Todd Joerling, President of NMSR, said they will eventually merge the legal description of the purchased parcel with the legal description of their existing property to make it all one parcel. P&Z initially had concerns because the parcel being purchased, if left by itself, would not conform to any of the city’s commercial zoning requirements; but since the two parcels will be legally merged, there are no issues.
A second item of discussion involved merging two adjacent lots in the Sycamore Creek subdivision, with 1021 Sycamore Creek being the surviving address – per the owner’s request. P&Z recommended approval of the record plat only. The combined plat will have to be recorded with St. Charles County Recorder of Deeds and then reapproved by the City of New Melle.
New Melle Board of Aldermen Highlights – Feb. 11
The New Melle Board of Aldermen met Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Present were Mayor Richard West, Aldermen Don Hendrich, Gary Schneider and Nik Bradley, plus the City Clerk, City Attorney, City Engineer, and several others in the audience.
The Mayor noted that a grant for a Foristell Road improvement project was not on the agenda but would be discussed under the Engineering Report.
In Open Forum, Evelyn Simms, Attorney for Pete and Joan Schepis, who own The Greenwood Group and a 5-acre parcel at 4583 Hwy. Z adjacent to their existing business. They would like to rezone the adjacent 5-acre property to commercial zoning and expand their business. Previously, P&Z had agreed to recommend the rezoning provided that various conditions be met. However Simms said she believed the board and city attorney correctly observed that the requested use, which is a “Landscape Contracting Services”, is a permitted use in the existing zoning ordinances, and therefore, it is not appropriate to place conditions on that type of business operation. Simms said she was there to request that the property be rezoned to commercial C-3 as requested and approved without any conditions. She said Pete Schepis stated they would be good corporate neighbors and certainly when the time comes to submit a site plan, they would hear the input of neighbors and do their best to minimize any trees that would be cleared out and meet the specifications of the Planning and Zoning codes.
In the Engineering Report:
Maintenance and resurfacing of Foristell Road is now the responsibility of the City. The cost to overlay the 1.02 miles, which will have to be done in the next 2-5 years, is roughly estimated to be at least $400,000.
This improvement project, if a federal grant is received, would include resurfacing, storm sewers and sidewalk from Hwy. Z to a trail at the Park at New Melle Lakes. It is hoped that in the future, a sidewalk could be extended along Hwy. Z from where it currently ends at Nicole Parc to Foristell Road and beyond, to the Boone’s Trail Branch Library.
The total estimated project cost is $2.3M. The city’s share is estimated share would be $868,000, but it is hoped that some additional assistance in County Road funds might be available to help fund the City’s share. The deadline to apply for the grant was Feb. 13 at 4 p.m., two days following the meeting.
Two options were presented. One would have made this a 2-phase project, stopping the first phase at the bottom of the hill; and then doing a second phase later, from the bridge to the county maintenance line. But the board felt it would be difficult to get cost sharing funds for the second phase once the first phase was complete, so it was ultimately decided to apply for funding for the entire 1.02 mile length.
If the grant is awarded, the city’s portion of the cost is estimated to be $868,211. The city will seek County Road Board funds to cover part of that cost since a link to the trail within the park is included. If approved by East West Gateway, construction would not start until late 2021 or 2022.
In Old Business:
The next Board of Aldermen meeting should be Tuesday, March 10, 2020.