By Dianne Sudbrock
The New Melle Board of Aldermen met Tuesday, April 8, 2021 at City Hall. Present were Mayor Richard West, Aldemen Nik Bradley, Gary Schneider and Don Hendrich, plus City Attorney Steve Martin and City Clerk Marcia Gay.
In Open Forum:
Randy Hoff, President of the Nicole Parc HOA asked if the city could provide any assistance to the subdivision to help with their roads. City Attorney Martin said the group could look into applying for a N.I.D (Neighborhood Improvement District) which is a program administered by the county in which the county essentially loans the subdivision money to upgrade the roads, and the loan is paid back via a special tax added to the residents’ annual property tax bill.
Tim Miller, who lives in Sycamore Creek, asked about the degradation of streets in that subdivision. Some repairs were made last year. Miller said since then, the streets are much worse, to the point of crumbling in places. Miller complained that the crack sealing which was done last year was not done properly, stating that areas that should have been filled with asphalt were simply sealed with liquid tar, which didn’t last. Miller said for years the county took care of streets wonderfully, but since the city took over, they are getting in bad shape. He asked that someone from the city walk the subdivision and take a look, and said the repairs will be a huge expense for the city.
Mayor West clarified that the city did not voluntarily take over the streets from the county. Several years ago, St. Charles County stopped all maintenance of streets inside the boundaries of the smaller cities in the county, forcing them to do their own road maintenance, like the larger cities have always done. Mayor West said he was not aware of any recent complaints about the streets in Sycamore Creek and thought all of the issues that were raised in the past had been addressed with the repairs last year. The board said they would have Cochran Engineering take a look at the streets and report back to the city.
Another resident of Sycamore Creek asked about adopting an ordinance regarding operating golf carts, ATVs, UTVs on public streets. He said there are underage children driving golf carts, ATVs, UTVs, etc. on subdivision streets and it has become a safety hazard.
Mayor West said he had seen and had concerns about UTVs driving on or beside Hwy. Z. He said he would prefer that the ATV/UTV owners would take responsibility and address the safety issue themselves, but that driving on the state highways was a definite problem. He had no problem asking St. Charles County Police to start enforcing the rules on the state roads. He said New Melle could adopt a city ordinance regarding such vehicles, but that St. Charles County Police will only enforce County ordinances and state laws.
Editor’s Note: Both the State of Missouri and St. Charles County have rules regarding the operating of ATVs, UTV’s, motorized scooters, etc. on public roads. Here are a couple of available resources:
On another topic, the City Clerk said it had been suggested that the city consider organizing a mobile veterinary rabies clinic. She will start looking into options.
Peter/Mill Street Project: Cochran Engineering is in Right-of-Way discussions with property owners.
Attorney Martin reported that the St. Charles County Circuit Court ruled on March 25, 2021 in favor of the City in the Sullivan et al. vs. City of New Melle lawsuit regarding noncompliance of ordinances for property at 554 Foristell Road, across from the VFW. The defendants were ordered to demolish the outbuilding and remove all debris from the property within 180 days unless they rezone the property or start construction of a residence with a proper permit within that time period. They were also ordered to pay the city $1697.60 in court costs.
The board voted to enter into a lease agreement for an updated copy machine that has the capacity to print on 11 x 17 paper. The cost will be $30 more per month than the previous lease.
There was no new business.
The next meeting is scheduled for May 13, 2021.