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July 2019 General Meeting Minutes

Notes by: Beth Hoops

 

In attendance: Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Taylor Bodine, Marilyn Morris, Beth Hoops, John Durnell, Billy Tomber

 

Speakers:

Jim Rick – spoke with Board about SRG Signage Project signs on the topic of grammar, spelling, sentence structure. Asked Board to look into the issue and come up with a solution. Jim also shared concerns about overall signage process (how signage project was approved, funded, etc.).

  • Marilyn noted signage ceremony to review signage material; addressed tone of emails from Jim Rick

  • Taylor asked goal of discussion: overall process to move forward was determined

  • Billy noted asking about previous request to see demonstration, mounted sign (in March), which he didn’t remember ever seeing. Determined there was a miscommunication.

  • Luann noted the multiple occasions of which Res Promo presented the signage project (signage reception and board meetings)

  •  John thanked Jim Rick for addressing issues directly to the board via email

  • Beth noted Luann provided write-ups and a progress report, as provided, which would be given for Board review at executive session

 

Luann Denten – Luann said emergency Res Promo meeting on Monday night, July 15, to review signage verbiage and noted errors found, as well as not found. She said in attendance was herself, Luke, Rick, Jenny, Anna, etc. She walked the Board through their findings and suggestions. Board requested she leave her notes / edit suggestions with the Board so they could review during executive session. She requested ability for Res Promo to continue project after receiving feedback from the Board.

  • Billy requested the Communication Committee also review the current signage write-ups. Luann noted Res Promo would be happy to receive their feedback.

  • Christopher questioned whether Board should take over project or leave it with Residential Promotion. Recommended someone from / for the Board if committee can’t be trusted. Asked that whatever is decided be announced to membership at the next General Membership meeting.

  • Christopher suggested Res Promo possibly host meetings not at Luann’s house; Luann noted Res Promo had four meetings last week, including a sewing and sign making meeting, and that the Board shouldn’t be dictating where committee meetings can / should be held.

  • Neil noted / suggested that the Board liaison to Res Promo play a part in the Signage Project moving forward.

 

Luann Denten – suggested Board reviews Roberts Rules of Order and decorum between SRG members

 

At 7:56, a motion was made to go into Executive Session. At 8:46, a motion was made to leave executive session.

 

Christopher made the following motion. Billy seconded. Board unanimously approved.

 

In regard to the Historical Signage Project, the Board, in accordance with Res Promo’s openness, directs Neil Putz to review all signs for grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure, as well as serve as the final reviewer for signage copy. Neil will then make a recommendation to the Board – for Board approval – before final copy is returned to Res Promo and further engraving and installation continues.

 

Christopher made the following motion. Billy seconded. Board unanimously approved.

 

In regard to the Historical Signage Project, an announcement will be made to general membership that the Board approves of the concept and believes in Residential Promotion to execute the project as proposed.

 

Old Business:

Christopher discussed edits to slides from June Board budget meeting; Board had already reviewed via email

Christopher re-engaged the Board on Board-specific budget (and any special projects the Board might be interested in).

Board discussed goals for 2019/2020, including conducting a SRG financial audit.

 

Christopher motioned to approve the budget, as presented, with verbally discussed edits and changes included. Neil seconded. Board approved unanimously.

Christopher to send finalized budget to ComCom in advance to share with general membership

 

New Business:

Board liaisons decided

  • Soulard Station – Marilyn

  • Communication – Billy

  • Membership – Dave

  • Beautification – John

  • PRT – John

  •  Fundraising – Billy

  • Res Promo – Taylor

  •  Parlour Tour – Beth

  • Safety – Dave

 

Open Board Positions

  • Megan Gooch resigned as Secretary; position now open

  •  Scott and Christopher meeting with potential new Treasurer candidate (possibly next week)

  • Billy motioned that the current Treasurer be allowed to continue to serve as Treasure, at the request of the president, and also as a Committee chair, until a Treasurer replacement can be appointed and approved. John seconded. Board approved unanimously.

 

Minutes Discussion

  • Neil recommended that minutes check be done, all minutes posted online, and updated minutes announced to general membership

  • Scott to assign Board members previous meeting minutes to review (from time he is president); Neil to follow up with past president about other past minutes. Goal: fill in 2019 as best as possible

 

Station Repair

Christopher moved for $2500 be set aside for Station Committee to repair the roof. Neil seconded. Board unanimously approved.

 

Liaison Reports:

  • Station (Marilyn) – door replaced, roof budget approved to repair leak

  • PRT – Scott noted Jay would like additional meeting with 9th and Soulard developers; Board will also be invited

  • Res Promo – Board thanked the committee for an amazing Bastille Day event

  • Membership – no report

  • Safety – planning for Neighborhood Night Out, per Scott

  • Parlour Tour – Neil noted the planning of a kickoff / recruitment event

  • Fundraising (Chris) – Concert Series coming up this weekend; tbd on Naked Bike Ride watch break. Volunteer shirt development underway.

  • Beautification (John) – Brochure shared about  Sidney Street Raingarden

  • Communication – Beth noted fall “The Renaissance” work underway; ComCom ongoing project researching tech ideas for dues collection, to present ideas to Membership

 

Christopher motioned that the Board acknowledge Cathy and Keith Weldon (and the Porch) for all their support of Soulard over the years. Approve $100 for Board to buy flowers. Billy seconded. Board unanimously approved.

 

Billy motioned to adjourn the meeting. Neil seconded. Board unanimously approved.



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June 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

June 19 Board Meeting (Budget Meeting)

Notes written by Beth Hoops


Board Members in Attendance: Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Taylor Bodine, Dave Perry, John Durnell, Marilyn Morris, Billy Tomber, Christopher Schwarz, Beth Hoops

 

Discussion of Project Proposal (PRT) – Jay Gibbs

  • Discussing vacant lot at 9th and Soulard by iTap (plus 901 Soulard house, also purchased)

  • Same group building 1001 Russell looking to develop this lot.

  • 3 different versions - mixed use building (1st floor commercial; 3-4 floors total, including potential 4th floor restaurant w/ rooftop)

  • 3 potential issues, per Jay: parking density, 4th story, iconic NOLA-style balcony

    • If 4th floor restaurant, valet service would be hired (utilizing city lot by Soulard Market Lofts / Pieces)

  • Taylor Bodine asked Jay Gibbs (and PRT) for advice on ‘something great in the neighborhood’ vs honoring neighborhood’s strict building and historical codes

  • Neil Putz discussed finding old examples of similar iron work, visual examples

  • Group decided to hold an additional meeting (in the next few weeks) for the purpose of discussing this project – w/ PRT committee and Board members invited; developer offered to also attend. Date TBD

 

CID – Lisa Otke

  • As of last week, CID petitions turned in (51% turned in)

  • Hearing upcoming on July 2 at 10am

  • Lisa Otke requested letter of support from SRG Board

  • CID would go toward non-safety improvements (SBD already makes money for safety) – i.e. historic lighting, beautification, etc.

  • CID will have a 7 member board. One member will be a SRG appointee (Lisa offered names of SRG members already interested; up to SRG Board to appoint someone). Appointee will need to go through a background check and must be a Missouri resident (residing in the CID district). Will either be a 2 or 4 year term.

    • If questions, email lisa.otke@gmail.com

  • Board discussed potential names: John Durnell, Bill Clendenin

  • Christopher Schwarz nominated John Durnell; Billy Tomber seconded; Board voted unanimously.

 

Treasurer Report – Christopher Schwarz reviewed 2018/2019 profit and loss report

 

Old/New Business –

  • Scott Plackemeier sent SRG letters of support for Nice Ice and Eclectic Taste

  • MGI Board appointment – Scott Plackemeier announced re-appointment of Billy Tomber to MGI Board

  • Scott Plackemeier appointed Taylor Bodine to the Board as Director

  • Chris Schwarz motioned to dissolve the decorating “twinkle lights” ad-hoc committee; Billy seconded. Board unanimously approved.

  • John Durnell mentioned Soulard Station landscape lighting attempted theft; inquired about insurance, getting an electrician to re-install. Scott Plackemeier to follow up with Jim Price about insurance claim. John Durnell getting electrician quotes (connecting with Tracy Laxton / Station Committee). Once bids received, police report to be filed.

 

Budget Presentations:

 

PRT – presented by Christopher Schwartz

  • Group discussion about updating historic standards

Station Committee – presented by Tracy Laxton

  • Tracy Laxton passed out new slides with updated goals and budget

  • Goals include refreshing interior / exterior of Station, securing the building, promoting membership of SRG through rental of station to SRG members only, developing communication / booking / utilization process for Station, and increasing membership of the Station Committee

  • Tracy Laxton discussed pros and cons of to rent or not to rent the Station and reviewed expense, as well as projected income, estimates

  • Tracy Laxton, after questions about what the Station may cost without renting it to SRG members, said maintenance, repair and cleaning of the building would still be $23,530 (not including beautification / grounds maintenance)

  • Tracy Laxton reiterated Station Committee recommendation of renting to voting SRG members

  • Board discussion on ‘what is the purpose of Soulard Station?’

  • Christopher Schwarz moved to approve non-rental budget. Billy Tomber seconded. Board approved.

  • Billy Tomber recommended tabling addition discussion about the purpose of the building until July Board meeting.

  • John Durnell recommended talking to Marybeth Wallace about getting city appraiser to determine the worth of the building.

Beautification Committee – presented by Richard Eaton

  • Richard Eaton provided some CPA contact info and recommended non-for-profit audit

  • Goals include maintaining green spaces and pots, installing watering system at Soulard Station, make improvements to Pontiac Square Park (electrical, water service, addtl trash containers, 10th/Shenandoah park entrance), and producing successful Art in the Garden Tour, as well as Molly’s fundraiser (moving to the fall)

  • After discussion, Beautification budget amended to $18,000 (net loss -$4,500)

Safety – (no representative present)

Membership – presented by Julie Price

  • Goals include increasing membership (in particular by visiting new apartment complexes), honoring those who contribute to SRG, and planning special events to engage active / current members (new ideas)

  • Membership budget submitted at $10,450 (net loss -$6,250)


Residential Promotion – presented by Luann Denten

  • Christopher Schwarz noted that the budget approved last year for the Historical Signage Tour was not all spent; there is $9000 already approved that will roll over (Res Promo requested no additional funding for signage beyond the 9000 roll over).

  • Goals include continuing Res Promo and fun events (improving existing events) and finalizing phase 1 of the Historical Signage tour (total of 28 signs) to include brochure and online version

  • Christopher Schwarz made a suggestion that SRG members get a special ticket price (effort to maintain neighborhood feel, SRG connection); Luann said she would discuss with committee

  • After discussion, Res Promo budget amended to $26,100 (net loss -$2,600)


Communication – presented by Beth Hoops and Billy Tomber

  • Goals include digitizing Renaissance, surveying membership on how they get their news, and being more consistent with social media

  • Beth Hoops noted that the $425 (approx) per issue previously paid directly to the editor-in-chief will now be going to the SRG instead, creating an approx $1600 income for Communication Committee

  • After discussion, Communication budget amended to $2,030 (net loss -430)


Parlour Tour – Christopher Schwarz on behalf of Jeanne Kirby

  • Goals include maintaining the quality and integrity of the tour while attempting to increase sponsorship and developing a Soulard Ghost Sign brochure for self-guided exploration

  • Parlour Tour budget submitted at $11,736 (net profit $11,454)


Fundraising – Christopher Schwarz

  • Goals include recruiting committee members, developing merchandise program, continuing volunteer shirt program, bringing back wreath sales with new provider and growing Soulard Concert Series (with goal of creating a Soulard Blues Festival)

  • Fundraising budget submitted at $23,850 (net profit $16,900)


Executive Board –

  • Board reviewed 2018 goals

  • Board to discuss and decide upon 2019 goals at the July Board meeting

Christopher Schwarz motioned the Board allow a continuation of approved funds for ongoing projects (Soulard Concert Series, etc.) and to continue to pay utilities, expected bills, etc. until General Membership approves 2019/2020 budget. Billy Tomber seconded. All board approved.

Billy Tomber motioned to adjourn meeting; Taylor Bodine seconded. 



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April 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes April 2019 SRG Board Meeting

April 17, 2019

  • This Board Meeting was an informal, transition dinner between past and future board members.

  • Motion: Marilyn Morris

    • Approve  Historical Marker License Agreement as is

  • Second: Neil Putz

    • Ammendment: Vote taken electronically by April 21 at 6:00 pm.

  • Motion passed electronically with 5 “yes” votes.

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April 2019 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes April 2019 SRG General Meeting

April 3, 2019

American Legion Hall Post 422

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:09 by President Scott Plackemeier.

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Neil Putz, Luanne Denten, Christopher Schwarz, Wade Weistreich, Scott Plackemeier, Billy Tomber, Stephen Schuman

 

Officers and Directors Absent: Beth Bennett, John Durnell

 

Aldermen Present: Dan Guenther, Jack Coatar, Marty Murray 

New Member Introduction

Welcome new members/guests!

 

Floor Nominations/Elections

  • Motion: Billy Tomber

    •  Accept slate by acclamation

  • Second: Luanne Denten

 

Police Report (Officer Sherdon Douglas)

  • Discussion: 21 Total Crimes

 

Treasurer’s Report (Christopher Schwarz)

  • Discussion: Organization’s Fiscal Health, Budget Process

  • Motion: Billy Tomber

  • Second: Stephen Schuman

  • Motion passes

 

Soulard Station (Tracey Laxton)

  • Discussion: Door Replacement, Roof Repair, Additional Upkeep, Rental of Station

  • No vote taken 

 

Safety (Sergio Sevillano)

  • Discussion: Safety Walk May 7th 7-7:30 at 1860s

  • No vote taken

 

Membership (Julie Price)

  • Discussion: Membership Drive May 1 at Mad Art 6-9pm, thanks to Kathy Barky for hosting social, STAR Awards tonight

  • No vote taken

 

Beautification (Richard Eaton)

  • Discussion: Sidney Triangle, Pontiac Square Park Work, Casilly Bench Dedication

  • No vote taken

 

Residential Promotions (Luanne Denten)

  • Discussion: Casilly Bench Dedication with Beautification

  • No vote taken

 

Communications (Beth Hoops)

  • Discussion: Renaissance

  • No vote taken

 

Parlour Tour (Jeanne Kirby)

  • Discussion: Parlour Tour, Thanks to volunteers, homeowners and committee members

  • No vote taken

 

Code and Zoning (Scott Plackemeier for Jay Gibbs)

  • Discussion: New Construction STAR Awards, Twisted Ranch

  • No vote taken

 

Fundraising (Christopher Schwarz)

  • Discussion: Summer Concert Series, Movie Nights, Volunteer Shirt, Committee Meeting 

  • No vote taken


Legion (Christopher Schwarz)

  • Discussion: Fish Fry, Happy Hour, Polling Place

  • No vote taken

  • Bill no longer allowed to drive at night,

 

SBA

  • No updates

 

MGI

  • Discussion: Public Forum April 11 at 6pm in MGI Office

  • No vote taken

 

STAR Awards

  • Recipients: 

    • John Wallace and Neil Thompson

    • Tracey Laxton

    • Michael Pastore

  • Congratulations to all recipients! Thank you for your service to the neighborhood and the organization!

