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November 2014 Board Meeting Minutes

SRG Board Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at Soulard Station

Meeting started at 6:59 p.m.

Members present: Nancy Kelly, Beth Bennett, Sean Cochran, Luann Denten, Jackie Parker, Steve Parker, Jill Weissgerber, Mike Ziemann.

Members absent: Jeremy Mehrle, Michael Pastore, Alicia Stellhorn

Guest: Lisa Otke of the Soulard Special Business District.

Lisa Otke noted that a direct phone call had been placed by Board members to GCI Security the day of the Pontiac Park fence installation (Saturday Nov. 1.) She said that people, including Board members, shouldn’t contact GCI directly. Several Board members said the situation had been somewhat urgent, with fence panels left on the ground overnight where they might be susceptible to theft. Nonetheless, Otke said, the call should have been placed to her or one of the other taxing district commissioners – Jack Coatar, Sue Ames, Mary Bander, Lynn Suydam and Cathy Weldon. (Note: The fence was officially installed on Nov. 2.)


Treasurer’s Report: The report that would have been submitted at the Nov. 5 General Meeting was submitted and approved.

Old Business:

Updates by Nancy Kelly:

She agreed that the cabstand situation as described by Mike Ziemann at the October Board meeting was an accurate depiction. She has been unable to contact Ron Klein to discuss.

Homes currently on the Parlour Tour were identified and Board members were urged to volunteer.

(This led to a general discussion about the planning of this year’s Parlour Tour. Jackie Parker suggested that more communication takes place between the Parlour Tour Committee and the SRG Board and SRG general membership. Mike Ziemann said he thought that the request for volunteer signups had been late in going out. Nancy Kelly and Sean Cochran replied that the “science of signups” is inexact, and that what’s too early and what’s too late is difficult to determine.)

The Dec. 17 SRG Board Meeting will be held at Franco’s. The dinner meeting is for Board members only, not spouses or significant others.

New Business:

Luann Denten reported that 20 of 25 tables for the Jan. 31 Vices & Virtues ball had been sold. Mike Ziemann questioned the wisdom of “buying” a table for the SRG Board with Board monies, given that the event is likely to sell out. He questioned why we would have a zero-sum transaction, that would reduce overall event revenue.  Luann Denten said the event wouldn’t be advertised until after Thanksgiving. (Note: Since the meeting, the event has sold out.)

Competitive runs in Soulard:

Nancy Kelly said she had not heard back from Ann Chance, the city’s Director of Special Events, on the matter.  Jill Weissgerber relayed reports that police officers had been “unkind” at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Nancy Kelly wondered if we should have a subcommittee look at the issue of runs in the neighborhood. Jill Weissgerber said that anyone who applies for race permits should have to notify the Board at that time of any street closures involved. It was suggested that we might have greater success in discussing the matter with Ann Chance’s assistant. Luann Denten suggested we talk with Billy Tomber and Rick Dungey to learn more about the running and biking companies that hold events in Soulard. We could then have the companies meet with the Board to let them know we want information and want input on runs. Such events are welcome, she said, but must benefit the neighborhood.  Sean Cochran wondered why we have a strong role in the Tap ‘N’ Run, and Jackie Parker noted that we supply the liquor license. She added that Billy Tomber’s relationship with Big River Running gives us added voice with their events. We again discussed the need for advance notice about street closures and no parking zones. Steve Parker asked if we should have a Board subcommittee with Tomber and Dungey among the members. Luann Denten suggested we first repeat our efforts with Ann Chance. Jackie Parker said she would send a letter to GO! about the Halloween race that went through the neighborhood without advance notice. She said the matter overall was one the Fundraising Committee would handle.

Mardi Gras Parade Route

The MGI Board held a special meeting regarding a proposal that the route of the Mardi Gras Parade be changed so that it goes by Ballpark Village. They voted to keep the 2015 route the same as it has been in recent years. Tim Lorson and Mack Bradley will come to the Dec. 3 SRG General Membership Meeting. It was noted that neither is a member of SRG.  Beth Bennett said that MGI uses the liquor license at other Mardi Gras events. Jackie Parker says we can get more information on MGI finances through the service Guidestar. Nancy Kelly said the MGI Board is scheduled to meet Dec. 4. Sean Cochran urged that we give Lorson and Bradley a heads-up that there will be many questions at the Dec. 3 SRG General Membership Meeting.



Committee Reports:

Fundraising: Smarty Gras is Jan. 17 at the Franklin Room. The Renaissance will be delivered the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. The next edition will be the Mardi Gras edition. The Blaster has strong viewership numbers, and now links to the SRG Meeting minutes.

Code and Zoning:

AT&T still says the Star’s explosion was not their fault.

