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Development Commission Meeting Minutes
July 26th, 2012
Meeting Called to Order:
Next Meeting Date:
August 23rd, 2012
-Council Liaison-Mayor Gerry Welch
-Staff Liaison-Mara Perry
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 Mittie
Bond. All voted in favor.
Vacant Building Ordinance
Mara Perry gave an update on the
Nuisance Code. She stated that she was looking at how to amend it so that we
can integrate our requests into the existing code.
A lengthy discussion ensued about
the Vacant Building Ordinance and what part or parts of it might be of concern
to the Council in passing it on 3rd reading at the upcoming
Chalegne O’Brien suggested that
we should look at the commercial assessment not just within the City but with
other cities as a way to bring in revenue as alternative to get our businesses
to attempt to fill vacant buildings with operating businesses. If these
commercial property owners are paying taxes on the value of their property as
opposed to their gross receipts, it would incentivize them to get their vacant
building operational. Mayor Welch suggested involving the school districts and
the St. Louis County Municipal League.
Explore Webster Groves
Request for Listing
Mara Perry indicated that the
Shoppes at Old Webster volunteered to host listings for commercial building
vacancies on their website for up to 6 months with the possibility of renewing
the listing. This would include property for sale or lease. The City is also
looking at how to make this a part of the Explore Webster Groves website.
Discussion ensued regarding how
we could encourage vacant buildings to use attractive window coverings. It was
suggested that maybe each taxing district could have 1 business each to do one
and could fund the cost of the window coverings. Other suggestions included placing
advertisements of operating Webster Groves businesses or business logos in the
storefront windows. Mara Perry will check on this as it might violate the
City’s existing Sign Ordinance.
Rebecca Olson spoke about the
Costume Santa Claus run that the Chamber of Commerce plans to host on Saturday,
December 1st. She discussed the mission, goals, and requested input
from the Business Development Commission on the time schedule of the run, etc.
The next meeting will be held on
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. One of the topics will be
on Assessed Value Calculations for Commercial Properties and Chalegne O’Brien
will provide some background information.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:15