Soulard Restoration Group

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 dmallen@slmpd.org

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.

Membership: 

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

Communication:

  1. Vices and Virtues and Parlour Tour tickets can be ordered on soulard.org.
  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.

Fundraising:

  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.

Adjournment:

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

Meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.

October 2014 Board Meeting Minutes

SRG Board Minutes Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Meeting started at 7:04 p.m.

Present: Beth Bennett, Luann Denten, Nancy Kelly, Jeremy Mehrle, Jackie Parker, Steve Parker, Michael Pastore, Alicia Stellhorn and Mike Ziemann
Absent: Sean Cochran, Jill Weissgerber

GUESTS
Ryan Carter, prospective buyer of building in the 2200 block of South 12th Street, to discuss plans for the building.
Carter represented himself and Mark Seyer, his partner at Touchstone Transportation, which was founded in 2008.  He said that he had a contract on 2207 South 12th Street and that the purchase was his first time buying a commercial building. He said that Alderman Phyllis Young was willing to write a letter of recommendation for an occupancy permit but that she wanted the SRG Board to endorse the project as well.
Carter presented the Board an 8-page report.
He said that his business would not occupy the entire building, and that he hoped to block off the front and eventually rent it out as office space. He said he was willing to commit that no more than four vehicles would be stored in the building or lot.  Carter said that neighbors of the building that he had talked to were “good with it.” He pledged that his drivers would not idle in the neighborhood, nor drive around soliciting business.
Luann Denten moved that we write an endorsement letter with the stipulation that no more than four vehicles be parked there.  Michael Pastore seconded. Motion approved unanimously.

TREASURER’S REPORT

  1. Alicia Stellhorn noted that art auction final totals were not included in the report.
  2. A suggestion was made that the line item “Special Projects” be more clearly identified as the “Fence Project.” Nancy Kelly will discuss the dollar amount with Linda Kurdi. Beth Bennett noted that this is not a Beautification Committee project even though they are handling it.
  3. It was requested that the minutes include this question regarding the P&L statement: If rentals under Soulard Station Expenses total $1,063 and income for rentals is $284.16, “what are we renting that we aren’t charging for?”
  4. Jeremy Mehrle moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report. Michael Pastore seconded. Motion approved unanimously.

WELCOME

Steve Parker was welcomed as new Board secretary.

OLD BUSINESS

  1. New resident circulars have been delayed.
  2. An update on the volume of music events Soulard Station will be given later.
  3. The date of the next Board meeting was switched to Nov. 12 from Nov. 19 because of a conflict in some Board members’ plans. As a result, Alicia Stellhorn said checks would be issued Nov. 10.
  4. Ideas were shared on using SRG monies:
    1. Luann Denten said money might be used for the entry marker project. Estimates have been sought, and two have come back in the $2,500 range per marker. On Thursday, Nov. 20, four designs of metal markers will be shown to the public at Soulard Station.

    2. Beth Bennett suggested that money be used to purchase a pilot security camera for either 12th Street and Russell Boulevard or Seventh Street and Russell. Police would handle monitoring them. It was stated that such cameras cost about $10,000, but another member said prices had dropped to the $3,000 to $4,000 range.

    3. Beth Bennett said money might be used for a fence and gate around the Soulard Market bandstand. Pricing will be investigated.

    4. A suggestion that money be used for historic street lights was met with a discouraging price estimate of $300,000 a city block.
     
  5.  Taxi stands: Mike Ziemann says that cabdrivers aren’t using the stands, and that cabdrivers he has talked to seem unaware that they were supposed to use them and unwilling to move their cabs when he informed them of the policy.  Nancy Kelly suggested we talk to Officer Brian Min and Lisa Otke to make sure police patrols are cognizant that cabs should be using the stands. She said the Taxi Cab Commission told her that it couldn’t enforce the policy. Others said police have more important duties than enforcing cab stands. Alicia Stellhorn noted that cabdrivers comply in some other commercial areas with cabstands, and that drivers there would refuse a fare from someone not going to the first cab. Nancy Kelly said she would talk with Ron Klein to clarify the situation.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Property at Utah and South Ninth Street. Alicia Stellhorn moved that we get a quitclaim deed on this small SRG-owned property and grant it to the owner of the abutting property. Michael Pastore seconded. Motion approved unanimously.
  2. The SRG Board will hold its December meeting over dinner at a neighborhood restaurant.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  1. FUNDRAISING: 
    Jackie Parker said that Rick Dungey reports that Soulard Oktoberfest should generate about $5,000 for SRG.
     
  2. COMMUNICATIONS:
    The deadline for the Parlour Tour edition of the Renaissance is Nov. 13. Distribution should occur the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. All articles from the most recent Renaissance are online.
     
  3. CODE & ZONING: No report.
     
  4. SAFETY: No report.
     
  5. BEAUTIFICATION:
    1. Dedication of the Pontiac Park fence project is scheduled for Nov. 1. Volunteers are sought to hold the gates as they are being welded into place.
    2. A Brightside Grant has been received for plants at the small triangle at South 13th Street and Gravois. It was suggested that nothing be planted close to Gravois to avoid blocking the vision of motorists at a tricky turn.
    3. Beth Bennett is now coordinating streetside pots.
    4. Ticket sales for Vices and Virtues fundraiser Jan. 31 at the Mad Art Gallery are going well.
     
  6. RESIDENTIAL PROMOTION:
    1. Local hour will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Good Luck Bar.          
    2. Estimates were sought from six apparel producers for Soulard merchandise. Banker’s Advertising appears to offer the best deal. We will take order for ball caps, hoodies, T-shirts, fleeces, nylon coats. Items will not be kept on inventory. Some items, however, probably will be offered for sale at the Soulard Parlour Tour.          
    3. A discussion was held about the relationship of the SRG and SBA.

ADJOURNMENT
Michael Pastore moved that the meeting be adjourned. Luann Denten seconded. Motion approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.