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Nolan’s name added to plaque at dog park

Aldermen accept panel’s recommendation to OK consultant for Comprehensive Plan

The Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen agreed at their September meeting to add former Mayor Bill Nolan’s name to the dedication plaque and boulder at Kitun Park — the city’s dog park at 12343 Eddie & Park Road.

At the suggestion of Ward 3 Alderman Jan Hoffmann, the board voted unanimously to add Nolan’s name to the plaque — a move that got loud applause from the audience of roughly 90 residents.

The dog park is a collaboration between the cities of Sunset Hills and Crestwood and currently has two sets of names on the plaque, Hoffmann noted: Mayor Mark Furrer of Sunset Hills and Mayor Gregg Roby of Crestwood, with former Mayor Jeff Schlink listed under Roby but no one listed under Furrer.

Schlink and Nolan worked on the dog park project together, but were defeated for re-election in April by Roby and Furrer, respectively.

Asked why Crestwood listed its former mayor but Sunset Hills did not, Parks and Recreation Director Gerald Brown said at the Sept. 9 meeting, “I can just basically say that I was directed to put what was up there.”

The boulder has the space for the name, and the cost of the request will be minimal, Brown added.

In other matters, aldermen:

• Unanimously agreed to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission to select Houseal Lavigne of Chicago as the consultant for the city’s new Comprehensive Plan and negotiate on the scope and cost of the plan.

One of the problems with the current Comprehensive Plan is that many of the suggestions were not implemented, City Engineer and Public Works Director Bryson Baker said, noting that Houseal Lavigne is “very good at implementation.” The other options were PGAV and Streiler & Associates.

• Unanimously agreed to renew the city’s deer bow-hunting ordinance for another season, which is currently underway until January. The new legislation adds more regulations than last year’s and passed 8-0, with several residents speaking in support of it at the meeting.

• Approved Furrer’s appointment of frequent bow-hunting ordinance critic Sandra Jo Ankney to the city’s Deer Committee.

The board approved the appointment 6-2, with Ward 1 Alderman Richard Gau and Ward 3 Alderman Kurt Krueger opposed. City Collector Michael Sawicki, who serves as chairman of the Deer Committee, told the board that he does not support the appointment, saying, “I feel the committee is fine as it is.”

• Unanimously agreed to accept a 15-acre donation of vacant land from a resident who wanted to donate property in memory of his late wife and allowed the city to select the location.

Brown said the city chose this property because it is the last parcel available along the Meramec River in Sunset Hills, and the city hopes to eventually use it as part of a three-mile trail from Tapawingo to Minnie Ha Ha Park.

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