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Highlights From the March 12 New Melle BOA Meeting

By Kathy Miller

The following are highlights from the City of New Melle Board of Aldermen's regular meeting on Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m.
Before the meeting, Deana Dothage delivered a special presentation on the Strategic Doing Project that the City had applied for several years earlier. Deanna works for the MU Extension in St. Charles County as an Extension Engagement Specialist in Community Development.

Deana explained that Strategic Doing is a community-focused method of helping communities come together collectively. Participants may include, for example, elected state, county, and city officials, residents, business owners, and area leaders.

The group will collectively decide on a project aimed at improving New Melle. The MU Extension then guides and meets with the group until the community’s goal is achieved. The work is done by the community, with the extension guiding the way. When Deana finished her presentation, it was decided that the City would start compiling names and spreading the word that invitations would come from the MU Extension. Once that group is identified, the City will set a date for the initial meeting. The City applied and paid for a 3-year contract in 2019 and due to COVID-19 and other issues, the project was delayed.

The regular Board of Aldermen meeting started after the special presentation at 7 p.m.

Roll Call:
Aldermen Nelson, Karrenbrock and Schneider, the City Attorney, the City Clerk and Cochran Engineering were all present. Mayor Steve Burt and Trevor Goodman were absent. Aldermen Nelson ran the meeting in the Mayor’s absence.

Open Forum:
Scott Alexander, a member of the board from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Melle, asked the City if they have already or would be interested in having a study done on the demographics of New Melle and surrounding areas. The Church is looking to grow its congregation and campus and wanted to know if the city and other area groups and organizations would be interested in sharing that cost. Open Forum closed at 7:07 p.m.

Engineering Report:
Mill Street and the Schutzen Street Sidewalk Project were combined under the same project. Only one bid was submitted for the project, and that was from Karrenbrock Construction. By combining the two projects, the city saved around $18,000. Cochran Engineering is working on easements at this time and is waiting to hear back from all the involved residents. Cochran Engineering is recommending that the Board approve the Karrenbrock Construction bid. A motion was made to move this to next month’s agenda.

New Business:
• Damaged handicap ramp and entry replacement. The city has only received one bid and is waiting for a few others. It was decided to table this topic until next month.
• Unpaid Business and Liquor Licenses—A second request was sent in February. The Board members decided to split up the list and make phone calls to get the unpaid business and liquor licenses paid.

City Hall will be closed from Wednesday, March 20, through Wednesday, March 27. The next Board of Aldermen Meeting will be Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 145 Almeling St. Editor's Note: The April 9 meeting was canceled.