Wednesday HUDZ Meeting: Zoning Reform, Elimination of Plat & Petition

petitionMake your voice heard! Contact your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact info at end of post.

9 am Wednesday, May 16, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Housing, Urban Development, Zoning Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room, Room 208, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar/Agenda Notice

Board Bill 10 sponsored by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar to eliminate Plat & Petition and reform zoning laws.

Members of Board of Aldermen HUDZ Committee: Chair 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy, 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley, 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar, 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg, 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy, 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene E Davis, 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie, 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information…
Board President Lewis Reed
Members of Board of Aldermen 

Tuesday Hearing On Plat & Petition Elimination

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

11 am Tuesday, May 15, 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 32 by 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd 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. Same or similar to 2017-18 Session Board Bill 216.

Also on Agenda, Board Bill 5 by 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro to establish a Detention Facility Advisory Commission.

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 Boyd; 23rd Ward Alderman Joe 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

UPDATED Week 1: New Bills Filed @ Board of Aldermen

sausagemakingNow with links to bills added. The making of sausage (filing of new legislation) for 2018-2019 Board of Aldermen session begins this week.

The Friday BOA Agenda is posted here.

I have picked out a few filings to highlight.

Voice your approval, disapproval, concerns, questions to your alderman and bill sponsors. Contact information for all Aldermen and Board President Lewis Reed is here.

Alley Vacation in Soulard BB4 by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar – An ordinance recommended by the Board of Public Service to conditionally vacate travel in 10 foot wide “L” shaped alley in City Block 798 as bounded by Shenandoah, 10th, Lami, Menard. The Menard side is where the two new homes approved by Preservation Board on MOnday are going in.

2 Board Bills relating to Eliminating Plat & Petition. I have not had a chance to look at either of these to see if these are same rotten legislation as last session.

BB10 by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar, not Assigned to Committee yet – An Ordinance pertaining to the Zoning Code requiring that certain uses that are regulated by a plat and petition process under the License Code and Building Code be made a conditional use, prohibited use, or use by right under the Zoning Code (current Zoning Code).

BB32 by 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, not Assigned to Committee yet – An Ordinance concerning certain business license regulations set forth in Title 8, which require the completion of a plat and neighborhood consent petition prior to obtaining an occupancy permit; repealing Ordinances 56788, 57294, and 58645, pertaining to Arcades containing a severability clause; and an effective date clause (current applicable Code)

Campaign Finance Reform BB35 by 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer, 24th Alderman Scott Ogilvie, 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro, 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin, assigned to Legislation Committee – An Ordinance pertaining to campaign contribution limits; amending Ordinance 70357 Sections 1 and 3, and repealing Section 4 of said ordinance, to acknowledge newly passed State of Missouri maximum limits on campaign contributions and to decrease maximum limits on campaign contributions for local elections as provided herein.

Relating to City Employees…

Amending Whistleblower Law BB6 by 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, Assigned to Legislation Committee – An ordinance repealing Ord. 70475 and in lieu Thereof enacting a new Ordinance to be known as the City Whistleblower Law, pertaining to reporting improper governmental action and providing protection from retaliatory action for reporting and cooperating in the investigation and/or prosecution of improper governmental action; containing definitions, procedures for reporting improper governmental action and retaliation, and penalties; and containing severability and emergency clauses.

Eliminate Residency Rule (horrible idea), Charter Amendment BB21 by 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, Assigned to Legislation Committee- An ordinance submitting to the qualified voters of the City, a proposal to revise Section 2 of Article VIII of the City Charter which requires City employees to reside within the boundaries of the City and thus allow said employees, except for City Agency and Department Directors appointed by the Mayor, to reside outside of the boundaries of the City, and; providing for an election to be held for voting on the proposed revision and the manner of voting thereat and; for the publication, certification, deposit, and recording of this ordinance; and containing an emergency clause.

Revote on Ward Reduction (also initiative petition drive, always interested in help collecting signatures), Charter Amendment – BB25 by 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, Assigned to Legislation Committee – An ordinance submitting to the qualified voters of the City a proposed amendment to the Charter of the City to maintain the Board of Aldermen as body of twenty-eight Aldermen representing twenty-eight wards, and preventing its reduction beginning December 31, 2021, to a body of fourteen Aldermen representing fourteen wards as called for under Article I, Section 3 of the City Charter; providing for an election to be held for voting on the proposed amendment and the manner for the voting; and for the publication, certification, deposit, and recording of this ordinance; and containing an emergency clause.