 

Motion to adjourn by Gary Toribo, seconded by Billy Tomber. 


Adjourned at 8:26pm.

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March 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes March 2019 SRG Board Meeting

March 20, 2019

Soulard Station

The meeting was called to order at 7:19 by President Scott Plackemeier.

Members Present: Scott Plackemeier, Megan Gooch, Chris Schwarz, Neil Putz, Stephen Shuman, John Durnell, Wade Westerich, Luanne Denten, Billy Tomber

Members Absent: Beth Bennett

 

Discussion on Contracts and Invoices

  • Discussion

  • Four point motion coming to Board via email, no vote taken at meeting

 

SRG Elections Update

  • April 3rd elections

  • Must live in Soulard and pay dues to be a qualified vote

Audit

  • Obtaining three bids for potential auditors

 

Marijuana Dispensary Ad Hoc Committee

  • Interested members ready to research and be a part of decision making process

 

Historic Signage Program

  • Powerpoint presentation

  • Discussion

  • Motion: Wade Weistreich

    • SRG 

      • Pays for all work previously completed

      • Agrees to allow Res Promo to move forward pending: 

1. Verification of all contracts 

2. Approved by board 

3. Signed by resident 

4. Executed within budget 

  • Amendment: 

    • Accept work moving forward with Precision Engraving (reasoning- only way to complete project within budget)

  • Second: Stephen 

  • All in favor with one abstention (Luanne)

  • Motion: Stephen 

    • Issue letter to those involved in the project so far to thank them for patience thus far

  • Second: Billy

 

Vices and Virtues Name Use

  • Taking information back to Res Promo for discussion

  • No vote taken 


Beth Updates

  • Discussion

  • No vote taken

 

Treasurer’s Report

  • Discussion

  • No vote taken

 

Liaison Reports


Beautification

  • Discussion: Pontiac Square Park

  • No vote taken

 

Fundraising

  • Discussion: Summer Concert Series

  • No vote taken

 

PRT

Beths updates

 

Residential Promotions

  • Discussion: Bastille Day, Casilly Bench Dedication, VandV Silent Auction, Garden Tour

  • No vote taken


 

Membership

  • Discussion: Membership Drive

  • No vote taken


Safety

  • Discussion: Safety Walk 

  • No vote taken

 

Parlour Tour

  • Discussion: 3 homes lined up so far

  • No vote taken


Station Committee

  • Discussion: Roof, Door, Utilities

  • No vote taken


Comm Comm

  • Discussion: New Members, New Chairpersons, Calendar, Renaissance

  •  No vote taken

 

Executive Session

 

Chris moved to adjourn, Neil seconded


Meeting adjourned at 10:23



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March 2019 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes March 2019 SRG General Meeting

March 6, 2019

American Legion Hall Post 422

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:04 by President Scott Plackemeier.

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Neil Putz, Luanne Denten, Christopher Schwarz, Wade Weistreich, John Durnell, Scott Plackemeier, Billy Tomber

 

Officers and Directors Absent: Beth Bennett, Stephen Schuman

 

Aldermen Present: Dan Guenther, Jack Coatar

 

New Member Introduction

Welcome new members/guests!

 

Police Report (Officer Sherdon Douglas)

·   18 total crimes

·   2 robbery

·   9 larceny

·   1 aggravated assault

·   6 theft

 

SRG Board Elections – April 3, 2019

·   Open positions include two directors, president elect, secretary, treasurer

·   Elections will take place at end of April General Membership Meeting

·   Nominations can happen at any time up until a few days before

·   Floor is open for nominations. At time of meeting, nominations were as follows

o   John Durnell, Beth Hoops, Dave Perry nominated for director positions

o   Neil Putz nominated for President elect

o   Megan Gooch nominated for secretary 

 

General Meeting Location Discussion

·   Although low attendance tonight, time to discuss a larger meeting place.

·   Chris Schwarz has been a big help in setting up seats and closing bar, accommodating the needs brought up at board meeting.

·   Discussion- Look into MGI being able to accommodate us as previously planned?

 

Historic Signage Program Update and Discussion

·   Lots of talk about the project, the project is paused while issues are addressed (think of it as a recall)

·   Signs on poles were removed prior to Mardi Gras for safety concerns while other issues are being addressed (sharp corners and long bolts)

·   Discussion-

o   What about contracts? Luanne- historic license agreement is just an agreement to put sign on house; presented multiple times via Nextdoor, Blaster, Renaissance. Agreement drafted by lawyer, full presentation at budget meeting, signage reception had another presentation, re-reviewed by 2 additional lawyers. This is a new project, working out kinks as we go, sorry for glitches, but committee is working on them.

o   Great idea and as a group we will come up with solution.

o   Some members had issue with the way the signs look, sun makes signs unreadable, don’t fit into the neighborhood, etc.

o   6 bids were obtained, sign prototypes were available for viewing before being installed

o   When asked, Chair Denten answered that she was amenable to a future meeting dedicated to addressing this specific issue

 

Treasurer’s Report (Chris Schwarz)

·   Recently received grant from Metropolitan Sewer District for Sidney Triangle Project

·   Waiting for final count, but Vices and Virtues did make money

·   Board recently allocated $5000 to trash program with St. Peter and Paul

·   Wade moved to approve, Mark seconded. Motion passes

 

February General Meeting Minutes

·   Ron moved to approve Minutes, John seconded

 

SRG Committee Reports

 

Soulard Station (Neil Putz/Tracey Laxton)

·   Utilities- electric, sewer, water, trash

·   Trying to figure out better waste management system, lots of money going towards trash

·   Working on replacing door and mailbox

·   More info on solar panels coming soon

 

Safety (Sergio Sevillano)

Not Present

 

Membership (Julie Price)

·   Membership Drive is May 1st at Mad Art Gallery

·   Looking for someone to take photos, any volunteers?

·   If you have photos of SRG events past to present, send to Julie for slideshow- Comm Comm has dropbox of photos to share!

·   STAR awards are next month

·   Social tonight at The Doghaus, thanks for hosting!

 

Beautification (Richard Eaton)

·   Work in Pontiac Square Park with Howard University students next week

·   Next month students from SLU will help with clean up

·   Please come if you want to volunteer 9-12!

 

Res Promo (Luanne Denten)

·   Meets second Tuesday of every month, please come! Open meetings to all

·   VandV was amazing, new space was great, still waiting to hear about profit from VandV

·   Thanks to all who joined in on Fat Tuesday Stroll it was fun!

 

Comm Comm (Billy Tomber)

·   Expanding membership and scope of what committee is doing

·   Taking communication audit of members to see where members get their information from

·   Shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to complete

·   We are cheerleaders of Soulard! Send good news to communications@soulard.org

·   Communication protocol voted on at last board meeting to help members recognize official communication from official members

·   Expansion on social media thanks to Beth hoops!

 

Parlour Tour

No updates

 

PRT/Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)

·   Main project is New Construction and Rehab Star Awards for projects completed in the neighborhood

·   Twisted Ranch mural- exceeds size of what we allow, can’t be more than 10% of size of building. Brick is not always allowed to be painted on, and it was done without permit

·   Twisted Ranch awning is also an issue

·   At this time, this is between the city and the business

·   Reminder: SRG and Committees advise, city rules

 

Fundraising (Christopher Schwarz)

·   Go Marathon April 7, still determining if that will be a fundraising event

·   Soulard Concert Series kicking off May 11 with Patti & The Hitmen

·   Full lineup coming next meeting

 

Legion (Christopher Schwarz)

·   Bill unable to make meetings

·   Mardi Gras helped raise funds for Legion

·   This Friday is first fish fry 5-8 March 8, March 22, April 5 (fish tacos), April 19, first happy hour will be May 17

 

MGI

·   Some of the trash is frozen under ice and snow, call MGI if you notice problem areas

·   Trash team is on site until the job is done

·   Concerns about Mardi Gras? Attend the open house forum at MGI Office on Thursday, April 11

·   Thank you to all Mardi Gras volunteers participants!

 

SBA

Not present

 

Marty

·   Suggest we hold a forum to future candidates to formally address the SRG

·   Clarified that we allow politicians to attend meetings as guests and don’t allow campaigning and such until end of meeting

 

Announcements

·   Girl Scouts participating in April Showers (personal care items to homeless shelters)

·   Donate new bottles of personal care items, bags will be tied onto doors which will list items needed

 

Adjournment

Motion to adjourn by Allison, seconded by Julie. Meeting adjourned at 8:32 p.m.



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February 2019 General Meeting Minutes

February 6, 2019

American Legion Hall Post 422

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:03 by President Scott Plackemeier.

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Stephen Shuman, Neil Putz, Luanne Denten, Beth Bennett, Christopher Schwarz, Wade Weistreich, Eric Marlinghaus, Scott Plackemeier

Officers and Directors Absent: Billy Tomber

Aldermen Present: Dan Guenther

Crime Report (Officer Douglas)

·       31 Crimes in month of January.

·       Up by 7 from last month, spike in burglary and auto theft.

·        2 robberies

o   Jan 5 1:50 pm Papa John’s driver struck by assailant on 2200 block of S. 13th, currency stolen. No arrest.

o   Subway robbery- One employee present but not injured. Suspect stole register, video provided. No arrest.

·       1 Assault

o    Social House- Victim was in verbal altercation with someone within establishment. Victim was escorted out by employee and said he assaulted him.

·   7 Burglaries

·   Arrest made for burglary with 5 of 7 burglaries charged to suspect

·   13 Larcenies, 4 arrests ( same suspect as burglaries)

·   8 vehicle thefts (including golf carts). 2 vehicles recovered and arrest made.

Mardi Gras Inc. (Tim Lorson)

·   The Department of Public Safety urges residents and guests to stay off rooftops (always, but especially during Mardi Gras festivities).

·   Parking passes will be mailed the week of February 4 as well as information regarding parking in Yellow Zones and Red Zones. If passes have not arrived by February 25, contact Mardi Gras Inc. Office. For additional parking passes, bring proof of address and additional cars at address to the office.

·   Most important aspect of parking during Mardi Gras weekend: pay attention to street signs. White Sign = No Parking, Yellow Sign = Permit Parking

·   Mardi Gras Schedule of Events:

o   Feb 9- Bacchanalian Ball

o   Feb 16- Cajun Cook-Off

o   Feb 23 & 24- Taste of Soulard

o   Feb 23- Missouri Lottery Run for Your Beads 5K

o   Feb 24- Purina Pet Parade

o   Feb 24- Wiener Dog Derby

o   March 1- Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball

o   March 2- Bud Light Grand Parade

o   March 2- Bud Light Party Tent

o   March 2- Blues Alumni Tent

o   March 5- Fat Tuesday

·   Intersections will be opened during 5K as runners clear in order to minimize traffic impact.

·   Street closures for the Purina Pet Parade will begin at 8 a.m. Street parking will be limited and indicated by no parking signs.

·   Day of Grand Parade there will be 300 officers in yellow and red zones and 2 separate towing details.

·   Someone parked illegally in front of your garage/yard/etc. or issues of public indecency, call office NOT 911.

·   900+ porta potties throughout neighborhood.

·   Only call 911 for physically threatening situations and medical emergencies. Keep emergency lines open.

·   Post Mardi Gras Festivities: Workers come in around 7 pm to clean up the streets (Red Zone has the most trash).

·   Remember: trash is transient and there is no guaranteed time for neighborhood to be totally clean. The promise is that “we will keep cleaning until the neighborhood is clean.”

·   By noon on Sunday, if there is still trash, call the MGI office. First reported, first serviced.

·   Chris Schwarz and Places for People announced an offer of gated and locked parking in lot near Oaked. Bring parking pass and leave car there from 4 pm – 2 am on Friday before parade. Car will be locked up until 5 am Sunday morning. First come, first serve.

·   No cans, coolers, bottles into Red Zone on Saturday, plastic cup rule. Highly recommend guests come Friday evening. No backpacks allowed in on day of parade.

·   Golf carts not permitted in Red Zone

·   Outdoor activities end at 7, inside activities end at 11.

Soulard Station Presentation (Tracey Laxton)

·       New mailbox will be lockable

·       Leak near front of building, getting quotes for roof repair soon

·       Chair rail pricing soon

·       Hole in wall and kitchen cabinet will be repaired soon

·       Outside lighting has been replaced

·       Coming up- budget preparation and decision about station

·       Door options discussed, quotes received for wood and fiberglass options. (Suggested to talk to historical committee before approving door options). Quotes were provided.

·       A survey was presented, and members were encouraged to choose 2 options of what they want to see happen at the Station.

·       Smart Station- Revisiting, suggestions for building to become “smart” would cost $910 at installation and no monthly fee. Requires only wifi to work, which Station already has. Currently no cameras at station. New mailbox purchased. Board meeting setup photo will be posted on door for events.


New members- Two new members- Josh and Tom, welcome aboard!

Treasurer’s Report (Christopher Schwarz)

·   We will be consolidating bank accounts after Vices and Virtues Ball.

·   There was discussion about solar panels at Station affecting or not affecting bills. Information was provided that panels last recorded energy production in 2017. This doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t producing energy, Station Committee as well as Treasurer will be seeking more information about the issue.

