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November 2016 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes November 2016 SRG General Meeting

Date: Nov. 3, 2016

Location: Sts. Peter and Paul Church Parish Hall

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by President Bill Clendenin. 

Officers and directors in attendance: Beth Bennett, Bill Clendenin, Luann Denten, Venessa Kobrin, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Wade Weistreich, Mike Ziemann

Officers and directors absent: Jackie Parker, Christopher Schwarz, Gary Toribio

Aldermen present: Ken Ortmann, Jack Coatar

Guests: Alderman Lyda Krewson

Pieces STL - New board game bar at 1535 S. 8th St.
 

Board and General Meeting Minutes
September Board, October Board and October General Membership meeting minutes were available for review. Neil Putz motioned to approve the minutes and James Rick seconded. The October General Membership meeting minutes were approved.

New Business

Soulard Special Business District (Bill Clendenin)
The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at at the Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12th St. All are welcome to attend.

Parlour Tour (Julie Price)
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olunteer sheets were passed out so that volunteers were able to sign up for both days of the Parlour Tour. The specific volunteers that are needed are house sitters, welcomers at each home and welcomers are the Hospitality Center, Gene Slay's Girls and Boys Club. Sign-up sheets will be available online via a link in the Blaster and on Facebook.         This year the Parlour Tour will highlight the following homes:            Lafayette Lofts
1848 S. 10th St.
804 S. 10th St.
918 Ann Ave.
2219 Menard Ave.
2318 S. 9th St.

The Volunteer Tour Party will be held at the Franklin Room after the last Tour completes on Sunday, Dec. 4. All homeowners on the tour and volunteers are welcomed to attend the tour party.

Tickets are available at soulard.org at this time and through the event. The tickets are priced as follows:
$25 in advance
$30 at the door
$22 for groups of 10 or more

If you would like to volunteer your home for the tour you can email tour@soulard.org and if you would like to volunteer you can email julieprice99@yahoo.com.        

Pieces STL (Laura and James)
This is the space that was previously occupied by Franco’s and is being converted into a Game Bar featuring 500 board games to start with a goal of 1,000 board games.

The anticipated opening is mid-December.

The concept is a family friendly bar and cafe that will be open weekday evenings and weekends beginning with brunch. Game managers will be available to assist patrons in choosing games, if you like. On days that the bar and cafe are not open, the space will be opened to 501(c)3 organizations.

Police Report (James Rick)
October: 4 robberies and 11 larcenies.
ames Rick reminded residents to be careful and aware when entering and exiting vehicles and while walking outside after dark. A reminder was also issued that, as we move into colder weather, to not leave vehicles running while unoccupied. In addition to being a risk for auto theft, leaving your vehicle running unattended is a ticket able offense.

The Neighborhood Police Officer number listed in the SRG Directory (314-471-9293) was reported as no longer working. This issue will be looked into and resolution announced at the next general membership meeting.

Legion Report (Bill Wirtel)
1) A new Vietnam Veteran museum is being built on Jefferson Barracks. The museum, spearheaded by Anheuser Busch American Eagle CU and Purina CU, is set to open September 2017.
2) On Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. the AB Credit Union is sponsoring a Veteran
’s Ceremony at their 1001 Lynch St. location. After the ceremony, a small group will be caravanning from the CU to the POW/MIA Museum at Jefferson Barracks. More information is available through BKZ Post 422.

3) POW/MIA Dog Tags are available for purchase from BKZ Post 422. More information is available through BKZ Post 422 and the Dog Tags will be available at the upcoming Happy Hour.

4) Nov. 18 is the Legion’s Happy Hour and Hoffman Turkey Fry! The Legion welcomes all of Soulard to take part in this family friendly and fun Happy Hour event!

MGI (Billy Tomber)
A thank you was given to MGI for all the great work on Ocktoberfest.

Committee Reports

Beautification (Richard Eaton)
Saturday, Nov. 5, the Beautification committee will be cleaning out the street pots and all are welcomed to attend and assist. The cleaning of the pots begins at 1842 S 9th Street at 9:00 a.m. and a Beautification Committee meeting will be held at Richard Eaton’s home after the pots are cleaned.

Communication (Jeremy Merhle)
The deadline for the Renaissance is Nov. 11. Submissions can be sent to soulardeditor@gmail.com.

Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)
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217-19 Barton St. was a four family that was converted into condos and is looking to replace a fence. At this time there is no need for Planning and Review Team review but Jay has made himself available to the homeowner for assistance in meeting all required codes.

Demolition has begun for the 13th and Russell development.

Fundraising (Rick Dungey)
Red Moose Winery is
advertising and holding wine tastings at Vincent’s Market. For the month of November 15 percent of all Red Moose wine sales will be donated to the SRG. Over 80 bottles of wine were sold in the month of October, equally a donation of around $150.00.

A thank you was given to all who volunteered at Oktoberfest at Soulard Market. Volunteers sold 35 kegs of beer. The SRG, SBA and Soulard School agreed to split the proceeds evenly.

The Christmas wreaths fundraiser sold a total of 92 wreaths and garland equally about $1,100.00 profit for SRG.

The Hot Chocolate Run will be Dec. 11. The SRG will participate by hosting a cheer station. The location would be at Geyer Street and 7th Street. The volunteer responsibilities are the following: 30 volunteers present, filling and refilling cups for runners, 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. shift for the 5K and 15K runs. The SRG will receive $1,500.

All questions regarding fundraising, as well as inquiries for fundraising participation, can be made to fundraising@soulard.org

Membership
The Membership Committee is still seeking a chairperson for the committee.

Henry’s is hosting the social this evening.

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)
The Decorated Golf Cart parade and Halloween Festivities was held Oct. 28. The event was a huge success and a wonderful family event for the neighborhood.
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Santa Comes to Soulard has been scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m. at Soulard Station. More information to follow.

Soulard’s Vices and Virtues Mardi Gras Ball will be held Feb. 11, 7 p.m. at the South Broadway Athletic Club, 2301 S. 7th Street. More information to follow.

Safety (Jim Rick)
Report given in conjunction with the Police Report.

Adjournment
Motion to adjourn made by Billy Tomber and seconded by Julie Price, the meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

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October 2016 General Meeting Minutes

Date:             October 5, 2016

Location:        Sts. Peter and Paul Church Parish Hall

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by President Bill Clendenin

Officers and Directors in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Bill Clendenin, Luann Denten, Neil Putz, Wade Weistreich

Officers and Directors Absent: Venessa Kobrin, Jackie Parker, Scott Plackemeier, Christopher Schwarz, Gary Toribio, Mike Ziemann

Alderman Present:        Ken Ortmann    

Committeeman Present:     Marty Joe Murray Jr., 7th Ward Committeeman

Guests:            Gregory F.X. Daly, Collector of Revenue

Board and General Meeting Minutes

    September General Meeting minutes were available for review. Ron Seabaugh motioned to approve the minutes and Jim Senyard seconded. The September General Minutes minutes were approved. 

Police Report (Officer Min)

    September: 2 assaults, 1 domestic assualt, 4 stolen automobiles, 3 robberies, several auto break-ins. 1 robbery, 6 larcenies (4 vehicle break-ins), 1 disturbance. Of total incidents in September, two were related to the Social House (1 robbery and 1 disturbance).

    October (to date): 3 stolen automobiles, 1 car-jacking. In the car-jacking the suspect approached from behind with a gun. Officer Min reminded residents to be aware of their surroundings, especially when entering and exiting vehicles. 

    The Soulard Special Business District (SSBD) holds the contract with GCI security. GCI security cannot issues summonses but can issue traffic tickets. Questions specific to GCI security and the contract between GCI and SSBD should be addressed to the SSBD. 

    The Soulard “Creeper” has not yet been apprehended. He resides in Ballwin and is a suspect in three separate incidents in Soulard. He used to be employed at a bar in Soulard. The police are aware of the incidents and proceeding as the law allows. 

    Julie Price announced that her younger brother, Tim Hollman, just graduated from the police academy and has been assigned to Soulard. 

Guest Speaker (Gregory F.X. Daly)

    Mr. Daly spoke about the personal property and real estate bills that will be issued November 10, 2016. This is not a re-assessment year. There are several methods of payment that are available this year including in-person at area banking establishments, online and Downtown. Information regarding appropriate billing, fees and payment methods can be found on the Saint Louis Collector of Revenue website. 

    Mr. Daly has served the city as the Collector Revenue for 10 years and focuses on customer service, collecting in a professional manner and increasing the methods available for payments. 

New business 

United Games (Julie Price)

    Julie Price presented information on a potential fundraising opportunity available to SRG. She is scheduled to present the information, in depth, to the SRG Board at the next meeting. The general information presented regard how the SRG could take part multi market advertising revenue via a new gaming application. 

Legion Report (Bill Wirtel)

    The Legion continues to serve as a polling location. The October Happy Hour, October 21, will be held as usual! The post installation of officers will took place on September 14. The Legion will also serve as the starting point for the Decorated Golf Cart Parade. 

MGI (Gary Toribio)

    No report given.

Committee Reports

Beautification (Richard Eaton)

    The Art Auction Fundraiser raised $2333.00. The total funds raised for Beautification, between the Garden Tour and the Art Auction, was over $4000.00. 

    The Terra Madonna statue will be dedicated on October 16 at a picnic potluck held at Pontiac Square Park. Additional details will be available via FaceBook and NextDoor. Margi Koors was thanked for reaching out to the botanical garden and acquiring the donation of 30 beauty berry shrubs for the bed surrounding the Terra Madonna. 

Communication (Jeremy Merhle)

    The deadline for the Renaissance is November 11, 2016. Submission can be sent to soulardeditor@gmail.com

Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)

    The 14th and Russell development has additional modifications: the addition of 8         apartment units and 17 parking spaces by extending the building to the Ann property line.     The Planning and Review Team approved these changes and submitted their suggestion of support to the Board, who also approved the changes. 

    The 7th and Victor Development also wants to make changes to the approved         building plans: more parking spaces (underground) and lowering the overall height of the        building. An Open House on September 29, 2016 for the neighborhood at large and, after attending the open house and seeing the revisions, the Board agreed to provide a letter of support for the revisions to the development. 

Fundraising (Rick Dungey)

    Red Moose Winery is advertising and holding wine tastings at Vincent’s Market. For the Month of October 15% of all Red Moose wine sales will be donated to the SRG. 

    A thank you was given to all who volunteered at Q-in-the-Lou. The total earnings have not yet be tabulated. 

Oktoberfest at Soulard Market is October 21-22 and we are looking for volunteers to run a beer booth. 

    The Christmas Wreaths will return as a Soulard fundraiser! Pricing is as follows:

        24 inch plain:        $22.00

        24 inch decorated:    $24.00

        28 inch plain:        $28.00

        28 inch decorated:    $30.00

    You can order your wreath online at soulard.org under upcoming events and click on the         wreath!

    You can buy more than one. You do not need to live in Soulard to order one but you will         need to come into Soulard to pick it up. If you are not in town on the designated pick-up         date you can arrange logistics with Rick Dungey. 

    If you do not want to purchase online and you want to write a check, you will need to         submit it prior to the order date of October 15.

    The goal is to raise at least $1500. 

All questions regarding fundraising, as well as inquiries for fundraising participation, can be made to Fundraising@soulard.org

Membership

    Scott Plackemeier is hosting the social this evening. Julie Dinkleman is unable to host the social in November and is looking for a volunteer. 

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

    Halloween Festivities will be held Oct. 28, 6 p.m. at B-K-Z American Legion, 2601 South 11th Street. Festivities will include the Decorated Gold Cart parade and costume contest and the kid-friendly agenda will culmination with Trunk-or-Treat. Adults are welcome to participate in the costumed pub crawl once the Trunk-or-Treat concludes. More information to follow.

    Santa Comes to Soulard has been scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m. at Soulard Station. More information to follow. 

    Soulard’s Vices and Virtues Mardi Gras Ball will be held Feb. 11, 7 p.m. at the South Broadway Athletic Club, 2301 S. 7th Street. More information to follow.

Parlour Tour (Julie Price)

    6 homeowners have committed to being on the Tour this year. The committee would like 1-2 additional homes. Jeanne Kirby is serving as the Parlour Tour chairperson, Neil and Veronica Putz are conducting historical research, Neal Thompson and John Wallace are serving as homeowner liaisons, Billy Timber is responsible for tickets and Julie Price is coordinating volunteers. Heated shuttles will be utilized for the tour and Julie P. is seeking 100 volunteers. 

    If you would like to volunteer your home for the tour, your time and energy for volunteering or have questions, you can email tour@soulard.org

Safety (Jim Ricks)

    The semi-annual safety walk will take place after the general membership meeting this evening. The task tasks between 30-40 minutes. 

Adjournment

    Motion to adjourn made by Julie Dinkleman and seconded by Richard Koors, the meeting adjourned at 8:37 p.m.

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September 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

Date:             September 21, 2016

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

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

Officers and Directors absent: Gary Toribio

Guests:  Cathy Weldon, Tim Lorson

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Bill Clendenin

Old Business

None

New Business

1. Soulard Oktoberfest

Cathy Weldon presented the plans for the 2016 Soulard Oktoberfest. This will be a smaller, neighborhood-oriented event. She discussed the security staffing plans and the bathroom plans for the event. 

2. Mardi Gras Inc. (Tim Lorson)

 Tim Lorson, Executive Director of Mardi Gras, Inc. provided an update on preparations for Mardi Gras in Soulard.  

The Mardi Gras Grand Parade will be the focal point of energy this year in an effort to enhance the quality of the overall event. While the krewes and floats are entirely volunteer based, funds have been budgeted to recruit marching bands and other parade specific entertainment. There will also be a push to recruit younger krewes to take part in the event. The pace of the parade, specifically, will be addressed in the coming year to ensure the energy of Mardi Gras part of the parade. Floats and entertainment will have shorter distances between them. 

    The Cajun Cook-off is a great event and will have one key change: more of a cajun cooking expo with professional chefs demonstrating and amateur chefs competing. This has historically been an events with professional chefs competing but all parties seem to enjoy the professional chefs demonstrations significantly more. 

    The Wine, Beer and Whiskey taste is looking for a new large portfolio whiskey company to serve as a sponsor of the event. . The Weiner Dog race is individually sponsored and those sponsorships are secured. Taste of Soulard will be held again in the coming Mardi Gras season. In regard to parking, Metro will run shuttles and new parking areas to be identified and obtained.

    There is nothing planned by MGI for Fat Tuesday. The neighborhood is free to host itsown events on Sunday and Fat Tuesday and MGI would support such neighborhood events. Last year the neighborhood held its own Fat Tuesday event and plans to hold it, as a neighborhood event, in the coming year. It was agreed that a neighborhood Fat Tuesday event is an organic way to end the Mardi Gras season.

Jackie Parker asked Luann Denten if she wanted MGI to support Fat Tuesday in any manner, and Luann stated that she never considered that to be an option. It would be nice if there were a closing ceremony or something that was not advertised outside of the neighborhood. Luann D. will follow-up with the Board and MGI regarding neighborhood Mardi Gras events for Fat Tuesday and will seek support from MGI as necessary. 

A question was raised regarding the status of Tim’s contract with MGI. After operating without a contract for 13 years, an annually renewable contract is now signed and in-place. It renews June 1st of each year.

3. Cause Marketing Opportunities 

 

    A wine company has reached out to the SRG Board to use the SRG name in their marketing and, in turn, donate 10-20 percent of the sale price back to SRG. Questions were raised regarding charitable fundraising and whether or not a written contract would be put in place. Known information is the following: The company would have a wine tasting at Vincent’s Market, during a month-long campaign, and 10-20% of the sales would go to the SRG.

    More information would be needed but, given the time constraints,the Board authorized Bill Clendenin to follow-up and make the decision on behalf of the Board. 

Motion: Chris Schwarz motions to pursue wine fundraising opportunity, subject to Bill clarifying the terms and gathering more information, with the President being authorized to give approval.

Second: Scott Plackemeier

Passed: All

4. Treasurer Reports

    The SRG contributed $20,000 to the camera system. The camera system will be owned by a separate non-profit entity comprised of the SRG, SBA and SSBD (Soulard Special Business District). This special purpose, non-profit entity, will hold title to the camera system. 

    The Soulard Station proceeds for the months of August and September have not been received from the Station Manager. The funds have historically been held until the Station Manager completes billing and involving with the Treasurer. 

    The Bastille Day expenses are categorized as a fundraiser because of the way the event is set up in quick books. After the approval of the current budget the Residential Promotion Committee added an event to the Bastille Weekend events. The Bastille Weekend celebrations have not caused the Residential Promotion Committee to exceed their budget. 

    Mike Ziemann asked what the process for approving expenses outside the budget was. After discussion and given the newly set practice of quarterly meeting between the Treasurer, Committee Liaisons and Committee Chairs, it was determined that once a committee reached their overall budget for the operating year, they would need to approach the Board for approval of any expense above and beyond. 

Use of SRG Directory

    The Soulard Restoration Group Directory, per the usage policy on the first page, needs to not be used for any campaigning, cold-calling or sales purposes. 

Committee Reports

    1. Communications and Fundraising (Jackie Parker) 

    Renaissance is due out in the coming month. 

    2. Beautification (Luann Denten)

    The dedication of the Terra Madonna will take place October 17th, 2016. 

    3. Code and Zoning (Beth Bennett)

        The 14th and Russell development has additional modifications: the addition of 8         apartment units and 17 parking spaces by extending the building to the Ann property line.     The Board trusts the Planning and Review Team to make a decision on this post-approval     modification and to report back to the Board.

