March 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

March 2018 SRG Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes Written by Secretary Taylor Bodine

Date:                                      March 21st, 2018

Location:                               Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12th St.

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

Officers and Directors Absent:   none

Guests Present: Julie Price

The meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM by President Wade Weistreich

Guests Presentations

 Julie Price: Allstate Insurance Possible Donation Program

Jim and Julie Price applied to Allstate’s giving program that donates to a philanthropy that the agency owner volunteers at least four hours of their time to. Any agent can donate $1,000 dollars to a philanthropy. Julie is proposing to her multiple contacts that they donate to the SRG as well. Julie shared with the board that she anticipates a donation of up to $11,000 for the SRG. She requested that if she is able to gain the donation, that the money be used towards the Mom Howard camera program, or any other camera program for the neighborhood. Julie will submit all of the information to Allstate either tomorrow or by April 1st. Wade will be contacted to verify that the volunteer information is correct.

Old Business

Mom Howard Camera

Wade got a good deal on camera systems and has purchased more equipment, utilizing the $1,000 donation from the Price’s Crawfish Boil. Judith reached out to him yesterday and they are hoping to get together this weekend. He has contacted a few people on the list to ensure that they have not previously received cameras, or purchased them themselves. Wade will continue to work on the list and will begin the process of writing a disclaimer for the cameras. Christopher is going to revise the disclaimer he received from Judith and cater it to be used by the SRG moving forward.

Board Elections

We have at least one neighbor running for each open position this year. Since there are multiple people running for the same position, we will have a ballot vote.

We are in need of a new Registered Agent. Bill Clendenin volunteered.

The Board would like to thank Chad Graham for his many years of service to the SRG as our Registered Agent.


Venessa noted that the earliest the survey will go live is on Monday, March 26th.

New Business

Transition Dinner

There are conflicts with the original date of April 18th. The meeting date was moved to April 15th. Venessa will send more information via email.

Board Retreat

Several board members suggested activities that might be fun including the STL Escape Room, moonlight picnic, and others. Venessa will look into the options and plan the event. More details to come via email.

Soulard Station

Neil has created a draft of the charter for the Board’s review. This is an opportunity to build a committee from the ground up, and set the standard for other committees to follow. Neil would like to establish these standards before beginning to recruit the committee.

Suggested edits from the Board were as follows:

 -To allow the board to establish the “direction” or “mission” of the Soulard Station to give the committee a clear goal.

            -Suggested that the committee chairman and the Board shall be in constant contact.

-To note that the scope of the use of the Soulard Station will remain up to the Board’s discretion.

            -To note that every decision made must be done in the best interest of the SRG.

-To include more specifics about the costs of the Soulard Station and what the committee is responsible for achieving.

It was mentioned that the Board would like this document prepared and finalized by the April Board meeting, allowing time before the Ad Hoc committee meets and makes their goals for the budget meeting in June. This does not mean that the committee must be formed by that point. Neil will make revisions and send the document out to the board via email for edits and approvals.


CRO has been exploring what other cities around the country do to accommodate old and new. It does not appear that our historic district and code are at risk but we will continue to monitor this. Benton Park, Lafayette and Fox Park have already begun implementing this new way. Ultimately, the decision is made by the Board of Preservation. We do not believe that this will not impact our neighborhood.

Changes to the SRG Meeting Location

Venessa proposed moving the SRG meeting location after seeking out feedback from members over the course of several general meetings several issues with the current space were noted. These included issues with ability to hear due to echos and the PA system and the lack of a visual system. The Legion allows a smaller space with built in speaker system, as well as a large television that can be used to display the agenda and talking points during the meeting. The Legion has its own parking lot with adequate space and is also ADA compliant, which the current space is not. Venessa proposed to move the June and August SRG meetings to the Legion as a test run. They are also a partner of the SRG and have the potential to hold socials after meetings if needed.

Venessa will work with membership and the Communications Committee to ensure the membership is aware of the change in venue.

The June and August SRG General Meeting will be held at the Legion at 7PM.

Minutes Archive

Wade asked the Board to continue to work on their minutes and email their notes to him.

Treasurer’s Report

We are still in process of moving funds. We are beginning to write checks from our new bank now and are currently working on our taxes. Chris will have committee budgets/formats by April 1st. We will hear the actual budgets and goal during the May Board meeting. If you have anything outstanding, please get it to Chris since the end of the fiscal year is approaching. The net income is not actually negative, since checks are currently being transferred.

Committee Reports

Soulard Station: Neil Putz

A1 Roofing was supposed to come and fix the roof, but no bill has been sent, only an estimate. It was noted to start taking a look at the possibilities of a budget for a storage set in the back. Venessa mentioned that Spectrum will be cancelled for the Station once Bill Clendenin confirms new arrangements have been made.

PRT/Code and Zoning: Beth Bennett

The owner of Henry’s has bought the building next door and is scheduling a meeting with the PRT to discuss expansion.

The Preservation Hall’s signage was updated but not approved due to how large they are. They will meet to discuss again. Wade mentioned that he believes the Board should be involved with the decision.

The owners of the potential  warehouse on Shenandoah and Menard will be meeting with their architect soon and then will meet with PRT.

Twisted Ranch has opened at a new location and painted on the north side of their building, which is against coding. Beth will discuss this with the PRT.

Beautification: Beth Bennett

A STL marketing firm volunteered and helped the Station this week. Beth said they were wonderful. The SLU group will be coming in April and Purina will be coming in May.

The Molly’s fundraiser date is TBD but will be a Thursday in May.

The Garden Tour is ready to go! We are going to try to get golf carts and shuttles donated. The tour will start and finish at the Station on June 30th.

Stephen Shuman brought up the communications box on Emmett Street. Beth noted that it is AT&T’s fiber lines and that they have been approved by the City. 

Communications/Renaissance: Billy Tomber and Venessa Kobrin

The master calendar is posted and Jeremy and Venessa have been adding dates. To add a date, please send Venessa copy, a date and a photo. That is also used for the Blaster so please submit!

Venessa reminded the board that she would like to begin tracking the businesses in Soulard that have donated to the SRG. All donations need to be submitted prior to 4/30 in preparation for the Budget meeting in May.

Venessa has determined that her SRG project during her Presidency will be rewriting the SRG bylaws. She has identified dates for a working group to meet: May 10th, June 14th, July 12th, and August 19th. A working draft of the proposed changes to the SRG bylaws will be will be released to the public on July 13th , With proposed changes incorporated by August 19th. They will then be presented to the SRG General Membership during the September General for a vote. Only members in good standing (dues paid) will be able to vote on the proposed SRG Bylaws. Then the board will approve the new Bylaws. The Bylaws Working Group mission, information, and meeting dates group will be posted on Nextdoor, the SRG blaster, Facebook and our website.

April 25th is the deadline for the Renaissance.

Residential Promotions: Luann Denten

Luann requested additional money for an event that involves inviting Soulard historians and the general public to a reception at the Station to evaluate the historic signage. Chris stated that that could be funded through the historic signage budget and does not need to be approved as long as it’s within that budget.

Luann asked Chris is he had received a returned check from Weinhardt Party Rentals. Chris said he has not but that he would double check.

The Bastille Parade will be on July 14th.

Parlor Tour: Neil Putz

An after action review was held a few weeks ago, we have several homes signed up already. There is one final expense from this past year that he will be giving to Chris soon.

Chris noted that you do not have to have checks sent to the Station. You can have them sent to the committee member’s house, if you wish to.

Fundraising: Christopher Schwarz

Smarti Gras was a great success. We raised over $3,400 and had 14 tables and lots of great volunteers. He noted that more money was raised on raffle tickets than if we had done a silent auction. The date for next year will be January 19th.

We are discussing multiple spots for the GO! Marathon Cheer Station. This includes either hosting at a specific location of renting a portable restroom if that does not work out.

The will be five concerts held this year as part of the concert series. The September date will be subject to change so we do not conflict with Lou Fest. Our series will kick off on Mother’s Day. We are working on sponsorships and Jack Coatar is talking to the Parks Department to work on our fees. The budget may need to be adjusted – Chris will keep us updated. Overall, everything is looking good and the SBA has been a great help.

The volunteer shirts were presented to the board. You must have three shifts completed to earn the shirt, with up to one shift from last year that can count towards the shirt.

Brightside is asking for a donation from the SRG.

Chris moved to donate up to $250 to Brightside, as approved by Richard Eaton.

Billy Tomber seconded.

Yay: 10

Nay: 0

Motion passed.


There was a miscommunication so there was no police officer present for the last general meeting. We do have a backup now for future meetings. The safety walk is till TBD. They are discussing a May date.


On Wednesday, May 2nd from 6-9PM there will be a membership drive. Venessa requested further information to add to the calendar.

Dave Perry and Debbie Cope have joined the committee.

Chris, Venessa, and Scott attended the Membership Committee’s Bowling event on behalf of the Board. Chris mentioned that the bowling event was wonderful and it was great to see so many new faces.   

Holiday Decorating: Venessa Kobrin

There is not as much room at MGI’s storage as we had anticipates so some items had to be thrown out. We do have totes that everything will be organized in at MGI. Luann asked if there was any room for a throne and Venessa responded that she would follow up. Bandstand

is not as secure as the MGI storage secured and not a long- term storage solution since it is a shared space. Beth mentioned putting money into the Bandstand.  and Venessa noted that she is working with Cathy Weldon and Tom Gullickson of the SBA to secure grants for a stage addition and having the restrooms renovated. SBA is taking the lead on this project.


Motion to adjourn made by Venessa and seconded by Scott. The meeting was adjourned at 9:39 p.m.





March 2018 General Meeting Minutes

March 2018 General Meeting Minutes

Date:                         March 7th, 2018

Location:                  Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall

Minutes taken by: Secretary Taylor Bodine


The meeting was called to order at 7:09 P.M. by President Wade Weistreich

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Scott Plackemeier, Wade Weistreich, Billy Tomber,  Christopher Schwarz, Venessa Kobrin, Taylor Bodine

Officers and Directors Absent:  Neil Putz, Luann Denten. Bill Clendenin, Stephen Shuman

Aldermen Present:                   Alderman Dan Guenther and Alderman Jack Coatar

Committeeman Present:             None

Other Officials:                             None

Guest Presentations

Metropolitan Community Church: Pastor Katie Hotze-Wilton

The Metropolitan Community Church is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24th at Pontiac Park. There will be fun prizes, giveaways, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. This event is free and everyone is welcome. In June, they will also be hosting a Family Day Carnival.


Soulard Farmers Market: Ted Greenfield

The Farmers Market is looking to expand their appeal to vendors by being open on Sundays. At their busiest, they are only filling 80% of their spots. Vendors are moving on, retiring, etc. and the market needs the business. The SRG Members were asked to raise their hands if they opposed to the Farmers Market being open on Sundays: no one opposed.


A question was asked about whether or not the master plan to renovate is still happening. They do not currently have the funds for that projects, but it is still a “plan”.

 Board and General Meeting Minutes

Lisa Marlinghaus requested to amend the Treasury Report from the February General Meeting to read the following:

“How does the SRG determine how money is spent?” Christopher Schwarz answered the question by clarifying that the operating expenses for the SRG are roughly $85,000. This includes funds for events, administration, and projects within the neighborhood as requested by Committees and approved by the Board. This process takes place at the June budgeting meeting. Christopher recommended that members who have ideas or desires as to how SRG money is spent in the neighborhood, approach or join committees as those are the people actually executing projects.”


Julie D. moved to approve the February Meeting minutes. Jim Rick seconded. The minutes were approved.


Treasurer's Report


To date, we have made over $62,000 and we we have spent about  $52,000. We are ahead just short of $10,000. We are in the middle of moving our account from Carrollton to AB Credit Union.

Police Report (Sherdon Douglas)                          

No report given. Officer Douglas is on leave.

Old Business

Suggestion Box Results (Wade Weistreich)

There have been a total of three suggestions. One was left in the suggestion box, and two were submitted online. They have been addressed - thank you for submitting suggestions!

Board Elections

Lisa Marlinghaus was nominated for the position of Secretary, and has accepted. Christopher Schwarz was nominated for the position of Treasurer, and has accepted. LeRoy Fitzwater was nominated for the position of Director, and has accepted. 

Nominations will be accepted through Monday, April 2nd. Veronica Putz will create the ballots. Elections will be held at the April General Membership meeting, April 4th.

Moonbase Market/Earthbound (Wade Weistreich)

Members of the Board met with the owners of the Moonbase Market and Earthbound. They do plan on staying open 7 days a week, as presented during the February General Meeting. If you have questions or concerns please talk to us. At this time, the SRG has not been asked for a formal letter of support for them.

New Business

MGI – post Mardi Gras Meeting

The post Mardi Gras meeting was last Thursday. A few of the board members attended and do not have a report. The events went smoothly.

Julie Price mentioned concern over the quality of events that led up to Mardi Gras. She attended the Wine Tasting event and shared that there were barely any Soulard residents, not a lot of people dressed up and there were safety concerns with no water being offered while alcoholic beverages were being served and multiple people fell because of the slippery floors. She felt as if no money was put into the event, and that the $50 she spent on her ticket was not worth it. Billy Tomber addressed that MGI has already discussed this issue and that she was not the only one that felt that way. The loss of the Cruzan Rum sponsorship created a struggle for funding this year. They are going to rebrand everything for next year and improve the event.

SRG Committee Reports

Safety (Scott Plackemeier/Sergio Sevillano)

The Safety Committee will work on creating better communication with Officer Douglas.

The next Safety meeting will be held on March 26th. During the last SSBD meeting, it was brought up that there have been a large amount of guns stolen from cars within the neighborhood. That is problematic because it is not only stolen property, but also stolen guns that are likely to be used for other crimes. They will be following up on this issue.

The Safety Walk date is still TBD. It will be on a seperate night instead of in between the SRG meeting and the social as it has been in the past. If you would like to participate, you will simply walk the neighborhood and point out any potential safety issues that you see.

A concerned resident of 13th & Sidney Street asked what was being done in regards to the shooting/car chase that occurred this past week on 13th Street. He had anticipated to talk Officer Douglas. Alderman Jack Coatar stated that he was not aware of this situation, and would speak to the resident about this after the meeting.

Alderman Coatar also noted that there has been an $8,000 increase in the Officers’ salaries and there are classes being taken to further train Soulard’s Officers. Unfortunately, our retention rate is not great due to higher salaries in the counties and because the counties want experienced officers from the city. He stated that we are still short officers, per protocol. He said that he will be getting us a full report on this incident and that there should be an Officer at every one of the SRG General meetings.

Beautification (Richard Eaton)  

If you are interested in joining, we will be having a Beautification brunch at 1PM this coming Sunday at 1842 S. 9th street. There are quite a few areas of Beautification that volunteers can join!

We have volunteers from Greek Life at SLU coming to help with Pontiac Park. We also have another group coming to help with the Soulard Station on the 16th at 1PM. Pontiac park will be a special interest of ours this summer!

Residential Promotion (Wade Westreich)

The Garden Tour and Bastille Day are coming up!

Communications (Venessa Kobrin)

The calendar is getting updated

The Survey will be distributed in two formats. There will be an online version found on Soulard.Org, via email, Facebook and Nextdoor. There will also be hard copies. We are asking that as many residents as possible fill this out. There will be incentives offered for completion. We need the data in order to make changes, and this is a great way to clearly express your opinions.

The next issue of the Renaissance will be the Garden Tour. Deadline will be Mid-May. The last issue was full of content from neighbors and it was great! If you have articles, please send to


Please send movie suggestions for Movies in the Park to So far, Harry Potter has been nominated.

Parlour Tour (Julie Price)

The Parlor Tour was sold out this year and gross sales were $18,000. The sponsorships this year allowed us to have less expenses. Thank you to everyone that helped make this happen!

There will be a reception in a few months that will explain what it takes to have your house on the tour. This is not an obligation, feel free to come if you are interested. More details TBA.

PRT/Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)  

Jay attended the walkthrough of Moonbase Market with some of the board. It was unanimous that the signs on the building were too big. They will be bringing a revised design to the committee.

