Friday, May 16

Agenda Board Meeting coming up next Tuesday at 7pm

May 20, 2014 
 Pledge of Allegiance 
I. Roll Call 
II. Minutes 
Regular Board Meeting—April 15, 2014 
III. Treasurer’s Report for April 2014 
IV. Bills and Recurring Disbursements with Addendum to be Approved 
V. Certification of April 8, 2014 General Election and Boards Acceptance. 
VI. Swearing of Mayor Howe 
VII. Swearing in of Alderpersons Pentland, Thompson, Bruenning and Dell’Orco 
VIII. Appointment and Swearing in of City Clerk, Kathy Mahany 
IX. Reports April 2014 
Glendale Fire Report 
Warson Woods Police Report 
X. Petitions, Requests and Complaints – Five-minute time limit per speaker. 
XI. Misc. Reports 
A Collector 
B. Building Commissioner 
C. Park Commissioner 
D. Tennis Commissioner 
E. City Engineer 
F. City Attorney 
G. Treasurer 
H. Mayor 
XII. Old Business 
A. Update on St. Matthews Property. 
B. Discussion of Regulation of Parking of Commercial Vehicles. 
C. Misc. Old Business. 
-1- Posted at the Warson Woods City Hall on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. 
Delivered to the Board of Aldermen and faxed to the news the same day. 
 XI. New Business 
A. Mr. Al Heinermann of Progressive Waste Systems. 
B. Resolution 05202014 for the Renewal of Delta Dental Insurance for the 
Employee Benefits Plan. Introduced by Alderman Gosh. 
C. Ordinance Revising Section 355.165 “Parking & Storage of Portable Containers” 
Bill No. 1589 Introduced by Alderman Gosh. 
D. Resolution 05202014 Approving Codification Services. Introduced by Alderman 
E. Ordinance calling for an Election on the Question of Whether to Impose a One 
Half of One Percent on all Retail Sales made in the City (1/2 Cent) for the 
Purpose of Local Parks and Storm Water Control; Designating the Time of 
Holding said Election and Authorizing and Directing the City Clerk to Give 
Notice of Said Election and Matters Relating Thereto. Bill No. 1590 Introduced 
by Alderman Newman. 
F. Misc. New Business. 
XII. EXECUTIVE (CLOSED) SESSION – Notice is hereby given that, subject to a 
 motion duly made and adopted, the Board of Aldermen may also hold a closed 
meeting for the purpose of dealing with matters relating to one or more of the 
following: Legal actions, causes of action, litigation or privileged communications 
between the City’s representatives and its attorney (610.021(1)); leasing, purchasing, 
or sale of real-estate (610.021(2)); hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting employees 
 XIII. Adjournment 


Monday, April 21

Ste Gen. Night at Bush Stadium on July 22!

Transcript from the Church Bulletin:

"On Tuesday, July 22, the Ste Gen. Quartet of Floyd Gilliam, Steve Lohrer, Peg Lord and Peg Fonke along with back up singers from Ste Gen School will sing the National Anthem before the game between the Cardinals and the Rays. Seats will be located in the Left Field Loge sections and tickets are $20. $5 will go to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society.

Tickets are available in the parish office Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm. "

Saturday, April 19

Must read in you are a Warson Woods Resident

Warson Woods Neighbors - 

Please see the attached comprehensive resident survey so your voice can be heard and considered as decisions are made regarding St. Matt's property and more. Print, complete and drop survey by City Hall (or mail). Survey is also on the WW website under resident tab.

Looking for additional options like:

1  Park – WW residents have to pay for it through a bond issue, etc
2    Single family homes
3   Hybrid = Park & Homes
4   Hybrid = Park & parking for RW school
)      5 Multifamily homes

Wednesday, April 16

Warson Woods Board of Aldermen Meeting April 15, 2014

Notes courtesy of Pat Flood

Warson Woods Board of Aldermen Meeting April 15, 2014 -- 
Next Meeting May 20, 2014  7 p.m. City Hall

A reporter from the Webster Kirkwood Times was in attendance. You are encouraged to go to their website to read more about these issues.

