Charter panel appointees OK’d by Crestwood board

Board to hear presentations by PGAV, Houseal Lavigne

By Mike Anthony

The Crestwood Board of Aldermen voted unanimously last week to approve Mayor Gregg Roby’s appointments to the city’s Charter Review Commission.

Roby’s appointments include four former aldermen — Richard Bland of Ward 1, Chris Pickel of Ward 2, Jerry Miguel of Ward 3 and Bob Parsons of Ward 4. Also serving on the panel are Paula Kapfer of Ward 1, Steven Davis of Ward 2, Harley Hartzog of Ward 3 and Steve Ippolito of Ward 4.

Parsons served on the city’s original Charter Commission and Bland served on the Charter Review Commission that was appointed in 2005. Voters approved the city Charter on Nov. 7, 1995.

The Charter states, “From time to time, but not less than every 10 years, the mayor and Board of Aldermen shall provide for a Charter Review Committee to consider whether any amendments to this charter are appropriate.”

The Charter Review Commission has up to 12 months to complete its work and submit any proposed amendments it deems necessary to the Board of Aldermen.

Voters would have to approve any Charter changes. Commission members also could decide that no changes are needed.

In a separate matter last week, aldermen voted 7-1 to table an ordinance to hire Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets, or PGAV, to develop the city’s first-ever comprehensive plan, and to have representatives from PGAV and Houseal Lavigne Associates of Chicago make presentations to the board as soon as possible. Ward 2 Alderman Tim Trueblood was opposed.

At the board’s Feb. 10 meeting, Mayor Gregg Roby broke a 4-4 board tie on the first reading of the ordinance to hire PGAV.

A “no” vote by Ward 3 Alderman Paul Duchild for a second reading delayed consideration of the measure until Feb. 24.

Aldermen in favor of the first reading of the ordinance to hire PGAV for the comprehensive plan were Trueblood, Mary Stadter of Ward 2, Bill Boston of Ward 3 and Mike Vincent of Ward 4. Opposed were Aldermen Darryl Wallach and Richard Breeding, both of Ward 1, Duchild and board President Mike Tsichlis of Ward 4.

On Jan. 27, aldermen voted 6-1 to table the ordinance approving the agreement with PGAV. Trueblood was opposed and Boston was absent.

PGAV is already serving as the city’s planning consultant for the redevelopment of the former Crestwood Plaza.

Wallach said Jan. 27 that he believed using two firms — one for the mall redevelopment project and a second for the comprehensive plan — would benefit the city. He was particularly impressed with the proposal submitted by Houseal Lavigne, which is developing Sunset Hills’ new comprehensive plan.

Last week, Tsichlis cited the board’s 4-4 tie and made a motion to table the second reading of the ordinance and have representatives of Houseal Lavigne make a presentation to the board.

Wallach suggested amending Tscihlis’ motion to have representatives of both Houseal Lavigne and PGAV make presentations to the board, and the board approved the amended motion.