There were questions raised about the retail space being built on 1000 Russell having both siding and brick. Other concerns were raised about the PRT/Code and Zoning committee being brought up to date in a timely manner. Jay noted that everything he receives will be brought to the committee.

The concern with the container for construction on the corner of Menard and Shenandoah blocking the stop sign will be addressed. Wade and Alderman Jack Coatar are working on either getting it moved or getting a temporary stop sign on the other side of the container.

Another question was asked in regards to the Hilton’s garage. Jay noted that we do not require garages to look like a historic building, and that rules/codes for garages are very minimal. The garage that the Hilton has built does not violate any of our current rules or codes.

Jay noted that he has not heard from Orlando in a while when questions were asked about his street facing garage plans.

Fundraising (Chris Schwarz)

Trivia night was a success. Over 150 people attended and we made a little over $3,400.  Expenses should be fairly minimal. Thank you to the volunteers and the sponsors!!

There is a meeting coming up to discuss the Concert Series and other matters on Monday the 12th at 2358 South 12th street. There will be drinks and finger foods.

The 2018 Concert Series Dates are:

May 12th, June 10th, July 21st, August 11th, September 8th.

The September 8th concert may be changing. If you have any band suggestions or connections, please let us know!

Volunteer shirts will be distributed to volunteers who have completed three shifts. They will be royal blue and heather grey baseball t shirts. Up to one shift from last year can be used for this year. Talk to your committee head if you have questions.

We will be cheering on the GO! Marathon on April 8th this year with a cheer station on the 2nd mile marker. There will be a sign up on the blaster, Facebook event made, and will mention this again during the April meeting. More information TBA but we anticipate that we will need volunteers there around 7AM.

Membership (Julie Price)

We have our very first special event in a few years. We will be bowling this Saturday at Saratoga Lanes in Maplewood. There is a sign up sheet in the back for the shuttle from Molly’s. The first round will leave around 6:45 PM and return for the second round around 7:30PM. When everyone is ready to return the shuttle will take us back. There will be bowling, darts, pool and a  cash bar. There is a Facebook event made if you need more details.

The Membership Drive is coming up. It will be at Lynch Street Tavern from 6-9PM in place of the May General Membership meeting on May 2nd. This is all inclusive as long as your dues are paid. There will be door prizes, koozies and celebrations!

If you are on the Parlor or Garden tour this year, you receive a free membership for a year!

We have openings for socials in August, November and December. 

Pat and Anita Walker are hosting the social this evening! They are located at  2300 South 13th Street.

The SRG has 287 current members and our goal is to gain 50 more.

Julie is also part of the Central Patrol Business Association. The SRG gave $500 towards the goal to give police officers 100 dollar bonuses. This year they will be having a “Night at the Ballpark” on April 25th at 6PM. Tickets are $30 and the police officers will be honored before the game, with the Officer of the Year throwing the first pitch. Please contact Julie for more questions and thank you to the SRG for your support.

Holiday Decorating (Venessa Kobrin)

No report

Partner Organizations

Legion Report (Bill Wirtel)

The Legions has 9 new members! Mardi Gras was great and they even sold out of their biscuits and gravy.

The first two fish fries have sold out. The next one will be a shrimp boil and there are only two more left!

The fence around the Legion is needing to be replaced. They are looking for 13 feet of cast iron loop spear. If anyone has any connections for those supplies please let Bill know. One of the planters on the 11th Street side was turned over in the alley. There was a white vehicle spotted on a camera, but no license place. 

Heavy rain caused roof damage and several interior tiles needed to be replaced. Donations are welcomed to help with that cost and the cost of new flooring that is needed.

The brick building in the back will finally be completed in the back!

Soulard Business Association (Tom Gullickson)

No report

Mardi Gras Inc. (Gary Toribio, Billy Tomber, Michael Pastore)

No report


Motion to adjourn was made by Venessa Kobrin and seconded Margie Koors. The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM




February 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

February 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes taken by Secretary Taylor Bodine.

Date:               February 21st, 2018

Location:       Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12th St.

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Taylor Bodine, Venessa Kobrin, Beth Bennett, Billy Tomber, Bill Clendenin, Scott Plackemeier, Wade Weistreich, Chris Schwarz

Officers and Directors Absent: Luaan Denten, Stephen Shuman, Neil Putz        

Guests Present: Jane Carriker and Stephen Hale

The meeting was called to order at 7:18 PM by President Wade Weistreich

Guest Presentations

Moonbase Market: Jane Carriker and Stephen Hale:

Jane and Stephen attended the informational meeting for Moonbase that was held before the board meeting. They shared with the board that they would be personally impacted by lack of parking if Moonbase Market operates at full capacity. They voiced their concerns to the board about the lack of parking if Moonbase begins operating with a liquor license in conjunction with Earthbound Brewery. Jane stated that according to the city, they are required to have 100 parking spots available  but currently only have an agreement with Molly’s/1860’s parking lot across the street for 17 spots. They also have a verbal agreement with Hub Furniture to use their lot on 7th street, but that is three blocks away and currently for sale. Stephen said that he would sign off on the liquor license if they guaranteed them parking spots, due to the fact that their properties do not allow for off street parking to be built. It was noted that any communication they have received from Kelly and Associates has stated that they will only be open for special events and on weekends, but all other information they have seen and what was presented at the SRG February general meeting states they will be open seven days a week. The owner of Moonbase has been open to hearing various solutions, but there are still concerns. Aside from the parking issues, Jane and Stephen do not oppose to the business.

Old Business

Meeting minute and archive:  

The board is still working on the minutes archive. Wade reminded everyone to send him their notes. He will compile them into one spreadsheet and have Venessa post it to the shared SRG Google Drive.

Suggestion Box: The first official virtual suggestion was submitted! It was in regards to the Renaissance not being online anymore/in the blaster. This was addressed at the general meeting and will be included moving forward. They will be published online 3-4 weeks after hard copies are distributed.

Survey: The board will distribute a survey to ensure that every member of the SRG has the opportunity to have their voice heard. An incentive will be offered to increase participation in the survey. The next board will decide whether the survey needs to be done on a 6 month or once a year basis. Venessa will send a link to the survey to the board for finals approval, and then post the survey at the SRG general meeting on March 7th with a deadline of April 3rd at midnight. During the transition dinner for the board the survey results will be discussed.

Mom Howard Camera:  Wade is continuing to work on this project.

New Business

Board Elections: Lisa Marlinghaus was nominated to run for an open position and has accepted.

Mardi Gras - Post Event: Mardi Gras was a success and clean up went well. The 21 NFP Bars did poorly  - mostly attributed to the cold weather. Billy noted that he believes the parade is one of the best we’ve had and that there were no big security concerns. There we some issues at the Soulard Market that have been addressed. March 1st is the public forum at 6:00 PM.

Areas to dedicate funds:

The board brainstormed a few ideas to dedicate funds to within the neighborhood and concluded that there were options that needed to be identified and focused on. It was brought up to possibly add a question about the funds on the survey.

MoonBase Market Parking:

The board is concerned with the parking issues for residents as well as the misrepresentation of what has been presented as the business plan to the neighborhood vs. how they are actually operating. Wade will reach out to the owner, Stuart, and the Board of Adjustments and offer to schedule a meeting with the board to discuss these issues and the impact they will have on Soulard residents. 

Treasurer’s Report

We are currently $14,000 ahead - this includes the $20,000 that has been transferred to the AB Credit Union. The Station’s budget looks good as well. The V&V expenses are almost set, as well as the Parlour Tour.

This is the first year that the SRG will be solely responsible for the Soulard Concert Series. Because this is a free community event the costs will need to be offset with sponsorships. The costs of hosting the concert series are high but, historically, the SBA covered all costs via sponsorships.

Motion: Venessa motioned that we move to pay for the Soulard Station Fence expenses overage.

Second: Billy

Yay: 8

The motion passed.

Chris mentioned that the utilities for the Station are running high vs. projection and we may need to prepare to allot more money for those expenses. The wifi is limited to only being used at the board, committee, and guest meetings. The specific utility running high is the Spectrum bill which includes cable and internet. We’ve waited to disconnect in hopes of partnering with the camera project WiFi. Bill C. will address the issue with the camera project group with a firm answering so that Spectrum can be completely disconnected, or an internet-only solution.

Committee Reports

Soulard Station: (Neil Putz)

There has been one roofer who quotes us at $400 to recaulk all the way around the Station. This does not address the soft spot above the door. The front door needs to be replaced because when it rains, the water comes straight through the front. Venessa will start with Jay and go down through bids from there to get that issue fixed.

We have a draft charter for the SS committee. It would be a board-down situation. Venessa will send out a draft charter to the board for the their thoughts.

Venessa proposed that we cut the Spectrum wifi and cable. Chris will cancel the Spectrum account, pending an update form Bill C. regarding sharing internet with the camera project.

Possibility for next year is to have an orange fence around the Station during Mardi Gras. Wade mentioned the possibility of a camera system during Mardi Gras as well.

Bricks - need minimum of 10 in an order. Used for past Presidents as well. There was some discussion of how many we should order and who should receive them.

PRT/Code and Zoning: (Beth Bennett)

The signs for the Preservation Hall have not been well received and do not fit with the neighborhood.

Beautification: (Beth Bennett)
They will be meeting to discuss the street pots. The grasses that were planted last year did not work out so they will be trying something else.

Communications/Renaissance: (Venessa Kobrin and Billy Tomber)

The last issue of the Renaissance was very successful. The next issue will be the June Garden tour issue. The Bylaws state we should have five issues in a year.

Parlor Tour: (Neil Putz)

Having the recap meeting in March and there are two outstanding sponsorships.

Residential Promotions: (Luann Denten)

Continuing to work on the historical signage.

V&V was a great event. We are still waiting on final numbers.

Fundraising: (Christopher Schwartz)

Smarti Gras is coming up on Saturday. Taylor gave the iPad/Square equipment to Chris.

The volunteer t-shirt graphic presented.  They will maintain a roster of volunteers.

Chris requested that the board allocates up to $1,500 for the purchase of the shirts.

Motion: Venessa motioned that the board approve the $1,500 for the volunteer t shirts

Second: Scott seconded

Yay: 8

The motion was passed.

Safety: (Scott Plackemeier)

No report; everything is going well.

Membership: (Stephen Shuman)

They will be having a bowling night at Saratoga Lanes. There will be more information after their Monday meeting.

Holiday Decorating: (Venessa Kobrin)

Venessa has the okay to move things over to MGI storage. Not a single thing was stolen or taken from our inventory. Thank you to Beth for helping!


Motion to adjourn made by Venessa and seconded by Scott Plackemeier. The meeting was adjourned at 10:15 p.m.









February 2018 General Meeting Minutes

February 2018 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes taken by Luann Denten

Date:                 February 7th, 2018

Location:           Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall

The meeting was called to order at 7:08 P.M. by President Wade Weistreich

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Scott Plackemeier, Bill Clendenin, Wade Weistreich, Billy Tomber, Stephen Shuman, Christopher Schwarz, Venessa Kobrin, Luann Denten

Officers and Directors Absent:  Taylor Bodine and Neil Putz

Committeeman Present:    None

Other Officials:                   None

Guest Presentation

Mardi Gras Inc (Gary Toribio)

    You cannot park in red zones from 3AM February 10th - 2AM February 11th. You may park in the yellow zones if you have a parking permit. For questions contact the Mardi Gras office:  314-771-5110. You can also call this number for non-emergency issues during Mardi Gras. If there is an emergency situation please call 911.

On Thursday, March 8th there will be a Mardi Gras Forum.

Moonbase Market (Justin Strohm and Stuart Keating)

Moonbase Market is open from 5PM-12AM every day. Includes video and tabletop game operator and is located on 1929 South 9th Street (Preservation Hall). This includes experimental cocktails and Earthbound Beer.

There are 17 parking spots at the parking lot across the street. They have an agreement with Hub Furniture to use their parking lot. There were concerns from residents in regards to parking. There were also questions in regards to “resident parking”.

Earthbound Beer/Brewery and Tap Room is 11,000 square feet and distributes kegs and is beginning cans this week. There are now 9 employees. They will have food, cocktails, and special beers. They have a catering license for special events and are working on liquor license. They hope to open in March. They will operate from 4PM-1:30 AM on weekdays, 12PM-1:30AM on Saturdays and 12PM-12AM on Sundays.

Meeting Minutes

The January board meeting minutes were available for review. Billy Tomber moved to approve. Scott Plackemeier seconded. The minutes were passed.

There was a request to include the board meeting minutes in the SRG Blaster moving forward.

The section on “conduct” was presented. Stephen Shuman moved to approve. Jeremy Mehrle seconded. The section was passed.

Treasury Report

Our banking move from Carollton Bank to A-B Credit Union. Committees will go over budget with the board at the May budget meeting. There was a question of how are we to spend money to maintain our non-profit status. Christopher stated that we spend roughly $120,000 per year.

There was a question in regards to our mission statement and what we are doing to achieve it.

Billy Tomber moved to approve the Treasury Report. Jeremy Mehrle seconded. The Treasury Report was approved.

Police Report (Officer Sherdon Douglas)

Officer Douglas was not in attendance tonight, but sent a report.

1 burglary

17 larcenies

7 vehicles thefts

0 robberies

0 assaults

Old Business

Mom Howard Camera Program

We have $1,000 to purchase residential cameras. Wade is asking Judith to “de-brief” looking at SRG supporting residential camera.

Survey and Suggestion Box

The Blaster now has a questions/comments section. We will have an actual suggestion box at the SRG meeting as well.
New Business

Board Elections

President Elect - open

2 Director Positions - open

Treasury - open

Secretary - open

Nominations open tonight.

Luann nominated Scott Plackemeier for President Elect. Billy Tomber nominated Chris Schwarz for Treasurer. Wade Weistreich nominated Taylor Bodine for Secretary.

Paul Kjorlie nominated Brenda and John Haas for directors. The nominations were declined.

Nominations will be open until the day before the election. Veronica will make the ballot.

SRG Committee Reports

Safety (Scott Plackemeier and Sergio Sevillano)

The City’s Finest is now on duty. They have made 19 arrests since September which is many more than the previous contractor. We will now have multiple bike officers.

Beautification (Richard Eaton)

The Butterfly Garden will be moving from the Market Park to Pontiac Park and planting will increase. A wrought iron fence increased all the way to the right pole. St. Louis University Greek LIfe is coming to volunteer.

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

We are proud to announce that the Soulard Merchandise is online! You can visit us on Etsy.

The Vices and Virtues Mardis Gras Ball was an amazing event. Congratulations to our newly crowned Queen and King - Leah and Eric Sutphen. Thank you to our outgoing Royalty - Mandi and Brandon Rogalski. Please nominate for next year’s Royalty for $5! This year’s V&V was the fourth year and has always meant to be an event by Soulard for Soulard. We have made money every year and we are projecting a great return again this year - the silent auction was $2,600, the tables sold out, and we had several new sponsorships. Thanks to all who attended!

Please join us on February 13th - Fat Tuesday - for our neighborhood New Orleans Style 2nd Line Stroll. We will meet at D’s Place at 5PM. Wear your best Mardi Gras attire!

Please watch for information regarding the signage project

Communications (Jeremy Mehrle)

No Report

Parlor Tour (Jeanne Kirby)

No report

PRT/Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)

The current historic standards were approved in 1991. There were questions in regards to new garages in the neighborhood being brick. There was a question in regard to a 10th Street house facing Pontiac Park.

The proposed building on Russell is planning to start in February, and is in the permit process.

Fundraising (Christopher Schwarz)

February 24th is our 5th Annual Smartygras at the Franklin Room! Doors open at 6PM. Tables are $225. There will be beer, wine and prizes.

There are volunteer t shirts you can earn this year by working three events or three shifts. They are limited and will be redesigned yearly.

There will be five concerts this year May-September.

We need volunteers to help and we need committee members.

Membership (Julie Price)

Leah and Beth are resigning from the committee - thank you for your contributions!

We are recruiting for new members!

The social will be at Chris and Venessa’s.

We are looking at doing a bowling event on March 24th at Saratoga Lanes.

There will be a Membership Drive on May 3rd. Location is TBD. There are Star Directories and Soulard magnets available.