·   Members expressed interest in a breakdown of station budget and money usage. Treasurer will further break down categories on expenses.

·   Budget Presentation (and vote) will occur at May Board Meeting. Presented to General Membership in June.

·   Committees are building budgets currently, so get involved with committees now if you are interested in how money is spent!

Special Ad Hoc Committee (Stephen Shuman)

·   There has been interest by an individual to start a Marijuana Dispensary in Soulard.

·   This committee was established to study how a dispensary would affect the neighborhood

·   Interested members should contact Stephen. Be aware that this committee is solely responsible for research, rather than opinion, and no decisions will be made within committee.

·   This research will form the groundwork on how SRG handles these situations in the future.

Committee Reports

Safety (Sergio Sevillano)

Absent

Membership (Julie Price)

·   351 current members of SRG, encourage others to join and participate in meetings

·    Nominate members for STAR awards which recognize members for outstanding service, loyalty and commitment to SRG

·    Turn in before 22 of February.

·   Three people will be chosen, committee makes recommendation to the board and winners announced at election meeting in April.

·   Membership drive coming up in May. Show up at 6:00 (in lieu of meeting). Celebratory party for being a member of SRG. Pay dues, then eat and/or drink (for free) for three hours. Closes at 9:00 pm. Nothing formal, just a party.

·    Social at 2416 S 10th Street, thanks to the Weistreich’s!

Beautification (Richard Eaton)

No Report

Residential Promotion (Luanne Denton)

·   Recognized Julie on recruiting members for the last 20 years, thanks for your service!

·   Currently taking a break on signage project due to concerns and in preparation of Vices and Virtues 

·    Vices and Virtues is coming up on the 16th, 5th year of VandV! Soulard.org has all information. $100 reserved seating, $80 for general admission. All money comes back to SRG.

Communication (Jeremy Mehrle)

·   Communications Committee is working on updating policies regarding member information

·   Concerns were raised about transparency and communication within the organization. More specifically, why are people resigning from positions and why are resignations not being shared with general membership

·   President Plackemeier addressed concerns stating Board meetings will remain open to public. General members are encouraged to attend if interested in Board matters, next meeting on February 20th. To answer why resignations are not being shared, resignations are personal matters to be handled by the individual as they see fit.

·   This discussion segued into the resignation of Eric Marlinghaus from the Board of Directors via formal letter.

Parlour Tour (Jeanne Kirby)

No Report

PRT/Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)

·       2 projects recently approved without direct approval of committee.

·   One sent around committee- Garage carriage house behind building on 13th and Ann. Plans have been altered to meet committee’s request

·   Other one- has not been formally vetted through committee. Jay saw plans before they got sent off without making it to the committee. Vacant lot near Coffee Garden, proposing 3 attached row houses (sp?) facing Geyer. Plans were conditionally approved.

·   Addressing concerns that this could happen again, Jay stated he intends to check inbox more frequently.

Fundraising (Chris Schwarz)

·   Trivia Night was a success, thanks for the support!

·   Soulard Concert Series will begin once again starting May 11 with Patti & the Hitmen. Following dates: June 22, July 20, August 22

Partner Organizations

Legion (Eric)

·   Fish Fry at the Legion starts March 8 and occurs every Friday

·   Shrimp Boil March 18

·   Eric noted that regardless of his resignation from the Board, he will still set up the space for SRG Meetings and tend bar during

Mardi Gras Inc. (Gary Toribo, Billy Tomber, Nancy Lambert)

No Report

Soulard Business Association (Jill Weissberger)

·   Soulard Cleanup Crew partnership with St. Peter and Paul, wanting to partner with SRG again for this event

·   First phase for Soulard Market Park is completed. Funded by Ward funds and through city

·   Welcome to Soulard sign still in the works

Announcement (Marty Murray)

·   Upcoming election on March 5, voting for President of Board of Aldermen in 7th Ward

Motion to adjourn made by Chris Schwarz and seconded by Taylor Bodine, the meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.


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February 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes February 2019 SRG Board Meeting

February 20, 2019

Soulard Station

The meeting was called to order at 7:08 by President Scott Plackemeier.

Present: Beth Bennett, Luann Denten (via phone), John Durnell, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Chris Schwarz, Stephen Shuman, Billy Tomber, Wade Weistreich

Absent: None

Welcome to newest Board members, Megan Gooch and John Durnell!

Pontiac Square Park Upgrades (Richard Eaton)

·   Met with Commissioner of Parks Department and Maintenance Manager, asked to submit and discuss following wish list.

o    1. Improvement in entrance from Shenandoah and 10th Street, hard surface instead of gravel

o   2. More trash containers within the park (specifically, 2 more)

o    3. Water source, “farm spigot” that is lockable (used for irrigation)

o    4. Bringing electricity to the park (highest priority)

·   Parks Department will determine best spot for electricity. Then, Board of Public Service will determine if this is good suggestion and if not will determine alternate solution.

·   After, we will meet on site together to see determined spot.

·   Check made payable to City of St. Louis

·   Concern about neighbors and electricity: there would be 2 keys accessible to electrical usage, parks department would have one key and SRG Beautification would have other key. Permit process involved in holding events, city would contact SRG. Neither City or SRG anticipate concerts being an issue.

·   Total Wattage similar to that of Market Park.

·   We will pay 25% and city will pay 75% of installation. We give a check, they handle rest. Cost is dependent on Board of Public Service

·   They are very pleased with what Beautification does with Pontiac Square Park!

·   Neil was able to present $6,000 check to Treasurer/Beautification for Sidney Triangle Project from Missouri Sewer District

SBA Neighborhood Clean-Up Partnership (Jill Weissgerber)

·   Partnership involves crew of gentlemen working towards more stable housing and employment.

·   This crew of 4 gentlemen goes out twice a week, Sunday and Thursday, to pick up trash with a compensation of $10/hr.

·   Would like SRG to join in project, more money equals more manpower and more trash being picked up off the street.

·   Current system: problem areas reported and go on a list for next pickup.

·   Luke Reynolds is donating his golf cart to crew so they have larger range of neighborhood to cleanup.

·   So far $5000 contributed from SBA for program, looking to increase amount of money, would like matching fund from SRG.

·   Wade moves to match funds up to $5000. Neil seconds.

·   Discussion:

o   Does twice the money truly equal twice the presence and manpower? Yes, we want to support more men in the program, circulating more men into this position.

o   Is there a separate fund set aside or is this going to SBA directly? The check would be going to St. Peter and Paul.

o   Is more money being sought due to a threat of no longer being able to pay the workers? No, we want to get more organizations involved to give back to their community. We would essentially be supporting St. Peter and Paul’s charities.

·   All were in favor, motion passed.

Location of Future SGA General Meetings (Scott Plackemeier)

·   Originally Legion was a good move because it was ADA accessible, but we’ve outgrown the location.

·   Other location option that is ADA accessible at same cost is Mad Art Gallery. Location has microphone and projection mount.

·   This new option is being presented to the board to gain input. Plan is to have next meeting at usual location and ask general membership their thoughts on this move.

·   Discussion:

o   Sound is not always good at Mad Art, Legion is a smaller location and therefore unable to compare.

o   There is also a problem with too big of a room. May be best to wait and see how many members continue coming to upcoming meetings.

o   Suggestion made to set up room (Mad Art Gallery) close to the front to ensure people sit closer to speaker.

o   If meetings continue at the Legion, a suggestion was made to close the bar during the meeting. This was countered with a statement that the bar is what draws some members in and keeps them around but should be addressed, with the dramatic meetings, smaller room and standing room only can discourage members from sticking around.

o   Suggestion to shut bar for entirety of meeting and set up for specific headcount which addresses both specific problems and will provide more information with which to make decision.

o   Bottom line, we need to figure this out before membership drive.

Soulard Station Updates (Neil Putz for Tracey Laxton)

·   SMART Station is exploratory at this time

·   Door options- looked at 3 different types of doors (presented at February general membership meeting).

·   Of the 3, only the full lite meets historical requirements

·   Still questioning mail slot option. Secure mailbox or P.O. box, we thought there were no vacancies for P.O. boxes but received input that there may now be vacancies

·   Regarding SMART Station, a rundown of costs that committee feels would be important to station presented in handout.

·   Concern that this wouldn’t be money well spent.

·   Counter statement that while it is significant money, it would be great for committee to be able to control this remotely.

·   Suggestion of hardwired camera system for cheap alternative to see if lights are on or if alarm is set. Wi-Fi accessibility, couple hundred dollars. 

·   Neil will take all input to committee.

·   Committee wants checklist for accountability.

·   Addressing the solar panels- Billy Tomber owns the solar panels outright as a private citizen and has donated the usage to SRG. No costs to SRG, any maintenance is handled by Billy. Billy is compensated by SRG the exact amount of dollar savings for SRG from the Net Metering on the Ameren bill per an agreement on file from 2012. It was suggested that this agreement be presented to general membership.

·   Billy, on behalf of MGI, thanks the committee for providing building to volunteers for pet parade.

Communications Committee Update (Billy Tomber)

·   Thanks for allowing Comm Comm to take a deep breath, assess and make recommendations on improving policy.

·   Based on research from other non-profit organizations and general best practices, Comm Comm decided on specific policy recommendations:

o   1. SRG official @soulard email accounts (ex: secretary@soulard.org) will be set up on individual’s computer so members know it is official communication from SRG personnel with automatic CC to President and President Elect.

o   Upgrade Mailchimp account which costs $20/month, previously free Mailchimp account was used.

o   Mass communication sent from Mailchimp will have unsubscribe option and members will know it is a mass email from SRG.

o   Ask that each committee appoints secondary person to be copied on each email account.

o   A board@ email was created to receive communication to the board. Committee recommends that if anyone abuses communication, they are suspended and will then have informal hearing with Comm Comm.

o   We (the committee) feel Comm Comm should be cheerleaders of neighborhood.

·       Motion to approve recommended changes to policy, Chris seconded.

·        Discussion

o   Clarification that these consequences will not be retroactive.

·       Chris moves to vote. All in favor. Motion passes. Board sets policy on committee level.

Historic Signage Project (Michael Pastore and Dana Hunter)

·   Nervous about what’s going on with board due to recent resignations.

·   Sent open letter to past presidents to gain response. One issue that kept coming up amongst them was historic signage project. Felt strongly enough to address the board.

·   This group feels the reputation and effectiveness of SRG board is in danger.

·   Resignation letter of Vanessa was very concerning to them, specifically her statement about $30,000 being used inappropriately and the failure to provide bids.

·   An interjection (from the board) corrected that many bids were presented and Precision Engraving came in significantly lower than any other business. Residential Promotions Committee voted without Luanne. Was included in meeting minutes.

·   Presenters said it is about the process, not the actual result, and the process tainted the project. Perception matters more than reality. Doesn’t doubt that committee arrived at right result, but the perception is bad. Suggests committee rethink bylaws and regulations.

·   Presenting group stated this project is perceived poorly and as a “scam deal” to the neighborhood

·   Nancy Kelley said something similar came up during her time on the board with Billy’s solar panels.

·   The neighborhood could have perceived this poorly. Suggested solution was to throw it out to the board, no one had any green ideas besides Billy. Which “let everyone know that it wasn’t a ‘get rich quick’ scheme for Billy.”

·   It was then pointed out that the historical signage project has been a discussion for 2-3 years and is mentioned at all general meetings. This project has been very open to the public and doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been talked about if others don’t ask questions or attend the reception.

·   Michael says that the president resigned with serious allegations that should be addressed publicly and quickly.

·   Dana says Bill Shelton’s comments should be taken very seriously and there should be signed contract with Precision Engraving for liability purposes to prevent being sued.

·   Presenters want to make sure there is still transparency with board and committees, and everyone knows what is going on with each other. More detail should be put out with secretary’s meeting minutes.

·   They want proper permits and insurance to prevent liability issues and protect our bank accounts, selves, and neighborhood.

·   They would like their letter to Scott added to minutes.

·   Response from board members:

o   First and foremost, thank you to all past presidents for attending and your service to neighborhood.

o   Project has been in the works since 2015 with many presentations and public viewing in November. Info regarding project has been in blaster and Renaissance.

o   Large piece of information missing: board has suspended historic signage project for the time being. Nothing will go forward until this is all answered at the board level

o    Board did pass 5-point resolution at last meeting, third party licensed contractor will look at, approve, and pass.

o   Perception needs to meet reality, fully expects board to work towards this.

o   Chris moves that we thank past presidents and move on, Billy seconds.

Brief Recess

Beth Bennett Updates

·   Communications with SBA need improvement, and it is unclear if we have a liaison.

·   Previous President was the liaison, but it is suggested we should have a liaison attend who is not the President.

·   There has been some miscommunication resulting in several issues.

·   Wade moves for the addition of liaison to board. Billy seconds.

·   Move to amend- president’s discretion that member of SRG can attend SBA meetings. SRG will make a point that at least one member of the board can attend every meeting. If president can’t attend, appoint someone else. MOTION WITHDRAWN.

·   We have quite a bit of money and station is not being used much. Thinks the option to sell should be explored and use money to buy bigger space for meetings with apartment or offices above to defray cost.

·   Sale was not an option on Tracey’s survey from last general meeting (Beth did email Tracey to apologize).

·   Original goal of the station was to have an anchor for SRG to store and keep our history.  

·   For this to happen, would have to be extremely well thought out and organized and may take a year or more to reach a point where this would be possible to present to members.

·   Important to look at current costs compared to future possible costs.

·   Downfall is that we would lose this corner lot. Could pay off building and then maintain control over this corner lot.

·   We need to layout what the organizations goal is.

·   Leasing to small business while maintaining ownership is very viable option.

·   Concluded that this was good brainstorming for the future possibilities of the organization, but too early to act.

·   Money from MGI/Foundation- unhappy with the process of requesting money and not necessarily receiving it towards something that benefits all.

·   Billy reminds that Mardi Gras Foundation is 501c3, MGI is 501c4 and not always tax deductible. Cannot by law take money from liquor companies, 2 biggest checks come from liquor companies.

·   MGI is operational side and budget is not huge. Mayor’s Ball created as weather proof source of money where money gets split between downtown and Soulard.

