There will be competition for City Council seats in Wards 1 and 2 in Maryland Heights.  Who sits on City Council has a lot to say about the direction of our city, so know your ward and know your candidates!  

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It has come to our attention that a letter sent by candidate Ken Gold to constituents in Ward 1 on Monday contains a number of falsehoods regarding Maryland Heights Residents for Responsible Growth and our activities on behalf of local residents. So let's set the record straight:

·         We are an independent organization led by residents of Maryland Heights. We are not outsiders or non-residents, but everyday people who own property and run businesses in Maryland Heights.

·         Our vision is to make Maryland Heights a better place to live by providing the residents of the city with an opportunity to make their voices heard.  We work with the city to improve the public engagement process with residents.

·         Maryland Height Residents for Responsible Growth sponsored a community open house with MODOT on February 17 at the Maryland Heights Community Center. MODOT briefed the audience on I-270 construction at the Dorsett and Page interchanges. The city’s public-works department discussed Progress Parkway construction and other Dorsett Road improvements. 

·         Our organization does not endorse candidates for political office. Our purpose is to provide non-partisan information regarding our community and its issues to encourage open dialog and independent decision making.

It is our hope that we can elevate the discussion of vital plans for Maryland Heights’ future through community conversation. The spreading of rumors and untruths serves no one who lives in the City of Maryland Heights. It only highlights the need for informed, responsible behavior on the part of our elected officials.
 
 
Acting on a suggestion from the July meeting for Ward 1, Ken Gold and Don Hunt brought in Bryan Pearl to answer residents' questions about current and upcoming infrastructure projects in Maryland Heights.

Ward 1 Meeting Notes

The majority of the meeting focused on current and planned infrastructure projects for Maryland Heights. A briefing on the projects follows at the end of this post.

MetroLink Discussion

A lively discussion ensued on the possibility of MetroLink coming to Maryland Heights. Unfortunately, the Ward 1 representatives took away the “message” from last month’s Listen & Learn that the majority of residents were against MetroLink coming to Maryland Heights. That’s not what we took away from the meeting: it looked like 50% for and 50% against when an informal vote was taken at the Listen & Learn meeting.

Residents at the Ward 1 meeting challenged that false conclusion and the ward meeting appeared to again split 50% for and 50% against MetroLink. It will be an interesting community discussion to have once it ever becomes a true possibility as it appears to be partly a generational issue. Younger, working adults tend to be pro-MetroLink while older retirees tend to be against it.

The truth is a lot of early residents chose to move to a semi-rural area before Maryland Heights was a city. Now, it’s a second-ring suburb of St. Louis and more urban. To find a similar, semi-rural community, you’d have to look at western St. Charles County these days.

Please note:  There are NO current plans or money to pursue MetroLink in Maryland Heights at this time so everyone can relax.

Allied Waste Changes Coming

Allied Waste is currently working with the city on a test of new garbage cans. The joint intention is to keep costs low so that residents can continue to enjoy the free garbage, recyclables and yard-waste pick-up currently provided by the city. The goal is to move toward a uniform-size garbage can that can increase automation in the pick-up process. If the test goes well, residents may be provided a new garbage can (at no cost) to use for garbage pick-up. No changes are anticipated for recyclables or yard-waste pick-up.

Maryland Heights Infrastructure Projects

Dorsett Road Sidewalks to Creve Coeur Park(October - December 2009) Beginning in October, construction will take place on the north side of Dorsett Road from Pheasant Run Drive to Rule. It will provide a separated sidewalk from Dorsett with an elevated pathway to the north of the guard rail where the land drops off. At the same time, a south sidewalk will be installed from Garden Lane, past the fire house, and connecting to the existing sidewalk to the east. Estimated completion: December 2009.

(Planning Stage)  Under consideration is a North sidewalk on Dorsett Road from Pheasant Run Apartments west to Marine Avenue to complete the North sidewalk from the McKelvey-Dorsett shopping area all the way to Marine. Estimated start date: Summer 2010.


Creve Coeur Park and Marine Avenue

(Planning Stage) St. Louis County is planning a shared pathway that would move walkers and bikers from the Dorsett entrance of upper Creve Coeur Park down to lower Creve Coeur Park and the lake. The path may have switchbacks to allow a safe descent. The purpose is to move bikes and pedestrians off the dangerous and narrow part of Marine that winds down to the lake and give them safe passage on an easily navigable pathway separate from traffic. Estimated start date: Summer 2010.

I-270 and Dorsett Road Interchange

(2009 – 2012) This summer, you’ve probably noticed the utility work going on around the ramps to I-270 along Dorsett Road. It’s all preliminary work for the “divergent diamond” interchange being constructed over the next two years.  Work began this spring with the closings of the BP Station and Waffle House east of I-270. The two businesses were closed to prepare for moving Progress Parkway north of Dorsett Road to a new intersection farther east on Dorsett. This will eliminate the bottleneck of traffic that currently jams up traffic along Dorsett Road, Progress Parkway, and the I-270 entrance/exit ramps.

Work will begin in earnest in January 2010 after the I-64/Hwy. 40 roadway is completely finished. Expect to see closures of I-270 entrance and exit ramps at Dorsett Road. East-west traffic on Dorsett Road will be able to get through, but traffic will be diverted to Schuetz Road on the east and McKelvey on the west to move cars from Dorsett to I-270 via Page Avenue.

There will also be a temporary bridge constructed to the west of the current I-270 bridge over Dorsett to accommodate regular interstate traffic during the complete rebuilding of the bridge.

The new interchange will finally provide safe passage for walkers and bikes under I-270 and connect the east and west sides of Dorsett Road currently dissected by I-270.

Look to the city website (www.marylandheights.com), the monthly newsletter, or your ward meetings for on-going updates on this project.  You can go to the MODOT website for complete information and diagrams of the “divergent diamond” intersection that is being built at http://www.modot.org/stlouis/major_projects/I-270andDorsettInterchangeProject.htm.