New Melle Board of Aldermen Highlights - Sept. 17, 2019

NOTE: The Boone Country Connection did not attend the Sept. 17 meeting. The following information has been excerpted/condensed from the City Clerk’s minutes, approved on Sept. 24, 2019.

The New Melle Board of Aldermen met Tuesday,  Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. A public hearing was held to set the property tax rate for the 2019 tax year. The proposed rate was $.4643 per $100 assessed valuation. the 1028 rate was $.4963. Mayor West noted the propsed tax rate decreasd by $.032 per $100 assessed valuation. With no comments from residents, Alderman Karrenbrock made a motion, seconded by Alderman Schneider to close the Public Hearing at 7:07 p.m.

The Board meeting was called to order at 7:08 p.m. All the aldermen and the mayor were present, as well as the city clerk and city attorney.
In Open Forum:

1.    A representative from Straatmann Feed stated he received a letter from New Melle stating he needed to remove a pipe covering the sidewalk due to a trip hazard. The construction of the sidewalk last year blocked the natural flow of the water to the storm drain. Without the pipe flowing water into the storm water drain, the water will flow into the street and auto shop potentially causing ice to develop in the winter and cause accidents. Mayor West stated the pipe needed to be moved because citizens have tripped and complained to the city. Alderman Karrenbrock asked if  Cochran can help find a resolution .

2.   Catala Facial Retreat asked about the status of a site plan approval at 4591 Hwy. Z so that St. Charles County could issue a building permit and work could begin on upgrading the building. Mayor West stated the city cannot move forward without seeing an updated site plan and suggested the updated plans be reviewed at a special meeting on Tuesday, September 24th.

FINANCE REPORT: The Balance Sheets for August 2019 were reviewed and approved.

1.    Kurt Kutter of Cochran stated the bid opening for Foristell Road will take place on Wednesday, September 18th at 1:30pm. He stated six companies have picked up packets and one has been received at City Hall.
2.    Kurt Kutter of Cochran mentioned the work on Hwy Z is scheduled to start on Thursday, September 19, 2019.

BUILDING INSPECTION REPORT: Reviewed by the board.

BILL #440 – ORDINANCE 426 – Establishing the annual rate of tax levy for the year 2019 on all property within the City passed unanimously.
BILL #441 – ORDINANCE 427 – Amending the official zoning map to rezone the property located at 4591 Hwy. Z from R1-B (single-family residential) to C2 (General Business) was tabled due to lack of information until Special Meeting on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. (Editor’s Note: This matter was tabled again on 9/24 pending review by the City Engineer.)

1.    City of New Melle v. Sullivan et al – Attorney Martin stated the opposing council requested a trial change then the trial was removed from the docket entirely. He will file a request for a new date.
2.    Trail from New Melle Lakes Park to Town – No new information.
3.    Land Use Restrictions Legislation – City Clerk Burton stated Municipal League of Metro St. Louis is holding a webinar regarding Land Use Restrictions. She requested the Board of Aldermen allow for the payment of the webinar attendance. Motion passed unanimously.
4.    Cell Tower and Leasing – Attorney Martin stated he sent the contracts for review by a company which will negotiate contracts for the city. Mayor West also mentioned the landowner at Hwy D and Hwy Z. He stated the owner is interested in selling the land to the City of New Melle for a new price. (Editor’s Note: The Mayor has previously suggested that proceeds from the sale of the cell tower could potentially be used to purchase property or provide some other city amenity.)

1.    Mill Street, Peter Street, and Schutzen Street Traffic Control – City Clerk Burton stated she spoke with the New Melle Fire District Chief. He stated the Fire District has an ordinance against speed bumps within the district. Resident Adriane Thurman stated with the lack of speed limit and stop signs on all intersections along Peter St, Mill St, and Schutzen St, an accident she was involved in was deemed her fault. She stated too much traffic drives through the area too quickly. Patrick Straatmann stated he has people driving forklifts along Mill Street and he is afraid one of his employees is going to be hurt. Alderman Karrenbrock suggested a four-way stop at the intersections of Peter Street and Mill Street as well as Peter Street and Schutzen Street. Mayor West stated the city should post up speed limit signs along the streets as well. (Editor’s Note: The stop signs were approved at the special meeting on Tuesday, September 24th.)

2.    Pilates Studio Business License Approval – City Clerk Burton stated she received the correct paperwork for the Pilates Studio, Bodywise, to receive a business license from New Melle. Motion passed unanimously.

3.    Vote to Approve Business License for The Quarry Wine Garden – Mayor West stated the business took nine months to turn in the application to New Melle, but The Quarry Wine Garden is still not up to code. Mayor West stated he recommends not approving the business license and the city send a letter stating compliance is needed before the business license will be approved. Alderman Hendrich made a motion, seconded by Alderman Karrenbrock to approve The Quarry Wine Garden business license. Motion failed unanimously.

4.    Wentzville Court Contracts – Attorney Martin stated the Wentzville City Attorney sent a partial court contract for dollar amounts. They will be completed and passed through Wentzville Courts within a few days.

5.    City Clerk Planning and Zoning Commission Training – City Clerk Burton stated University of Missouri – St. Louis is holding a seven-week module for Planning and Zoning commissioners as well as city officials for the training for $400. She requested the Board send her to the training to gain more experience. Alderman Hendrich made a motion, Alderman Karrenbrock seconded to send City Clerk Burton to the University of Missouri – St. Louis training. Motion passed unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.