By Dianne Sudbrock
The New Melle Board of Aldermen held a Public Hearing and Regular Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 at City Hall. Present were Mayor Richard West, Aldermen Nik Bradley, Gary Schneider, Don Hendrich and Janet Karrenbrock.
The highlight of the evening was the announcement that work is scheduled to begin on the Hwy. D and Z sidewalk project on Oct. 16th and should be completed by the end of November, weather permitting. The project provides for a sidewalk to be constructed from Daniel Boone School to Nichole Parc, with crossovers at New Melle Sports and Recreation.
Other activity included a Public Hearing regarding changing the City’s zoning ordinances to allow an accessory building in AG (Agricultural) districts on properties of 10 acres or more without the presence of a residence. The accessory building cannot be used as a residence. Accessory buildings on properties less than 10 acres, or in other zoning districts, can only be used as a construction facility for the principal building when a permit has been issued for the principal building. One resident asked if this change would resolve the law suit related to the property on Foristell Road across from the VFW. Mayor West responded, “Yes, if the property owners follow through with a rezoning request.” Later, in the regular meeting, the zoning change was approved with a vote of 4-0 (Bill 418, Ordinance 404.)
The City Clerk said the HVAC system at City Hall passed its fall inspection, and the building had also been sprayed for insects. She also said all elected officials were invited to the ribbon cutting and open house the Wentzville’s new City Hall on Nov. 8th.
The Mayor asked Attorney Martin to investigate who would be responsible for maintenance of the new wedge of property created by the realignment of Foristell Road and Hwy Z, and any other maintenance issues that might arise.
There was discussion of getting sign permit paperwork and business license documents updated with new addresses for Tidd Realty and Hair Care by Rita since their relocation to 4612 Hwy. Z. The city had also received an inquiry about a possible third business opening in that building.
Balance sheets were provided but other reports were not provided pending review and updates from Botz Deal which were scheduled for Oct. 12. Reports needed for establishing the 2018 budget will also be prepared that day, and a work session to work on the budget was scheduled for Oct. 24th.
Preliminary work on the 2016 audit has begun and auditors are expected to be at City Hall on Nov. 1.
In addition to the sidewalk project mentioned above, utility location and surveying is scheduled for a drainage issue at 3630 Schutzen Street. Once engineering work is complete the project will go out for bid.
MoDOT has approved the relocation of the entrance for the new building at Karrenbrock Construction. The entrance will be moved about 35 feet to the south due to an electronic gate issue.
There is one new building permit pending for a home on Conor Court.
Mayor West is meeting with a property owner next week to discuss the possibility of the city purchasing a piece of property in the city limits.
Funds released from the Quarry Wine Garden escrow were reviewed. The owner is hoping to open yet this fall.
Two pay requests from Karrenbrock Construction for work on a previous drainage issue at 3460 Schutzen Street were approved with votes of 3-0-1 with Alderwoman Karrenbrock abstaining.
The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.