·   Suggestion that neighborhood comes up with common goal for Mardi Gras money usage that we (SRG) can even contribute to.

·   Multi year, dedicated project is wonderful and welcomed. Billy will work with Beth to create/write this grant.

 

Treasurer Report Christopher

·   Final count not received, but Parlour Tour expenses are fairly accurate

·   Mardi Gras being determined.

·   Vices and Virtues Ball is not yet final either

·   Received $6000 in return for triangle project (Neil to Richard).

·   Waiting on Carrolton, moving checking account into AECU

·   Everything going well so far, hopefully committees will be coming up with means of spending money soon.

·   No questions. Billy moves to approve, Stephen seconds.

·   Chris getting through taxes, then doing an audit through same company previously used, looking at potential of new companies to use for audits.

·   Addressing the issue of getting signers. Bank only requires one signature, 2 signatures required by organization. Adding secretary to signature card to appease the bylaws.

 

Liaison Reports

 

PRT

·   3 rowhouses next to coffee garden, plans approved

 

Fundraising

 

No changes from general meeting

Res Promo

·   Backing up to past president presentation:

o   Inaugurated in 2015 and moved forward

o   Ceased project on 1/19

o   Presented at multiple meetings, was included in budget binder and presented at meeting

o   Signage project presented many times including in Renaissance, SRG Blaster and general meetings

o   Recused self from all conversations and votes based around the project

o   Packets (passed at board meeting) address all questions from previous meeting

o   Installation included in all quotes

o   Trying to remediate all issues to best of committee’s ability

o   Liability/insurance policies- gifting signs to home/property. By gifting, remediates all liability

o   Additional license agreement reviewal with some addendums

o   Board feels they may need to digest all the extensive information, motion can’t be made at the time, but amazing we have addressed all issues from last time

o   Need to read, digest, and make sure perception and reality can meet

o   Not unpausing previous motion- 3rd party is still needed to round edges and fix issue. Point of 3rd party is that work would have to continue under different contract than it was started

o   Treasurer (as lawyer) did review a copy of license agreement but felt it did not meet his approval. Did not see or personally approve final copy of agreement

·   Discussion:

o   SRG previously gifted plaques which removes liability and control from the organization, let res promo have the opportunity to amend the problems

o   Only the four signs on post should be addressed with 3rd party person. Don’t immediately take contract away from person who started this without giving them the chance to remediate

o   Luanne- believes 12 or 13 signs are out, only 1 person has complained. Only signs installed are ones that have been made.

o   Signs on poles and public, which signs are accessible to public? Potentially pull signs on poles for the time being while kinks are being worked out.

o   Let’s make sure current president has signed copies of contracts.

·   Wade makes motion that A.) all signs on poles both public and private (with consent of homeowners) are to be removed. B.) Precision Engraving be given opportunity to present solution that board and committee must approve before anything gets reinstalled. John seconds motion

o   Discussion: have not officially “gifted” signs, so still liable if someone hops a fence during Mardi Gras and injures self on sign

o   if homeowner doesn’t consent, we can’t be held liable.

o   Redesign all contracts to be reworded that signs are being gifted.

o   Signs going to public property have to be gifted to city, and city has to approve.

o   Only addressing urgency of next 11 days, after that let’s come together and fix this. John seconds motion. Part c does not necessarily need to be included.

o   Discussion of which parts of the motion are pertinent to the current timeline with Mardi Gras coming up

·   Chris makes amendment, since lawyer has already looked at this, have Luanne redraft agreement to be a gift rather than a license. Continue using same lawyers. If someone doesn’t want to accept gift, pull the sign. Amendment rejected

·   Bottom line: Remove the signs by 23rd using original contractor, Precision Engraving.

·   Vote- all in favor.

Safety

No updates

 

Membership (Stephen)

·   Reminder that membership drive is coming up

·   Prospective locations include Biergarten, Preservation Hall, Mad Art, cheaper locations than ITap was last year

·   Julie doing great job with membership!

·    

Ad Hoc Committee (Stephen)

·   Four committee members already!

·   Marty Murray already has access to some studies that were originally unavailable to Stephen which will be helpful

·   Will likely have to purchase some studies, approximately $40 a study but probably not more than $200 in total

 

Parlour Tour (Neil)

·   Restart cycle of Parlour Tour for 2019, waiting until after Mardi Gras to prepare

·   Jeanie working on budget for next cycle

·   Three firm homes committed for Parlour Tour in December with number of others interested

 

Vices and Virtues (Luanne)

·   Great success, thank you to all!

·   Way to go Taylor on raising $4300 in silent auction!

 

Holiday decoration

·   Richard will be taking station’s holiday decorations

·   Billy offering to store them in meantime until Mardi Gras calms down

·   Luanne noted an entryway sign was found on craigslist for sale ($600). Luke Reynold, with help of police, found and retrieved sign to return to neighborhood

 

Communications Committee

·   Meeting on Monday, recruited four new members

·   Hoping to recruit more members for social help

·   Renaissance editor- comm comms position.  Won’t need to have admin access on Social platforms, but Comm makes no recommendation on personnel appointments.

·   Obligation to STL Programs: Renaissance provided to us at no cost. Contract since 2007

·   Editor gets compensation directly from STL Programs for  for editorial services, as does Distribution Director for taking delivery, warehousing and arranging distribution of Renaissance via private contract from 2007 that was approved by the Board at the time, over time the assumption that everyone knows of this contract has potentially led to bad perception. Bringing this back to light in interest of transparency

·   Only contract between SRG andSTL Programs is $0.

·   Pointed out that if there is a paid position, it should be open to all members of organization and published to general membership, approving editor via board

·   Position always been open but typically few people are interested, possible that the position and its compensation has not been advertised well enough

·   Believed that the amount of money being handed over is not enough to cause alarm, it has been public info just not reiterated properly

·   Let’s reiterate to the general membership that this position exists and that all positions are open to everyone. Let’s keep reminding everyone of the existing information.

·   Along with presenting to general membership, let’s construct one-page information sheet to membership to help explain better

 

Executive Session

 

Neil moves to adjourn, billy seconds. Meeting adjourned at 10:53 pm.



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February 2019 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes February 2019 SRG General Meeting

February 6, 2019

American Legion Hall Post 422

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:03 by President Scott Plackemeier.

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Stephen Shuman, Neil Putz, Luanne Denten, Beth Bennett, Christopher Schwarz, Wade Weistreich, Eric Marlinghaus, Scott Plackemeier

Officers and Directors Absent: Billy Tomber

Aldermen Present: Dan Guenther

Crime Report (Officer Douglas)

·       31 Crimes in month of January.

·       Up by 7 from last month, spike in burglary and auto theft.

·        2 robberies

o   Jan 5 1:50 pm Papa John’s driver struck by assailant on 2200 block of S. 13th, currency stolen. No arrest.

o   Subway robbery- One employee present but not injured. Suspect stole register, video provided. No arrest.

·       1 Assault

o    Social House- Victim was in verbal altercation with someone within establishment. Victim was escorted out by employee and said he assaulted him.

·   7 Burglaries

·   Arrest made for burglary with 5 of 7 burglaries charged to suspect

·   13 Larcenies, 4 arrests ( same suspect as burglaries)

·   8 vehicle thefts (including golf carts). 2 vehicles recovered and arrest made.

Mardi Gras Inc. (Tim Lorson)

·   The Department of Public Safety urges residents and guests to stay off rooftops (always, but especially during Mardi Gras festivities).

·   Parking passes will be mailed the week of February 4 as well as information regarding parking in Yellow Zones and Red Zones. If passes have not arrived by February 25, contact Mardi Gras Inc. Office. For additional parking passes, bring proof of address and additional cars at address to the office.

·   Most important aspect of parking during Mardi Gras weekend: pay attention to street signs. White Sign = No Parking, Yellow Sign = Permit Parking

·   Mardi Gras Schedule of Events:

o   Feb 9- Bacchanalian Ball

o   Feb 16- Cajun Cook-Off

o   Feb 23 & 24- Taste of Soulard

o   Feb 23- Missouri Lottery Run for Your Beads 5K

o   Feb 24- Purina Pet Parade

o   Feb 24- Wiener Dog Derby

o   March 1- Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball

o   March 2- Bud Light Grand Parade

o   March 2- Bud Light Party Tent

o   March 2- Blues Alumni Tent

o   March 5- Fat Tuesday

·   Intersections will be opened during 5K as runners clear in order to minimize traffic impact.

·   Street closures for the Purina Pet Parade will begin at 8 a.m. Street parking will be limited and indicated by no parking signs.

·   Day of Grand Parade there will be 300 officers in yellow and red zones and 2 separate towing details.

·   Someone parked illegally in front of your garage/yard/etc. or issues of public indecency, call office NOT 911.

·   900+ porta potties throughout neighborhood.

·   Only call 911 for physically threatening situations and medical emergencies. Keep emergency lines open.

·   Post Mardi Gras Festivities: Workers come in around 7 pm to clean up the streets (Red Zone has the most trash).

·   Remember: trash is transient and there is no guaranteed time for neighborhood to be totally clean. The promise is that “we will keep cleaning until the neighborhood is clean.”

·   By noon on Sunday, if there is still trash, call the MGI office. First reported, first serviced.

·   Chris Schwarz announced that Oaked is offering gated and locked parking in lot near Oaked. Bring parking pass and leave car there from 4 pm – 2 am on Friday before parade. Car will be locked up until 5 am Sunday morning. First come, first serve.

·   No cans, coolers, bottles into Red Zone on Saturday, plastic cup rule. Highly recommend guests come Friday evening. No backpacks allowed in on day of parade.

·   Golf carts not permitted in Red Zone

·   Outdoor activities end at 7, inside activities end at 11.

Soulard Station Presentation (Tracey Laxton)

·       New mailbox will be lockable

·       Leak near front of building, getting quotes for roof repair soon

·       Chair rail pricing soon

·       Hole in wall and kitchen cabinet will be repaired soon

·       Outside lighting has been replaced

·       Coming up- budget preparation and decision about station

·       Door options discussed, quotes received for wood and fiberglass options. (Suggested to talk to historical committee before approving door options). Quotes were provided.

·       A survey was presented, and members were encouraged to choose 2 options of what they want to see happen at the Station.

·       Smart Station- Revisiting, suggestions for building to become “smart” would cost $910 at installation and no monthly fee. Requires only wifi to work, which Station already has. Currently no cameras at station. New mailbox purchased. Board meeting setup photo will be posted on door for events.


New members- Two new members- Josh and Tom, welcome aboard!

Treasurer’s Report (Christopher Schwarz)

·   We will be consolidating bank accounts after Vices and Virtues Ball.

·   There was discussion about solar panels at Station affecting or not affecting bills. Information was provided that panels last recorded energy production in 2017. This doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t producing energy, Station Committee as well as Treasurer will be seeking more information about the issue.

·   Members expressed interest in a breakdown of station budget and money usage. Treasurer will further break down categories on expenses.

·   Budget Presentation (and vote) will occur at May Board Meeting. Presented to General Membership in June.

·   Committees are building budgets currently, so get involved with committees now if you are interested in how money is spent!

Special Ad Hoc Committee (Stephen Shuman)

·   There has been interest by an individual to start a Marijuana Dispensary in Soulard.

·   This committee was established to study how a dispensary would affect the neighborhood

·   Interested members should contact Stephen. Be aware that this committee is solely responsible for research, rather than opinion, and no decisions will be made within committee.

·   This research will form the groundwork on how SRG handles these situations in the future.

Committee Reports

Safety (Sergio Sevillano)

Absent

Membership (Julie Price)

·   351 current members of SRG, encourage others to join and participate in meetings

·    Nominate members for STAR awards which recognize members for outstanding service, loyalty and commitment to SRG

·    Turn in before 22 of February.

·   Three people will be chosen, committee makes recommendation to the board and winners announced at election meeting in April.

·   Membership drive coming up in May. Show up at 6:00 (in lieu of meeting). Celebratory party for being a member of SRG. Pay dues, then eat and/or drink (for free) for three hours. Closes at 9:00 pm. Nothing formal, just a party.

·    Social at 2416 S 10th Street, thanks to the Weistreich’s!

Beautification (Richard Eaton)

No Report

Residential Promotion (Luanne Denton)

·   Recognized Julie on recruiting members for the last 20 years, thanks for your service!

·   Currently taking a little break on signage project while concerns are addressed and remediated.

·    Vices and Virtues is coming up on the 16th, 5th year of VandV! Soulard.org has all information. $100 reserved seating, $80 for general admission. All money comes back to SRG.

Communication (Jeremy Mehrle)

·   Communications Committee is working on updating policies regarding member information

·   Concerns were raised about transparency and communication within the organization. More specifically, why are people resigning from positions and why are resignations not being shared with general membership

·   President Plackemeier addressed concerns stating Board meetings will remain open to public. General members are encouraged to attend if interested in Board matters, next meeting on February 20th. To answer why resignations are not being shared, resignations are personal matters to be handled by the individual as they see fit.

·   This discussion segued into the resignation of Eric Marlinghaus from the Board of Directors via formal letter.

Parlour Tour (Jeanne Kirby)

No Report

PRT/Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)

·       2 projects recently approved without direct approval of committee.

·   One sent around committee- Garage carriage house behind building on 13th and Ann. Plans have been altered to meet committee’s request

·   Other one- has not been formally vetted through committee. Jay saw plans before they got sent off without making it to the committee. Vacant lot near Coffee Garden, proposing 3 attached row houses (sp?) facing Geyer. Plans were conditionally approved.

·   Addressing concerns that this could happen again, Jay stated he intends to check inbox more frequently.

Fundraising (Chris Schwarz)

·   Trivia Night was a success, thanks for the support!

