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June 2017 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes June 2017 SRG General Meeting

Date:              June 7, 2017

Location:        Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall

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

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

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

Aldermen Present:        Jack Coatar, Dan Guenther    

Board and General Meeting Minutes

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

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

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

New Business

CITY ASSESSORS OFFICE(Shawn Ordway)

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

ADOPT A COP PROGRAM (Venessa Kobrin)

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

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

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

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

MGI BOARD POSITION

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

Police Report (Officer Min)

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

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

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

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

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

Committee Reports

Beautification (Richard Eaton/Luann Denten)

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

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

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

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

Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)

    ONGOING PROJECTS:

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

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

    NEW PROJECTS:

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


Fundraising (Billy Tomber/ Chris Schwarz)

    CHAIRMAN:

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

TOUR DE FAT:

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

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

    UPCOMING EVENTS:

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

    CONCERT IN THE PARK:

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

Membership (Julie Price)

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

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

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

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

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

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

Safety (Jim Ricks/Scott Plackemeier)

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

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

MGI (Billy Tomber)

    LouFest will be the next fundraiser event.

Soulard Holiday Decorating (Venessa Kobrin)

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

Partner Organizations

Legion Report (Bill Wirtel)

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


Adjournment

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

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April 2017 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes April 2017 SRG General Meeting

Date:              April 5, 2017

Location:        Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall

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

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

Officers and Directors Absent: Gary Toribio

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

Board and General Meeting Minutes

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

New Business

Soulard Star Awards (Luann Denten)

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

Sweet Divine (Jason Siebert)

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

Elections

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

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

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

Police Report (Officer Min)

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

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

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

Committee Reports

Beautification (Richard Eaton)

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

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

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

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

    No report given.

Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)

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

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

    Victor and Barton

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

Fundraising (Rick Dungey)

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

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

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

Membership (Julie Price)

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

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

    The membership committee has been meeting regularly.

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

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

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

Safety (Jim Ricks/Scott Plackemeier)

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

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

MGI (Billy Tomber)

    No report given.

Partner Organizations

Legion Report (Bill Wirtel)

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

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

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

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

Soulard Business Association (Dan Shields)

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


Adjournment

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

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April 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

April 2017 SRG Board Meeting Minutes

Date:               April 19, 2017

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

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

Officers Absent: None

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

Old Business

Whistler Apartment Project

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

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

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

Second: Christopher

Favor: All

New Business

1. Donation to the families of the boiler accident

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

Second: Scott Plackemeier

Favor: All

2. CVC Wayfinder Signage

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

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

Second: Neil Putz

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

3. Updated Committee Liaisons

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

4. Combined Boards Meeting

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

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

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

Treasurer Reports

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

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

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

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

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

Committee Reports

1. Communications and Fundraising (Billy Tomber):

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

2. Beautification (Luann Denten):

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

3. Code and Zoning (Beth Bennett):

    See previous report regarding Whistler complex.

4. Membership (Beth Bennett):

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

5. Residential Promotions (Luann Denten):

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

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

6. Safety (Scott Plackemeier):

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

7. MGI (Billy Tomber and Gary Toribio):

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

    No report given.

9. Soulard Station (Neil Putz):

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

10. Vices & Virtues (Luann Denten)

    No report given.

Adjournment

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

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May 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

MAY 2017 BOARD MEETING MINUTES

Minutes May 2017 SRG Board Meeting

Date:              May 24, 2017

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

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

Officers and Directors Absent: None

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

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

Old Business

Whistler Apartment Project Update (Wade Weistreich)


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

New Business

Mardi Gras Inc. Board Position

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

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


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

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

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

              term of MGI board service.

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

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


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

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

Second: Billy Tomber

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Presentations

Beautification (Richard Eaton)

Goals

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

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

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

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

Parlour Tour (Jeanne Kirby)

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

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

Code and Zoning (PRT) (Jay Gibbs)

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

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

Safety (Scott Plackemeier)

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

Communications (Venessa Kobrin)

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

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

Soulard Holiday Decorating (Venessa Kobrin)

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

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

Soulard Station (Venessa Kobrin)

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

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

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

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

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

Fundraising (Billy Tomber)

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

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

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

Treasurer Reports

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

Committee Reports

All committee reports given in conjunction with budget presentations.

Adjournment

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

Comment

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March 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

March 2017 SRG Board Meeting Minutes

Date:             March 15, 2017

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

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

Officers and Directors Absent: Gary Toribio, Mike Ziemann

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

Old Business

Elections

Elections will be held at the April General Membership meeting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Second: Beth Bennett seconds

6 in favor and 2 opposed

SRG/SSBD/MGI/MGF/CID/SBA

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

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

Past President Cocktail Hour

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

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

New Business

Blaster/Renaissance

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


Mom Howard Camera Project (Judith Howard)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Launch St. Louis (Zarrin Liliani)

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

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


Soulard Holiday Decorating Committee

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

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

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

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

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

Second: Billy Tomber

In-Favor: All

Soulard Star Award

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

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

Second: Chris Schwarz

In-Favor: All

Treasurer Reports

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

Committee Reports

1. Communications and Fundraising (Billy Tomber):

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

2. Beautification (Luann Denten):

    Beautification meeting will be taking place in a few weeks.

3. Code and Zoning (Beth Bennett):

    TAKE FROM THE GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

4. Membership (Beth Bennett):

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

5. Residential Promotions (Luann Denten):

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

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

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

Second: Luann Denten

In-Favor: All

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

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

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

Second: Venessa Kobrin

In-Favor: All

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

Second: Venessa Kobrin

In-Favor: All

6. Safety (Scott Plackemeier):

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

7. MGI (Billy Tomber and Gary Toribio):

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

    No report given.