The last Star Award of the Year is presented to Veronica Putz!

Holiday Decorating (Venessa Kobrin)

No Report

Partner Organizations

The Legion Report (Bill Wirtel)

We will have Mardi Gras at the Legion beginning at 7:30 AM on Saturday with biscuits and gravy, $1 hotdogs, bloody marys, beer and hurricanes. We have been doing this for 18 years.

Fish Frys are coming up! February 16th, March 2nd, and March 30th.

There will be a Shrimp Boil March 16th from 5-8, or until the shrimp is gone.

Soulard Business (Tom Gullickson)

No report

Soulard Sushi is coming to the neighborhood in October or November and will be located at 1009 Russell.


Motion to adjourn was made by Scott Plackemeier  and seconded Jim Rick.







January 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes January 2018 SRG Board Meeting

Minutes taken by Secretary Taylor Bodine

Date:                January 17th, 2018

Location:          Soulard Station

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz,Wade Weistreich, Billy Tomber, Taylor Bodine, Stephen Shuman, Bill Clendenin

Officers and Directors Absent: Venessa Kobrin

Guests Present: None

The meeting was called to order at 7:08 PM by Wade Weistreich

Old Business

Market Park Agreement: (Wade Weistreich)

Wade and Tom have signed

Meeting Minute Archive (Wade Weistreich)

Wade has found around 50 sets of past minutes dated back to 2012. There is a large section of 2013 missing, and as the notes progress they are written with more detail. They have been divided and the board will be assigned sections to read through and look for past procedures, policies, or good ideas to benefit the SRG.

Survey and Suggestion Box: (Wade Weistreich)

Wade has purchased a survey box that will be used at general meetings. Chris and Wade will prepare the survey to go out by the next SRG general meeting.

Mom Howard Camera

Wade has received the list from Venessa and will begin calling, buying and installing cameras. Wade suggested that if a neighbor does not want to “pay it forward” that he move on to the next person on the list until another neighbor is willing to pay it forward. That way there are more cameras in neighborhood. It was noted that Wade will be installing the cameras, but that Safety Committee is responsible for keeping documentation of who has cameras and who is on the list to receive one.

New Business

Board Elections

The nomination information has been posted on Facebook and Nextdoor and in the next issue of the Renaissance. We encourage nominations and participation from all eligible SRG members. There will be a call for nominations at the February general meeting.

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Inc. will present again at the general meeting in February. In past years, we have surrounded the Soulard Station with plastic netting and trash cans. The possibility of doing that this year was discussed. The large trailer on 13th Street may be an issue. Scott P. will follow up on this. Wade mentioned that every year the pre-planning and post Mardi Gras event becomes smoother and more efficient. Bill C. asked about golf carts allowed in red zones and Billy T. confirmed that they are absolutely not allowed unless they are authorized.

Conduct at Meetings

The board discussed Robert’s Rules of Order in regards to membership and conduct at both Board and General SRG meetings. It was noted that we do follow the Robert’s Rules of Order and all meetings of the SRG are to be conducted following those rules. Wade will cover the following at the February General Meeting:

- No member is to speak until being called upon by the President or presenting speaker.

- Only one person at a time is to be given the floor.

- Interruptions or speaking out of tern are grounds for removal from the meeting and/or suspension from future meetings, or possible removal of membership from the SRG.

- Any future violations will be held to these standards.

- A member must have prior approval to add an item to the agenda, or make an announcement. Approval will be at the discretion of the President.

Treasurer’s Report

Christopher Shwarz confirmed that we have received a $6,059 check from the SBA for Octoberfest. There was discussion on whether the $1,000 donation for the Mom Howard cameras should be allocated to the Safety Committee or the Board. It was decided that it should be moved as a charitable contribution to the board and will be a topic at the next Safety Committee meeting. Christopher reported that our total income is $52,000 and our expenses are on track. The outstanding $20,000 check is not money that has been spent. It is the money that was transferred to open the new bank account at the AB Employee Credit Union. The debit card for our account will hopefully be here by the end of the week and Christopher will transfer the rest of the money to the new bank account. We have received an extension on our taxes, and are looking into outside tax professionals. Overall, we are in good shape and all committees are spending according to their budget.

Motion: Billy T. moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report.

Second: Neil Putz

The motion passed as follows: Yay (10) Nay (0) Abstain (0)

Committee Reports

Soulard Station: (Neil Putz)

Beth Bennett will be resigning from the ad hoc committee. Moving forward it will include Venessa and Neil. Beth will see through the roofing project. She has met with two seperate roofers and is waiting to receive their bids.

Neil would like to begin developing a committee to take care of the operation and maintenance of the Station. This includes maintaining the calendar and scheduling, enforcing agreements for events, preparation and clean up for events, management of minor and major repairs, and other miscellaneous tasks. There will be announcements made soon about further development of this committee at the next meeting. Luann suggested including information in the next blaster so members are aware of this new committee coming soon.

Billy T. reminded Neil that the volunteers for the Pet Parade typically use the Soulard Station as a checkpoint. Neil had not heard about this, so Billy will confirm. 

Christopher Schwarz requested that the Station committee looks at ways to save money on its internet bill.

Coding and Zoning: (Beth Bennett)
The owners of Star’s Design Group bought a building on Gravois to use for their business. Originally, they were intending to rebuild on the site of their building that burned down on the corner of Menard and Shenandoah. The plans had been approved by the SRG and the city.

The parking signs that have caused previous issues have been taken down. They will be building in the alley to park their cars.

Beautification: (Beth Bennett)

It will be $80 a foot to add to the fence. We have not measured because of the cold weather. More will be done on this project when it is a little warmer.

Communications/Renaissance: (Billy Tomber)

The Renaissance is done and the tentative release date is Wednesday the 24th. The board mentioned they would like to see it released sooner. The website is up to date but the suggestion box still needs to be added.

Parlour Tour: (Neil Putz)

There are still signs being collected from the tour.

Residential Promotions: (Luann Denten)

Preparations for the ball are in full force. The Lemp Grand Hall venue is bigger and nicer than we have ever had before. There will be free shuttles from Duke’s and Molly’s. Merchandise is going live on our Etsy store as soon as we have the debit card. Beth Bennett has chosen to step down from the committee,  but will still be actively helping at events. 

Fundraising: (Christopher Schwarz)

The check for Oktoberfest was smaller than we anticipated by almost $2,000. We still made money but not as much as we anticipated. We will adjust moving forward, but will still participate. The resales are still being closed. Tour de Fat was cancelled but we already put in permits and stage requests so we will be doing another concert during that time instead. Smardi Gras is approaching on February 24th. We will be looking for volunteers soon. The volunteer t-shirts will require three points and up to one waiverable in order to receive. The points will be monitored and approved by the committee chairs. The design is till in progress and money/costs will be noted at the next meeting and this project will be presented at a general meeting when the completed.

Safety: (Scott Plackemeier)

The new neighborhood security efforts have led to 20 arrests since September. They have a jeep and a bike that patrols. Overall, we are happy with the company.

Membership: (Stephen Shuman)

There was no meeting this month

Holiday Decorating: (Christopher Schwarz)

The decorations will be removed on Sunday. Thank you notes have been written to everyone that donated. Special thanks for Beth Bennett.


Motion made by Stephen Shuman and seconded by Luann. The meeting was adjourned at 10:02 PM.




January 2018 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes January 2018 SRG General Meeting

Date:                          January 3, 2018

Location:                   Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall

The meeting was called to order at 7:08 P.M. by President Wade Weistreich

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Scott Plackemeier, Taylor Bodine, Bill Clendenin, Wade Weistreich, Billy Tomber

Officers and Directors Absent:  Stephen Shuman, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Venessa Kobrin, Luann Denten

 Aldermen Present:                          9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther

Committeeman Present:                None

Other Officials:                                  Officer Sherdon Douglas

 Guest Presentation

Mardi Gras Inc: Tim Lorson

        Informational packets will be delivered to Soulard residents at their door. It will include parade routes, your parking information and more. If you do not get your parking pass, come to the Mardi Gras office wit proof of residency and proof of the number of cars that you own. For parking, you cannot park in red zones from 3AM February 10th - 2AM February 11th. You may park in the yellow zones if you have a parking permit.For questions contact the Mardi Gras office:  314-771-5110

Treasury Report

       Christopher Schwarz is out of town. No treasury report or board meeting minutes for approval as they are still out for edit.

Police Report  (Officer Sherdon Douglas)

-21 total crimes this month

-1 reported rape: Occurred on 12-2-17 at 1:45 PM at a park area behind the gas station at Gravois and Russell. The Police have investigated this incident, but the victim knew the rapist and is not cooperating. This has become an inactive case.

-2 robberies: both  were committed in the early morning between midnight and 2:30 AM.

1)    Occured at 700 and Allen. A man arrived home and was approached by a male. His car was taken. The investigation is still ongoing with some leads.

2)    A double robbery occurred at the 1700 block of South 8th street. The victims were home and opened their door after someone knocked, believing it to be their friends. Suspects robbed them and then left. On their way out they saw another group and robbed them as well. They were last seen traveling south on Broadway. There are good leads in this case as well.

  -13 larsonies:

-8 vehicles had items stolen and have no current suspects. 2 vehicles had no items stolen.

-Imo’s pizza driver had pizza stolen during a delivery

-Tires were stolen from a company on Broadway Street. The suspect was arrested on scene.

-There was a wallet accidentally left on the counter at D’s bar and was stolen.

-Larcenies are happening during the weekdays in the afternoon to the late evening on  Monday, Thursday or Tuesday. Electronics are being stolen. Remember to be smart and do not leave valuables in your car. 

-There were 4 stolen vehicles. 3 were not residents of Soulard.  All 4 have been recovered. Times and trends were sporadic.

-1 aggravated assault: Suspects were driving a dark grey or black Toyota. Victim saw 2 males driving slowly at the 1000 block of Barton Street at 5:20 AM. Victim began running and they cornered him with a gun and robbed him. There were no injuries.

-They have increased patrol in areas where the crimes occurred.  Officer Douglas goes to the area every time there is a crime and patrols the area.

-The Detectives assigned to these cases will be at next month’s meeting to give us more details.

Old Business

Parlour Tour recap: Jeanne Kirby

      Both tours were sold out this year. Income and expenses will be announced at the next meeting when Christopher is back.

 Donation: Wade Weistreich

      A $1,000 donation has been made by Jim and Julie Price from the Crab Boil to continue with the Mom Howard camera program. Wade will be managing that initiative.

      ***At the conclusion of ‘old business’ Paul Kjorlie stood up and began to speak.  He referenced handouts he distributed prior to the meeting containing a segment from the by-laws regarding membership voting.  Wade told him that if he wanted to present at a meeting he needed to be on the agenda.  Wade reminded Paul that this isn’t the first time he has been told this and additionally he has invited Paul on several occasions to reach out to him or another board if he wants to discuss SRG related matters not on the agenda.  Paul tried to continue despite being told to stop disrupting the meeting until finally several members were able to convince him to sit down.

New Business

SSBD Forum update (Bill Clendenin)

     A forum will be held this Monday at 7PM at South Broadway Athletic Club on 7th Street

Harassment of Neighbors (Wade Weistreich)

     Wade recently learned that a resident of Soulard had trash thrown in their yard as well as other forms of harassment committed against them including “shaming” on  This was due to “no parking” signs that the city had approved for a golf cart.  Alderman Jack Coater and Wade were addressing the situation with the city since the curb cut violated the historical code.  Wade wanted to remind everyone that the way the residents were harassed and intimidated was unacceptable and that it is his sincere hope that no members of the SRG were involved in any way.

Survey (Wade Weistreich)

There will be a digital comment box on the website and sent out with the blaster from now on to make it easier for members to provide feedback, ask questions or make suggestions. The President and President-elect will both receive the feedback and present to the board or respond if they deem necessary. A physical comment box will be at all SRG general meetings and will be taken home by Wade. There will also be an annual survey sent to all SRG members and passed to the next board in February.

SRG Committee Reports:

Safety (Scott Plackemeier and Sergio Sevillano)

Nothing new to add. If you are free on Monday please attend the forum at South Broadway

Beautification (Richard Eaton)

No report

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

No report

Communications (Jeremy Mehrle)

No report

Parlor Tour (Jeanne Kirby)

No report

PRT/Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)

-It’s winter so there are not many current projects or current construction.

-Update on the potential building being built on the corner of Menard and Lami/2325 Menard Street: Jay has sent plans to the committee. Their comments have been collected and sent to the architect and the owner.

Fundraising (Christopher Schwarz)

Smarti Gras: February 24th.

Meeting next week at some point

Look at recording

Membership (Julie Price)

No report. Additional Star Awards will be presented tonight.

Holiday Decorating (Venessa Kobrin)

No Report

Partner Organizations


The Legion Report (Bill Wirtel)

-The Mouse Races will be held on Saturday, January 13th at 7PM at St. Vincent De Paul. Doors will open at 6:30PM. Children under 17 can attend for free. Adults can purchase tickets at for $25 in advance or at the door for $30. Your ticket includes beer, wine, soda, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, a silent auctions, games and much more. This family friendly event will benefit Veterans.

-There will be 4 Fish Fry’s this year. More details to come!

Soulard Business (Tom Gullickson)

No report

Mardi Gras Inc (Billy Tomber)

Everyone is welcome to Twelfth night!

Star Award Presentations

Marilyn Morris and Nancy Lambert were presented Star Awards. Congratulations!


Motion to adjourn Billy T. was made by and seconded Margie Korlos. The meeting was adjourned at 8:19 P.M.








December 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes December 2017 SRG Board Meeting

Date:                                      December 18th, 2017

Location:                               Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12th St.

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

Officers and Directors Absent: Bill Clendenin       

Guests Present: None

The meeting was called to order at 7:38 PM by President Wade Weistreich

Old Business

Market Park Agreement: (Wade Weistreich)

          Tom and Wade will be signing the agreement soon.


Parlor Tour Recap: (Neil Putz)

-The 2017 Parlor Tour was great!

-850 people went through the homes and over $13,000 in revenue is anticipated.

-Home owners that volunteered were enthusiastic and engaged.

-There were minor logistical issue because of the space between houses. By the end of the first day, it had been resolved.

-A few guests were wanting to walk to the next house, causing a ripple effect with bus times and locations, figuring out where everyone was and where the busses were needed, etc. This will be discussed for next year’s tour route.

Motion: Billy Tomber motioned to grant 2015, 2016 and 2017 Soulard Parlor Tour host homes full 2018 SRG membership and any host moving forward in future years.

Second: Luann Denten

Amendment: LuAnn suggested extending that to the 2015, 2016, 2017 and future Garden Tour hosts who have not previously received a free membership

Second: Billy Tomber

The motion passed as follows: Yay (9) Nay (0) Abstain (1)


 Volunteer T-shirts: (Christopher Schwarz)

-There is an SRG volunteer t-shirt design in the works!

-Members will receive “points” for volunteering at SRG events. After a certain amount of points are earned, they will receive the volunteer t-shirt. The shirts are anticipated to be completed by Smarti Gras.


Documents for Review: (Wade Weistreich)

Wade is continuing to gather and organize meeting minutes to begin compiling rulings, operating procedures and any other useful information for future boards.

New Business

SRG responsible for Socials

Recent issues with SRG sponsored events were discussed to explore ideas on how to possibly prevent future issues. The Membership Committee will discuss this topic as well and we will continue to engage in an ongoing conversation about this issue.

Ways to better engage membership

  1. The board has decided to implement a digital comment box via the website and SRG blaster to make it even easier for members to provide feedback, ask questions, or make suggestions. There will also be a physical suggestion box at every SRG General Meeting.We highly encourage members to reach out directly to any of the 11 board members if there are any concerns needing a faster response.
  2. The comment from the online suggestions box will be sent to the President and the President-elect. Suggestions in the physical box will be collected by the President at the end of the meeting.
  3. The board will be putting together an online survey for members. Chris Schwarz will be leading this effort and hopes to have it finalized by February.

Mom Howard Money

-Jim and Julie Price donated $1,000 from money collected at their crab boil, which will be used to provide funding for the purchase of additional Arlo cameras for residents of Soulard.

