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COVID-19 and City Operation Updates

Please note: We will update this section when important information is released, but for comprehensive and up-to-date information (including State and County contact information) please visit: stlcorona.com

As of 3/23/20, out of concern and an abundance of caution for the health of our community and City Employees, City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice. WE ARE STILL WORKING! Permits and cash or check payments can be deposited through the City Hall mail slot (11100 Mueller Rd. Suite 6) and will be processed. We have made arrangements to work remotely when possible and are still responding to phone calls and emails normally.

 

LETTER FROM THE MAYOR

Hello my friends,

 

As each New Year begins, we see so many transitional forces in our lives.  You notice the days getting longer and soon warmer. Many of us start the annual ritual of making resolutions for our personal improvement. Let us all hope and pray that this year we will all see many new changes this in all our lives.  We long for the end of the near isolation and to again freely go about our days without concerns for our health due to Covid-19. 

 

With such a broad base of major national issues, one would like to think that our representatives sent to Washington would seek to represent us correctly and give us their leadership and guidance, if not simply their comfort and concern for us, who they represent. Without them knowing how we feel about various large national positions, or even appearing to be concerned for us, their constituents who sent them there, how do they think they know how we feel? There has been much reaching out for their attention, but none has been shown…for that we should each be concerned. 

 

Let us all, here within our City of Green Park, watch out for the health and safety of all of our neighbors. Try to make more of an effort to assist each other when needed, and keep an eye out for unsavory behavior and report it to the proper authorities for assistance. 

 

Let’s have a great spring….thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                    Tim Thuston 

                                         Mayor 

 

FROM THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S DESK

What a strange year we’ve had, and it’s not over yet! Many residents and their family’s have been impacted by COVID-19 and City Hall has not been spared either.

 To contribute to minimal transfer within our community, City Hall remains CLOSED to the public. City Staff is continuing to work and is available now more than ever in some regards as we incorporate more technology into our day to day operations. Hours of Operation at City Hall have not changed, and any documents, permits, etc you would like to drop off after-hours can be done via our mail-slot or scanned and e-mailed to me directly (jmello@cityofgreenpark.com). Staff is happy to open City Hall on an as needed basis for large document drop-offs that won’t fit in the mail slot, notary needs, etc. – just please call ahead to confirm what time you plan on coming by and remember that masks are required inside!

 As some staff are working remotely at this time, we have fewer “City Hall Eyes” in your neighborhoods on a daily basis – please don’t hesitate to contact City Hall with concerns that you have regarding Code Enforcement and street/property maintenance. It’s a great help to staff to get timely responses to these issues.

 The Community Room is still available to rent, however, we are beholden to St. Louis County guidelines for mask use and maximum occupancy. Moreover, we cannot guarantee the status on any specific date, as the guidelines are subject to change. See page 9 for details.

We also regret to remind everyone of the ongoing public event cancellations until further notice. Senior Bingo Luncheons, Groovin’ on the Green, and the Children’s Holiday Party are all cancelled until it is safe to hold such events again. Staff and residents look forward to these events, but in an abundance of caution, we don’t believe going forward with them is prudent at this time.

As we close out 2020, and the wild year it has been, the City remains in a strong financial position and looks forward to another year of projects and improvements to the City. Most notably in many of your neighborhoods will be new street signs. Many are older, have faded, and are made out of antiquated non-reflective materials. The newer signs should improve visibility and readability when driving and give a cleaner look to the residential areas as well. The City has already assembled a list of signs to be replaced, but you are the ones who see these signs everyday – if you know of one that needs updating, please don’t hesitate to send me a quick email!

                                                                                               James Mello

                                             City Administrator / City Clerk

                                          jmello@cityofgreenpark.com

 

FROM ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE

Ladies and Gentlemen,

  There is a new type of “granny scam” taking place in the area.  

 Elderly victims will receive a call from their “grandchild” claiming they had been arrested for a DWI or other traffic violation.  Their “attorney” will then get on the phone and tell the victims they need to pay a large sum of cash to get the grandchild out of trouble.  The elderly victims will go to their bank, withdraw thousands of dollars in cash, and re-contact the “attorney.”  

 In the past, the suspect would have the victim wire the cash to a location.  However, two recent cases (4th Precinct and Lakeshire) involved “couriers” actually responding to the victim’s residence and picking up the money in person.  This is what I mean by a new type of granny scam.  