9. Soulard Station (Neil Putz):

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


10. Vices & Virtues (Luann Denten)

    No report given.

Adjournment

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

Comment

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March 2017 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes February 2017 SRG General Meeting

Date:             March 1, 2017

Location:        Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall

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

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

Officers and Directors Absent: Gary Toribio

Aldermen Present:        Ken Ortmann and Jack Coatar

Committeeman Present:     Marty Joe Murray, Jr.

Other Officials:        Alderwoman Cara Spencer

Introductions

Judith McDaniel, present, was acknowledged as one of the five founding members of the
Soulard Restoration Group.

Board and General Meeting Minutes

    February General Membership meeting minutes were available for review. Macy Meyer motioned to approve the minutes and Neil Putz seconded. The February General Membership meeting minutes were approved.

New Business

Proposition S (Cara Spencer)

    This proposition is being put forward in the hope of controlling and containing payday loans. 11% of Missourians take out payday loans and Missouri has the most lax payday loan rules in the country.

    A permitting fee would be added that would be used to set up an office that could provide oversight for the payday loan industry in the state of Missouri. This proposition also calls for plain language for forms that are required in the process of taking out a payday loan.

    A question was asked if this would lessen the fees that are paid by the consumers of payday loans. The answer was no, this would not specifically lower fees paid by consumers utilizing payday loans.

Tishaura Jones  (Debbie Johnson)

    Spoke on behalf of Tishaura Jones, who is a candidate in the Democratic Mayoral Primary.

Juvenile Crime Forum Recap (Dave Simmons)

    Dave Simmons provided some takeaways from the juvenile crime forum. A large amount of local crime is being committed by juveniles. There is a way to reach out, as a community, to children under the age of 17 who have committed crimes. If you are on a committee where there are tasks that are age appropriate to youth completing or assisting, contact Dave or anyone on the safety committee. There is a contact that can arrange the logistics of having these kids become a part of the neighborhood while completing their community service. This organization attends to the transport to and from the task as well as direct supervision throughout the task.

Elections

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

Here are the current candidates:

President:
Secretary: Venessa Kobrin
Treasurer: Christopher Schwarz
Director (2 positions): Steve Shuman

Police Report (Officer Min)

    February: 4 assaults (2 related to mardi gras), 2 stolen autos (one has a suspect), 2 burglaries, 1 robbery, 14 larcenies (4 car breakins/1 related to Mardi Gras), 7 property damage reports (1 related to Mardi Gras), 5 disturbances (3 related to Mardi Gras), 8 incidents reports (3 related to Mardi Gras), and 1 injury report.

    22 arrest reports on Mardi Gras, the majority were minors in possession.

    33 reportable incidents related to Mardi Gras, including the arrests.

    Officer Min had no specific updates on the shooting at 7th and Broadway.

    Officer Min reminded residents to not leave personal belongings on the top of bars.


Committee Reports

Beautification (Luann Denten)

    Richard Eaton is still recovering from his recent surgery. He will be resuming his post as Beautification Chair next week.

    The Garden Tour will be June 24, 2017. There will be an artist and a musician in each garden. The pieces are then donated to the SRG and compose an art auction that takes place in September.
    
Communication (Billy Tomber)

    No report given.

Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)

    Ongoing Projects:

     At 1400 Russell, the earth is being turned. The Whistler Building at 7th and Barton is still ongoing. The new owners are waiting for the tenants to vacate the building, at which time they will continue to move forward. The Soulard Hilton, 2330-2332 S 12th Street, is working through parking issues. Previously the developer was requesting a variance to extend three garages onto the Lami Sidewalk. The developer is now seeking an easement or land purchase from the next-door neighbor to allow the garages to be built, while avoiding the sidewalk. Upon completion, the property will be comprised of 6 units aboveground and one basement unit. The properties are expected to sell for around $300,000 and have 2 bedrooms.

    New Projects:

    At 1603-09 South 9th Street, the owner wants to develop residential units and the Alderman prefers to develop commercial units. The committee has not yet made a decision to write a support letter. Updates will be given as information is available.

    700 Allen Street, the BP Station, wants to add a carwash to their existing structure. They also want to add an apartment available to rent and, potentially, more commercial spaces.

    Potential Future Projects:

    2325 Menard, there is a small vacant lot with 2-3 large trees. The lot has been vacant since the 70’s when the original structure burned down.

    1001-09 Russell, there is loose talk of a mixed used infill, commercial first floor and 2-3 floors of residential spaces.

    912-14-16 Geyer, there is potential development of 4 -6 units of infill apartments next-door to the coffee garden. Very preliminary drawings have been seen.
    
    At the 1800 block of Menard, a triangle of land was given to the dog park association. They are talking to a person who would like to purchase a portion and build an infill 2-family home on the property.

    A question was asked regarding the current parking requirements for new builds within Soulard: The requirement is one parking off street per residential unit new build.

Fundraising (Rick Dungey)

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

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

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

    Mike Ziemann asked an accounting question regarding the Bastille Day events in July of 2016. A discussion followed regarding this item.

Membership (Julie Price)

    The SRG Board approved a $50 stipend for residents who host a social. Please see Julie Price or any of the membership committee to volunteer to host a social.  

    The membership committee has been meeting regularly.

