Sunday, July 29, 2012
Ten students were honored for their strong commitment to reading at a recent city council meeting.
Ten Hazelwood students were honored at a recent City Council meeting for an extraordinary accomplishment: they are among the top 10 readers of the City of Hazelwood’s “Reading is Elementary” program. Students who participated in the program kept track of the number of minutes they read between Septmber 2011 and July 2012. The program, sponsored by the Hazelwood Community Enrichmnet Commission and the Hazelwood Parks and Recreation Program, was designed to help students in kindergarten through fifth grade develop an appreciation for reading. “Like with any other skill, reading requires constant practice and diligence,” the city said in a press release. “Good reading skills are a key factor in improving academic achievement.” And the …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The volunteer commission, which sponsors several projects in Hazelwood including the used book sale, the Blue Ribbon Home Award program and the Martin Luther King Jr. Program is looking for new members.
Serving on volunteer committees can be rewarding but also a significant time commitment. In today's technologically driven world, volunteering isn't always at the top of the to-do list. Steve Rahmberg, a member of the Hazelwood Community Enrichment Commission appeared before Hazelwood City Council at its June 6 meeting to speak about this and request it to recruit new members. "I care about Hazelwood, present and future," he said. "The commission is allowed to have 27 members but we never have. "Currently we have nine and my wife and I are the youngest members and we are in our '50s." Rahmberg explained the process of judging for the Blue Ribbon Home Awards is taxing. He said he felt the program is likely to end if the commission doesn’t …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Hazelwood Chief of Police, Carl Wolf, made the recommendation for speed cameras to Hazelwood City Council at its Wednesday meeting.
Pending a final vote, not only will those driving around in Hazelwood have cameras to monitor running red lights, drivers will also have to be aware of speeding. At Hazelwood City Council's June 20 meeting, Hazelwood Police Chief Carl Wolf gave a comprehensive traffic management plan update in which he recommended council consider bringing speed cameras to the city. Wolf said cities including St. Ann, Kinloch, Berkeley and Country Club Hills currently have speed cameras and he feels they would help to deter speeding in Hazelwood. Hazelwood Traffic "It's been a number of years ago, probably 2004, since I gave presentation to city council on our comprehensive traffic management plan update," Wolf said adding that a lot has been added to the …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Hazelwood City Council approved resolution adopting a boundary change plan, which has to be submitted to the St. Louis County Boundary Commission by July 1.
Under a plan and map to be submitted to the St. Louis County Boundary Commission by July 1, the City of Hazelwood will indicate an interest in being open to the idea of expansion that would place properties fully within city boundaries. It's not an immediate move, but Hazelwood City Manager Edwin Carlstrom did recommended passage of a resolution adopting a boundary change plan for the purpose of potential future annexations at Hazelwood City Council's May 2 meeting. "It's what I call the south industrial area," Carlstrom said. "It's an unincorporated pocket of St. Louis County. "It's surrounded by Hazelwood, a little bit by Berkeley and the Airport to the south." Potential for Growth in the Business Sector Carlstrom said a similar plan has…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Plus QuikTrip to request changes to its liquor licenses. Are you attending Wednesday's meeting?
Hazelwood City Council will convene Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., to discuss city business. Council will meet in its chambers at Hazelwood City Hall. City manager Edwin Carlstrom will discuss and make recommendations to city council on consideration of a contract for the printing and binding of city publications. Carlstrom will also give an update on the city's comprehensive traffic management program. City Council has several items up for final vote including: There will also be a citizen's hearing where QuikTrip representatives will request to change the name of the managing officer listed on its liquor licenses for the North Lindbergh Boulevard and Howdershell Road locations. Will you be attending Wednesday's Hazelwood City Council meeting?
Friday, June 15, 2012
Audio Express agreed to forgo window signage in order to have more signage on the building at the June 6 Hazelwood City Council meeting.
Hazelwood City Council has set a precedent for letting larger chain businesses know that it sticks to city law about various aspect of operation. One of the most common request the council sees: sign variances. At the June 6 Hazelwood City Council meeting, Will Behrens, a representative with Warren Sign Company, spoke on behalf of Audio Express, which recently re-opened in Hazelwood. The topic was getting a sign variance for the location at the old Blockbuster Video at Village Square. "We felt it was a special circumstance," Behrens said. "Because of the locations just off of Interstate 270, the the company wants more visibility for those driving on highway." But some members of council were not feeling the variance request. "It seems like…
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The council worked out some questions about the code, along with other topics at Wednesday's work session.
Hazelwood City Council made progress on a topic that affects many aspects of the city at its work session Wednesday. The 2012 International Building Code are a topic lately that many from homeowners, Hazelwood residents, home builders, and conservation organizations are concerned about. City council has the task of deciding whether or not to pass the 2012 code or an older version that is still more up-to-date than the codes currently enforced in city limits. "We need to upgrade to something new," said Hazelwood City Councilman Bob Aubuchon. "The 2012 codes are awful new and we don't know much about them, but I think the 2009 (codes) are a good choice." Passage of updated code affects the cost to build homes, regulates the type of products …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Hazelwood City Council will discuss the topic at a work session open to the public on Wednesday. The issue took up a large amount of time at the May 2 council meeting with members of various organizations speaking on the matter.
There's only one topic to be discussed at Wednesday's Hazelwood City Council Work Session: the 2012 International Building Codes and whether or not to pass them as law in the City of Hazelwood. The work session is scheduled for 6 p.m. The 2012 International Building Codes is a 722 page book that in a way governs how houses and other dwellings are constructed. It is a model building code developed by the International Code Council, which began in 1997 and is revised every three years. Different versions have been adopted throughout most states. The codes address a lot of fire codes and other areas including: City council does not have to adopt the 2012 codes, but rather decide to keep its current system or accept parts of the 2009 codes. …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Plus, Audio Express to request a sign variance. Are you deciding whether to attend the June 6 Hazelwood City Council meeting? Here's a few things that will be discussed and voted on.
Hazelwood City Council will convene Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., to discuss city business. Council will meet in its chambers at Hazelwood City Hall. City manager Edwin Carlstrom will discuss and make recommendations to city council on consideration of purchasing a track loader, which is used for digging and loading material. Carlstrom will also discuss consideration of an agreement with Information Technologies, Inc., for hosted services and court administration software. There will be two public hearings. Hazelwood residents and business owners can weigh in on both subjects. The first is regarding a sign variance for Audio Express at Village Square. The company would like to request a 38-square-foot variance of the city's maximum size …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The Hazelwood City Council approved the deal at its May 16, meeting, along with some other construction related jobs at city facilities.
Wednesday's Hazelwood City Council meeting had a bit of a surprise for residents and council members. Up for final vote was approval of authorizing the issuance, sale and delivery of general obligation refunding bonds (GOs) through Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., a regional brokerage and investment banking firm. But before council could give its final nod, Hazelwood finance director Lori Helle had to insert an amendment to the bill after deciding to go to market on Wednesday. Mark Grimm, an attorney with Gilmore & Bell explained the difference in the original bill and the requested amendment to the bill. "The interest rate environment was extremely favorable to the City of Hazelwood," Grimm said. "The size of the refunding was up-sized slightly to…