·   Soulard Concert Series will begin once again starting May 11 with Patti & the Hitmen. Following dates: June 22, July 20, August 22

Partner Organizations

Legion (Eric)

·   Fish Fry at the Legion starts March 8 and occurs every Friday

·   Shrimp Boil March 18

·   Eric noted that regardless of his resignation from the Board, he will still set up the space for SRG Meetings and tend bar during

Mardi Gras Inc. (Gary Toribo, Billy Tomber, Nancy Lambert)

No Report

Soulard Business Association (Jill Weissberger)

·   Soulard Cleanup Crew partnership with St. Peter and Paul, wanting to partner with SRG again for this event

·   First phase for Soulard Market Park is completed. Funded by Ward funds and through city

·   Welcome to Soulard sign still in the works

Announcement (Marty Murray)

·   Upcoming election on March 5, voting for President of Board of Aldermen in 7th Ward

Motion to adjourn made by Chris Schwarz and seconded by Taylor Bodine, the meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.


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January 2019 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes January 2019 SRG General Meeting

Date:  January 2, 2019

Location:  American Legion Hall, Post 422

Minutes Recorded by:  Neil Putz

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President Venessa Kobrin

Officers and Directors in Attendance:  Christopher Schwarz, Beth Bennett, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Billy Tomber, Eric Marlinghaus, Luann Denten 

Officers and Directors Absent:  Stephen Shuman, Wade Weistreich 

Aldermen Present: Dan Guenther, Jack Coatar

Approval of Minutes:  Paul Kjorley motioned to approve the November and December General Membership Meeting Minutes, as well as the November Board Meeting Minutes.  Kathy Barkey seconded.  Unanimous approval. 

Treasurer’s Report: Christopher Schwarz summarized the latest treasury status.  Chuck Lavassi motioned to approve; Veronica Putz seconded.  Unanimous approval.

Officer Douglas (SLMPD) Report: Over the past month Soulard has experienced 1 homicide, 2 burglaries, 2 robberies, and multiple larcenies.  Officer Douglas will be on personal vacation the week of February 5, but she will be providing the SRG with a link to an alternate POC in her absence.

Old Business

Mardi Gras Foundation Grant:  The SRG did not receive a MGF grant this time around.  The next round for grant competition closes in April.

SRG Elections: The President reminded the membership that SRG annual elections are coming in April.  The SRG will be filling two important positions: secretary and treasurer.  These positions are very important for the organization, and anyone interested in service should begin planning to run for office.

SRG Bylaws Meetings:  The Bylaws meetings will resume soon.  Based on the SRG General Membership annual voting scheduled for the April meeting, the timing of any Bylaws amendments is critical.  Proposed changes to the Bylaws must be presented to the general membership at the March meeting, allowing a 30-day review period before the April meeting.

General Meetings: Due to a college class scheduling conflict on Wednesday evenings, the President will be unable to attend and general or Board meetings this semester.  Therefore, the President-Elect (Scott Plackemeier) will preside over the next SRG General meetings.  For SRG Board meetings, meeting dates are being shifter to the third Monday (vice the third Wednesday) of each month.

Committee Reports

Beautification (Beth Bennett for Richard Eaton): No significant information to report.

Membership (Julie Price): Tonight’s post-meeting social event is being hosted by Island Life Yoga, located at 2330 Menard.

Fundraising (Christopher Schwarz): The next major fundraiser will be Smartigras (January 19), cost will be $10.team and $250/table.  This event will be held in the Rose Room of the Saints Peter & Paul Parish Hall.  Also, the Soulard Concert Series schedule for 2019 is May 18, June 15, July 20, and Aug 15; the committee is now selecting bands.

PRT/Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs): No significant information to report.  Neil Putz asked for any update in the status of efforts to correct the awning and painted sign on the wall of the Twisted Ranch Restaurant (1731 S 7th Street).  Jay explained that enforcement of violations to City code and Soulard Historical Code are not within his purview.  Alderman Jack Coatar stated that he was pursuing enforcement of the codes to correct these violations.

Safety (Scott Plackemeier): No significant information to report.

Residential Promotions (Luann Denten):  Thanks to all for supporting Santa Comes to Soulard on December 14, with a special thanks to Beth Bennett and Mark Lambert.  Also, the Vices & Virtues Ball has sold 21 tables at this time.  The event is scheduled for February 16.

Soulard Station (Neil Putz): No significant information to report.

Parlour Tour (Neil Putz): No significant information to report.

Reports: Partner Organizations

American Legion (Eric Marlinghaus): The mouse races will be held on January 19.

Announcements

The President presented several informational topics:

  • The next SRG General Meeting is important. It will be the last meeting before Mardi Gras, and MGI will be present to provide information to residents. All residents are encouraged to attend this meeting.

  • Several new businesses are coming to Soulard. First, The Dog House is a bar which will be opening at the location formerly operate by Trops. Second, a public service organization, Places for People, will be relocating to the old Anheuser Busch Credit Union Building. Places for People will be making their parking lot available for Soulard’s Red Zone residents to park during Mardi Gras.

  • Sunday, January 6, is Twelfth Night. Festivities will begin in the Min Tent at Soulard Market Park.

Closing

Tonight’s post-meeting social event is hosted by Island Life Yoga.

Motion to adjourn made by Julie Price, seconded by Scott Plackemeier.

Meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm.

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November 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

November 2018 SRG Board Meeting

November 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Soulard Station

 

Board Members Present: Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, Venessa Kobrin, Eric Marlinghaus, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Billy Tomber, Wade Weistreich

 

Board Members Absent: Stephen Shuman

 

Minutes Recorded by Venessa Kobrin

 

Old Business

 

1.     Bylaws Update

 

-       Meetings will restart in January

-       Meetings will be held at the Station

-       Expect to set to vote in April in conjunction with the Board Elections

 

2.     Merchandise

 

-       The merchandise is at the Soulard Station currently.

-       The merchandise will be moved to the Girls & Boys Club for the Parlour Tour

-       Any remaining inventory will be returned to Left Hand to be restocked for online sales

-       Merchandise will remain a responsibility of Fundraising

 

3.     Request for Board Approval to pay the landscaping contractor for the Sidney Street Triangle Project

 

-       The contractor’s total invoice is $7,726.57

-       We are awaiting the incoming payment from Project Clear for $6,000.00

-       This leaves a deficit of $1,726.57

-       The entire amount ($7,726.57) will come from the Beautification Budget

-       The grant money will be returned to the Beautification budget upon receipt

-       This request has the support of the Committee Chair and the Project Chair

-       We need Board Approval to cut the check

 

Motion: Luann Denten motions that we make the payment to the contractor in the amount of $7,726.57. Wade W. seconds. The motion passes unanimously.

 

4.     Soulard Station

 

-       Communication for use

o   Both Tracy L. and Ann A. have access to the Station calendar

o   Email communication is preferred to texting for scheduling

 

-       Expectations for use/Reminders

o   Committees are responsible for set-up and break-down of events

o   Committees need to check the day before a meeting/event that the Station is setup as you wish and has the elements you need

o   The Station Committee will assist as able but their primary function is the care, maintenance, supply stocking, calendar/usage coordination of the building

 

-       Mailbox

o   Both the mail box and door will be replaced

o   The mailbox replacement will be temporary and the new door will include a mail slot

 

5.     AllState Grant

 

-       Trash cleanup with City Program

-       Membership Event

 

Motion: Christopher Schwarz motions that we set aside the $1000 from the AllState Grant received in 2018  for the neighborhood cleanup program, to be headed by the Membership Committee. Neil seconds. The motion passes unanimously.

 

New Business

 

1.     Trademark Application Authorization

 

-       Seeking approval to trademark our logos

-       Board approval is needed as this was not specified in our current Budget

-       About 20 years ago the trademarks for Soulard and SRG were trademarked but we no longer have a registered trademark, as they have lapsed

-       Looking at up to $400 per mark per application

-       Seeking to spend up to $1,200.00 to register the marks

-       “Soulard/SRG/star”

 

Motion: Eric motions to approve $1200.00 to regain the trademarks held in 2006. Billy seconds. Motion passes unanimously.

 

2.     PrideFest

 

-       Working with outside agencies

-       Sponsoring the event with time/money/volunteers

-       The decision to sponsor STLPride should be brought to the general membership for support and questions

-       Soulard Pride will continue to operate separately from both organizations

 

3.     AECU Status

 

-       Signatories have all been updated again

-       The Treasurer will follow-up to ensure no other information is required by the bank

 

Upcoming Events

 

1.     43rd Annual Parlour Tour (12/1-2)

 

-       All homeowners are being guided by the committee

-       Logistics are in place

-       Most volunteer slots are filled

 

2.     Santa Comes to Soulard (12/14)

 

-       Mark Lambert will be Santa again this year!

-       There will be a tip jar for beverages

-       Santa will arrive around 7:00 p.m.

-       Volunteering would be appreciated for decorating the Tuesday prior

 

3.     Smarti Gras Trivia (1/19)

 

-       The Franklin Room is booked for the evening

-       There is a conflict of date with the American Legion Mouse Races

-       Eric will reach out to the Legion and report back

-       It is likely that both events will be on the same date

 

4.     Vices & Virtues (2/16)

 

-       Location: The Casa Loma Ballroom on Cherokee, 7:00 to midnight

-       The previous location, Lemp Grand Hall, upped the prices to over $6,000.00 for one day of access

-       Last year was the venue cost $2,400, for three days of access

-       Luann will be submitting the deposit and signing the contract for the space

-       An after party will be held in the neighborhood at a neighborhood venue

 

Committee Liaison Reports

 

Residential Promotion

 

-       The signage project open house went well

-       Many homeowners attended

-       The pamphlet is currently being created and finalized

-       All updated materials have been received

-       The cost per sign is $250, $105 per pole, $115 per installation

-       6 quotes were received – 4 with a neighborhood connection and 2 outside of the neighborhood

 

Beautification

 

-       Richard worked with two groups of kids to clean-up the parks and plant bulbs

-       There was an educational component to teach the kids how to plant bulbs

-       These are great events

 

PRT

 

-       No report to give

 

Fundraising

 

-       The tentative concert dates have been set

-       Over $1,000 in tips have been received from Oktoberfest

-       We are expecting a check for equal, if not more than, last year’s Oktoberfest

 

Communications

 

-       Renaissance delivers on Friday, 1:00 p.m. at Linda K.’s

-       Next deadline is 12/20, for the MGI issue

 

Safety

 

Motion: Christopher S. motions that we join the Central Patrol District Association at the $500.00 level and allocate up to an additional $500.00 for gift certificates for 3rd District Officers. Wade seconds. Approved unanimously.

 

Membership

 

-       No report given

 

Soulard Station

 

-       A replacement remote for the AC unit has been purchased

 

Motion: Wade motions that $2500 be allocated to the Station Committee to replace the front door and surround as soon as possible. Scott P. seconds. Motion passes.

 

In-favor: Billy T., Luann D., Eric M., Wade W., Beth B., Neil P., Scott P.

Abstain: Christopher S.

 

 

Luann D. motions to underwrite Past President Don Kirby’s fundraiser up to the amount of $1000 toward the general fund of the event. Neil P. seconds. Motions passes unanimously.

 

 

9:59 Wade W. motions to adjourn. Billy T. seconds. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

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November 2018 General Meeting Minutes

November 2018 SRG General Membership Meeting

Date: Nov. 7, 2018

Location: American Legion Hall Post 422

 

Minutes Recorded By: Scott Plackemeier

Meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by President Venessa Kobrin

Introduction of Board Members and Committee Chairs Present--No new general members attending tonight

 

Officers and Directors Present: Venessa Kobrin, Scott Plackemeier, LuAnn Denton, Beth Bennett, Christopher Schwartz, Neil Putz, Wade Westreich, Billy Tomber, Stephen Shuman

 

Officers and Directors Absent: None

 

Alderman Present: Dan Guenther

 

Old Business: Approval of October minutes: Paul Kjorlie noted that he was not necessarily opposed to electrification of Pontiac Park as noted in minutes but was in favor of making all neighbors who face park aware. Neil Putz motioned to approve Oct minutes with Paul's concern noted. Stephen Shuman seconded. Unanimous approval

New Business--7:06--Treasurer's Report--Parlor tour and beautification fundraisers were biggest money makers. Brenda Switzer had question regarding two separate checking accounts. Christopher noted that interest rates would not affect totals in accounts if were diversified into savings account. Waiting for direction on how to spend some of the monies.

Julie Price asked about AllState's $1000 donation to SRG for cleanup efforts--will need to be discussed at future SRG Board meeting. LuAnn Denton had question about Square payments and notification. Resolved by Nancy Lambert

Nancy L. motioned to approve Treasurers report. Neil P. seconded. Unanimous approval

7:12 Officer Douglas report--October total crimes 26 down from 51 in September. Two assaults in Oct--one domestic. Several car thefts, some turned out to be false alarms.

Two suspects were arrested who were responsible for many burglaries & robberies throughout 2018 including B-Works in March, others along Menard Ave. in July and elsewhere throughout the neighborhood. Arrest of these two suspects likely led to lower October numbers overall. Question regarding early November carjacking 10th and Lami--suspects were arrested within 24 hours. Officer Douglas thanked her fellow SLMPD as well as vigilant neighbors, social media including NextDoor for helping to apprehend these suspects.

7:24 Parlour Tour—Neil Putz—369 out of 700 possible tickets to the Soulard Parlour Tour Dec. 1 and 2 have already been sold. Volunteer sign up is also available via link on the Blaster, website and Billy Tomber assisted those who wanted to sign up at the meeting and social. First crack at volunteer spots were given to SRG members.

7:29 Soulard Station update—Vanessa Kobrin noted that Tracey Laxton has done a great job as chair of the new Soulard Station Committee. She has instituted monthly meetings and the utility closet and kitchen have been cleaned up and organized.

7:37—Mardi Gras Foundation Grant—Vanessa noted that there were concerns over bringing electricity to Pontiac Park (re: any possible concerts) and will be discussing with city officials and will be coordinating an open house for those who live near the park. The grant proposal is going forward

 

7:41 Beautification—Richard Eaton noted the triangle at 9th and Sidney was complete. Trees were removed and a rain garden established for conservation. Done with grants from MSD. Ongoing work with groups of young people to clean Pontiac Park and educate on planting. $2000 was raised from the art auction in late September

7:47—Membership—Julie Dinkelmann—No update. Social held at 1301 Gravois—the new home of Stars Design

7:49—Fundraising—Christopher Schwartz—Oktoberfest was a success despite wet weather closing SRG beer tent on Friday. Made up for with Saturday sales. Will know details of amount raised next month. No wreath sales this year due to supplier no longer shipping to this area

7:50—Safety—Brenda Switzer asked about new apartments and distributing info on community boards regarding parking smart and keeping valuables hidden for apartment visitors at 1400 Russell and Soulard Steelyards (7th and Barton). Scott Plackemeier will look into touching base with both apartment communities

7:52—Code and Zoning—Jay Gibbs—no new projects. Ground has broken on 1001 Russell, retail and apartments. 7th and Barton apartments should be completed in three months or so. Questions regarding Twisted Ranch sign.

