New Melle Board of Aldermen Highlights – June 18

By Dianne Sudbrock

The New Melle Board of Aldermen met Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at City Hall. Present were Mayor Rich West, Aldermen Nik Bradley, Don Hendrich, Gary Schneider and Janet Karrenbrock, Attorney Steve Martin and City Clerk Savanna Burton.

In open forum, it was discussed that the City Clerk will be out of the office August 15 – 20, therefore City Hall hours will be changed to M–W, Aug 12–14; and W–F, Aug. 21–23, 9 to 3 each day as usual. City Hall hours for June 20 will be adjusted to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for that day only.

Mayor West stated he is accepting suggestions for local non-profit organizations to apply to receive a portion of the proceeds from the 2020 St. Charles County Mayor’s Charity Ball.

The Finance Reports were reviewed and approved. The 2018 audit report from Hochschild, Bloom and Company LLP was also reviewed. The overall results were good. No specific areas of concern or suggestions for improvement were documented in the audit.

The Building and Code Enforcement reports were reviewed with little comment. There was no Engineering Report.

An ordinance accepting the results of the April election was passed, and Alderwoman Karrenbrock was sworn in for another term.

In Old Business:

  •  A court date has been set for November 19-20, 2019 for the City of New Melle v. Sullivan et al lawsuit.

  •  A design for two city entrance signs was approved. The cost of $7295 per sign was appropriated in the 2019 budget. The new signs will be placed on Hwy. Z near S. Point Prairie Road, and on Hwy. D east of Hopewell Road.

  •  There was no discussion regarding the desire to have a trail from the Park at New Melle Lakes into town.

  •  Regarding Land Use restrictions related to the manufacture and sale of cannabis, Mayor West has asked Attorney Martin to draft an ordinance.

  •  The matter of establishing a drop-dead date for failing to obtain a Business License was tabled.

  •  There was nothing new to report or discuss regarding a past inquiry of whether the city would consider selling the city's cell tower lease.

In New Business:

  •  The board voted to cost-share security and traffic control costs for the New Melle Festival in the amount of $800.

  •  The board voted to allow Mayor West to enter into updated agreements for services provided by St. Charles County – such as code enforcement, building inspections, etc. The county is standardizing contracts with all small municipalities in the county.

  •  Foristell Road: It was decided to ask Cochran Engineering if they can offer advice as to whether crack sealing would be beneficial in extending the life of the pavement and postponing the need to do a complete asphalt overlay.

  •  Trevor Goodman, a new resident on Schutzen Street, was appointed to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

  •  Randy Hoff, a resident of Nicole Parc, was appointed to serve on the Board of Adjustment.

  •  Comprehensive Plan Budget: The cost of developing the city’s comprehensive plan is exceeding the $15,000 originally estimated. The board voted to appropriate the additional $1600 needed to get the plan completed. The last remaining item is the land use map which is currently being finalized. Anyone interested in reviewing the proposed map is invited to attend the next Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on July 2, 2019.

The next Board of Aldermen is scheduled for July 9, 2019.