DDA Minutes

 

2012 Minutes

 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting: January 26, 2012

Present: Lewis, McConkie, Morrow, Moore, Hornus, Vibber, Near, Kubin, Crowley and Hansen.

Absent/Excused: Baumann, Munderloh, Hoyt, Worden

Meeting called to order by Hornus at 12:15 p.m.

Hansen reported that DDA Board received two resignations this past week. Pam Munderloh has accepted a job with Fortino, Plaxton & Costanzo in Alma and will be closing her office here. She also reimbursed the DDA for the $245 sign grant she had received, feeling that she shouldn't keep something that she only used for a little while. Phil Hoyt will be closing his one-person office here in St. Louis and continuing on with his current firm in the home office in Alma. Board decided to have members bring suggestions to next DDA meeting for filling those seats.

Officers for 2012 discussed. Moved by Kubin, supported by Moore to approve the following slate of officers: President/Hornus, Vice-President/Morrow, Secretary/Vibber

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Minutes of meeting of December 8, 2011 were reviewed.

Moved by Moore, supported by Crowley to approve minutes of December 8, 2011 and place on file.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Financial report reviewed through December 31, 2011.

Moved by Vibber, supported by Moore to accept the financial report through December 31, 2011 and place on file.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Properties, Projects and Business Attraction was discussed including:

Victoria's Flower Cottage and Caren's retirement

China City building possible interest

Phil Hoyt building – possibility for pharmacy

St. Louis Food Pride – plans for use of space

Pharmacy recruitment in general

GEM Theater – business plan, three upcoming shows

Upshaw's move to Herbs in the Middle building

Clark Gas Station progress – owner talking about March

ADM area and property ownership – senior housing possibility

Paint Pantry building after upstairs apartment fire

St. Louis Pharmacy – building in process of being sold

Subway working on other half of building – Bigby Coffee suggestion

Mill Street Furniture and Sunshine Clothing buildings

Façade Program topic was tabled. Need to work on the revision of this program for next year starting at the next DDA meeting. Moore, Morrow and Hoyt have been committee that does initial evaluations so Hoyt will need to be replaced.

Streetscape improvements/maintenance and signage discussed including Gratiot Downtown Art Expo project with Alma and Ithaca. Design ideas coming soon. Board suggested North Mill Street and big parking lot to be the sites.

McDonald's has contracted for a billboard on M-46 about five miles east of St. Louis on the north side of the road. We will be putting a banner sign on the bottom portion which reads, “Shop, Eat and Relax in St. Louis” hopefully this week. This was an offer McDonald's made to the City to use this portion of their sign for free, just have to pay the cost of the banner. Middle of the Mitten Association may also use it to advertise the Blues Festival, Christmas Parade, etc.

Promotional/advertising and events were discussed including:

Alma College Internship Program – Hansen set up at an event last week and collected several resumes of potential Alma College students who could help our businesses with new ideas, marketing, promotion and use of the internet.

Flyers were handed out for February 9 Swiss Steak Dinner and March 10 Comedy Night, both community fundraisers to be held at the Elks Lodge.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL
 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting: February 23, 2012

Present: Lewis, McConkie, Morrow, Moore, Hornus, Vibber, Near, Worden and Hansen.

Absent/Excused: Baumann, Kubin, Crowley

Meeting called to order by Hornus at 12:15 p.m.

Discussion held about replacing two DDA Board members. Several suggestions were taken and discussed.

Moved by Vibber, supported by Moore for Hansen to approach Katie Eisenberger, Mary Anderson and Bill Coty to gauge their interest in serving on the board. Other possibilities included Keri Geiger and Milene Nemeth.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Board also asked if we have an attendance policy. Hansen will check on this.

Minutes of meeting of January 26, 2012 were reviewed.

Moved by Morrow, supported by Near to approve minutes of January 26, 2012 and place on file.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Financial report reviewed through January 31, 2012.

Moved by Moore, supported by Morrow to accept the financial report through January 31, 2012 and place on file.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

McConkie mentioned that the City's income would be down somewhat in the coming year from taxes collected and that the DDA TIF income may be down approximately 10%. Sale of buildings for less money that they were previously assessed for is the main contributor to this.

DDA also needs to check with County of Gratiot on their contribution to the TIF as of 2013. Hansen will look into this further.

Properties, Projects and Business Attraction was discussed including:

Paint Pantry building after upstairs fire

Victoria's Flower Cottage buildings

China City building

Phil Hoyt building

St. Louis Food Pride plans

Pharmacy recruitment

GEM Theater

Senior housing possibility

Extreme Fitness opening soon at 116 North Mill Street

Subway working on other half of building

Façade Program was reviewed. Consensus was to have maximum grant be $1,000 with a total allotment of $5,000. Will try to be flexible with the total amount. Board felt that we shouldn't pay for a new sign for a new business until they have been in business for at least a year. Improvements to a new business' storefront would still qualify. Preference to be given to those who haven't received a grant before. Suggestion was also made to paint the face of 111 North Mill Street this year. Suggestion to see if the GEM would like to do its marquee with lights. With Phil Hoyt's resignation from DDA Board, Hornus will take his place on the Design Review Committee for Façade Program.

Gratiot Downtown Art Expo Press Release and brochure distributed. Project with Alma and Ithaca. Hansen encouraged board members to pass the word.

Banner replacement was discussed briefly.

Discussed the important of our board members noticing “little things” around town that need addressing to make things look better. DPW Director Mark Abbott is putting together a list of signs that should be replaced in the district.

Swiss Steak Dinner was a big success and March 10 Comedy Night at the Elks Lodge is coming up.

Board asked Hansen to check to see if the water, heat or electricity has been turned off in the Old Bank Building.

Board asked that next year the City use a different method to secure the flower bed coverings on M-46. Maybe tubes filled with sand rather than cement blocks.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012 AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL
 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting: March 22, 2012

Present: Lewis, Morrow, Moore, Hornus, Vibber, Near, Kubin and Hansen.

Absent/Excused: Baumann, Worden, Crowley, McConkie

Meeting called to order by Hornus at 12:15 p.m.

Hansen presented City board attendance policy at DDA Board's request. Board members are expected not to miss three meetings in a row and attend more than 25% of the meetings in a calendar year in order to maintain their standing. Hansen will review recent attendance list and make sure that all board members know the policy.

Mary Anderson and Katie Eisenberger were both approved as new DDA Board members by the St. Louis City Council and will begin their terms next month. Hansen will provide them with a packet to review so they can get up to speed.

Minutes of meeting of February 23, 2012 were reviewed.

Moved by Near, supported by Moore to approve minutes of February 23, 2012 and place on file.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Financial report reviewed through February 29, 2012.

Moved by Vibber, supported by Kubin to accept the financial report through February 29, 2012 and place on file.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Properties, Projects and Business Attraction topics were discussed including:

Sunshine Clothing – new owners intend to open May 1; Hansen will encourage them to consider being open year-round once they get up and running

Paint Pantry building – renovations going on upstairs and downstairs; interested in a Façade Grant to paint exterior of that and D-Tails building

Victoria's Flower Cottage buildings – still one prospect for flowers

China City building – condemnation process ongoing

Phil Hoyt building – may be rented to My PC Pro – need to work with signage

St. Louis Food Pride plans – working with City

Pharmacy recruitment – one good prospect but several month timeframe

Extreme Fitness – open with good initial membership reports

Subway – working on other half of their building with two prospects

Frosty Cone – interested in painting their roof – possible Façade Grant

St. Louis Florist, Gifts & Greenhouse – interest in that property

Clark Gas Station – opening still in process

Tacho's – considering new location

Common Threads – talked to Kubin about their plans for the future, possible upstairs apartments, paint the upstairs window openings, etc.

Rhonda Clark building – committee of Hornus, Vibber, McConkie to meet to discuss current situation, lease detail review, sale price, Façade Grant funds to complete storefront painting, etc.

Non-DDA area project on Michigan Avenue – Riverside or Village Market – bulk foods, ice cream along with landscaping business – Vibber knows them

Façade Program discussed briefly. Hansen will have final version ready for next month's meeting. Would like to encourage as many people as possible to do projects by the end of June to make a bigger impact together.

Discussion continued into the topic of a “clean-up and spruce-up” day in coordination with other local groups. Others that could be involved include CCC, SLBA, Middle of the Mitten Association, St. Louis DPW, St. Louis Garden Club, Mid-Michigan Community Fire Department, St. Louis Sports Boosters/Keri Geiger, Brian Wood's dumpster business, etc. Some ideas included:

Meet with all interested parties.

Make a list of TO DO items such as – flower planting, street and sidewalk sweeping and washing, cleaning of drain openings downtown, dates to put banners up, dates to put flags up, date to put flowers in garbage can tops

Date needs to be prior to Highland Festival weekend, perhaps have a promotion that weekend

Pancake Breakfast at the end of the clean-up day

Encourage each business owner to do something to the exterior of their building by then

Morrow asked that we contact EPA and MDEQ to see what offices might be needed in the downtown during the plant site cleanup process.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012 AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL
 
 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting: April 26, 2012

Present: Lewis, Morrow, Moore, Hornus, Vibber, Near, Kubin, Crowley, McConkie and Hansen.

Absent/Excused: Baumann, Worden, Anderson, Eisenberger

Meeting called to order by Hornus at 12:15 p.m.

At board's request, Hansen reviewed City attendance policy and DDA Board member attendance for this Fiscal Year. Hansen will speak with Steve Baumann about his ability to attend meetings considering his schedule.

Minutes of meeting of March 22, 2012 were reviewed.

Moved by Moore, supported by Morrow to approve minutes of March 22, 2012 and place on file.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Financial report reviewed through March 31, 2012. Board had questions on expenditures on Professional Services and Utilities. Hansen and McConkie with check with City Clerk/Treasurer Roehrs to clarify.

Moved by Kubin, supported by Moore to withhold approval of the financial report through March 31, 2012 pending answers to two questions.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Review of lease for 111 North Mill Street was presented in hard copy by Vibber and Hornus. Discussion by board that it was not a good time to invest any more money in the building such as upstairs apartments. The lease also states that the monthly rent should be raised 5% up to $472.50 and that we should inform our renter that will go into effect on June 1. This should be revisited in August/September of 2013 for the next increase for that October 1. Hansen will also speak to her about potential plans to buy the building so that the DDA may be more able to take on another project. Would like to consider painting the top portion of the front façade and Hansen will contact painter for estimate. Need to work out colors, details, etc.

Moved by Vibber, supported by Morrow to inform Rhonda Clark that monthly rent will be $472.50 beginning June 1 and to notify City Clerk Roehrs.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Properties, Projects and Business Attraction topics were discussed including:

River Rock Bar & Grill – working on plan for outdoor seating; need to make sure that there is not noise there at night and be clear on hours of operation

Sunshine Clothing – new owners intend to open May 1; selling off clothing and creating more of a second hand store

Paint Pantry building – renovations going on upstairs and downstairs; interested in a Façade Grant to paint exterior of that and D-Tails building

China City building – City needs to get with their lawyer

Jesus Coffee House – paying their taxes but still seems to be for sale

Phil Hoyt building – rented to My PC Pro

St. Louis Food Pride plans – working on property exchange agreement with City; 202 North Mill Street would be proposed new home to grocery store; Food Pride building to be transformed into City Hall over the next couple of years

St. Louis Florist, Gifts & Greenhouse – purchased by Dan Hubler of Discount Tire; plans uncertain at this time but will clean up

Clark Gas Station – ongoing work

Weathervane Antiques – waiting on new windows to be installed

Bakery interest – perhaps as part of Food Pride

Sportsmen's Barber Shop – Charlie Smith has it for sale

Old Bank Building – questions on zoning/ordinances there; sign, running water, heat required to operate a business; any fire inspections required; any outdoor blight/piles of materials

Façade Program discussed briefly. 2012-2013 version in process.

Hansen presented Spring Clean Up project list. Not time to put together a “cleanup day” as discussed recently but DPW has been busy with their spring checklist. DDA board members can review and e-mail Hansen with any questions/additions. Mentioned that trash containers maybe should be painted. McConkie said that with our new trash contract, if we had a different type of container we might be able to have the company empty the downtown trash bins rather than our DPW.

Banners need to be inventoried, cleaned and ready to be put up in May

2012 St. Louis Promotional Brochure almost finished.

Joe Scholtz Annual Free Fishing Derby is Saturday, June 9 and Joe's family is being helped by the St. Louis/Alma Lions Club.

Middle of the Mitten Golf Outing is Thursday, June 14.

Kubin mentioned that City Council is looking at an amendment to an ordinance that would require businesses no longer operating to remove their sign in 90 days.

Clarification of how much space must be left on downtown sidewalks if businesses use sandwich signs. Hansen will send out a reminder on this as a couple of businesses may be placing their signs so that there is not enough room on the sidewalk.

Meeting adjourned at 1:10 p.m.

NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012 AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL
 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting: May 24, 2012

Present: Lewis, Morrow, Moore, Hornus, Near, Baumann, Worden, Anderson, Eisenberger, Hansen.

Absent/Excused: Vibber, McConkie, Crowley, Kubin

Hansen will continue to send hard copy reminders for DDA monthly meetings for the time being.

Meeting called to order by Hornus at 12:15 p.m. Welcomed new board members Mary Anderson and Katie Eisenberger and made introductions around the table.

Minutes of meeting of April 26, 2012 were reviewed.

Moved by Moore, supported by Worden to approve minutes of April 26, 2012 and place on file.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Financial report reviewed through April 30, 2012. Board had questions on expenditures on Professional Services and Utilities from the March financials. Hansen reported that the Utilities cost was for lighting the billboard on US-127 and listed the professional services expenses as well.

Moved by Moore, supported by Morrow to approve the financial reports from March and April, through April 30, 2012.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

City Clerk Treasurer Roehrs has retired and City will have new person in place in June.

Hansen reported that he notified Rhonda Clark of the monthly lease payment increase at 111 North Mill Street. The monthly rent will be raised 5% up to $472.50 and goes into effect on June 1. This should be revisited in August/September of 2013 for the next increase for that October 1. Hansen spoke to her about potential plans to buy the building and she thought in about another year she would be interested.

Steve Baumann described the project moving St. Louis Food Pride to 202 North Mill Street to be called The Corner Market. Is hoping to be open around the third week of June.

Board reviewed list of ongoing and potential projects. Emphasized their interest in getting the China City building situation resolved as soon as possible. Is it still listed with a realtor?

Façade Program reviewed. Hornus, Moore and Morrow will give one final reading and revision so that it can be distributed very soon. Would like some projects to have the opportunity to be finished before 4th of July weekend.

Streetscape and appearance topics discussed including:

DPW and Electric Departments have done a nice job getting the City to look nice leading up to Memorial Day. Need to create a list of things to do between now and July 6 along the same lines.

Fire Department's recent wash down of streets. Could use another trip around with the sweeper.

What might be done on the northwest corner of M-46 and Main Street near Subway? Blacktop broken up, doesn't look as nice as the other corners. Hansen will take photos and discuss with City.

St. Louis Garden Club just finished planting flowers, including garbage can tops. Asked if it would be OK to paint garbage cans. Board agreed that they need it and agreed that they could be forest green to match the green in the downtown logo. Hansen will follow up on this.

Downtown banners are up as well as the Gratiot Downtown Art Expo banners. Have had lots of positive comments on this project. Hansen will make recommendations on new banners needed, any replacements, etc. M-46 and South Main in particular but other possibilities too. Main Street bridge, Clapp Park block and the park itself, west on M-46, etc. Do we want any different style banners?

2012 St. Louis Promotional Brochures are printed and being distributed. DDA Board members each took some for their individual businesses.

Joe Scholtz Annual Free Fishing Derby is Saturday, June 9 and Joe's family is being helped by the St. Louis/Alma Lions Club.

Middle of the Mitten Golf Outing is Thursday, June 14.

Gratiot County Strategic Planning is ongoing. Hansen provided that committee's brainstorming results for downtowns for DDA Board review. Our board listed the following as important to them:

More outdoor seating and placement of additional benches. Chairs and tables a possibility? Morrow brought this up and Lewis mentioned round tables with umbrellas in downtown Lakeview.

Art, music, fountains and things that help create a relaxed, peaceful atmosphere. Hornus brought this up. Individual businesses piping music outside via speakers. Again, where would this work best? Public art was mentioned along with a plan of where to place it.

Board thought we could put together a better inventory of available space, square footages, etc. Didn't think that a map was necessary but a comprehensive list.

Thought the topic of coordinated store hours was better discussed by the SLBA. Thought that open hours for the banks really was important here.

A public restroom downtown was mentioned. Could it be done in coordination with a welcome center of some type. Mackinaw City has one right in the middle of a block. If it were to be a free standing building, where would it be? Could we make use of the Food Pride corner that the City owns? The China City building, Jesus Coffee House and part of the Bank Building were mentioned.

Hansen announced that he was going to have an intern from Alma College for the summer. Goal is for them to meet with individual businesses on things like Facebook, social media, internet use, advertising/graphic presentation of each business, etc.

Legislation presented in Lansing to require internet sellers to charge sales tax. This would benefit local businesses as it would take that advantage away from people who don't maintain a storefront. Opportunity is there for individual cities and/or DDA's to pass a resolution supporting this.

Meeting adjourned at 1:05 p.m.

NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2012 AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL
 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting: June 28, 2012

Present: Lewis, Kubin, Moore, Hornus, Near, Anderson, Eisenberger, Vibber, Hansen.

Absent/Excused: McConkie, Crowley, Morrow, Baumann, Worden

Meeting called to order by Hornus at 12:15 p.m.

Minutes of meeting of May 24, 2012 were reviewed.

Moved by Kubin, supported by Near to approve minutes of May 24, 2012 and place on file.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Financial report reviewed through May 31, 2012.

Moved by Moore, supported by Lewis to approve the financial reports through May 31, 2012.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Board reviewed list of ongoing and potential projects:

Corner Market project still ongoing. Latest plans are to open July 12. River Rock has purchased the bakery hardware and that project is proceeding too.

St. Louis Hydro-Spray Car Wash is for sale and there has been some interest. Greater Gratiot informs us that the Brownfield Tax Credits have expired, so the DDA should be capturing taxes on that property in the future.

China City building situation was discussed. City needs to proceed with condemnation. Could this be the site for a public restroom/welcome center? Hornus says foundation on the NW corner needs to be checked carefully.

ADM/St. Louis Florist area still a potential project. Hansen will be trying to get multiple owners together. Need to check where the DDA district boundaries are in that area.

Todd Fisher is still working out of Pat Harris' office even though she has retired. Hansen will check with him to see if he is purchasing the building.

Primary Home Care has tentatively rented one of their available spaces on M-46 to a “good as new” second-hand store.

Some interest in the empty flower shop at 131 North Mill.

Pharmacy is still a possibility and sites suggested have been Jesus Coffee House, China City, Flower Shop building, former My PC Pro building.

Façade Program reviewed. Hornus, Moore and Morrow will meet ASAP to review applications that have come in so far. Need to do a building inventory downtown that would include potential improvements.

Streetscape and appearance topics discussed including:

Kubin will approach City Council about getting new Victorian poles on M-46 in the Clapp Park block. Green banners could go on those poles.

Moved by Vibber, supported by Moore to purchase five new green banners, cost not to exceed $750 total. Hansen will check to see if Electric Department has any banner arms in reserve so we don't have to buy five more sets.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

St. Louis Garden Club has painted the downtown garbage cans. Also working on the “Mitten” planter in front of Clapp Park on M-46. Would like to have some message on the sides of garbage cans like, “We're glad you're here!” or “Thanks for coming!” but need to be done professionally. Possibly put the DDA website address on them, some artwork, etc.

New mulch to be put in trees next week on North Mill Street tree beds. DPW Director Mark Abbott getting price for rubberized mulch for the future.

DPW and Electric Departments have done a nice job getting the City to look nice leading up to the 4th of July holiday. Cleaned up the Civil War Statue today, doing more weed-whacking, etc.

Upcoming events are St. Louis Blues Festival on July 6 & 7, Old US-27 Motor Tour on Thursday, August 23 and Sidewalk Sales for downtown businesses on September 14-15.

Hansen reminded board that he has an Alma College Intern for the summer and to contact him if they would like some help with Facebook, advertising, etc.

Vibber reminded board that the Work Camp project in St. Louis will begin on July 8. Not a DDA program but does a lot of good in our community.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012 AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL
 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting: July 26, 2012

Present: Lewis, Kubin, Moore, Hornus, Vibber, Crowley, McConkie, Hansen

Absent/Excused: Morrow, Baumann, Worden, Near, Eisenberger, Anderson

Meeting called to order by Hornus at 12:15 p.m.

Minutes of meeting of June 28, 2012 were reviewed.

Moved by Kubin, supported by Moore to approve minutes of June 28, 2012 and place on file.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Financial report reviewed through June 30, 2012.

Moved by Vibber, supported by Moore to approve the financial reports through June 30, 2012.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Board reviewed list of ongoing and potential projects:

Corner Market open as of Thursday, July 19. Liquor license should be coming through any time and then they can transfer their stock over. River Rock moving ahead with bakery plans and hopes to be open next week some time.

Thrift Store has opened at 602 West Washington in the Primary Home Care building. Focusing on quality second-hand clothing. Signage complete and they have done a nice job of getting things together.

China City building condemnation process is proceeding. Since our latest letter, there has been renewed interest there. We are hoping to have a sale in about two weeks.

ADM/St. Louis Florist area is still a potential project. Hansen will be trying to get multiple owners together. Need to check where the DDA district boundaries are in that area.

Some interest in the empty flower shop at 131 North Mill.

Pharmacy prospect working with one of our downtown building owners. Tentative timeline would be for a November opening.

Jesus Coffee House building is for sale again.

Sunshine Resale Store has brought in enough stock to fill almost that entire building.

St. Louis Hydro-Spray sale on hold as bank has not come to an agreement with purchaser on price.

Project for new City Hall to be located in former Food Pride building is getting started. Council reviewed potential layout last week. Canopy demolition on south side of property coming soon. General exterior cleanup coming soon.

Façade Program reviewed. Hornus, Moore and Hansen will meet tomorrow morning to review applications that have come in so far. Need to do a building inventory downtown that would include potential improvements.

Streetscape and appearance topics discussed including:

Hansen will have Police Chief Herblet take a look at potential signage additions needed for the alleyway/parking lot entrance area between City Hall and The Corner Market. Perhaps a note in City newsletter too, to remind people to drive slowly in that area.

NW corner of M-46 and North Main Street still needs to be looked at and improved. Perhaps involve St. Louis Garden Club for ideas.

Five new green banners have been ordered and should be delivered this week. Electric Department has enough banner arms in reserve to get these up any time. McConkie reported that plans are set to add five new Victorian poles in the Clapp Park block of M-46 that the banners can go on with bases being installed in August and poles taking about two months to arrive. Also hoping to add two more blocks of poles on M-46 to the west of where the poles currently end, at Delaware Street. This would be in the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year.

Downtown garbage cans each having a flower design painted on their doors by summer intern. Would like to have some message on the sides of garbage cans like, “We're glad you're here!” or “Thanks for coming!” but need to be done professionally. Possibly put the DDA website address on them, some artwork, etc.

Report on rubber mulch from DPW Director Mark Abbott. Cost would be approximately $6,000 to use this in the downtown area to replace the red/wood mulch in the landscaped beds and tree beds. Mulch is dark brown.

Upcoming events are Old US-27 Motor Tour on Thursday, August 23 and Sidewalk Sales for downtown businesses on September 14-15.

Need to follow up with regular contact with Church of God Campground for their schedule.

McConkie reminded board that Gratiot Air Show would be August 24-26.

Hornus mentioned that trees are growing up on our sign on US-127 and to perhaps speak to the land owner. Hansen will inquire as to what the rules are on this. Doug Yost of LAMAR should know.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012 AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL
 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting: August 23, 2012

Present: Lewis, Kubin, Moore, Hornus, Vibber, Near, Worden, McConkie, Morrow, Baumann, Hansen

Absent/Excused: Eisenberger, Anderson, Crowley

Meeting called to order by Hornus at 12:15 p.m.

Minutes of meeting of July 26, 2012 were reviewed.

Moved by Moore, supported by Worden to approve minutes of July 26, 2012 and place on file.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Financial report reviewed through July 31, 2012.

Hansen reminded board that bond payment will be coming up in September, also that the income to be received from TIF for Winter Taxes does not get posted until December 1 so the income on this report is only for Summer Taxes.

Moved by McConkie, supported by Morrow to approve the financial reports through July 31, 2012.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Façade Grants and recommendations were presented after meeting of that committee:

$125 to Therapeutic Massage by Tammy for signage at 124 North Mill Street. Pays full project cost.

$1,000 to Kubin's Furniture at 101 North Mill Street for front awnings. Pays portion of $7,412.34 project cost.

Moved by Vibber, supported by McConkie to approve Façade Grant Committee's recommendations. Hansen will follow up with each grantee by letter and phone. Also, working on list of potential other façade projects and ideas.

Anderson Custom Carpeting and Sunshine Resale Shop also had projects approved pending Hansen meeting with them to review their final plans and exact costs.

Board reviewed list of ongoing and potential projects:

Corner Market open as of Thursday, July 19. Liquor license received. Very good so far, lots of positive comments. River Rock Bakery also open. City is also planning to asphalt the back strip of the alley right behind the building.

City has hired an architect/planner to begin work on plans for City Hall to be located in former Food Pride building. Plans are to tear off the east side addition and put a new roof on the rest of the building yet this season.

Tacho's is considering a new location. Hornus wondered if the space next to Subway would be big enough for a take-out situation and would save them money.

China City building at 117 North Mill Street was sold last week. Building permits already paid for. Plan to put in a new Chinese restaurant. Experienced restaurant person with good drawings already turned in.

Old Bank Building discussed. DDA Board concerned with long-range condition of the building. Windows open, exterior brick, roof, basement, etc.

Pharmacy prospect has signed lease at 225 North Mill Street. Interior renovations are going on right now. Project will move forward in hopes of an early November opening.

Morrow mentioned that the former St. Louis Florist buildings are for sale on Michigan Avenue. There has been some interest to Hansen on this area and follow up needs to be done.

Empty Clark gas station may need to be looked at for blight problems.

Riverside Market is open on Michigan Avenue. Not in the DDA area but another new business.

Has been some interest in MSHDA Rental Rehab Program in second floors of downtown businesses. Hansen putting together a letter to send to all eligible building owners.

Streetscape and appearance topics discussed including:

DPW Director Mark Abbott gave us some ideas on improving the NW corner of M-46 and North Main Streets. We need to involve Subway and get some prices on asphalt.

Five new green banners have been received for M-46 light poles in the Clapp Park block. Cost for banners was $625 and funding was already approved for this. City Council earlier this week approved the purchase of the five new poles. Project should be done this fall.

Need to discuss types of flowers to be used in tops of green garbage can enclosures. Current ones didn't hold up that well this year, but extremely hot weather probably played a role. Cans now have welcome signs posted on the “street” side of each one. A similar sign has also been posted on an easel tripod in the entrance to City Hall which says, “Thanks for supporting our local businesses!”

City put ad in Mid-Michigan Sports Scene football preview edition and had more downtown bookmarks printed.

Need to check on the pine tree that is growing up in front of our US-127 sign. Hansen will check on land ownership and state laws.

Near mentioned to please consider getting downtown street signs to have street names on both sides, not just one side. Hansen will follow up.

Upcoming events are Old US-27 Motor Tour this afternoon and Sidewalk Sales for downtown businesses on September 14-15. Kubin's is sending out a huge mailing and will include this on the flyer. Plan on SLBA using funds to advertise in newspapers and on radio.

City is in process of revising and updating its Parks & Recreation Plan. Survey online currently being done at http://www.stlouisrecreation.com/.

St. Louis Sports Boosters, new Superintendent Steve Brimmer and new Athletic Director Jen McKittrick have all met with Hansen lately to discuss school/downtown/community relationship. Lots of new people in important positions and all have been very excited about working together.

Dave McMacken's latest book, “A St. Louis Album,” is just about ready to go to the printer.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL
 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting: September 27, 2012

Present: Lewis, Moore, Hornus, Vibber, Morrow, Baumann, Eisenberger, Anderson, Hansen

Absent/Excused: Crowley, McConkie, Kubin, Worden, Near

Meeting called to order by Hornus at 12:15 p.m.

Minutes of meeting of August 23, 2012 were reviewed.

Moved by Moore, supported by Morrow to approve minutes of August 23, 2012 and place on file.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Financial report through August 31, 2012 was not available.

Façade Grants are all in process. We will be getting an estimate soon on what it would cost to paint the front façade second floor of 111 North Mill Street.

Board reviewed list of ongoing and potential projects:

Building at 117 North Mill Street is being cleaned out and renovated for the new China King restaurant. Owners are aiming at an opening date around Thanksgiving.

VCare Pharmacy project is moving along at 225 North Mill Street. Potential opening date has been moved up to early October.

Car Wash on M-46 was discussed. Morrow heard that it might have been sold. Hansen will follow up with people who have shown interest. Isabella Bank has held the property.

Former flower shop and tea room buildings were looked at the other day. Hansen will follow up to see what kind of interest there has been.

Extreme Fitness is adding several tanning beds to the front of their business. Good quality beds and a nice investment in their building.

Hansen talked to Clark gas station owners this morning. They indicated that they have finished with their other project and are hoping to move on the one in St. Louis this coming month.

The State of Michigan is offering funding to help tear down condemned/empty/abandoned homes. Board was asked to brainstorm to come up with a list of potential addresses so that the City can put a grant application together. Sites need to be in/near key areas of the city such as the downtown, parks, riverfront, strong neighborhoods, etc.

Board asked if we could try to continue to make progress on the Old Bank Building. Kubin talked to owner Dave Duba recently and he was open to discussion. Hansen will check with Duba to see if our October DDA meeting could be held there with the purpose of him giving the board a tour.

Streetscape and appearance topics discussed including:

Working on improving the NW corner of M-46 and North Main Streets by Subway.

Clapp Park block of M-46 is being prepared by our Electric Department for five new Victorian street lights in that area. Poles are ordered and green banners and banner arms are ready.

Planning to pave area behind new Corner Market store within a couple of weeks.

DPW recently completed adding sidewalks to all four sides of Clapp Park and expanded the amount of pavement around the pavilion. CCC also repaired and repainted the gazebo and picnic tables in the park. Very nice project in downtown area.

It was agree that the types of flowers used in tops of green garbage cans were the right kind, just need to make a better effort to water them next year if the weather is dry again. At request of downtown business people, garbage cans will remain out this winter but will be moved next to a tree or light pole to make plowing snow off sidewalks easier.

Working on getting downtown street signs to have street names on both sides, not just one side.

Upcoming events discussed included:

Dave McMacken's latest book, “A St. Louis Album,” will be available to the public starting this Sunday, September 30 from 1-4 p.m. here in Council Chambers in City Hall. For sale at the library and City Hall after that.

Halloween Decorating Contest starting October 15-19 and running through October 31. High School art classes also painting pumpkins for use in decorating downtown businesses.

Christmas Open House Sale coming up Saturday/Sunday November 10 & 11.

Small Town Family Christmas Parade and Reception with Santa will be on a Thursday this year, December 6 starting at 6 p.m. for the parade. Trying this in order to avoid Friday night school activities and hoping to get them more involved. Also keeps us from being on the same night as Ithaca's parade and might draw more folks because of that. Still working on details. Suggestion that the Jesus Coffee House might be a good place to have the food/reception that evening since the Dollar General building is no longer available.

Breckenridge's fall antique and folk art show coming up November 10 as well. DDA made suggestion that we look into having an antique/collectible/craft/flea market sale downtown next year. Need to find out where to get list of vendors, etc.

Hansen asked for comments on 4th of July event dates for next year and the future. Will be impossible to so as usual in 2013 as our setup day lands on the 4th of July. Options are to move to Friday/Saturday, July 12 & 13 or to end of the month on Friday/Saturday, July 26 & 27.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012 AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL
 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting: October 25, 2012

Present: Lewis, Moore, Hornus, Vibber, Morrow, McConkie, Worden, Near, Hansen

Absent/Excused: Crowley, Kubin, Anderson, Baumann, Eisenberger

Meeting called to order by Hornus at 12:15 p.m.

Minutes of meeting of September 27, 2012 were reviewed.

Moved by Moore, supported by Worden to approve minutes of September 27, 2012 and place on file.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Financial report through September 30, 2012 was reviewed. Hansen noted that bond payment does not show up yet, and that the total was $16,740. In addition, winter tax collection for the TIF is not reflected on the report but should amount to around $13,000.

Moved by McConkie, supported by Vibber to approve the financial report through September 30, 2012 and place on file.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Board reviewed a list of property sales over the past year or two. Hansen will check to make sure that all TIF implications are understood.

Hansen asked board to confirm the e-mail and verbal approval of the Façade Grant application of the new China King restaurant for painting the front of their building at 115 North Mill Street.

Moved by Vibber, supported by Lewis to approve a Façade Grant in the amount of $981.00 for the China King restaurant.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Board reviewed list of ongoing and potential projects:

Bank building owner has been contacted about his future plans; building probably needs to be inspected soon by our building department; concern about roof; Sunshine Resale Store building was reportedly having rainwater leak into the store and needs a rental inspection if people are living upstairs; need to check to see if they plan on being a seasonal business and closing for the winter

China King restaurant targeted to open around Thanksgiving. Still a lot of interior work to do, though progress has been steady. Front façade paint job looks nice.

Possibility of painting second story façade at 111 North Mill Street will have to wait until spring.

VCare Pharmacy project is open at 225 North Mill Street. Already had open house and ribbon cutting. Initial reports are that they are doing well. Hansen will let them know about our policy of owners and employees parking out back instead of on North Mill Street.

St. Louis Hydro-Spray Car Wash on M-46 has been sold. New owner is associated with Discount Tire and has the self-serve bays already open.

Extreme Tanning almost ready to open at 116 North Mill Street. They are hoping to open next Monday, October 29. Board mentioned to ask them to take down St. Louis Pharmacy sign on side of building.

Potential for some downtown buildings to have second floor apartments. Discussed pros and cons of this depending on individual features of each building, rear entry possibilities, etc.

Streetscape and appearance topics discussed including:

Corner by Subway paving will not be done until next spring as asphalt company cannot squeeze it in. They also would prefer if the base of the Subway sign was repaired first, before they pour asphalt.

Clapp Park block of M-46 is being prepared by our Electric Department for five new Victorian street lights in that area. Poles are on order but should be in this fall.

Mulch area behind The Corner Market was cleaned up and new asphalt poured last week. Corner Market materials should be moved back to their original spots this week.

Upcoming events discussed included:

Halloween Decorating Contest running through October 31. Judging will be this week and winner announced next Wednesday. Thanks to Worden for her work on this.

Christmas Open House Sale coming up Saturday/Sunday November 10 & 11. SLBA has a meeting tonight at 5:30 to finalize advertising for this.

Small Town Family Christmas Parade and Reception with Santa will be on a Thursday this year, December 6 starting at 6 p.m. for the parade. Working with the Jesus Coffee House to have the food/reception that evening since the Dollar General building is no longer available

Board met with City Manager McConkie to review conceptual drawings of the new City Hall building and gave their input.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012 AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL
 
The November and December meetings were combined.  Please see December minutes.
 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting: November 29, 2012

Present: Lewis, Moore, Hornus, Vibber, Morrow, McConkie, Near, Crowley, Kubin, Anderson, Baumann, Hansen

Absent/Excused: Eisenberger, Worden

Meeting called to order by Hornus at 12:15 p.m.

Minutes of meeting of October 25, 2012 were reviewed.

Moved by McConkie, supported by Morrow to approve minutes of October 25, 2012 and place on file.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Financial report through October 31, 2012 was reviewed. Hansen noted that bond payment was included in this report. Winter tax collection for the TIF is not reflected on the report but should amount to around $13,000.

Moved by Moore, supported by Vibber to approve the financial report through October 31, 2012 and place on file.

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

Board reviewed list of ongoing and potential projects:

Extreme Clean 24/7 Car Wash almost ready with automatic bays. The rest of the operation is working fine.

Owner of former St. Louis Florist building and property working on ideas for that area.

China King project a little behind schedule as owner tries to keep contractors on schedule.

Former Food Pride building being cleared out. Almost down to walls and ceiling. Finishing design and hoping to be in the new City Hall around next year this time.

Sunshine Resale Store only going to be open until December 20 then closed for the winter. Need to make sure building is secure and maintained.

St. Louis Pharmacy sign has been taken down off the Extreme Fitness building.

Vacant Clark Station project is still ongoing. Had contact from a company this past month looking for information on taxes, etc. Not sure what this means and neither owner or company that contacted us would say.

Met with Gary Sych, owner of the former flower shop building. Hornus asked if he might be willing to sell if he can't get a renter.

Jesus Coffee House still for sale. Christmas Parade event to be held there next week and hopefully this will generate some interest.

Building housing Upshaw's is for sale. Includes two upstairs apartments that are occupied. Rent from upstairs should pay entire mortgage.

Bank building needs to be addressed as a cooperative project between owner, City, DDA, potential investors/buyers, etc. This should be a prime topic at next DDA meeting and Hansen will gather some information between now an then.

Quality Clutch and Gear property on South Main has an offer on it.

Crowley mentioned that they have Frosty Cone for sale. Have had some interest from people who have experience running a business and also have the financial means to do the job. Emphasized that they are firm on their price and if they don't sell it she will continue to operate it.

Façade Grants are all up to date. No new applications. Keep front of 111 North Mill Street on schedule for spring.

Streetscape and appearance topics discussed including:

Light poles are in for Clapp Park block of M-46 and will be installed soon. Electric Department also has Christmas decorations for them already. Council will be considering replacing light heads for remainder of poles on M-46 as they still have the “yellow” lights. Would be approximately a $20,000 project but would have some savings over time in energy use. There is not time to do the decorative concrete bases for the new poles this year but can be done in the spring.

Upcoming events discussed included:

Small Town Family Christmas Parade and Reception with Santa will be on a Thursday this year, December 6 starting at 6 p.m. for the parade. Jesus Coffee House to have the food/reception that evening since the Dollar General building is no longer available

Pink Sale will be Friday/Saturday, January 18 & 19, 2013. Kubin's working on a mailing that would include promotion of this event to its customers.

McConkie talked briefly about the water supply replacement project, Velsicol plant site cleanup project and the North Main Street to Prospect Street project schedule for next year.

Hansen suggested that the January meeting be held at 5:30 p.m. in order to do some brainstorming and planning for 2013. Asked board to plan for at least 1 ½ hours and food could be brought in.

Meeting adjourned at 12:55 p.m.

NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2013 AT 5:30 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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