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

    The signage project is going to be the cornerstone project of the Residential Promotions for the coming year. More details to follow!

Safety (Jim Ricks/Scott Plackemeier)

    Jim Ricks circulated a neighborhood impact statement for an upcoming sentencing here in relation to a crime committed in December.

    The upcoming SSBD meeting will be taking place Monday, March 13, 6:30 p.m. at the Soulard Station.

MGI (Billy Tomber)

    The trash crew is still out (314)771-5110, Thursday, March 9 at 6:00 p.m. is the MGI Mardi Forum that is open to the public.

Partner Organizations

Legion Report (Christopher Schwarz)

    Friday Fish Fry(s) dates are all follows: March 3rd and March 24th, April 7th and April 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

    The Mouse Races are being held March 4, 7:00 p.m. at St. Vincent De Paul! $25 for adults (in advance) and $30 at the door.

    More information available at www.soulardamericanlegion.org

Adjournment

    Motion to adjourn made by Chris Schwarz and seconded by Jim Rick, the meeting adjourned at 8:37 p.m.

Comment

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February 2017 BOARD MEETING MINUTES

Minutes February 2017 SRG Board Meeting

Date:               February 15, 2017

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

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

Officers Absent: Gary Toribio, Wade Weistreich, Mike Ziemann

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

Old Business

1. Elections

    A huge thank you goes out to Molly’s and Luke Reynolds for allowing the SRG general membership to utilize Molly’s for our general membership meeting. Sts. Peter and Paul parish was unavailable due to last minute and unforeseen reasons.

    Elections were not discussed at the February general meeting.

    The bylaws call for an announcement of elections to the general membership one month prior to the elections themselves. This would be the March 2017 general membership meeting. There are five positions up for elections this year:

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

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

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

Director (2 positions) - the Director positions are two year terms. The time commitment includes as general and board meetings. Luann Denten and Beth Bennett are the current Directors whose seats are up for election.

2. Soulard Station Transition (Jay Morris)

    Jay Morris is attending on behalf of the Soulard Station Committee. The members of the Station Committee will not be continuing in the capacity of a committee. As the person who did the rehab of the Station, Jay is volunteering to stay on as a person who can advise regarding repairs and maintenance of the building.
    
    Vicki Morris will wrap up inventory of tangible items by the end of February. Jay Morris will compose a list of maintenance projects that should be completed, regardless of the future of the Station.

    The Board once again thanks the Morris’ for all the hard work and effort that was put into rehabbing the Station and operating the Station.

    The Station will remain available to all committees, SRG members, neighborhood associations and outside non-profits. The priorities of the SRG are the neighbors, the neighborhood and ensuring that the non-profit status of the organization is protected. More information will follow.

    Christopher Schwarz motions that he Soulard Station committee become dormant effective immediately and an ad hoc committee composed of Venessa Kobrin, Neil Putz, and Beth Bennet will be formed for calendar management, creating policies, creating a policy specific to priority of usage by SRG members and neighborhood organizations, utilities decision making, usage decision making, maintenance, daily operations, budgeting and any other necessary decision making.

Second: Beth Bennett

Passed: All

    Venessa K. motions to change the phone number that the alarm company calls for any issue to the President or President elect and the Station Liaison, effective March 1.

Second: Christopher Schwarz

Passed: ALL

3. Website Updates

    Venessa Kobrin joined the Com Com and she will have full rights to the website for updating and management purposes.

4. SRG/SSBD/MGI/MGF/CID/SBA

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

5. Past President Cocktail Hour

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

6. Donations to the SRG

    Venessa Kobrin indicated a need for a standard regarding donations to the SRG. This standard should not only include a documentation and receipt process, but also a use policy for donations. In the last several months the Beautification Committee has secured the donations of several statues, with the intention of replacing them in Pontiac Park. The implementation of a standard In-Kind Donation Acceptance Policy protects the donated item, the SRG, as well as providing a receipt for the donator.

    In a practical example, Venessa K. described the generous gift of the Terra Madonna statue. Without a document such as the one proposed, issues could arise if the SRG decided to move the statue from Pontiac Park to another location in the neighborhood. The policy being proposed places the logistics of donations in the hands of the Board. This policy also defines a donation to the SRG as just that, a donation to the Soulard Restoration Group and not a specific committee, person, or chair.

    Venessa K. motions the following: As a non-profit organization we are generously donated tangible items on a regular basis and there needs to be a policy in place to protect said donations. Venessa Kobrin motions the adoption of the “SRG In-Kind Donation Policy,” upon review and acceptation of the verbiage by Bill Clendenin.

Second: Billy Tomber

Passed: ALL

The SRG In-Kind Donation Policy will be included as an attachment to the minutes and thusly will be disseminated to the general membership.

New Business

1. Proposed Mosque in McKinley Heights (Rocco Danna)
    
    Rocco Danna, a practiced architect and rehabber, is here on behalf of the McKinley Heights Neighborhood Association regarding a mosque that is being built in McKinley Heights. According to Mr. Danna, the Preservation Board made decisions regarding the building without a quorum. These decisions that are in contention are the placement of the mosque in relations to the streets and maintaining adherence to the established historic code. Specifically, the building is sited behind the parking lot and not street-side. The entire building is diagonally set on the lot. Originally it was a building without windows, but now is a brick building with windows.

    The project has been preliminarily approved by the Preservation Board but still has to have full approval prior to permitting.

    The mosque cites safety concerns as the reason for the footprint of the building. The McKinley Heights Neighborhood Association is questioning the validity of the parking lot in front of the building making the site safer.