 I have attached a Ring Camera photo of the incident in the 4th Precinct (on the following page 4). It shows an asian male pick up the money from the victim.  He was a passenger in the white in color Kia Sol parked at the end of the driveway.  The other incident in Lakeshire involved a black male suspect picking up the money, but he was also a passenger in a white in color Kia Sol.  

 There have been no reported incidents in the 3rd Precinct, so I’m not investigating any cases.  But, as you know, Lakeshire is very close. 

 Please be aware of this new type of theft and know the suspect vehicle has twice been a Kia Sol. 

 Let me know if you have any questions.

 

Respectfully,

 Patrolman Jeremy Hake, DSN 3594

 Affton-Southwest Precinct

 City of Green Park

 Office: (314) 894-7336

 Precinct:  (314) 615-4266

 Non-Emergency Police #:  (636) 529-8210

 jhake@stlouisco.com

 

 

Hello Green Park Family.

 My name is Sanda Cosic and as of November 2019, I have been assigned to the City of Green Park as your police officer. I have been with St. Louis County for  two years, and I am excited for this new journey that I have been offered.

 I was born and raised in Bosnia, and moved to United States in 1998. I have been a resident of St. Louis since 2013.  I currently reside in Oakville with my fiancé and our two kids. My stepson is 13 years old and my son is 4 years old, and they keep me pretty busy.

 I am looking forward to meeting all of you, and I am excited to be part of the Green Park Family.

 Stay safe and please call us if you ever need anything. 

 Sincerely,

 Patrolman Sanda Cosic, DSN 4681

 Affton-Southwest Precinct

 City of Green Park

 scosic@stlouisco.com

 

 

OFFICER BLAKE SNYDER

END OF WATCH 10/06/16

 

The City of Green Park is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Officer Blake Snyder, killed in the line of duty serving the citizens of Green Park.  We stand with and send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and all his fellow St. Louis County police officers.  The St. Louis County Police Department and the outstanding officers of the Affton Precinct have been an integral part of the success of the City of Green Park from its beginning in 1995.  On behalf of the citizens of Green Park, we offer our support to all of the officers and cannot express enough our grief and sympathy during this difficult time.  In times like these, we are reminded of just how committed our officers are to serving and protecting us.

We encourage the citizens of Green Park to support P.O. Snyder’s family and to remember to express your appreciation to each of our police officers when you see them.  Donations to the family of Officer Snyder can be directed to either The BackStoppers Inc. or the St. Louis County Police Welfare Association and marked with “P.O. Blake Snyder” or “In honor of P.O. Blake Snyder.”


 

Public Notices & Announcements

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PLANNING AND ZONING MEETING

 TENTATIVE AGENDA

  April 7, 2021 – 7:00 PM

 HELD BY VIDEO CONFERENCE

   Click on the following link for Tentative Agenda for the Planning and Zoning Meeting to be held Wednesday, April 7th, at 7 p.m. by video conference:    

Planning and Zoning Meeting Tentative Agenda 04-07-21

 Click here to access the meeting

Telephone:   1 – 408 – 418 – 9388

Web Link:https://greenpark-ffk.my.webex.com/greenpark-ffk.my/j.php?MTID=m6a027dc9a5fb6afaed7b1cc2b44f1f99

Meeting Number: 182 628 9627 #            

Password:  1234 #  

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ELECTION UPDATE INFO

With the next election approaching soon,  here is some updated information that has changed since the November election.  Included is a link to both an election calendar and absentee voting information, but here are the important takeaways:

  • The COVID reason for absentee voting no longer exists.  Voters will have to choose from 1 of the 6 reasons (can be found on the absentee link).
  • Mail-In Ballots no longer exist.  They only option for voting via mail is absentee voting.

https://stlouiscountymo.gov/st-louis-county-government/board-of-elections/temporary/april-election-calendar/

https://stlouiscountymo.gov/st-louis-county-government/board-of-elections/elections/absentee-voting/

The next election is Tuesday, April 6th.

 

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MSD ALERT

MSD is proposing “Prop Y” on the upcoming April 6th ballot.  If passed, Prop Y will allow for bond financing $500 million to fund a 4-year capital program.  Please see additional information below.

