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)
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.

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.