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Development Commission Meeting Minutes
June 28th, 2012
Meeting Called to Order:
Next Meeting Date:
July 26th, 2012
-Council Liaison-Mayor Gerry Welch
-Staff Liaison-Planning Director
Call to Order
Pat Richards, Chair, called the
meeting to order at 8:05 a.m.
Review of May Minutes
The minutes were reviewed from
the May meeting. Charlie Downs motioned for approval, with a second from Julie
Campbell. All voted in favor.
Vacant Building Ordinance
The Commission discussed concerns
that Council had with this ordinance as well as Realtor Association concerns. The
Commission with unanimous approval recommended that guidelines be established
stating that the time frame for addressing the basic issues outlined in the
ordinance could be reviewed and modified by the Building Commissioner. The
Commission also indicated its desire was to have just basic safety issues
addressed inside and out of vacant buildings; the intent was not to force the
owner to bring the vacant building up to code.
The Commission members were also
encouraged to attend the Council meeting on July 17th and to express
their reasoning and logic for supporting this measure.
The Commission will have a
meeting on July 11th at 8am to work on their presentation and
Re-cap of City-Wide
Pat Richards indicated that
people were represented from throughout the community at the city-wide meeting
held at the Recreation Complex on June 12th. A lot of positive
feedback was gathered from the surveys that the attendees completed. Pat
suggested that the Commission works on certain items that are pointed out as
necessary improvements such as communication. Discussion ensued regarding an
Ambassador for new businesses and a Mentoring Program. Rebecca volunteered to
call and welcome new businesses. A Welcoming Committee was formed, including
Sue, Pat, Mittie, Rebecca, Julie, and Joan.
Matt Ament discussed the request
for posting Webster University items to the Explore Webster Groves website. It
was determined that they would be added as a business listing under Education.
Julie spoke about Public Art and
needing an identifier for Crossroads. She further discussed T-shirts for the 4th
of July that will be placed in all store windows in the district to show
The Holiday Committee was also
established: Sue, Mittie, Insight Marketing, Pat, Julie, Matt and Gerry.
The next meeting will be held on
Thursday, July 26th, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:25