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Crossroads Special Taxing
Meeting Called to Order:
Next Meeting Date:
Tuesday, March 18,
Kathy Kinderfather-Residential Liaison
David Bookless (for Roger)
1. Approval of Minutes from November
was introduced and seconded to approve the November minutes.
Architectural input: John has spoken to an official
from SLCC @ Meramec's Architectural Technology Dept. The Board must clearly
define what it would like to achieve and better establish short-term &
long-term goals. Do we want to emphasize streetscape improvements, building
improvements or both? Financing is also an aspect which needs to be
examined. Continuity is also important in terms of buildings blending
together, but this doesn't necessarily mean everything must look the same.
Lisa said giving a history of our District to the architectural officials
would aid their work. A discussion arose about what is expected from Meramec
students during their evaluation of the District. Will it be strictly a
presentation of ideas, or will it also include implementation of their ideas?
It was decided to ensure that implementation of ideas is not a
criterion for their course grade. We must make clear that we're looking for
ideas only on how to visually improve the District. Long-term parking needs
will be handled on private basis. *To gain additional parking, Tom
Rogers has been interested in razing the first house directly behind Porter
Paints, but the City has denied that request citing it as a character house.
Lisa reported that during her Christmas lights tour with Kathy Kinderfather,
only one person expressed non-interest in pursuing property improvements. Grant
Program: A discussion started about revamping the Facade Program process.
Who on the Board will administer it? Does the Board have authority to add
conditions to a submitted application which determine acceptance or
rejection? Because of public money being used for projects the Board has an
ethical responsibility to add certain conditions. Instead of a separate
committee, it was decided that the Crossroads Board should make decisions
regarding grant approvals. If necessary, a separate meeting could be convened
to discuss only beautification grants. Kay and John will get together to
compose a clear scope of conditions the Board will be looking for in
evaluating proposals. They will send out a PDF e-mail to other Board members
when their work is complete.
Annual District-wide meeting (Tuesday, February 26, 2008)
will start at 8 am with a “meet and greet” session over coffee and donuts.
Lisa will arrange coffee and Kay will provide Schnucks donuts. Lisa will also
reserve the meeting room at the Rec Center. Lisa will also mail out invitations
which will include a thank you for participating in the Christmas light
display. Richard will compose the meeting agenda, and e-mail it to Board
members. Jim will start with a general introduction welcoming everyone. Also,
each guest can introduce themselves. Pauli will recognize and give thanks to
area residents who have been helpful over the years in assisting her and
Bob. A sign-in sheet will be available as well as name tags. It was
suggested that a map of the District be displayed as well as a design of the
new banners. Lisa will review projects undertaken by the District as well as
talking about our budget and what the District is hoping to accomplish in the
coming fiscal year. It was decided not to mention the tax rate modification.
John will address the District vision along with the architectural ideas. He
will also explain the Beautification Grant Program. Various Board members
will solicit ideas from the group and get feedback. Mentioning the banners
will be effective in promoting the Crossroads District. Because the District
is limited in the number of people, it's important to network with others to
get acquainted. This meeting also presents a wonderful opportunity to gauge
interest in possible board candidates. Having someone with a copy of our
budget would greatly assist us in discussing goals with our guests. It was
decided that anyone who wants to attend is welcome, not just merchants and
owners. Also having City staff (Roger, Mayor Welch, & Kathy Hart,
representing Council) would be helpful. Lisa will send a universal invitation
Agenda Items For Next Regular Meeting (March 18, 2008): LT/ST objectives,
matters, 2008-09 FY budget, tax rate modification, District survey/parking,
Board candidates, review of District-wide meeting. The meeting was adjourned
at 9:30 a.m.
*Editor's footnote: Roger
asked me to include this clarification regarding the 437 S. Elm Ave home
behind Porter Paints. “According to Planning Director Roger Grow, the City
has not received any application from anyone during his 15 year-tenure
seeking to demolish the house at 437 S. Elm, nor has he been approached
informally regarding this matter. Demolition of the dwelling is a simple
process, not subject to any City legislative approval or arbitrary
administrative determination. Consequently, it is unlikely anyone has ever
filed an application with the City to demolish the building”.