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West Newsmagazine 3-7-18

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12 I NEWS I March 7, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE Chesterfield makes committee structure, policy changes @WESTNEWSMAG WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM By JIM ERICKSON The Chesterfield City Council has approved a number of structural changes, including updates and eliminations, in various city government committees and other entities. While a number of changes already have been made, others are likely as council committees and city staff continue their respective reviews of existing ordinances and policies. Among changes made thus far are these: Chesterfield Alliance for Positive Youth [CAPY] – Active in supporting the city’s drug prevention and youth programs, CAPY has been changed to a non-statutory committee with a redefined reporting relationship with the police department. A related ordinance still to be acted on also repeals an earlier measure that established the position of coordinator of alcohol and drug abuse prevention; the position never has been filled. Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Committee – This group has been renamed the Parks, Recreations and Arts Citizens Advisory Committee [PRACAC] to reflect the addition of arts programs in that city department. The policy for the The current Chesterfield City Council [back row, from left] Barbara McGuinness and Barry Flachsbart, Ward 1; Dan Hurt, Ward 3; Guy Tilman, Ward 2; and Randy Logan, Ward 3 [front row] Ben Keathley, Ward 2; Tom DeCampi, Ward 4; Mayor Bob Nation; and Michelle Ohley, Ward 4 renaming also has consolidated Older Adult Task Force activities into the PRACAC group. Chesterfield Citizens for the Environment [CCE] – Instead of serving as an advisory committee to a standing committee of the council, this group’s relationship has been redefined as a function of the Parks, Recreation and Arts Department. The CCE has been active in a variety of environmental activities. Finance and Administration Citizens Advisory Committee [FACAC] – Rather than being a committee established by statute, a new policy has recreated the group for its advisory role. A related ordinance still to be acted on eliminates the FACAC as a statutory committee. Public Works Board of Variance – An ordinance eliminating this board has received unanimous council approval. While the board was active during the years of Chesterfield Valley’s development, it has not met since 2001 and its responsibilities now duplicate those of the city’s board of adjustment and the St. Louis County Building Commission. Membership on Non-Statutory Committees – A new, broader policy has been approved in place of three separate previous policies. The mayor appoints all nonstatutory committee members with the consent of both councilmembers in whose ward a nominee lives. Except as noted, all such committees will include four members from each ward and one at-large member. The Chesterfield Historic and Landmark Preservation Committee will include six members per ward, six at-large members and up to 15 members serving in an ex officio capacity or as a member emeritus. The Management Information Systems Citizens Advisory Committee is limited to two members per ward and one at-large member. Citizen of the Year Award – In spite of some opposition, a council majority has approved a change in eligibility for the honor, requiring that the recipient be a Chesterfield resident. Previously, there was some discretion in the residency requirement, which some councilmembers thought should be retained to provide flexibility in unusual situations. Land acquisition policy – This measure establishes procedures and requirements applying to the city’s acquisition of land through donations and purchase, and for transactions involving public right-of-way. Proposed policy changes on the first and second readings of legislation and on executive [closed] council sessions have gone back to the Finance and Administration Committee for more discussion and possible fine-tuning of the measures’ wording. BRAND-NEW | THE CITY OF EUREKA | NOW LEASING Avonlea NEED A NEW FLOOR? NOW ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW IS OUR NAME EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY An Affordable Community Featuring 48 Superb One & Two Bedroom Rental Apartments Exclusively For Adults 55+ Clubhouse • Library • Data Center • Fitness Room • Elevator Service To All Floors One Bedrooms for $550* Two Bedrooms for $610* *income limits apply - call or see website for details apply today | | 636-724-7755 “FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE BREWERS SINCE 1982” Where Quality Flooring is Sold for Less! • CARPET • CERAMIC • HARDWOOD • LAMINATE • VINYL • LUXURY VINYL TILES CELEBRATING 35 YEARS IN WEST • PRICE COUNTY! • GREAT SELECTION • EXCELLENT SERVICE • EXPERT INSTALLATION • ACCREDITED BBB BUSINESS 6 Meramec Valley Plaza • Valley Park, MO (Hwy 141 & Marshall Rd. - Across From Carol House Furniture) Financing Available with approved credit (636) 225-8350 HOURS: MON-TUES: 9:30-7pm WED-FRI: 9:30-5pm • SAT 9:30-2pm CLOSED SUNDAY

FACEBOOK.COM/WESTNEWSMAGAZINE WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM March 7, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE I NEWS I 13 Ballwin names firm for long-range plan, announces city hall bidding By JIM ERICKSON On Feb. 26, the Ballwin Board of Aldermen named the firm to guide the process of updating the city’s long-range plan and also heard the timetable for seeking bids for building the new city hall. Selected for the yearlong planning process was The i5Group, a St. Louis-based firm specializing in urban and community planning, public affairs and landscape architecture. The company was one of nine submitting proposals for the project and was the unanimous choice of a city staff committee that interviewed four finalists. A resolution authorizing a contract not to exceed $134,698 for the work received quick approval on a 6-0 vote. Aldermen Michael Finley [Ward 1] and Jim Leahy [Ward 3] were absent from the surprisingly brief meeting during which the agreement was on the agenda. The planning process includes a number of steps designed to obtain and gauge input from focus groups of homeowner associations and the business community as well as sessions with both internal and external stakeholders. Internal stakeholders include city representatives, and community and business leaders. School districts, fire protection districts, the county boundary commission, St. Louis County planning officials, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District and the Missouri Department of Transportation are among the external stakeholders. Some 17-25 meetings of the internal and external groups are likely, according to the plan proposal. The project will begin in March and is scheduled to conclude when a final plan goes before city officials for approval in February 2019. Ballwin opened the bidding process for its new city hall on Friday, March 2. Plans call for a bid opening March 27, evaluating the proposals and making a recommendation to aldermen at their April 9 meeting. Andy Hixson, Ballwin’s assistant city administrator, said it appears the bidding process is coming at a good time and that proposals received may reflect the current competitive environment. The new city hall will be built in the northeast portion of Vlasis Park and will occupy an area where a seldom-used, secondary ball field is located. With completion expected in 2019, the new structure will replace the current administration building on the northwest corner of Manchester Road and Seven Trails Drive. ELLISVILLE, from page 11 the Targets of the world to come in because a lot of people love a big box retailer. We also understand, too, that those are difficult developments to come by, so we look at development areas, too. Businesses move on and there are lot consolidations, so we look at those areas where larger businesses can happen. Aside from that, sometimes it’s just cold calling and reaching out to different restaurants and stores and to see if they have a local interest. Ellisville isn’t the only area seeing revenue changes connected to online shopping. According to Schwer, staff members from Wildwood, Creve Coeur, Town & County and Ballwin all have had discussions regarding online shopping’s impact on local businesses. The cities also have discussed a current Supreme Court case that could allow cities to collect taxes from online purchases in the future, reversing a tax-free internet ruling made in 1992. The investigation began on Jan. 12, 2018, and could open the door for states to pursue tax collection opportunities from websites such as Amazon. Should legislation be approved, Ellisville would examine local opportunities. “We’re looking at our options, but there are certain things that need to happen at the federal and state levels to make it a little bit easier for us,” Schwer said. “We really just want to fill spaces with good businesses that want to be here.”