-Wade will manage the purchase and installation of the cameras. Venessa is to provide the list created by Judith Howard to Wade in order to continue where she left off.

Treasurer’s Report

          Christopher Schwarz was happy to report that finances are looking positive. We are still in the process of moving other accounts besides the operating reserves from Carollton Bank to the AB Credit Union. A $20,000 deposit was made to start that account. It was noted that our insurance bill has been paid and that we are not spending as much money as we did last year on the Soulard Station. More money is anticipated to come in from Oktoberfest. It was noted that the income from the Parlor Tour is actually about $22, 697.54 with all extras added in except the ticket sales.

Committee Reports

Soulard Station: (Neil Putz)

-Two of the three maintenance issues have been completed.

-More bids may be needed for the roof. Beth Bennett and Neil will get together and sort out the bids and begin to take action.

-Beth is going to get final numbers on how much it will cost to extend the fence and present to the board for completion.


PRT/Code and Zoning: (Beth Bennett)

-Beth reported that the committee did not approve the two street facing garages that were requested to be built on Lami.

-Discussion occurred regarding ReMax putting in LED screens on their windows when past businesses have not been allowed to do so. The Committee will discuss.

-Nothing has moved forward regarding the parking sign on Emmet. Wade will follow up with this issue.

Beautification: (Beth Bennett)

The committee had the year end meeting and it went well. Nothing will be moving forward for the next couple of months.

Communications/Renaissance: (Vennessa Kobrin and Billy Tomber)

-The deadline for the Renaissance is January 5th. They are working on “then and now” articles.

-The website and minutes are up to date.

Parlor: (Neil Putz)

Two homes have already been lined up for next year.

Residential Promotions: (Luann Denten)

-Santa Comes to Soulard was wonderful. There were 70+ children and adults in attendance.

-There will be an Etsy store for new merchandise – launch date TBD.

-The Vices and Virtues Ball is moving to the Soulard Historic District to the Lemp Grand Hall. 

-16-18 tables have already been sold. There will be no more table sales from now on and seating will become heritage style. If you have it this year, you’ll have it next year.

-Molly’s and Duke’s have committed to providing shuttles for the event.

-There will be parking across from the venue with a parking attendant.

-There will be two bars and a large outdoor rooftop deck.

Fundraising: (Christopher Schwartz)

-We are working on the t-shirts previously mentioned.

 -Smardi Gras is coming up on February 24th, 2018. Sales will be live on December 19th. Emails will go out to past buyers on Wednesday the 20th.

-Committee members will not know questions or answers in advance. Only the question crew will have that insight. This will allow committee members to participate if they wish.

-Tour de Fat : Date in June TBD

-Soulard Concert Series: Dates are on the calendar. It will occur the second Saturday during May through September. Park permits and stage permits have been placed but not approved yet.  

-Wreath sales for next year are being re-evaluated to ensure the effort put in is matched with the proper donation prices.

Safety: (Scott Plackemeier)

-No meeting this month because the last Monday falls on Christmas.

-The committee discussed getting gift cards as an incentive to make arrests and closing cases to our liaison officer.

Membership: (Stephen Shuman)

Three of the Star award recipients were not present at the December General Meeting, so they will be awarded at January General Membership meeting.

Holiday Decorating: (Venessa Kobrin)

The lights are up!


Motion to adjourn made by Billy T. and seconded by Scott Plackemeier. The meeting was adjourned at 10:02 p.m.






December 2017 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes December 2017 SRG General Meeting

Date:                         December 6, 2017

Location:                  Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 P.M by President Wade Weistreich

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Venessa Kobrin, Wade Weistreich, Billy Tomber, Taylor Bodine

Officers and Directors Absent:      Bill Clendenin, Stephen Shuman

Aldermen Present:                          None

Committeeman Present:                 None

Other Officials:                                Captain Shawn Dace and Officer Sherdon Douglas

Board and General Meeting Minutes

- The Treasury Report was available for review

- Christopher Schwarz noted that there were repairs needed including minor leaks, cracks, waterproofing and fixing of the fence at the Soulard Station. He confirmed that the the Station is paid off and payments are no longer being made.

- The November General Membership and Board meetings were available for review. Neil Putz moved to approve the minutes and Jim Rick seconded. The Board meeting minutes were approved.

Police Report (Sherdon Douglas)

- 19 total crimes for the month of November

- 4 Robberies: 2 arrests have been made

- 1 Aggravated Assault: Occurred on November 18th at the bus stop on 13th and Allen Street. The victim was not a resident of Soulard and sustained injuries to his leg and head.

- 14 Larcenies: 6 were residents of Soulard, and 2 were businesses. 4 were from vehicles each stealing under $500 and 2 vehicle larcenies were over $500. The last 3 were attempts to steal, breaking the windows of cars but not taking anything.

Old Business

Memorandum to clarify Soulard Restoration Group By-Laws

- President Wade W. presented a written memo. Please see attached for reference.

- Questions were asked by the general membership to clarify the memo and by-laws. President Wade W. addressed concerns over general members not having a voice.  He assured that any member could bring an idea or concern to the board at any time and that the appropriate action would be taken through scheduled board meetings. 

- If need be, the board can convene via email or in person should the situation warrant an immediate response. 

- The general membership has the ability to motion to have a board decision overturned by a motion from the floor.  A vote would be taken by the GM at the following meeting.

Committee Reports

Parlor Tour (Neil Putz)

- Thank you to all volunteers that helped make the Parlor Tour a success this year

- Income was $17,070 with 850 tickets sold and expenses totaling $3,806.

- Other than a few issues with the radios and longer distances between houses causing longer bus wait times, the Parlor Tour had great feedback. Those issues will be addressed for next year.

SBA/SRG Market Agreement (Wade Weistreich)

- States that SBA will be handling the majority of duties.

- It is important to note that this is a working agreement and could easily be revoked by either parties and ultimately, the City controls the park.

- The Butterfly Garden will be moved from the Market to Pontiac Square Park.

New Business

- Taylor Bodine will be the new Secretary for the Board

- Chad Graham, our Registered Agent for approximately 17 years, will be retiring. A registered agent is required by the board to responsible to ensure we file to the city for the board on a regular basis and will be contacted if any legal action is required by or taken against the board. If you are interested in being the Registered Agent, please contact President Wade W.

Committee Reports

Safety (Scott Plackemeier/Sergio Sevillano)

No report given.

Beautification (Richard Eaton)

No report given.

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

Historical Signage

Signage will be created along with brochures for a walking tour and an audio tour. This will be one-of-a-kind in the St. Louis area. This has been approved by Cultural Resources. There will be 30 houses on the tour and we will be contacting home owners soon to participate.

- Santa is coming to Soulard! On Friday, December 15th from 6-9PM at the Soulard Station.

- Merchandise is moving along. Once approval for financing is given, it will be posted online.

- Vices and Virtues is January 27th! If you attended last year and want to guarantee your spot or table for this year, you must claim them now or they will be posted for general sale. We are changing venues to the Lemp Grand Hall.  Be prepared to nominate royalty for only $5! Nominees must be from Soulard.

Communications (Jeremy Mehrle)

- We need your Soulard pets of the week! Nominate through Facebook at

- The deadline for the Mardi Gras issue of the Renaissance is January 5th. If you have an article or an idea for one, please submit it!

- Thank you to everyone who helped deliver the Renaissance and the Soulard Directories last Monday.

PRT/Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)

- The committee met with the 1001 Russell developer for the vacant lot just east of The Island Frozen Yogurt. They presented their plans for a 3 story building with retail on the first floor and apartments on the second and third. The committee and the City of St. Louis have approved the plan and will be breaking ground in February.

- The Union Barbershop wanted to put up a beer sign but the committee did not approve.

- Henry’s Bar purchased the building next door and wanted to add to their backdoor area. They built a pergola, which was inspected and approved by the committee. They were asked to fix their fence and they have complied.

- A developer from Los Angeles who has done work in Soulard previously has purchased the 2325 Menard Street open lot.  He wants to build two townhouses with garages facing Lami. Those would take two spots away from street parking so that request has been denied. The committee will be setting up a meeting with him to work on further development plans.

Fundraising (Chris Schwarz)

- Smardi Gras Trivia event will be on February 24th held in the Franklin Room. Volunteer sign ups will begin next month.

Membership (Julie Price)

- We need socials! If you would like to host a social please contact Julie

- January 13th Saturday is the wrestling at the Broadway Athletic Club. There is a possible conflict with another event, and more details will be announced at a later date.

- The welcome wagon baskets have been bought. Current residents can purchase these for $3 at the Tour Center and new residents will be gifted them.

- The Social is on the corner of 10th Street and Anne. Thank you to Allen and LeRoy for hosting.

Holiday Decorating (Venessa Kobrin)

- The lights are up at the Soulard Station. Thank you  to Allison and Leah for helping.

- Thank you to Julie Price for stepping up for the Star awards and the membership committee.

Partner Organizations

The Legion Report (Bill Wirtel)

- Fish Frys will be held:  February 16th, March 2nd, March 16th, and March 30th.

- Mr. Bill is a Korean Veteran and has been asked to go on the Honor Flight in this summer!

- The Legion’s number one fundraising, the Mouse Races, is approaching. It will be hosted at the St. Vincent de Paul on January 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Soulard Business Association (Tom Gullickson)

No report given.

Mardi Gras Inc. (Gary Toribio, Billy Tomber, Michael Pastore)

- Saturday night January 6th there will be a street parade. Details are TBD. Start time is around 6PM. Check your email blaster and social media for more details.

Star Award Presentations

- 8 were awarded and 5 are present tonight.

- The Star Award recipients were: Marybeth Wallace, Nancy Kelly, David Cornelius, Jim Rick, Dave Simmons. Neil Putz accepted an award on behalf of Veronica Putz. 

-Thank you to Joe Denten for the creating the Star Award plaques.


Motion to adjourn was made by Jeremy Mehrle and Jim Price seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 8:17 p.m.











November 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes November 2017 SRG Board Meeting

Date:                           November 15, 2017

Location:                    Soulard Station

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by President Wade Weistreich

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

Venessa Kobrin served as Secretary for the meeting.

Officers and Directors Absent: none

Guests Present:           Paul Kjorlie, Taylor Bodine, Jay Gibbs

Guests Presentations

1. Paul Kjorlie

Paul K. presented to the Board regarding the current bylaws and a request for clarification of procedure when general membership wants to bring a topic to the floor. Wade W. will compose a clarifying memo prior to the next general meeting and disseminate to membership at said meeting and electronically.

2. Taylor Bodine

            Taylor is interested in serving in the Secretary position. She currently works in a marketing/PR position and is eager to give back to her community and be involved.

3. Jay Gibbs

            Jay Gibbs and Charles Closser presented the plans for 1001 Russell. The plans have already been presented to Cultural Resources, who required brick on the entire façade. The history of the building began with the number of residential units being determined by the amount of parking available, 20 parking spaces. After discussions with PRT and Alderman Coatar, the builder decided to convert a portion of the building (50%) to commercial space. The remaining building will be a split of 8 2-bedrooms and 8 1-bedroom apartments. The number of parking spaces has not increased but the numbers of parking spaces is 20 to a total of 16 units.

            The side façade is being proposed at 35’ of brick, followed to the rear by siding. This is above and beyond the requirement of adjacent alley width+1’.

            The building would be lighted and the parking lot lighted and secured.

            All board members are happy about the commercial space being added to the neighborhood.

            An open house for the project will be held on November 21st, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Soulard Station.


Motion: Luann D. motions for approval of the siding façade, as presented in the most current plans (presented to the Board 11/15/17), contingent on the approval of PRT and an open house on the project for the general public.

Seconded: Christopher Schwarz.

Vote: 8 in favor and 1 opposed.

Old Business

1. Common Calendar

            The official calendar of the Soulard Restoration Group is reflected on This calendar serves as the primary communication tool for events, activities, and meetings to the general membership of the SRG and the public. The calendar and website are managed by the Communications Committee. Because the calendar serves as the official and primary distribution medium for events, activities, and meetings, “placeholders” are not reflected on this calendar. A separate “working calendar” is maintained as an internal working document. This “working calendar” allows committee chairs to schedule events/activities/meetings and avoid conflicting events. The Communications Committees works to ensure that the calendar reflect events held by partner organizations within the neighborhood (SBA/MGI) and potential conflicting events in STL as large (e.g., Cardinals home games).

            Three items are required to move an event/activity/meeting from the “working calendar” to the official (public) calendar and need to be emailed to the entire Communications Committee:

1)    Copy: this is the written description of the event to include date, time, place. This needs to be submitted via email in a format that can be copied and pasted.

2)    Photo/Art: this is the graphic/image that will be used in conjunction with the copy.

3)    The date of the event. If there is a conflict with another event, the communications committee will let the requestor know.

Recurring and already scheduled events, through December 31st of 2018, have already been added to the working calendar. These events are reflected on the calendar that has been provided to all committee chairs and board members. The Communications Committee is actively transferring a year of events to the official public calendar. You are welcome to submit your materials for the entire year now, and we will fill out the calendar. This will not be done overnight, but will be done as soon as we are able. This same copy, art, and date information will be used across, Facebook, and NextDoor. We may alter slightly to better reach a specific audience.

            The official calendar, in list format, will be printed and available at all general meetings. Additionally, the calendar will be published in list format in the Renaissance.

2. Star Awards

            The Star Awards are ready to be presented at the December 6th General Membership meeting.

            Luann D. requested that the nominator(s) take part in the presentation of the award to their nominee. 

3. Secretary Position

            President Wade Weistreich appointed Taylor Bodine for the Secretary position. The Board ratified the decision.

4. Market Park Agreement

Motion: Neil moves that the Board accept the November 15th version of the Soulard Market Park Agreement.

Second: Stephen S.

Vote: all in favor.

 New Business

1. Meeting Minutes Archive

Creating a digital meeting minutes archive is Wade W.’s project as President. He is seeking any and all past hardcopy meeting minutes and/or documentation to be gathered and provided to him. Wade will scan all such materials into a shared google drive.

This is extremely important to ensure institutional knowledge is recorded and accessible.

2. Volunteer T-shirts

            Last month Chris S. (Fundraising Committee Chair) suggested SRG volunteer t-shirts be created and printed. The fundraising committee has moved ahead with this idea and a member of the fundraising committee is creating t-shirt design. The idea is for a new shirt to be created each year. The shirts would make volunteers at events immediately identifiable, create a conversation starter for potential volunteers, and serve as an additional “thank you” to volunteers.

            Luann D. stated that she thought that Chris S. had a great idea and, as Residential Promotions Chair, has moved forward with the graphic design professionals at Left Hand Printing to design the t-shirt.

            Venessa K. suggested that the volunteer t-shirts be a project of the Fundraising Committee as they are also the volunteer coordinators (soliciting volunteers, scheduling, etc).

            The fundraising and residential promotion committee chairs agree to discuss and resolve prior to the next Board meeting.

3. Historical Signage Project

            Luann D. is requesting additional funding for the Residential Promotion Historic Signage project. Initially the goal was to create the template and install signs at 10 locations within Soulard. The project is moving forward and has identified 30 sites for signs. The project has also received approval from the Cultural Review Board. Chris S. asked if completing the project in one go would save money. Luann D. explained that it would because the process would be done in bulk and the graphic designer would be paid for one large project as opposed to several smaller projects.

            Completing the project in one go would complete the project’s initial phase. Future funding would need to be budgeted to maintenance of the signs, which would be minimal. This would also allow for additional ideas (e.g., a Soulard historical podcast) to be based upon a final product.

            An opportunity for resident preview and input on the signs will be announced once scheduled.

Motion: Venessa K. motions that the Historic Signage Project budget be given a one-time increase of $10,000. These funds would carry the caveat of being return to the general fund, if not used. If the allocated $10,000 is not utilized by the end of the fiscal year, Luann D. will include the remainder of $10,000 in the budget request for the upcoming fiscal year.

Second: Bill C.

Vote: all in favor.

4. Central Patrol Business Association renewal and donation

Motion: Billy T. motions that the SRG donate $500 to the Central Patrol Business Association holiday fundraiser to ensure that officers receive a Police Christmas bonus.