The Mayor welcomed approximately 40 people to the meeting.  He said that the entire Board was glad so many citizens wanted to participate.

1. St. Matthew’s Update:  It was reported that the initial “stakeholders” meetings had taken place with the Consultant to get an idea on what citizens wanted to happen to the property.  Six such people were interviewed. A citizen said that at the last meeting the Board had agreed to enlarge this number but the Mayor said that if that had been agreed to it had not happened.  Two or three “living room” sessions have also taken place with residents hosting meetings in their homes to get citizen feedback. People are invited by the home owners to these meetings. There is no public notification.  It was hoped that such a meeting could take place in Ward 4 soon.
 Again the main concern among citizens was the lack of information available to citizens, especially on the website. The Aldermen stated that they would try to get more info out including minutes of the living room sessions.  A citizen asked when the “oversight committee” called for in the Consultant’s contract would be meeting and would the public be able to attend.   The Mayor said that the Board was the oversight committee and that it would meet in open session.  The St. Matt’s development would also be discussed at the planning and zoning committee meetings.   It was noted that the time period for looking into possible development options set out in the memo of understanding with Grace Episcopal, the successor to the St. Matt’s property, is nearing an end. A citizen asked if there had been a  traffic study and was told there was no need for one at this time.
It was also reported that someone from Grace had come and removed shrubbery from the St. Matt’s property leaving holes that could be a danger.  The City will look into this.

2.  Discussion of  banning the parking of  commercial vehicles on the streets:  The city attorney presented three options for discussion on this topic. The Board was not ready to discuss this matter and continued it to the next meeting.  It was hoped that the options would be put on the website so everyone could familiarize themselves with them before the May meeting.

3.  Street Repair:  The City is entering into a contract to repair damaged slabs soon.

Saturday, April 12

Fish Fry at the Warson Woods Park

One email went out on Wednesday and BOOM! This is SO what we are about here in Warson Woods. 200+ people showed up. Tons of kids. Bountfire. 100 lbs of Catfish and 30 lbs of french fries later, the Party was a HUGE success.

Thanks to Mike Lewis, Brian Carr, Mike Andrews and the other volunteers for putting this Fish Fry together. You guys totally rock!

Wednesday, April 2

Upcoming Board Meeting

City of Warson Woods @WarsonWoodsCity Mar 28

The next board meeting for the City of Warson Woods is April 15, 2014. We would love to hear what you have to say.

Sunday, March 30

A Message from my good friend Michael Shipley

Photo of Michael when he was one and out campaigning for his dad Tom Shipley, Sr. for Warson Woods Alderman in 1976

Monday, March 24

Must read! The fire of 1957

Thank you so much Dick Lodge for letting me share with  that story on the BLOG!!

My family moved into 16 Ridgeline in December 1949. I was 8 years old my sister had not yet been born. Warson Woods at the time went from Manchester Road to North Drive and from Ridgeline to Andrew. Everything between Andrew and Woodlawn was woods, except for Bennett, which was a gravel road leading to some greenhouses and a stable. Everything between North Drive and Warson Road was also woods. I was in the third grade and Hudson was 4-6 that year, so I had to go to Schall in Rock Hill. The following year, I started Hudson. In 1960 my grandparents died and my great-grandmother came to live with us, so my dad built the house at 847 Rampart. They lived in that house until 1980. " Dick Lodge

Friday, March 14

Board of Aldermen meeting minutes - Courtesy of Pat Flood

Thanks again Pat for providing us with this detailed report:

Warson Woods Board of Aldermen met March 11, 2014. The meeting was moved from March 18, 2014.  Approximately 30 residents appeared.    The next scheduled Board meeting is April 15, 2014 but please check the website for any changes.

