry Avenue at the west curb line of Kingshighway Memorial Boulevard and containing an emergency clause.

Board Bill No. 98 | Ordinance pertaining to court fees

BOARD BILL NO. 98 INTRODUCED BY ALDERMAN JEFFREY BOYD An Ordinance pertaining to miscellaneous fees or surcharges imposed by the City Courts; amending Section Two of Ordinance 56787, codified as Section 3.08.240 of the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis, by providing for the assessment of a four dollar ($4.00) fee imposed by the City Courts for payment of court costs by means other than cash or negotiable instrument in order to cover the transaction costs imposed by credit card companies or other payment providers and containing an emergency clause.

Video of the meeting, which includes “perfection” of BB64 (starts at 1:03:50) :

— Steve Patterson

 

 

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 6/10/16

St. Louis City Hall
St. Louis City Hall

The following board bills were introduced at the 6/10/16 session of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen:

Board Bill No. 82 | Ordinance to vacate 4900 block of Terry

BOARD BILL NO. 82 INTRODUCED BY ALDERWOMAN SHARON TYUS An ordinance to vacate all commercial driveway apron and/or curb cuts that abut the front roadway know as the 4900 block of Terry and prohibiting any new commercial driveways, aprons, and/or curb cuts from being constructed or permits to construct a commercial driveway, apron, and/or curb cuts from being issued, and containing a emergency clause.

Editorial: this isn’t to vacate the street, but commercial driveways connecting to it.  See the block here.

Board Bill No. 83 | Ordinance pertaining to commercial traffic

BOARD BILL NO. 83 INTRODUCED BY ALDERWOMAN SHARON TYUS An ordinance pertaining to commercial traffic and commercial semi service trucks prohibiting such traffic along certain portions of Terry, exempting from prohibition emergency vehicles, including tow trucks when providing service to non commercial vehicles, and containing a emergency clause.

Board Bill No. 84 | Honorarily designate 5000-5200 Lotus as Lou “Fatha” Thimes Ave

BOARD BILL #84 INTRODUCED BY ALDERWOMAN SHARON TYUS An ordinance authorizing and directing the Street Commissioner to take all necessary actions to honorarily designate the 5000-5200 blocks of Lotus Avenue as Lou “FATHA” Thimes Avenue

Board Bill No. 85 | Ordinance pertaining to vendors

BOARD BILL #85 INTRODUCED BY ALDERWOMAN SHARON TYUS An ordinance pertaining to vendors; repealing Ordinance 34889, approved on April 21, 1926, Section 29-104 of Ordinance 52030, approved on June 1, 1963, Ordinance 53070, approved on March 10, 1965, Ordinance 54719, approved on April 5, 1967, Ordinance 55785, approved on January 7, 1971, Ordinance 56640, approved on December 20, 1973, Ordinance 57583, approved on April 3, 1978, Ordinance 58086, approved on June 12, 1980, Ordinance 58514, approved on March 1, 1982, Ordinance 59090, approved on March 23, 1984, Ordinance 59454, approved on June 4, 1985, Ordinance 59533, approved on September 24, 1985, Ordinance 59923, approved on June 27, 1986, Section Two of Ordinance 64166, approved on October 24, 1997, Ordinance 64327, approved on March 13, 1998 and Chapter 8.48 of the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis; establishing comprehensive rules and regulations for vendors within the City of St. Louis, setting the fees to be collected by the License Collector for the operation of a vending business; establishing different classifications of vendors, creating special vending districts; Ordinance 64569, approved on February 11, 1999, Ordinance 64712, approved on July 29, 1999,Ordinance 65061, approved on October 11, 2000, Ordinance 65347, approved November 28, 2001 Ordinance 66655 approved February 28, 2005 , Ordinance 66860 approved November 8, 2005, Ordinance 68108 approved September 24, 2008, Ordinance 68588 approved March 16, 2010, Ordinance 68603 approved March 16, 2010, Ordinance 68757 Approved October 22, 2010, Ordinance 68990 approved October 20, 2011, and Ordinance 69639 approved December 30, 2013, prohibiting street vendors within the City of St. Louis except within designated vending districts; establishing vending districts within the City of St. Louis; prohibiting vending on any LRA owned property, promulgating rules and regulations for vending within vending districts; containing definitions, a penalty clause, a severability clause and an emergency clause.

Here is video of the 6/10/16 meeting.

See last week’s debut post listing new board bills here. To coincide with posting of bills online, this weekly series will move to Thursdays.

— Steve Patterson

Architects Labeled 17th Street An Alley

When Ald Davis & Ald Hubbard visiting our condo association on June 8th they left behind developer’s plans intended to convince to stop fighting the city giving away an important piece of the street grid: 17th Street. See: Proposed 17th Street Closure Would Reduce Safety & Security For Existing Residents Around Monogram Project.

I looked through the materials — many of which are Google Street View screen captures. They couldn’t even come take photographs?  One page explained a lot about the view of the developer & architects:

Google Street View looking North on 17th Street toward Washington Ave -- but how it's labeled that shows their lack of understanding
Google Street View looking North on 17th Street toward Washington Ave — but how it’s labeled that shows their lack of understanding
A close up shows they view 17th Steet as an alley
A close up shows they view 17th Steet as an alley

The final vote on BB64 will likely take place tomorrow, hopefully the full board will reject it outright.  Many signatures have been collected on petitions opposing the vacation of 17th St, from numerous adjacent condo projects. The Downtown Neighborhood Association has also gone on record in opposition. We want to see the Monogram/CPI building occupied, but not at our expense. The public uses 17th Street daily.

Thankfully we’ll know how each alderman voted after the fact — votes are now listed online.

— Steve Patterson

 

 

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