Safety Committee:

Committee has three new members and attributes the increase to increased awareness brought about by NextDoor Soulard. David Simmons will work with Bill Clendenin and Christina Coleman on surveillance cameras.

Residential Promotion:

Afghan is being produced and will sell for less than $50.

Five quotes have been received on the entry marker project. Vote on them may come at January Board Meeting. Mardi Gras Foundation wants input.

First order for Soulard-themed merchandise is in. Hopefully, it will be available for purchase at the Parlour Tour. Nancy Kelly suggested the Blaster have a link for buying Soulard merchandise.

Vices & Virtues ball will have a costume contest. Five tables will be broken down after dinner to make room for dancing.


Pontiac Park panels are done.

Eight trees were planted today at the small park at Gravois and 13th.

Board members were encouraged to follow the Beautification Committee on Facebook.

Meeting adjourned at 8:46 p.m.



November 2014 General Meeting Minutes

SRG General Membership Meeting Minutes

Nov. 5, 2014

Meeting started at 7:01 p.m.

Board members in attendance: Nancy Kelly, Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, Jeremy Mehrle, Jackie Parker, Steve Parker, Michael Pastore, Jill Weissgerber, Mike Ziemann.

Absent: Sean Cochran, Alicia Stellhorn.

Aldermen in attendance:  Ken Ortmann, Phyllis Young.

Nancy Kelly shared the sad news that Jim Young of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church staff is receiving hospice care for stage 4 liver cancer. Michael Pastore agreed to express SRG members’ concerns and well-wishes.

Jim Price, whose house is the site of tonight’s Social, asked to speak early. He encouraged volunteering for the Parlour Tour and noted that people can sign up via Google Docs.

Four people identified themselves as new members and introduced themselves.

One of them was Mark Packer, who said that he was the owner of the old Clementine’s site and that it is being turned into a “true sports bar” named “Shelly’s.” Rumors that it will be a gentlemen’s club are false, he said. He hopes to reopen by Jan. 1, certainly before Mardi Gras. He said the establishment would be a “good neighbor.” It will have more usable space inside and use of the second floor as a spillover bar area, place for meetings or banquet site.  He said the targeted customer market is age 30-plus.  In response to questions, he said that he had no plans for bands to play music outside and that he would keep the old Clem’s jukebox.

Secretary’s minutes: John Durnell motioned they be approved. Luann Denten seconded. Minutes approved.

Treasurer’s report: None was given.

Police report: Officer Brian Min was on vacation and no report was given. Daphne Allen, Problem Property Officer for District 3, identified herself as the person to see about nuisance behavior and criminal violations concerning properties that are occupied. Her phone number is 314-444-2563 and her email address is

Paul Kjorlie asked if there would be a Mardi Gras Inc. report and was told it would be presented at the Dec. 3 meeting.

Announcements by SRG President Nancy Kelly:

  1. Julie Dinkelmann was recognized for her excellent work in posting the signs that inform the neighborhood about SRG general membership meeting dates.
  2. Linda Kurdi, John Durnell and Richard Eaton were recognized for their excellent work with the Pontiac Park fence project.
  3. Judith Howard has purchased the old Hi-Way Bar and is renovating it.
  4. The SRG Board sent a letter supporting Touchstone Transportation’s conditional purchase of the property at 2207 South 12th Street, which hinges on getting an occupancy permit.

Other announcements:

  1. Phyllis Young said the city used a cease and desist order to shut down an “ad hoc garage bar” that was operating out of a property adjacent to Sonny’s bar, which is at 1026 Geyer Ave.
  2. In response to a question from Paul Kjorlie about a KMOV news report, Alderman Young cautioned everyone to “use common sense, especially during the holiday season” to avoid becoming a crime victim. “Don’t fight to keep a purse, don’t leave items in cars, don’t park in dark areas.” She urged everyone to “help the police, help ourselves and help our neighborhood.”
  3. Jackie Parker noted that she and Bill Clendenin are attending the Neighborhood Leadership Academy and that the Oct. 25 meeting had been held at Soulard Station, 1911 S. 12th St. Bill Clendenin noted how impressed attendees were with Soulard Station. Jackie Parker thanked George Grove and Tony Range for discussing the landscape work there, and Nancy Kelly for serving on a panel at the Academy’s meeting. Jackie Parker also thanked John Durnell, Linda Kurdi, Vickie and Jay Morris, Julie Dinkelmann, Michael Pastore, Barb Marlinghaus, Luann Denten and Sandy Shubert for bringing their golf carts to the station so that attendees could get a tour of the neighborhood. Barb Marlinghaus was thanked for hosting a patio party for attendees afterward.
  4. “Mr. Bill” Wirtel of the Legion said Lisa Otke had helped procure a $20,000 grant from the city to landscape the legion parking lot. Bids for the work are running $15,000 to $20,000 above the grant figure, he said.  He said the Legion would be holding “mouse races” Jan. 10 at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 1408 S. 10th St. He said that his wife, Marlene, and others would next week be mailing out their 400th box of goodies (razors, granola, puzzle books, etc.) to soldiers in Afghanistan.  Donations are appreciated to help make purchases and pay postage.  500 U.S. flags will be given out at Soulard Market from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 8, to help commemorate Veterans Day. 
  5. Phyllis Young said that volunteers would spend about 45 minutes starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, bagging fruit on the parking lot of the Church of St. Vincent De Paul, 1408 S. 10th St.

