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10 I NEWS I May 24, 2017 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE @WESTNEWSMAG WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM Experienced Home Care You Can Trust your lifestyle. Rest assured, our experienced Caregivers are extensively trained, screened, bonded and insured. ♥ Personal Care ♥ Activity Assistance ♥ Hospice Support Care ♥ Light Housekeeping ♥ Errands/Shopping ♥ Travel Companion ♥ Meal Preparation ♥ Dementia & Alzheimer Care Affordable Care Plans from 1 - 24 hours | Calls Personally Answered 24/7! 636-391-0000 or 314-961-1002 | www.HomeHelpersSTL.com Serving St. Louis & surrounding communities Former Chesterfield captain Steve Lewis [left], with City Clerk Leigh Dohack, is the new Ellisville chief of police. [Jessica Meszaros photo] news briefs BALLWIN Contract awarded for pool painting The swimming pool area at The Pointe at Ballwin Commons will be spruced up this summer when crew members from a St. Louis company paint the facility. The natatorium will be closed for about two weeks beginning Aug. 7 while painters from the Joseph Ward Painting Co. paint the walls, play structure and the exterior of the water slide. Ductwork cleaning also is included. According to Linda Bruer, director of parks and recreation, much of the interior has never been painted while areas that have been are in need of painting again. Ward received the contract for the work with a low bid of $26,740. The entire Pointe complex also will be closed Aug. 10-11 for its annual maintenance program. While the painting job is underway, those with memberships at The Pointe will be able to use the North Pointe Aquatic Center at no extra charge. Amended hours for special classes and activities will be posted on the city’s website and available at The Pointe’s front desk. Banners to fly soon in city Motorists, bicyclists and others traversing on Manchester Road in Ballwin soon will have a welcome mat, of sorts, rolled out for them. Dark blue banners with white lettering and a gold graphic will appear by the end of May on street light extension poles between Ries and Holloway roads. The banners will declare: “Welcome to Ballwin” and “live, work, play Ballwin.” The banners are part of Ballwin’s efforts to enhance the Great Streets Initiative, a program throughout West County communities that already has included new street signage and lights, landscaped medians and other enhancements along Manchester Road. Infinite Signs & Graphics, a West County firm, is making the banners based on a design refined by a Ballwin employee group headed by Abby Johnson, Ballwin’s city clerk whose background includes a degree in graphic design. Board of Aldermen set summer schedule The Ballwin Board of Aldermen will hold only one meeting each month from now through August. Aldermen met May 8 and won’t meet again until June 12 and the second Mondays in the remaining summer months, July 10 and Aug. 14. The board traditionally holds just one meeting monthly from May through August. Regular meeting times on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. will resume in September. ELLISVILLE City names new police chief In a chamber lined with uniforms and badges from all across West County, the Ellisville City Council officially appointed and swore in the police department’s new chief of police. Steve Lewis was sworn in by City Clerk Leigh Dohack at the May 17 city council meeting before a crowd including his wife and son and officers from both the Chesterfield and Ellisville police departments. “I hope to do the best job that I can to continue the legacy of this department of being an excellent police department,” Lewis said upon being sworn in. Lewis held many positions in the Chesterfield Police Department for about 24 years, including captain, commander of the division of operational support and director of emergency management, all since 1993. Prior to Chesterfield, Lewis served for four years as an officer with St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department starting in 1989. “I have almost three decades of law enforcement experience and I hope to bring that to this agency,” Lewis said. “To the men and women of the Ellisville Police Department, thank you. I ask you to put your faith in me because I guarantee I’ll put my faith in you.” Lewis will replace former Ellisville police chief, Tom Felgate, who retired on March 1. “I applied here with an open heart, knowing that the Ellisville Police Department is one of the finest in the area, and I just hope I can continue to bring that excellence,” Lewis said. His first day on the job in Ellisville will be May 22. City Council amends, approves RV legislation The Ellisville City Council passed legislation, on May 17, revising the city’s ordinance pertaining to the parking of motor vehicles, recreational vehicles and trailers on private property. The amended ordinance passed on a 6-1 vote, after hours of discussion between the public and councilmembers. “The proposed changes really just go into a few things,” City Attorney George Restovich said. “It doesn’t impact your ability to own or have [a recreational vehicle] or be able to park it [on private property], it just cleans it up in terms of it being behind the front building line.” The original ordinance maintains that no motor vehicle shall be parked forward of the front building line unless the vehicle is garaged or parked on a driveway or surfaced parking area. The amended ordinance includes changes mostly in regard to the parking of vehicles in the right-ofway. It states that recreational vehicles can only park forward of the front building line if it is not within the right-of-way and if the vehicle is less than 30 feet in length. Vehicles stored at any residence forward of the front building line must be garaged or parked on a driveway. The final ordinance also states that recreational vehicles of 30 feet or longer shall not be parked outside of a fully enclosed building or structure with a few exceptions. One exception is that any recreational vehicles of 30 feet or longer can temporarily park on a driveway for loading purposes as long as it is not within the right-of-way more than twice per month for a period of not more than 72 hours per occurrence. If a recreational vehicle of 30 feet or longer cannot be parked on a driveway without encroaching upon the right-of-way, then a recreational vehicle may be parked on the street abutting the property no more than twice per month for no more than 24 hours
