Friday, April 19, 2013
It will be the sixth year for collaboration between Eureka Arts Council and Eureka city leaders.
Eureka board of aldermen agreed to donate $5,500 to the Eureka Arts Council at Tuesday's meeting, per a request from Karen Crimi, who represented the council. This is the sixth year Eureka has lent a financial hand to this arts organization. The request was for an additional $500 more than in the past. The Eureka Arts Council program benefits 450 to 500 people, ranging from pre-kindergarten toddlers through adults, said Crimi, when board of aldermen questioned how the money was being used. Crimi said rooms were rented from the Rockwood School District on behalf of the council's summer programs. She said the district started charging for the rooms about four years, and that the arts council does get them at a reduced rate. Board of Alderman…
Thursday, April 18, 2013
A city marshal and three board of aldermen took oaths of office at Tuesday's Eureka board meeting. Guess how many marshals Eureka has had in its history.
Eureka Police Department Chief Michael Wiegand was sworn in as city marshal at the Eureka Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday evening, per the April 2 election results. Wiegand has served as city marshal since April 1987. Prior to that, city clerk Ralph Lindsey said there were three Eureka city marshals: Robert Maness, Charles Branson and J.T. VanderHeyden. Three Eureka aldermen ran unopposed in the same election, and also were sworn in Tuesday: Board members also voted to reappoint Wes Sir as the Planning and Zoning Commission aldermanic representative.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Eureka city staffers communicate about problems with the retaining walls surrounding a motel located off of Fifth Street.
Last month, Eureka Board of Aldermen continued discussions related to Super Motel 8's special use permit renewal, after most of the retaining walls on the property at 1733 West Fifth Street in Eureka had been deemed potentially problematic, with respect to their level of deterioration or structural integrity. Read prior article: Super 8 Motel Retaining Walls Need Repair Or Else At this month's board meeting, city administrator Craig Sabo issued a memo to building commissioner Bill Penney indicating the structural engineer’s report received by city staff about the walls were "full of minor errors." Sabo said the report referenced photos that did not exist and confused the left side with the right side of motel owner Peter Patel's property…
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Safety is the question. Eureka Board of Aldermen have requested necessary work on the retaining walls surrounding a motel located off of Fifth Street, or the motel's permit to operate could be in jeopardy.
Most of the retaining walls on the Super 8 Motel property, 1733 West Fifth Street, in Eureka are potentially problematic to some extent, with respect to their level of deterioration or structural integrity, said Eureka City Administrator Craig Sabo. The motel's special use permit was up for review at the Dec. 18 board of aldermen meeting. Peter Patel, representing the motel, then attended the Jan. 15 board meeting to discuss the condition of the retaining walls, because it was on the agenda for "possible revocation." Patel said he was working on the walls, particularly the exterior appearance concerns but needed additional time—for purposes of cash flow—possibly until April or May, according to city board meeting minutes. City Attorney …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Permit reviews for two businesses that had been tabled since December again were tabled.
Eureka board of aldermen approved special use permits for five existing businesses at the board's meeting Tuesday evening. Eureka City Administrator Craig Sabo requested to again table permit reviews of the following two businesses until the March 19 board meeting, both of which were continued from the Dec. 12, 2012 board meeting:
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Eureka Board of Aldermen approved a date for this third annual event.
This year's Geggie Elementary 5K Walk/Run will be April 27, per approval at the Feb. 5 Eureka board of aldermen meeting. Eureka alderman Don Beckerle, Ward 3, said the city's trails committee members were coordinating with Pat Grimshaw, physical education teacher at Geggie, to redirect the walk/run route to line up with the new Route 66 trail. City administrator Craig Sabo reminded aldermen that last year, the city's insurance requirements were waived for this event. More details will follow in coming weeks.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
A legal battle is under way over whether friends living together violates Eureka's housing law. A restraining order keeps Eureka from evicting the two women. The next hearing with a St. Louis County judge is Jan. 17.
At the heart of a current lawsuit in Eureka is whether two women, who are both single mothers living in the same household, constitutes a "family" versus a renter and subleasee arrangement. A court hearing about the matter scheduled earlier this month was reset for Jan. 17, said the women's attorney Nicholas Higgins. To stop the women from being evicted, Higgins sought the county's protection and filed a temporary restraining order against the city of Eureka. Eureka-Wildwood Patch first broke the news of the debate on Dec. 6: Definition of "Family" Debated in Eureka Eureka resident Alicia Wrob invited her friend, Sheri Clark, to move into the same home at The Villas at Autumn Glen after Clark separated from her husband of 28 years. Wrob …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Eight special use permits were approved at Tuesday's Eureka Board of Aldermen meeting.; two were postponed; and one was authorized to be rescinded.
Special use permits for the following Eureka businesses were approved by Board of Aldermen at Tuesday evening's meeting: Aldermen voted to start the process of rescinding the special use permit for the Super 8 Hotel at 1733 West Fifth Street, after Eureka city administrator Craig Sabo explained city personnel had been trying to work with the hotel's managers for two years to get the retainer wall fixed. Discussions about special use permits for two businesses were postponed until the Feb. 19 Board of Aldermen meeting:
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Eureka city representatives and two city residents are in the middle of an ordinance and legal disagreement about what constitutes a "family," as it pertains to living under the same roof. A St. Louis County court hearing is set for today (Thursday).
Having more than one family living in a single family structure is a violation of Eureka municipal code, but what constitutes a "family" is what's being discussed and redetermined by Eureka city administrators and board of aldermen. The issue arose when the 73-year-old neighbor of two women who are roommates at The Villas at Autumn Glen called city officials and complained about alleged violations. After the complaint, a Eureka building commissioner investigated the situation and determined the women to be in violation of the city's code, section 23-12. The women appealed and filed a petition with the St. Louis County Circuit Court on July 30, according to online court records. At Tuesday's board of aldermen meeting, city representatives …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Within a still sluggish economy, Eureka Mayor Kevin Coffey and board of aldermen voted to voluntarily lower the tax rates residents will pay—making the city one of only a few taxing districts taking that step.
Eureka residents will receive a bit of a tax break, based on actions taken by Eureka board of aldermen and Mayor Kevin Coffey at the Sept. 18 board meeting. City officials first convened a public hearing that evening, but no residents attended to speak about the matter. "Per Missouri law, we are lowering all levels of tax rates considerably lower," said Coffey. "It's a fiscal policy we adopted a few years ago, and we are one of only a few taxing districts to do that." Tax rates are determined by dividing the amount of revenue required by the current assessed valuation. The result is multiplied by 100 so tax rates are expressed in cents per $100. Residents' personal property tax rate now will be 38.9 cents per $100 assessed valuation. …