Committee reports:

Beautification: A $1,300 Brightside Grant has been received for a new garden at 13th Street and Gravois.  Weed Warriors will be focusing on clearing out street pots this Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. Linda Kurdi was again recognized for her work with the artist on the Pontiac Park fence. Luann Denten said that sales for the Vices and Virtues Ball are brisk and that she wanted to give people in the neighborhood the chance to get tickets first.

Mardi Gras Inc.: No report. Meeting is tomorrow night. In response to a question about a rumored change in the route of the Mardi Gras Parade, both Gary Toribio and Michael Pastore said they weren’t aware of a change.

Code and Zoning: Jay Gibbs said the committee had approved with minor changes the plan for the house at 10th Street and Allen. The owners are now seeking tax relief from Jefferson City, he said.

Residential Promotion:

  1. Almost 25 decorated golf carts took part in the Halloween parade, Luann Denten reported. 
  2. Local hour will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Good Luck Bar & Grill, 2501 S. 9th St.
  3. Three bids have been received for the entry marker project. Four artist concepts will be displayed at an upcoming reception at Soulard Station at 5 p.m. Nov. 20.
  4. Soulard merchandise will be offered at the Parlour Tour.
  5. Luann Denten asked for a show of hands for how many people would like to order the historic Soulard-themed afghan.


  1. New rosters are out.
  2. No meeting in November.
  3. Next meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 11 at Soulard Station.


  1. Vices and Virtues and Parlour Tour tickets can be ordered on
  2. Deadline for articles for the next Renaissance is Thursday, Nov. 13. Delivery will be Nov. 28-29.

Safety Committee:

  1. Bill Clendenin thanked those who participated in the Fall Safety Walk. He noted that only two or three streetlights were out.  The situation with alley lights isn’t as good. He asked that people report alley lights that are out to Ameren.
  2. Next Safety Committee meeting is 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24.
  3. In response to a question from Paul Kjorlie, Bill Clendenin said that he has no new information about the Sept. 27 killing at Cuz’ Bar & Grill, 1530 S. 7th St. It was again noted that Officer Min has been on vacation.
  4. Bob Hiscox, the owner of the Bastille, 1027 Russell Blvd., described the effectiveness of street cameras in identifying vehicles and people involved in crimes. He said the SBA had installed many cameras but that they are now “abandoned” and not working.


  1. Jackie Parker relayed a report from Rick Dungey that Soulard Oktoberfest had raised about $5,000 and $1,400 in tips.
  2. Paul Kjorlie asked if “runs” that go through our neighborhood are donating money to it. Billy Tomber responded that the neighborhood received money from Tap & Run and the GO! St. Louis Marathon. Dave Perry said that his employer, Trinity Lutheran Church, 812 Soulard St., was “financially impacted by lost donations” because of street closures for runs. Billy Tomber said that the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon had put up door hangers informing effected homes of street closures, though some questioned how much advance notice was given. Luann Denten said that her home had been blocked in by street closures, allowing no way to get in or out. Nancy Kelly said that the SRG Board would discuss the matter. Phyllis Young encouraged people to file concerns with the Office of Special Events, specifically Ann Chance.  After some of the concerns were reiterated, Nancy Kelly repeated that the SRG Board would discuss the topic.
  3. Jackie Parker and Billy Tomber performed a pithy one-act play that assured the audience that Smarty Gras will indeed be held again this year, on Saturday, Jan. 17, in the Franklin Room.

Final Announcements:

  1. Lisa Otke asked that emergency calls be made to 911 and that matters of less importance be reported to 231-1212. She said this allows police to track how calls to the neighborhood are routed.
  2. A lost jacket was displayed.
  3. Nancy Kelly announced that St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex M. Burlison today ruled that Missouri’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.  “John Durnell and Richard Eaton are officially no longer living in sin,” said joked, with much applause from the audience.


Gary Toribio motioned that the meeting be adjourned. Paul Kjorlie seconded.

Meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.