SRG Board Meeting Minutes

The SRG Board meeting was held Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the Capitalist Pig restaurant in the Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St. The meeting was followed by the Board’s annual transition dinner.

Meeting started at 6:08 p.m.

Members present: Mike Ziemann, Beth Bennett, Bill Clendenin, Luann Denten, Nancy Kelly, Jeremy Mehrle, Jackie Parker, Steve Parker, Alicia Stellhorn and Gary Toribio.

Members absent: Sean Cochran

Old Business:

Lafayette Elementary School renovation:

The Board unanimously approved a motion that the SRG send a letter to the Board of Aldermen in support of Advantes Development’s plan to rehab the old Lafayette Elementary School, 815 Ann Ave., into 47 to 52 apartments, provided that the curb cut for parking be relocated (preferably) to South 7th Street or (secondarily) to Ann Avenue. (The original plans call for parking access to be from the alley to the north of the school.)

Tap ‘N’  Run St. Louis

SRG President Mike Ziemann reported that he had met with Matt Roberts, executive director of Tap n Run, and Billy Tomber for an update on the route of the run, which starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6.

Ziemann said the route wouldn’t go by Big Daddy’s, 1000 Sidney Street, so it will not conflict with the Warrior Fest 2015 event being held at Big Daddy’s from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Ziemann said the course’s new route would take it by Judith Howard’s newly renovated Howards in Soulard bar and grill, 2732 S. 13th St. He said it would be an opportunity to highlight the renovation.

Whenever possible, street closures will be limited to one lane. Residents along the route will have defined egress and ingress points.

Mike Ziemann has taken responsibility for relaying information to Trinity Lutheran Church, 812 Soulard Street, and Billy Tomber will keep 9th Street Abbey, 1808 S. 9th St., aware.

There will be more portapotties than last year, and an effort is being made to increase GCI Security’s presence.

A third crew of volunteers will be needed for tear down after the event, especially at the finish line area.

Billy Tomber will talk to SBA President Jim Price to make sure that bar owners are fully aware of the race times and course.

New Business;

Soulard Concert Series:

The Board unanimously approved donating $1,500 for the Soulard Concert Series.

Board Retreat:

Mike Ziemann will look into options for a retreat.

MGI Board:

Nancy Kelly nominated Jackie Parker to be the SRG representative on the MGI Board. The motion was seconded by Luann Denten.

Other nomination or applications will be accepted through Friday May 15. Candidates will be asked to make a presentation to the SRG Board. It was noted that Board policy requires that candidates have been an SRG Board member or committee chairman within the past three years.

Treasurer’s Report:

Alicia Stellhorn presented the report but noted that some income from Soulard Station wasn’t current and that a Lohr bill was in dispute.

Committee chairs will present their budget requests to the Board in May.

Committee Reports:

Committee representation:

Beth Bennett will serve as the SRG member on the Membership Committee, as well as Code and Zoning.  Bill Clendenin will serve as Safety Committee member. Representation on the Parlour Tour Committee will be discussed at future date.

Safety Committee:

Sentencing hearings are scheduled for April 16-17 and May 14. May 14 is the hearing for defendant Shaun Johnson who pleaded guilty to several burglaries, and Bill Clendenin highly encourages strong attendance for it.

Residential Promotion:

An order might be placed for 50 flags with the SRG logo, which would be 4-foot by 6-foot and two-sided. The cost would be about $27. Suggestions on color are welcome.


A deadline hasn’t been set yet for Mardi Gras Foundation grant applications.


Renaissance deadline is noon Friday May 8.

Meeting adjourned at 7:03 p.m.