New Melle Board of Aldermen Recap; New Speed Limit Foristell Road

By Dianne Sudbrock

The New Melle Board of Aldermen met Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Mayor Richard West, Aldermen Nik Bradley, Gary Schneider, Don Hendrich and Janet Karrebrock, plus the City Attorney, City Engineer, and City Clerk were present.

Minutes from the previous meeting and the financial report were approved. No one spoke in open forum.

Engineering Report:

Lower speed limit for a portion of Foristell Road: The site plan for the new fire station proposed for the corner of Foristell Road and Hwy. Z shows a front entrance from the station onto Hwy Z, plus a side entrance from Foristell Road to the backside of the premises. On a street with a 35 mph speed limit, the line of site requirement is 400 feet. The line of site currently available from the proposed driveway on Foristell Road is 320 feet. On a street with a 25 mph speed limit, the line of site minimum is 300 feet. After discussing available options with the City Engineer, Mayor West proposed to the Board that the city lower the speed limit to 25 mph on the first 1000 feet of Foristell Road (starting at Hwy. Z and going to the west.) Aldermen Hendrich remarked that with the curve and proximity to the stop sign at Foristell Road and Hwy. Z, traffic on Foristell Road at that point should be slower anyway. Later in the meeting, the board passed a bill amending the speed limit ordinance to reflect the suggested change. The new speed limit will go into effect as soon as the mayor signs the ordinance in order to facilitate the Fire Department’s site plan approval process. New signage will be installed as soon as possible.

Introduction of Ordinances:

  •  An ordinance amending the requirements for storm drainage facilities for new development was passed. The changes will lessen some of the more burdensome requirements previously on the books, and make New Melle’s rules similar to some other small cities in the county; and more in line with county-wide standards.

  •  A bill amending screening requirements between various types of property in the city was tabled. Not all the aldermen had received the correct version of the proposed changes (Bill 469/Ordinance 454) for review prior to the meeting.

Old Business:

Sycamore Creek Road Repair: The board voted to put out a request for bids to make pavement repairs in the Sycamore Creek Subdivision.

  •  Peter Street Improvement Project: P&Z Chairman Brian Nelson said he had spoken to property owners along Peter Street to get their feedback on right-of-way acquisition that would be required for a one-way street vs. a two-way street; and the majority did not want to give up the space for a wider, two-way street. Therefore in order to get the project moving and address the existing water drainage issues, the board directed Cochran to proceed with drawings reflecting a one-way street from Mill Street to the west. It was suggested to try to keep Peter Street open for two-way traffic between Mill Street and Hwy Z. Nelson suggested the direction of traffic on the one-way portion be determined at a later time after further discussion with affected residents.

The meeting adjourned at 7:27 pm. The next Board of Aldermen meeting should be Tuesday, Sept. 14.