        The 7th and Victor Development also wants to make changes to the approved         building plans: more parking spaces (underground) and lowering the overall height of the        building. The Board will direct PRT to work with the developer to send a copy of the         plan to PRT and to hold an Open House on September 29, 2016 for the neighborhood at         large. 

    4. Membership (Beth Bennett) 

    The Membership Chair position has, to date, not been filled. This position is vital             to the success of the SRG. Please submit any potential candidates to                 president@soulard.org or secretary@soulard.org

    5. Residential Promotions (Luann Denten) 

  •   The “Art in the Garden” art auction will be held Sept. 30, 6 p.m. at

           Soulard Station.

            This event is the culmination of the Art in the Garden Tour. Each of the tour gardens hosted an artist, who created an original piece of art within the garden. Each of the pieces is unique and influenced not only be the garden in which it was created but also by the neighbors and friends who enjoyed the gardens through the day. The art auction is your opportunity                 to own one of these beautiful pieces while supporting the SRG’s Beautification Committee

  • Halloween Festivities will be held Oct. 28, 6 p.m. at B-K-Z

    American Legion, 2601 S. 11th Street. Festivities will include the 

    Decorated Gold Cart parade and costume contest and the kid-friendly agenda will culmination with     Trunk-or-Treat. Adults are welcome to 

    participate in the costumed pub crawl once the Trunk-or-Treat concludes. More information to follow.

  • Santa Comes to Soulard has been scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16, 

    6 p.m. at Soulard Station. More information to follow. 

  • Soulard’s Vices and Virtues Mardi Gras Ball will be held Feb. 11, 

    7 p.m. at the South Broadway Athletic Club, 2301 S. 7th Street. 

    More information to follow.

 

    6. Safety (Scott Plackemeier)

    Safety Walk will be held after the October General Meeting.

There are no hearings currently scheduled. Bill C. thinks that NextDoor is a good medium to publicize the hearings coming up.  Wade W. reports that the Prosecuting Attorney is looking at Soulard neighborhood participation in making prosecution and recommendation decisions.

        Camera Project should be well underway by November (Bill’s estimate) and the         City’s participation is also catching up.

    7. MGI (Jackie Parker and Gary Toribio) 

    Update given earlier.        

    8. Parlor Tour (Mike Ziemann) 

        Subcommittee is now meeting weekly.  Open House last week was a success.          Right now the committee has 5 houses lined for tour locked in, one pretty close, and 2 to         3 that will round out the goal of 7 sites.  Putting out requests for sponsors.

    9. Soulard Station (Neil Putz) 

 

        Vicki Morris, Station Manager, has informed the Board that she will operate         events at the Station through 2016, but that she will not be booking events for 2017 and         that she will be leaving as Station Manager at that time. She will be missed as she has         done an excellent job at the Station over the years.  

Additional discussions held in executive session. 

Adjournment:

Luann D. motioned to adjourn, Mike Ziemann seconded and the meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

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October Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes October 2016 SRG Board Meeting

Date: Oct. 19, 2016

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

Officers in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, Venessa Kobrin, Jackie Parker, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Wade Weistreich, Mike Ziemann

Officers Absent: Bill Clendenin, Gary Toribio

The meeting was called to order at 7:11 p.m. by President-Elect Wade Weistreich

Old Business

  1. Stops Signs

    The issues of stop signs and stop sign enforcement was brought up by Neil Putz. Some potential solutions to the lack of stop sign observation was 1) painting a white stripe on the road where vehicles should be stopping 2) replacing fading stop signs with new ones.

    After discussion, the Board acknowledged that the issue of traffic safety is important but better served with additional information. The Safety Committee was identified as the best resource to further investigate this issue.

Motion: Luann Denten the Safety Committee be asked to look at the issue of stop sign enforcement to include amplification, street department and police involvement.

Second: Neil Putz

Passed: All

2. Plaza Market Christmas Tree

    Ted Greenfield from Soulard Market and Vice President of the SBA reached out to the SRG President to see if the SRG would be interesting in assisting to decorate the Plaza Market Christmas tree.

    The Board will await further information before addressing this issue.

3. Grant Writer

    Wade Weistreich brought up the idea of hiring a grant writer to both identify, write and apply for grants. This was tabled until a future meeting.

New Business

1. United Games Presentation (Julie Price)

    Julie Price gave a presentation to the Board for a company that she is affiliated with, United Games. The new application is called Fire Fan and is a gaming application. By becoming an affiliate, the SRG would be eligible to receive a portion of advertising income that is raised by the players affiliated with SRG. SRG would create an affiliate code that players would use to download and play the game.

    The projected revenue for a non-profit organization is the following:

    The non-profit will receive 10% of the advertising revenue for usage specifically associated with the affiliate code. When affiliated players play the game or acquire tokens, the affiliated organization gets paid. Players can, at most, look at five advertisements and one survey per 24 hour period. The most money that can be made in advertising fees per day is $15 per person.

    The marketing company has already created all of the marketing materials and they are ready to be branded with the unique affiliate code. Affiliated organizations are required to used the United Games marketing materials. There is a fee for marketing materials which are physical or require printing. I believe that the online materials are free. All marketing materials are handled by a dedicated “back office.” The SRG would request the materials and the back office would provide the materials, ready with the branding. SBA is serving as the umbrella and paid affiliate sponsor and is inviting other Soulard organizations and bars to take part in this multi-level marketing situation.

    This discussion was tabled and a straw-vote taken by the Board was provided to the President, who will make the final decision.

2. Treasurer Reports
    The invoices for the Soulard Station for August and September have been turned in.

    A Board member turned in a request for a reimbursement that was over the previously budgeted amount for the specific expenditure. The circumstances were outside of the Board member’s control and the funds were budgeted, just not to the specific Board member. The Board member making the request took on additional duties when another Board member could not fulfill the obligation.

Motion: Wade Weistreich moved to approve $136 over the approved budget for reimbursement of a Board members expenses.

Second: Neil Putz

Passed: All

3. Check signers

    The check signers will remain, as stated in the by-laws, as the President, the President-Elect, the Secretary and the Treasurer.

Committee Reports

1. Communications and Fundraising (Jackie Parker):

    The Wreath Sales have been extended through October 31.

    The Hot Chocolate Run will be December 11, 2016. The SRG will participate by hosting a cheer station. The location would be at Geyer Street and 7th Street. The volunteer responsibilities are the following: 30 volunteers present, filling and refilling cups for runners, 6:oo a.m. - 10:00 a.m. shift for the 5K and 15K runs. The SRG will receive $1500.00.

    The Renaissance is out. A big thank-you to those who assisted in delivering the Renaissance. If you would like to assist in delivering the Renaissance please contact Linda Kurdi (her information is available in the Soulard Directory). The deadline for the next issue of the Renaissance is November 11, 2016 and this will be the Parlour Tour issue.

2. Beautification (Luann Denten):

    Beautification, together with Residential Promotion, dedicated the Terra Madonna in Pontiac Square Park. The statue was gifted by the artist, Uriel Starbuck, to the Soulard Restoration Group and the Beautification Committee. The plants that are planted around the Terra Madonna were acquired by Margi Koors and are an endangered Missouri species.

    Beautification was gifted another set of sculptures from Bob Casilly’s collection and they will also be placed in Pontiac Square Park. More information will be reported as it is available.

3. Code and Zoning (Beth Bennett):

    No report at this time.

4. Membership (Beth Bennett):

    The membership committee is now three members strong (Veronica Putz, Lillian Thomspon and Beth Bennett) and seeking additional members as well as a membership chair.

5. Residential Promotions (Luann Denten):

    The 28th is the Decorated Golf Cart parade. The parade will start at 6:00 p.m.. The Legion will have food and beverages available. We are hoping for involvement by the households on the route.

6. Safety (Scott Plackemeier):

    The Safety Walk went well.

7. MGI (Jackie Parker and Gary Toribio):

    No report at this time.

8. Parlour Tour (Mike Ziemann):

    The Parlour Tour has 5 confirmed homes that will be open for the Tour. The Tour has reached out to the Lafayette Apartments to see if they would like to participate. There is an open house on October 21st and the Parlour Tour chair will attend. Preliminary discussions have been tentative but the Parlour Tour is hoping for their involvement. The Treasurer is going to schedule a meeting with the Parlour Tour Liaison and Chairs to go over the budget.

9. Soulard Station (Neil Putz):

    There are 73 days remaining until the end of the Soulard Station operating year. Vicki Morris acknowledged that she will continue to lead the committee until she steps down from the position. There is not a plan in place for continuity of the Station, or Station Committee, at this time. It is unknown if the other committee members will remain on the Committee following the departure of Vicki from the position of Station Manager.

    A question was raised to the Board regarding what should happen with the Soulard Station after Vicki Morris leaves the position of Station Manager. This issue will be addressed at length during the November Board meeting.

Adjournment: Venessa Kobrin motioned to adjourn, Luann Denten seconded and the meeting adjourned at 9:02 p.m.

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September 2016 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes September 2016 SRG General Meeting

Date: Sept. 7, 2016

Location: Sts. Peter and Paul Church Parish Hall

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

Officers and directors in attendance: Beth Bennett, Venessa Kobrin, Jackie Parker, Scott Plackemeier, Christopher Schwarz, Gary Toribio, Wade Weistreich, Mike Ziemann

Officers and directors absent:  Bill Clendenin, Luann Denten, Neil Putz

Alderman Present: Ken Ortmann                  

Guests: Marty Joe Murray Jr., 7th Ward Committeeman

Guest Announcements
Marty Joe Murray Jr., 7th Ward Committeeman: A special election for the 78th Legislative District to be held Sept. 16 between Bruce Franks and Penny Hubbard.

Board and General Meeting Minutes
Board and General Meeting minutes were available for review. Craig Markham motioned to approve the minutes and Richard Eaton seconded. The minutes were approved.

Police Report (Officer Min)
August: 2 assaults, 6 stolen autos (1 motorcycle) 3 burglaries (1 was a family friend), 2 robberies (all involving entering/exiting a vehicle), 36 larcenies (28 were car break-ins), 10 property damage incidents (6 vehicle related), 3 separate reports involving heroin overdoses, 2 arrests for disturbing the peace, several summonses issued for officers to address issues in Soulard.
Officer Brian Min reminded attendees to be aware of your surroundings when entering and exiting vehicles.
September (to date): 1 robbery, 6 larcenies (4 vehicle break-ins), 1 disturbance. Of total incidents in September, two were related to the Social House (1 robbery and 1 disturbance).

New business - No new business.

Parlour Tour (Billy Tomber)
THE INFORMATION PROVIDED DURING THE MEETING IS REFLECTED BELOW BUT IS INCORRECT. THE INFORMATIONAL PARLOUR TOUR MEETING IS INVITATION ONLY.
If you would like to open your home for the 2016 Parlour Tour, please contact tour@soulard.org Stated, but incorrect, information presented at the meeting: The Parlour Tour will be held Dec. 3-4. An informational meeting will be taking place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Molly’s.

Legion Report (Bill Wirtel)
The Happy Hour for September is canceled due to the special election taking place on Friday, Sept. 16, the Legion serves as a polling place. The October Happy Hour, Friday, Oct. 21, will be held as usual. The post installation of officers will take place at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14.

SBA (Ted Greenfield)
Founder’s Day was a success, especially for a first year event. The collaboration between the SBA and the Soulard Market was wonderful. We are looking forward to continuing this event in the coming years.
The Hispanic Festival is taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-25, at the Soulard Market.
The SBA will be hosting Oktoberfest at Soulard Market, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22. The event will be family friendly and will be held as Soulard Market Park. The vendors will be parking on Broadway, which should relieve any parking concerns related to the event. The event will be promoted over the next two weeks.

MGI (Gary Toribio)
MGI is assisting SBA with the Oktoberfest at Soulard Market, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22. MGI is working to roll-out events leading up to and including Mardi Gras.

Committee Reports
Beautification (Richard Eaton)

The Terra Madonna statue was placed in Pontiac Square Park and is a wonderful addition. The sculpture was a gift to the neighborhood. The costs to the neighborhood were the footings, transportation of the stature to the park and required permits. Landscaping will be completed around the statue and a celebratory event will be held for the neighborhood in October. Details to follow.
The “Art in the Garden” art auction will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12th St.
This event is the culmination of the Art in the Garden Tour. Each of the tour gardens hosted an artist, who created an original piece of art within the garden. Each of the pieces is unique and influenced not only be the garden in which it was created but also by the neighbors and friends who enjoyed the gardens through the day. The art auction is your opportunity to own one of these beautiful pieces while supporting the SRG’s Beautification Committee

Communication (Jackie Parker) - No report given.

Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)
The Plan Review Team (PRT) approved the plans for the South 13th Street and Russell Boulevard Development, an open house was held and following the open house the SRG Board issued a letter of support for the project. The design itself has been accepted by the city and the project will move forward. The single family residence, a portion of the original streetscape, on Dolman and Ann will not be torn down.
Paul Kjorlie made a point of thanking Jay Gibbs for all the time, handwork and attention that he has given to this endeavor and ensuring the project was a good fit for the neighborhood.
A question was again raised regarding the fence at Henry’s. It was relayed that Henry’s has been cited by the city. The city has not yet asked SRG for input on the fence or other ongoing issues at this time. Numerous complaints and reports have been made and the city is aware and appears to be taking action.
The proposed new construction on South 7th Street between Barton and Victor streets has verbally indicated revisions. These revisions have not been seen in paper format at this time. The height of the building, amount of parking and parking garage are the elements with changes indicated. If and when any revisions are submitted, the PRT will review them and offer opinion, an open house will be held and letter of support sought by the Board.
Questions regarding codes, code enforcement and the consequences for not adhering to code were raised.
A hearing on the Huckleberry Finn Youth Hostel, 1908 S. 12th St., is taking place next week. There are not details available at this time. A questioned was raised regarding the condition of said property and the current usage of the building (hostel versus boarding house). Details will be reported on as they become available.

Fundraising (Rick Dungey)
Soulard Oktoberfest, which for years has been run by John McKinstry, has been canceled for 2016. This has, historically, been a large fundraiser for the SRG. Questions have been raised regarding replacing the lost revenue. Several smaller fundraising opportunities have been raised and need volunteer participation.
1. Que-In-The-Lou is Sept. 23-25 and we are looking for volunteers to run a beer booth                 which requires 10-15 volunteers per shift.
2. The new SBA-run Oktoberfest at Soulard Market is Oct. 21-22 and we are looking for volunteers to run a beer booth.
3. The Christmas wreaths will return as a Soulard fundraiser.
Pricing is as follows:
24 inch plain: $22
24 inch decorated: $24
28 inch plain: $28
28 inch decorated: $30

You can order your wreath online at soulard.org under upcoming events and click on the           wreath!
You can buy more than one. You do not need to live in Soulard to order one but you will             need to come into Soulard to pick it up. If you are not in town on the designated pick-up         date you can arrange logistics with Rick Dungey. If you do not want to purchase online and you want to write a check, you will need to submit it prior to the order date of Oct. 15.
The goal is to raise at least $1,500.
All questions regarding fundraising, as well as inquiries for fundraising participation, can be made to fundraising@soulard.org

Membership (Jill Weissgerber)
The committee chair position is still open and we need a volunteer to fill the position! This is a great committee to be involved in. If you have any questions regarding the position, feel free to contact Jill!
All questions regarding membership events and potential events can be directed to membership@soulard.org

Residential Promotion (Venessa Kobrin)
Halloween Festivities will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at B-K-Z American Legion, 2601 S. 11th St. Festivities will include the Decorated Gold Cart parade and costume contest and the kid-friendly agenda will culmination with Trunk-or-Treat. Adults are welcome to participate in the costumed pub crawl once the Trunk-or-Treat concludes. More information to follow. 
Santa Comes to Soulard has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12th St. More information to follow.
Soulard’s Vices and Virtues Mardi Gras Ball will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the South Broadway Athletic Club, 2301 S. 7th St. More information to follow.

Safety (Scott Plackemeier)
The semi-annual safety walk will take place next month after the general membership meeting.

Adjournment - Motion to adjourn made by Julie Dinklemann and seconded by Richard Eaton, the meeting adjourned at 8:14 p.m.

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August 2016 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes August 2016 SRG General Meeting

Date: Aug. 3, 2016

Location: Sts. Peter and Paul Church Parish Hall

The meeting was called to order at 7:08 p.m. by President Bill Clendenin

Officers and directors in attendance: Beth Bennett, Bill Clendenin, Luann Denten, Jackie Parker, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Wade Weistreich

Officers and directors absent: Venessa Kobrin, Scott Plackemeier, Gary Toribio, Mike Ziemann

Alderman present: Jack Coatar            

Guests: Marty Joe Murray Jr.

Board and General Meeting Minutes

Board and General Meeting minutes were available for review. Wade Weistreich motioned to approve the minutes and Luann Denten seconded. The minutes were approved.

Police Report (Officer Min)
July:
2 assaults, 6 stolen vehicles, 1 robbery (South 8th Street, suspect armed with pistol), and 29 larcenies.
August: 3 stolen vehicles, accident at Lafayette Avenue and Tucker Boulevard involved the attempted fleeing of a murder suspect, 8 larcenies and 1 arrest.

New business
The Soulard Concert Series picks back up on July 9 with the Jeremiah Johnson Band at the Soulard Market stage. The concert runs from 6-9 p.m.

Legion Report (Bill Wirtel)
The last Happy Hour was a success. The upcoming Sept. 16 Happy Hour is canceled. Happy Hours will resume in October. The concerts in the park have been wonderful and hope everyone will continue to take part as they wrap up. The post installation of the new Commander of the Legion will take place at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 14.