7:56—Residential Promotion—LuAnn Denton noted success of Halloween Golf cart parade and Trunk or Treat. Biggest yet. Special thank you to American Legion for hosting. Event to be held for Soulard historical signage on Tues. Nov. 13 7-9 PM. 25 historical markers will be going up in the neighborhood.

Dec. 14—Santa Comes to Soulard at the Station

Feb. 16—Vices and Virtues—Casa Loma Ballroom—Claim your tables!

8:01—MGI—Nancy Lambert—Two months until first event of 2019 Mardi Gras—12th Night held on Jan. 6—All Mardi Gras events can be found at stlmardigras.org

Looking for live music for the grand parade

8:05 Legion—Eric Marlinghaus—3rd Friday Happy Hour will be Fri. Nov. 16 with annual turkey fry.

8:10—Julie Price made announcement regarding Central Patrol Business Association Trivia Night Nov. 16 at Casa Loma Ballroom—7:00 PM, Doors 6:00 PM

8:13—Statement of Congratulations to Venessa Kobrin and Christopher Schwarz on their wedding as well as to LuAnn and Joe Denton on the birth of their grandchild

Neil Putz motion to adjourn, Julie Price second. Unanimous approval.

 

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October 2018 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes October 2018 SRG General Meeting

 

Date:                                       October 3, 2018

Location:                                American Legion Hall Post 422

Minutes Recorded by:          Luann Denten

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President-Elect Scott Plackemeier

 

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Stephen Shuman, Billy Tomber, Wade Weistreich

Officers and Directors Absent: Venessa Kobrin, Christopher Schwarz

Aldermen Present:                None

Committeeman Present:       Marty Joe Murray      

 

Board and General Meeting Minutes

 

            August and September General Membership meeting minutes were available for review. Neil Putz motioned to approve the minutes and Margi Koors seconded. The August and September General Membership meeting minutes were approved.

 

New Business

 

German American Heritage Society of STL (Jim Burkell)

 

            An honorary street designation will rename 7th Street, between Lami and Barton, “Bismark.” This is to memorialize the unfair treatment of Germans in WWI and WWII.

 

            A dedication will take place October 27th at 10:30 a.m.

 

National Night Out (Scott Plackemeier)

 

            Thank you to the organizers and attendees of the three Soulard parties. All three parties submitted requests for $200 subsidies from the SRG.

 

Union Barbershop

The Union Barbershop has applied for a full liquor license to include summer patio. The Board has unanimously voted “no” to supporting this liquor license. Jay Gibbs stated that CRO said “no” as well.

 

Old Business

 

MGF Grant

 

            Paul Kjorlie expressed his opposition to bringing electricity to Pontiac Square Park. He intends to notify residents around the park himself that “there will be concerts there.”

            There are no plans to hold concerts in Pontiac Square Park. The purpose of the electricty is to support small scale community events (e.g., potlucks, movies in the park), holiday decorations, and community gatherings.

 

Police Report (Officer Sherdon Douglas)

 

            1 assault at the Social House, 1 stolen auto, 2 burglaries, 2 hold-ups, 16 larcenies (7 car break-ins), 1 sex offense from 2 years ago, 10 summonses issued (5 for drinking), 1 stolen golf cart, and 2 property damage reports,

 

            Officer Douglas reminded residents to not leave personal belongings unattended in bars.

            Officer Douglas reminded residents to not leave personal belongings unwatched in social settings. 

 

Committee Reports

 

Soulard Station (Neil Putz)

 

-       The committee is still looking for members

-       Looking to maintain and sustain the property

-       Brenda Switzer requested a cost breakdown of the Station

 

Communication (Jeremy Mehrle)

 

            No report

 

Beautification (Richard Eaton)

 

-       The Art Auction made around $2000

-       November 7th, in conjunction with Lift for Life Academy, an event will be hosted teach kids how to garden and plant

 

PRT (Beth Bennett)

 

-       The official name for the development at 7th and Barton is the Soulard Steelyard

-       Signage issues are being resolved for the development, with the main issue being how the sign is lighted

-       A single family residence has been proposed and approved for the lot at 10th and Ann

-       SBA wants to sponsor a sign on the fly-over ramp: “Welcome to Soulard”

 

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

 

-       The Decorated Golf Cart parade will be held on October 27th

-       The next Residential Promotion meeting is October 16th

-       Update on the signage project

 

Membership (Julie Price)

 

-       Asking for hosts for future socials

-       Tonight’s social is being held at Chris and Patti Lax’s home

-       Report on Treat & Greet at Island Yogurt

-       Star Award nominations are always open

 

Safety (Scott Plackemeier/Sergio Sevillano)

           

-       The Safety meeting is the last Monday of the month at Soulard Station

-       The Safety committee was proud to sponsor NNO

 

Parlour Tour

-       The information event at Molly’s was successful

-       6 homes confirmed thus far

-       Volunteer opportunities will be made available at the beginning of November

 

Fundraising (Chris Schwarz)

-       Oktoberfest is in a week, sign up to volunteer

-       The supplier for the wreath program is unable to fulfill orders, we will reassess this fundraiser for 2019

-       Merchandise will be available at Oktoberfest

 

MGI (Billy Tomber)

            No report.

           

Partner Organizations

 

Legion Report (Bill Wirtel)

 

-       Members prefer the chairs, without tables, for the meeting

-       October 3rd Friday Happy is the Chili Cook-Off

-       November 3rd Friday Happy Hour is the Hoffman;s Turkey Fry

-       WOrking to establish a “Friends of the Legion” that will be open to all

-       Membership has requested that the bar close after the meeting so that people attend the social

 

Soulard Business Association (Dan Shields)

            No report.

Adjournment

 

            Motion to adjourn made by Taylor Bodine and seconded by Brenda Switzer, the meeting adjourned at 8:14 p.m.

 

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December 2018 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes December 2018 SRG General Meeting

Date:  December 5, 2018

Location:  American Legion Hall, Post 422

Minutes Recorded by:  Neil Putz

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President-Elect Scott Plackemeier

Officers and Directors in Attendance:  Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Beth Bennett, Billy Tomber, Eric Marlinghaus 

Officers and Directors Absent:  Venessa Kobrin, Luann Denten, Stephen Shuman 

Aldermen Present: Dan Guenther

New Members:  Larry introduced himself as a new resident (2216 S 11th St).  Welcome, Larry!

Board and General Meeting Minutes

Due to logistics issues, printed agenda and minutes from the November Board and General meetings were not available.  

New Business

Gene Slay’s Boys and Girls Club (Jeremy Kane):  Gene Slay’s will conduct a competitive bar crawl to raise money for the Boys and girls Club.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 15, from 2 – 6 pm.  Sign-up is available online, and tickets cost $30, of which $10 goes to the Club itself.

Old Business

None

Reports: Committees

Parlour Tour (Neil Putz & Billy Tomber):  The 43rd Annual Soulard Holiday Parlour Tour was an overwhelming success, thanks to the homeowners, strong community volunteer support, and an excellent organizing committee.  For the first time in history, all tickets were sold out before the event began.  Ticket sales exceeded $20,000, and sponsorship donations exceeded $6,200.  Exact numbers are still being tabulated.

Membership (Julie Price): The committee is still seeking volunteer sign-ups to host the 2019 post-meeting social events.  Also, the committee is always looking for new volunteers to join the committee.  Our current SRG membership is 383, and tonight’s post-meeting social event is being hosted by Alan and Leroy.

Beautification (Richard Eaton): On December 14 the Parks Department will be holding a meeting to discuss issues related to Pontiac Park.  Also, the two Project Clear projects at the Sidney Triangle garden have now been fully installed and approved by MSD and Project Clear.  The overall value of these two garden/landscaping projects is $7,200, of which Project Clear is paying $6,000.

Treasurer (Christopher Schwarz):  Treasurers Report reviewed and approved.

Fundraising (Christopher Schwarz): Total Oktoberfest profits were $7,970.  The next major fundraiser will be Smartigras (January 19), cost will be $10.team and $250/table.  Volunteer shirts are almost gone, and a new design is coming.  The Soulard Concert Series schedule for 2019 is May 18, June 15, July 20, and Aug 15; the committee is now selecting bands.

PRT/Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs): We want all new construction in Soulard to blend with our existing historical architecture.  As historical districts, both Soulard and Lafayette Square are able to apply these historical rules to block introduction of modern architecture.  The owner of the Bastille is currently seeking a historical example to support a desired project to install a wrought iron balcony onto the existing Bastille.

Safety (Scott Plackemeier): There is no police report this evening – our neighborhood officer was unable to attend.

Residential Promotions (Beth Bennett on behalf of Luann Denten):  Santa arrives at Soulard Station (Santa Comes to Soulard) on Friday, December 14, at 6:30 pm.  In preparation for this annual event, the tree decorations will be done on Tuesday, December 11.

Soulard Station (Tracy Laxton): Chris and Michelle have joined the committee.  The committee has several ongoing activities:

  • purchase a new SRG mailbox, and will soon install it

  • install a replacement entrance door for the Station (now getting quotes)

  • paint the old cabinetry to freshen the Station’s appearance

Finally, the committee contacts for the Station calendar are: Ann Austin (Backup: Tracy Laxton).  To coordinate schedules with the committee, please email soulardstation@gmail.com .  If you are planning an official event at the Station, it’s important that you coordinate with the committee, rather than assume the facility is open for your use.

ComCom (Jeremy Mehrle): Nothing to report 

Reports: Partner Organizations

Soulard Business Association (Jill Weisgerber): The SBA is developing its plans for Soulard Market Park.  The SBA is examining addition of a public bulletin board to enable the community to publicize events.  Finally, the SBA issued a check from the proceeds of this year’s Oktoberfest to the SRG, in the amount of $6,915.05.

  • Q: Are the STL Barcycles a medical risk or hazard?

  • A: In cases where patrons have experienced injuries, the barcycle company has paid medical expenses for its patrons.

American Legion (Eric Marlinghaus): Last month the Legion Post supported the reopening of the Soldiers’ Memorial downtown.  The time for the mouse races is approaching.

Closing

Tonight’s post-meeting social event is hosted by Alan and Leroy.

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 pm.

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August 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

Soulard Restoration Group Board Meeting Minutes

 

Date: August 15, 2018

Location: Soulard Station

 

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Beth Bennett, LeRoy Fitzwater, Venessa Kobrin, Eric Marlinghaus, Scott Plackemeier, Stephen Shuman, Billy Tomber.

 

Officers and Directors Absent: Luann Denten, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Wade Weistreich

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:06pm by V. Kobrin

 

Approval of Minutes

July Board meeting minutes were previously approved on July 28th by email vote.

Motion to approve minutes passed unanimously.

 

Old Business

 

Suggestion Box

S. Shuman presented an updated version of the procedures for handling and publishing the feedback from the “Suggestion Box” to the Board on a regular basis.

 

Motion by S. Plackemeier to approve procedure as amended, second, E. Marlinghaus.  Motion passes, all present in favor except L. Fitzwater opposed.

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

No report this month. Although, a monthly financial statement was provided to the board.

 

Committee Liaison Reports

 

Soulard Station

V. Kobrin reported on behalf of N. Putz that Tracy Laxton is the committee chair. The committee is meeting every two weeks.

 

Parlour Tour

V. K. reported that a reception will be held on Sept 20th at Molly’s for potential house tour volunteers. Please forward the names of anyone that may by interested in volunteering their home to J. Kirby.

 

Communication

V. Kobrin reported on the activities of Communications Committee.

 

In addition it was noted that the deadline for inclusion in the Oktoberfest Issue of the Renaissance is August 30, 2018 and the deadline for the Parlor Tour edition, is Oct 12th. All submissions are to go to editor@soulard.org .

 

Beautification

B. Bennett reported on the activities of the Beautification committee.

 

R. Eaton talk to City of St. Louis Parks Department to get started on the planning for power to Pontiac Park. Weed warriors at the Station Saturday morning.

 

PRT

J. Gibbs presented for the PRT committee

 

1001 Russell; J. Gibbs talked to the owners and they expect to break ground 9/4-9/15.

 

J. Gibbs stated that he had been contacted by the Head of Cultural Resource Office (CRO) about a city wide draft policy for new construction projects. Intended for any new construction in any historic district in the city, in an attempt to streamline and make the policy consistent across the city. CRO wanted a response by the 4th Friday of this month. Looking for a response by next month.

 

With the new apartment building at 1400 Russell, Mardi Gras Inc. is concerned that they won’t be able to find parking for employees. Would like to have employee’s park their cars on the Dolman side in an area where a sidewalk would go. J. Gibbs has a proposal for parking, with required sidewalk next to building.

 

J. Gibbs to set up a meeting with MGI at their location after they have done some initial planning for additional parking. There are some general concerns about finding a solution that does not provide an inappropriate precedent for the neighborhood in general.

 

Residential Promotion

B. Bennett reported that the committee had about 25 Homeowners committed for historic signs

 

Membership

S. Shuman reported on activities of the Membership Committee.  Membership committee did call the entire roster of retired members, in an effort to renew their memberships.

 

Safety

S. Plackemeier reported on activities of the Safety Committee. At last meeting discussed additional stop signs on Barton at 9th, looking to make it a four way stop. Contact with J Coatar about the additional stop signs, in work. Following the update on a stop sign at 9th & Barton, E. Marlinghaus requested that the committee consider looking at other intersections in addition to 9th & Barton, specifically 13th & Russell.

 

National Night Out, get names to V. Kobrin about anyone interested in hosting a block party.

 

Fundraising

No report this month.

