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Crossroads Special Taxing District

 

MINUTES

 

 

 

Meeting Date:                            

Tuesday June 15, 2010

Meeting Called to Order:

8:35 A.M.

Meeting Adjourned:

                               10:20 A.M.

Next Meeting Date:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010   

 

 

 

 

 

ROLL CALL

 

Name

 

 

Lisa Abeln

Present

 

Patricia Boever

Present

 

Kay Ramsey

Present

 

Pauli Goetz

Present

                         

Jeff Sanders

 

Absent

John Lark

Present

 

Bob Springer

Present

 

 

 

 

Toni Hunt-Council Liaison

 

Absent

Roger Grow, Dir., Planning/Development-Staff Liaison

Present

 

Kathy Kinderfather-Residential Liaison

 

Present

Bob Goetz

 

Present

 

Davis Allen

Ken Rimmel

 

BOTH present

 

Richard Scholl

Jim & Lila Hershfelt

Ed Sneed

Ralph/Linda Broughton

        ALL Present

 

 

 

ITEMS DISCUSSED

June 15, 2010

 

 

1.      Approval of minutes from May 26, 2010 SPECIAL meeting: A motion was offered (Bob) and seconded (Kay) for approval after a correction was made: JOB, not Joe, is the name of the Alma apartments owner. Visitor comments: All are related to specific agenda items, and will be addressed in that section. Improvements at Big Bend & Alma: Chairman Springer began by referring to a recent vehicle accident at Big Bend & Alma; no injuries, but some property damage. Brush has been cleared from the corner and the stop sign straightened & secured into the ground. This will greatly improve safety. Bob Goetz shared information regarding the proposed retaining wall; specifically the portion along the St Louis County right-of-way. No permits are needed from the County; if any permits are required, they may be obtained from the city of Webster Groves. For safety purposes there will be a 1 foot space between the sidewalk & wallInitially, crushed rock was going to be used to fill the 1 foot space. However, Bob decided instead on exposed aggregate because the crushed rock would attract weeds. This change produces a $300.00 increase in the cost of the bid (from $6,003.34 to $6,303.34). Total cost breakdown: Plantings: $5,304.34 & tree removal: $1,100.00. Bob Springer asked Bob Goetz if it would be possible to delay plantings until we talk to Job. This is to determine his involvement in the process: will he become a member of the District and benefit from beautification grant money or make a cash contribution as a non-member? Kay suggested approaching Job about becoming a District member as this combined with the beautification work could aid him in marketing his property. Drafting a letter to Job along with pretty drawings of planned improvements could influence Job to join the District. Bob Goetz said planting could be delayed until the fall, and shrub/tree removal can be done now. Job will be asked about a possible October planting. Dumpster relocation was also suggested. However, it was also noted that after the shrubbery is planted, the dumpster quite possibly could blend in nicely. Roger suggested to Bob Springer that a construction easement be obtained relative to this work. This provides assurance that any future owner would not want to remove work on which tax money has been spent. Bob will speak to City Attorney Helmut Starr about this.  A motion was offered (John)  and seconded (Lisa) with no objections to approving $6,303.34 for the above mentioned Alma/Big Bend work contingent on easement & approval from Job. Lisa reported that plantings next to Pat’s building have been completed and a soaker hose is in place. Plantings are also finished in the Alma parking lot. Spruce bushes which had been used in the street flower pots were planted here too because they’re small and should continue to grow. District Mural/Ralf’s Alternative Proposal: Ralf & Linda Broughton presented their alternative idea to a mural. Ralf said his main point of contention is the decision-making process used by the Board in planning the mural: no communication to him and other non-Board members. Ed Sneed also expressed the desire to be kept informed about details and attending future meetings. Pauli added that in the past Ed Sneed has been asked to do things not in his best interest. Ralf emphasized that input from everyone is essential. Ralf started an open discussion by thanking Bob Goetz for the work done on drawings for Ralf’s alternative plan which Mayor Welch suggested he take before the Arts Commission which as copies of Ralf’s plan. Ralf proposes walks & evergreen trees in front of the wall which he feels is a better use of the green space. Flooding the site with lights at night would enhance the trees along the wall. Lisa likes the idea of green space there, and she said the mural was to be in conjunction with the green space. She supports developing the area with or without art. Ralf’s proposal would also address relocating Ed Sneed’s tenant listing sign.  He proposes a stainless steel tower (perhaps with removable letters) on the far left side of the wall. Ralf also expressed his view that murals become obsolete over time, and that his infrastructure-related alternative would last longer than a mural. Ralf added that his proposal is simple, but has an impact and doesn’t detract from the District. Ralf emphasized that before the Arts Commission, he will be 100% behind his alternative plan. Bob Springer asked Ed Sneed for his thoughts about a mural. Ed (and his wife) prefer the cleaner and more up-to-date look of Ralf’s plan. Ralf also said his proposal would increase Ed Sneed’s property value. Davis Allen proposed a valid question: would Ralf’s landscape provision be outside the domain of the Arts Commission?

The Board had planned to go before the Arts Commission at their Monday June 21st meeting. However, in light of Ralf’s alternative proposal, John recommended we defer appearing before the Commission for now, and continue the discussion via a sub-committee which is to meet at the Broughtons’ gallery (8744 Big Bend) on Monday, June 21st at 9 a.m. Sub-committee members will be: Ralf, Linda, Ed Sneed, Lisa, Bob Hill, Bob Goetz, Pauli and John.  This discussion will also be addressed at our next Board meeting: Tuesday, July 20, 2010. Related art note: nothing new to report on District sculptures, and it will be kept on the agenda. Approval Of Beautification Grant for Jim/Lila Hershfelt: Lila presented pictures of properties at 8715, 8717 and 8721 Big Bend. After determining the work would be for aesthetic purposes and not maintenance purposes, a motion was offered by Pat, seconded by Kay, with no objections, for approval of $825.00 in matching funds to Jim & Lila towards the $1,750.00 total cost of the work. RR Station Update: Ken reported that weather-permitting, painting will start Wednesday, June 16, 2010, and should be done by week’s end. Trim work will then be started. Lisa said all flower plantings are completed as is mulching. Lisa added that $780.00 worth of flowers was donated for only $180.00. The Garden Club also donated flowers to the cause.  Lisa estimates that the 204 hours of services from volunteer high school students receiving service credit hours,  has saved the District $5,000.00. A total of 27 students participated. Many thanks were directed to Lisa. Lisa will oversee garden operations and she will ask John to oversee painting operations. Ken hopes to receive word in about a month on the grant request for a new roof for the station. He told the grant organization about the paint & planting work in hopes of bolstering approval of the grant request. A new electrical upgrade bid has been submitted because one company included work not requested and omitted work that had been requested. Ken and Lisa agreed that a good publicity angle for the RR station would be using the press media. Agenda items for July 20, 2010 meeting: Alma/Big Bend report,

     Art sub-committee report (Mural vs. Ralf’s Plan), District Sculpture update, RR building  

     update from Ken Rimmel. And communication w/non-Board members/tenants. The meeting

     was adjourned at 10:20 a.m.