    It was noted that it is unusual for one neighborhood association to seek support or dissent for a project by outside neighborhood associations.

    The McKinley Heights Neighborhood Association is seeking the support of the Soulard Restoration Group to support the proper application to and adherence of the historic building code.

    The Board is going to review the matter further before determining whether or not to write a letter of support. Any such letter would communicate full support for a mosque at the location, subject to applicable historic code.  Jay Gibbs will compose a draft letter of support of the historic code and present it to the Board for consideration.  

2. Neighborhood Leadership Academy

    Venessa K. and Chris S. were previously scheduled to go to the Neighborhood Leadership Academy in the fall but it was cancelled. Now it is rescheduled for March. They will attend and there will be a call to the committees for two additional attendees.

Treasurer Reports

    The Treasurer presented several reports for review by the Board. The Treasurer is also continuing quarterly, pre-and post-event meetings with committee chairs.

    The Treasurer is also calling for the liaisons to meet with their committees and find ways that they would like to spend money that is accumulating. A huge issue that, as a neighborhood, we are currently facing is safety, and it was suggested that the Board encourage safety-related projects.  

    This also offers the opportunity for committees to present potential projects, along with their budgets, at the May meeting.

    A suggestion was made that the budget meeting be run by the Past President. Bill C responded that the new President needs to run the budget meeting as it sets forth the priorities of the new President and the new Board.    
    
    A reminder was made by the Treasurer that all bills or reimbursements need to be submitted timely and with the appropriate documentation. Bills that aren’t turned in within ninety days will need to be approved by the Board and are at the discretion of the Treasurer.

Res Promo, Beautification to all have their own Square accounts in the future which will provide autonomy for events, as well as streamline communication between the various committees and the Treasurer.

    Any other activity that requires a Square account will give the Treasurer at least two weeks lead time to establish.

Committee Reports

1. Communications and Fundraising (Billy Tomber):

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

2. Beautification (Luann Denten):

    There is a new watering system and future plantings will be water conscious.

    The annual Beautification Fundraiser will be in May at Molly’s. Information will be updated as available.

    Two checks were submitted by the Soulard Station. These two final outside expenses will be paid from the Soulard Station budget.

3. Code and Zoning (Beth Bennett):

    Two properties on 10th Street sold. One is being torn down and one is being rehabilitated. The two houses are next to each other and will be connected in the back, not visible from the street. These two homes will then be a single family residence.

4. Membership (Beth Bennett):

    There is still a need for hosts for the socials! Venessa K. and Christopher S. will be hosting in March. Please reach out to membership if you are interested!

5. Residential Promotions (Luann Denten):

    The Second Line Stroll will be taking place on Fat Tuesday!

6. Safety (Scott Plackemeier):

    SSBD met earlier this week and is issuing a new request for proposals (RFP) from security companies.

7. MGI (Billy Tomber and Gary Toribio):

    No report at this time.
        
8. Parlor Tour (Mike Ziemann/Billy Tomber):

    No report given.

9. Soulard Station (Neil Putz):

    Report covered in previous segment.

10. Vices & Virtues (Luann Denten):

    The Ball was AMAZING and the committee is already looking forward to next year!

Adjournment:

Venessa K. motioned to adjourn, Neil P. seconded and the meeting adjourned at 10:30 p.m.

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January 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

Date:             January 18, 2017

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

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

Officers Absent: Gary Toribio, Mike Ziemann

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

Old Business

  1. Soulard Community Improvement District

    Bill Clendenin attended the most recent CID meeting and discussed the motions and proposals from the last SRG Board meeting with the CID steering committee. Bill C noted that it was still not clear if Alderman Ken Ortmann has been approached regarding support.. Luann Denten approached Ken Ortmann directly and was told a) that he had not been approached regarding support for the CID and b) that as a sponsor of the Cherokee Street CID he would be supportive of the Soulard CID. 

    Bill noted that the recently enacted Missouri Constitutional Amendment 2 bans campaign contributions by corporations. The SRG is a nonprofit corporation.  Accordingly, there is a question as to whether the SRG can contribute funds to support enactment of the CID’s sales tax, which will require a vote of the registered voters in the boundaries of the CID. . More research will have to be done to accurately resolve this question. 

    The information regarding the potential support of Ken Ortmann, and associated inclusion of the other half of Soulard, does not change the previously passed motions nor the full support of the SRG Board. 

    The strategy of determining the boundaries of the CID involves not only the inclusion of a given area but also the ability to collect the necessary signatures to enact the CID. 

    Bill C will prepare a draft resolution of the CID, for consideration of the CID’s Board,  stating that the expansion of the Soulard CID be considerednot later than redistricting and that the Soulard CID not duplicate SRG events or activities. 

2. Station Transition

    The Soulard Station Committee transition meeting has not yet occurred.  The Board will continue to hold for the Station Committee’s recommendations, with the understanding that any such recommendations must be made by the February Board meeting. 

    The status of the programmed thermostat was brought up by Venessa Kobrin. The current settings of the thermostat range between 62 and 70 degrees for a building that is no longer being used as an event space nor being rented out. The Ameren bill paid this month was $338.00. A solution could be a Nest thermostat being purchased and installed at the Soulard Station. Missouri is currently offering a rebate for Nest thermostats, with the deadline for purchase and installation being February 28, 2017 (https://www.ameren.com/missouri/energy-efficiency/residential/smart-thermostat-faqs). Purchasing and installing the Nest thermostat would allow the temperature to be kept at a significantly lower level and raised prior to a meeting, without a committee or board member physically attending to the temperature. The temperature could also be lowered and monitored outside of the Station, to ensure fiscal responsibility as well as conservation of resources.     Another question was raised regarding the overall monthly utility expenses of the Station, with the average monthly utility expenses being $752.44. These expenses, and the necessity of each, will be addressed with the Station Committee when their meeting takes place. 

