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Maryville Board Rejects Resolution for Preliminary Development Plan

Kathy Turner


Despite a unanimous recommendation by the Maryville Planning Commission, the Village Board on Wednesday, Nov. 1 rejected by a vote of 6-0 a preliminary development plan. The plan was for the Lucas and Division Townhomes presented for approval by Chris Geiler of Resource Construction Company.  

Upon introduction of the resolution, Mayor Craig Short identified that there were board members with personal concerns about the development. He pointed out that similar projects were approved by the Village some years ago.   

“This Board will always say no to additional multi-family in that location,” said Short. “The President of the Board does not agree. As a parent, I have sons who would like the opportunity to live in Maryville in affordable rental property.”   

Ed Kostyshock stated that he did have personal objections to the development. He then went on to say that he had concerns about the infrastructure of the area where the development would be built and retention ponds.  

There were discussions between other board members and Geiler regarding the development with Geiler stating that he felt that he had addressed Village requirements for the preliminary plan with the planning commission. Most were concerned with the number of rental properties in the area.  

Shane Fulton, Building and Zoning Administrator, stated later in the meeting that Planning Commission reviews of plans take into consideration all infrastructure and the impact of the development. He also stated that the plans were for a detention pond, not a retention pond.This property did not raise any concerns by the commission. 

Following the meeting, Geiler stated that he would pursue revising plans per input of the Building and Zoning Department and work toward resubmission to that group.

In other business, the board approved the promotion of Officer Brian Gessi to the rank of Sergeant for the Maryville Police Department effective Nov. 2. Gessi has been with the force since August of 2009. He was presented his sergeant’s badge by Chief Tony Manley.

The board also approved a rezoning request from Osborn Development, LLC for the Stonebridge Bluffs 2nd Edition. The zoning will change from Agricultural to Planned Development Residential.  

An amendment to the Village Code of Ordinances was approved realigning the Maryville Foreign Fire Insurance Tax Board. The Board will now be made up of the Chief and four members, including two full-time members and two part-time on-call members. Funds received from the Foreign Fire Insurance Tax will be managed by the Board.  

A final development plan from Mamco Machining was approved by the Board. Also approved was a final development plan for Dollar Tree on State Route 159.

The playground surfaces at Drost Park will receive some repairs on approval of the Board. All Inclusive was awarded the contract for the repairs at a cost of $8,747.50.

Residents are reminded that the annual Turkey Trot will be held on Nov. 11. Registration for the run starts at 7:30 a.m. Pre-registration can be done through the Village website.  

Village Hall will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10 for Veteran’s Day.  

Staff reports were given for the month of October.  The fire department answered 175 calls for service, an average of 5.5 per day. This included 145 EMS calls.  

The police department responded to 658 calls for service, wrote 170 citations and responded to six accidents including one fatality. Chief Manly also reported that the license plate readers have been activated by the department. 

The next meeting of the Board will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

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