Second: Luann D.

Vote: all in favor.

Treasurer’s Report

The operating reserve will remain at Carollton Bank but the other accounts will be moved to AB Credit Union.

The Treasurer presented reports and gave status as to how many budgeted dollars have been used to date. The Treasurer also reminded liaisons that check requests submitted which caused a committee to go over their budget would not be paid until the Chair received Board approval. In order to avoid potentially being denied reimbursement for expenses, committee chairs should always request a budget increase prior to committing to any purchase that exceeds the budget.

The Treasurer reminded the Board and liaisons that the Board serves as stewards for the funds raised, used, and maintained by the SRG and is charged with ensuring appropriate usage.

Wade W. stated that the SRG budget is not the place to “ask for forgiveness instead of permission” and reminded liaisons to work with their Chairs to seek permission prior to exceeding their budget.

Committee Reports

Beautification (Beth Bennett)

            The gardens have been turned down for the winter. A group of 8th graders came to Pontiac Square Park and helped to plant bulbs in the beds surrounding the Terra Madonna. The final workday at the Station has taken place.

Communication (Venessa Kobrin/Billy Tomber)

            The movies in the park have been extremely well received and Com Com has already scheduled three events for the coming year. Movies haven’t been selected and suggestions will be solicited from the neighborhood. We are especially proud of the new faces and family attendance at the movie in the park events. There has been a significant amount of positive feedback for this family friendly event in the neighborhood! Since the weather has shifted, the November movie will be shown at Soulard Station. The American Legion is again providing popcorn!

            The next issue of the Renaissance is the Mardi Gras issue. The deadline to submit content to the paper is January 5, 2018 to

Code and Zoning (Beth Bennett)

            A golfcart driveway that was installed at a home on 10th and Emmet. This is counter to the historic code of the neighborhood and sets a bad precedent. Wade W. will work with the Alderman to resolve.

            The issue of the golfcart driveway has also turned attention back to the parking lot that was installed in the same area by the Frenchtown Dog Park. The parking lot is against code and the dog park was supposed to resolve the issue 6 months ago but has not. Wade W. will also address this will the Alderman.

Fundraising (Christopher Schwarz)

            Wreaths are being delivered tomorrow but will be handed out as scheduled, stored under the bandstand.

            Smarti-Gras will be held on February 24th. Last year this event was supported by the Membership Committee. They are unable to support this event this year. Venessa K stated that she and Taylor B. are already organizing the Silent Auction for the Vices and Virtues Ball. To avoid seeking multiple donations from the same establishment, they will secure the donations for first, second, and third place winners of Smarti-Gras. Venessa K. stated that obtaining these donations for the Smarti-Gras will not diminish from the Vices and Virtues Silent auction because a business owner should not be approached for a donation multiple times in a 6-month period. Additionally, the funds raised by these events goes to the same place. There should not be competition for donations amongst events.

            The dates for the Soulard Concert series have been selected and the committee is moving ahead with reserving the stages and bands.

Membership (Stephen Shuman)

            The membership committee has been meeting regularly.

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

            Santa Comes to Soulard is December 16th at the Soulard Station.

            V&V is moving forward and will take place January 27th.

            Soulard merchandise will be available online.

            November 29th at 7:00 p.m. is the Board Holiday Party at Luann’s.

Safety (Scott Plackemeier)

            CAD reports will no longer be released per the interim police chief.

Holiday Decorating (Venessa Kobrin)

            Decorating has begun! All neighbors are invited to help decorate Soulard Station, building and gardens, December 26-28. Decorating dates will be publicized via a Facebook event.

            The official lighting will be December 1st at 7:00 p.m. Drinks and light snacks will be served.

            The decorating committee will also be awarding homes decorated throughout the neighborhood. More information to follow.


            Motion to adjourn made by Luann D. and seconded by Christopher S., the meeting adjourned at 10:45 p.m.




November 2017 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes November 2017 SRG General Meeting

Date:             November 1, 2017

Location:      Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. by President-Elect Venessa Kobrin

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Bill Clendenin, Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, Venessa Kobrin, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz

Officers and Directors Absent: Wade Weistreich, Billy Tomber

Aldermen Present:        Jack Coatar (7th Ward) and Dan Guenther (9th Ward)

Committeeman Present:     none

Other Officials:        none

Board and General Meeting Minutes

    October General Membership and Board meeting minutes were available for review. Bill Clendenin motioned to approve the minutes and Paul Kjorlie seconded. The October General Membership meeting minutes were approved.

New Business

Brightside Saint Louis (Rachel Grayhouse)

- Upcoming event at City Hall American Recycles Day
- Offering in-home recycling bins
- The bin can then be taken to your alley (they are a $1 donation) at City Hall Wednesday, November 15th, from 8-2. If you can’t make it, please reach out to Richard Eaton.
- Currently 10% waste diversion, the goal is to increase to 20%
- A volume study was conducted. There is difference between tonnage and volume.
- Soulard – 50-75% full dumpsters within the neighborhood. The weight and tonnage were also analyzed, and we are AWESOME recyclers.
- It isn’t just about recycling but reducing waste overall! This can be done via “pre-cycling,” or how the items you purchase are packaged. (e.g., eggs are packaged in paper, plastic, or styrofoam).
- A great way to reduce waste is by COMPOSTING.
For every ton we divert, the city saves $18.00 – that money goes back into the City.

Star Awards

    A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to praise fellow neighbors and recognize the time and energy that individuals give to Soulard!

    Star Awards will be presented at the December General meeting.

Market Park and Plaza

    There is currently a resolution being considered by both the Small Business Association (SBA) and the SRG. This resolution would transfer the physical and fiscal responsibility of Market Park and Plaza to the SBA. The SRG would maintain access and use of the bandstand.

    The contract, in its entirety, will be released to the general membership if it is adopted.

Old Business

Secretary Position (Venessa Kobrin)

    The secretary position is an appointed position for the remainder of the term (Thru April 2018)

    Don’t hesitate to ask any questions to previous Secretaries!

Police Report (Sherdon Douglas)

    CAD reports are no longer being generated.

    4 robberies, 2 aggravated assaults, 1 burglary, 1 vehicle thefts, 11 larceny. Specific patrols are taking place from 8-11:59 p.m., Thursday thru Saturday nights, patrolling areas where robberies have been occurring

Officer Douglas reminded residents to not leave any visible items in your vehicle!

Committee Reports

Beautification (Richard Eaton)

9th and Sidney triangle

    This project applied for and RECEIVED an outside grant for a rain garden from MoBot and other organizations. The grant amount is $5,000. Another grant is still on the waiting list, and we will update as information is available.
Community Volunteering
    This Friday a group of school children, 20 6th graders, will be planting around 250 daffodils in Pontiac Square. 

Communication (Venessa Kobrin)

    The next issue of the Renaissance is the Parlour Tour issue.

    Movies at the Park have been a huge success. This is measured by both overall attendance and attendance outside of SRG membership. The event is serving to bring neighbors out of the homes as well as raise awareness about SRG programming.

    Due to cold weather, Movies at the Park will move to Movies at the Station. November 18th we will be showing the Nightmare Before Christmas.

    A community calendar has been created and is in hard copy on the tables, published in the Ren and available at

Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)

Whistler Building

    The Whistler Building to be built on 7th between Barton and Victor, they are going to build the latest version that included the underground parking. This will alleviate a lots of stress on parking within the neighborhood.

Alley House

    The building was already collapsing and a storm brought it down. This building was behind the 7th street barbershop.

Union Barbershop

    The owner wants to put out a beer sign, the committee was not supportive of the additional singage as originally proposed.


    Henrys’ has an observable history of building modifying without the proper permits and is now attempting to expand his premises to the adjacent building. Stop work orders have been presented.

Fundraising (Christopher Schwarz)

    Oktoberfest was a success! We look forward to continuing this neighborhood tradition, as a neighborhood fundraiser, for many years.

    Parlour Tour is the first weekend of December!

    Tonight is the last night to purchase wreaths!

Membership (Julie Price)

    January 13th is wrastling at the South Broadway Athletic Club – this is a FREE event for SRG members.

    Welcome bags are being printed!
    The membership committee has been meeting regularly.

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

    The signage project is going to be the cornerstone project of the Residential Promotions for the coming year. Cultural Resources has approved using the signs on Cherokee street as a model example. More details to follow!

    Merchandise will be available online working with Left Hand Productions. A small amount will be kept at Left Hand’s Offices, if you want to walk-in and purchased. Cathy Weldon at The Porch will be selling jewelry and wine glasses.

    Santa Comes to Soulard is December 15th!

Safety (Scott Plackemeier/Sergio Sevillano)

    SSBD is having an open forum on 11/13 at 6:30 p.m. at the SBAC. SSBD switched over to City’s Finest, the new security contractor. Representatives will be present.

MGI (Billy Tomber)

    No report given.

Partner Organizations

Legion Report (Christopher Schwarz)

    Friday Fish Fry(s) dates are all follows: 2/16, 3/2, 3/16, and 3/30 from 5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    The Mouse Races will take place January 13th at Saint Vincent de Paul.


    Motion to adjourn made by Neil Putz and seconded by Stephen Shuman, the meeting adjourned at 7:47 p.m.



August 2017 Board Minutes

Minutes August 2017 SRG Board Meeting

Date:                           August 16, 2017

Location:                    Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12th Street


The meeting was called to order at 6:39 p.m. by President- Elect Venessa Kobrin


Officers and Directors in Attendance: Bill Clendenin, Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, Melissa Irlbeck-Whitson, Venessa Kobrin, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Stephen Shuman, Billy Tomber,


Officers and Directors Absent: Wade Weistreich

Old Business

Launch STL:  We were not chosen for the program.

Pet waste/ Cigarette disposal containers will cost between $50 and $75 each.

New Business

Mardi Gras Float: (Venessa Kobrin) There is the possibility of a Mardi Gras float being available to the SRG and membership for the Mardi Gras Parade. Venessa inquired about interest. There is interest.  Stephen will talk to the membership committee.

Pizzeoli: Motion: Christopher Schwarz motions to approve and sign the request by Pizzeoli to extend their liquor license to be open for lunch and dinner 7 days per week.

Second: Luann Denten.  The motion passed.

Treasurer Report

Reviewed and discussed.

Committee Reports

Beautification (Beth Bennett)

Premed students helped clean up Pontiac Park.  Last week, the committee worked on Soulard Market Park.

The committee has applied for two grants from MO Botanical Gardens to improve the Sydney Street Triangle   

Communication (Venessa Kobrin)

We are hosting two movie nights in Pontiac Park on September 23 and October 7.  The movies have not been selected yet.

Events are listed on in chronological order. The most current event is at the top. Once an event passes, it is removed and the next moves up.

Code and Zoning/PRT

No report given

Fundraising (Christopher Schwarz)

 Upcoming events include: Q in the Lou(Sept 29- Oct 1), Wreath Sales and Octoberfest (Oct 13-15).

Membership (Stephen Shuman)

Stephen will see if the committee is interested in a Mardi Gras float.

Parlour Tour (Neil Putz)

September 14, the committee will hold a recruitment dinner.  Five homes have already committed to be on the tour, including 1 unit from the rehab on 12th.

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

Left Hand is up and running at 1556 South Broadway.

The Pot luck dinners in Pontiac are being cancelled.

Friday, October 27 is the decorated golf cart parade.

16x24 stainless steel, laser engraved signs have been approved by the committee.  25 sites have been identified and research is underway.  An example was brought for review by the board and all were very happy with the end result.  Luann has met with cultural resourses and will present the project on August 28 to the Board of Preservation.

Safety (Scott Plackemeier)

Officer Minn has retired.  Our new liaison will be Officer Douglas.

The Foliage walk was held on July 24.  92 areas of foliage coverage were identified and reported.

Soulard Holiday Decorating (Venessa Kobrin)

Donations have been received and will be stored under the bandstand.

Soulard Station (Neil Putz)

Luann has made a lovely set of curtains which has been installed in the Soulard Station.

Jay Morris gave an estimate to repair leaks.

Estimate has been obtained to repair roof by the original roofer $175.

Estimate to repair stucco, wash and repaint is $1,800.


No report        


            Motion to adjourn made by Neil Putz and seconded by Stephen Shuman, the meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.



August 2017 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes August 2017 SRG General Meeting

Date:                           August 2, 2017

Location:                    Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall

The meeting was called to order at 7:08 p.m. by President Wade Weistreich

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, Melissa Irlbeck-Whitson, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Stephen Shuman, Wade Weistreich,

Officers and Directors Absent: Bill Clendenin, Billy Tomber, Venessa Kobrin

Aldermen Present:                Dan Guenther

Guest Present: 9th Ward Democratic committee members Sara Johnson and Bryan Walsh

Guest Presenter

Ted Greenfield

Founder’s Day Celebration will be August 12, 2017.  There will be 65 vendors and a band.

Chris Bolesta              

St. Peter and Paul Parish Festival will be held September 24, 2017.  They are currently looking for donated items for the silent auction. Please contact parish office with all donations.          

Board and General Meeting Minutes

            July 2017 General Membership and Board meeting minutes were available for review. David Taylor motioned to approve the minutes and Stephen Shuman seconded. The July 2017 General Membership and Board meeting minutes were approved. The Treasurer’s Report was available for review. Jim Price motioned to approved the minutes and Brenda Switzer seconded. The Treasurer’s report was approved.

New Business

Police Report (Scott Plackemeier)

            3 assaults (1 shooting on I55 near Arsenal exit), 5 stolen vehicles (2 mopeds and 1 golf cart), 3 burglaries, 11 larcenies, 0 sexual assaults, 6 arrests

            Scott reminded residents that crime is up in the summer and we need to watch out for ourselves, our neighbors and visitors.

 National Night Out

Special thanks to Luann and Joe Denten as well as David Taylor and Dave Simmons for organizing block parties.

 Committee Reports

Beautification (Richard Eaton)

        Molly’s fundraiser raised $7,300.

Art from the garden tour will be on auction Friday, September 29, 2017.  The event will be held at the Soulard Station beginning at 6p.m.


            No report was given.

Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)

            3331 South 7th street:  South Broadway Athletic Club annex wants to build shed dormers to make a second floor.

Fundraising (Christopher Schwarz)

            Q in the Lou is September 29- October 1.  We are looking for volunteers.

Wreath sales will begin in October.

        Octoberfest will be October 13-15.

 Membership (Julie Price)

        We currently have 289 active members. 

         2016-2017 Star awards will be given out at December’s general meeting.

          Founder’s Day will be on Saturday, August 12 in the Soulard Market Park.  We will have a membership recruiting table and home owners can sign have signatures for CID notorized.

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

           Bastille Day Parade was the biggest and best to date.  The 2018 Royals are Leah and Eric Sutphen.

            Vices and Virtues Ball will be January 27, 2018.

Safety (Jim Ricks/Scott Plackemeier)

            The Safety Walk was last week and was both efficient and effective. Replacement bulbs are already being installed.


            No report given.

Partner Organizations

Legion Report (Bill Wirtel)

            July 14   The Legion donated cleaned and ready to wear folded trousers and shirts to St Vincent De Paul Church for their rummage sale.

            July 21Third Friday of the Month Happy Hour was a tremendous success. Hat’s off to Eric Marlinghaus, Venessa Kobrin and Commander Chris Schwarz.

            August 18 3rd Friday Happy Hour featuring musician Chic Lisitano and Luau themed food.

Soulard Business Association

            No report given.


            Motion to adjourn made by David Taylor and seconded by Julie Dinkelmann, the meeting adjourned at 7:56 p.m.



July 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes July 2017 SRG Board Meeting

Date:                           July 19, 2017

 Location:                    Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12th Street

The meeting was called to order at 7:16 p.m. by President Wade Weistreich

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Bill Clendenin, Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, Melissa Irlbeck-Whitson, Venessa Kobrin, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Stephen Shuman, Billy Tomber, Wade Weistreich,

Officers and Directors Absent: none

Old Business

Gary Toribio will continue to represent SRG on the MGI Board for another term.

New Business

2222 Menard  

The Star Design Group building will have commercial space on the ground floor and residential space upstairs.  The property needs a zoning variance.

