February 2018 General Meeting Minutes

Minutes taken by Luann Denten

Date:                 February 7th, 2018

Location:           Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall

The meeting was called to order at 7:08 P.M. by President Wade Weistreich

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

Officers and Directors Absent:  Taylor Bodine and Neil Putz

Committeeman Present:    None

Other Officials:                   None

Guest Presentation

Mardi Gras Inc (Gary Toribio)

    You cannot park in red zones from 3AM February 10th - 2AM February 11th. You may park in the yellow zones if you have a parking permit. For questions contact the Mardi Gras office:  314-771-5110. You can also call this number for non-emergency issues during Mardi Gras. If there is an emergency situation please call 911.

On Thursday, March 8th there will be a Mardi Gras Forum.

Moonbase Market (Justin Strohm and Stuart Keating)

Moonbase Market is open from 5PM-12AM every day. Includes video and tabletop game operator and is located on 1929 South 9th Street (Preservation Hall). This includes experimental cocktails and Earthbound Beer.

There are 17 parking spots at the parking lot across the street. They have an agreement with Hub Furniture to use their parking lot. There were concerns from residents in regards to parking. There were also questions in regards to “resident parking”.

Earthbound Beer/Brewery and Tap Room is 11,000 square feet and distributes kegs and is beginning cans this week. There are now 9 employees. They will have food, cocktails, and special beers. They have a catering license for special events and are working on liquor license. They hope to open in March. They will operate from 4PM-1:30 AM on weekdays, 12PM-1:30AM on Saturdays and 12PM-12AM on Sundays.

Meeting Minutes

The January board meeting minutes were available for review. Billy Tomber moved to approve. Scott Plackemeier seconded. The minutes were passed.

There was a request to include the board meeting minutes in the SRG Blaster moving forward.

The section on “conduct” was presented. Stephen Shuman moved to approve. Jeremy Mehrle seconded. The section was passed.

Treasury Report

Our banking move from Carollton Bank to A-B Credit Union. Committees will go over budget with the board at the May budget meeting. There was a question of how are we to spend money to maintain our non-profit status. Christopher stated that we spend roughly $120,000 per year.

There was a question in regards to our mission statement and what we are doing to achieve it.

Billy Tomber moved to approve the Treasury Report. Jeremy Mehrle seconded. The Treasury Report was approved.

Police Report (Officer Sherdon Douglas)

Officer Douglas was not in attendance tonight, but sent a report.

1 burglary

17 larcenies

7 vehicles thefts

0 robberies

0 assaults

Old Business

Mom Howard Camera Program

We have $1,000 to purchase residential cameras. Wade is asking Judith to “de-brief” looking at SRG supporting residential camera.

Survey and Suggestion Box

The Blaster now has a questions/comments section. We will have an actual suggestion box at the SRG meeting as well.
New Business

Board Elections

President Elect - open

2 Director Positions - open

Treasury - open

Secretary - open

Nominations open tonight.

Luann nominated Scott Plackemeier for President Elect. Billy Tomber nominated Chris Schwarz for Treasurer. Wade Weistreich nominated Taylor Bodine for Secretary.

Paul Kjorlie nominated Brenda and John Haas for directors. The nominations were declined.

Nominations will be open until the day before the election. Veronica will make the ballot.

SRG Committee Reports

Safety (Scott Plackemeier and Sergio Sevillano)

The City’s Finest is now on duty. They have made 19 arrests since September which is many more than the previous contractor. We will now have multiple bike officers.

Beautification (Richard Eaton)

The Butterfly Garden will be moving from the Market Park to Pontiac Park and planting will increase. A wrought iron fence increased all the way to the right pole. St. Louis University Greek LIfe is coming to volunteer.

Residential Promotion (Luann Denten)

We are proud to announce that the Soulard Merchandise is online! You can visit us on Etsy. www.etsy.com/shop/SoulardSaintLouis.

The Vices and Virtues Mardis Gras Ball was an amazing event. Congratulations to our newly crowned Queen and King - Leah and Eric Sutphen. Thank you to our outgoing Royalty - Mandi and Brandon Rogalski. Please nominate for next year’s Royalty for $5! This year’s V&V was the fourth year and has always meant to be an event by Soulard for Soulard. We have made money every year and we are projecting a great return again this year - the silent auction was $2,600, the tables sold out, and we had several new sponsorships. Thanks to all who attended!

Please join us on February 13th - Fat Tuesday - for our neighborhood New Orleans Style 2nd Line Stroll. We will meet at D’s Place at 5PM. Wear your best Mardi Gras attire!

Please watch for information regarding the signage project

Communications (Jeremy Mehrle)

No Report

Parlor Tour (Jeanne Kirby)

No report

PRT/Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs)

The current historic standards were approved in 1991. There were questions in regards to new garages in the neighborhood being brick. There was a question in regard to a 10th Street house facing Pontiac Park.

The proposed building on Russell is planning to start in February, and is in the permit process.

Fundraising (Christopher Schwarz)

February 24th is our 5th Annual Smartygras at the Franklin Room! Doors open at 6PM. Tables are $225. There will be beer, wine and prizes.

There are volunteer t shirts you can earn this year by working three events or three shifts. They are limited and will be redesigned yearly.

There will be five concerts this year May-September.

We need volunteers to help and we need committee members.

Membership (Julie Price)

Leah and Beth are resigning from the committee - thank you for your contributions!

We are recruiting for new members!

The social will be at Chris and Venessa’s.

We are looking at doing a bowling event on March 24th at Saratoga Lanes.

There will be a Membership Drive on May 3rd. Location is TBD. There are Star Directories and Soulard magnets available.

The last Star Award of the Year is presented to Veronica Putz!

Holiday Decorating (Venessa Kobrin)

No Report

Partner Organizations

The Legion Report (Bill Wirtel)

We will have Mardi Gras at the Legion beginning at 7:30 AM on Saturday with biscuits and gravy, $1 hotdogs, bloody marys, beer and hurricanes. We have been doing this for 18 years.

Fish Frys are coming up! February 16th, March 2nd, and March 30th.

There will be a Shrimp Boil March 16th from 5-8, or until the shrimp is gone.

Soulard Business (Tom Gullickson)

No report

Soulard Sushi is coming to the neighborhood in October or November and will be located at 1009 Russell.


Motion to adjourn was made by Scott Plackemeier  and seconded Jim Rick.