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)
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)
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

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.
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.

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