The first meeting of the St. Robert Board of Aldermen for 2018 began with Pete Ramsel, coordinator of CRA investments and Randy Becht, director of economic development for the Pulaski County Growth Alliance, presenting information to the Board of Aldermen on a proposed site for building senior housing in St. Robert. CRA investments was representing O’ Reilly Development Corp.
The site for the proposed project, VFW Memorial Drive area, has already been purchased. The plan for the proposed site is to have 40 two bedroom energy efficient, affordable apartments with washer and dryer hookups for seniors (55 and older). The information was presented so the Board of Aldermen could discuss drafting a letter of resolution supporting the project.
Ramsel told the board, “I need to know the City of St. Robert is behind the project and I will come back as often as necessary to answer questions and talk more about the project.”
St. Robert Chief of Police Curtis Currenton announced the promotion of Chris Danielson, a Patrol Corporal to Sergeant for the Patrol Division and Officer Noah Sankovich, also in the Patrol Division, to Corporal.
Currenton said, “These two young men are a true testament of the progress and development it takes to become great police officers… I also want to thank the families and the sacrifices they made.”
Currenton and the Board of Aldermen said goodbye to Officer Deon Chavis. Currenton said, “He is a fne officer who is leaving us ( St. Robert Police Department) and relocating in Texas with his family.”
After the promotion announcements, congratulations from the Mayor, the Board, fellow officers from St. Robert Police Department, and picture taking, the meeting continued.
Mayor George Lauritson, Alderman Linda Daniels, Alderman Charles Slider, Alderman Allan Johannsen, Alderman Michael Myers, Alderman Todd Williams, Alderman Reggie Hall, Alderman Theresa Cook and Alderman John Moore were present. Alderman Reggie Hall was absent.
The consent agenda (December minutes and treasurers report) was approved, pending ordinances were discussed, and departments updated the board.
Election filing update: According to Edna Givens, Deputy City Clerk, “As of January 09, 2018, at 5:00 a.m., the following have declared their candidacy for elected office in the City of St. Robert:Ward 1: Alderman Theresa Cook has filed for reelection.(2 year term)Ward 2: Alderman Linda Daniels has filed for reelection.(2 year term)Ward 3: Alderman Todd Williams has filed for reelection.(2 year term)Ward 4: Alderman Michael Myers has filed for reelection.(2 year term)"
Martin Luther King Day: Lauritson read and signed a proclamation, proclaiming January 15, 2018 as Martin Luther King Day.
Three more things to know from the Board of Aldermen:
Raise for part time volunteer firefighters .
Approval of ordinance 3174 by the Board of Aldermen authorized a raise for tbe part time volunteer firefighters to $9.00 per hour.
Appointment and reappointment to the St. Robert Planning and Zoning Commission
Ordinance 3175 approved Mayor Lauritson’s appointment of Randy George to the St. Robert Planning and Zoning Commission for a four year term ending January 9, 2022.
Ordinance 3176 approved Mayor Lauritson’s re appointment of Thomas Goodman,Art Currenton, and Frank Herbert to the St.Robert Planning and Zoning Commission for a four year term, ending January 9, 2022.
3. Holiday house of the month announced
Jamie Bourbon and Jon Hickernell of 137 Plattner were the winners of the holiday house of the month. The house of the month award will resume again in May, 2018.