 Projects City of Green Park

 Proposition Y Fact Sheet

 

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PROTECT YOUR PIPES FROM FREEZING TEMPERATURES
Beware! When temperatures dip below freezing for several days, we see an increase in calls from customers with frozen pipes. With a little attention and basic maintenance, you can help prevent pipes and meters from freezing. Frozen pipes can leave you without water, or worse – they can burst and cause damage to your home.
  • Check sprinklers or irrigation systems. Make sure you’ve turned everything off and fully drained the system.
  • Protect your pipes. Identify pipes in areas that might be prone to freezing, such as crawl spaces, unheated rooms, basements, garages, and exterior walls. Where pipes are exposed to cold, wrap them with insulation or heat tape (even fabric or newspaper can help).
  • Know how to shut off your water. Make sure everyone in your household knows the location of your main water shut-off valve. Hang a tag on the valve so you can find it quickly in an emergency.
  • Give pipes a helping hand. If pipes run through cabinets or vanities, open the doors to let warmer room temperatures flow in.
  • Keep water working. Keep water moving through the pipes by allowing a small trickle of water to run. The cost of the extra water is typically lower than the cost of repairing a broken pipe or meter.
  • Shut off the water immediately. Don’t attempt to thaw pipes without turning off the main shut-off valve.
  • Thaw pipes with warm air. Melt the frozen water in the pipe by warming the air around it. Be sure not to leave space heaters unattended and avoid the use of kerosene heaters or open flames.
  • Be careful turning the water back on. Once pipes are thawed, slowly turn the water back on and check pipes and joints for any cracks or leaks that might have been caused by freezing.

IS MY WATER OUTAGE FROM FROZEN PIPES?
If you lose water in your home, check with a neighbor to see if they’re experiencing the same issue before you contact us.

  • If your neighbor has running water: It’s likely that your pipes are frozen, and you should follow the steps above.
  • If your neighbor doesn’t have water: There may be a water main break affecting your neighborhood. Check the Alerts page on our website to see current alerts about water main repairs and other emergency work in your area. To receive alerts through our phone/text/email emergency notification system, be sure your contact information and preferences are up to date by logging onto MyWater, our self-service customer portal. On the Account Settings tile, click “Edit” to update your Alert Settings.

REPORT A WATER EMERGENCY ONLINE
If an outage affecting your neighborhood isn’t in our current alerts, you can report it online through MyWater, by visiting emergency.amwater.com, or give us a call at 1-866-430-0820

KEEP FIRE HYDRANTS CLEAR
If snowfall accumulates, help firefighters keep our communities safe by clearing snow from fire hydrants near your home. This small step can save precious time if firefighters need to access it in an emergency. Remove snow and ice within a 3-foot perimeter of the hydrant and shovel a pathway from the hydrant to the street so that firefighters can access it quickly. 

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 CONGRATULATIONS!

The City of Green Park is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 “Light Up Green Park” Holiday Lighting Contest.  Judging was held on Sunday, December 13th, beginning a 6 p.m.  All judges’ decisions are final.  Winners may claim their prizes at City Hall upon showing proper identification.  

 

WARD 1

WARD 2

WARD 3

First Place

10923 Suanis Court

9537 Herpel Lane

9218 Cedarberry Court

Second Place

9912 Juniper Court

9551 Alix Drive

11070 Kohrs Lane

Third Place

9938 Timothy Lane

10929 Arctic Drive

9432 Southtowne Farms Dr.

 A big “Thank You” to our resident volunteer judges:  Judy DeWitt, Nichole Martinez, Nadine Hutson, and Esad Softic.

  In a year of such great financial losses for some businesses, the City of Green Park is fortunate and grateful to the following companies for believing in giving back to the community and donating to this event:

 All American Bar

 American Eagle Waste Ind. 

Bartolino’s South

 Beishir Landscape Maintenance Inc.

 Budrovich Development 

Clayton-Hanley Insurance (www.claytonhanley.com) 

Kuehnle Construction Company, Inc. 

On the Run by Wallis Companies 

QuikTrip Corporation 

Signarama

Simmons Bank

R.V. Wagner, Inc.

 Mike Williams, CPA @ Hochschild, Bloom & Company LLP

Wilson Manufacturing

  

Please continue to support our local businesses

 

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  CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19

 

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus.  COVID-19 symptoms closely resemble other respiratory illnesses.  Symptoms include cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, and tiredness.  Less commonly, people have reported aches and pains or diarrhea.  Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.  Some patients become seriously ill and develop difficulty breathing.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are most likely to develop serious illness.