3. Mayoral Candidates

    After discussion, and given interest by the mayoral candidates, the SRG will accommodate mayoral candidates addressing the SRG general membership at the February and/or March meetings. This will take place between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., which ensures that the time allocated will be concrete due to the 7:30 p.m. start of the meeting. The general membership can decide if they choose to attend the mayoral candidate appearances at 7:00 or come at 7:30.  We will ensure that this updated schedule will be relayed to the neighborhood at large via the Blaster, NextDoor and Facebook. 

Treasurer Reports

    The Treasurer presented several reports for review by the Board. The Treasurer is also continuing quarterly, pre-and post-event meetings with committee chairs.

Committee Reports

1. Communications and Fundraising (Billy Tomber): 

    The Renaissance has already gone to print and will be delivered the week of the 24th. 

    The website reflects all current events and information.

    The Smarti-Gras raffle, in lieu of salient auction, is being backed by the Membership Committee. The event is a week from Saturday and is January 28th. 

2. Beautification (Luann Denten): 

    Beautification has not yet finalized the bids for the concrete pad and the moving of the lion sculptures. Now that the holiday season has passed, Beautification will again

3. Code and Zoning (Beth Bennett):

    No report given.

4. Membership (Beth Bennett): 

    The Membership Committee has been working on the raffle for Smarti-Gras. The Membership Committee would like to start incentivizing the hosting of the socials and offer a $50.00 reimbursement to the hosts. 

Luann D. motions that the SRG Board supports the residential hosts of socials by creating a stipend of $50.00 per social, offered on behalf of the Membership Committee to support residential hosts. 

Second: Billy Tomber

Passed: All

5. Residential Promotions (Luann Denten): 

    Residential Promotion is moving ahead with the signage project. Residential Promotion will be hosting two potluck events at Pontiac Park. All Soulard merchandise will be listed online, linked form the soulard.org website. 

    Last year a grassroots Fat Tuesday parade was started. This was not an SRG event and there are no ordinances against a procession. A question of SRG taking on this event was raised. A determination was made that the event will be promoted via SRG outlets but that the event will remain a grassroots function. 

6. Safety (Scott Plackemeier): 

     6/10 of the cameras are up and the last 4 will be up in the near future. A question of the state of shuttles operated by bars along 9th Street and other streets will be addressed

7. MGI (Billy Tomber and Gary Toribio): 

    No report at this time. 

8. Parlor Tour (Mike Ziemann/Billy Tomber): 

    No report given.

9. Soulard Station (Neil Putz): 

    Report covered in previous segment. 

Adjournment:

Venessa K. motioned to adjourn, Wade W. seconded and the meeting adjourned at 9:11 p.m.

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December 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

Date:             December 21, 2016

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

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

Officers Absent: Gary Toribio

The meeting was called to order at 7:09 p.m. by President Bill Clendenin

New Business

1. Introduction of Billy Tomber

    Jackie Parker has informed the Board that she will not be able to continue to manage all the duties that she has undertaken over the years including, but not limited to,  the Editor-in-Chief of the Renaissance, sitting Board Member, and manager of the Blaster and social media updates. Billy is a previous editor of the Renaissance, a past-president and previous Board member. Jackie P. has proposed that the editor duties be split between herself and Billy T.  Jackie will be Editor-in-Chief and Billy T. will be Executive Editor-Board Member. The Board finds this solution to be a good use of resources and continuity for both the Renaissance and the Board.  

Old Business

Soulard Community Improvement District

    At this point in time, the CID project is in the awareness and advertising phase prior to the signature and voting phase. Bill C. spoke at length regarding the need for the CID. This evening, the CID committee members are asking the SRG Board for both their support as well as monies to assist in covering the start-up costs. This CID is set-up to include as much business density as possible. 

    A question was raised regarding the use of SRG funds for a project that only includes half of Soulard. There was also a question of redistricting raised in regard to the adding of the other half of Soulard that is, at this time, excluded from the petition. Billy T. stated that this could be included in the bylaws of the CID as well including both Billy T. and Bill C. on record as stating that the CID will formally explore expansion at a later date. . The other issue that was raised was the SRG supplementing the CID start-up with a grant as opposed to a loan, when the CID proceeds can only be used within the boundaries of the CID, which does not include the entire neighborhood.  

    As a condition to its support, the SRG could request that the bylaws or other organizational documents provide:  (1) for the formal consideration of later expansion of the CID to cover the entire neighborhood, and (2) that the CID will refrain from duplicating activities that are currently engaged in by other neighborhood organizations (e.g., the functions carried out by the Plan Review Team and the Parlour Tour). A question was also raised as to the how to best include the excluded portion of the neighborhood in decisions and it seems that the best mechanism is via the SRG Appointed CID Director. It was strongly recommended that, until the inclusion of the entirety of Soulard into the CID, that the SRG Appointed CID Director reside or own a business in the excluded portion of the neighborhood. 

    A question was raised regarding the loan versus a grant for the funds that are being requested. 