SBA (Dan Shields) - No report given.

MGI (Jackie Parker) - No report given.

Committee reports
Beautification (Richard Eaton)
The Terra Madonna statue will be installed in the month of August once the footings are installed and weather permitting. The Terra Madonna currently resides at a church on Skinker Boulevard. The Beautification Committee has been working hard to ensure this beautiful piece has a new home in Pontiac Square Park. The statue will be a wonderful addition to the neighborhood.

Communication (Jeremy Mehrle)
The final date for inclusion in the Renaissance is Sept. 2.

Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)
There are ongoing meetings with key personnel for the South 13th Street and Russell Boulevard development. The traffic study was completed and indicated no major impact. There is no indication that additional traffic lights or signage will be required.

The Lafayette Loft Apartments, 815 Ann Ave., is coming to finality and is looking good.

The Victor and Barton streets project is moving forward and current discussions regarding “minor” architectural changes are in process. Updates to follow as available.

Fundraising (Rick Dungey)
Rick Dungey reported that the wreath fundraiser will be taking place this year and volunteers will be needed. Please contact Dungey if you are able to volunteer for this fundraiser.

Membership (Veronica Putz)
The Grizzlies baseball game and Fabulous Fox Theatre tour were both great successes and lots of fun. If you were unable to take part in the tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre, it is recommended that you do. After the Fox Theatre tour, the group went to the Fountain on Locust, which was another fun opportunity to explore St. Louis with Soulard friends and neighbors. Upcoming events will be shared as they come available.

All questions regarding membership events and potential events can be directed to membership@soulard.org.

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)
Bastille Day celebrations were a great success. Next year the Bastille Day parade will shift to the south side of Russell Boulevard.

Next year’s Bastille Day royalty were announced: Brandon and Mandi Rogalski.

The next event hosted by the Residential Promotion committee is the Decorated Golf Cart parade/Halloween pub crawl and Trunk-or-Treat. Details will be released in the coming weeks.

Safety
Two petitions for submission to the Circuit Attorney (anonymous) for court dates were circulated.

The camera project is moving ahead and installation is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

Adjournment: Motion to adjourn made by Luann Denten and seconded by Julie Dinklemann, the meeting adjourned at 7:44 p.m.

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August 2016 SRG Board Meeting Minutes

Date: Aug. 17, 2016

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

Officers and directors in attendance: Beth Bennett, Bill Clendenin, Luann Denten, Venessa Kobrin, Jackie Parker, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Gary Toribio, Wade Weistreich, Mike Ziemann

Officers and directors absent: None

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

Old Business - None

New Business - 1. 1400 Russell Apartments
Jay Gibbs was in attendance to convey the recommendation of the Planning and Review Team (PRT) regarding the proposed 1400 Russell Blvd. development. In addition to the most recent renderings, the same that were present at the open house and email to the Board in advance, Jay also discussed changes that are not yet reflected on the renderings.

Gibbs said that many citizens have taken part in the open meetings and the open house that was held regarding the proposed Russell development. In his 20-25 years serving on the PRT, he said that has not worked with a more amiable and cooperative group of developers. The paramount piece of any new construction in a historic district is the model example. The model example is an existing building in the district or neighborhood that serves as an existing example of the details and scope of the proposed development. In the case of 1400 Russell Blvd., the model example is the Hat Factory. The contractor and architect of the proposed development also served as the contractor and architect for the Hat Factory. The proposed development is not an exact replica of the Hat Factory but one can see obvious similarities in the brick work, overall height, windows and several other architectural details. The proposed aesthetics of the proposed development have evolved from the first version to the most current based on feedback from the PRT, SRG Board and citizens who have taken part in various feedback opportunities.

Gibbs stated that the proposed site itself, not the current structures, is “dismal.” There is a lot of traffic on the adjacent streets and, while the proposed project would not decrease traffic, it would create a sound barrier to highway noise and create a structured entry into the neighborhood. This is not a site conducive to single family homes and it is unlikely that people would spend $150,000 for the site for the purpose of building single family residences. The site is quite similar to the site of the Soulard Market Loft Apartments, 1531 S. 8th St., a development also highway adjacent and industrial in nature.

There is one occupied single-family home within the block. The owners of this home attended the open house and expressed concerns about the parking and traffic impact of the project.  The Board will recommend that the developers work with these residents toward an agreement to minimize the impact to their parking situation as this single family residence does not have off-street parking. There is precedent for this within the neighborhood where a resident leased parking for numerous years at a low rate. This is an option to alleviate the parking impact that would be felt by the established residents of the home. 

The current proposed development cannot be discussed without comparison to the South 7th and Victor project due to the recent neighborhood response regarding the South 7th and Victor project. Gibbs noted that going forward, it’s unlikely that the PRT will recommend projects that deviate from the 1-1 parking ratio for new construction or that do not include parking in the base rent (i.e. that charge a separate fee for parking).  This ensures that the parking lots that are required to be built to code are actually utilized by the residents as they were intended (e.g., to alleviate increased street parking).

As such, Gibbs strongly urged the Board to approve and support the proposed 1400 Russell Blvd. project.

Motion: Venessa Kobrin motions to accept the PRT recommendation and that the Board write a preliminary letter of support to the Preservation Board and Zoning Committee supporting the development at 1400 Russell Blvd. The letter would also make clear that the SRG does not support the demolition of the single family residence on Dolman Street and Ann Avenue.

Second: Gary Toribio seconds the motion.

Passed: 11-0.

2. LouFest Booth
Mardi Gras Inc. has presented SRG with the opportunity to operate a beer booth at LouFest.  A large booth requires 80 volunteers over a period of two days. The event is not in Soulard, but Forest Park. For such a large beer booth, the SRG would receive at least $4,000. Another option presented was for the SRG to help recruit volunteers for a smaller 6-8 person booth.

The Board discussed issues involved with participating in the event, including the fact that there’s been difficulty in fully manning events that are not located in the neighborhood, the fact that we would have to transport the volunteers to and from the event, and a lack of volunteer interest in beer booths as a method of volunteering in the SRG.

Kobrin recommended an administrative process over the next several general meetings to identify and create a volunteer database as well as an event to acknowledge and thank previous and current volunteers. This could address the shift in the volunteer base by commingling the established, new and potential volunteers while increasing neighborhood relationships. It was stated that this recommendation was not a good use of resources at this time.

Toribio asked for clarification regarding the budget and beer booths, specifically haw much of the budget was based on Oktoberfest and various beer booths. It is requested that the Treasurer review the budget and report the information at the next meeting. There are new fundraising events that will help in offsetting any income lost by lack of participation in beer booths (e.g., holiday wreath sales).

Motion: Wade Weistreich motions to forego the beer booth at LouFest.

Second: Kobrin seconds the motion.

Passed: 11-0.

Committee Reports

1. Communications and Fundraising (Jackie Parker)
The Renaissance deadline for copy is Sept. 2. The paper will be released about   two weeks later. Residential Promotions has again been deleted from the meetings sections of the Blaster but Jackie Parker will ensure Residential Promotion meetings and  events are again reflected in the Blaster. This is especially important as the Blaster has been identified as the central repository for neighborhood information, news and events.

2. Beautification (Luann Denten)
The footings are poured for the Terra Madonna. Sometime in the next several weeks the statue will be moved to the raised bed on the west side of Pontiac Park. The footprint does not take away any existing space from the park grounds. Weed Warriors will meeting at Pontiac Park on Saturday for the sole purpose of cleaning up the bed in light of the Terra Madonna’s arrival.

3. Code and Zoning (Beth Bennett)
See previous notes regarding the proposed development at 1400 Russell Blvd.

4. Membership (Beth Bennett)
The Membership Chair position has, to date, not been filled. This position is vital to the success of the SRG. Please submit any potential candidates to president@soulard.org or secretary@soulard.org.

5. Residential Promotions (Luann Denten)
Residential promotion is researching the process to list and sell merchandise online. It will not work for every item, but most. Having merchandise for sale online will allow customers to purchase Soulard merchandise from the comfort of their home as well as lessen the amount of merchandise that needs to be present for purchase at events.

The sign project is moving forward with specific actions taken to tailor verbiage, presentation, dimensions and materials to meet the requirements of Cultural Resources. Luann Denten met with Bob Bettis at Cultural Resources in regard to the project. No set template of requirements exists for a project of this nature. A template for the Soulard sign project will need to be created and submitted to Cultural resources for approval. Some requirements and restrictions were identified: the buildings need to be permanent, the buildings cannot be commercial, the signs can be attached to buildings in the mortar but not the brick, the sign must be visible to the public without entering private property, the signs cannot be embedded in the sidewalk, can be affixed to the building or a pedestal and the verbiage must read “circa” and not “built on.”

The materials options are varied in both aesthetic and costs. Potential materials are stainless steel, aluminum, bronze and zinc. Aluminum or stainless steel would be engraved while bronze or zinc would be cast. The advantage to zinc is that the zinc is lighter than the bronze which allows more options with mounting. The aluminum would be about $200 per sign.           Bronze or zinc would be about $800 per sign.

In keeping with limitations in the application of signs to buildings, the sign would be horizontal with the Soulard Star as a 3D effect. A border would serve to create a finished look. These are still preliminary plans that are being priced and worded. Limiting the verbiage to 3-4 sentences which would make interaction appealing to someone walking by on the street without being too wordy. It was recommended that the typography of the signs be the same as or similar the typography on the Soulard entry markers.

This is an effort to bring the history of the oldest surviving neighborhood in St. Louis to the current public and population.

Event Calendar for Residential Promotion
Residential Promotion meetings are held the second Tuesday each month at 2622 S. 11th St.

The “Art in the Garden” art auction will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 30, at Soulard Station. This event is the culmination of the Art in the Garden Tour. Each of the  tour gardens hosted an artist, who created an original piece of art within the garden. Each of the pieces is unique and influenced not only be the garden in which it was created but also by the neighbors and friends who enjoyed the gardens through the day. The art auction is your opportunity to own one of these beautiful pieces while supporting the SRG’s

6. Beautification Committee (Luann Denten)
Halloween Festivities will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 28, at B-K-Z American Legion, 2601 S. 11th St. Festivities will include the Decorated Gold Cart parade and costume contest and the kid-friendly agenda will culmination with Trunk-or-Treat. Adults are welcome to participate in the costumed pub crawl once the Trunk-or-Treat concludes. More information to follow.

Santa Comes to Soulard has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at Soulard Station. More information to follow.

Soulard’s Vices and Virtues Mardi Gras Ball will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 11, at the South Broadway Athletic Club, 2301 S. 7th Street. More information to follow.

7. Safety (Scott Plackemeier)
The camera project is coming together. The required 30 percent up-front payment is being made with the rest is to be paid upon completion of the project. Installation should commence in September with the first phase wrapping up in November.

National Night Out, held on Aug. 2, was a great success.

There have been two separate arrests for car cloudings that took place in the                       neighborhood.

8.. MGI (Jackie Parker and Gary Toribio) - No update at this time.

9.. Parlor Tour (Mike Ziemann)

Debbie Cope has volunteered to fill Jim Price’s previous position as volunteer coordinator for the tour. Denten and Bennett have provided names to the Parlour Tour committee as potential homes to open for the Tour.

10. Soulard Station (Neil Putz) - Updates held in executive session.

Adjournment: Toribio motioned to adjourn, Mike Ziemann seconded and the meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

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Minutes - July 2016 SRG Board Meeting

Date: July 20, 2016

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

Officers and directors in attendance: Beth Bennett, Bill Clendenin, Luann Denten, Venessa Kobrin, Jackie Parker, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Gary Toribio, Wade Weistreich

Officers and directors absent: Scott Plackemeier, Mike Ziemann

The meeting was called to order at 7:13 p.m. by SRG President Bill Clendenin

Old Business
Bill Clendenin provided an update on the Soulard camera system project. The ongoing camera project, including the scope of Phase I, was reviewed with the following motions:

Motion: Luann Denten motions to begin the camera project Phase I as stipulated in the memo provided to the Board. The memo includes certain confidential information (i.e., the map of the planned locations) and will not be attached to the minutes.  

Second: Venessa Kobrin seconds
Approved: 9-0

Motion Amendment: Chris Schwarz motions to allow up to $500 of SRG funding for unprojected costs related to the camera project. Any amount in excess of that would require Board review. 

Second: Gary Toribio seconds
Approved: 9-0.

New Business

1. CVC Signage Program
The sign at issues are the CVC red and black signs that are visible from the highway. The proposal is to extend the signage project for another five year term, to include maintenance and replacement signs. The total cost to the SRG would be $1,331.25 for the five year period. Other neighborhoods groups, like SBA and MGI are also being asked to contribute. If we chose to not continue, Soulard would eventually be removed from the signs.

Motion: Wade Weistreich motions that the CVC signage project is extended for additional 5 years at a cost of $1,331.25 to the SRG and that a non-conditional inquiry be made to add “Soulard Historic District” as the text for future replacement signs. 

Second: Luann Denten
Passed: 9-0.

2. Community Improvement District - Richard Eaton
ichard Eaton provided the Board with an update on efforts to create a Community Improvement District (CID) for the Soulard neighborhood.  Discussions about a Soulard CID started several years ago, and have been stop and go. But the concept is starting to move forward again. Eaton said that Luke Reynolds, Jack Coatar, Bill Clendenin, Lisa Otke, Phyllis Young, John Durnell, Cathy Weldon and others have participated in the recent working group discussions.

The current concept for the CID would be a 1 percent sales tax that would be used to pay for improvements like sidewalks, lighting, and parking and services like trash pick-up and marketing. Under the current proposal, there would be no real estate taxes or special assessments. 

CIDs can be found in Euclid, CWE, the Grove, Midtown, South Grand, Laclede’s Landing, North Park, and Ballpark Village.

A question was raised regarding the effect of redistricting on the proposed CID. This question will be discussed at the next CID working group meeting

3. Membership Chair
Jill Weissgerber is stepping down after an incredibly successful 9 year run as the Membership Chair. Her work has been incredible and tireless. Weissgerber’s absence will be a huge loss to the SRG Board and the SRG as a whole (but she intends to remain an active member). A replacement Membership Chair has not been identified at this time.

4. Code Enforcement
Henry’s has been the source of resident complaints regarding the highly visible port-o-potty and the fence located in their outdoor space. This was brought up at the General meeting. Calling the Citizen’s Service Board Hotline is the primary mechanism for addressing these issues.The phone number is 314-622-4800. Bill Clendenin will inquire on possible next steps.

For certain major code enforcement issues, the Board discussed ideas for taking additional actions. The Board discussed the idea of preparing a statement signed in the same manner as the Neighborhood Impact Statements, which the neighborhood submits in criminal cases.

5. Treasurer Meetings

The Treasurer has suggested regular meetings with committees and committee chairs. This would provide a regular opportunity for committees and chairs to sit down with the Treasurer and the committee liaison. In addition to verifying where committees are in their budget, the meeting would serve identify long term goals and projects from a financial perspective. These meetings also provide transparency between the board and committees as a whole, facilitate timely requests for monies over $500, promoting partnership and regular interaction with the Board. Chris Schwarz would like to start this by the end of the first quarter of the current fiscal year. Resistance from some committees is possible, but the Treasurer is committed to transparency of accounting for the board and general membership as a whole. Also, these periodic meetings will decrease the workload of the committees when it is time to prepare the annual budget in May.

It is essential to shift the paradigm of finances so money is no longer be a once a year topic of discussion but an ongoing topic of discussion.

Committee Reports 

1. Communications and Fundraising (Jackie Parker): Sept. 2 is the deadline for Renaissance. A beer booth at LouFest, Sept. 10-11, is a possible fundraising opportunity. There are still no updates regarding Oktoberfest.

2. Beautification (Luann Denten): The Garden Tour was a success. Luann D. is stepping down as the chair and Amy Grove is taking over as the chair. Beautification continues to improve the Station gardens and they are looking gorgeous.

3. Code and Zoning (Beth Bennett): The 13th and Russell developers sent a new plan to PRT. Revisions to the new plan were requested and returned to the developers.

4. Membership (Beth Bennett): Discussed previously.

5. Residential Promotions (Luann Denten): Residential promotion just wrapped up Bastille Days celebration. The attendance at Marie’s Last Dance was less than desired but this is attributed to it being the first year of the event. Given the new venue and change in the event itself, Marie’s Last Dance was a success. The parade had very high attendance and was, by all accounts, a huge success. The parade included stops at several neighborhood bars. Some bars were not ready to accommodate the amount of parade participants.  Future years will target bars who choose to specifically participate in the event itself. The total cost for the event is just under $600.

6. Safety (Scott Plackemeier): National Night Out is Aug. 2. Further updates in the Blaster and the General Meeting.

7. MGI (Jackie Parker and Gary Toribio): Report given during executive session.

8. Parlor Tour (Mike Ziemann): The liaison was not present to make a report.

9. Soulard Station (Neil Putz): The Soulard Station is in its high season. Since the last meeting, Neil Putz has attempted to facilitate communication. Vicki Morris is now supplying involved parties with a weekly email identifying events and availability.

Adjournment: Venessa Kobrin motioned to adjourn, Wade Weistreich seconded and the meeting adjourned at 10:03 p.m.

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June 2016 SRG General Meeting Minutes

Date: July 6, 2016

Location: Sts. Peter and Paul Church Parish Hall

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m. by SRG President Bill Clendenin.

Members in attendance: Beth Bennett, Bill Clendenin, Luann Denten, Venessa Kobrin, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Wade Weistreich

Alderman present: Ken Ortmann, 9th Ward

Guests: Marty Murray, Dana Franks and Patrick Hamacher

Members absent: Jackie Parker, Gary Toribio, Mike Ziemann

April and May Minutes were tabled for approval at the meeting in August.

