New Melle Board of Aldermen Highlights June 12, 2018

By Dianne Sudbrock

The New Melle Board of Aldermen met Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at City Hall.

In Open Forum:

  •  Pat Moeslein, 3637 Mill Street talked to the board about her suggestion to make Mill Street a one way street – going north only – to stop people from using the street to avoid the intersection and congestion of Hwy. Z and D. She complained that too many people were going excessively fast on the street. Mayor West said the board would take her request under consideration.

  •  Mayor West announced that on July 4th, he and his wife are hosting a "free to the public" fireworks display at New Melle Sports and Recreation. The display will start about dusk, everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the display. There is no charge to attend. The concession stand will be open for drinks and snacks. (No cooked food will be available.) The display caps off a fundraising event that the Wests are hosting for State Representative Bryan Spencer earlier in the day. Attendance or support of the fundraiser is not required nor solicited in order to enjoy the fireworks display. Anyone interested in attending the fundraiser can contact the mayor privately about that.

Quarry Wine Garden Update: Cochran Engineering noted the following items in a recent site visit: trash enclosure has not been installed, roadway lighting not installed, temporary signage should be removed until permanent signage is installed and/or an extension is requested. Owner Joe Nusrala responded that the trash enclosure would be installed in the next two weeks, and that the lighting would be complete within the next couple of days. Regarding the sign, a 3 month extension was granted. The expansion of the parking lot was also discussed. The request for a gravel lot requires a variance hearing before the Board of Adjustment, but that cannot be done until two separately surveyed lots can be consolidated, which is dependent upon being recorded with St. Charles County.

Barry Nuss – Accurate Property Consultants in Troy, MO talked to the city about providing building inspection service. He offered to provide a written proposal which would be similar to the contract the city previously had with Bob Barclay Enterprises, LLC. Nuss is currently a Lincoln County Fire Marshall. Clerk Hotfelder said she knew Nuss through her years of working at the City of Troy and that he was very well-respected in that community and was easy to work with. The city had previously sought to contract with St. Charles County for Building Inspection services, but that agreement has not yet been approved. The Aldermen asked Nuss to submit a proposal for their consideration along with a resume as soon as possible.

A boundary adjustment for placement of a house at 902 Windy Meadow Ct. in the Fiddlestix development was approved, per the recommendation of P&Z, contingent upon the Record Plat being signed and recorded by St. Charles County.

Financial reports were reviewed without comment. Auditors working on the 2017 audit will be at City Hall on July 11.

Hwy. Z and D Sidewalk project: The reimbursement check from the state should be coming any day.

Schutzen and Peter Street Drainage: This project is basically done, just making sure the grass is surviving before signing off.

Dollar General: The city is currently awaiting documentation regarding a retention basin. There may be some test boring on site regarding that. Once that issue is addressed, the site plan can be approved and grading work is expected to begin.

Sidewalk Grant Application: The city agreed to submit a grant application to MoDOT seeking $242,718 to extend the sidewalk along Hwy. Z from Nicole Park to the St. Charles County Library - Boone's Trail Branch. If the grant is approved, the project would include a crosswalk with a flashing beacon, as well as flashing pedestrian warning signs, at the intersection of Hwy. Z and Foristell Road/Sycamore Creek Drive.

Building Inspection Report. The City Clerk mentioned that Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in New Melle would like to build a columbarium (structure for holding cremated remains) in their cemetery. She said she referred the issue to Cochran Engineering.          

Comprehensive Plan Update: A draft of the first chapter and land use map had been reviewed by P&Z and several edits had been suggested.

City of New Melle vs. Sullivan et al Update: There is a hearing scheduled for June 22, 2018 to discuss before a judge any additional discovery items needed in order to prepare to go to trial.

New Melle Parade: June 16, 2018, 11 a.m. There are currently 39 entries, plus additional entries are expected. St. Charles County Police with help with traffic control.

St. Charles County Highway Dept. Report: Mayor West asked that the Road Committee take a serious look at getting bids for the City to contract privately for snow removal.

Telephone and Internet Service: The City Clerk had previously discussed ways the city could save money on their telephone service with CenturyLink, but when the contracts arrived in the mail, the amounts differed from her record of the conversation. She was going to call and discuss the discrepancies.

Greenwood Group Landscape Contract: Due to a change in the way the U.S. Government handled H-2B Foreign Worker Visa workers this year (i.e. a lottery rather than first come, first serve) The Greenwood Group has been significantly understaffed, and efforts to fill the job vacancies with U.S. workers have not been successful. However, the company now expects their returning Visa workers to arrive within the next few weeks, and they assured the city that grass mowing services will be performed weekly from now on.

Board of Adjustment: Rich Kern, a former member of the P&Z Commission, was appointed to the Board of Adjustment.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 10, 2018, immediately following a rescheduled P&Z meeting for July, which is expected to start at 6:30 p.m. that same evening.