Associated motions:

a. Venessa Kobrin motions that the SRG endorses, supports and promotes the proposed         Community Improvement District petition for Soulard. As a condition to the SRG’s  

support of the sales tax vote, the SRG will have inclusion in the writing of the bylaws         and specifically addressing the expansion of the district with the excluded half of Soulard         into the CID in conjunction with redistricting.

Second: Beth Bennett

Passed: All 

b. Venessa Kobrin motions that SRG offer a loan of not more than $5000 to the CID         steering committee for promotional and educational materials to be used for the campaign, to be repaid within 6 months of the first tax collection, after the legal fees and any personal contributors are repaid.

Second: Wade Weistreich

Passed: 9 – 0, 1 abstained

Letter to GO! re: Halloween Half Marathon

    The letter was previously sent to the Board members for amendments which will be 

incorporated into the letter and submitted to the GO! Organization. 

3. Station Transition

    The Soulard Station committee will meet in January, prior to the SRG Board meeting. At that time the Station Board Liaison and the SRG President will relay the expectations of the Board for Station Committee in reference to the function of the Station. The Board members will report back to the Board and we will move forward from there, taking in to account any recommendations made by the Station Committee.  

4. 1603-09 S. 9th Street Development

    This development comes before the Board because it is a) more than eight units and b) would convert commercially zoned buildings to residential. There is ample parking for the eight units. Wade W. brought up the possibility of seeking a variance as opposed to rezoning. 

    A public meeting will be held in January and the Board will readdress in February. 

Treasurer Reports

    The Treasurer presented several reports for review by the Board. 

Committee Reports

1. Communications and Fundraising (Billy Tomber): 

    The next deadline for the Renaissance is the 13th of January. The website is being updated as changes are made for the SRG as a whole. Thank you to all who came out to the Hot Chocolate run! 

    Smarti-Gras is scheduled for January 28th! Buy your tickets now! The event is looking for people to ask for and pick-up silent suction items. 

2. Beautification (Luann Denten): 

    Beautification lost their watering person, who moved out of the neighborhood. Richard will be utilizing resources that he has, utilizing members of the committee for watering duty and planting plants that are less water dependent. 

    Beautification is also taking bids to move the lion sculptures into Pontiac Square Park.

3. Code and Zoning (Beth Bennett):

    14th and Russell developers came to the last PRT meeting with all of the building materials. All building materials were approved by PRT. 

4. Membership (Beth Bennett): 

    Julie Price is now the chair of the Membership Committee. Several new members have joined the Membership Committee.

5. Residential Promotions (Luann Denten): 

    Residential Promotion will now display and have their inventory available for sale in a storefront within the neighborhood. 

    Santa Comes to Soulard, even in the icy evening, was a success with around 45 participants. There was a charity project that was associated with Santa Comes to Soulard which was also very successful. 

6. Safety (Scott Plackemeier): 

     6/10 of the cameras are up and the last 4 will be up in the near future. 

7. MGI (Billy Tomber and Gary Toribio): 

    No report at this time. 

8. Parlor Tour (Mike Ziemann/Billy Tomber): 

    Parlour Tour was quite a success and totaled numbers will follow in the coming meeting. 

9. Soulard Station (Neil Putz): 

    Report covered in previous segment. 

Adjournment:

Mike Ziemann motioned to adjourn, Wade W. seconded and the meeting adjourned at 9:37 p.m.

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November 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes November 2016 SRG Board Meeting

Date: November 16, 2016
Location: Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12th St.
Officers in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Bill Clendenin, Luann Denten, Venessa Kobrin, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Wade Weistreich, Mike Ziemann
Officers Absent: Jackie Parker, Gary Toribio
Guests: Dan Krasnoff, Cultural Resources Office Jay Gibbs, Chairman of SRG Plan Review Team The meeting was called to order at 7:08 p.m. by President Bill Clendenin

New Business
1. Procedures for runs in Soulard
There were issues with the recent Halloween Half-Marathon operated by the GO! Marathon organization. There have been previous outcries regarding runs in the neighborhood, with a lot of dissatisfaction resulting from run activities. In the past, we have contacted Ann Chance, which has resulted in improvements, until this year.
A question was raised regarding The GO! Halloween Run versus the quality of all other GO! events.
The following were identified as issues with the Halloween Half-Marathon:
1. Inability to cross the run route
2. Lack of advanced notice
3. Inaccurate information
The SRG generally supports runs in the neighborhood, but residents, businesses and organizations were negatively impacted by the above issues.
Motion: Venessa Kobrin moves that we draft a letter of concern, and potential solutions, on behalf of the Board to the Commissioner of Streets, Ann Chance and CC-ing the GO! organization. Also, that we approve in advance that the letter can be approved by Board Members via electronic vote.
Second: Luann Denten
Passed: All

2. Mayoral Candidate Appearances - To have, or not to have, candidates speak briefly at the SRG meeting.
Wade suggested that it could take place after the meeting, allowing people to choose to attend if they want to. To distinctly separate the general meeting from the political pitches. Luann agreed with Wade, citing both the importance of access to a forum of the candidates while maintaining separation. 
Motion: Luann Denten motions that mayoral candidates who approach the SRG are offered the chance to speak to the membership who choose to remain after the general membership meeting is over, for a specified amount of time, in the order that they arrived to the meeting. The amount of time given to each candidate will be at the discretion of the President.
Second: Scott Plackemeier
Passed: All