 

Closing Remarks

 

Adjournment

Motion by S. Shuman, to adjourn meeting. Second by S. Plackemeier. Motion passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm

Respectfully Submitted,

LeRoy Fitzwater, Secretary

Comment

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August 2018 General Meeting Minutes

2018 August SRG General Meeting Minutes

 

Date: August 1, 2018

Location: BKZ American Legion Hall, 2601 South 11th Street

 

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, LeRoy Fitzwater, Venessa Kobrin, Eric Marlinghaus, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Stephen Shuman.

 

Officers and Directors Absent: Billy Tomber, Chris Schwarz., Wade Weistreich.

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00pm by V. Kobrin

 

Opening Remarks

Welcome, announcements, and new member introductions

 

Pres. V. Kobrin presented volunteer shirts and announced “All State” donation

 

Pres. V. Kobrin introduced new Board member Eric Marlinghaus

 

Police Report

Officer Douglas gave a report on recent police activities. Arrest of subjects for robberies in April/May. There was an increase in larcenies over the last month, mostly breaking into cars. One vehicle theft, fairly quite in July.

 

Question from the membership for Office Douglas: Was there any update or new information relating to the shoot at the Bastille in May? Officer Douglas reported that she was not aware of anything new, but that she would contact the detectives prior to next month’s meeting to see if there was any information she was able to share on the on-going investigation.

 

The safety committee was previously briefed on police activities at their last meeting.

 

Approval of Minutes

Motion by Margie Coors, to approve June and July meeting minutes, second by S. Shuman. Motion passes unanimously.

 

Treasurer’s Report

V. Kobrin presented the monthly financial statement

 

Soulard Station Charter

V. Kobrin presented the Soulard Station Committee report on behalf for N. Putz.

The new formed committee’s first meeting was Tuesday July 21st. Tracy Laxton was elected committee chairman. Their next meeting will be on August 7th at 7pm at the Soulard Station

 

 

New Neighborhood Businesses

Welcome two new businesses (Four Strings & Island Life Yoga and Nutrition)

Four Strings:

     Representatives from “Four Strings” presented their new business venture located at 8th and Soulard. Live music every Friday/Saturday, food only for Sunday Brunch but gradually expanding. $12 bottomless mimosas. “Four Strings” will be hosting the SRG post-membership meeting social in September.

 

Island Life Yoga and Nutrition (ILYN)

Rep from ILYN presented their new business, opening a yoga studio and small café at the former STARS location on Menard and Lami. Goal is to provide a health and fitness opportunity for the neighborhood. Classes around 7am to 7pm. Café open in the morning. Beginning classes will be offered, $15 - $22 pricing plan structure. Plan to open around the end of September.

 

Committee Reports

Beautification (Richard Eaton)

No presentation

 

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

Luann Denten presented recent events including Bastille Day, which included several neighborhood businesses. Invitation to attend Residential Promotion meetings.

 

Membership (Julie Price)

Margie Coors presented, on behalf of Julie Price, for Membership Committee, several new renewals as a result of the committee’s effort to contact members with recently expired memberships.

 

Dog wash, at Island Aug 26 from noon to 4. Donations going to “Needy Paws”.

Founders Day, Aug 18th at Market Park. Ted from Soulard Market said the theme is “picnic in the park”. The pavilion will be utilized for silent auction items. T-shirts sold at Soulard Market and other businesses around the neighborhood for $10.

 

Also announced that first time members, that join after the Annual Membership Party in May would be given a free membership until the following May.

The Membership Committee is always accepting Star Award Nominations, which can be submitted to membership@soulard.org

 

Please let the Membership Committee know if you have a new neighbor! They will send out a Soulard welcome bag for that household.

 

PRT/Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)

J. Gibbs presented recent activities of the PRT committee. The committee approved plans for new residence at 2222 Menard which previous structures burned down several years ago.

 

Other project under review at 1015-17 Geyer east of Great Grizzly Bear for renovation for single family home.

 

J.Gibbs stated he recently met with owner and architect of Whistler Building. Will be called Soulard Steel Yard. Discussed signage for the property.

 

1400 Russell project is basically done.

 

St Louis City Cultural Resources Office is continuing to work on a draft city wide “new construction”.

 

Partner Organization Updates

 

Mardi Gras Inc.

Nancy Lambert presented for Mardi Gras Inc board. Theme for parade “40 years remembering and celebrating the music”. Bring Blues music back to Mardi Gras including bringing Blues Music back to the parade as well as the other Mardi Gras scheduled events. 40th anniversary of the Soulard Blues Band. Email committee members with any questions.

 

American Legion

Mr Bill presented for the American Legion. This month third Friday Happy hour will be on the August 18th.  AMBUCS activity putt-putt pub crawl, 2nd Sat of August.

 

Democratic Committeeman

Committeeman, Marty Joe Murray, stated election coming up next week Aug 7th

Can reach out to Marty Joe Murray for any specific questions regarding candidates and issues.

Recommend voting “no” on Prop A and yes on Prop 1.

 

Annual Back to School drive open to public. Last year gave out over 100 stocked book bags. Reach out to Marty Joe Murray for details.

 

St Louis Development Corporation

Lisa Otke stated that the St Louis Redevelopment Corporation had a new grant program for improving business façades. They are currently accepting proposals for grants up to $20K for façade redevelopment. The program was given $1M which covers multiple grants and administration fees. For more information contact Lisa Otke and the deadline is August 17th

 

Committee Reports presented as part of the agenda:

 

Fundraising

From Chris Schwarz, chairman of Fundraising Committee:

1. The August concert takes place August 11th, when the Pedestrians take the stage!

2. We are looking for volunteers to help out with Que-in-the-Lou and Oktoberfest: more information to follow. You can also email fundraising@soulard.org for more information!

 

Safety

 From Sergio Sevilliano and Scott Plackemeier co-chairmen of the Safety Committee:

1. National Night Out is October 2, 2018.

2. Please contact Sergio or Scott if you would like to coordinate a street party (potluck) for your street.

 

Membership

From Julie Price chairman of the Membership Committee:

 

Communication

From Jeremy Merhle chairman of the Membership Committee:

1. The DEADLINE for inclusion in the Octoberfest Issue of the Renaissance is August 30, 2018. All submission go to editor@soulard.org

2. The DEADLINE for inclusion in the Parlour Tour Issue of the Renaissance is October 12, 2018. All submission go to editor@soulard.org

 

Parlour Tour

From Jeanne Kirby chairman of Parlor Tour Committee:

1. If you are interested in participating in the 2018 Parlour Tour, contact Jeanne Kirby at parlourtour@soulard.org .

2. The 2018 Parlour Tour will be held December 1st & 2nd.

3. Ghost Sign tour, contact N.P. about any ghost signs. Committee will be researching the signs and associated history.

Adjournment

Motion by Taylor Boudine, to adjourn meeting. Second by Scott Plackemeier. Motion passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm

 

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

LeRoy Fitzwater

Secretary

Comment

Comment

July 2018 General Meeting Minutes

2018 SRG General Membership Meeting Minutes

 

Date:                           July 11, 2018

Location:                    American Legion Hall Post 422

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, LeRoy Fitzwater,  Venessa Kobrin, , Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Stephen Shuman, Christopher Schwarz, Billy Tomber, Wade Weistreich

Officers and Directors Absent:   Lisa Marlinghaus

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Venessa Kobrin

New Business

Jim Rick presented and circulated a neighborhood impact statement for residents’ signature.

Old Business

W. Weistreich motioned to approve the 2018 Budget as presented by the Board of Directors to the membership. Second by, S. Shuman; motion passed.

M. Parsley motioned to adjourn, second by J. Rick; motion passed.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

LeRoy Fitzwater

 

 

Comment

Comment

July 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

Soulard Restoration Group Board Meeting Minutes

 

Date: July 18, 2018

Location: The American Legion

 

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, LeRoy Fitzwater, Venessa Kobrin, Eric Marlinghaus, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Stephen Shuman, Billy Tomber, Wade Weistreich.

 

Officers and Directors Absent: none

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00pm by V. Kobrin

 

Motion by L. Denten, to add the following items to the agenda in “Old Business”.

 

·       Topic requested by B. Bennett “discuss committee vs board issues”.

·       Topic requested by L. Denten, “communication transparency, fairness, the Board working as a function unit”.

·       Topic requested by W. Weistreich “executive decisions”

 

S. Shuman amended the motion to add to the end of the agenda, W. Weistreich amended motion to add these items after the treasurer’s report. Previous amendment by S. Shuman withdrawn. L. Denten accepted the amendment.

Motion passes with B. Bennett, L. Denten, S. Shuman, S. Plackemeier, W. Weistreich in favor, and L. Fitzwater, N. Putz., C. Schwarz, opposed. B. Tomber no vote cast, absent.

 

Approval of Minutes

June Board meeting minutes were previously approved on July 2nd by email vote.

Motion to approve minutes passed with L. Fitzwater, L. Marlinghaus, S Plackemeier, N. Putz, C. Schwarz, in favor, W. Weistreich abstaining; B. Bennett, L. Denten, S. Shuman, and B. Tomber not casting a vote.

 

Email Motions and Votes between June and July Board Meetings

 

Motion by S. Shuman, to approve of Residential Promotion’s plans and recommendations for the Soulard Royalty nomination and selection process as presented on 27 June, and to thank the committee for incorporating feedback on the issue brought forward by the Board. Second by B. Bennett.

The motion failed with B. Bennett, S. Plackemeier, S. Shuman, and W. Weistreich, in favor or the motion, and L. Fitzwater, L. Marlinghaus, N. Putz, C. Schwarz, and B. Tomber against. L. Denten not casting a vote.

 

Motion by B. Tomber that the drawing for the 2019 Royal be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018 in Pontiac Park after the ceremonial regicide, and be picked by a ghost royal of Residential Promotions’ choosing in front of the gathered peasantry. Second by L. Fitzwater.

The motion passed, with L. Fitzwater, L. Marlinghaus, S Plackemeier, N. Putz, C. Schwarz, and B. Tomber in favor and B. Bennett, S. Shuman, and W. Weistreich against. L. Denten not casting a vote.

 

Board Resignation and Appointments:

 

Motion by S. Shuman, to approve the appointment of L. Fitzwater as Secretary. Second by N. Putz.

Motion passes unanimously.

 

Motion by C. Schwarz, to approve the appointment of E. Marlinghaus as Director. Second by N. Putz.

Motion passes with L. Fitzwater, S. Plackemeier, N. Putz, C. Schwarz, S. Shuman, B. Tomber and W. Weistreich in favor with L. Denten and B. Bennett opposed.

 

 

Old Business

 

Suggestion Box

S. Shuman presented a procedure for handling and publishing the feedback from the “Suggestion Box” to the Board on a regular basis.

 

After Board discussion S. Shuman agreed to take the comments of the Board, incorporate into the document, and circulate the revised procedure for approval either prior or at the next board meeting.

 

Board members thanked S. Shuman for his effort in developing the procedure.

 

Bastille Day Review

Motion to limit the discussion to 20min no individual shall speak longer than 5 minutes. Second B. Tomber.

Motion passes with L. Fitzwater, E. Marlinghaus, N. Putz, C. Schwarz, B. Tomber in favor and B. Bennett, L. Denten, S. Plackemeier S. Shuman, W. Weistreich opposed; V. Korbin votes to support the motion and break the tie.

 

L. Denten read a statement recapping the Bastille Day events.

 

J. Durnell prevailed in the random drawing and accepted the position as Soulard Royal. He named, his husband, Richard Eaton as his co-Royal.

 

Motion by W. Weistreich to extend time for discussion by 10min, Second by B. Bennett. Motion passes with B. Bennett, L Denten, S. Plackemeier, S. Shuman, B. Tomber and W. Weistreich in favor and L. Fitzwater, E. Marlinghaus. N. Putz, and C. Schwarz opposed.

 

Residential Promotions Committee

The Board discussed the events around the Soulard Royal Selection in the context of the previously passed motion on the subject.

 

 

Discussion via email & motions

L. Fitzwater presented to procedural motions to resolve issues in Board deliberations over the last few months.

 

Motion by L. Fitzwater, to suspend board discussion on a proposed motion by email except for unanimous consent. In other words, a motion may be made by email, there is no discussion just an immediate vote. Motions made should be of a nature that do not require a second. If any board member votes “no”, or does not respond within the allocated time of the vote the motion is tabled till the next Board meeting, which may be a special meeting for discussion and disposition of the proposed motion. If ALL board members respond affirmatively, or note they are abstaining, the proposed motion passes with unanimous consent. Any motion by email must be included as part of the minutes for the upcoming board meeting and noted it was executed by email for record keeping purposes. Second by B. Tomber

Motion, passes unanimously.

 

Motion by L. Fitzwater, to restrict duly elected Directors and Officers as serving as committee chairs concurrently with their Board duties. Any current member of the Board must decide in which role they prefer to execute moving forward. In addition, there is an expectation that any committee chair that runs for a Board position, when elected, will resign any pre-existing committee chair duties. Second, N. Putz

 

Discussion:

C. Schwarz proposed an amendment that this restriction would be applied to standing committees and not ad hoc committees. L. Fitzwater accepted the amendment.

C. Schwarz proposed amendment to motion adding “an effective date within 60 days” L. Fitzwater accepted the amendment. S. Shuman proposed an amendment as changing “60 days” to “…effective at the next election cycle of any effected Board members.” L. Fitzwater accepted the amendment to the motion.

 

Motion passes as amended, “to restrict duly elected Directors and Officers as serving as committee chairs concurrently with their Board duties. Any current member of the Board must decide in which role they prefer to execute moving forward. In addition, there is an expectation that any committee chair that runs for a Board position, when elected, will resign any pre-existing committee chair duties. This policy will be effective at the next election cycle of any affected board members”, with B. Bennett, L. Fitzwater, S. Plackemeier, N. Putz, S. Shuman, B. Tomber, and W. Weistreich, in favor with C. Schwarz abstaining and L. Denten and E. Marlinghaus opposed.

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

C. Schwarz presented the Treasurer’s Report.

 

In the process of closing the 2018 books and working with the tax preparer to file our taxes

 

Requesting comments on the 2019 Budget process and presentation.

 

Motion by B. Tomber, to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Second by N. Putz.

