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Development Commission Meeting Minutes
November 29th, 2012
Meeting Called to Order:
Next Meeting Date:
January 10th, 2013
Council Liaison-Mayor Gerry Welch
Staff Liaison-Mara Perry
Call to Order
Pat Richards, Chair, called the
meeting to order at 8:10 a.m.
Review of July Minutes
The minutes were reviewed from
the October meeting. Charlie motioned for approval with a second from Mittie.
All voted in favor.
Joan mentioned that Ordinance
#8559 was passed by the City Council in 2007 and it establishes an attendance
policy for all board and commission and committee members. The policy
specifically states that “Except as otherwise provided by the Revised Statutes
of Missouri and for those boards, commissions, or committees that meet monthly,
any member who accumulates four (4) or more unexcused absences from regularly
scheduled meetings during any twelve-month period shall automatically forfeit
that member’s appointment without further action by Council.” Joan mentioned
that Julie Campbell has four unexcused absences. Greg Bratcher has 3 unexcused
absences. Mittie Bond has four absences…not sure how many of these are
Update on PR and Holiday
An overview of activities
currently in process with the Public Relations Committee was presented by the
Public Relations subcommittee members. It was noted that we have gotten a lot
of compliments on the wreaths in the various business districts.
Mara discussed Show Me St. Louis
which was on Monday and was a broadcast of the wooden reindeer (and went
through the process of how they came to be) that were created by the Parks
Division that will be grouped in all three business districts, at City Hall and
the Recreation Complex.
Mittie mentioned that the Post
Dispatch had an ad in it a few weeks ago that included businesses throughout
the St. Louis area, including our neighbors of Clayton and Kirkwood, but
excluded Webster Groves. She stated that this would be a good type of
advertisement for the City to participate in and wondered if anyone knew about
it. She indicated an interest in determining who spearheaded it and perhaps the
City participating in it in some level next year.
Mara discussed an advertising
program by Big 550 KTRS with the Old Webster District. She indicated that it
would potentially include Old Orchard and Crossroads. A lengthy discussion
ensued regarding whether to use 550 KTRS or another station. It was determined
to push the conversation closer to March to discuss other components of
It was also suggested that since
Valentine’s Day is often missed, that we should promote Webster as a
destination during this time. Old Webster already does something for this time
of year, but it is unknown whether Old Orchard or Crossroads does.
Review of Explore WG
Mara discussed how the site could
be improved and how we should minimize the number of sites we have. Discussion
followed on what would be reasonable additions to the site to make it more
attractive and user-friendly. Mara also indicated that she would determine how
to include information on the website about the City of Webster Groves being
awarded the Creative Communities Award.
Planning Next All Business
The next all business meeting was
scheduled for February 5, 2013 from 8-9am at the Recreation Complex. Topics
that we plan to discuss include the following:
Explore Webster Groves website
Pat discussed Small Business
Saturday and that it is a lifestyle choice. She indicated the importance of
setting up a campaign as a way for the business community to thank its
residents for shopping locally…as a partnership. She also discussed how
American Express took the initiative to support Small Business Saturday with
the ad they had placed.
Mara mentioned that USA Today is
doing a survey on various school rivalries. The Webster/Kirkwood rivalry is
one of the top ones for Missouri. There are only a few days left to vote….go
to the following link for more information:
The next meeting will be held on
Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. There will be no meeting in December.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:10