Minutes October 2018 SRG General Meeting


Date:                                       October 3, 2018

Location:                                American Legion Hall Post 422

Minutes Recorded by:          Luann Denten


The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President-Elect Scott Plackemeier


Officers and Directors in Attendance: Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Stephen Shuman, Billy Tomber, Wade Weistreich

Officers and Directors Absent: Venessa Kobrin, Christopher Schwarz

Aldermen Present:                None

Committeeman Present:       Marty Joe Murray      


Board and General Meeting Minutes


            August and September General Membership meeting minutes were available for review. Neil Putz motioned to approve the minutes and Margi Koors seconded. The August and September General Membership meeting minutes were approved.


New Business


German American Heritage Society of STL (Jim Burkell)


            An honorary street designation will rename 7th Street, between Lami and Barton, “Bismark.” This is to memorialize the unfair treatment of Germans in WWI and WWII.


            A dedication will take place October 27th at 10:30 a.m.


National Night Out (Scott Plackemeier)


            Thank you to the organizers and attendees of the three Soulard parties. All three parties submitted requests for $200 subsidies from the SRG.


Union Barbershop

The Union Barbershop has applied for a full liquor license to include summer patio. The Board has unanimously voted “no” to supporting this liquor license. Jay Gibbs stated that CRO said “no” as well.


Old Business


MGF Grant


            Paul Kjorlie expressed his opposition to bringing electricity to Pontiac Square Park. He intends to notify residents around the park himself that “there will be concerts there.”

            There are no plans to hold concerts in Pontiac Square Park. The purpose of the electricty is to support small scale community events (e.g., potlucks, movies in the park), holiday decorations, and community gatherings.


Police Report (Officer Sherdon Douglas)


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


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

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


Committee Reports


Soulard Station (Neil Putz)


-       The committee is still looking for members

-       Looking to maintain and sustain the property

-       Brenda Switzer requested a cost breakdown of the Station


Communication (Jeremy Mehrle)


            No report


Beautification (Richard Eaton)


-       The Art Auction made around $2000

-       November 7th, in conjunction with Lift for Life Academy, an event will be hosted teach kids how to garden and plant


PRT (Beth Bennett)


-       The official name for the development at 7th and Barton is the Soulard Steelyard

-       Signage issues are being resolved for the development, with the main issue being how the sign is lighted

-       A single family residence has been proposed and approved for the lot at 10th and Ann

-       SBA wants to sponsor a sign on the fly-over ramp: “Welcome to Soulard”


Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)


-       The Decorated Golf Cart parade will be held on October 27th

-       The next Residential Promotion meeting is October 16th

-       Update on the signage project


Membership (Julie Price)


-       Asking for hosts for future socials

-       Tonight’s social is being held at Chris and Patti Lax’s home

-       Report on Treat & Greet at Island Yogurt

-       Star Award nominations are always open


Safety (Scott Plackemeier/Sergio Sevillano)


-       The Safety meeting is the last Monday of the month at Soulard Station

-       The Safety committee was proud to sponsor NNO


Parlour Tour

-       The information event at Molly’s was successful

-       6 homes confirmed thus far

-       Volunteer opportunities will be made available at the beginning of November


Fundraising (Chris Schwarz)

-       Oktoberfest is in a week, sign up to volunteer

-       The supplier for the wreath program is unable to fulfill orders, we will reassess this fundraiser for 2019

-       Merchandise will be available at Oktoberfest


MGI (Billy Tomber)

            No report.


Partner Organizations


Legion Report (Bill Wirtel)


-       Members prefer the chairs, without tables, for the meeting

-       October 3rd Friday Happy is the Chili Cook-Off

-       November 3rd Friday Happy Hour is the Hoffman;s Turkey Fry

-       WOrking to establish a “Friends of the Legion” that will be open to all

-       Membership has requested that the bar close after the meeting so that people attend the social


Soulard Business Association (Dan Shields)

            No report.



            Motion to adjourn made by Taylor Bodine and seconded by Brenda Switzer, the meeting adjourned at 8:14 p.m.