Board of Aldermen Highlights from Aug. 14

The New Melle Board of Aldermen met Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 at City Hall. All board members, the Mayor, the City Clerk, City Attorney, and City Engineer were present.
Brian Nelson, who lives on Schutzen Street, was appointed to serve on the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Nelson has lived in New Melle for 19 years. He is a former marine with experience in law enforcement and corporate security and site acquisition. He is looking forward to serving the city as it continues to grow.

Reports/New Business:

The financial reports were reviewed and a draft of the 2017 Audit by Hochschild Bloom and Co, LLP was approved. That brings the city up-to-date on annual audits.
Work has begun on the Dollar General Store and is proceeding in a timely manner. Footings were poured as of the date of the meeting.

Quarry Wine Garden: Work on the sign installation is underway, the trash enclosure is not yet complete. Work has begun on a parking lot expansion; however, the city and land owner are disagreeing about the need for a retention pond for the expanded lot. The city was considering a stop work order. A variance request and hearing are required to allow gravel, and a rezoning request  and hearing are needed because a portion of the lot was previously zoned agricultural.

IHM Cemetery Expansion:  A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4, for a conditional use permit to allow the construction of a three-phase cremation garden with three columbariums (structures to hold cremated remains) and one hundred seventy-four grave sites at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 8 W. Hwy D, New Melle, MO  63365.

96 St. Charles Street – a previous question about whether a new home could be constructed on a lot, to be followed by the demolition of the existing home is now moot. The existing home will be demolished first.

4574 Hwy. Z. It was discussed whether a building permit is required for a dock being built at a pond. Cochran Engineering will investigate. Tuepker Bros. Construction:  Due to negligible run-off, no permit is needed to concrete a 20’ x 43’ area behind the building.

Building Inspections: In preparation for St. Charles County to take over building inspection responsibilities, the board voted to adopt the St. Charles County Building Codes for the City of New Melle.

Old Business:
Comprehensive Plan: Todd Streiler will meet with the New Melle Chamber of Commerce on August 16, and a public meeting for the general population will be Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. at New Melle Sports and Recreation.

City vs. Sullivan et al: Attorney Martin has requested that the court set a date for a hearing.

Snow Removal:  The city will prepare a request for bids for snow removal services so the board can determine if the city would be better off doing that than receiving those services from the County.

Prosecution Procedures for Municipal Violations: The city is considering contracting with St. Charles County Court to provide municipal court services when needed. Eventually, the mayor would like to explore consolidating these and perhaps some other services (such as street maintenance) with other small cities in the county.

Property at Intersection of Foristell Road and Hwy. Z:  Since the realignment of Foristell Road and Hwy. Z, there is a wedge of property that is now owned and must be maintained by the city. It was decided to ask the adjacent property owner(s) to take ownership of the property in exchange for annexing into the city.

National Night Out:  Cancelled in August due to inclement weather. No new date has been set.

Designation of Mill Street as a One-Way Street:  A citizen had suggested that Mill Street be turned into a one way street, but the board did not wish to do that at this time as it would negatively impact businesses along that street.

Maintenance of City Property/German Visit: Greenwood Group has removed bushes, mulched, and planted new bushes at the wedge at Hwy. D and Z. The City Clerk will get bids for some painting and minor carpentry work at City Hall to be complete before the delegation from Melle, Germany visits in mid September. The city also agreed to get two replacement signs with the Melle/New Melle logo installed at the entrances to the city before the Germans visit. The City will also take care of invitations of County and State Level elected officials to participate in the 30th Anniversary of the Sister City Partnership ceremonies, and the cost of their meals at the celebration dinner on Sunday evening, Sept. 16; as has been done in years past. 

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Alderman will be Tuesday, Sept. 11 at City Hall.