Police Report (Scott Plackemeier)
Officer Brian Min was unable to attend the meeting this evening. A general safety update was provided by Scott Plackemeier. The detailed report will be provided at the August meeting.

New business
The Soulard Concert series picks back up on July 9 with the Jeremiah Johnson Band at the Soulard Market stage. The concert runs from 6-9 p.m.

Legion Report (Bill Wirtel)
On June 11, Auxiliary Unit 422 kicked off the Soulard Concert Series selling beverages and raffle tickets.
On Flag Day, June 14, Post 422 disposed of torn and tattered flags with ceremonial burning and burial. The fire department provided a permit for burning. The 3rd Friday Family Happy Hour took place on June 17 with 4th City Rag providing the music. On Friday, June 24, the City Board of Election representatives visited BKZ to inspect the number of available electrical outlets in anticipation of additional voting machines for the Aug. 2 election.

Three funerals were observed at Jefferson Barracks with an Honor Guard composed of three riflemen and bugler playing Taps:

Ray Schneider, 44 year member and Navy radar man in WWII, was buried Monday, June                         27.

Bill Mitchell, a Korean War Army veteran, was also buried on June 27.

Bob Soaib, a Korean War Marine Corp veteran, was buried on June 28.

On Saturday, July 2, veterans of Legion Post 322 distributed American flags at the Soulard Market in celebration of America’s 240th birthday.

Please take a few moments to stop by the Legion and enjoy the beautiful landscaping. Joe and Luann Denten have planted climbing plants in the large planters in front of the chain link fence and the plants are spreading and blooming gorgeously. A big thank you to the Dentens as well as those who generously take time to water and care for the Legion grounds.

SBA (Dan Shields)
No report given.

MGI (Billy Tomber)
Request for MGF grants to be released next week with the applications due the first week of August.

Committee Reports
            Bill Clendenin thanked Alicia Stellhorn for all the work that she has put into the budget for the last two years and recognized her work as the outgoing treasurer.

Beautification (Richard Eaton)
            MaryBeth Wallace was the chair of the fundraiser at Molly’s and the Beautification committee thanks her for all the handwork that was invested in the hugely successful Beautification Committee fundraiser. The Beautification Committee thanks all those who took part in and invested time, money and energy into the Garden Tour. The Soulard Art in the Garden Tour was a huge success. MaryBeth Wallace, E.M. Harris Construction, Anne McDonnell, Precision Engraving and Riley’s Florist were all thanked for their generous sponsorships of the event. More than 150 people came through the tour and the tour raised around $1,500. There is also the Art Auction. Amy Grove is taking over as the chair of the event and is ready to serve as the chair of an event that will continue for a long time.

            Amy thanked Luann, and as the representative of the committee, offers thanks for all the years of service that Luann gave to the Garden Tour. Luann was gifted a garden bench to add to the enjoyment of her own beautiful garden at her home.

Communication (Jeremy Mehrle)

            No report given.

Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)

            The apartment complex at 1400 Russell was asked to conduct a traffic study for the proposed development. They have hired a traffic study which takes a few weeks. Additional information on this project is anticipated by the next general meeting.

            The 7th and Victor development, the Victor Iron Works projects, has passed each of the various requests for variances and exceptions. There are still some dangling details on the design.

            Concerns were raised regarding Henry’s outdoor space and whether or not it is conforming to the required standards. Jay Gibbs reminded those present that concerns and complaints need to be directed to the Citizen’s Service Board Hotline as this is the mechanism for change in regard to these issues. The phone number is 314-622-4800.

            Paul Kjorlie raised concerns about the BP Station and the lack of following the design that was actually approved. Gibbs recommended that Kjorlie follow-up with his various contacts at the city level.

Fundraising (Rick Dungey)

            Rick Dungey reported that the next large scale fundraiser is Oktoberfest, though dates have yet to be released for the event.

Membership (Jill Weissberger)

            The two membership events for July are the following:

            1. A tour of the Fabulous Fox on July 23rd. This event is new and was arranged by                       Veronica Putz.

            2. The Gateway Grizzlies game on July 30.

            All questions regarding membership events and potential events can be directed to                        membership@soulard.org.

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

            Thank you to everyone who helped and continue to help with residential events.

            Residential Promotion is contributing to the very busy month of July. The Bastille Days    celebration will take place as follows:

            Marie’s Last Dance at the South Broadway Athletic Club which includes a fashion show, cake eating contest and dance party. This event continues the following day with the Gathering of the Mob and beheading of the king and queen at Pontiac Park.

Safety

            National Night Out is Tuesday Aug. 2.

Adjournment

            Motion to adjourn made by Michael Pastore, seconded by Julie Dinkelmann and the meeting adjourned at 7:46 p.m.

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June 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes June 2016 SRG Board Meeting

Date: June 15, 2016

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

Officers in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Bill Clendenin, Luann Denten, Venessa Kobrin, Jackie Parker, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Alicia Stellhorn, Wade Weistreich

Officers Absent: Christopher Schwarz (Treasurer-Elect), Gary Toribio, Mike Ziemann

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m. by President Bill Clendenin

Old Business

            None.

New Business

1. South Broadway Athletic Club (SBAC)

            Evan Bolesta spoke regarding the work that the SBAC board is doing on the SBAC.

Their goal is to make the club more inclusive for the neighborhood and more than just “wrestling events.” Improvements to the building, previously on the verge of foreclosure, are planned for the purpose of restoring a historical building in addition to creating a meeting place that is more a character of the neighborhood. The club has scheduled many events with groups within the community, including the Bastille Weekend celebrations and the Vices and Virtues Mardi Gras Ball. A resource available to the SBAC, as a non-for-profit organization, is the Mardi Gras Foundation Community Grants program. Previous members of the Mardi Gras Foundation have offered guidance and support in the grant application process,  and the SBAC Board is seeking a support letter from the SRG to accompany the grant proposal. 

Board Discussion:

            The SRG Board is not submitting an application for grant monies from MGF, therefore there is not a conflict in offering a letter of support for the SBAC. For a long time the membership of the club was a Soulard base membership and the spot became a place for “old-timers” and no longer oriented toward the neighborhood itself. In the last year a push has been made to increase the membership to the SBAC from the neighbors. The SRG is not specifically applying for any MGF grants this year and is supportive of the SBAC applying for an MGF grant. The SBAC is an asset to the neighbors, the neighborhood, the SRG and the community at-large. 

 There are also plans to approach Lisa Otke regarding other programs in the community that would be available to assist in funding the rehab of the building. A question was asked if the building is currently ADA and there is at least one entrance that is ADA accessible. There is also an ADA accessible entrance to the raised platform running along the interior edge of the building. 

            There are only so many spots left in the neighborhood with this much space and the SBAC is the largest event space in Soulard. 

Motion: Venessa Kobrin motions that the SRG provide a letter of support to accompany the SBAC grant application for funds from Mardi Gras Foundation.

Second: Scott Plackemeier

Passed: 9 (in favor) - 0 (opposed).

2.  Home Security Systems/Neighborhood Rates

            Ron Stevens has suggested that the SRG work with one or more camera companies to encourage residents to install home camera systems.  He believes that certain camera companies may be willing to offer discounted neighborhood rates. The idea is to have several households take part in the program to increase the overall amount of cameras and security in the neighborhood. (This would involve cameras and security systems at private residences and is a completely separate project than the neighborhood camera system that is being developed in cooperation with the SLMPD and the City of St. Louis.)

            Board Discussion:  The Board wants to explore this idea further and it was agreed that this would be matter for discussion at the next Safety Committee meeting.  

3.  New Projects

             a. Marker Project

                        The Residential Promotions Committee is proposing a historical signage                  project. The purpose would be the following: 

1)  create a walking tour of Soulard highlighting the history of the

                        neighborhood, 

2)  recognize historical sites within Soulard, 

3)  create a uniform standard for content and display of signage and                        4) attract visitors to Soulard. 

                        Cultural Resources prefers that the plaques are put on the house or on a                pedestal in the yard of the house and set back from the fence. Our concept is to get the           best, weather proof, readable presentation that we can come up with that are comparable            to a sample sign (16”x24”) presented at the meeting, and using the Soulard emblem,     developing an approved formula for what will be put on the sign. The selection of the               buildings for inclusion in the program would be finalized by the SRG Board with input            from general membership. 

                        The signage program would also be available to residents who would like               to personally pay to have a plaque placed in their yard, provided that the selection of             houses for inclusion would be subject to the same review procedures as with the other            buildings in order to maintain the quality of the overall project.  Residents would be       required to maintain the same signage formula as those installed by the SRG. 

                        No specific choices have been made at this time as Residential Promotion wanted              to bring the concept to the board. Uniform materials, verbiage and selection of sites               for installation would be required. This is a project previously suggested by Jay      Gibbs. This scope of the project was much larger than previously anticipated. This          project will require oversight to ensure uniformity and to maintain the quality of the      plaques and the overall project. 

                        A phase two could be a “Soulard” application which would offer audio                tours in connection with the markers. 

            Motion:  Venessa Kobrin motions that an exploratory committee is formed for the               purpose of ascertaining the expense of both signage and installation of historical           markers, as well as potential historical neighborhood locations and the historicalinformation for each potential locations for the purpose of creating a formula for             future use. 

            Second: Luann Denten

             Passed: 8 (in favor) - 1 (opposed)

            b. Reserve Fund

                        SRG currently has about $63,000 in liquid resources. 2The Board discussed the     appropriate amount of a reserve fund to be maintained during the current term of the   Board. It was agreed that during the current Board term, a reserve of $15,000 will be             maintained. 

            Motion: Venessa Kobrin motions that a reserve fund be established and maintain                a balance of $15,000 for emergent situations (not yet defined) in the                          neighborhood. 

             Second: Neil Putz

             Passed: 9 (in favor) - 0 (opposed)

             

            c. Neighborhood Leadership Academy

            Motion: Alicia Stellhorn motions the Venessa, Christopher and Wade, time-                         permitting, attend the Neighborhood Leadership Academy. 

            Second: Luann Denten

             Passed: 9 (in favor) - 0 (opposed)

            d. Review Procedure for Large Projects

                        Based on the experiences of the 7th and Victor project, the Board discussed the   appropriate procedure to be used for large development projects, such as the apartment            development proposed at 1400 Russell. 

                        The Board decided that the following procedure will be used for any project          involving eight (8) or more residential units (“Large Projects”): 

1.                  The Plan Review Team (“PRT”) will retain responsibility for conducting                             the initial review of the Large Project.  The PRT will invite the Board to                                 any meetings with the developers of a Large Project. The PRT’s review                                    will include design, density, and parking matters.  

2.                  The PRT will vote on the Large Project.  

3.                  If the PRT approves the Large Project, an open house will be held at                                   Soulard Station so that Soulard residents (not just SRG members) can                                  view the renderings and discuss the project one-on-one with the                                      developers. The open house will be announced via the Blaster and                                    through social media.  

4.                  After the open house, there will be a period of time in which residents can                                       submit comments to the Board.

5.                  The Board will then vote whether to accept the recommendation of the                              PRT or to reject the recommendation of the PRT.   

                        For projects that are less than eight residential units, the PRT will continue to be   the SRG’s official review mechanism and any decisions of the PRT will continue to be           deemed the official determination of the SRG for all purposes.  

             e. Insurance

                        Venessa will reach out to Jim Price for copies of all current insurance policies,        and policies for the last five years, related to Soulard Station and the SRG. She will bring         copies to the next meeting. 

            f. July BBQ

                        The SRG Board BBQ will be hosted by Luann Denten at her home on                 July 23, 2016. This will be a potluck and BYOB event, and it was made clear that no          reimbursements will be sought from SRG funds. 

Committee Reports

1.  Communications and Fundraising (Jackie Parker): 

                        No report from communication but thanks to all who delivered the Renaissance.   There was lots of good advertising and spots to advance upcoming events to include the        Garden Tour and the Bastille Day Celebration.         

             

                        It was made clear that the Blaster is the central repository for all Soulard                information, to include any meetings or events. 

2.  Beautification (Luann Denten): 

                        The Beautification Fundraiser made $10,008. The Garden Tour preview was last   Saturday and was extremely successful. The Garden Tour is June 25, 2016. There have         not been pre-sale tickets in the passed, so this is a new process. There have been several            clean-up days at the Soulard Station in preparation for the Garden Tour. 

3.  Code and Zoning (Beth Bennett):

                        Covered in the large-scale development discussion.

4.  Membership (Beth Bennett): 

                         The new member social was successful. 

5.  Residential Promotions (Luann Denten): 

                        Currently working on the sign project already covered and working on the Bastille          Day Celebration. The Bastille Day Celebration is two parts: Marie’s Last Dance on        Friday night and the Gathering of the Mob on Saturday. 

6.  Safety (Scott Plackemeier): 

                        Nothing to report. 

7.  MGI (Jackie Parker and Gary Toribio): 

                        Report given during executive session. 

             

8.  Parlor Tour (Mike Ziemann): 

                         The liaison was not present to make a report. 

9.  Soulard Station (Neil Putz): 

                        Neil is working to enhance synergy and communication. There are three separate   areas that are being addressed to increase the functionality and success of the Soulard     Station. Neil is serving as the broker between the various parties involved. 

Adjournment:

Venessa Kobrin motioned to adjourn, Neil Putz seconded and the meeting adjourned at 10:32 p.m.

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June 2016 General Meeting Minutes

June 2016 SRG General Meeting minutes

Date: June 1, 2016

Location: Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 1919 S. 7th St.

The meeting was called to order at 7:04 p.m. by SRG President Bill Clendenin

Board members in attendance: Beth Bennett, Bill Clendenin, Luann Denten, Venessa Kobrin, Jackie Parker, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Alicia Stellhorn, Gary Toribio, Mike Ziemann, Christopher Schwarz (Treasurer-Elect)

Board members absent: Wade Weistreich

Elected officials present: Aldermen Ken Ortmann and Jack Coatar and City Treasurer Tishaura Jones

New members: Jake Dorman, one of the two new owners of the commercial space formerly known as Cuz. The new restaurant is the 7th Street Bar and Grill, 1530 S. 7th Street. He discussed the renovations to the building and the move to a family atmosphere that airs sports. The establishment also has a golf cart to shuttle patrons to and from Cardinals games.

April and May minutes
Motion to approve the April and May minutes was made by Christopher Schwarz, Jill Weissgerber seconded. The April and May minutes were approved.

Motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report was made by Jill Weissgerber, Ken Ortmann seconded. The April and May Treasurer’s Report was approved.

Police Report
1. April 2016
a. 3 assaults, one domestic, no burglaries, one robbery (carjacking) with 3 victims. Two of the suspects were wearing masks. Two of the suspects were found, as was the car. The masks and weapons were recovered. The car-jacking was at 9th and Allen. The bound is currently set at cash only. 3 stolen cars, two of which the keys were left in the vehicles. 4 larcenies, 18 car break-ins. A larceny occurred at 1860s where a woman’s purse was stolen from the table.

b. A word of caution was given to not leave purses or cell phones out on the table unattended.

2. May 2016
a. 5 assaults, 3 domestic. 6 stolen autos, 1 motorcycle, one of the vehicles was left running. 1 robbery, suspects asked for money and forcibly took it, the suspects fled. 2 burglaries, one vacant building 3300 s 7th. 14 larcenies, 4 of which were car break-ins. Officer Min highlighted a few: Tires removed from vehicle on S 13th Street. Another, the victim was moving into a new apartment and while moving realized that his wallet, containing $200.00, was missing. Officer Min issued a caution to not hire people you do not know. An arrest occurred at 1300 Sidney on 5/7. The suspect was exposing himself to the victim and masturbating. He has a history of robberies. The suspect lives on Sidney and Officer Min will be following through with the court case.

b. Paul Kjorlie asked “How many crimes are brought to the neighborhood as a result of the bars?” He said that he has asked this question multiple times in the past without a sufficient answer. He suggested that Officer Min track statistics from this point on for the purpose of identifying “how much crime in Soulard is bar related.” Officer Min said that he reviews every report related to Soulard and that there are a variety of crimes that are related to bars but that it would be hard to actually track victims and crimes directly related to bars. Officer Min also said that the city was researching crime and the Social House. Officer Min said that, in an attempt to keep him presentation concise, the format of his report would cover the crime categories and that he can provide more specific information offline to Paul.

Tishaura Jones, City Treasurer

The City Treasurer, Tishaura Jones, visited to provide information from 2013 to present. She also serves as the parking supervisor. Her office upgraded all of the meters and removed about 2300 meters that were not bringing in any income. Those 2300 spaces now have no meters. The handout provided also had the information for the application to pay for parking on the smartphone. There is also a specific center for spots related to the convention center and parking consoles offer additional payment methods for those spots. The office is also the chief cash management and investment office for the city. She indicated that they have started direct deposit for the city employees. They opened the office in City Hall, Room 220, which provided financial education and information for the citizens of St. Louis. The citizens of St. Louis had a high rate of families that were unbanked or underbanked and the Treasurer’s office is working to educate and reduce that number. The office has also initiated a program with opens a savings account for children in St. Louis who graduated kindergarten and deposited $50.00. The first $50 of those accounts were provided by the parking fees (e.g., tickets, fines) paid to the city. 2341 children are currently participating in this program. The Treasurer’s office is currently attempting to enroll 3100 participants for next year. The treasurer is currently running unopposed in the upcoming elections.

She credited her team and staff for all the success and projects that she has been able to accomplish during this term.