3. Dan Krasnoff - Cultural Resources Office
Dan Krasnoff has been in his current position since July 1 and is a St. Louis native. Previously served as the Director of Central-West End development for ten years in addition to serving in several City and County posts. There are a lot of types of neighborhoods that the Cultural Resources office works with. The CRO works with the historic districts that were created in the 1970’s, such as Soulard. He stated that there are different levels of involvement in historic neighborhoods at this time and the Cultural Resources office is supporting each neighborhood individually. Jay Gibbs stated that, speaking for everyone, the assessment of Soulard as a “hardcore” historic neighborhood is accurate. Jay described Soulard as the architectural equivalent of the Game Preserve. Lafayette Square and some of the streets in Central West End also meet this level of preservation and attention to detail. Chris asked how the neighbors work with the Cultural Resources office. Krasnoff stated that much happens through mass communication and through visiting neighborhood meetings. Neighborhoods that have historic codes that are set may not need the same level of interaction as a neighborhood that is setting historic codes.                                                                                                            There are some cities in the country that have one code for the entire city. Soulard, as a neighborhood, is federally recognized and maintains its own set of codes. A follow-up question regarding development plans, like the strategic plan that Lafayette Square has developed, was asked. Krasnoff stated that broader neighborhood planning is a positive thing and allows for greater control over future developments and actions within the neighborhood. Whether Soulard should do a neighborhood plan like Lafayette Square did, cannot be spoken to in his role. Krasnoff stated the following: “My sense is that the neighborhood is very successful and that the way that the neighborhood has evolved over the last 40 years has been positive.” Bill stated that the two large apartment developments that have taken place in the most recent year have fueled many of the questions regarding strategic planning.                                       Jay Gibbs pointed out that the idea of a strategic plan was addressed decades ago and was not undertaken due to the progress of the neighborhood. There are few parcels available in Soulard where large developments could be built but Mr. Krasnoff is willing to go over planning ideas and concerns regarding these properties in the future.
One director suggested that for large scale buildings that span lengths of street, to have the facade appear as several smaller buildings all attached. Luann D. complimented the Cultural Resources office on being so accessible and informative. Soulard is proud of its heritage and that could be reflected in the signage project that has been approved by the Board and discussed with the Cultural Resources office.
Krasnoff stated that his favorite project in the City is the markers along Cherokee Street that identify the buildings and the history that took place in them. He offered his support to the signage project currently underway in Soulard. The question of model examples was raised and all agreed that consistency is necessary on this topic. The rules need to be applied uniformly to all projects. The goal of the SRG Plan Review Team is to have new construction fade into the streetscape.

Old Business
United Games Presentation The Board voted to not take part in the United Games application at this time.

Treasurer Report
The Edele and Mertz purchasing list has been limited to four key Committee Liaisons. Square as a whole is undergoing an overhaul by the Treasurer.                                                                
Motion: Beth Bennett motions to approve the Treasurer report.                                        
Second: Wade Weistreich
Passed: All

Station Transition After Dec. 31, 2016
Vicki Morris will no longer be operating rentals. The Soulard Station Committee will meet in January for the purpose of easing transition and considering the future of the Committee itself. Logistical considerations: Water, heat, etc after the transition utilities for the station after January division of tangible items between Morris and Soulard Station The future of the Soulard Station will be addressed at the December general membership meeting and the December Board meeting.

Committee Reports
1. Communications and Fundraising (Jackie Parker): No report given.

2. Beautification (Luann Denten): Beautification is looking at adding greenery around the Market. All the pots were harvested and cleaned. Beth Bennett volunteered her time, effort and energy and painted the gazebo in Aboussie Park.

3. Code and Zoning (Beth Bennett): The 13th and Russell development is moving forward with demolition on the existing structure.

4. Membership (Beth Bennett): Membership is need of people to volunteer for post-general meeting social. If you are interested you can get more information from Beth Bennett at the next general membership meeting. The idea was raised that committees could also participate in hosting a post-general membership meeting social.

5. Residential Promotions (Luann Denten): Residential Promotion will not be participating in the Parlour Tour this year due to conflicting events. The next Residential Promotion event is Santa Comes to Soulard on Dec. 16. Vices and Virtues experienced a setback in the location of the Ball. The Ball will now be held at the STL Party Bus facility on 12th Street. Luke from Molly’s will be doing the bars and catering. This is a return to a fully neighborhood supported event in a huge event space. 6. Safety (Scott Plackemeier): The stop sign issue that was brought up last meeting was addressed with Officer Min. They are discussing digital signs and increasing enforcement in the area.    

7. MGI (Jackie Parker and Gary Toribio): No report at this time.                                                   8.

8. Parlour Tour (Mike Ziemann): Parlour Tour is progressing well. The Parlour Tour has 5 confirmed houses and the Lafayette Apartments. The Treasurer is meeting with the Parlour Tour Liaison and Chairs to go over the budget on Nov. 18. An issue was raised regarding signing up via the Google sign-up sheet. Venessa K. suggested that the same website that Billy Tomber uses to register volunteers be considered for volunteers to sign-up. Venessa K. will also repost the volunteer sign-up sheet on the Facebook page and make a call for volunteers.

9. Soulard Station (Neil Putz): Report covered in previous segment.
Adjournment: Venessa Kobrin motioned to adjourn, Luann Denten seconded and the meeting adjourned at 10:03 p.m.
 

 



 

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December 2016 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes December 2016 SRG General Meeting

 

Date: Dec. 7, 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, Jackie Parker, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Christopher Schwarz, Wade Weistreich, Mike Ziemann

Officers and Directors Absent: Gary Toribio

Aldermen Present: Ken Ortmann, Jack Coatar

Committeeman Present: Marty Joe Murray, Jr.

