Tuesday LCRA: $24.5M Lost Revenue From Foundry Tax Abatement

yTkejEGTE3 pm Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority
@ St. Louis Development Corporation,
Suite 2000, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/*Agenda with drawings/charts

6th Ward, Midtown, The Beaumont Building @ 2654 Locust
Apartments & Office Space
10 Year Tax Abatement

7th Ward, Riverfront, Amendment to Casino Agreement, new owner Tropicana
Reduce slot machines to 1,200 from 1,500
Reduce table games to 40 from 60
Reduce casino square footage to 60,000 from 75,000 for entertainment venues

9th Ward, Marine Villa, 3434-3436 Indiana
Habitat for Humanity: two single family homes
10 Year Tax Abatement

9th Ward, Marine Villa, Former Shepard School @ 3450 Wisconsin
Proposal for 47 apartments
10 Year Tax Abatement

12th Ward, Boulevard Heights, 3830 & 3831 Boulevard Heights Court
Condos Project
5 Year Tax Abatement
Former Mayor Slay lives around the corner from this slum.

17th Ward, Midtown, RPA1 City Foundry
15 Years Tax Abatement
Total loss $24.5 Million over 15 years

18th Ward, Vandeventer ,Various Parcels on 42XX West Cook, 42XX Finney, 42XX West Finney, 42XX CD Banks, 10XX Pendleton
40 single family rental homes
15 Year Tax Abatement funded with low income tax credits

26th Ward, Hamilton Heights, Save-A-Lot Grocery proposal @ 1301 Union
10 Year Tax Abatement
1/22/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Save-A-Lot plans grocery store on vacant north St. Louis corner

*The Agenda wasn’t posted until Today/Monday. Some agencies/offices are taking the Mayor’s Executive Order to use Missouri Sunshine Law standards for posting online to mean only post the minimum 24 hours in advance, which, for some agencies/offices, means less advance notice, going backward instead of improving transparency.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman


Wednesday Public Safety: Bills To Gut Neighborhood Vetoes On Liquor License Transfers, Certain Businesses

petitionMake your voices heard. Contact your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact Information at end of post.

10 am Wednesday, January 24, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Public Safety Committee
Room 208, Kennedy Hearing Room, City Hall
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar/Agenda

Board Bill 97 by 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro – permitting the seamless transfer of a liquor license between a company selling their business and the company purchasing the business

Board Bill 216 by 22nd Ward Jeffrey Boyd (chairman of committee) would remove the Plat & Petition requirements for licensing of Bathhouses, Bed & Breakfasts, Billiard and Pool Rooms, Dance Halls, Pawn Shops, Photo Studios, and Tattoo Parlors. This bill had previously been assigned to Aldermen Boyd’s Streets Committee and a hearing scheduled for Jan. 8th was cancelled.

(Not Being Heard, but similar proposal) Board Bill 217 by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar would also eliminate Plat & Petition, and does more, but was assigned to BOA Housing, Urban Development, Zoning Committee, and has not yet been scheduled for hearing.

Both Board Bills state, “no other City in the State of Missouri requires that a business submit a plat and petition prior to obtaining a business license to operate” as a reason to eliminate the requirement.

Members of the Public Safety Committee include: 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy, Chair; 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard; 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar; 12th Ward Alderman Larry Arnowitz; 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey L Boyd; 23rd Ward Alderman Joseph Vaccaro; 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President

Tuesday BOA Meeting With Ameren on #MoLeg Rate Hike Legislation

eletric rates mgn_1511984898757_29590202_ver1.0_640_360Make your voices heard! Contact your Aldermen and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact your State Senator and State Representative. Contact information at end of post.

1 pm Tuesday, January 23, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
10 am Thursday, December 7, 2017
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Legislation Committee and Public Utilities Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room, 208, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda 

Presentation by Ameren relating to two bills in Missouri General Assembly. Ameren is likely seeking Board of Aldermen support for the legislation: Senate Bill 564 and House Bill 1575.

There is a lot in this bill, including discounted electric rates for certain large users to be paid for by the remaining residential and business customers. From the bill summary…

“DISCOUNTED ELECTRIC RATES (Section 393.1640) – This act requires electrical corporations to make available discounted rates for qualifying customers upon application and upon a public announcement of a growth project. Any customer that receives local, regional, or state economic development incentives and that adds incremental load with average monthly demand of at least 500kW and a load factor of at least 55% within 2 years shall qualify for a 40% discount average for up to 5 years on all base rate components, and an additional 10% discount for 1 year after the expiration of the initial discount if the customer takes service from an under-utilized circuit. Any reduced revenues arising from the discounted rate shall be borne by all of the electrical corporation’s customer classes.”