New business
1. The budget was presented, as per the bylaws, to the general membership at this meeting.
a. Motion to approve the SRG 2016-2017 Operating Budget made by Richard Eaton, Jill Weissgerber seconded. The SRG 2016-2017 Operating Budget was approved.

b. No questions regarding the budget were asked and Bill Clendenin relayed that if questions arose in the future, members were able to contact Bill or any of the board members and/or committee chairs.

2. Tom Burnham reported Tony Mill was the officer assigned to the neighborhood was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. Sunday, July 31, there will be a benefit at the old Garfield elementary gymnasium. Local Soulard bands will be performing. Tom hopes to have fliers out by the July General Membership meeting next month. They are requesting local restaurants to contribute in the form of finger foods and/or small plates for the event.

Legion Report

Mr. Bill Wirtel said that May was a very busy month. They had a Leadership Academy flagpole installed and the first flag raised. The ceremony was tremendous. The third Friday family happy hours are continuing and new musicians are being introduced. Over 118 people attended the Legionnaire of the Year installation ceremony. Flags were handed out at the Soulard Farmers Market with the largest amount raised to date. He thanked attendees of the Memorial Day BBQ.

Luann Denten asked who was named the Legionnaire of the Year and the room recognized Mr. Bill as the Legionnaire of the Year. Mr. Bill received a rousing standing ovation and thanked the room at large.

SBA
Soulard Business Association Vice President Ted Greenfield gave the report. Sample Soulard Sunday is happening on June 12, it is a 28 bar event and sampling, it is not like the Taste of Soulard in that there are seven tickets for food and drinks, the drinks are 3.5 oz pours of craft beer. There will be two trollies operating in opposite directions throughout the event. The Soulard Concert Series runs July 11th to Sept. 17. These are also referred to as “free concerts in the park.”

MGI
Gary Toribio the MGI board had a workshop May 1. They went through all the Mardi Gras events and brainstormed. The parade was specifically mentioned. The budget for next year is also up for approval and the budget is set for approval at the June 9 meeting. The Frenchtown Dog Park was awarded the Nestle Dream grant and there is a GoFundMe to match funds raised up to $7,500.

Committee Reports

Bill Clendenin thanked Alicia Stellhorn for all the work that she has put into the budget for the last two years and recognized her work as the outgoing Treasurer.

Beautification (Richard Eaton)

1. Beautification had a busy month. On May 17, 82 volunteers from Purina worked, for the third year, in three local parks: Abussie Park, Pontiac Square Park and the Soulard Market. Beth Bennett served as the leader and was thanked for her hours of volunteering and exceptional work. The closing ceremony had 1,800-2,000 Purina volunteers who volunteered throughout the city.

2. The May 24 Beautification Fundraiser at Molly’s raised $9,600. Eaton thanked all the members, residents and businesses who participated and contributed to the event. Marybeth Wallace was the leader of the fundraiser and was thanked for her contribution of time and energy.

3. The Soulard Art and Garden Tour is June 25 and Luann Denten is reprising her role as the chair. Nine gardens are being featured, each with live music and an artist. There will also be a wine garden. This is an opportunity to raise funds for the Beautification Committee while highlighting Soulard and its residents.

Communication (Jackie Parker)
The Soulard Renaissance editor Jackie Parker thanked all contributors to the garden tour issue and said the issue will available in hardcopy and online. If you are not receiving the Blaster on Wednesday, you can provide you email and you will be added to the list.

Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)
1. South 7th and Victor streets development
a. The Plan Review Team (PRT) looked at the plans 7-8 weeks ago with Betsy Bradley (who just moved to Wyoming) and approved the preliminary plans. There is currently opposition to those plans and the initial building permit was denied and was appealed on June 8. The specifics of the appeal were unknown at the time of the general meeting. The hearing was in Room 208 at City Hall, 1:30 p.m. and the public was welcome to attend.

b. Parking was an issue raised regarding this development project. The current standards are .75 parking spaces per 1 unit for rehabs and 1 parking space per 1 unit for new builds.

c. It was unknown whether the developer had sought tax abatement or any other public assistance. An additional concern raised was the current zoning of the building and whether or not the developer would have to apply to have the building rezoned as residential space.

d. The appeal process for the denial of the permit includes presentation before a panel. The architect who is appealing the denial of the permit currently sits on the appeal board. Alderman Jack Coatar said that the architect of the project will be recusing himself for decisions made on the issue directly related to his building.

e. Jay Gibbs clarified that the PRT committee did not include the SRG Board in the initial approvals for the South 7th and Victor streets development project and said that, in hindsight, he should have.

2. Several SRG members raised concerns regarding the density of the South 7th and Victor streets development project as well as other high-density developments being proposed within the neighborhood. Jay Gibbs clarified the process of the PRT in relation to the SRG General Membership and the SRG Board.

a. Currently the PRT reviews for the historic aspects and zoning of development projects.

b. The SRG Board does not currently vote on individual development projects but relies on the recommendation of the PRT.

c. The SRG General membership does not have a mechanism, as a body, to issue support or opposition to any given development project.

3. A second large apartment project is being proposed for 1400 Russell Blvd. West of South 13th Street and east of Interstate 55. It is an L-shaped building.

a. The board was brought into this issue and a meeting was held with the zoning committee, the board and the developers. The development company is using Trivers architectural firm.

b. Gibbs otherwise would not have supported this project but the preparedness and presentation was “exceedingly well thought out.”

i. 126 unit project, 2/3 of the units are 1 bedroom ($900/month), 1/3 of the units are 2 bedroom ($1200/month), subterranean parking with more than 1 space per unit, clubhouse and rooftop swimming pool.

ii. The corner of South 13th Street and Russell Boulevard would be an artisanal restaurant, seating around 45.

iii. The Hat Factory is being used as the model example. The first renderings of the current development project were thought to be too modern.

4. Our neighborhood does not have a strategic plan at this time. It was proposed to create one many years ago, but none was created. Lafayette Square spent around $120,000 on the components required for their strategic plan.

5. There is not an official, coordinated, single source mechanism for dissemination of development project information between the PRT, SRG Board and SRG General Membership. There are several mechanisms (e.g., NextDoor, The Blaster, The Renaissance, SRG meeting, Facebook, etc) which are unofficial and uncoordinated . It was suggested that the SRG website be used as the official repository for public information regarding development projects and all related plans, hearings, etc.

6. The SRG Board meeting on June 15th will address density issues and will go more in-depth regarding the density issue. There are many differing views and projects are currently addressed project by project.

Fundraising (Jackie Parker)
No report

Membership (Jill Weissgerber)
The annual SRG trip to Gateway Grizzlies is Saturday, July 30. Tickets are $35 and include a shuttle to and from Molly’s, drinks (beer, wine and margaritas) and food at the game. Immediate SRG Past President Mike Ziemann will be throwing out the first pitch.

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)
Denten thanked everybody for coming out to the latest local hour at the South Broadway Athletic Club (SBAC). Another $600 worth of Soulard merchandise was sold during last month’s membership drive at the Great Grizzly Bear. A reorder will be placed soon. Let Denten know if you want anything. Friday, July 15, is Marie’s Last Dance (dance party and fashion show). Saturday will gather the mob, parade them through the streets and cut off their heads. They will also announce the new Soulard royals. Ballots and information are available upon request. You can nominate and Soulardian to be a Soulard royal.

Safety
There was no specific report given. The camera project is in the final stages of finalizing. At the beginning of the project it was thought that the cameras would be installed at this point however the coordination between the SRG, the City and the police has delayed installation. This is not a negative issue as the process is methodical and the placement of the cameras is of the utmost importance.

Adjournment
Motion to adjourn made by Julie Dinklemann, Christopher Schwarz seconded and the meeting adjourned at 8:16 p.m.

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May 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes May 2016 SRG Board Meeting

Date: May 18, 2016

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

The meeting was called to order at 7:06 p.m. by President Bill Clendenin.

Members in attendance: Beth Bennett, Bill Clendenin, Luann Denten, Venessa Kobrin, Jackie Parker, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Alicia Stellhorn, Gary Toribio, Wade Weistreich, Mike Ziemann

Members Absent: N/A

Housekeeping: 1. Meal Signup

2. Gateway Grizzlies game Saturday, July 30. Mike Ziemann will throw out the first pitch.

Issue 1 of 3: Board Liaisons for Committees

The Board confirmed that the following members will serve as liaisons for the following committees, organizations, and events:

Communications: Jackie Parker
Fundraising: Jackie Parker
Beautification: Luann Denten
Code and Zoning: Beth Bennett
Membership: Beth Bennett
Residential Promotions: Luann Denten
Safety: Scott Plackemeier
MGI: Jackie Parker/Gary Toribio (as Directors of MGI)
Parlor Tour: Mike Ziemann
Soulard Station: Neil Putz

It was noted that directors should serve as liaisons and officers should not serve as liaisons. However, the bylaws do not contain any such rule. This appears to be an informal policy and is not binding on the Board. The Bylaws do provide that one (1) Board member shall serve as a liaison.

Issue 2 of 3: FY17 Operating Budget Presentation
Two separate documents were presented to the board. The first is the overall SRG Budget
for FY17. The second is a comparative budget between 2016-2017 and 2015-2016. Treasurer Alicia Stellhorn clarified that there are not line items listings for each specific item (e.g., brooms and dust pan). There are also inconsistencies between the years in the comparative budget due to line items falling twice in prior years or not in the current year (e.g., Tap ’n’ Run fell twice in one FY due to the dates of the events and not in another). Some expenses have increased due to improvements (e.g., wireless internet added to the Soulard Station).

FY17 is July 1, 2016 thru June 30, 2017.

Issue 3 of 3: Committee Reports for Proposed Operating Budgets

1. Beautification: Richard Eaton
• The Molly’s Fundraiser May 17 has to this point generated $7,800 in cash. There is additional income from Square (credit and debit cards) that will be added to this total. Several local establishments donated to the fundraiser via silent auction items and cash donations.

• Eaton clarified that a factor in the Beautification Budget is the weather as that dictates watering levels and plants that can thrive.

• Eaton stated that the Beautification Committee, via fundraising and events, has always been able to cover their operating expenses.

• The proposed expenses for FY17 is $12,000 and the proposed income is $14,000, leaving the committee with a $2,000 surplus.

The landscaping and care of the Soulard Station gardens was recently assumed by the Beautification Committee. The current issues regarding the hand-off were discussed in general. Mowing was identified as a specific issue requiring reconciliation between the Soulard Station and the Beautification Committee. 

A section of the proposed Beautification budget was labeled as MISC. Alicia Stellhorn requested that the funds in the MISC account be placed in specifically labeled accounts. Eaton identified $500 to Volunteer Expenses and $500 to fundraising.

2. Membership: Jill Weissgerber
• Changes that have been indicated for the Membership Budget FY17 are the following: 
the Membership Drive Expense will need to be increased to $3,500, entertainment up to $600, and Special Events to $1,500.
• The Committees will be doing a drive for lapsed members and members who have not yet renewed.
• The online directory project is currently on hold awaiting a tech-savvy volunteer to reinvigorate this project.
• The proposed expense budget for FY17 is $5,800 and the proposed income is $6,600.

3. Communication: Jeremy Mehrle
• The majority of expenses are absorbed by other committees.
• The proposed budget for FY17 is $443.40 and the proposed incomes is $0.

4. Fundraising: Rick Dungey (could not attend but sent his budget requests to Stellhorn)
a. Vices and Virtues (Luann Denten)
• The main change for the event is the location. For the 2017 Ball the venue will be the South Broadway Athletic Club. This change should end fiscally in the event’s favor.
• Last year the attendance for the event was 220 and the event this year will have a goal of 300 attendees, with one tier of tickets.

b. Overall Fundraising
• In previous years Mardi Gras was the SRG’s biggest fundraiser. But the revenue is unpredictable due to the weather and the fundraiser involves a significant volunteer commitment on a day when many potential volunteers are engaged in other activities.
• Attempts were made to utilize the Station in cold weather but manning the building with volunteers was difficult and this was not continued.
• Over the past few years, Soulard Station has been used for the fundraiser. SRG is grandfathered in and can put a booth directly in the red zone.
• The GO! St. Louis Marathon cheer station April 10 had $750 in income.
• Wreath sales was a great fundraiser last year but is questionable for this year.
• “Que in the Lou” is a Downtown event not factored into the budget but which may occur and result in income.
• Oktoberfest is budgeting $8,000 in income.
• Parlour Tour’s budget was not submitted and the income actual expenses and income from last year will carry over to the FY17 budget.
• Trivia Night had a slight decline in table sales, but is budgeting $6,000 in income for FY 2017.
• Fundraising expenses are shared between events as tangible items and equipment are shared between fundraisers.

5. Residential Promotion: Luann Denten                                                                                          • The largest line item for Residential Promotion is merchandise.

• The Residential Promotions Committee is proposing a potential new project: Historical signage and markers. June will be used as the time to identify any new projects.

• The proposed expenses for FY17 are $1,625 for events, $3,500 for merchandise and the proposed income is $5,040.

6. Safety: Scott Plackemeier

• The safety committee would like to see more block parties in the future.

• The proposed expense for FY17 is $400.

7. Soulard Station: Jay and Vicki Morris

• The Soulard Station has operated at a loss for FY16 and indicates a projected loss for FY17. The rental activities defray the costs of the Soulard Station.

• A total of 139 events were booked in FY16 (35 “non Soulardian” events and 104 Soulard resident events, including various SRG meetings).

• The Soulard Station was booked 38 percent of FY16 (28 percent by Soulard residents/committees and 10 percent by “non-Soulardians”) leaving the Soulard Station not utilized for 62 percent of FY16.

• The Station committee plans on reaching out to the community to schedule weekday/daytime corporate events in FY17.

• The maintenance of the Soulard Station gardens was discussed.

• Earlier in the meeting, Beautification had requested $1,500 for garden-related expenses at Soulard Station, in connection with plantings and tree maintenance. The Board added an additional $3,000 to Soulard Station garden-related expenses like mowing, with the understanding that volunteer labor may reduce this expense item.

This $4,500 total will be shown as an expense on the Soulard Station’s budget as it relates solely to this property, but this amount is subject to the control of the Beautification Committee.

8. Board Budget

• Charitable contributions to outside groups and from outside groups were reviewed and discussed.

• Budget for bank fees was left unchanged.

• UMSL’s Leadership Academy was left as a budgeted item. The $800 will allow SRG to send two individuals to the Leadership Academy.

• The $100 budget for meals specific to Board meetings remains unchanged, totaling $1,100. The overall meals and entertainment budget remains at $2,500. It was noted that the actual expense for FY 2016 was substantially less than the budgeted $2,500,

• The $400 budget for office supplied remains unchanged.

• The $600 budget for the meeting space used for General Meetings remains unchanged, $50 per month

• Taxes and Licenses remain at $0 dollars. The line item is a carryover from previous years and is no longer applicable.

• Donations are budgeted at $200.

• The Board discussed whether special projects should be listed as an operating expense, or as a capital expense paid from SRG savings. 

The June Board meeting will serve as an opportunity for Board members to identify special projects and wants and needs of the neighborhood and to apply specific dollar figures to said projects.

Motions:
Motion: Neil Putz motioned that the FY17 SRG Operating Budget is approved for presentation to General Membership at the June General Membership meeting.

Second: Mike Ziemann

Passed 11-0.

Adjournment:

Alicia Stellhorn motioned to adjourn, Mike Ziemann seconded and the meeting adjourned at 10:32 p.m.

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April 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

April 2016 SRG Board Meeting Minutes

Date: April 20, 2016

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

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by President Bill Clendenin

Members in attendance: Bill Clendenin, Wade Weistreich, Venessa Kobrin, Christopher Schwarz, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Gary Toribio, Mike Ziemann, Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, Jackie Parker

Members absent: Alicia Stellhorn

Immediate past board members: Sean Cochran, Steve Parker


Agenda

1. SRG sponsorship of Soulard Concert Series
The Board discussed sponsorship of the Soulard Concert Series. There was clarification regarding the event, neighborhood cooperation and the involvement of Soulard nonprofits.
Motion: Luann Denten motioned that the SRG support the Soulard Concert Series at the $1,500 sponsorship level.
Second: Gary Toribio
Passed 10-0.

2. Midwest Petroleum wants to expand its liquor license
Midwest Petroleum, 1314 Gravois Ave., wants to expand its liquor license from 5 percent to 22 percent alcohol content. They say that they are looking to sell craft beer with the expanded license.
Outside of the meeting, Alderman Jack Coatar requested that the SRG Safety Committee meet with Midwest Petroleum representatives. The vice president of finance is scheduled to be at the Safety Committee meeting on April 25.
It was suggested that any support of an expanded license would have to be coupled with Midwest Petroleum’s agreement to stop selling single cans of beer. Steve Parker asked if anyone knew which conditions can be imposed with the support of a license. Mike Ziemann said that if there was a mechanism to ensure that the conditions will be enforced, than there is the potential for support.
Chris Schwarz asked if we were required to take a side. Clarification was made that it is within the boundaries of the neighborhood and that we have been specifically asked for our view on the matter.
The Safety Committee will meet with them on April 25.
This issue was tabled until the Safety Committee meets with Midwest Petroleum and further research can be completed regarding the feasibility of attaching and enforcing conditions to support.

3. Sidewalk seating at Twisted Ranch
Twisted Ranch, 1730 S. 8th St., is requesting an SRG letter of support for a Board of Adjustment hearing on May 11, regarding an application for sidewalk seating. Luann Denten said that the requirement for outdoor seating is 4 feet to pass through on the sidewalk. 
Neil Putz pointed out that other operations have previously closed at this location, and outdoor seating would help Twisted Ranch. It was noted that Twisted Ranch has been a good neighbor and that there have been many positive interactions with its ownership.
Motion: Jackie Parker made a motion that SRG write a letter of support for Twisted Ranch’s sidewalk seating application.
Second: Neil Putz
Passed 10-0.