Guests: Update on the Soulard Community Improvement District (Richard Eaton/Luke Reynolds/Chris Schroeder)

Board General Meeting Minutes
November General Membership meeting minutes were available for review. Mike Ziemann motioned to approve the minutes and David Taylor seconded. The November General Membership meeting minutes were approved.

 

New Business 

Police Report (Officer Min)
            November: 1 assault, 2 rapes, 2 stolen autos, 1 burglary. 1 robbery at Soulard Market ATM, 1 robbery at 2400 block ofS 10th, 1 robbery at 2000 block of11th Street, 1 robbery at 1000 Geyer, 1 carjacking at 735 Shenandoah for five total robberies in the month of November. All three suspects in the carjacking were identified and detained (1 adult and 2 juveniles). 13 larcenies comprised of 6 car break-ins, 1 stolen pistol, 1 storage unit door forced open, 5 instances of property damage. 

            December (to date): 1 assault, 3 larcenies, 1 sexual assault which took place outside of Soulard but the victim lived in Soulard.

             Overtime has been requested to get additional Officers into Soulard.

Officer Min reminder: If you let people inside your residence you need to secure your valuables and weapons.

            In response to a question from a resident, Alderman Jack Coatar noted that SLMPDis losing officers every pay period. The SLMPD has the funding to replace those officers, but there is a lack of qualified recruits. It is difficult to fill those jobs given the environment and the fact that entry-level police officers are paid $10,000 less than officers in the county. There is also an issue in filling the academies. Recruit funds were increased by $9,000 per recruit.  

            Bill C. noted that the Soulard neighborhood camera project is moving forward. Six cameras have been installed, with four to six more on the way in the coming weeks. The cameras should help produce evidence to solve crimes like the recent robberies.

            Soulard Community Improvement District (Richard Eaton/Luke Reynolds/Chris Schroeder)

             The proposed Soulard Community Improvement District (CID) would be a special taxing district in place for 25 years. The CID would impose a 1% sales tax for ten years. There would be no property tax.  The moneys, estimated at $500,000 per year, would be used for public improvements: sidewalks, lighting, parking. Projects would also include trash collection and alley improvements. Budgeted funds also account for administrative staff expenses including dealing with contracts, insurance, accounting, audits and board administration. The new committee would address parking concerns and solutions, contract lots and valets as well as shuttles. This CID Board is proposed to be comprised of the following: 4 residential owners, 3 business owners, with one individual nominated by SRG and one individual nominated by SBA. CID board members need to be real property owners or business owners within the district. The CID would cover a portion of the neighborhood, but not the entire neighborhood.  At this point, the CID organizers are getting ready to start a signature drive to move the CID forward. 

 

Committee Reports

Beautification (Richard Eaton) - No report given.

Communication (Jeremy Merhle) -  No report given.

Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs) - No new plans have been submitted in the last 30 days. The demolition for 1400 Russell continues with hopes of pouring concrete next month. 
            Two new projects have come onto the radar both without any submitted plans:
            1) The first is a large vacant lot down from The Island. An interested party wants to build a multifamily unit onsite. They are considering first floor retail. This is very conceptual and the PRT has yet to receive enough to review. Updates will be given as more information is provided.
            2) The second is a proposed multi-story single family at 2325 Menard. The lot is an estimated 50x55 feet. The building that was once there in the late 70
’s was being renovated and the building burned down. Updates will be given as more information is provided.

Fundraising (Rick Dungey) - The Hot Chocolate Run is taking place Sunday, Dec. 11. The station set-up is at 6:00 a.m. and the station will be at 7th and Geyer.
             Jan. 28 the 14th annual Smarti-Gras will be held in the Franklin Room. There will be about 30 tables of 10 people. This is another of our big yearly fundraisers. More information will follow.

            The SRG beer booth at Ocktoberfest resulted in $7,500 in earning for the SRG!

Membership (Julie Price) - Julie Price has volunteered to take on the role of Membership Chair and the committee is now 12 members strong. There is a need for volunteers to host the socials after the general meetings. Please contact Julie or sign-up at the general meeting for a future month’s social. Membership can be reached at membership@soulard.org. The membership committee will also be bringing back the Welcome Baskets, so be sure to let membership know when new neighbors arrive!

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten) - The meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at 2622 S 11th Street.
           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. There are 30 tables available and 20 tables have already been sold. More information to follow.

Safety (Jim Ricks/Scott Plackemeier) - Report given in conjunction with the Police Report. The December meeting will be Monday the 19th at Beth Bennett’s house. Soulard’s Special Business District meeting will be Tuesday, December 13th at 6:00 p.m. at Soulard Station.

Parlour Tour Recap (Billy Tomber) - A huge thank you was given to all the volunteers, home owners and everyone who gave of their time and energy for this amazing event. The estimate for ticket sales is $15,000 and $4,000 in sponsorships.

Soulard Station (Bill Clendenin) - Vicki Morris has advised the Board that she will not be operating rentals in 2017. The Station is a great asset for the organization and we are looking at potential uses for 2017.  Before making any decisions regarding uses, the Board wants to solicit the input of the Membership.  If you have any ideas or suggestions for the future of the Station please email president@soulard.org or secretary@soulard.org.

MGI (Billy Tomber) - 12th Night is Friday, Jan. 6, 2017!

Adjournment - Motion to adjourn made by Mike Ziemann and seconded by David Taylor, the meeting adjourned at 8:12 p.m.

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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.
The
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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