FACEBOOK.COM/WESTNEWSMAGAZINE WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM per occurrence. “It allows for people who would be affected by this to utilize a timeframe to come and pack things up,” Restovich said. To address concerns with parking larger vehicles, Councilmember Cindy Pool [District 3] moved to amend the bill [prior to its final passage] to allow current RVs longer than 30 feet to remain on the owner’s premises as long as they are only parked behind the building line and parked on a specified concrete surface. The motion was approved 5-2. MANCHESTER City limits incoming massage businesses A temporary six-month moratorium on new massage therapy businesses opening within the city limits of Manchester has been lifted in favor of a final decision. At the regular Board of Aldermen meeting on May 1, the ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances was unanimously approved, limiting the number of massage therapy businesses to five. Manchester previously had no code provisions regulating the types of businesses within the city, except for businesses requiring liquor licenses. At the Feb. 6 Board of Aldermen meeting, Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Director Melanie Rippetoe and Manchester City Attorney Patrick Gunn explained that Manchester had an inordinately high number of retail massage businesses for a city of its size. Gunn felt further investigation was prudent. Comparing Manchester to nearby communities and using an algorithm that compared the number of residents with the square mileage of retail business zoning, Gunn determined the number could be set as low as three massage businesses but felt that setting it at five would be acceptable. He said that current massage therapy businesses in Manchester have grandfathered protection under this new code amendment and chiropractic offices offering massage as part of their treatment are not affected. Ward 1 alderman named A new alderman was appointed at the regular city of Manchester Board of Aldermen meeting on May 15. Nelson Nolte was nominated by Alderman Paul Hamill [Ward 1] and seconded by Alderman Mike Clement [Ward 2] to fill the vacancy left by former Alderman Barb Stevens, who resigned last month. In a unanimous vote, Nolte was appointed to serve as one of two Ward 1 aldermen. Learning of the vacancy, Nolte approached Mayor Dave Willson about his interest in the aldermanic position. He has served on the Planning and Zoning Commission, helping to advise the board since October 2015. He said he felt his experience in municipal government to date would make him a qualified candidate to fill the unexpected vacancy. The longtime Manchester resident is a corporate attorney who handles intellectual property and business litigation. He will serve as alderman until April 2018, when the Ward 1 seat will be up for reelection. After an immediate swearing in by City Clerk Ruth Baker, Nolte began actively serving as a voting member of the board. Nolte stepped down from his duties on the commission to take this position. MISSOURI Public comment period open for STIP The Missouri Department of Transportation will focus its efforts on preservation of the state’s transportation system – a $54 billion asset that carries a $125 billion replacement cost. That’s the central theme of the draft 2018-2022 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program [STIP], which was presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission in early May. According to MoDOT, Missouri has the nation’s seventh largest state highway system with 33,873 miles of roadways and 10,394 bridges. The agency has developed asset management plans for each district with the goal to maintain current pavement and bridge conditions. The draft 2018-2022 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program lists transportation projects planned by state and regional planning agencies for the period of July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2022. It is available for public review. Missouri residents interested in seeing the program or offering comments can contact MoDOT by emailing STIPcomments@ modot.mo.gov, by calling customer service centers at (888) ASK-MoDOT (275-6636), or mailing an information request or comments to Transportation Planning, Program Comments, P.O. Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102. The STIP also is available on MoDOT’s website [www.modot.org] and at MoDOT district and regional offices around the state. The formal comment period ends June 2. Following the public review period, comments will be presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. The commission will review the comments and the final transportation program before considering it for approval at the commission’s June 29 meeting. 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