Adjournment
Mike Ziemann motioned to adjourn, Luann Denten seconded and the meeting adjourned at 7:27 p.m.

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April 2016 General Meeting Minutes

April 2016 SRG GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

April 6, 2016 

Location: Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 1919 S. 7th St.

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Ziemann at 7:11 p.m.

Board members in attendance: Mike Ziemann, Bill Clendenin, Sean Cochran, Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, Jeremy Mehrle, Jackie Parker, Steve Parker, Alicia Stellhorn, Gary Toribio
Board members absent: None 

Elected officials in attendance: Alderman Jack Coatar, Alderman Ken Ortmann

Guests: Laclede Gas representatives Scott Blumm, Brad Howard, Pat Mayfield, Alex Sammet

New Members
Brenda Switzer, who is retiring from Soulard Family Dentistry, introduced Dr. Azaryas Mandefro, who will be taking over the practice, and his wife Bethel. Two other new members introduced themselves. 

Board Elections:
The candidates introduced themselves. Membership Committee members distributed and collected ballots.

Secretary’s Minutes:
Minutes from the March 2 General Membership Meeting and the March 30 Board Meeting were approved.  

Treasurer’s Report: 
Treasurer’s Report was approved.

Laclede Gas Work:
Brad Howard, regional customer service coordinator, and Scott Blumm of Laclede Gas previewed a pipe replacement project that will be taking place throughout the entire neighborhood, perhaps beginning in June. They said that the entire system was being redesigned and that old cast iron pipe will be replaced with plastic pipe that is “more reliable, safer and allows for higher gas pressure.” The project is being done in phases. The phase near the Anheuser-Busch Brewery is near completion. All streets in Soulard eventually will be affected. 
Residents will receive a letter and question-and-answer brochure prior to the appearance of work crews on their street. Yellow tags will be placed on doors saying the work is beginning. An orange tag will be placed on the door of any home where work needs to be done inside the home so that the resident can call for an appointment.
In historic areas, like Soulard, gas meters that are inside the home will be replaced inside the home. In non-historic areas, the meters will be relocated to outside.
Backhoes and barricades will appear on streets when work begins there, and no-parking signs will be posted as needed. 
Blumm said repairs on street surfaces after pipes are replaced will follow City Street Department guidelines. The city does its own asphalt resurfacing, he said. In the winter, Laclede crews will fill holes with concrete to street level. In the summer, Laclede crews will fill holes with concrete to within two inches of street level, so that the city can asphalt over to street level.
Alderman Ortmann expressed his disappointment with the resurfacing that was done in the 9th Ward, near the brewery and surrounding streets, where concrete was filled to street level. He noted that city funds recently were used to repave South 12th Street. That repaving work could have been delayed, he said, if he had known of Laclede Gas’ intention to fill holes with concrete to street level.
Howard said he would set up a meeting with Alderman Jack Coatar to ensure good communications with residents before work starts in the 7th Ward. Mailings notifying residents that crews are coming will be done four to six weeks in advance, Howard said.
In response to a question, Blumm said he could not estimate how long the project will take. 
“We’re not talking years,” he said.

Police Report:
Officer Brian Min: Officer Min said March crimes included:
 Four assaults, including one murder. (In one instance, a neighbor confronted a suspect breaking into a car and had a gun pointed at him.) 
 Two stolen autos (One involved a pizza delivery in which the car was left running.)              

 Two burglaries
 Two robberies (One was a carjacking in the 1200 block of Ann Avenue in which a suspect with a dog indicated he had a gun and drove off in the victim’s car; an arrest was made. The other involved two juveniles with a BB rifle who attempted to rob the victim of her purse.)    

 23 larcenies, including 14 car break-ins.                                                                                        Three cases of property damage.                                                                                                   Officer Min said GCI Security wrote four summonses. 

Social House, 1551 S. 7th St., was issued a Cease and Desist Letter for nuisance activities. Alderman Coatar said the suspension of Social House’s 3 a.m. liquor license has expired. He said he doesn’t believe they are staying open to 3 a.m. most nights.

Officer Min said that so far in April, there has been one assault, two stolen autos, one larceny, two instances of property damage and one vehicle arson. He said an arrest was made in a car break-in in which $16 was taken, and the arrest was made in the carjacking involving the suspect with a dog. 

An arrest was made in the fatal shooting of a man March 3 in a parking lot in the 800 block of Geyer Avenue. Officer Min noted that the victim had a criminal record, including a drug arrest, property damage and assaulting a police officer.

Officer Min requested a neighborhood presence at a trial beginning April 11 for two Illinois residents who had robbed a victim in Soulard of a cellphone and wallet at gunpoint in September 2015.

Officer Min was asked what citizens should do when confronted by aggressive panhandlers. He said to call the police. 

Soulard Star Award for Tom Burnham: 
President Mike Ziemann presented Tom Burnham with a special Soulard Star Award in recognition of Burnham’s work as Shelter Director of Peter and Paul Community Services, a 501c3 nonprofit unaffiliated with Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. After 25 years, Burnham is leaving that post and moving into a development position. 

Lisa Otke conveyed the well-wishes of Police Officer Tony Miller, longtime liaison for Soulard. Tom Burnham said he was surprised and honored to receive the award. He expressed his “very deep love of the neighborhood” and said he had “always thought of St. Louis as a suburb of Soulard.”

New Business:
Police Officer Appreciation Luncheon: 
The Police Officer Appreciation Luncheon will be April 7 at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. Ziemann said a couple seats at the SRG table were still available, and he offered them to members of SRG committees.

Trops Liquor License: Paul Kjorlie requested a standing ovation for Billy Tomber, Jeremy Mehrle and Macy Mehrle for their work in “shutting down Trops,” (Tropical Liqueurs, 1800 S. 10th St.) 

Alderman Coatar then explained that while the City Excise Commissioner had revoked Trops’ liquor license on April 9, the business is appealing the decision in Circuit Court. The City Counselors Office is now representing efforts to revoke the license. The judge granted a stay of the liquor license revocation during the appeal process. The judge also ordered Trops to provide second security on weekends, midnight closings and no to-go cups. Coatar said Trops’ goal is to stay in business until it relocates, which it wants to do.

Delegate Selection:
Marty Murray, candidate for 7th Ward Committeeman, invited people to participate in the 7th Ward Democratic Party Delegate Selection Meeting at 7 p.m. April 7 at the South Broadway Athletic Club, 2301 S 7th St.  if they interested in being a delegate or helping select delegates for the 1st Congressional District Convention or Democratic National Convention. 

April Showers Girl Scouts Collection:
Karen Moske said that area Girl Scouts, including her daughter, would be placing April Showers collection bags on door knobs on Saturday, April 9, and collecting them Saturday, April 16. Small containers of personal care items are being collected.

Committee Reports:
Beautification: Richard Eaton said that the Beautification Committee is recruiting new members, and that volunteers can specialize in certain areas if they want (mulching, pulling weeds, etc.) On April 23, the committee will be working in Pontiac Square Park, starting at 9 a.m. The committee will be busy planning for the Garden Tour set for June 25.

In response to a question, Eaton said the committee would be assuming control of the Soulard Station gardens. Committee member Julie Dinkelmann expressed disappointment that, as a member of the committee, she didn’t know that decision had been made. Eaton responded that it was decided by a vote of the SRG Board. President Ziemann said the decision was explained in the SRG March 30 Board Meeting Minutes.

American Legion Post 422 Report: In Mr. Bill Wirtel’s absence, David Ulrey gave a shout-out to the Cod Crew for their work at the Lenten Fish Fries. Another will be held at the Legion April 15 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Ambucs tricycle program for disabled veterans.

Soulard Business Association Report: No report.

Mardi Gras Inc. Report: Gary Toribio said that the post-Mardi Gras public forum was held March 3, during which the MGI Board and staff heard comments about Grand Parade Day. He said MGI would be helping with the St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day. He said the roof on the MGI Building at 2200 Dolman St. will be replaced.

Communications: No report.

Renaissance: The deadline for the Garden Tour edition of the Renaissance is May 13.

Code and Zoning Report: Jay Gibbs said the Plan Review Team had met with the developer and architect of plans to renovate the site next to the Polar Wave Apartments. The plans — calling for 118 units in a four- or five-story structure with 0.75 parking spaces per unit — are much improved over an earlier version, he said. He said the Plan Review Team members indicated informal approval. The head of City Cultural Resources also was there.

Gibbs said the Board of Adjustment had ruled that only eight units will be allowed in a renovation of the boarding house at 2330 S. 12th St. The developer had requested 14 units (the boarding house had 31 units) and the Plan Review Team had given its okay. But neighbors were worried about a lack of on-street parking and the Board of Adjustment voted to adhere to the 0.75 parking space rule. Plans call for six parking spaces, so that translates to the eight units approved. Gibbs said he had not yet talked with the developer after the decision.

Fundraising report: Rick Dungey encouraged residents to attend the GO! Marathon and half-marathon cheer station at South 9th and Victor streets, outside the Good Luck Bar. Wear PJs and arrive about 7:30 a.m. Bring a canned good for Trinity Lutheran Church. The SRG will receive $750 from the GO! Marathon organizers for staging the cheer station.

Membership Report: The next committee meeting is at 7 p.m. April 14 at Soulard Station. The General Membership Party will start at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 at the Great Grizzly Bear, 1027 Geyer Award. 

Tonight’s social being hosted by the Beautification Committee was to be held at the revamped Bandstand in Soulard Market Park but has been relocated to Soulard Station because of the cold weather.

Residential Promotion Report: Thanks to those who attended the Local Hour at Cat’s Meow, 2600 S. 11th St. The Fashion Show portion of Bastille Days will be at the South Broadway Athletic Club. “Royals” are being sought for next year’s Vices & Virtues Mardi Gras Ball.

Safety Report: Spring Safety Walk follows tonight’s meeting. 

President’s Farewell Address: President Ziemann thanked the Board and the SRG Membership for their help and support during his term as president. Jackie Parker presented Ziemann with a gift from the Board and thanked him for his service. Incoming President Bill Clendenin also thanked Ziemann.

Announcement of New SRG Board: Ziemann announced that Wade Weistreich was elected President-Elect, Venessa Kobrin was elected Secretary, Chris Schwarz was elected Treasurer, and Neil Putz and Scott Plackemeier were elected Directors. Ziemann said that outgoing Treasurer Alicia Stellhorn would continue to serve until June 30, the end of the Fiscal Year. Ziemann then called to the front of the room the other members of the Board who will continue in office: Clendenin, Bennett, Denten, Toribio and Jackie Parker. Photos were taken.

Adjournment: The meeting was formally adjourned at 8:29 p.m. by Bill Clendenin, the new president.

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March 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

SRG Board Meeting Minutes
March 30, 2016

Soulard Station – 1911 S. 12th Street

Present: Mike Ziemann, Luann Denten, Beth Bennett, Sean Cochran, Jackie Parker, Bill Clendenin, Jeremy Mehrle, Gary Toribio, Alicia Stellhorn 

Absent: Steve Parker 

Guests: Tony Range, George Grove, Billy Tomber 

President Mike Ziemann called the meeting to order at 7:12 p.m.  

Tony Range & George Grove spoke in favor of proposal presented by Sean Cochran to turn the care of the Soulard Station Gardens over to a professional landscaping company under the supervision/guidance of Tony & George. Three estimates were presented.

According to proposal, Station is “booked” for weekends of entire growing season creating the issue that they cannot work on grounds then—the three companies presented could come during the week. 

Trash pickup is a huge problem weekly problem; weekly maintenance is required—especially due to the bookings @ the Station. 

Tony & George are stepping away due to the level of work & time constraints. 

The Board thanked George & Tony for their work and proposal. 

Discussion of maintenance of Station grounds included landscaping company’s option, or to return care of same to the Beautification Committee under the direction of Chairman, Richard Eaton. 

Sean Cochran motioned that the Board hire Top Care Landscaping to plant and maintain the Station grounds for one year for $6,220. 

Alicia Stellhorn seconded. Motion failed. 

Luann Denten motioned that Richard Eaton, Chairman of Beautification, be offered the option to plant and maintain the Station Gardens, with the Beautification 

Jeremy Mehrle seconded. Motion passed. 

Billy Tomber appeared to discuss the Board member seat on the MGI board which will expire June 30. Billy Tomber is seeking to retain this seat due to the possible “state of flux” at MGI. Billy proposes that consistency is critical at this time. 

Board policy has been to limit positions on MGI board to two, three-year terms. 

Sean Cochran motioned that in this specific instance, the Board make an exception to allow Billy to stay on for one more term. (Subject to approval of President-Elect Bill Clendenin in June.) 

Alicia Stellhorn seconded. Motion passed. 

Board thanked President Mike Ziemann and Board members Jeremy Mehrle and Sean Cochran for their service. Discussed impending election and the transition 

Alicia Stellhorn’s term goes to the end of the fiscal year — June 30, 2016. 

Alicia reports the balance to be $62,912.14 with $10,000 of same pledged to the Security Camera Project. Discussion clarifying same. 

Bill Clendenin provided an update on the Soulard camera project. He and Alderman Jack Coatar met with City and SLMPD representatives to coordinate the first phase of the project. 

Currently, up to 10 locations for cameras are under consideration, with the Soulard groups looking to fund five to seven of the locations in this phase. Per Alderman Coatar, the City would look to install LPR (license plate recognition) cameras in the vicinity of the neighborhood, using 7th Ward capital improvement 

In addition to the Mardi Gras Foundation’s grant, the SRG, the Soulard Business Association and the Soulard Special Business District are contributing to this effort. 

Alicia Stellhorn motioned that the SRG provide up to $10,000 additional dollars for Soulard neighborhood cameras if needed to support this current phase of the camera project. This is in addition to the $10,000 previously committed. 

Luann Denten seconded. Motion passed. 

The Police Officer Appreciation Luncheon will be held April 7 at the Chase Park Luann Denten motioned that the Board purchase a table in support and attend. 

Board to offer any extra seats to the members of the SRG Safety Committee. 

Beth Bennett seconded. Motion passed. 

Elections to be held @ next SRG meeting (April 6, 2016).  Each prospective Board member will be asked to offer the membership a 60-second “descriptor” of their own qualifications for the position.  The candidates for President Elect to be given three minutes each. 

Officer Tony Miller, long-term friend of Soulard, is currently fighting cancer. Jackie Parker motioned that the SRG donate $1,000 to Officer Millers’ Go-Fund-Me

Alicia Stellhorn seconded. Motion passed.

Committee Reports:

MGI –  reported by Gary Toribio

Tim Lorson has not committed to a contract. MGI Parade was problematic — both in timing and quality.

Beautification – Hosting social after April 6 SRG meeting — hoping to showcase Bandstand at Soulard Market Park. 

Communication – No Report 

Code & Zoning – Discussion of potential re-do of building next to Polar Wave.

Fundraising – Go! Cheerstation is April 10 located at 9th Street by Good Luck Bar. SRG to receive $750 stipend for same. 

Membership – Membership drive in May; looking at new events. 

Residential Promotion – Will sell merchandise at Membership drive. Re-formatting Bastille 

Celebration— Parade to be Saturday, July 16. Friday, July 15, will be a fashion show & dance @ South Broadway Athletic Club — “Marie’s Last Dance”.

See Camera report. The Safety Walk is immediately after the April General Meeting.

Renaissance – Deadline is May 13 — Garden Tour Edition.

Soulard Station – See above.

Outgoing President Mike Ziemann thanked all for the support throughout this past Alicia Stellhorn motioned the meeting adjourn at 9:58 p.m. 

Sean Cochran seconded. Motion passed.

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March 2016 General Meeting Minutes

March 2016 SRG GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

March 2, 2016

Location: Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 1919 S. 7th St.

President-Elect Bill Clendenin called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. 

Board members in attendance: Beth Bennett, Bill Clendenin, Sean Cochran, Jeremy Mehrle, Jackie Parker, Steve Parker

Board members absent: Luann Denten, Alicia Stellhorn, Gary Toribio, Mike Ziemann

Elected officials in attendance: Alderman Jack Coatar and Alderman Ken Ortmann

Guests: Todd Waelterman, St. Louis City Director of Operations

New members: None 

Candidates: Patrick Hamacher, a candidate for St. Louis Circuit Attorney, and Marty Murray Jr., a candidate for 7th Ward Committeeman, introduced themselves during the new members part of the meeting.

Secretary’s Minutes: Minutes from the Feb. 3 General Membership Meeting and the Feb. 24 Board Meeting were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer’s Report was approved.

Post-Meeting Social: At Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12 St.

City Earnings Tax Presentation: Todd Waelterman, St. Louis City Director of Operations, made a presentation on behalf of renewing the City Earnings Tax, which is on the April 5 ballot. Waelterman, former Streets Director, stated:

 St. Louis’ 1 percent Earnings Tax has existed since 1959.

 Because of a statewide vote in 2010, it faces a renewal vote of city voters every five years. 

 In 2011, its renewal was approved by 88 percent of voters.

 The tax generates about $164 million a year, about one-third of the city’s revenues. 

 55 percent of the Earning Tax revenue is generated by non-residents.

 If the tax isn’t renewed, sales taxes and property taxes would greatly increase.

In response to a question, Waelterman agreed that replacement sources of revenue need to be found in case renewal is ever denied.