Detention Facility Advisory Commissionunclear what impact if any on lawsuitsBB5 by 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, Assigned to Public Safety Committee – An Ordinance establishing a Detention Facility Advisory Commission that shall receive public complaints regarding the City of St. Louis Justice Center and Medium Security Institution detention facilities and shall, at its discretion, review and investigate such complaints as well as patterns of issues and systemic concerns the City’s detention facilities and their operation it has identified and where the Commission deems appropriate, make recommendations to the Department of Public Safety, the Board of Aldermen, and Mayor with respect to Corrections.

Metrolink Security Agreement with St. Clair CountyBB37 by 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy, Assigned to Public Safety Committee – An ordinance pertaining to the authorization of a mutual aid agreement between the City of St. Louis and St. Clair County, Illinois, for St. Clair County, Illinois, law enforcement officer employees to provide law enforcement services and activities on MetroLink property within the city limits; containing definitions; a severability clause; and an emergency clause.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Wednesday BOA Meeting On Easy Liquor License Transfer + #ProtectTheZone

saloon2Make your voices heard. Contact your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact Information at end of post.

10 am Wednesday, February 14, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Public Safety Committee
Room 208, Kennedy Hearing Room
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/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.

“Section 2. The transfer of a liquor license between two businesses or persons shall not require a petition or application submitted to the Excise Commissioner.”

This is a do over Public Safety meeting/agenda because last week’s meeting was cancelled due to chairman being under the weather.

Rumor is this bill does not have the votes to get out of committee. Could be the sponsor keeps it alive hoping to do some vote trading to get it to full Board. Could be sponsor keeps is scheduled for every meeting so that whomever wants this doesn’t know it’s dead.

protectthezoneAlso on the Agenda…

Board Bill 34 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, 9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther, 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin, 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn to create a buffer zone around health care facilities.

Board Bill 241 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia and 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin to add fines assessed by the Building Commissioner to real estate property tax bill if unpaid more than a year.

Board Bill 242 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia and 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin. This is a companion bill to Board Bill 241 on collection of fines assessed by Building Commissioner.

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

Public Safety Now On Wednesday, Plat & Petition Still Agenda, #ProtectTheZone Added

saloonHappened Today- Meeting Day/Time Changed + Agenda Items Added

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

11 am Wednesday, February 7, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Public Safety Committee
Room 208, Kennedy Hearing Room
City Hall, 1200 Market
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

“Section 2. The transfer of a liquor license between two businesses or persons shall not require a petition or application submitted to the Excise Commissioner.”

This board bill keeps being scheduled and then either disappears from the agenda, the meeting is canceled, or they run out of time and postpone to the next meeting. Week after week. It’s been going on since October.

Also now on the Agenda…
protectthezone
Board Bill 34 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, 9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther, 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin, 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn to create a buffer zone around health care facilities.

Board Bill 241 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia and 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin to add fines assessed by the Building Commissioner to real estate property tax bill if unpaid more than a year.

Board Bill 242 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia and 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin. This is a companion bill to Board Bill 241 on collection of fines assessed by Building Commissioner.

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

Meeting #538 On Repeal Of Plat & Petition For Liquor License Transfer

saloon3Make your voices heard. Contact your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact Information at end of post.

9 am Tuesday, February 6, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Public Safety Committee
Room 208, Kennedy Hearing Room
City Hall, 1200 Market
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

“Section 2. The transfer of a liquor license between two businesses or persons shall not require a petition or application submitted to the Excise Commissioner.”

This board bill has been scheduled and rescheduled many times since October. The previous post relating to this board bill is here.

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: Repeal of Plat & Petition for Liquor License Transfer

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

11 am Tuesday, January 30, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Public Safety Committee
Room 208, Kennedy Hearing Room
City Hall, 1200 Market
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

“Section 2. The transfer of a liquor license between two businesses or persons shall not require a petition or application submitted to the Excise Commissioner.”

This board bill has been scheduled and rescheduled many times since October. The previous post relating to this board bill is here.

Other Agenda Items:

Resolution 211 by 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy ‐ “Pursuant to Ordinance 67794 the Public Safety Committee does hereby approve the recommendations of the Public Safety Committee for the appropriation of crime prevention program funds for the Fiscal Year 2018 attached hereto as Exhibit A, which is incorporated herein by reference.”

Neither the Resolution nor its Exhibit A are posted online at the Board of Aldermen website.

Board Bill 212 by Board President Lewis Reed -Sheriff’s Department Pay Bill

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

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

CANCELLED: Tuesday Hearing To Remove Plat & Petition For Pawn Shops, Tattoo Parlors, B&Bs, Bathhouses, Pool Halls

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

9 am Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Streets, Traffic, Refuse Committee
Leisure Room, Room 230
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

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.

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 BOA Streets Committee: 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, Chair; 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar, Vice Chair; 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley; 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore; 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin; 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. There is a vacant seat on the committee from the appointment of 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway to Assessor. President Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President