Monday, May 20, 2013
At same meeting, new mayor, council members will take oath of office.
At the Ladue City Council meeting this afternoon, the meeting will be suspended long enough for the new mayor and council members to be sworn in. Actually, this is a ceremonial gesture. They were sworn in several weeks ago, once the April 2 election was certified. At this meeting, the council will offer special recognition to outgoing Mayor Anthony Bommarito. Monday, the council will accept a $90,000 grant from FEMA-Department of Homeland security to purchase three heat monitors/defibrillators. Pulte Homes has petitioned the city council to plat the piece of ground at Conway and Lindbergh Boulevard to build a new subdivision. The council is sending this petition off to the Zoning & Planning Board for further review. The council will hear …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Nancy Spewak gets into the business aspects of running a highly-successful suburban community.
Yesterday, Spewak talked about her views concerning city leadership. Today, she gets down to the nitty gritty of working with developers, getting things done while moving the City forward. Patch: Does the Mayor get involved in any business development projects for the city? Spewak: As the Mayor, I would offer the city’s help in any way we can to a land owner or property landlord to hear from the mayor and the council the benefits of locating in Ladue. I think it is very important for the City of Ladue to be business friendly but what with that being said, we are not interested in increasing the footprint of our retail space. We have limited retail space, and we want to enhance what we have. The city obviously listens to all ideas, but it …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Nearly one month into the new job, Nancy Spewak lays out her vision for the City.
On April 2, Council member Nancy Spewak was elected the 11th Mayor of the City of Ladue. Spewak owns Property Enhancements, an interior design and home-staging firm. She is married to Dr. Bob Spewak, a pediatrician who’s practiced childhood medicine in St. Louis Hills for more than 30 years. Spewak grew up in Ladue on Terry Lane at the corner of Dielman and Ladue Road and graduated from Ladue High School and the University of Arizona. Her degree was in speech communications with a double minor in marketing and journalism. She began her career with the St. Louis Business Journal working in circulation. She worked briefly for the Business Journal paper in Pittsburgh then moved back to St. Louis where she became a community volunteer, …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Almost one month into the new job, Nancy Spewak talked to Patch about her vision, future plans for the City of Ladue and more.
Nearly one month into the new position as Mayor of the City of Ladue, Nancy Spewak dropped everything and sat down for a lengthy one-on-one interview. She talked about everything from land development to the Dogwood Parade Festival to showing off the front door of the City with the new Colonial MarketPlace. This is a good chance to catch up with City leadership, find out what the new Mayor is thinking and then begin to formulate some questions you would like to ask of the new Council and Mayor as their terms begin anew. Read the Ladue-Frontenac Patch Wednesday and Thursday for the muse and views of the new Mayor Nancy Spewak.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Dispute is over the size of signs at the Colonial MarketPlace in Ladue.
The DESCO Group will be before the Ladue Zoning Board of Adjustment today in City Hall at 4 p.m. appealing the ordinance on the size of signs above their stores. Ladue's ordinance calls for a maximum of 12 feet; DESCO wants uniform sizes of 24 feet. The issue is over the size of the backdrop of the signs. DESCO's signs are 12 feet for each tenant in the new center, but a shaded background, highlighting those names is under dispute. Presently, an array of temporary signs are marking the tenant locations at the MarketPlace. AT the ZBA meeting, Summers Compton Wells PC, a full service law firm at 8909 Ladue Rd. is requesting relief from the Building Offical who declined to issue an ordinanance to relocate the parking lot entrance for the …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Developer will appear before the Ladue Zoning Board May 6 for Relief.
The Colonial MarketPlace in Ladue is nearly 80 percent occupied. The parking lot is striped and finished. Flowers and fences are in place. One thing is missing: the signs above the store doors. Seems that the developers the DESCO Group wants to put in 25-foot signs and the Ladue ordinance calls for 12 foot maximums. The matter will be discussed at the next Ladue Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) at city hall on Monday, May 6 at 4 p.m. At that time, both sides will state their cases and a decision will be expected to be made. "They are asking for a varience to this ordinance, that's it," said Ladue's Administrator Mike Woolridge. "As part of our rebranding of Colonial Marketplace (CMP), we would like a consistent sign package for all our …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
At same time, Fire Department is closer to finding a project manager for new construction.
Not since the 1990s has the Ladue Police had a target range to sharpen and maintain their shooting skills. Chief Rich Wooten took care of that by putting an upgrade into the City of Ladue Capital budget. The city council approved the purchase of target retrieval system with Action Target for $24,265.00. The Ladue Police have a range in the basement level of their building at the city hall complex. This range is 25 yards in length and provides the proper and safe facility so the officers can maintain and upgrade their side arms shooting skills. “Our officers shoot at targets at different distances,” said Ladue’s chief Rich Wooten. Action Target was the only company who meet the requirements and were the only bidder for the project. Roads, …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Snafu in vote certification puts off installation of Nancy Spewak by day or two.
Technically speaking, Anthony “Tony” Bommarito is still the mayor of Ladue. He was to pass the gavel Monday afternoon to councilwoman Nancy Spewak who won the April 2 election unopposed. However, the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners has still not certified the results, so Spewak will not be sworn into office until sometime today or Wednesday. The event does not require convening another meeting. Likely, installation of Spewak and new council member Bill Brennan will be re-enacted at the next regularly-scheduled meeting in May. Bommarito, who just presided over his last meeting took the opportunity to thank the community and his fellow council members and city employees. “First, I want to thank our residents who elected me …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Results from ward races, school board races in Ladue, Frontenac, and Huntleigh
These are the results from the races for the election of April 2, 2013. Frontenac Mayor Keith Krieg, 576 votes, 98.13 percent write in 11, 1.87 percent Ward I John O'Connell, 167 votes, 59.01 percent Kate Hadfield, 107 votes, 37.81 percent Michael Morris, 9 votes, 3.18 percent Ward 2 Bud Guest, 128 votes, 98.4 percent write in, 2 votes, 2.54 percent Ward 3 Tom O'Brien, 158 votes, 59.85 percent John Levis, 106 votes, 40.15 percent write in, 0 Huntleigh Ward I Ward II Jagdish Hinduja, 24 votes, 96.00 percent write in, 1, 4 percent City of Ladue Mayor Nancy Spewak, 236 votes, 98.79 percent write in, 4 votes, 1.21 percent Ward I Ward 2 Ward 3 Bill Brennan, 276 votes, 98.72 percent write in, 3 votes, 1.08 percent
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Break-ins of unlocked vehicles account for 80 percent of the activity in the annual report.
There’s pretty good news with Ladue’s annual crime report. Going inside the numbers, Chief Rich Wooten told the Ladue City Council that overall, crime had been reduced 2.2 percent during the 2012 calendar year. The good news is, Ladue police have cleared about 70 percent of the cases on their docket, but have recovered only about 7 percent of items stolen from homes and businesses. These days, many stolen items are sold on the internet through sources such as Craigslist. Be sure, Ladue police are scanning those offers daily. Stealing from unlocked vehicles remains Ladue’s No. 1 annual crime. That accounts for about 80 percent of what goes reported. Chief Wooten has worked tirelessly to get citizens to lock up their unattended vehicles. …