1/21/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Letter to the Editor by State Senator Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) Ameren promotes bill that would raise electric rates 

1/17/2018 Missouri Times: Emery’s utility bill passes committee with 9-1 vote 

1/8/2018 Missourinet: Contentious 2017 utility bill is back in Missouri Legislature 

Members of the Legislation Committee include: 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, Chair; 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard; 12th Ward Alderman Larry Arnowitz; 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy;14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard; 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy; 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd; 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie; 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro. There’s also a vacant seat from resignation of 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway, who was appointed Assessor.

Members of the Public Utilities Committee include: 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, Chair; 1st Ward Alderwoman Sharon Tyus; 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green; 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg; 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie.

Board President Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President

To find your State Senator and State Representative and contact information, go to Assessor’s Address Search, type your address, check box for Contacts and Elected Officials, click Fund Address.

Monday Preservation Board: Club Imperial Demolition

wrecking-ball4 pm Monday, January 22, 2018
St. Louis City Preservation Board
Room 2000, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public

Agenda With Details/Drawings
City Online Calendar Notice

Please contact the Preservation Board in opposition to demolition of Club Imperial.

6306-28 West Florissant, former home of Club Imperial, 27th Ward (Owner: Vroman Industries/Robert Vroman) – Appeal of Director’s Denial for Demolition of High Merit Building to construct a one-story strip mall

1/21/2018 St Louis Post-Dispatch: Iconic Club Imperial venue, where Ike and Tina Turner played, could be demolished

1/19/2018 Riverfront Times: Will Club Imperial Be Torn Down to Make Way for an Applebee’s? 

1/13/2018 NextSTL: Groundbreaking Club Imperial Threatened

Club Imperial history page

2008 Cass, Crunden Branch Library, 5th Ward (Owner: Church of the Living God) – Nomination to National Register

505 Washington, Employment Security Building, 7th Ward (Owner: P & F Properties) – Nomination to National Register

Monday (Police) Civilian Oversight Board Meeting

COBOffice3 pm & 5 pm Monday, January 21, 2018
(Police) Civilian Oversight Board
Room 4029, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice & Agenda

3 pm Media Training by Mayor’s Krewson’s Communications Director
3:30 pm Closed Session
5 pm Open Session including…
+Recap IAD findings and COB findings from October-December 2017 Board Meetings +Discuss extension letters from Chief of Police office on protest complaints

Sunday 5th & 7th Wards Meeting Downtown

5th7thhappyhour2-4 pm Sunday, January 21st, 2018
5th & 7th Wards Downtown Happy Hour
314 City Bar, 1137 Washington
RSVP ward7stl@aol.com

Sponsored by
5th Ward Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge
7th Ward Committeewoman Marie Ceselski
7th Ward Independent Democrats


Legislative Updates from
78th District State Rep. Bruce Franks, Jr.
79th District State Rep. Michael Butler

Collector of Revenue Gregg Daly will give a report on the recent City Hall DMV controversy

School Board President Susan Jones will discuss this week’s decisions to support return of SLPS governance to the elected school board

SLMPD 4th District Captain Renee Kriesmann will update on crime and crime prevention

Discussion on August 7th $50 Million GO Bond Ballot Issue

Discussion on Charter Amendment to Repeal City Residency Rule

Food Collection for our Brothers & Sisters on Strike at Christian Care Home. https://labortribune.com/seiu-healthcare-workers-at-christian-care-home-forced-to-strike-over-unfair-labor-practices-managements-refusal-to-negotiate-in-good-faith/

Sign the Audit St. Louis Petition at this event if you have not already done so.

Register to Vote at this event.

Cash Bar
Attendance Prizes – Some great gift cards

This event is in lieu of Save City Hall DMV Letter Writing Happy Hour which is unnecessary because we already won!

Wednesday Vote On Public School Governance?

schoolNoon Wednesday, January 17, 2018
SLPS Special Committee on Governance
Room 108, SLPS Administrative Building
801 N 11th
Open to the Public

Meeting Notice/Agenda

Review of Board Governance Public Engagement Summary Report
Discussion of St. Louis Public School Foundation Report
Discussion of Danforth Committee Report
Discussion and Vote on Recommended Forms of Governance Structure
Discussion and Vote on Recommended Transition and Timelines