St. Matthews Property Project:  The Board reported on the Consultant’s progress and many citizens spoke regarding their views on the project. All spoke against the condo idea.  The mayor indicated that the idea still had support in the community.    A complete report of this topic can be found on line and in the hard copy of this week’s Webster Kirkwood Times.
Please note that the Mayor said that updates on meetings with citizens regarding this matter would be posted on the new website.
Snow removal:  A citizen spoke about her lack of satisfaction with the snow removal this year. The mayor said he had received many complaints about this and it would be considered when the contract comes up for renewal.
Maintenance of the St. Matts property  A citizen requested that either the City or the Church pick up the leaves and keep the grass cut on the property so  the green space can be used.
The new website:   The new Warson Woods  website is going to go live March 17 and should be much more user friendly.
Renewable Energy Systems:   A vote was taken on a new ordinance regarding renewable energy technology on houses.   A citizen spoke regarding this and voiced her concern that the Board may not have given this matter enough consideration
The City attorney reported that he would hopefully have some report on a possible ordinance regarding the parking of commercial vehicles on the streets for the next meeting although he said he would not have a proposed ordinance.

Wednesday, March 12

Update on the WW Board of Aldermen Meeting last night

Could you give me a digest of the meeting last night I would like to post it on the Blog to reach out to more people. Tx Linda

Linda Schweigert
About 20 people showed up. Probably 12 of those are my neighbors on Flanders. Biggest concern is traffic. I met with the planner on Friday. He thinks there will be entrances on both Bennett and Flanders. 2) Increased parking on the streets by guests of the Condos and Rohan Woods people. 3)What kind of materials will be used in constructing the Condos. Will they look good and fit into a single family neighborhood?4) Loss of the only green space left in WW. 5) The Board thinks there are WW older people will buy these Condos to stay in the neighborhood if they can no longer care for their larger home.

Thanks, can I mention your name?

Sure !

I am also worried about the construction traffic and noise. They are guessing but think this could take well over a year.

+ Melissa Fox posted this on Facebook this am:

Hello! I attended the meeting last night but had to leave early because I has my little one with me. I still have five questions.
1) what are the three phases of the gathering information plan with the consultant?
2) What is the timeline for the three phases?
3) Does the consultant warson woods hired have any financial gain to be made if the results come out one way or another?
4) Does the $8,000+ we paid to the consultant include a traffic survey?
5) We the residents be able to read the final report from the consultant? 

I will call Judy today to ask her these questions. From what I could gather, we paid a lot of money for a consultant to hold 14 interviews and 2/3 in home meetings, and the write a report. I'm hoping the money includes more than that.

Sunday, February 23

Warson Woods Board of Aldermen Monthly Meeting

Courtesy of Pat Flood.

Warson Woods Board of Aldermen had their monthly meeting Feb. 18, 2014. Just a few notes:

1.        The plans for the now vacant St. Matthew’s Church property. Warson Woods purchased the adjacent lot two years ago.   The mayor stated that the purpose at the time was to retain the lot as green space as the Church had intended to sell it to a developer.  He said that the green space idea was not meant to be permanent and the City and the Church are now proceeding with plans to possibly develop the area.  Residents spoke in opposition to the condo development idea discussed at prior meetings and mentioned in a newspaper article. The mayor said the condo idea had a lot of support.  Residents stated their belief that Warson Woods should remain a single family dwelling community; that property values would be reduced if the condos were built; that traffic would increase drastically and that children would be put in danger because of that. Speakers also suggested that the City should consider developing single family houses; retain the green space; or use the Church building for a City Hall or multi-purpose building. 
The Board was also asked if citizens should get petitions signed. The Mayor said that the Consultant is now speaking with six citizens to get their ideas and he, the Consultant, should be allowed to do his job.   The groups will get larger as the project progresses.  When asked why larger meetings were not being held now the Mayor said that it made no sense for a large number of people to be consulted at this time.
Communication was the biggest complaint with many residents near the Church property saying that they felt they were not receiving the information they should.  It was discussed that a meeting had been held with the Consultant and when asked if there was any reason why the Aldermen from the Ward where the property is located were not invited they were told there was no reason.