Rules/procedures Documentation  

A plan was set to review minutes from the past 10 years to document rules and procedures that were created.  Luann Denten has the previous 6 years of minutes.  An attempt will be made to obtain an additional 4 years from previous board members.  The Communications Committee will examine a method of digital storing.  We will begin dissecting the minutes at the next meeting, August 16.

Projects to use existing funds  

Beth Bennett suggested we look at potential uses for the existing surplus of SRG funds. Numerous suggestions were made as follows:

1)    LED Street Lights to replace existing street lights. (Beth Bennett) Federal funds might be available for the city to make purchase.

2)    Repair bathrooms and bandstand at Soulard Market. (Beth Bennett) MGI/SBA/SRG currently writing grant proposal for improvements on bandstand and to purchase portable stage.  Current bids range from $10,000 to $20,000.

3)    Bathroom and lighting at Pontiac Park (Luann Denten)

4)    Containers to recycle cigarette butts and stands for dog refuse bags (Beth Bennett). Beth Bennett will head a group to explore cost and potential locations throughout Soulard.

5)    Annual Scholarships (Wade Weistreich) create two scholarships of $1,000 each for graduating seniors that either live in Soulard or went to the Soulard School or Humbolt.

6)    Gene Slay scholarships (Christopher Schwarz) create $50 scholarships to Gene Slay

7)    Legion Wrought Iron Fence (Luann Denten)

Projects such as these were called for during the budget process. With the exception of projects to compliment the CID, within Soulard but outside CID boundaries, these projects would require Board approval. Projects such as these should be included, by committee or Board, during the budget process for the coming year.

Tour upper level of Soulard Market. Luann Denten will schedule a time for the SRG Board to tour the upper level of The Soulard Market to access the space.

Treasurer Report

No changes since the general meeting

Committee Reports

Beautification (Beth Bennett)

            The fundraiser at Mollys raised $7,275 which is down $3,000 from last year.  Richard is obtaining a fourth bid on the fence for the Soulard Station.

(Luann Denten) Garden Tour was a huge success. Friday, September 29, the art from the tour will be auctioned at the Soulard Station. The event will begin at 6p.m.

Communication (Venessa Kobrin)

            September 15th will be the last day for contributions to the Renaissance which will be delivered in October.

            Movies in Pontiac Park will begin soon. Please email suggestions to Venessa Kobrin.

            Luann Asked the Communications committee to update the SRG website with new pictures of events.  The committee believes it will slow down the site too much but will explore the addition of an external link.

Code and Zoning/PRT (Beth Bennett)

            No new additions

Fundraising (Christopher Schwarz)

            The first meeting occurred.  Upcoming events will include beer sales at Q in the LOUand Oktoberfest.  Wreath sales will begin in October.  It was decided to not participate in LOUFEST since it is in Forest Park.

Membership (Stephen Shuman)

            There are 270 active members.  The new goal of the committee is to retain new members.  They will host a new member appreciation gathering.

Parlour Tour (Neil Putz)

            Neal will see if alcohol is permitted at Gene Slay.  Please send all addresses for ghost signs to Neil Putz.

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

            Bastille was a success.  The next royals will be Leah and Eric Sutphen.

The 2018 V and V Ball will be on Jan 27.

Julie Price will have Soulard merchandise for purchase at the Founder’s Day celebration.

Safety (Scott Plackemeier)

            Monday July 24 residents are encouraged to meet for a safety walk.  The group will meet at Joannie’s at 8:30p.m.

            August 1, 2017 is National Night Out.           

Soulard Holiday Decorating (Venessa Kobrin)

            Please contact Venessa Kobrin at with all donations.

Soulard Station (Neil Putz)

            A tree has overgrown the solar panel on the roof and will need trimming.

            The roof has 2 leaks and will need repair.

            The code for the door will be changed.

            Luann will make curtains for the window on the west side of the building.

MGI (Billy Tomber)

            Gary Toribio is the new president. Luke Reynolds is the Vice president.


            Motion to adjourn made by Venessa Kobrin and seconded by Christopher Schwarz, the meeting adjourned at 9:14 p.m.



July 2017 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes July 2017 SRG General Meeting

Date:              July 5, 2017

Location:        Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by President Wade Weistreich

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, Melissa Irlbeck-Whitson, Venessa Kobrin, Scott Plackemeier, Christopher Schwarz, Billy Tomber, Wade Weistreich,

Officers and Directors Absent:Bill Clendenin, Neil Putz, Stephen Shuman

Aldermen Present:        Jack Coatar    

Board and General Meeting Minutes

    June General Membership and meeting minutes were available for review. Richard Eaton motioned to approve the minutes and Lisa Otke seconded. The June General Membership meeting minutes were approved. The Treasurer’s Report was available for review. Jeremy Mehrle motioned to approved the minutes and Dan Lanham seconded. The Treasurer’s report was approved.

Guest Presentations

Captain Shawn Dace    

    Crime is up in the city, especially robberies.  Pedestrian checks and car stops are the only deterrents.  Fair St Louis occurred the past weekend which lead to a decrease street presence of police officers.

Community Improvement District (Lisa Otke)    

    With the proposed CID, there will be an increased 1% sales tax which will stay in Soulard.  Phase 1 (Collecting of signatures) is underway.  Around July 18, CID leaders will be knocking on doors asking owners for signatures.  Signature pages must be notarized.  There will be designated locations in Soulard with Notaries.

Old Business

Revised MGI Board Member Selection Criteria

The proposed shall be a SRG member in good standing.
Shall not be a current SRG Executive Board Member (President, President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer) and shall not seek that position during the term of the MGI board service.
Is known to the SRG President to display knowledge of and have involvement with the SRG.

New Business

MGI Board Member (Wade Weistreich)

    Gary Toribio has been reappointed to his third term as MGI Board Member on behalf of SRG.

Police Report (Dave Simmons)

     3 stolen autos, 1 burglary, 2 robberies(2 carjackings), 8 larcenies (6 car break-ins), 4 property damage reports, 1 arson

    Resident reminder: Remember to report stolen golf carts and car break-ins.

Committee Reports

Beautification (Richard Eaton/ Luann Denten)

Garden Tour was a huge success. 275 to 300 people toured the gardens this year.  All eight homes have committed for the garden tour next year.

Next month, work will begin on the 9th Street and Sydney triangle.
Communication (Jeremy Mehrle)

    No report was given.

PRT/Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)

    There are four projects which have been approved by City Hall.
    1) 1851 Menard: three townhouses
    2) 2222 Menard: Star Design
    3) 1814-20 South 10th: three townhouses
    4) 2330 South 12th: rooftop deck and elevator, 6 car garage parking

Fundraising (Christopher Schwarz)

    SRG made $2,500 on Tour de Fat.
    The next fundraising meeting will be July 10, 2017 at the Soulard Station. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Membership (Julie Price)

    New rosters are available.  Membership has been given to the Soulard businesses that continuously donate to the SRG fundraisers.  Invitations to join have been sent to 52 other businesses.
    The next recruiting event is Founder’s Day Celebration on Saturday, August 12. It will be held at the Soulard Market Park.  Festivities will include : a bluegrass band, face painting, free snacks, bounce house, and cooling station.  There will also be a flea market. It will be $25 to rent a flea market space.
    Soulard Star nomination forms are due September 30.  The presentation of the honorees will be during the December SRG general meeting.

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

    Bastille Day Parade is Saturday, July 15.  The mob will gather at Lynch Street Tavern at 4p.m.  The parade will begin at 5 p.m.  Each bar will offer drink specials.  The parade will end with a beheading in Pontiac Park at 6:30 p.m.  There will be an afterparty atHistoric Crossroads.

Safety (Dave Simmons)

    National Night Out is August 1.

    The Safety Walk will be July 24th. It will begin at Joanie’s at 8:30.  Twenty four people are needed.  The group will focus on lighting.   Alderman Jack Coatar will sponsor the first round of drinks following the walk.

Soulard Holiday Decorating Committee (Venessa Kobrin)

    We are currently collecting decorations and lights. Please contact Venessa with any donations.

MGI (Billy Tomber)

    Gary Toribio has been reappointed and nominated as the President of the MGI Board.

Partner Organizations

Legion Report (Bill Wirtel)

    Flag distribution at Soulard Market
Memorial Day Remembrance - 3 gross of small flags were given out on Saturday, May 29.
July 1- 3 more gross were given out.  

     Flag Day June 14
Over 300 worn and tattered American flags were collected.

    June 29 Presentation
The Soulard Ambucs of BKZ Post 422 was presented with $2,000 from the St Louis Women’s Bike Summit at Bike Works.

     3rd Friday Happy Hours.
The next will be July 21st with live music by the Alley Mutts. Therese Parker will serve as the guest bartender. We will be serving chicken wings, grilled ham and cheese sandwiches.

Soulard Business Association (Cathy Weldon)
New Officers:
    President Todd Gullickson
    Vice President Nadine Soaib
    Treasurer Jennifer Duncan
    Secretary Cathy Weldon
    Directors Micah Usher, Trisha Ortman
    Past President Dan Shields

The SSBD has 6 grants for $50 each to give out for neighborhood block parties on National Night Out

August 21 Soulard Market park Eclipse Party

October 13-14 Octoberfest

SSBD (Luke Reynolds)
    90% of funds are spent on patrols.  They are currently in contract negotiations with The City’s Finest who will replace GCI.


    Motion to adjourn made by Billy Tomber and seconded by Venessa Kobrin, the meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m.



June 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes June 2017 SRG Board Meeting

Date:              June 21, 2017

Location:        Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12th Street

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m. by President Wade Weistreich

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

Officers and Directors Absent: Bill Clendenin, Venessa Kobrin

Guests:    Lisa Otke discussed her desire for the MGI board position
                Chef Chris Delgado from The Wood Shack
                Allan Caprola from Current in Culture

Old Business

MGI Board Selection: The candidates were discussed and recommendations were provided to President Wade Weistreich who will make the final decision and appointment.

Motion:  Billy Tomber motions that the MGI Board Position selection criteria be amended as follows:
 The proposed shall be a SRG member in good standing.
Shall not be a current SRG Executive Board member (President, President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer) and shall not seek that position during the term of the MGI board service.
Is known to the SRG President to display knowledge of and have involvement with the SRG.

Second: Melissa Whitson.
In-Favor: All

New Business

Creation of Digital Archives:

Board and General Meeting minutes will be reviewed for the previous ten years in order to create a list of rules/procedures.  The desire is to create digital storage of the meeting minutes.

Proposed Development:

    1851 Menard: residential construction consisting of three townhomes and garage parking         for six cars. The model is Bicycle Works.  PRT has found the construction to be favorable     with some minor comments.

    2222 Menard: Star Design Group will rebuild at the previous location.  The ground floor         will be commercial and there will be residential upstairs.  The building will match the         height of the house next door on Menard.

    1814-20 South 10th : residential construction of three townhomes.

    2330-32 South 12th Street:  Seven unit condo with six car parking spaces.  They are         requesting a roof top deck with an elevator for access.

    1001 Russell: This will be a mixed use construction.  The ground floor will be residential         with three retail spaces.  Two will house a pharmacy.  The 2nd and 3rd floors will be         apartments (~ 18 units). They plan for an elevated parking lot.  They still need to find a         model example.

Treasurer Report

The Treasurer report was presented for review by the Board.  The 2018 Fiscal Year Budget was approved.  
Motion: Billy Tomber motioned to approve the Treasurer report.
Second: Neil Putz
In-favor: All

Committee Reports

Beautification (Beth Bennett)

    Three bids have been obtained for a new fence at The Soulard Station. They range from $4,800 to $5,885.
    The Art in the Garden Tour is Saturday, June 24, 2017.  This year, eight homes will be included. Each will host local artists and musicians.  The art created will be auctioned on September 29, 2017.
Communication (Billy Tomber)

    Will look into creating a list of Air BNB properties located in Soulard.  We will also look into creating an archive of meeting minutes.

Code and Zoning/PRT (Beth Bennett)

    See PRT items in new business

Fundraising (Billy Tomber)

Tour de Fat raised $2,800.  
Motion: Billy Tombermotions that $500 be donated to Historic Soulard Market Restoration, Inc from the Tour de Fat profits.
    Second: Luann Denten
    In-favor: All

Membership (Stephen Shuman)

    The SRG currently has 164 members.  The goal is to increase the numbers to 191.

Parlour Tour(Neil Putz)

    Four homes have already committed to the Parlour Tour.
    Please forward addresses of homes with ghost signs to Neil so that he can begin to process of research and building a pamphlet.

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

    Bastille Parade will be Saturday July 15, 2017.  It will start at Lynch St. Tavern where the mob will gather.  Thewalking parade will begin at 5PM andwill end in Pontiac Park.  Each bar will offer drink specials.

Safety (Scott Plackemeier)

    The Adopt a Cop program has been well attended and is a great way to build relationships between the neighborhood and the police officers.

Soulard Holiday Decorating (Chris Schwarz)

    August will be the earliest the committee can meet.

Soulard Station (Neil Putz)

    Urgent maintenance that is needed included: repair of the leaky garage door, cracks in the stucco, and a loose light in the back of the building

    Additional items that need attention are blinds, storage and a chair rail.


    Motion to adjourn made by Scott Plackemeier and seconded by Luann Denten, the meeting adjourned at 10:22 p.m.



June 2017 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes June 2017 SRG General Meeting

Date:              June 7, 2017

Location:        Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall

The meeting was called to order at 7:06 p.m. by President Wade Weistreich

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, Melissa Irlbeck-Whitson, Venessa Kobrin, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Billy Tomber, Wade Weistreich,

Officers and Directors Absent: Bill Clendenin, Scott Plackemeier, Stephen Shuman

Aldermen Present:        Jack Coatar, Dan Guenther    

Board and General Meeting Minutes

    April General Membership meeting minutes were available for review. Neil Putz motioned to approve the minutes and Lisa Marlinghaus seconded. The April General Membership meeting minutes were approved.

 The Treasurer’s Report was available for review.  Billy Tomber motioned to approve the minutes and Neil Putz seconded. The Treasurer’s report was approved.

The 2018 Fiscal Year Budget Report was available for review. Richard Eaton motioned to approve the budget report and Jack Coatar seconded. The 2018 Fiscal Year budget was approved.

New Business


    Soulard residential property taxwas increased by 13%.  The average residential increase city wide was 12% and business was 4%.  The market drives the increase or decrease.  The procedure to follow if you disagree with your property tax assesment was outlined from an informal appeal up to Circuit Court/Supreme Court hearing.  If you want to appeal, you should be prepared with market value comps. And information on the condition of your house.

ADOPT A COP PROGRAM (Venessa Kobrin)

    This is a program which was initiated by Bill Shelton, Terri Lacey, Sara Irlbeck, Venessa Kobrin and Captain Shawn Dace of the 3rd District.  The goal is for the 3rd District officers and residents to get to know each other as friends.  To achieve this goal, we are asking residents to volunteer their homes for either a 10 a.m. Saturday brunch or 6 p.m.Tuesday evening dinner.  The ultimate goal is to have an event weekly.  The events are intended to be small gatherings of a neighborhood block and the patrolling officers.

    The inaugural event was hosted by Bill Shelton and Terri Lacey on Saturday, June 3, 2017.  It was a wonderful opportunity to meet new neighbors and the officers of the 3rd District.  The brunch was well attended.

    Future event dates:
June 13 from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. hosts Venessa Kobrin and Chris Schwarz
July 15 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. hosts Sara Irlbeck and Melissa Whitson

For more information or if you are interested in hosting an event, please contact Venessa Kobrin or Bill Shelton at


    Effective in July, there will be an open MGI board position available for an SRG member.  The Position is appointed by the SRG President under advisement of the SRG Board.  The position is for a 3 year term.  Several candidates have expressed interest in the position. To be eligible for the position, one must be a current SRG member in good standing and cannot be a current SRG Executive Board Member (President, President-elect, Secretary, or Treasurer). If anyone else is interested, please contact Wade Weistreich.

