By Kathy Turner
The Maryville Village Board meeting on Wednesday, May 3 featured several personnel changes as well as awards for Maryville’s Young Citizens.
Sgt. Steve Howe presented to the Board a letter of resignation effective in mid-May. Chief Rob Carpenter will also be leaving the police force, effective May 14. Howe has been with the department for 24 years and will be leaving law enforcement. Carpenter has been in law enforcement for 32 years with the last 20 at MPD and Chief since December of 2013. He is retiring.
As a result of the two retirements, Carpenter, as one of his final duties in the role, promoted Jared Missey to the rank of Sergeant for the department. Missey has been with the department for 15 years and will move into the role immediately.
The Board also witnessed the presentation to 2023 Young Citizens of the Year led by Courtney Wright. A separate article in today’s edition further features those awardees.
In legal matters, the Board approved a water service and pre-annexation agreement for the property located at 1 Trailridge Lane in Glen Carbon. Another approved Ordinance gave nod to the vacation of Maryville Plaza Alley and the Northwood Avenue right-of-way. Except for any utility easements, the strips of property will revert to the adjoining property owners.
The Board also accepted the final plat for the Cherry Farms Subdivision, at 7269 West Main featuring a 19-unit development, and a preliminary plat for the Maryville Retail Center, Phase 2.
Under old business, the board approved the hiring of Kalyn McClinton as a part-time EMS officer for the Village effective immediately. They also approved a 5% pay raise for Police Chief Rob Carpenter effective May 1, 2023.
The purchase of two new vehicles for the Village was approved. The first is a 2023 Ford F-350 Truck from Weber Ford in the amount of $60,155 for the street department. Members also authorized the purchase of a 2023 Ford Interceptor from Morrow Brothers Ford Inc. as a replacement vehicle. Cost is $41,385.
Finally, a revised version of the Maryville Fire Department Rules and Regulations was approved. The document had been updated under the guidance of Interim Chief Dankenbring.
Members of the staff presented reports for the month of April. Interim Chief Dankenbring reported 129 calls for service by the fire department. This includes 97 EMS calls.
Chief Carpenter reported 624 calls for service for the police department. They issued 198 citations and handled 8 accidents.
Building and Zoning issued 14 permits in the month of April.
When Mayor Craig Short called for comments from the audience, Sandy Callahan approached the microphone to address the Board. Callahan brought to the Board several issues relating to zoning concerns. She began by asking that the Board look at enforcement of two zoning codes. The first pertains to garbage storage containers. Village ordinance requires that residents move garbage containers after pickup to areas either behind or to the side of their property.
The second concern was the number of vehicles stored on properties in the village that relate to the ordinance for unlawful parking. The ordinance prohibits any motor vehicle from being parked, stored or in any manner placed on the front, side or rear yard of a property.
Finally, Callahan, along with two other residents who spoke later, spoke of a neighboring property of her residence located on Bauer Lane.
Callahan said that the property has been vacant for more than a year. The yard is always unkept and she said grass is currently as high at 18 inches. She also pointed out ordinance 151.048 which says that the exterior property areas and premises must be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition, free from any accumulation of rubbish. The citizens reported an above-ground swimming pool metal framing and a large accumulation of limbs and debris on the property. They also felt the conditions violated ordinance 136.20 which describes accumulation of litter on a property.
Mayor Short and Zoning commissioner Sean Fulton pointed out that grass cutting ordinance violations in the Village would begin receiving notices on Friday, May 5 and then regularly moving forward. Residents will have an ordinance notice placed in their yard for five days at which time the Village will mow the property and bill the resident. The ordinance calls for grass to be no more than eight inches high.
Relative to Callahan’s other concerns, Short pointed out that many of the things described were not actionable violations. Fulton stated that he would check the property and see if there are other solutions available to the neighbors.
To close the meeting, Short made staff, trustee committee and volunteer committee appointments for the 2023-24 fiscal year.
The next meeting of the Board will be held on Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m.