2.        Lighting at Andrew and Manchester. The lights on the entrance way should be on soon.

3.         The Bread Company will be moving from its current location in Greentree to the Schnuck's parking lot.  Concerns were raised with Kirkwood about increased traffic on Woodlawn due to one of the Manchester entrances being closed off for the store.

4.        A new website is being developed by one of our police officers who has expertise in this area.  A demonstration was given. This will aid the communication issue including hopefully posting meeting agendas with hyperlinks to proposed ordinances and other documents so they can be reviewed by Citizens without having to attend the meetings or in preparation for comments at the meetings.

5.       The City Attorney reported that proposed ordinances regarding the parking of commercial vehicles on the streets and the installation of solar energy technology on homes are being prepared.

Next Board Meeting: Mach 18, 2014 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 2

Rainscape Rebate Program Application Extended to March 21!

The Deer Creek Watershed Alliance has a rainscaping rebate program available right now and Warson Woods homeowners are eligible.

If you've ever thought of making your home more sustainable in terms of water by adding a rain garden, landscaping, or through rainwater harvesting, check out some of the elements of the program and apply by March 21 to get a rebate of up to $2,000 (up to 75% of project costs). The deadline was Feb 12, but they extended it to this week.

Details here!

Here are some of the things that are included:

Saturday, January 25

Adventure Walk in Warson Woods

This past Sunday, the weather was relatively nice (compared to bone-chilling freezing cold), so the kids and I went on an Adventure Walk to see what we could find around the neighborhood.

Ever since I read this Slate article about how parenting looks different in a variety of cultures this past April, I've thought a lot about the positive impact that a daily walk has on kids. I loved this quote from the article in particular:

"Meanwhile in Spain, everyone—experts, doctors, mothers—stressed the importance of a stimulating
daily walk [for children's development]: You see the people in your neighborhood. Objects aren’t stimulating. People are stimulating."

It rang true to me in April, especially in this neighborhood where everyone is out walking and you really will run into people you know as you stroll, and I've thought about that quote several times since then. We still aren't doing walks daily, but we do them as often as we can. And when it's been a really good day and we feel relaxed (you fellow parents know how good those days feel when they happen!), we call it an "Adventure Walk" and my five year old son gets to lead us.

In addition to seeing half of the neighborhood out on a walk during our Adventure Walk, we also experienced the following:

  • The secret passage sidewalk behind Rohan Woods. This is probably one of the neatest things about the neighborhood. We need more of them! It is great for stimulating the kids' imaginations!
  • We heard the church bells nearby play the entire song "Let There Be Peace On Earth." I think the church must have been excited about the weather, too.
  • A woman doing hill workouts at the park by the pool while her kids played - what a smart use of time!
  • The sun peeking through the tree line that runs just north of Warson Woods Road. You can see it from intersection at Renderer and Warson Woods Road if you look Southeast.
  • Lots of happy smiles from all of the kids we saw. They love being outside and we can't wait for Spring weather (and the pool to open!)
Photo from Warson Woods Park Playground

Thursday, January 23

Favorite Nearby Spots: The Daily Bread

If you haven't ventured west on Manchester to the Daily Bread in Des Peres, add it to your must-see list for this month! This casual restaurant has out-of-this-world breakfast sandwiches, lots of comfy seating, and a cookie case that will make your kids' day!

Other favorite menu items are the Mountain Cookie, the Ginger-Peach Iced Tea and the perfectly-made lunch salads. The Daily Bread takes the casual breakfast/lunch cafe to the next level...

This is a wonderful spot...and I am so glad it is right down the street! I'll see you there soon!