The New Melle Board of Aldermen met Thursday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Present were Aldermen Don Hendrich, Nik Bradley, Janet Karrenbrock and Gary Schneider, the City Clerk, City Engineer, and City Attorney. Mayor West arrived late. Alderman Don Hendrich conducted the meeting.
In Open Forum, a date was set for a work session meeting to be held March 25th.
Under Finances, the Fiscal Year 2020 reports were reviewed and approved. The February 2021 reports were reviewed and accepted.
An Ordinance was later approved, amending the 2020 budget to include $1000 increase in Motor Vehicle Tax Revenue, and a $441,597 increase in Other Income from the sale of the cell tower lease. Engineering expenses were increased by $50,000 to accommodate extra expenses due to Peter and Schutzen Street improvement plans and revisions.
• It was decided to discuss Peter Street improvement options at the upcoming Work Session.
• Kurt Daniels, Cochran Engineering, said they had received an inquiry regarding a prospective new commercial building, but the setbacks were way off, so those plans will have to be reworked and resubmitted.
• A variance request regarding water detention for a storage shed has been submitted by American Electric and Data, and a Board of Adjustment meeting needs to be scheduled. Daniels said their plans have a very minor impact, and recommended the city discuss at a work session making some ordinance changes that would be less intrusive and allow negligible impacts, such as anything less than 1 cu. ft. per second, without requiring a variance. A Board of Adjustment meeting was set for March 23, 2021.
• City of New Melle vs. Sullivan et al (regarding property located at 554 Foristell Road): Attorney Stephen Martin said a trial was held Feb. 5th and he was awaiting the judge’s decision. Editor’s Note: Per Missouri Case Net, a decision was rendered March 25, 2021 and the judge ruled in favor of the City of New Melle. The defendants were ordered to demolish the outbuilding and remove all debris from the property within 180 days unless they rezone the property or start construction of a residence with a proper permit within that time period. They were also ordered to pay the city $1,697.60 in court costs. Additional information about the case can be viewed at courts.mo.gov/casenet.
• The lease is coming due on the office copy machine. The City Clerk will research options and present findings at the work session.
• Robert Nash, 3600 Mill Street, plans to pour new sidewalks along the front of his property, and asked about any possible future street projects that might affect the area. Aldermen Hendrich will follow up for more information and get the city engineer involved if necessary.
• Powder Monkey Fireworks wants to lease property for a fireworks stand as he has done the past few years. The property is now owned by the city. The board voted to enter into a lease agreement in the amount of $2,000.
The next regular Board of Aldermen meeting is scheduled for April 8, 2021.