Police Report (Officer Min)

    April:  4 stolen autos, 3 burglaries, 7 larcenies (all car break-ins), 13 misc reports

     May:   4 assaults (2 domestic), 3 stolen autos, 3 burglaries (ITap was robbed twice), 4 hold-ups, 13 larcenies (7 car break-ins), 1 sexual assault in Soulard Market, 9 summonses issued, and 2 property damage reports,

      June:   1 assault leaving bar on Geyer, 1 stolen auto, 1 burglary,1 larceny(1 car break-ins),  1 stolen scooter, and 3 property damage reports,

    Officer Min reminded residents to hand over their keys and personal belongings if the offender has a gun.  Your life is more important than your material possessions.

    Officer Min reminded residents to lock up their golf carts, motorcycles and scooters.  

Committee Reports

Beautification (Richard Eaton/Luann Denten)

    The Fundraiser at Molly’s was a big success. Thank you for all attending and special thank you to Marybeth Wallace who lead this effort.

    The Art in the Garden Tour will be held June 24, 2017. There will be 8 gardens on the tour. Each garden will have local artists and musicians. Throughout the day, the artists create original pieces of artwork which will then be auctioned off September 29, 2017.  Tickets for the Garden Tour can either be purchased at the Soulard Station on the day of the event or on line at
Communication (Venessa Kobrin)

    The latest addition of The Soulard Renaissance is out and has been distributed to local restaurants and businesses.

    The Communication Committee has created a new event. They will now host a Movie series at Pontiac Park.  A movie night is in the plans for August, September and October.  They are currently looking for movie suggestions.  Please contact Venessa Kobrin with movie ideas.

Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)


    Whistler Apartment Project: Due to lack of funding, the developer has decided to build according to the original plan.  There will be no underground parking which puts the parking ratio at 0.75.  Alderman Jack Coatar has offered to assist the developer in securing more funding.

    Soulard Dog Park:  The addition of a tool shed and 2 metal pavilions has been approved.  The tool shed has been completed.  They are currently working to get a permit for an asphalt parking pad which will replace the illegal gravel parking which is currently there.


    1800 South 10th: There is a proposal to build 3 townhomes which would be for sale and not rental property.  The proposal looks good so far.

Fundraising (Billy Tomber/ Chris Schwarz)


After 8 years of tremendous dedication and service, Rick Dungey is stepping down as committee chairman.  Chris Schwarz will be taking over.  


Tour de Fat is this Saturday, June 10, 2017.  The event will be located in Soulard Market Park.  This is a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased on line at  There is also a Groupon available for the event.  100% of the profits from beer sales will go to the SRG.

    The call for volunteers is now.  Volunteers are needed for Set up Friday from 1p.m. until 4p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. (includes load in, beer booth, beer tokens sales, id and wristbands, info booth, and tear down crew).  To register, visit or contact Billy Tomber at


    There are several upcoming volunteer events including LouFest and Q in the Lou. Stay tuned for future volunteer signup sheets.


    SRG has been shadowing Cathy Weldon this summer with plans to take over the project for 2018.  The Committee is looking for new members and plans to hold bi-monthly meetings beginning this July.

Membership (Julie Price)

    The membership drive event was held at Howards this year.  The event was well attended and community feedback has been very positive.

    The membership Committee is planning several new events this year.  The first of which will be Soulard Founder’s Day celebration.  It will be either Saturday August 12, or Sunday August 13 which is the weekend of Julia Soulard’s birthday (August 13).  It will be a fun family event including live music, food, prizes, and give a ways.

    Historically, the SRG has given out star awards for members who have gone above and beyond with their volunteer work.  The awards have not been given out recently but plans are under way to bring this program back.  Awards will be presented in December, date and time will follow.  Please contact Julie Price with all nominees.

    Tonight’s social is hosted by The Woodshack.  We are always looking for members to hold a social in their home.  Please contact Julie Price if you are interested.

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

    This year, the Bastille Day walking parade will be Saturday July 15.  The event will begin at 4 p.m.

Safety (Jim Ricks/Scott Plackemeier)

    The Safety Walk was cancelled due to weather. Alderman Jack Coatar will be sponsoring a safety walk next month, date to be announced and details to follow.

    The SSBD will no longer be contracting with the secondary security company, GCI.  The new contract will be with TCF (The City’s Finest) and will begin once the contract has been finalized.  

MGI (Billy Tomber)

    LouFest will be the next fundraiser event.

Soulard Holiday Decorating (Venessa Kobrin)

    We will be decorating Aboussie Park, Soulard Station, Pontiac Park and Market Park and Gazebo.
    We are currently accepting donations for decorations and lights.  Please contact Venessa Kobrin if you have items to donate or if you would like to help decorate.

Partner Organizations

Legion Report (Bill Wirtel)

    There has been lots of activity at the legion.  Thanks to Luann, Beth and friends for planting shrubs and plants.
There will continue to be 3rd Friday Happy Hours.  Eric Marlinghaus began the concept of guest bartenders which has been very successful.
June 14th is Flag Day. As always, the Legion will provide proper flag disposal for all worn and tattered flags.
Sergeant Luke Jackson was introduced as an active member at Scott Airforce Base and a new resident to Soulard.  
On June 17, the Legion will host a putt putt bar crawl and golf cart competition.  The pub crawl will end at the legion.  Proceeds will go to AMBUCS.  The Legion has provided 42 bikes to disabled veterans in the last 2 years.


    Motion to adjourn made by Richard Eaton and seconded by Jack Coatar, the meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.



April 2017 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes April 2017 SRG General Meeting

Date:              April 5, 2017

Location:        Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall

The meeting was called to order at 7:15 p.m. by President Bill Clendenin

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Bill Clendenin, Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, Venessa Kobrin, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Billy Tomber, Wade Weistreich, Mike Ziemann

Officers and Directors Absent: Gary Toribio

Aldermen Present:        Ken Ortmann, Jack Coatar, Alderman Elect Dan Guenther    

Board and General Meeting Minutes

    March General Membership and meeting minutes were available for review. Neil Putz motioned to approve the minutes and Alison Jost-Weber seconded. The March General Membership meeting minutes were approved. The Treasurer’s Report was available for review. Luann Denten motioned to approved the minutes and Wade Weistreich seconded. The Treasurer’s report was approved.

New Business

Soulard Star Awards (Luann Denten)

    Ken Ortmann was presented the Soulard Star award for his many years of service, outside of his elected position, to Soulard.

Sweet Divine (Jason Siebert)

    Sweet Divine will be reopening and applying for a liquor license to serve wine and boozy coffee. They hope to have all the fire damage repaired and reopen between late May and early June.


    Elections for the open SRG Officer and Director positions will be held at the SRG General Meeting on April 5, 2017.  

    Billy motioned, and Luann seconded, to elect the slate on general vote. The slate was elected by unanimous yay vote.

Gary Toribio and Mike Ziemann we recognized for their years of service.

Police Report (Officer Min)

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

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

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

Committee Reports

Beautification (Richard Eaton)

    April 22 is the big clean-up at Pontiac Park. Saint Louis University sends 25-30 volunteers. 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Generally

    May 23, Tuesday, 6-9, is the Beautification Fundraiser at Molly’s. The Beautification Committee has consistently raised $10,000 at this fundraiser and last year exceeded that amounted goal!

    May 25, Purina is sending 100 volunteers. Soulard Station, Auboussie,

    June 24, 9-3, tickets on sale at the end of this month.
Communication (Jeremy Mehrle)

    No report given.

Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)

    Nadine’s wants to replace windows with vinyl windows. This is a VERY preliminary conversation.
    Sweet Divine wants to replace the 30 year old replacement windows. They are working closely with PRT to ensure the correct windows are installed.

    700 Allen Street, the BP Station, wants to add a carwash to their existing structure. They also want to add an apartment available to rent and, potentially, more commercial spaces. Need to put garage doors that look historically accurate. The exit will be on Allen and the entrance will be in the alley.

    Victor and Barton

    127 units and 119 off street parking. The facades were changed again and they no longer meet the historical requirements.

Fundraising (Rick Dungey)

    New Belgium Beer, out of Colorado, is expanding their music and beer festival to Saint Louis on Market Plaza. The space has contracted. The logistics are being coordinated and details will be given as they are available. This is a ticketed event.

    The date of the event will be Saturday, June 10, 2017. The event is called Tour de Fat (a nod to Fat Tire).

    The call for volunteers is now but the sign-up system is not yet accessible. Similar events put on by this organization have required non profits partners have needed around 100 volunteers.

Membership (Julie Price)

    The annual Soulard Community Party & membership drive will be held at Howard’s on May 3, from 6:30 - 9:30 and is an open bar.

    Please double check the roster and database to ensure that all your information is correct. The Directory will be printed in June.

    The membership committee has been meeting regularly.

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

    The signage project is going to be the cornerstone project of the Residential Promotions for the coming year. Cultural Resources has approved using the signs on Cherokee street as a model example. More details to follow!
    Merchandise will be available online working with Left Hand Productions. A small amount will be kept at Left Hand’s Offices, if you want to walk-in and purchased. Cathy Weldon at The Porch will be selling jewelry and wine glasses.

    Spring (may 7) and Fall Potlucks will be held in Pontiac Square Park. Res Promo provides the meat, bring a side dish and bring a game.

Safety (Jim Ricks/Scott Plackemeier)

    The Safety Walk was cancelled due to weather. Alderman Jack Coatar will be sponsoring a safety walk, date to be announced and details to follow.

    The SSBD has been contracting with a secondary security company, GCI, for a period of time. The safety committee will be meeting with the SSBD to put together a comprehensive security plan.

MGI (Billy Tomber)

    No report given.

Partner Organizations

Legion Report (Bill Wirtel)

    Friday Fish Fry(s) dates are all follows: April 7th and April 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    There is NO third Friday happy hour at the Legion in March. Third Friday happy hours will resume April 21, 2017.

    The Mouse Races were held March 4, 7:00 p.m. at St. Vincent De Paul! $25 for adults (in advance) and $30 at the door. We thanked Father Ed Murphy at St. Vincent De Paul. Special thanks the Women’s Auxillary for a successful event!

    The Legion collects warn and tattered flags from various locations throughout the City. There is a disposal ceremony on flag day.

Soulard Business Association (Dan Shields)

    Soulard Sample Sunday is June 4. Trolley’s and a lot of the bars are participating. Tickets can be purchased at any of the participating restaurants.


    Motion to adjourn made by Billy Tomber and seconded by Judith Howard, the meeting adjourned at 7:37 p.m.



April 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

April 2017 SRG Board Meeting Minutes

Date:               April 19, 2017

Location:        Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12th St.

Officers in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Bill Clendenin, Luann Denten, Melissa Irlbeck-Whitson, Venessa Kobrin, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Stephen Shuman, Billy Tomber, Wade Weistreich

Officers Absent: None

The meeting was called to order at 7:35 p.m. by President Bill Clendenin

Old Business

Whistler Apartment Project

    The Whistler meeting was held last night. The main issue addressed was parking. In the first iteration of the plans the ratio of apartments to parking spaces was .75. As the plans were developed, the second iteration was 122 units (31 two bedroom) to 115 parking spaces. The third iteration is now 127 (24 two bedroom) to 120 parking spaces (the majority of the parking spaces are underground), and a .96 ratio.

    - The current request is for a variance for the parking.
    - The parking, as stated by the representatives of the development, will be included inthe rent BUT the tenants will be able to opt-out if they "don't need" the parking spot.
    - Jay Gibbs will draft a letter and submit it to the Board

Motions: Venessa K. motions that Wade W. will convey the approval of the updated parking plans from the Board but wait to submit any formal letters until updated plans are reviewed by PRT and the Board.

Second: Christopher

Favor: All

New Business

1. Donation to the families of the boiler accident

    Motions: Luann D. motions to make a donation to the families in the amount of $250 per family on behalf of the Soulard Restoration Group, for a total amount of $1000.00, ensuring donation via the most appropriate mechanism.

Second: Scott Plackemeier

Favor: All

2. CVC Wayfinder Signage

    The CVC needs to be updated with Wade as the President. These signs were previously approved in the amount of $1300.00 but one of the groups dropped out and the current amount is $2200.00. The amount would cover a five year period.

    Motion: Venessa motions to approve the signage project for an additional five years in the amount of $2200.00. Any future requests should be supported by data regarding the usefulness of the signs and verification of how the funds raised by the signs are utilized, and overall ratio of sign to support that Soulard contributes as compared to the entire project. We request that any updated signage be updated to include the verbiage "Historic Soulard."

Second: Neil Putz

Motion passed as follows: Yay (9), Nay (1)

3. Updated Committee Liaisons

    Beautification - Beth
    PRT - Beth
    Parlour Tour - Neil
    Station - Ad hoc
    Residential Promotion - Luann
    Fundraising - Chris
    Safety - Scott
    Membership - Stephen
    Communication - Billy
    Twinkle Lights - Venessa

4. Combined Boards Meeting

    The combined boards meeting took place on April 17, 2016. SBA, SSBD, MGI, and MGF were invited but SSBD was unable to participate due to their board meeting being scheduled simultaneously.

    Given the invited boards, the event was well attended. Another event will be schedule in the fall to include the Girls and Boys Club, Frenchtown Dog Park, CID exploratory committee, and other sister organizations within Soulard.

    Venessa K. has already been communicating with outside organizations, interest is present and other organizations are willing to host. Venessa will follow-up with coordination.

Treasurer Reports

    The Treasurer will be meeting with each of committees and discussing their mission statement directly from the bylaws, their goals from the upcoming year, and related budgeting items. The Treasurer will be sending out an email, an excel spreadsheet with the numbers from last year, the proposed numbers for this year, and the goals for the year to each committee chair to ease the budgeting process.

    Rather than just presenting the numbers from the previous year, including goals will allow the goals of the committee to be in line with the goals of the Board and SRG at large.

    The goal is to add a qualitative element of discussion to a historically quantitative discussion. It also pulls committees out of any vacuum they are otherwise in and clarifies expectations between the Board and the Committees.

    The Treasurer's report was available in hard copy for the Board.

    Some accounting changes in Quickbooks were reflected on the Treasurer's report, to include the updated Square information and Fundraising sections.

Committee Reports

1. Communications and Fundraising (Billy Tomber):

    Rick Dungey, Ann Chance, Dan Shields, Billy met with the New Belgium people for the Tour de Fat festival. Ann Chance is insistent that the SBA is involved. We are going to do 4 booths, across 2 shifts, with ten people per shift. 2-6 and 6-10. We are not responsible for light set-up and light breakdown. Saturday, June 10.

2. Beautification (Luann Denten):

    The Molly's fundraiser is May 23, 2017. Saturday is the day of giving from SLU. May 25th is the nestle Purina giving back day at all of the parks throughout the neighborhood.

3. Code and Zoning (Beth Bennett):

    See previous report regarding Whistler complex.

4. Membership (Beth Bennett):

    The membership social is May 3rd at Howard's, 6:30 - 9:00. We will enter through the back to the front. A flyer to every resident of Soulard inviting membership to the SRG and inviting to the party.

5. Residential Promotions (Luann Denten):

    June 24th is the Garden Tour. The Tour will proceed through 8-9 gardens are end in the wine garden at the Soulard Station. The Square is active and will be active within the week on the website.

    A semi truck drove through left hand productions. This will delay the availability of the online store and brick and mortar store. A limited amount of merchandise is available and is stored at Luann Denten’s home.

6. Safety (Scott Plackemeier):

    The camera project continues. The safety committee will look at pricing LED lights.

7. MGI (Billy Tomber and Gary Toribio):

    No report given.
8. Parlor Tour (Mike Ziemann/Billy Tomber):

    No report given.

9. Soulard Station (Neil Putz):

    The Station needs to not be rented until the ad hoc committee meets to clarify any potential usage policy.

10. Vices & Virtues (Luann Denten)

    No report given.


Venessa K. motioned to adjourn, Neil P. seconded and the meeting adjourned at 10:04 p.m.



May 2017 Board Meeting Minutes


Minutes May 2017 SRG Board Meeting

Date:              May 24, 2017

Location:        Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12th St.