He also fielded a question about parking tickets and street cleaning, and said that the Citizens Service Bureau (314-622-4800) is the office to call if a scheduled street cleaning is missed.

Police Report: Officer Brian Min reported these crime statistics for February:

 Three assaults, all Mardi Gras-related 

 Seven stolen autos, two of which had the keys inside 

 One burglary of a garage 

 One robbery (Two people were robbed separately by the same suspect. The suspect stole a woman’s purse off a patio table at the Bastille, 1027 Russell Blvd., and then robbed the second victim of a cellphone and wallet at gunpoint while fleeing.)

 18 larcenies, including 13 car break-ins. One arrest was made.

 Four instances of property damage, three related to Mardi Gras 

Officer Min said there were 43 crimes related to Mardi Gras. Police wrote 19 summonses, 18 of them for underage drinking. There were 15 lost articles. A gun was recovered after it was dropped by someone who had been involved in a streetfight fleeing the scene. All in all, he said, it was “a pretty quiet Mardi Gras.”

Officer Min noted the neighborhood’s representation at a sentencing hearing for a parolee who had been released after serving 17 years of a 20-year term for a murder conviction and was sentenced Feb. 19 to a four-year term in an air-conditioning theft.  

Old Business:

Board Elections: Clendenin read the names of four people who have been nominated for Board positions to be voted on at the April 6 SRG General Membership Meeting. Three Board offices (President-Elect, Treasurer and Secretary) and two Directors seats are up for election. 

Jim Price and Wade Weistreich have been nominated for President-Elect, a three-year term. 

Chris Schwarz has been nominated for Treasurer, a one-year term. Venessa Kobrin has been nominated for Secretary, a one-year term. 

New Business: None

American Legion Post 422 Report: Mr. Bill Wirtel reported that:

 The date of the Mouse Races fundraiser in 2017 has moved from January to March so that attendance is less dependent on the weather. The Mouse Races will now be held on the first Saturday in March, which will be March 4, 2017.

 A Fifth Friday Bingo and Buffet was held Jan. 29 for 17 new rehabbing veterans at Jefferson Barracks Medical Center. All of the rehabbing veterans who were at the October 2015 Fifth Friday had been discharged.

 Post 422 has collected $3,000 in its effort to provide a flag for McKinley Public Classical Leadership Academy High School, 2156 Russell Blvd., which doesn’t have a flag or flag pole in front of the school. Mr. Bill again thanked the SRG for its $500 donation. Principal Steve Warmack is planning a special ceremony.

 The Legion was busy on Mardi Gras Grand Parade Day, once again serving biscuits and gravy.

 The first Lenten Cod Fish Fry this year Feb. 2 was a huge success. Others are scheduled March 4 and March 25.  Doors open at 5 p.m. 

 Legion Post 422 participated in the ceremony Feb. 28 marking the temporary closing of the Soldier Memorial Military Museum, 1315 Chestnut St.  The facility is undergoing a two-year, $30 million renovation. Some events that would have been held there will now take place at City Hall, 1200 Market St.

 Seven Third Friday Family Happy Hours are booked for 2016, starting April 15 through October 21. 

Soulard Business Association Report: No report.

Mardi Gras Inc. Report: The post-Mardi Gras public forum is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 3 at the MGI building, 2200 Dolman St.

Beautification Report: After the April 6 SRG General Membership Meeting, the Beautification Committee will host the social at the bandstand in Soulard Market Park.  The committee would appreciate help on April 2 as it cleans up in preparation.

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, the Weed Warriors will be joined by 20 to 30 volunteers from Saint Louis University sororities and fraternities for work at Pontiac Square Park. If enough people are present, a crew might break off and do work at Aboussie Park on South 13th Street near Sidney Street.  Three dying or dead trees were removed from Pontiac Square Park.

Cleanup work took place March 2 in the small triangle park at South 9th and Sidney streets. A car accident there left debris and caused damage. 

Communications Report: No report.

Code and Zoning Report: Jay Gibbs reminded residents to call the Citizens Service Bureau (622-4800) if they see something amiss.  His committee advises the city but doesn’t enforce.

He gave updates on several projects:

Lafayette School Apartments:  The renovation with 36 units will have two , a small sign by the door and a larger one on the east side on South 7th Street. He said a proposal to backlight the larger sign had been dropped and the sign has been approved by Cultural Resources. A proposal for two paneled garage doors was tabled.

109-13 Allen Avenue: UIC, a design and building firm, bought the historic house and lot next to it and proposed a front house and alley house, both new construction with what Gibbs termed “strikingly contemporary” design. The proposal was made to the committee, which signaled its disapproval, to the apparent surprise of the builder. A follow-up email explaining the committee’s reasoning has been sent.

Polar Wave Construction: At the meeting Feb. 29, a proposal for a large infill was presented. Polar Wave wants to buy Victor Ironworks and demolish the Industrial Steel Corp. building.  A drawing was shown of a five-story building with 115 units, with 86 parking spaces off-street behind it. The committee thought it was too contemporary, but was told that the drawing had been speedily prepared just to have something to show. Committee members questioned the density, noting the 115 units would be in addition to the 43 at Polar Wave. A five-story building also might not fit in with what code suggests for the site.  

Gibbs was asked about the corrugated paneling on the Polar Wave building, and he replied that it has been approved by the city and was not brought before the SRG.

Apartments at 2330 S. 12th St.: Gibbs reminded that Alex Oliver bought the old “Soulard Hilton,” which has operated as a boarding house since it was built in the 1890s.  Gibbs noted that it has been low-income rental property with 24 units. The plan called for 13 apartments, four each on the first, second and third floors and one basement unit. Oliver is seeking state and federal tax credits. Gibbs said the Code and Zoning Committee toured the building early-on and gave its preliminary okay for the project. The plan now calls for 14 apartments, including two ADA units in the basement. At a Plan Review Team meeting, Alderman Coatar called for as much parking as possible.  The plan called for six spaces behind the building, including one ADA spot. A variance hearing at City Hall is scheduled for March 30. 

Some neighbors, Gibbs said, are upset about the density of units and lack of parking. Gibbs said the Plan Review Team reviewed the question of density and thought it was big enough for 14 units. He said the team also thought the proposal for parking was acceptable. Gibbs said he personally visited the site one afternoon and evening and found ample street parking available.

Joy Christensen, who lives immediately north of the proposed project, said that she feared a parking overflow would lower property values. She said that in the previous boarding house setting, only about three residents had owned cars. She also said that she feared that the units might not rent for $900, but might only draw $500. Gibbs replied that the rental market in Soulard is strong. Christensen said that lofts would be a better use of the location.

Gibbs said that if someone doesn’t like a decision of the Plan and Zoning Committee, the SRG bylaws allow for the membership to ask the SRG Board to overturn the decision. Beth Bennett, an SRG Board member and Plan and Zoning Committee member, said that the “Soulard Hilton was a dump” and that she found the rehab proposal exciting.

Paul Kjorlie said that fewer young people own cars than in years past, perhaps lessening concerns over street parking.

Alderman Coatar thanked the Plan Review Team for the time it puts into reviewing proposals and said he greatly appreciates the help they provide him.

Fundraising Report: Smarty Gras Trivia Night Feb. 20 raised more than $6,000.

A cheer station will again be staged at 7:30 a.m. April 10 at South 9th and Victor streets for the GO! Marathon and half-marathon runners.  Canned goods will be collected to benefit the food pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church in Soulard. 

Membership Report: The next Membership Committee meeting is at 7 p.m. March 3 at Soulard Station. 

Residential Promotion Report: The next meeting will be March 7 at Luann Denten’s home.

Safety Report: Scott Plackemeier stressed the importance of signing neighborhood impact petitions. The Spring Safety Walk will follow the April 6 SRG General Membership Meeting. The committee meets on the last Monday of every month at Soulard Station.

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 8:13 p.m.

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February 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

SRG Board Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 at Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12th St.

The meeting was called to order at 7:06 p.m. by President Mike Ziemann.

Members present: Mike Ziemann, Beth Bennett, Sean Cochran, Bill Clendenin, Luann Denten, Jeremy Mehrle, Jackie Parker, Steve Parker, Gary Toribio

Members absent: Alicia Stellhorn

Guests: Author Jim Merkel and Sue Jackson of the German-American Heritage Society of St. Louis.
Proposal for honorary renaming of a block of South 7th Street as Bismarck Street:
Jim Merkel (author of “Scrubby Dutch” and “Beer, Brats and Baseball”) and Sue Jackson made a presentation on behalf of an honorary renaming of a block of South 7th Street between Lami and Barton Streets as Bismarck Street. The German-American Heritage Society is seeking honorary street status for six St. Louis City streets that had their original German names changed during World War I. The city has granted honorary designations for three streets: Knapstein Place (Providence Place), Habsburger Avenue (Cecil Place) and Kaiser Street (Gresham Avenue). The original Bismarck Street, created in 1881 and 1882, no longer exists, but was close to the 7th Street location. Merkel provided copies of City Ordinance 68937, which provides for designating honorary street names. He said that 60 percent of registered voters or business owners in the affected area would have to approve of the proposal, and that the German-American Heritage Society of St. Louis would pay the cost of the signs and installation by the city Streets Department.
Luann Denten noted that because Soulard is a Historic District, the plan would need review by the city’s Cultural Resource office. She also noted that when the Soulard entry markers were installed recently, proof of liability insurance was required. Merkel said that the city ordinance did not mention those areas. 
After making the presentation, Merkel and Jackson departed and the SRG Board discussed the proposal. 
President Ziemann noted that as a courtesy, Alderman Jack Coatar had asked the Society to make sure the SRG didn’t object to the proposal. Bill Clendenin suggested that the SRG Board contact Jay Gibbs to determine if this issue has come up before and if the Code and Zoning Committee has adopted any policies regarding such signs.
Luann Denten cautioned that a wave of requests for honorary street names could result, and Ziemann added that future SRG Boards should not regard approval of this one request as a precedent.
The Board voted to approve a motion stating that it doesn’t oppose the proposal for the honorary Bismarck Street designation provided that the German-American Heritage Society of St. Louis seek approval from the Cultural Resources office, and that there’s no history of any previous street renaming effort that was rejected, and that the SRG would in no way be liable for any insurance required. 

Treasurer’s Report: 
The Treasurer’s Report was reviewed.

Old Business:Improvements at Soulard Station:Vicki and Jay Morris made a presentation on behalf of two proposed improvements at Soulard Station: the extension of the concrete sidewalk around the rear of the building and a single-zone HVAC system to improve cooling in the main room of the building. Three bids were presented for the sidewalk extension and four bids were presented for the air-conditioning proposal. The Morrises answered some logistical questions posed by the Board. The Board approved a bid of $1,650 for the sidewalk project and a bid of $3,800 for the HVAC work, which includes the unit, installation, running electric, finishing and drywall repair and upgrading existing ductwork.

Board Elections:
The Board went into executive session to discuss nominations and prospective candidates for the April 6 Board Election. A President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary and two Directors are to be chosen.

Spending Projects Update:
Three Board members provided updates on proposals for spending surplus SRG funds.
Historic street lights: Beth Bennett said it would cost about $200,000 per block to convert to historic street lights. While that would make the project cost-prohibitive, she said grants for such projects are available.

Historic markers: Luann Denten said she had received two bids and was awaiting three others for signage to mark historic sites in Soulard for a walking tour. Board members discussed possible sizes for the signs and the merits of cast lettering vs. lasered lettering. It was suggested that any walking tour and signs might include some newer structures as examples of new construction that can be done in a historic context.Security cameras: Clendenin gave an update on the new security cameras to be installed in Soulard. He said that the new cameras that are up now are temporary and were placed there for Mardi Gras. 

A contractor for installing the new cameras has been selected, a walk-through will be conducted and a meeting with city officials will be held, after which the proposal will be refined. The goal is to finalize a contract in March and then commence installation as soon as possible.

New Business:

Mardi Gras Debriefing:Board members said some traffic stops by security personnel in the Yellow Zone were conducted in a lax manner. Overall, behavior in the Red Zone was civil. Board members said they had heard concerns about the logistics of the Grand Parade. Gary Toribio said Mardi Gras Inc. Board members would be discussing a proposal for more marching groups in the parade, the timing of floats, and replacing the volunteer coordinator who left.

MGI’s public forum on this year’s Mardi Gras will be March 3 at the Mardi Gras Inc. building, 2200 Dolman St.

March Board Meeting:

President Ziemann said he remains uncertain whether work commitments might prevent him from attending the March 16 SRG Board meeting, or whether they might block alternate dates in March as well. President-Elect Bill Clendenin will run the meeting if Ziemann is unable to  attend.

Committee Reports:

Beautification: The Art in the Garden tour is scheduled for June 25. Amy Grove is in training to chair the event next year. 

Communication: No report.

Code and Zoning: A sign on the front of the renovated Lafayette School apartments will be smaller than what was originally proposed. A larger sign will be on the garage but it will not be backlit as originally proposed.  The garage will have two vehicle openings, including an entrance on the front of the building to make traffic flow more efficient.

Fundraising: Smarty Gras Trivia Night on Feb. 20 grossed about $5,800. Attendance was down to 15 tables of 10 players each, but revenue generated through raffle tickets, balloon pop and the silent auction all increased.
A cheer station is again planned for the GO! Marathon on Sunday April 10.

Membership: The committee hopes to increase the number of events it holds this year. A field trip to the Fox Theatre is being planned for a Saturday in July and will include a visit backstage.  A terrarium-building workshop is under consideration.  The committee also may hold a wrestling night event at the Broadway Athletic Club, 2301 S. 7th St. A lunch may be held at the Fountain on Locust, 3037 Locust St.

Residential Promotion: Soulard flags were reordered and are available for purchase. Sales of the Soulard Star sterling silver earrings and necklaces have been good. With the restaurant Franco out of business, the fashion show during Bastille Days will have to relocate. One possibility is the South Broadway Athletic Club, 2301 S. 7th St. In addition to the fashion show, Bastille Days events may include a Run for Your Cake, and a dance with a DJ. A bicycle race, as was done years ago, is also a possibility.

Safety: Clendenin said committee members gained some insight at a sentencing hearing Friday, Feb. 19, for a parole being sentenced for stealing an air-conditioning unit. The judge noted that while signatures on neighborhood impact statements are useful to the court, residents don’t have the right to speak at sentencings. Victims do have the right to speak and it’s important for them to show up to demonstrate the impact of crime on their lives, the judge advised.

Mardi Gras Inc.: No formal meeting was held in February.

It is expected that the Executive Director’s contract will be resolved by April. The post-Mardi Gras public forum is Thursday, March 3, at the MGI building, 2200 Dolman St.

Renaissance: The deadline for the next edition, the Garden Tour edition, is May 13.

Soulard Station: Nothing besides the sidewalk and air-conditioning projects approved earlier in the meeting. It was noted that some events at Soulard Station are booked more than a year in advance. In the interest of ensuring that the neighborhood has first rights to the building, it was suggested that bookings for more than a year out not be allowed. 

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 9:47 p.m.

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February 2016 General Meeting Minutes

February 2016 SRG GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Feb. 3, 2016

Location: Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 1919 S. 7th St.

President Mike Ziemann called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m.

Board members in attendance: Mike Ziemann, Beth Bennett, Bill Clendenin, Sean Cochran, Luann Denten, Jeremy Mehrle, Jackie Parker, Steve Parker, Gary Toribio

Board members absent: Alicia Stellhorn

Elected officials in attendance: Alderman Jack Coatar and Alderman Ken Ortmann

Secretary’s Minutes:
Minutes from the Jan. 13 General Membership Meeting and the Jan. 27 Board Meeting were approved.

Treasurer’s Report:
The Treasurer’s Report was approved. President Ziemann highlighted a statement by Treasurer Stellhorn that was reported in the Jan. 27 Board Meeting minutes: “She said that misleading information was being circulated about the SRG’s total assets. The total assets figure of $212,349.93 that shows on the Balance Sheet would only apply if the SRG were to sell Soulard Station and the property it sits upon, fixed assets of about $152,000.”
Ziemann noted that the SRG is about halfway through the year in terms of spending but already two-thirds done with fundraising.

New Members:
Two new members introduced themselves.

Post-Meeting Social:
At the home of Beth Bennett, 2624 S. 12th St.

Police and Safety Committee Report:
President Ziemann introduced Officer Brian Min and Sgt. Kimberly Haley.

Safety Committee Co-Chairman Jim Rick presented the report. He said that January had been a relatively quiet month, with no bad assaults. He said there was one robbery, still unsolved; one carjacking; and a burglary in which entry was made via a forced front window. He said one victim reported a stolen firearm but didn’t know if the weapon was taken from the house or car. GCI issued a summons for panhandling.

Officer Min reported that a suspect was arrested Feb. 1 and charged after a house burglary in Benton Park, and he also has been charged with an October burglary in Soulard. The suspect had been sentenced to seven years in prison after a prior burglary conviction but the sentence was suspended after 120 days of shock time. 

A brief discussion was held on when to call police and when to call Mardi Gras Inc. to report crimes and problems during Mardi Gras. Guidelines are on Page 2 of the Soulard Renaissance and also in the Jan. 13 SRG General Membership Meeting minutes.

Old Business:

SRG Board Positions:
The President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary and two Director positions are up for election. The Secretary and two Directors currently in office have indicated that they will not seek re-election. Anyone with questions about serving on the Board can contact any Board member. Ziemann asked members at the meeting to encourage their friends to serve. People who have served previously are allowed to run again. Preferably, nominations will be made by the March meeting, although they will be taken up until the ballot is printed for the election in April.