How does COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person through close contact (within 6 feet).  The virus spreads from person-to-person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 sneezes, coughs, or exhales.  These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person.  Other people then contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.  People can also contract COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with it who coughs out or exhales droplets.  It is important to stay more than 6 feet away from a person who is sick.

The risk of catching COVID-19 from someone with no symptoms appears to be low; people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic, or the sickest.  Many people with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms.  This is particularly true at the early stages of the disease.  It is therefore possible to catch COVID-19 from someone who has, for example, just a mild cough and does not feel ill.

How you can protect yourself:

 –  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating and after eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  Be sure to dry your hands completely.  If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

  –  Keep unwashed hands away from your face, nose, and eyes.  

  –  Stay away from people who are ill. 

  –  Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others. 

  –  When you sneeze or cough, cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve or a tissue; then, throw away the tissue.  

  –  Follow advise from your health care provider.  

  –  Clean commonly touched surfaces regularly.  Follow the CDC’s guidance on cleaning surfaces at:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/cleaning-disinfection.html 

  –  Stay informed on the latest updates through trusted sources only. 

 

The best place for County official information is the new website:  stlcorona.com

 

FOR SUSPECTED CASES CONTACT 

  THE ST. LOUIS COUNTY COVID-19 HOTLINE 24/7: 

 314-615-2660 

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 SENIOR BINGO WILL BE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE  

 

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***CAUTION — COYOTES SIGHTED!***

 

 Coyotes have been sighted in the neighborhoods in Green Park.    It  was reported that three coyotes were seen in a back yard in the vicinity of Hillhurst and Slevin.  We have had other reports of sightings on Green Park Road  and at Officer Blake C. Snyder Memorial Park.  These animals are looking for food and will eat just about anything.  They are most active at dusk and at night.

   Don’t let your pets go outdoors alone and bring them in at night.  Do not leave pet food outside and secure all trash.  Try to keep small mammals (like squirrels) from eating around bird feeders.  Their presence can attract coyotes.  Clean grills and put them away when not in use.  Dispose of any dead animals such as roadkill.

  Coyotes also need a safe place to shelter during the day.  If your property has places that make great hiding spots — like overgrown brush or wood piles — then coyotes might feel right at home. Remove these tempting hiding places, keep the grass short, and trim bushes and trees that have become overgrown.

   Certain scents have been known to repel coyotes (ammonia-soaked rags and mothballs) and can be placed around the property, or trash can, to deter coyotes.  If you see coyotes nearby, haze them.  That means scaring them with loud noises, waving your arms, throwing objects towards them (not at them), and/or spraying a hose.

  Trapping or relocating coyotes isn’t an effective deterrent.  Killing them doesn’t work, either.  When a coyote is removed, a transient coyote will likely step in and take its place. In addition, removing one or more coyotes leaves more food available for the remaining coyotes, encouraging more offspring and increasing the size of the coyote population.

 

*This information has been provided by The Humane Society of the United States.  For additional information, go to their website at www.humanesociety.org.

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  NO COST Home Improvement

for Green Park Resident Homeowners

 

  St. Louis County Government’s Home Improvement Program is offering up to $5,000 worth of home repairs for eligible Green Park homeowners, at NO COST.  Eligible items would include roofing; electrical; plumbing; heating; air-conditioning; hot water heater; tuck-pointing; hand rail installation; concrete, asphalt, & masonry; tree trimming or removal; and foundation work.

Qualification Criteria:

   You must own the home and live in the home, your property taxes have to be current, you cannot have participated in the program previously, and your total household’s income must be within the following Income Limits (which is the Adjusted Gross Income  listed on your 2019 Federal U.S. Individual Income Tax Return): 

 Family of 1 — less than $46,450 

 Family of 2 — less than $53,050 

 Family of 3 — less than $59,700  

 Family of 4 — less than $66.300 

 Family of 5 — less than $71,650  

 Family of 6 — less than $76,950 

 Family of 7 — less than $82,250

 Family of 8 — less than $87,950 

 Senior Citizens – Please Note:   For Senior Citizens, many times some of your Social Security income is not included in the Adjusted Gross Income figures listed on your Federal U.S. Income Tax Return (and therefore would not be counted in the figures listed above).  

 Home Improvement Program is federally funded and operates through St. Louis County Government’s Department of Planning in conjunction with the City of Green Park.  

 

To apply, please call Debby at 314-615-4025.  TTY 1-800-735-2966. 

 

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