Motion passes unanimously.

 

Old Business

 

Topic requested by B. Bennett “discuss committee vs board issues”.

B. Bennett requested item be removed from agenda, no discussion.

 

Topic requested by L. Denten, “communication transparency, fairness, the Board working as a function unit”.

The Board discussed at length the recent communication through emails and how to improve communication, transparency and fairness moving forward.

 

Topic requested by W. Weistreich “executive decisions”

The Board continued discussion on transparency and recent executive decisions. Consensus was found that the President was fully authorized to make the appointment, but there was a nonbinding request moving forward that the board be made aware of the selection criteria prior to an appointment decision being made.

 

Committee Liaison Reports

 

Soulard Station

N. Putz reported on the progress of standing up the Soulard Station Committee.

 

Motion by N. Putz, to adopt the Soulard Station Committee Charter as amended. Second C. Schwarz

Motion passes unanimously, with E. Marlinghaus abstaining.

 

Remote control for A/C has been delivered and is in the closet.

 

Decision to keep only one waste receptacles at the Station which we are currently being charged for two. C. Schwarz to execute the changes.

 

There are five people interested in serving on the committee.

 

 

Communication

B. Tomber reported on the activities of Communications Committee.

 

In addition it was noted that the deadline for inclusion in the Oktoberfest Issue of the Renaissance is August 30, 2018 and the deadline for the Parlor Tour edition, is Oct 12th

 

All submissions are to go to editor@soulard.org .

 

Suggestion Box, B Tomber to work on the electronic part of the suggestion box.

 

Beautification

B. Bennett reported on the activities of the Beautification committee.

 

Beautification Committee Fundraiser at Molly’s brought in $10K.

 

Garden Tour was successful, approximately 140 people came through the tour. It was very well received by those who attended.

 

Pontiac Park Garden, load of chat was delivered to fill in the pathways.

 

Marilyn Morris, has been working with intern from Brightside to pull weeds and mulch at the Memorial Garden at Soulard Market Park.

 

Request an agenda item for next Board meeting: Memorial Garden in Soulard Market Park

 

Request by L. Denten to thank Duke’s for the use of the large golf cart on the Garden Tour.

 

Request by L. Denten to thank Marilyn Morris for her work in the Memorial Garden at Soulard Market Park

 

PRT

B. Bennett reported on activities of the PRT committee.

 

STARS has submitted new plans to the committee for their building.

 

There is meeting with developers of 1015-17 Geyer the evening of July 19th. Original application to put a convenience store in this location. Demolition has already occurred and only the front wall remains.

 

V. Kobrin forwarded to J. Gibbs the notice of a hearing on the request by the BP station to remove the existing restriction on the sale of blunt cigars and individual cans or bottles of beer with the Board of Adjustment on July 25th at 1pm.

 

Motion by L. Denten, for the SRG to take an official position and oppose the lifting of the restriction of the sale of “blunt cigars or individual cans or bottles of beer” for the BP Station Board of Adjustment hearing on July 25th. Second by B. Tomber

Motion passes unanimously. V. Kobrin to attend meeting or designate a representative.

 

Residential Promotion

L. Denten stated that there was nothing further to report from the committee

 

Membership

S. Shuman reported on activities of the Membership Committee

 

Proposal from membership committee to deal with how new members pay dues between annual membership drive annually in May.

 

S. Shuman to take board input back to the committee to draft a proposed policy.

 

Membership is planning ice cream social near The Island August 26th from 12-4pm

 

Motion by C. Schwarz, to permanently move the location of the General Membership meetings to the American Legion for the remainder of the year. Second by B. Tomber

Motion passes unanimously

 

Legion is amicable to hosting one social per year.

 

The Board meetings will remain open to the membership for observation and be held at the Soulard Station.

 

Safety

S. Plackemeier reported on activities of the Safety Committee.

 

At last meeting the committee was advised that there was an arrest made on two recent previous robberies.

 

Next meeting the last Monday in July at the Station.

 

National Night moved to First Tuesday in October. City of St Louis registration website closed until August 1st. Residents can register, and request street closures, in advance of this date by mail.

 

W. Weistreich sent out an email to the last ~20 people on the camera list.

 

There are a couple of traffic issues in the neighborhood that will be taken up with J. Cotar.

 

Fundraising

C. Schwarz reported on fundraising activities, their next meeting will be July 19th.

 

“Falling Fences” will be performing at the July installment of the Soulard Market Concert 2018 Series. The “Pedestrians” will be performing next month.

 

The committee is aware of the Naked Bike Ride coming through the neighborhood around the time of the concert.

 

“Oktoberfest” and “Q in the Lou”, fundraisers coming up. The committee will need volunteers to help pour beer. More information will be coming out.

 

Volunteer T-shirts: reminder to make sure the names of those that have volunteered at recent events are incorporated into the spreadsheet for recognition.

 

Closing Remarks

 

Adjournment

Motion by B. Tomber, to adjourn meeting. Second by N. Putz. Motion passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 10:30pm

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

LeRoy Fitzwater, Secretary

Comment

Comment

June 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes June 2018 SRG Board Meeting

Date:                               June 20, 2018

Location:                        Soulard Station


Minutes Recorded by:    Lisa Marlinghaus

The meeting was called to order at 7:09 p.m. by President Venessa Kobrin

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, LeRoy Fitzwater, Venessa Kobrin, Lisa Marlinghaus, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Billy Tomber, Wade Weistreich

Officers and Directors Absent:   Stephen Shuman

 

New Business

Minutes - Review of process (Lisa Marlinghaus)

The following process was agreed upon:

  1. Minutes will be taken on Wednesday and be released to the Board no later than the following Wednesday for review (1 week from the date of the meeting).

  2. This is an opportunity to review the minutes and suggest possible edits.

  3. Board members will have until Friday at 5:00 to submit suggested edits to the Secretary.

  4. By Sunday evening a final draft will be sent to the Board for approval.

  5. With a simple majority acceptance by the Board, the minutes will then be publicly released the following Monday.



Bastille Day (Venessa Kobrin)


Venessa Kobrin addressed the Board, stating that the Board needed to address issues of transparency regarding the event, which were brought to Venessa Kobrin’s attention via the suggestion link/email, etc. regarding how royalty is chosen.


Luann Denten stated the rules have been clearly defined and announced at every General Membership meeting. The Royalty is currently chosen as follows:

  • Individuals can be nominated either via the SRG website, Luann Denten, or any member of the Residential Promotion Committee

  • Names are placed in a hat

  • Name is drawn from the hat (at Residential Promotion Meeting)

  • Winners are selected early to ensure that 1) they wish to be a royal; 2) they will be in attendance.

  • Winner is announced at the beheading


Currently, there are 2 individuals nominated with 5 submissions totalling $25.00.


In order to make the selection process more transparent, the following suggestions were discussed amongst the Board:


  • Announce the candidates nominated before the event in advance. This would allow the candidate to accept the nomination, ensure they would be available for the event, and increase participation the day of the event due to the fact that those nominated would bring friends and family

  • Have the treasurer verify the donations in order to support fiscal responsibility and prepare the “hat”

  • Draw the winner in front of the public at the Bastille beheading; perhaps by the newly beheaded or ghost royals


Neil Putz stated he supported the suggestions of the Board. If the general membership has concerns of transparency, it is something the Board is responsible for addressing.


Venessa Kobrin stated there is perceived unfairness tied to money, so the issue needs to be resolved.


Billy Tomber stated when an issue involves the SRG, the Board will be involved.


Luann Denten stated she would reach out to her committee and get back to the Board at the next Board Meeting to which Venessa Kobrin responded that meeting would be held after the Bastille Day event took place, and that was not acceptable.  


Venessa Kobrin stated we could call a special meeting to discuss the Residential Promotion Committee’s response, to which LeRoy Fitzwater replied, the Board could vote via email.


Luann Denten stated she would reach out to the committee and return their decision to the Board by Wednesday, June 27.


Playground at Pontiac Park/MGF (Lisa Marlinghaus/Venessa Kobrin)

  • The deadline for the KaBoom grant is June 30. Lisa Marlinghaus and Venessa Kobrin, with the support of Richard Eaton, are completing this grant application.

  • The MGF deadline has yet to be published. Lisa Marlinghaus and Venessa Kobrin, with the support of Richard Eaton, will complete this grant application.

  • Richard Eaton is working with the city to identify and request any additional funds that are available to the SRG in support of the new playground project.

  • Venessa Kobrin discussed the MGF Grant with Tim Lorson and shared the following:

    • First priority would go to the playground and any additional would go to power in the park project

    • Billy Tomber suggested part of the fund go to MGI to fix the roof where the SRG has storage

    • It was stated that a grant is not needed for the stage

    • Venessa Kobrin asked the Board to send her their ideas on what they would like to propose for the grant.  She requested they send an outline of what they would like to request along with the estimated cost. The SRG will then submit its interests as a group.

    • Suggestions are to be emailed to Venessa Kobrin by July 16


Treasurer’s Report (Christopher Schwarz)

  • End of the fiscal year is June 30

  • All check requests for this fiscal year need to be to Christopher Schwarz by noon on 6/26

  • Bank balance is  $97,716

  • Net income is $9,158

  • The SRG will be in the black at the end of the fiscal year

  • There are problems with Square income being placed in the proper accounts; Billy Tomber and Scott Plackemeier will discuss Square issues overall; if a committee thinks they are missing income, they need to discuss with Chris Schwarz

  • General Membership needs to approve budget; information will be resent to the General Membership and that meeting is scheduled for July 11, at 7:00 PM, at the American Legion

        

Committee Reports

Soulard Station (Neil Putz)

  • Sign up list for the committee will be handed out to General Membership on July 11

  • Information will also go out in General Membership email

  • Neil Putz stated he will be sending the charter for the Soulard Station committee to the Board so all current members have a copy.  He welcomes comments and asked they be sent to him by the end of July.

  • It was stated that the trash cans are gone from the Station. Waste Management will be contacted.

  • It was stated that recycling was cancelled, however, recycling bin is still out there and is now being used for trash.  A call will be placed to have the recycling can picked up.

  • AC has been repaired. Remote needs to be located. Neil Putz and Venessa Kobrin will find remote or order new. Venessa Kobrin  will call manufacture tomorrow (6/21).

  • Supplies currently being stored at the Station will be out before garden tour

  • New mailbox needed. Neil Putz will address.


Communication (Billy Tomber)

  • The DEADLINE for inclusion in the Octoberfest Issue of the Renaissance is August 30, 2018. All submissions go to editor@soulard.org.

  • If you are a committee that needs communication, let Billy Tomber know.

  • The next issue of the Renaissance is Oktoberfest and is scheduled to be delivered on approximately September 11th or 12th.

  • Renaissance Parlour Tour edition is scheduled to be delivered the week before Thanksgiving; Parlour Tour is already submitting articles.


Beautification (Beth Bennett)

  • Worked at Aboussie Park and the Station.

  • Will be on promoting event on Channel 4 next Wednesday (6/27).

  • Working with new group of artists for the tour.

  • Soulard community garden has rejoined the tour.

  • Greatest need at this time is golf carts to be used for assistance.

  • Triangle garden update

    • SRT was  awarded $6K in grants and given an option of $2K upfront.

    • Need to remove ash trees on the triangle and after they are removed, work can begin. Currently at the  mercy of Forestry Division to remove those trees.

    • Cannot plant in the heat.  Due to the heat, an extension has been requested for  to run through the end of October.

  • This year drought resistant plants were used in pots to decrease money spent on watering


PRT (Beth Bennett)

  • Victor Iron Works will request meetings for signage approval.

  • The building at 1001 Russell has plans that have been finalized. The same developer is going to do the new building at 9th and Soulard. That project has not been finalized.

  • Twisted Ranch still has large sign and awnings.  Venessa Kobrin stated they are being fined daily by the City.  It is out of the SRG’s hands. She is in discussions with the owner. .


Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

  • Welcomed 3 new members

  • Young professionals reached out for opportunities to volunteer

  • July  6 committee party will be held

  • Bastille parade - July 14

    • Parade starts at Grizzly.

    • A feast will follow the event along with a costume contest at Grizzly

    • Grizzly is providing space and DJ at no cost to the SRG

    • Fete & Feast is a mutual effort between Woodshack and Grizzly

    • Food will be provided by Woodshack at a discount to the SRG

    • Residential Promotion has negotiated special extras for the crowd at each stop

    • Route has been set and shared with police department

    • Carriage fee has been renegotiated (⅓ of initial projection) and a backup plan is in place if it is too hot for the horse to pull the carriage

    • Music has yet to be determined

  • Some of the liquor from the postponed potluck was used at homeowners’ garden tour event and will continue to be used at upcoming events

  • October 26th is the scheduled date for Halloween golf cart parade


Membership (Stephen Shuman)

  • Neil Putz stated that although Stephen Shuman is not present to report, he would like to let the Board know that when Membership receives a receipt from the website it doesn't provide information needed enter new members into the DB. It doesn’t contain the information needed  to reachout to the new member for clarification of information. Topic needs further discussion with ComCom to resolve.


Safety (Scott Plackemeier)

  • Next meeting is scheduled for June 25th at 7:00 PM

  • Luann Denten stated Mark Packer, owner of Truman’s, has owner has cameras on his building and is willing to share his footage, if needed.


Fundraising (Chris Schwarz)

  • Volunteer Shirts

    • Shirts were delivered at last meeting along with a handwritten thank you card

    • 17 volunteers have been recognized at this time

    • Made over 100 shirts; if there is a large supply remaining at the end of the year we may redistribute

  • Concert series is going well

    • July 21 Falling Fences performs.  This performance is the same night as the naked bike ride.  Discussing possibly pushing the concert to 6:30 to avoid conflict. Chris Schwarz will reach out for discussion.

    • August 11 Pedestrians performs

    • Goal is to go from sponsorship to underwriting

    • 1st beer sales went to SRG and second went to the American Legion. Moving forward, we need others to work beer booth. Suggestions are welcome.

  • Oktoberfest is coming up

  • Hot chocolate run reached out to the SRG

Closing Remarks

 None   

Adjournment

           Motion to adjourn made by LeRoy Fitzwater and seconded by Neil Putz, the meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.



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