Minutes January 2019 SRG General Meeting

Date:  January 2, 2019

Location:  American Legion Hall, Post 422

Minutes Recorded by:  Neil Putz

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President Venessa Kobrin

Officers and Directors in Attendance:  Christopher Schwarz, Beth Bennett, Scott Plackemeier, Neil Putz, Billy Tomber, Eric Marlinghaus, Luann Denten 

Officers and Directors Absent:  Stephen Shuman, Wade Weistreich 

Aldermen Present: Dan Guenther, Jack Coatar

Approval of Minutes:  Paul Kjorley motioned to approve the November and December General Membership Meeting Minutes, as well as the November Board Meeting Minutes.  Kathy Barkey seconded.  Unanimous approval. 

Treasurer’s Report: Christopher Schwarz summarized the latest treasury status.  Chuck Lavassi motioned to approve; Veronica Putz seconded.  Unanimous approval.

Officer Douglas (SLMPD) Report: Over the past month Soulard has experienced 1 homicide, 2 burglaries, 2 robberies, and multiple larcenies.  Officer Douglas will be on personal vacation the week of February 5, but she will be providing the SRG with a link to an alternate POC in her absence.

Old Business

Mardi Gras Foundation Grant:  The SRG did not receive a MGF grant this time around.  The next round for grant competition closes in April.

SRG Elections: The President reminded the membership that SRG annual elections are coming in April.  The SRG will be filling two important positions: secretary and treasurer.  These positions are very important for the organization, and anyone interested in service should begin planning to run for office.

SRG Bylaws Meetings:  The Bylaws meetings will resume soon.  Based on the SRG General Membership annual voting scheduled for the April meeting, the timing of any Bylaws amendments is critical.  Proposed changes to the Bylaws must be presented to the general membership at the March meeting, allowing a 30-day review period before the April meeting.

General Meetings: Due to a college class scheduling conflict on Wednesday evenings, the President will be unable to attend and general or Board meetings this semester.  Therefore, the President-Elect (Scott Plackemeier) will preside over the next SRG General meetings.  For SRG Board meetings, meeting dates are being shifter to the third Monday (vice the third Wednesday) of each month.

Committee Reports

Beautification (Beth Bennett for Richard Eaton): No significant information to report.

Membership (Julie Price): Tonight’s post-meeting social event is being hosted by Island Life Yoga, located at 2330 Menard.

Fundraising (Christopher Schwarz): The next major fundraiser will be Smartigras (January 19), cost will be $10.team and $250/table.  This event will be held in the Rose Room of the Saints Peter & Paul Parish Hall.  Also, the Soulard Concert Series schedule for 2019 is May 18, June 15, July 20, and Aug 15; the committee is now selecting bands.

PRT/Code and Zoning (Jay Gibbs): No significant information to report.  Neil Putz asked for any update in the status of efforts to correct the awning and painted sign on the wall of the Twisted Ranch Restaurant (1731 S 7th Street).  Jay explained that enforcement of violations to City code and Soulard Historical Code are not within his purview.  Alderman Jack Coatar stated that he was pursuing enforcement of the codes to correct these violations.

Safety (Scott Plackemeier): No significant information to report.

Residential Promotions (Luann Denten):  Thanks to all for supporting Santa Comes to Soulard on December 14, with a special thanks to Beth Bennett and Mark Lambert.  Also, the Vices & Virtues Ball has sold 21 tables at this time.  The event is scheduled for February 16.

Soulard Station (Neil Putz): No significant information to report.

Parlour Tour (Neil Putz): No significant information to report.

Reports: Partner Organizations

American Legion (Eric Marlinghaus): The mouse races will be held on January 19.


The President presented several informational topics:

  • The next SRG General Meeting is important. It will be the last meeting before Mardi Gras, and MGI will be present to provide information to residents. All residents are encouraged to attend this meeting.

  • Several new businesses are coming to Soulard. First, The Dog House is a bar which will be opening at the location formerly operate by Trops. Second, a public service organization, Places for People, will be relocating to the old Anheuser Busch Credit Union Building. Places for People will be making their parking lot available for Soulard’s Red Zone residents to park during Mardi Gras.

  • Sunday, January 6, is Twelfth Night. Festivities will begin in the Min Tent at Soulard Market Park.


Tonight’s post-meeting social event is hosted by Island Life Yoga.

Motion to adjourn made by Julie Price, seconded by Scott Plackemeier.

Meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm.