DDA Minutes

 

2013 Minutes

 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting:  January 24, 2013

 

Present:  Lewis, Moore, Hornus, Vibber, McConkie, Anderson, Near, Hansen

Absent/Excused:  Eisenberger, Crowley, Kubin, Morrow, Worden, Baumann

 

Meeting called to order by Hornus at 5:30 p.m.

 

Makeup of the board was discussed.  At the beginning of 2013 we had the following resignations:  Crowley, Eisenberger

 

Hornus also announced that he would be stepping down at the end of the meeting.  After serving for 12 years he felt that there were other things demanding his time and encouraged the board to be excited and innovative as it moved forward.  Suggested that more communication with City Council would be beneficial.

 

At this time there are 10 members on the board.  DDA Act allows there to be from 9 to 13 members, with one of them being the City Manager.  Existing board members felt they would like to take some time to consider who else might be asked to join the board so it was tabled until the next meeting. 

 

Slate of officers was discussed for 2013. 

 

Moved by McConkie, supported by Lewis for Jim Moore, Chair, Mary Anderson, Vice-Chair and Brad Vibber, Secretary. 

All Ayes/Motion Carried. 

 

Makeup of the Façade Grant Committee was discussed.

 

Moved by Vibber, supported by McConkie that the committee be made up of Jim Moore, Scott Morrow and Steve Near.

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Minutes of meeting of November 29, 2012 were reviewed.

 

Moved by Moore, supported by Near to approve minutes of November 29, 2012 and place on file.

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Financial report through December 31, 2012 was reviewed.

 

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

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Discussion was held on plans for 2013 and beyond.

 

Main topic was the possibility of designating an area of Downtown St. Louis as “historic” at the federal level with the National Trust.  There has been interest by developers in some of our older downtown buildings, but it would make potential projects more attractive if the federal tax credits associated with that program were available.

 

Alma is going through this program and their cost was $26,000.  Hansen felt that their size/scope of work was bigger than what ours would be, so that the cost should be less.  Also, he will look into grant opportunities to see if something could help pay for it.

 

Board wondered what, if any, negative features or restrictions that might come with this type of program.  Hansen is in the process of gathering details for the board to review.  Felt that this information should be distributed to property owners as well. 

 

Group felt that this should be our first priority moving forward in 2013. 

 

Uses for the current City Hall building were discussed.  Moore suggested that the area be considered for a housing project.  McConkie mentioned that the water problems would have to be addresses but the board liked the idea overall.

 

Ownership of 111 North Mill Street was discussed.  Lease is due for review this August for rent amount, etc.  Need to review the current financial standing should Rhonda Clark buy the building. 

 

North Mill Street bridge is due for work in 2014 and board discussed potential items to dress up that and the Main Street bridge as entryways into the downtown.  Banners, painting, planters, etc. 

 

Hansen mentioned the hiring of Dori Foster as a full-time person to deal with blight, code violations, rental inspections, etc.  She will be a big help to us starting this year by working with us to deal with any downtown issues along these lines. 

 

Board felt the idea of putting rubberized mulch downtown was a good one and to look into specific costs for this. 

 

Board asked that the dumping of garbage cans downtown be done on a regular weekly basis.   

 

Hansen requested that February meeting date be changed to February 21 from February 28 as he would be out of town on the regular date.  Board agreed to this.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

 

NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2013 AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL.
 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting:  February 21, 2013

 

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

Absent/Excused:  Kubin, Moore, Baumann, Anderson

 

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

 

Minutes of meeting of January 24, 2013 were reviewed.

 

Moved by McConkie, supported by Worden to approve minutes of January 24, 2013 and place on file.

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Financial report through January 31, 2013 was reviewed.

 

Moved by Worden, supported by Morrow to approve the financial report through January 31, 2013 and place on file. 

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Projects and individual properties were discussed including:

 

China King restaurant hoping to open in about two weeks.  One more inspection to have done.

 

No word lately on the Clark gas station, so need to call them again.

 

MSHDA Rental Rehab program meeting being set up.  Morrow mentioned that he might be interested in addition to the three building owners who have already contacted us.  McConkie mentioned we should make personal contact with Rhonda Clark about the upstairs at 111 North Mill Street. 

 

City has received a request to transfer the liquor license at St. Louis Mini-Mart as it is in the process of being sold. 

 

Historic Designation for downtown was discussed.  Handouts given describing the program, in response to DDA Board member request.  They will come up with any questions after reviewing the information.  Also need to give this information to property owners within the district when it is proposed.

 

Hansen has contacted Michigan Historic Preservation Network and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to keep this process going.  We are hoping for a SHPO visit in March. 

 

Façade Program was discussed.  Hansen will put together a proposal for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year to help determine how much DDA wants to budget for that program which would begin July 1. 

 

Streetscape and maintenance/appearance issues were discussed including:

 

Dori Foster is putting together a list of potential blight and/or ordinance violations in the downtown area to help us.

 

As board and several business owners requested, downtown garbage cans are now being dumped on a weekly schedule.

 

Discussed talking to Subway to see if we could use one or two of their walls for signage and/or a mural.  Walls themselves would need painting first and this would improve the appearance of that very visible area.  Possibly downtown logo and “Parking” sign with arrow.  Side of St. Louis Variety might be another nice mural location. 

 

Middle of the Mitten Association Comedy Night flyers were handed out and board members encouraged to attend.

 

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt flyers distributed.  Parkside Assembly and the VFW are combining to do this event downtown again this year rather than the traditional “race” to find things in an open field.  This not only involves families more, working together and spending some time together, but also gets a lot of people into our downtown area and stores that day, Saturday, March 30.

 

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

 

NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013 AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL.
 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting:  March 28, 2013

 

Present:  Lewis, Morrow, Vibber, Worden, Kubin, Moore, Baumann, Anderson, Hansen

Absent/Excused:  McConkie, Near

 

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

 

Minutes of meeting of February 21, 2013 were reviewed.

 

Moved by Morrow, supported by Vibber to approve minutes of February 21, 2013 and place on file.

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Financial report through February 28, 2013 was reviewed.

 

Moved by Vibber, supported by Morrow to approve the financial report through February 28, 2013 and place on file. 

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Projects and individual properties were discussed including:

 

MSHDA Rental Rehab program meeting being set up.  Several building owners have shown interest.  Lansing company has worked locally to help with grant application and administration.  Suggested to talk to Common Threads owners. 

 

Historic Designation for downtown was discussed.  Hansen has contacted Michigan Historic Preservation Network and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and sent them materials to review.

 

China King restaurant is now open and has been very well received so far. 

 

Potential new business in with Subway.

 

Sunshine Resale Store open again May 1. 

 

Letter from Jim DeGood on 227 North Mill Street valuation.  Building for sale with two occupied apartments upstairs and retail space available downstairs.  Hansen asked them to provide him sale price, downstairs rental rate and what was included, etc.  

 

Mini-Mart sale ongoing.  Need to check with City Clerk to see if liquor license transfer request has been approved by City Council yet. 

 

Former flower stop downtown still available for rent.  Gary Sych has met with potential developers. 

 

Sportsmen’s Barber Shop building for sale for $40,000.  Potential for apartment upstairs. 

 

Former St. Louis Florist building on Michigan Avenue has upstairs apartments almost ready.  Downstairs area still available, though it needs renovation. 

 

Possible handicapped space on Saginaw Street by Corner Market proposed.  Moore mentioned that he was once told they can only be so many feet from a stop sign.  Hansen will look into. 

 

Façade Program was discussed.  Hansen putting together a proposal for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year.  DDA Board confirmed that the program should have a maximum of $1,000 per grant, not require a match but encourage it, no limit on amount of funds to spend but make clear that funds are limited, maximum of $500 for front/side work, no money available for signs until business has been in operation for one year or more.

 

Streetscape and maintenance/appearance issues were discussed.  Hansen and DPW Director Mark Abbott working on list of items for the spring.  Dori Foster continues to be involved to look at blight issues.  Nathan Workman from First Church of God is trying to put together a program where local churches might help us with cleanup/fixup projects.  Board mentioned metal hanging off top of front façade of Bustle & Grind storefront.  Paul Erskine will follow up. 

 

Promotional items were discussed including

 

2013 St. Louis Promotional Brochure – should be finished by mid-April.

 

Gratiot Downtown Art Expo banners – ready by Memorial Day weekend.  Extra banners from that project – replace some green ones?  May be able to have art students do some painted banners advertising downtown events. 

 

Restaurant brochure should be considered with new China King Restaurant now open.  Shopping/Gift brochures could be the next step. 

 

“Visions” article in Morning Sun – copies provided. 

 

Billboards/murals on side of Subway building and/or St. Louis Variety.  Moore asked Hansen to follow up with St. Louis Variety building owner Bill Coty to see what he might like to do.    

 

Events were discussed including:

            Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt – Saturday, March 30

            Breckenridge Antique and Folk Art Show – Saturday, March 30 – St. Louis flyers

            Pavlik Auction of St. Louis items – Saturday, April 13

            Joe Scholtz Annual Fishing Derby – Saturday, June 8

            Middle of the Mitten Community Golf Outing – Thursday, June 13

                        Worden mentioned that she heard the Sports Boosters were doing a golf outing

                        too, so Hansen will check with Maria Roberson to hopefully avoid dates being

                        close to each other. 

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:55 p.m.
 
NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013 AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL.
 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting:  April 25, 2013

 

Present:  Lewis, Morrow, Vibber, Kubin, Moore, Anderson, McConkie, Hansen

Absent/Excused:  Near, Baumann, Worden

 

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

 

Minutes of meeting of March 28, 2013 were reviewed.

Moved by Kubin, supported by Morrow to approve minutes of March 28, 2013 and place on file.

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Financial report through March 31, 2013 was reviewed.

Moved by McConkie, supported by Vibber to approve the financial report through March 31, 2013 and place on file. 

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

McConkie mentioned that the 2013-2014 FY is the last year that our Deficit Reduction Plan for 111 North Mill Street is in place with the State.  We would like to sell the building this year to our renter.  If not, the plan requires that the St. Louis Electric Department buys out the DDA’s interest in this building. 

 

Projects and individual properties were discussed including:

 

MSHDA Rental Rehab program meeting being worked on.  MSHDA has new CD Specialists assigned to Gratiot County as of last month and we are trying to get a response from them.

 

Historic Designation for downtown was discussed.  Hansen sent State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) list of building addresses and photos for their initial review.  Next step is for their representative to visit St. Louis.  Firms have been contacted to give us estimates as to how much it would cost to put together an application for us to the National Park Service.  Hansen will complete a grant application to the Gratiot County Community Foundation to help pay for this. 

 

City-owned building at 111 North Mill Street has been having roof leaking problems recently during day after day of heavy rain.  Temporary repairs have been made but we need to consider more long-term solutions.  Estimate was obtained from Otterskin Roofing for repair/replacement of the roof on the middle section of the building (building has three connected sections).  Two options that each come with a warranty.  Board wanted to make sure that if we do this work, the warranty is attached to the building and is transferable to whoever might purchase the building.  Hansen will speak with lessee Rhonda Clark to see what her input might be. 

 

Board mentioned that our building inspector and code enforcement director need to follow up with the China King building since there is still construction refuse lying behind the building at 115 North Mill Street.  Also, the house on the corner of M-46 and Franklin Street has the roof covered in blue plastic and should be examined.  Sunshine Resale Store building looked like it had a lot of water in their basement being pumped out, windows full of condensation, etc. 

 

Potential new business in with Subway – project is ongoing. 

 

Mini-Mart sale ongoing.  Liquor license transfer no longer requires approval of City Council. 

 

City Council members asked Hansen to work with railroad to do a better job maintaining their property in the south part of the DDA area south of the tracks, former Rowley & Church area, etc.  Photos have been taken and will be passed along.  Also should keep in touch with former elevator property area owners along the same lines. 

 

Possible handicapped space on Saginaw Street by Corner Market being studied.  Costs will have to include creating a curb cut as well as the re-lining. 

 

Façade Program was discussed.  2013-2014 mailing done.  Discussion held on when applicants could begin work.  Consensus was that as long as a project was approved, grantee could begin work but work must be completed and paid for before the DDA would make reimbursement.  McConkie felt that this payment could be made even in the current FY if it kept projects moving.  He and Hansen will check with Finance Director for proper method of doing this. 

 

Streetscape and maintenance/appearance issues from Hansen and DPW Director Mark Abbott:

 

Flower beds on M-46 have been uncovered.  Garden Club in charge of plantings.

Trees have been trimmed on Enhancement area of M-46.  Twin City Landscape did a good job.

City DPW has purchased our own street sweeper at auction.  Should have it soon.  Board

            members wanted to make sure they used water in it.

Parking lot lines and yellow curb markings to be done in May downtown as well as handicapped

            spaces.  Need to coordinate this with possible new handicapped space by Corner Market. 

Middle lines on roads downtown will be painted in mid-July.  This is done every other year. 

Garbage cans downtown now being emptied on a weekly basis.

Trees on North Mill Street were very lightly trimmed recently.  Didn’t need all that much.

New mulch has been put in little tree beds on North Mill Street.  None in parking lots yet.

Clapp Park M-46 flower bed will be torn out and turned back to grass for the time being.

            Project for sign/memorial to be put there eventually.

Possibly take down the white sign in the SE corner of Clapp Park on M-46.  Looking a bit bad.

First United Methodist Church to have volunteers working on Saturday, May 18.  Likely spots to

be the St. Louis Area Historical Society and Cutler Library, both in downtown area.

 

Promotional items were discussed including:

 

2013 St. Louis Promotional Brochure will be delivered next Monday. 

Fishing Derby set for Saturday, June 8 and flyers available.

Middle of the Mitten Golf Outing flyers available

Working on finding an intern for the summer to work with promotional items

Getting details on a possible year-round billboard contract to present

Considering doing a “daily special” Constant Contact e-newsletter offering our downtown

            businesses the opportunity to advertise specials.  Board thought this was a good idea.

Billboard/mural on side of St. Louis Variety being planned.  Design from old “Spirit of St. Louis” graphic proposed.  Working with SLHS and need to see if it’s best to paint on the building or create a signboard and then attach it to the building. 

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:55 p.m.

 

NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013 AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL.
 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting:  May 23, 2013

 

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

Absent/Excused:  Baumann, Anderson

 

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

 

Kubin and McConkie noted that Carla McCreery from the Sportsmen’s Barber Shop expressed an interest on being willing to volunteer for any City board.  Hansen will follow up. 

 

Minutes of meeting of April 25, 2013 were reviewed.

Moved by McConkie, supported by Worden to approve minutes of April 25, 2013 and place on file.

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Financial report through April 30, 2013 was reviewed.

Moved by Kubin, supported by McConkie to approve the financial report through April 30, 2013 and place on file.  Board asked Hansen to check on postage charge listed. 

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Projects and individual properties were discussed including:

 

Rental Rehab program meeting tentatively scheduled for Thursday, June 13 at 9:30 a.m.  MSHDA reps will be here to tour buildings and answer questions. 

 

Historic Designation for downtown was discussed.  City has received two proposals and bids.  Grant application was submitted to the Gratiot County Community Foundation to help pay for this and results should be known next week. 

 

City-owned building at 111 North Mill Street has been having roof leaking problems recently during day after day of heavy rain.  Hansen recommended that board uses Otterskin to make roof repairs per their estimate of $6,724 (attached).  Board wanted to make sure that the warranty is attached to the building and is transferable to whoever might purchase the building.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Lewis to hire Otterskin to do roof repair/replacement on 111 North Mill Street at a cost of $6,724.

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Worden asked that she be notified when work was going to be done, as she owns the adjoining building. 

 

Façade Program was discussed.  Committee has reviewed applications and made following recommendations:

 

$1,000 to Weathervane Antiques – front façade – 119 North Mill Street

$1,000 to The Blue Shamrock – front façade painting – 223 North Mill Street

$1,000 to HairWorx Plus – new second story windows on front façade – 113 North Mill Street

 

Moved by Vibber, supported by Morrow to award Façade Grants to above three businesses.

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.  Abstain: Worden

 

Hansen will prepare award notification letters. 

 

Worden inquired as to who was doing masonry work on front of Blue Shamrock.  She would like to contact them about work on her building.  Will also have them look at 111 North Mill Street second story front façade for us. 

 

Aluminum piece loose on pharmacy building. 

 

Streetscape and maintenance/appearance issues from Hansen and DPW Director Mark Abbott:

 

New handicapped space will be on North Mill Street in front of the Corner Market instead of on Saginaw Street.  No curb cut needed by doing it this way. 

Parking lot lines and yellow curb markings done last weekend downtown.

Mulch still to come in downtown parking lot areas. 

Clapp Park M-46 flower bed has been torn out and turned back to grass for the time being.

            Project for sign/memorial to be put there eventually.

White sign in the SE corner of Clapp Park on M-46 removed.

Green trim on current City Hall to be repainted. 

Gratiot Art Expo banners going up today. 

New city street sweeper being used a lot. 

Restaurants to try some outdoor seating. 

 

Promotional items were discussed including:

 

2013 St. Louis Promotional Brochures are available and being distributed. 

Fishing Derby set for Saturday, June 8 and flyers available.

Middle of the Mitten Golf Outing flyers available.

Working on finding an intern for the summer to work with promotional items, video in particular.

Getting details on a possible year-round billboard contract to present

Billboard/mural on side of St. Louis Variety being planned and will be done once weather permits.  Design from old “Spirit of St. Louis” graphic will be painted right on block. 

Four Classic Car Cruise-Ins planned, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11. 

 

Worden asked if the City would consider a curb cut in the middle of the 100 block near the front of her building, similar to one by Office of Human Services. 

 

Board mentioned possible blight by old St. Louis Florist building.  Hansen will follow up. 

 

Need to look at water turnoff valves as possible trip hazards, cut them off or mark them somehow. 

 

Green garbage cans may need some touchup paint after the winter. 

 

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

 

NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2013 AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL.
 
No Meeting was held in June or July.
 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting:  August 22, 2013

 

Present:  Lewis, Vibber, Anderson, Moore, McConkie, Worden, Hansen

Absent/Excused:  Baumann, Near, Kubin, Morrow

 

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

 

Minutes of meeting of May 23, 2013 were reviewed.

Moved by Worden, supported by McConkie to approve minutes of May 23, 2013 and place on file.

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Informational reports from Hansen reviewed for June and July.

Moved by Lewis, supported by Vibber to place the informational reports on file. 

 

Financial report through July 31, 2013 was reviewed.

Moved by Vibber, supported by Worden to approve the financial report through July 31, 2013 and place on file.

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Lease for 111 North Mill Street was reviewed to determine new rent amount City Treasurer Marr and City Manager McConkie provided data showing that we should raise the rent amount by 4% beginning October 1.  Current rate is $472.50 per month so new rate would be $491.40.  Hansen will draft a letter to Rhonda Clark as official notice of this change. 

 

Projects and individual properties were discussed including:

 

Historic Designation for downtown was discussed.  SHPO has informed Taylor Preservation, LLC and the City that they have waived the requirement for us to put together a preliminary application.  They feel that the information we have already provided them qualifies our downtown area to apply to the National Trust to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  This does not affect our costs at all, but can make the process a little shorter.  Hansen will also put in a grant application to the Gratiot County Community Foundation for $7,500 to help pay for the work.  We were denied in our first application but feel that we’ll have a better chance this grant cycle.  Worden says that she has some paperwork on the history of many downtown buildings that Arnie Bransdorfer did years ago.  She will get Hansen that information. 

 

City-owned building at 111 North Mill Street is still waiting for Otterskin Roofgear to do their project.  Hansen spoke to Otterskin recently and they were planning on September as the month to complete this work.  Renter Rhonda Clark and next door neighbor Lenore Worden will both be notified before work begins. 

 

Milene Nemeth from Milene’s Salon has retired.  Iris Drake tax service is still working out of that building. 

 

Lorrie Siler is looking to sell The Hair Loft building.  Karen Galloway retiring in September.

 

New business in Gary Sych building next to Old Bank.  Gaming business that has good following in Mt. Pleasant and Owosso so hopefully will draw people from out of town.  More information soon.  Need to get with Gary on possible Façade Grant for storefront. 

 

Anderson mentioned it looked like the empty Clark Station has been cleaned up somewhat. 

 

GEM Theater has announced events on August 23, October 18 and October 19.  They now have a full liquor license which should help their business.  Hansen will try to meet with them along with other two bar/restaurants to see if a program can be developed to have dinner before the shows. 

 

Façade Program was discussed.  Committee has reviewed applications and made following recommendations:

 

Fandell application for 502 West Washington does not meet grant guidelines as it involves filling in windows and covering things up with siding.

 

Greg Hamling needs to complete an application for project at former St. Louis Florist building on Michigan Avenue.  Some of this work would qualify but we need more details.

 

Streetscape and maintenance/appearance issues from Hansen and DPW Director Mark Abbott:

 

Need to check on green banners for Clapp Park block of M-46.

Plan for next spring for banners on M-46 in general.  Some new ones, not all the same kind.  Ask downtown businesses to sponsor some.  Need to check if Dave Galloway at Superior Sign is still doing this type of work. 

Green trim on current City Hall recently repainted. 

 

Promotional items were discussed including:

 

Getting details on a possible year-round billboard contract to present

Billboard/mural on side of Jim’s Barber Shop being planned for this fall 

Final Downtown St. Louis Classic Car Cruise-In planned for Wednesday, September 11.  Around 45 cars there last time and has grown each time

 

McConkie and Hansen putting together a proposal to have DDA meetings quarterly rather than monthly.  Possibly December, March, June and September.  Have had a bit of trouble getting a quorum this summer and several business owners are not always able to get away from their stores.  Also should consider adding one person to the DDA Board to make the total number of members eleven. 

 

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

 

NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL.
 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Report to Board:  September 26, 2013

 

 

The September 26 DDA meeting had to be canceled so we are providing you a report of what would have been presented at that meeting:

 

REVIEW OF FINANCIALS

Updated report through August 31, 2013.  At that time, $39,964.95 cash on hand.  Hansen contacted Rhonda Clark to notify her that rent at 111 North Mill Street will go up to $491.40 as of October 1.

 

HISTORIC DISTRICT FOR DOWNTOWN

Taylor Preservation, LLC is proceeding with the work.  SHPO waived requirement for us to submit a preliminary application because or initial work was so good.  A grant application to help pay for half of the $15,000 cost will be made to the Gratiot County Community Foundation on November 1.  City has already paid $1,000 for initial work and another progress payment of $2,000.  Need to contact MSHDA to see if they have any funds available for this yet, as they mentioned this summer.  Board should be prepared to spend $5,000 towards the Historic Designation for Downtown St. Louis this upcoming year.   

 

111 NORTH MILL STREET ROOF

Work is now scheduled to begin October 3, 4 or 7 depending on weather.  Half of cost has already been paid with remainder due upon satisfactory completion.  Rhonda Clark at 111 North Mill and Lenore Worden at 113 North Mill have been notified of the schedule. 

 

THE FROZEN ORC

New business in Gary Sych’s building at 131 North Mill Street.  Norman LaBarge is the owner and they deal in pop culture collectibles, board games, collector card games, role-playing games and lots more.  They also provide tables for gamers to come in and play and learn.  This business typically attracts middle school to college age people (and older too) so it will be nice to have something new for this age demographic to do downtown. 

 

CLARK GAS STATION

Have received contact from owner from the Chicago area stating their intentions to try and get up and running this fall.  Working with them on what they need to do to get open.  

 

TRANSITIONAL ZONE

Several years ago the City changed zoning along a stretch of M-46 where historic-looking homes were located so that potential low-traffic businesses might consider locating in such a house.  The T-Zone would provide an area that transitions from our downtown commercial district out to residential districts without changing the character of the area.  We are working with a prospect along these lines and will get you more information as it goes forward.

 

MILENE’S SALON

Milene Nemeth has retired and there is available space at the building at 219 North Mill Street.  Drake Accounting and Tax Service is still located there as well. 

 

EXPRESSIONS BOUTIQUE

Karen Galloway has retired.  Building is for sale at 112 North Mill Street.

 

FAÇADE PROGRAM

Common Threads Quilt Shop is planning on painting and new awnings for their storefront.  They are doing this on their own. 

 

Hansen wrote letter to Gratiot Car Company that their application did not fit our Façade Grant requirements this time. 

 

Weathervane Antiques project is done and reimbursement has been processed for $1,000. 

 

STREETSCAPE, SIGNS, ETC.

Inventory needs to be taken of green banners on M-46 and a plan put together for the spring including possibility of other colors, messages and designs.  Electric Department located five new banners that we have for Clapp Park block on M-46. 

 

Small billboard on US-127 northbound has been replaced.  Electric Department installed it this past month.  Looks good. 

 

Design is almost finalized for the bigger billboard on US-127 northbound.  This is not a DDA expense but hopefully will still draw people to visit St. Louis. 

 

PROMOTION

Mural is being planning on the north side of Jim’s Barber Shop.  Jerry Lewis provided an image of an old-time barber shop that the schools will work with hopefully starting soon after Homecoming.  Possibility of cutting down tree and creating seating area in that space too. 

 

EVENTS 

October 4 is St. Louis High School Homecoming Parade and Varsity Football game vs. St. Charles.  Parade is at 5:30 p.m. with game at 7 p.m.

October 5 is Buy Nearby – Get Caught Blue Handed statewide promotion.

Downtown Halloween Decorating Contest – Displays go up the week of October 14-18 and are judged on October 31.  Must be taken down by Sunday, November 3.

GEM Theater events Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19. 

Saturday, November 9 is St. Louis Sports Boosters’ Apple Pie Day fundraiser 

Sunday, November 10 is Christmas Open House Sale downtown – St. Louis Variety working with group advertising for cover of Alma Reminder that comes out Saturday, November 2. 

Thursday, December 5 – Small Town Family Christmas parade and reception with Santa with parade lineup at 5:30 p.m., parade start at 6 p.m. and reception at 6:30 p.m.

 

OTHER

Continuing discussions on changing DDA Board meetings to four times a year rather than monthly.  Several board members having trouble because of needing to be working at their stores.  Need to decide what months would be best if we go this route, possibly December, March, June and September.  This also might allow us to do some 5:30 p.m. meetings instead of 12:15 p.m. every time.  Also need to consider adding one more board member. 

 

 NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2013 AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL.
 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting:  October 24, 2013

 

Present:  Lewis, Vibber, Anderson, Moore, McConkie, Worden, Near, Kubin, Hansen

Absent/Excused:  Baumann, Morrow

 

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

 

Minutes of meeting of August 22, 2013 were reviewed.

Moved by Kubin, supported by McConkie to approve minutes of May 23, 2013 and place on file.

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Informational report from Hansen reviewed for September.

Moved by Vibber, supported by Kubin to place the informational report on file. 

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Financial report through September 30, 2013 was reviewed.

Moved by Kubin, supported by McConkie to approve the financial report through September 30, 2013 and place on file.

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Meeting schedule was reviewed and discussed.  Hansen and McConkie proposed moving to quarterly meetings rather than monthly.  Discussion held.

 

Moved by Vibber, supported by Worden to change DDA Board meetings to a quarterly schedule.  Months to be January, April, July and October.  Tentative times to be 12:15 p.m. for January and April and 5:30 p.m. for July and October.  Dates will continue to be the fourth Thursday of those months.  Hansen will provide a monthly report on DDA-related items that would be regular agenda items by e-mail and regular mail including a monthly Financial Report. 

            All Ayes/Motion Carried. 

 

Discussion held and board agreed to submit names for consideration to add one person to the DDA Board.  Hansen will coordinate this via e-mail. 

 

Projects and individual properties were discussed including:

 

Historic Designation for downtown:  Taylor Preservation, LLC continues to research information on downtown properties so that we can apply to the National Trust to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The City has paid the first $3,000 of the $15,000 cost and Hansen recently submitted another grant application to the Gratiot County Community Foundation for $7,500.  Nan Taylor believes she can have things ready for an application for this coming May, 2014.  City has also had Spicer Group create a draft of a map of the potential historic area. 

 

Otterskin Roofgear completed the roof work on the city-owned building at 111 North Mill Street.  Final inspection will be done by the City next week, then there needs to be a Warranty Inspection done by Dura-Last so that we can be issued the warranty.  Final payment of $3,362 will be made at that point. 

 

The Middle of the Mitten Association, the St. Louis branch of the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce has approached the DDA to help them come up with an idea or two that they might contribute to this coming year.  Their Reserve Account has built up to the point where they feel they can make a donation to something downtown-related that would be noticeable here in St. Louis.  This can be an ongoing discussion, but two suggestions were a downtown sound system and more murals on the backs or sides of downtown buildings. 

 

McConkie announced that the lawsuit against the City regarding construction work at 111 North Mill Street has been settled and the City is not liable.  Hansen will pass this on to Rhonda Clark who leases the building, as she has mentioned that she might consider purchase of the building once that issue had been settled. 

 

Clark gas station opening still up in the air.

 

Donna Kolar purchasing the former Boyd house at 324 West Washington to put a second Purple Pear Place retail business in.  Very good news.

 

Expressions building for sale and there has been some interest.

 

Other buildings now listed with realtors include Jesus Coffee House, Sportsmen’s Barber Shop and the former Upshaw’s Indoor Garden Supply building.  Hansen will discuss with realtors. 

 

Common Threads Quilt Shop just had new awnings installed this month. 

 

There is potential for an insurance office to move into 133 North Mill Street. 

 

Main Street paving project is almost complete.  Road is open. 

 

McConkie mentioned that North Mill Street Bridge and road south of it to be done next year.  Also lots of work associated with Water Authority project but nothing right downtown. 

 

Façade Program was discussed:

 

Application from Bill Coty for 118 North Mill Street.  New sign, painting of the area behind the sign and second-story front windows scraped and painted.  $935 grant request towards a $1,835 project.

 

Moved by Moore, supported by Near to approve a $935 Façade Grant to Bill Coty for Extreme Sports at 118 North Mill Street. 

All Ayes/Motion Carried. 

 

Brief discussion of potential murals upcoming.  Board decided that Façade Grant money shouldn’t be used for this, but did like the idea of Middle of the Mitten Association helping with these.  Project all set for spring on Jim’s Barber Shop and also would like to consider the north wall of Subway building. 

 

Streetscape and maintenance/appearance issues:

 

Will plan over the winter for banner replacement on M-46.  We have five new green ones already.  Considering doing more of a variety of styles and colors, possibly to mention some features of the downtown that might cause travelers to stop such as Antiques, Ice Cream, etc.  Hansen has not been able to contact Superior Sign and not sure that Dave Galloway is still running his business.  When Electric Department takes down banners soon, will bring one down to Extreme Sports to see if they can do them and if so get a quote.  Ask local businesses if they’d like to buy/sponsor a banner.  Ask our HS Art Classes to paint on some blank banners.

 

Moore asked if it might be possible to get some Christmas decorations up on North Mill Street by the Christmas Open House Sale weekend of November 9 & 10.  Hansen will work with Electric Department on this.

 

Promotional items and events include:

            Downtown Halloween Decorating Contest – winds up October 31

            SLHS Sports Booster Apple Pie Day – Saturday, November 9

            Christmas Open House Sale – Sunday, November 10

            Small Town Family Christmas Parade – Thursday, December 5 

 

Kubin mentioned that he is paying a high school student a few hours a week to work on his business website and it has worked out very well.

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:50 p.m.

 

 NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014 AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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