New Business:

No Mardi Gras Event at Soulard Station
No beer fundraiser or party will be held this year at Soulard Station on Grand Parade Day. Because beer sales are so dependent on weather, such an event might only break even or could lose money. Ziemann said that anyone who is upset at the lack of an event there should talk to him or any Board member.

Judith Howard said Howards in Soulard, 2732 S. 13th St., would be open on Grand Parade Day for a neighborhood party. Half of the revenue generated will be donated to the SRG.

Mayor Slay at March General Membership Meeting:
Mayor Francis Slay will appear at the March 2 General Membership Meeting to speak on behalf of renewing the City Earnings Tax.

February Board Meeting on Feb. 24:
The next Board Meeting will be Feb. 24 instead of the regular date of Feb. 17.

American Legion Post 422 Report:
Mr. Bill Wirtel reported that:

·         A Fifth Friday Bingo and Buffet was held Jan. 29 for 22 rehabbing veterans at Jefferson Barracks Medical Center. The next one will be April 29.

·         Third Friday Family Happy Hours will resume April 15. Musicians and guest bartenders are being recruited.

·         Despite a threatening weather forecast, a record crowd of 222 people turned out for Mouse Races No. 3 at St. Vincent’s De Paul, 1408 S. 10th St., on Jan. 9.

·         Three Lenten Cod Fish Fries are scheduled: Feb. 12, March 4 and March 25.

·         Post 422 will be serving biscuits and gravy starting at 7:30 a.m. on Grand Parade Day. Brats have been added to the menu. Bloody Marys and coffee also are available. 

Soulard Business Association Report:
No report was given in the absence of SBA President Dan Shields.

Mardi Gras Inc. Report:
Gary Toribio said that parking passes for Mardi Gras are available at the Mardi Gras Inc. building, 2200 Dolman St., for those who didn’t get them in the mail. Free 12-packs of Bud Light and Monster Energy drinks are available at the MGI building for neighborhood residents willing to display a small Mardi Gras poster. A post-Mardi Gras forum is set for March 3 at the MGI building.

Committee Reports:

Residential Promotion Report:
Soulard Star jewelry is now available for purchase: earrings are $10, necklaces are $8.

A Second Line Parade is planned on Fat Tuesday, beginning at 5 p.m. at D’s Place, 900 Barton St.

Reserve the date: Garden Tour on June 25.

Beautification Report:
No report.

Communications Report:
Deadline for the next Renaissance is May 13.

Code and Zoning Report:
A developer has bought the property at 1009-11-13 Allen Street.

A question was raised about temporary tents at several bars and restaurants. Alderman Coatar said the Building Division had been in the neighborhood today to determine whether tents were in compliance with city codes. He said tents generally don’t require a permit if they aren’t connected to a building and are under a certain square footage.

A request for two signs at the Lafayette School Apartments is under review. One sign would be by the front door, the other would be on the east side of the structure on South 7th Street. Dave Perry asked if the developer plans to clean two statues of children that are on top of the old school. Chairman Jay Gibbs said he would ask.

Fundraising Report:
Smarty Gras Trivia Night is Saturday Feb. 20 at the Franklin Room, 816 Allen Ave. Volunteers are sought. Tables are available for $225 at Soulard.org.

Membership Report:
Contact information is being verified prior to the printing of the next membership roster. The next Membership Committee meeting is at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12th St.

Adjournment:
The meeting adjourned at 7:54 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

SRG Board Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 at Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12th St.

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m. by President Mike Ziemann.

Members present: Mike Ziemann, Beth Bennett, Sean Cochran, Bill Clendenin, Luann Denten, Jeremy Mehrle, Jackie Parker, Steve Parker, Alicia Stellhorn, Gary Toribio

Members absent: None

Guests: None

Treasurer’s Report: 

Treasurer Stellhorn reported that revenue figures were in for the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K fundraiser ($1,500) and the Q in the Lou fundraiser ($1,677). She said that misleading information was being circulated about the SRG’s total assets. The total assets figure of $212,349.93 that shows on the Balance Sheet would only apply if the SRG were to sell Soulard Station and the property it sits upon, fixed assets of about $152,000. 

Luann Denten read a letter from Beautification Committee Chairman Richard Eaton in which he expressed concern that a payment of $1,045 to Gateway Greening for plaques on planters had been taken from the committee’s budget. Eaton noted that the Board had indicated at its December meeting that the expense would not be charged to Beautification.  Treasurer Stellhorn explained that the expense had been put in Quickbooks for accounting purposes only, and that the Beautification budget had not actually been charged.  However, to avoid the confusion that this created she reappropriated the cost as a Station expense.

Old Business:

Spending Priorities:

The Board decided to wait until its February meeting to further discuss proposals for spending surplus SRG funds.

New Business:

Board Elections:

Two director positions and three Board officer (president-elect, treasurer and secretary) need to be filled in the April election. Those openings will again be announced at the Feb. 3 General Membership Meeting, and Jackie Parker said she would include the information in the weekly Blaster and on Nextdoor Soulard. Nominations will be accepted at the March General Membership Meeting and can be made until the ballot is printed for the April meeting.

Luann Denten noted that the SRG bylaws speak of a nominating committee. Board members agreed that the entire Board actually serves as a de facto nominating committee, Mardi Gras at Soulard Station:

No SRG event will be held at the station on Grand Parade Day. After new Board members are seated, the new Board can discuss whether to hold a fundraiser or SRG party for Mardi Gras next year.

Mayor Francis Slay Appearance at the February General Membership Meeting: 

Mayor Slay has asked to address the General Membership about retaining the City Earnings Tax. (*Note: Mayor Slay will attend the March 3 meeting.)

Sts. Peter and Paul Reimbursement:
The Board agreed to budget $600 annually as payment to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 1919 S. 7th St., for use of its hall for monthly SRG General Membership Meetings.

Nonprofit Donation Requests:
The Board agreed that as a rule, it prefers that requests for donations to nonprofits come directly from the nonprofits and be made to the nonprofits rather than from an umbrella group soliciting on behalf of nonprofits.

February and March Board Meetings:

The February Board Meeting will be held Feb. 24 because of a conflict on the Feb. 17 regular meeting date. The March Board Meeting date may also need to be changed.

German Heritage Street Signs
The German American Heritage Society of St. Louis is seeking to erect an honorary sign “renaming” a block of South 7th Street in Soulard (between Barton and Lami streets) as Bismarck Street. Alderman Jack Coatar forwarded the request to the SRG Board. The Board tabled discussion to allow a presentation from the Heritage Society.

Committee Reports:

Beautification:
Nothing beyond Richard Eaton’s letter, which was read during the Treasurer’s Report.

Communication:
No report.

Code and Zoning:
The committee will hear a request for two signs at the Lafayette School apartments. One would be on the South 7th Street side and the other would be on the door.

Fundraising:
Smarty Gras Trivia Night will be Feb. 20. Volunteers are needed and tables are available.

Membership:                                                                                                                                                  The committee hopes to increase the number of events it holds this year. Another paint party is planned and a terrarium-building workshop is under consideration.  The committee also may hold a wrestling night event at the Broadway Athletic Club, 2301 S. 7th St. Emails will be sent to people who haven’t already renewed their memberships prior to the Membership Meeting event in May.

Residential Promotion:                                                                                                                               New Soulard Star sterling silver earrings and necklaces have arrived and will be available for purchase. Prices were discussed. A new order for Soulard flags has been placed. 

Luann Denten said she had been asked whether bicycle races that once were part of the Bastille Days celebration might return.  It was suggested she speak with Matt LaBerta of LaBerta and Sons Cycles, 1007 Russell Blvd., and Ann Chance, St. Louis Special Events Program Executive, about the logistics and history of such an event.

Some neighborhood parties are being planned for Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras Inc. will not hold a downtown parade on Fat Tuesday this year. One event will start about 5 p.m. at D’s Place, 900 Barton St.; another will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Soulard Art Gallery, 2028 S. 12th St.; another will start at 7 p.m. at Nadine’s Gin Joint, 1931 S. 12th St. 

Safety:

Three proposals for installing the first security cameras are being reviewed.  It is expected that a contractor will be selected in February.  After the selection of the contractor, it is anticipated that camera committee members will meet again with representatives of the Street Department and the Real Time Crime Center. The plans for the first security cameras will be refined, and actual installation could begin as soon as late February/early March.

Mardi Gras Inc.

No Fat Tuesday parade this year. The number of Krewes in the Grand Parade is down from last year, with 66 having registered as of December compared to 81 the previous December.

Soulard Social House, 1551 S. 7th St., will have a party station next to its property after it was denied permission to use the lot by Soulard Coffee Garden, 910 Geyer Ave.

Ten percent of net profits from all MGI events will be set aside for neighborhood causes.

Renaissance:

The current edition is already available online and should be distributed by Friday. The deadline for the Garden Tour edition is May 13.

Gary Toribio noted that STL Programs had donated the Parlour Tour programs in appreciation of our having the firm print the Renaissance. Treasurer Stellhorn added that the Parlour Tour cleared $11,896 this year.

Soulard Station:

No report.

Adjournment:

The meeting adjourned at 9:33 p.m.

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January 2016 General Meeting Minutes

January 2016 SRG GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Jan. 13, 2016 

Location: Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 1919 S. 7th St.

President Mike Ziemann called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m. 

Board members in attendance: Mike Ziemann, Beth Bennett, Bill Clendenin, Luann Denten, Steve Parker, Gary Toribio

Board members absent: Sean Cochran, Jeremy Mehrle, Jackie Parker, Alicia Stellhorn

Elected officials in attendance: Alderman Jack Coatar 

Secretary’s Minutes:

Minutes from the Dec. 2 General Membership Meeting and the Dec. 16 Board Meeting were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: 

Treasurer’s Report was approved.

New Members:

Ten new members introduced themselves.

Post-Meeting Social:

At Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12 St.

Police Report:

Safety Committee Co-Chairman Scott Plackemeier presented the report in the absence of Officer Brian Min.  He reported: 

On Christmas Day, two men armed with pistols and wearing facemasks robbed someone leaving a garage in the 700 block of Soulard Street, taking an iPod and $100. No arrests have been made.)

Items were recovered Dec. 17 from a suspected meth lab in a vacant building in the 700 block of Allen Avenue.

Bud Weisser was arrested Dec. 3 on a trespassing charge at the Anheuser-Busch brewery.

On Jan. 8 there was an attempted holdup at gunpoint in the 1000 block of Allen Avenue. Two victims got out of their vehicles when two men pulled up in a gray car. One suspect told one of the victims to go with him but the victim refused and kicked the suspect several times. The suspects got in their car and fled.

Bids are being sought for the installation of the new security cameras. It is hoped that a contractor will be selected by the end of January and installation of cameras will begin in February.

Mardi Gras Inc. Executive Director Tim Lorson:

Lorson said this will be his 13th Mardi Gras season as executive director. He noted that fliers listing the 2016 Mardi Gras events were available. He said a 12-pack of Bud Light or Monster Energy drinks will be available for free at the MGI office, 2200 Dolman St., for people who are willing to display a poster.

He said no vehicles will be allowed to move in the Red Zone because that area has the highest concentration of revelers and it’s simply unsafe for cars to move. There will be two Yellow Zones, one in the LaSalle Park neighborhood and one on the south side of Soulard. Cars displaying parking passes can park in the Yellow Zone. Parking passes are being mailed to residents. If you don’t receive your two passes, visit the MGI office. If you have more than two cars, visit the office with proof of ownership to get additional passes.

If you park where there’s a White No Parking sign, you will be towed. If you park where there’s a Yellow No Parking sign and don’t display a parking pass, you will be towed. You can park where there’s a Yellow No Parking sign if you display a parking pass. The Yellow No Parking zone will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Grand Parade Day. The Red No Parking zone will be in effect from 3 a.m. Grand Parade Day through 2 a.m. Sunday morning to allow more time for trash cleanup there. No golf carts are allowed in the Red Zone. 

If your car is towed, call the MGI office at 771-5110 to learn where it is. Don’t call 911 to report illegally parked cars … call the MGI office, which will then alert police. 

The duration of trash cleanup is uncertain but it will continue until it’s completed. By 2 p.m. Sunday, if you still see trash, call the MGI office at 771-5110. Your call will be added to a list. 

Trash cleanup will proceed according to that list … first-reported, first-cleaned. Be patient.

MGI has ordered more than 1,000 port-a-potties. Bar owners will provide about 300 more. If you don’t like the placement of a port-a-potty, call the MGI office. Port-a-potties will start being installed the week before Pet Parade weekend, Jan. 30-31.  

Call 911 only if you feel threatened or have a medical emergency. Call the MGI office if you see crimes like public urination or an illegally parked car. 

No cans, coolers, bottles or backpacks are allowed in the Red Zone. This will be enforced with zero tolerance. If you have guests visiting, they need to pour alcoholic drinks into cups when leaving your home. If they are staying with you, make them aware they cannot bring suitcases or backpacks into the Red Zone on Grand Parade Day. In response to a question, Lorson said it is illegal for residents to sell drinks or other items from their homes. 

The police staging area for Mardi Gras will be at Gene Slay’s Boys’ Club of St. Louis, 2524 S. 11th St. The block in front of the club will be closed to traffic.

A neighborhood forum to review this year’s Mardi Gras will be held at 6 p.m. March 3 at the MGI office. Lorson said he can be reached at 771-5110 or at director@mardigrasinc.com.

President Ziemann asked people at the SRG meeting to share the information provided by Lorson with their neighbors who weren’t in attendance or anyone who seems confused by the Mardi Gras rules. He also reminded people with parking passes that they shouldn’t try to sell them because it causes problems for the whole neighborhood. 

Old Business:

Holiday Parlour Tour and Hot Chocolate 15K/5K:

Ziemann thanked those who volunteered at these fundraising events. Parlour Tour revenues are still being tallied, but it’s estimated the event raised $13,500 to $15,000.  Jim Price said he is retiring as volunteer coordinator for Parlour Tour so someone is needed to handle those duties.

Vice and Virtues Ball Update:

After-dinner tickets are still available. All 22 tables for dinner (10 people at a table) are sold out. Second-tier admission will be capped at 50 people.

New Business:

Soulard Station Commemorative Bricks:

Kristin Kopp is now coordinating the Soulard Station Commemorative Bricks project. Bricks cost $75 for individuals and $100 for businesses. For an additional $25, the Soulard Star logo can be added to a brick. Kopp said orders are placed in bunches and she is close to placing an order. 

SRG Board Positions:

Ziemann said that anyone interested in running for a position on the SRG Board should start thinking about it. The terms of two Board members and the secretary and treasurer will be up. In addition, a President-elect is needed. 

American Legion Post 422 Report:

Mr. Bill Wirtel reported that: 

 Unit 422 Auxiliary raised their total of military wish list boxes to 424, with the last shipment of 28 going to Marybeth Wallace’s son, Army pilot Pate Butler, to distribute to troops in Afghanistan. 

 A Fifth Friday Bingo and Buffet was held Jan. 29 for rehabbing veterans at Jefferson Barracks Medical Center. 

 For the first time, Third Friday Family Happy Hours continued through December last year, two months longer than usual. Another first at the Family Happy Hours were guest bartenders.

 222 people braved a threatening weather forecast Jan. 9 to attend Mouse Races No. 3 at St. Vincent’s De Paul, 1408 S. 10th St.  One of the races took eight minutes to complete. 

An Ambucs tryke for disabled veterans was on display. 

 Three Lenten Cod Fish Fries are scheduled: Feb. 2, March 4 and March 25. 

 Since 1996, Post 422 has been serving biscuits and gravy starting at 7:30 a.m. on Grand Parade Day. This year, brats have been added to the menu. Bloody Marys and coffee also are available. Last year, Mardi Gras security crews ate at the Legion so food quantities have been increased this year.   

 Flag Day is June 14. Save your tattered and worn flags so they can be disposed of properly at the Legion. Patriotic boxes are available at BKZ for businesses and high-traffic locations that want to collect flags for proper disposal.

 Post 422 has collected $500 in its effort to provide a flag for McKinley Public Classical Leadership Academy High School, which doesn’t have a flag or flag pole in front of the school. The estimated cost for the flag, pole and concrete base is $2,000.  President Ziemann presented Mr. Bill with a $500 check from the SRG, bringing the total raised to $1,000. Mr. Bill called the donation a “complete and happy surprise.”

Soulard Business Association Report:

SBA President Dan Shields said businesses are busy preparing for Mardi Gras season.

Mardi Gras Inc. Report:

Nothing beyond Lorson’s earlier report.

Beautification Report:

Next spring, the Beautification Committee will help plant three round planters that the Union Barbershop put in to protect its building at 1264 Gravois Ave.

Communications Report:

Please send photos from the Vices and Virtues Ball to editor@soulard.org and Jackie Parker will try to get them in the next Renaissance.

Fundraising Report:

Smarty Gras Trivia Night is Saturday Feb. 20 at the Franklin Room, 816 Allen Ave. People interested in volunteering should contact Jackie Parker.

Code and Zoning Report:

No report.

Membership Report:

The next Membership Committee meeting is at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at Soulard Station. 

Residential Promotion Report:

Luann Denten reported that nine entry markers are now up. Four are on existing light poles and five are on their own posts.  Julie Price said that John Daus of Johnny’s was instrumental in getting Anheuser-Busch to donate the money that paid for the entry markers. Ziemann noted that when Anheuser-Busch made that donation, it freed up money that the Mardi Gras Foundation had granted for the project that the foundation then allowed to be used for the new security cameras.

Safety Report:

Nothing beyond what was said during the Police Report. Ziemann noted that Scott Plackemeier and Jim Rick are serving as co-chairmen of the committee.

Adjournment:

The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

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