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

Officers and Directors Absent: None

Guests: Gary Toribio, Sara Irlbeck, Richard Eaton, Julie Price, Jeane Kirby, Jay Gibbs

The meeting was called to order at 6:55 p.m. by President Wade Weistreich

Old Business

Whistler Apartment Project Update (Wade Weistreich)

    Wade W. reported that due to financial restrictions, the owners of the Whistler Apartments had decided to go with their original plan which was approved by the Board of Alderman.
     There will be no underground parking which puts the parking ratio at 0.75.

New Business

Mardi Gras Inc. Board Position

    The SRG has one Mardi Gras, Inc. board position vacancy. This person will serve as a representative of the SRG on the Mardi Gras, Inc. board for a term of three years.

    Several individuals have expressed interest in the position: Gary Toribio, Luann Denten, Sara Irlbeck, Lisa Otke and Lisa Marlinghaus. Gary Toribio, Luann Denton, and Sara Irlbeck appeared in person to address the board. Lisa Otke sent a written correspondence to the board.

The current MGI board selection criteria were adopted in May 2010 and are as follows:

         1)  The proposed SRG member shall be, or have been in the previous three years, a Committee Chair and/or an SRG Board member.

         2)  Shall not be a current SRG Executive Board member (President, president-elect, Secretary, Treasurer) and shall not take such office during the

              term of MGI board service.

         3)  Shall not serve more than two full terms, or six years - whichever is greater.

         4)  Shall submit a verbal or written proposal for the candidate’s involvement with the MGI Board and present in person to the SRG Board for discussion and questions.

Motion: Billy Tomber motions to suspend the 2010 MGI board selection rules for the 2017 appointment.
Second: Venessa Kobrin

Amendment: Venessa Kobrin made an amendment to eliminate all 2010 MGI board member selection rules and to replace them with newly developed 2017 rules.

Second: Billy Tomber

Billy Tomber then withdrew his original motion in favor of the amendment. Billy Tomber called for a vote.

The motion passed as follows: Yay (10), Nay (0), Abstained (1)

Motion: Billy Tomber motions to create the 2017 MGI board selection criteria:

        1) The proposed shall be an SRG member in good standing.

        2)  Shall not be a current SRG Executive Board member (President, President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer) and shall not seek that position during the term of the MGI board service.

        3)  Is known to the SRG president to display knowledge and loyalty and will serve in the best interest of the SRG.

Second: Christopher Schwarz
The motion passed as folows: Yay (9), Nay (0), Abstained (2)

Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Presentations

Beautification (Richard Eaton)


1. Plant, maintain and beautify neighborhood parks and green spaces
2. Plant, maintain and water street pots with a goal to reduce water expense and
encourage residence and business to maintain some of the pots
3. Produce a successful art in the garden tour and auction
4. Host a successful Mollys annual beautification fundraiser

    The proposed expenses for FY18 are $15,200 and the proposed income is $14,200 leaving the committee with a $1,000 deficit. New expense includes adding wrought iron fencing to the Soulard Station, the length of Gravois.

Membership (Julie Price)
1. Have an overall increase in SRG membership this fiscal year by 100 people
2. Establish three new recruitment events: Founder’s Day Picnic Aug 12 or 13, Brunch,
End of summer party at Pontiac Park
3. Host one special event sponsored by membership

    The proposed expenses for FY18 are $8350 and the proposed income is $4559.13 leaving the membership committee with a $3790.87 deficit.

Parlour Tour (Jeanne Kirby)

1. Establish Ghost sign tour 2. Maintain current Parlour tour performance 3. Maintain relationships with sponsors and increase sales

    The proposed expenses for FY18 are $10,008.50 and the proposed income is $$20,775 leaving the Parlour tour committee with a surplus of $10,766.50.

Code and Zoning (PRT) (Jay Gibbs)

1. Construction/Rehab award plaques. to award 10 plaques within the next 12 months
2. Continue tho review architectural plans as submitted

    The proposed expenses for FY18 are $1100 and the proposed income is $0 leaving the PRT/Code and zoning committee with a deficit of $1100. There are no plans for fundraising however, there was interest in Soulard businesses offsetting the cost of the award plaques.

Safety (Scott Plackemeier)

Goals 1. Establish quarterly awarded officer incentives of $25 Molly’s gift card
    The proposed expenses for FY18 are $600 and the proposed income is $720 leaving a surplus of $120.

Communications (Venessa Kobrin)

1. Expand Communication committee membership including a graphic artist
2. Establish Movie Night in Pontiac Park consisting of 1-3 movies geared toward an adult audience instead of children. 1 movie geared toward a family audience.
3. Begin the process of recording Soulard history using an audio interview format.
The subject will be the piece of architecture with interviews of people residing at, previously residing at, rehabbed, and historical figures

    The proposed expenses for FY18 are $2975 and the proposed income is $0 leaving a deficit of $2975. Once the programs are up and running, there will be income associated with the Movie Night events.

Soulard Holiday Decorating (Venessa Kobrin)

Goals 1. Decorate Soulard Station, Gazebo, Pontiac Park and Market Park Establish electric access at Aboussie Park
2. Solicit and secure donations, inventory donated items, purchase reusable decorations and solar LED lights
3. Establish annual fundraiser
4. Host lighting party at Soulard Station to include representation from all SRG committees, SBA, MGI, GSGCBC, SSBD, CID

    The proposed expenses for FY18 are $3700 and the proposed income is $0 leaving a deficit of $3700. As this is the first year for the committee, there will be start up cost that will be markedly decreased in the upcoming years. There will also be future fundraising in FY19 and going forward.

Soulard Station (Venessa Kobrin)

1. Establish a usage policy
2. Lower utility by at least 50% of FY17 by cancelling cable, trash and recycle, and adding kitchen blinds
3. Complete fencing and large-scale plantings along Gravois to 12 street
4. Complete necessary building maintenance: garage door repair, stucco repair, protective chair railing
5. Establish Station fundraiser (Halloween Party)

    The proposed expenses for FY18 are $12,750 and the proposed income is $5,300 leaving a deficit of $7450. New expenses include fencing and station repairs/ improvements which will be offset some by the Halloween fundraiser.

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

1. Recognition of Soulard as a residential area
2. Move merchandise sales to an online format
3. Establish historical signage project which will begin with 20 locations with gathered historical verbiage approved by Cultural Resources, install 20 markers
4. Increase participation of families and children at child centric events (e.g. Santa comes to Soulard and Halloween Golf Cart Parade)

    The proposed expenses for FY18 are $21,500 and the proposed income is $20,000 leaving a deficit of $1,500. New expenses include the historical signage project.

Fundraising (Billy Tomber)

1. Smooth leadership handover from Rick Dungey
2. Grow Soulard Concert Series committee and establish baseline of attendance
3. Maintain regular event support
4. Increase wreath sales by 20%
5. Increase communication between SRG and SBA for cooperatively executed events (e.g. Tour de Fat and Octoberfest)

    The proposed expenses for FY18 are $15,600 and proposed income is $34,150 leaving a surplus of $18,550.

Motion: Venessa Kobrin motions to accept the 2018 Fiscal Year Budgets as presented and explained by the committee chairman with edits which were discussed and approved.
Second: Neil Putz
In-Favor: All

Treasurer Reports

    The Treasurer presented several reports for review by the Board. The Treasurer was pleased to report the budget had been reconciled in the black.

Committee Reports

All committee reports given in conjunction with budget presentations.


Venessa K. motioned to adjourn, Neil P. seconded and the meeting adjourned at 11:32 p.m.



March 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

March 2017 SRG Board Meeting Minutes

Date:             March 15, 2017

Location:        Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12th St.

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Bill Clendenin, Luann Denten, Venessa Kobrin, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Billy Tomber, Wade Weistreich

Officers and Directors Absent: Gary Toribio, Mike Ziemann

The meeting was called to order at 7:11 p.m. by President Bill Clendenin

Old Business


Elections will be held at the April General Membership meeting.

President Elect - this is a three year total commitment. One year as President Elect, one year as President, and one year as Past President. This commitment includes all general and board meetings. Wade Weistreich is the current President Elect, Bill Clendenin is the current President, and Mike Ziemann is the current Past President.

The current secretary, Venessa Kobrin, is running for the position of President Elect.

Secretary - this is a one year commitment. The position is up for election annually. This commitment includes all general and board meetings as well as minutes for each. This position results in one of the main communication tools for the SRG as a whole, meeting minutes. There is a time commitment outside of the meetings for preparation, review and dissemination of the minutes.

Treasurer - this is a one year commitment. The position is up for election annually. This commitment includes all general and board meetings in addition to an average of five hours per week communicating with committee chairs, paying bills cutting checks and monitoring the finances of the SRG. This position also includes the responsibility of taxes for the fiscal year that one is elected for.

Christopher Schwarz is the current Treasurer and will run for the position again.

Director (3 positions) - the Director positions are two year terms. The time commitment includes as general and board meetings. Gary Toribio, Luann Denten and Beth Bennett are the current Directors whose seats are up for election.  Prior to the meeting, Gary confirmed that he would not be continuing as a Director.  

Luann Denten, Beth Bennett and Steve Shuman are running for the positions of Director.

Proposed Mosque in McKinley Heights
    The McKinley Heights neighborhood association and the proposed mosque are in mediation. Jay Gibbs recommended that we compose but do not send the letter since the parties are in mediation.

Motion: Billy motions that we compose a letter of support defending the use of historic codes for McKinley Heights, and provide it only if the neighborhood association requests it.

Second: Beth Bennett seconds

6 in favor and 2 opposed


    Luann Denten indicated the important of spending time with the other non-profit groups within Soulard. A social will be arranged for members of the SRG/SSBD/MGI/MGF/SBA/CID after Mardi Gras.

    Monday, May 8, Soulard Station, Soulard Gathering, 5:30-until done.

Past President Cocktail Hour

    Christopher Schwarz indicated the importance of institutional knowledge within the neighborhood and the SRG and suggested the Past President Cocktail Hour be revived. All agree and hope to see this tradition return in the coming months.

    The idea is to hold the Past President Cocktail prior to any Board retreat. Date to be determined after the upcoming election.

New Business


    The Renaissance used to be entirely volunteer run. It is now been done by Saint Louis programs, who has put the Renaissance to print for the last 11 years. SRG’s role in narrowly defined but critical. The content of the paper is provided by Com Com. The next issue is the Garden Tour issue and will go to print the first week of June.

Mom Howard Camera Project (Judith Howard)

    The Mom Howard camera project is run by Judith Howard in line with her mother’s wishes for monies donated to the SRG and in her mother’s memory.

This is the status of the camera project to-date:

Expressed Interest - 88 Homes
Consent Forms Submitted - 49 Homes
Installed - 18 Homes / 54 Cameras
Scheduled - 27 Homes
Units on Hand - 26

Additional Matching Gifts Made: $4,010 (Cash+GoFundMe)
Cost-to-date: $14,660
Budget Balance: ($650)

    Netgear (Arlo) and Tenergy (top-line rechargeable batteries) have made significant donations (around $8k worth of gear) to Soulard in Mom Howard's honor. Many neighbors have re-gifted Mom Howard's love and paid some forward to buy their neighbor an Arlo. Judith said, “It is heartwarming to witness the Legacy my Mom intended and way beyond. Thank you!” Originally, when this program started 3 weeks ago, Judith planned for 20 Homes to participate, and hoped for 40. Currently 88 homes are interested. The original scope will be completed ahead of schedule and under 4 weeks.

    The SRG will determine how to best support the Mom Howard Camera project with the funds willed to the SRG in Mom Howard’s estate.

Launch St. Louis (Zarrin Liliani)

    The overall mission is to keep young leadership in Saint Louis and get young leadership involved in non profits. Most nonprofits have boards that are comprised of an older generation who have money but not necessarily the energy that young leaders can infuse into an organization. It is a free program for nonprofits. Launch St. Louis recruits for, trains and launches a young leaders nonprofit group over an 18-month period. A total of four successful programs have been launched to date.

    The second program is Launch U. The second program starts in January and June. This is a do-it-yourself version. Train the trainer. A total of 6 session. If you apply for the main program and are not selected, your nonprofit will receive a discount or free Launch-U. Launch St. Louis is currently a volunteer run nonprofit.

Soulard Holiday Decorating Committee

    Venessa Kobrin would like to establish the Soulard Holiday Decorating Committee. This committee would serve a very specific and time limited function: decoration of the parks and public areas of Soulard during the winter holiday season.

    There are a number of Soulardians who have already expressed specific interest in said committee. This committee would not only serve to bring twinkle lights and magic to Soulard, but also provide a volunteer opportunity to individuals for a very specific and limited time period of the year. We have SRG members who want to be involved outside of just meetings without committing to large scale or on-going events - just an opportunity to add some magic.

    While decorating could potentially fall under beautification, it is so specific that the recommendation was establishing its own committee.

    Potential decorating locations already discussed are the following: Soulard Station (in and out), Auboussie park and gazebo, tree and decorations in Pontiac Park, street lamps. This could also be a way to established a decorating competition within the neighborhood.

Motion: Wade W. motions that the Soulard Holiday Decorating be formed and that Venessa K. present a budget at the upcoming budget meeting.

Second: Billy Tomber

In-Favor: All

Soulard Star Award

    Star awards nominations need to be given to the Membership Committee. Venessa K. nominated Mom Howard for a Star Award. Luann Denten nominated Ken Ortmann. He has put in 18 years and while outside of the requirement of resident, his contributions to Soulard are without measure. In lieu of a Star Award, the Mom Howard Benevolence Award will be established with Mom Howard as the first recipient.

Motion: Beth motions to honor Ken Ortmann with the Soulard Star award

Second: Chris Schwarz

In-Favor: All

Treasurer Reports

    The Treasurer presented several reports for review by the Board. The Treasurer will continue to meet with Committee Chairs in preparation for the upcoming Budget Meeting. The Treasurer is specifically asking committee chairs to identify projects that can be undertaken in the coming year.

Committee Reports

1. Communications and Fundraising (Billy Tomber):

    Fat Tire event will take place June 10, 2017. More details and a call for volunteers will follow.

2. Beautification (Luann Denten):

    Beautification meeting will be taking place in a few weeks.

3. Code and Zoning (Beth Bennett):


4. Membership (Beth Bennett):

    There will be a call for Star Awards. There is still a need for hosts for the socials! May is the big membership social at Howard’s.

5. Residential Promotions (Luann Denten):

    Left Hand printing will be providing an online platform on Etsy to purchase Soulard merchandise. This will also allow a brink and mortar store for people to purchase Soulard items from. Cathy Weldon will also be selling wine glasses and jewelry at The Porch. The financial implications are the establishment of a USPS account.

The Soulard website,, will have the merchandise displayed with links to purchase via Paypal.

Motion: Chris Schwarz moves, as the Treasurer, that the Board gives him the authority to establish USPS account and funding source.

Second: Luann Denten

In-Favor: All

    Residential Promotion has planned their first potluck in Pontiac Park on May 7th at noon. They will provide the meat, asking for sides and games.

    The Soulard Concert Series may be in its final year if an organization does not undertake the program. The concert series is currently coordinated and ran by Cathy Weldon.

Motions: Wade Weistreich motions that we form an exploratory committee to to assist.

Second: Venessa Kobrin

In-Favor: All

Motion: Billy Tomber motions to sponsor the Soulard Concert series event at the $1500 level.

Second: Venessa Kobrin

In-Favor: All

6. Safety (Scott Plackemeier):

    The camera project continues. The safety committee will look at pricing LED lights.

7. MGI (Billy Tomber and Gary Toribio):

    A temporary vacant seat is open on the MGI board is through June 30, 2018 and the president has appointed Michael Pastore.
8. Parlor Tour (Mike Ziemann/Billy Tomber):

    No report given.

9. Soulard Station (Neil Putz):

    The ad hoc committee met with Vicki and Jay Morris to transition the Station from a rental venue to a building managed by the SRG. Luann D. brought up extending the building to create a building and meeting space that accommodates the SRG membership. Paul Findler did the original drawings. The ad hoc committee will look into extending the building for the purposes of accommodating the SRG membership for events.

10. Vices & Virtues (Luann Denten)

    No report given.


Venessa K. motioned to adjourn, Scott P. seconded and the meeting adjourned at 10:35 p.m.