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Crossroads Special Taxing District

 

MINUTES

 

 

 

Meeting Date:                            

Tuesday,  May 15,  2012

Meeting Called to Order:

8:35 A.M.

Meeting Adjourned:

                                10:00 A.M.

Next Meeting Date:

                    Tuesday,  June 19, 2012

 

 

 

 

ROLL CALL

 

Name

 

 

Heidi Butts-Wiegand

Present

 

Alan Nehring

Present

 

Kay Ramsey

Present

 

Julie Campbell

Present

 

Jeff Sanders

Present

 

John Lark

Present

 

Bob Springer

Present

 

 

 

 

Toni Hunt-Council Liaison

 

Absent

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

Present

 

Kathy Kinderfather-Residential Liaison

 

Absent

Ken Rimmel

Present

 

Shawnell Faber

 

Present

 

Richard Scholl

           Present

 

Matt Ament, Sr. Planner

Present

 

Mayor Welch

Present

 

 

 

 

 

 

ITEMS DISCUSSED

May 15, 2012

 

1.    Approval Of Minutes From March 6, 2012:  John made a motion to approve. Kay seconded, and the minutes were approved with no objections. Visitor Comments. By invitation from City Council, Khaled Abhari and two colleagues were present to discuss their desired conversion of the BP at Big Bend & Elm to a gas/convenience store. They listened to the Board’s landscaping plans for the corner and their property. The men also were here to address what they’d like in landscaping. Roger passed out sky view pictures of the property and Big Bend/Elm intersection. Bob Springer summarized the Grant Beautification program to our visitors, and invited them to join the Crossroads District. John emphasized to Khaled that our emphasis has always been beautifying Big Bend & Elm to make the intersection work better. John further explained that with no curb cuts on Elm and Big Bend, curb cuts could be better defined through landscaping. Matt Ament pointed out that there is a required number of parking spaces need ed for the convenience store, and that a variance could be obtained if a parking space is lost due to greening up the area. Khaled said that major changes will be done to the front of the building to present a more even look. John said identifying what can stay and what can go is vital, and Shawnell said more “green” & no more “hard” would add to the beauty of the landscaping. Tonight’s Council meeting will have a third reading of an ordinance seeking a conditional use permit for the property. Jeff said we have a great opportunity to fund a critical project at an important corner with District funds, and he supports funding for installation and maintenance of the landscaping. This will work well since we have no pending projects to fund. John agreed. Shawnell said we need to identify where beds are going to be. Jeff asked about signage, and Khaled responded that the current sign will likely stay as it is expensive to install another sign (i.e., one that’s 4’-5’ high). Roger said a wooden shadow box fence might look good as a barrier between the business and residences.  Mayor Welch asked the Board for a motion to vote on a general plan of support to take to the Council tonight.  Jeff made a motion to fund capital improvements for landscaping installation at a to be determined amount, and when installed, financially maintain said landscape. John seconded, and the motion was approved with no objections. Khaled would like time to look at the landscaping plans. Bob S. said John & Shawnell are good to work with. In fact, tomorrow morning, John & Shawnell will meet with Khaled et al at the BP property.  Parks Department Landscaping: In addition to the aforementioned landscaping Shawnell reported she & her crew have been busy getting annuals, painting more pots and placing additional ones in the District. She reiterated how Big Bend/Elm is a high priority. Soon it will be time to look at fall projects at which time Shawnell will report on fall installs. She reviewed work done about 6 weeks ago: all rock removed @ dentist office, roses and shrubs planted along Elm Ave., and how the RR station had a tree removed at the entrance, how ginkos planted soften the area near the tracks. Flooding In Broughton Art Gallery Basement: Bob S. has not spoken to Linda. He noticed plastic covers on the sidewalk beds. Heidi heard through Pauli Goetz that there is still water flooding into the basement despite the beds being covered. John said that flooding is not a new thing, and that the concrete company likely erred by covering a manhole thereby exacerbating the flooding problem. The Board reaffirmed that it’s up to Ed Sneed to address this problem, and Bob instructed Richard to remove this item from future agendas until such time Ed appears before us to discuss the matter.  Webster Arts Master Plan: The Board decided that since we are no longer focusing exclusively on sculptures, inserting the word “arts” would be more accurate. A general arts point of view instead of sculpture only focus echoed what Mayor Welch said, “We are a wheel with many spokes”. For Jeff’s benefit since he was unable to attend Jack Becker’s April 12 presentation, Bob briefed Jeff on the proceedings. The discussion shifted to Jack Becker’s “Forecast Public Art” non-profit organization. The Board decided it would like to contribute $500.00 to this organization. Julie made a motion which is as follows: A $500.00 contribution to Forecast Public Art, subject to City approval to insure all rules and guidelines are followed for such contributions. Kay seconded, and the motion was approved without objection. Julie added that smaller scale projects would work well, and that the RR station is a good location. Proposed Vacant Buildings Law: Roger reported that the fee has been reduced to $95.00 in an effort to assist the property owner in marketing his/her property. Later Tuesday, Roger e-mailed a REVISED DRAFT of the proposed ordinance titled, “Vacant Nonresidential Building Registration & Marketing Program”. This will also be discussed at tonight’s Council work session. Ads in Webster-Kirkwood Times: Heidi passed out information from Polly Bracken which included sample ad layouts which could be used to promote events in Crossroads. A 1/8 page costs $215.00; a ¼ page costs $397.00. Perhaps a ¼ page ad could be placed to promote 4th of July activities in Crossroads. Possible ads include include inviting people to attend 4th of July activities on foot and saluting the Lions Club for staging this grand event. Jeff and Bob agreed that parking arrangements for last year’s 4th of July events worked well, and would be used again this year. Porta-Potties have been ordered. Roger advised Jeff on submitting an application for barriers for use Tuesday (7/3) & Wednesday (7/4) and to be picked up on Thursday (7/5). Julie suggested next year we promote artists painting in our District as part of Paint Webster. Bob asked if someone wanted to offer a motion. Kay offered a motion to spend $215.00 for a 1/8 page ad promoting Art & Air. Heidi seconded, and the motion was approved with no objections. A discussion began about how the name Crossroads by itself “doesn’t do us justice”. We should consider adding to the name Crossroads to better identify the District: perhaps Webster Crossroads to help celebrate the all important entrance to the District @ Elm & Big Bend. Someone asked if Crossroads has an official logo. John said yes. He sent out an e-mail depicting two roads crossing with the name Crossroads. Julie suggested having a graphic designer work on our logo. Mayor Welch announced an All Business Meeting sponsored by the Webster Groves Business Dev’t Commission to be held Tuesday June 12, 2012 from 8am-9am at the Rec Center. This event is for all Webster Groves businesses, and offers networking opportunities as part of an overall City PR effort. RR Station Update: Ken said the March meeting focused on the RR station possibly closing. He was not at liberty to share any details. Agenda Items For June 19, 2012 meeting: Shawnell’s landscaping report, Webster Arts Master Plan,   Proposed  Vacant Buildings Law, Ads In Webster-Kirkwood Times,  RR Building Update. Bob offered a motion to adjourn which was affirmed first by John and seconded by Jeff. The  meeting was adjourned at 10:00 a.m.