By ERIC X. VICCARO
The Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen conducted a public hearing on Thursday evening to discuss a possible annexation.
The public hearing didn’t have much drama, lasting less than one minute with no questions asked.
Ste. Genevieve Mayor Paul Hassler called the annexation “a slam dunk” move after the meeting – since many of the questions were answered during a Ste. Genevieve Planning and Zoning meeting on April 1.
GHS Holdings, LLC has requested annexation of a 0.46-acre tract into the city of Ste. Genevieve.
The land is located at 21551 State Highway 32, with GHS Holdings as the owner. Emily Gegg is listed as the registered agent. The original general warranty deed to the property is dated Aug. 30, 2019.
Community development administrator David Bova, who was not present at the meeting, gave his approval for annexation in a detailed report found in the board of aldermen’s packet.
According to city ordinance 405.030(C), all territory annexed into Ste. Genevieve shall be classified as R-1 single-family district.
However, GHS Holdings has also applied for rezoning to C-1 general commercial upon annexation.
According to Missouri Revised Statute 71.012, upon receiving a notarized petition for annexation, cities such as Ste. Genevieve may annex unincorporated areas “which are contiguous and compact to the existing corporate limits of the city.”
Bova found the property met all pre-existing criteria for annexation.
There were no oral or written objections for this annexation, which is located near Luna’s Shaved Ice, a frozen treats shop.
Heading southwest of Luna’s, there is a gray building currently under construction, which will reportedly become a fresh produce stand.
Later on during the meeting, board of aldermen had the first reading of said annexation.
City administrator Happy Welch reported the second reading will take place at the next board meeting on April 22.
“We should be good to go (with annexation),” Welch said.
The remainder of action items on the agenda was rather light, with the board conducting both the first and second reading of an ordinance allowing mayor Hassler to enter into an agreement with Taylor Engineering, LLC.
Taylor Engineering, based in Farmington, will perform survey work and draft subdivision plats for parcels located in the industrial park at Progress Parkway.
Ward 1 Alderman Gary Smith expedited the bill, enacting the second reading – which was approved with a unanimous roll call vote.
The fixed cost is $4,250, which does not include any additional work performed outside the scope of expected services – which would be billed at an hourly rate.
The proposal also does not include recording fees required for re-subdivision of plats.
The area encompasses between 50-60 acres of land, said Welch, who couldn’t offer additional comment on the matter.
The board also conducted the first reading amending the personnel manual, which will add a diversity policy, revise the equal employment opportunity section and strengthen reporting procedures in cases of harassment.
Other personnel manual changes will cover amending the overtime pay policy to include detective and field operations supervisor.
As part of the changes, field operations supervisor Gary Roth will be allowed to take home a city vehicle. Step relatives were added to bereavement leave, plus language changed to better reflect the state statutes on military leave time.