Wal-Mart Asks City Council To Postpone Hearing on Plan

By Carol Arnett

The proposed Wal-Mart in Florissant was on the agenda again at the last council meeting, but the petitioner representing Wal-Mart requested that the public hearing regarding the store be postponed until the second March council meeting on March 25.

The public hearing was scheduled to discuss changes to the plans for the property.

The site, at 3350 and 3400 N. Hwy. 67, is near the intersection of Lindbergh and New Halls Ferry Rd.

At an earlier council meeting, City Engineer Tim Barrett spoke to the council about concerns his department had with the plan submitted earlier. He said he was concerned about traffic, especially trucks entering from the West or leaving to the West. Another major concern of Barrett was the soil in the flood plain fringe, which would violate city ordinances.

Barrett sent both the council and representatives from Wal-Mart his findings. He noted that the plan would have to be revised to meet city ordinances.

The council voted to postpone the public hearing until the March 25 meeting.

After the meeting, Mayor Tom Schneider said that he was unsure why Wal-Mart asked to postpone. He noted that petitioners often ask for postponement for various reasons.   

In another public hearing, the council heard from Matt Goldkamp regarding his request to allow the operation of a mechanical contractor in a B-1 zoning District for his property at 890 N. Lafayette.

Goldkamp Heating and Cooling is using the offices at the site now, and would like to use the entire property. Councilman Pat Stinnett, in whose ward the property is located, said he was in favor, noting that the property was looking good and Goldkamp has put in a new fence. The council passed an ordinance approving the business.

In a third public hearing, the council discussed a request by Joseph Doyle to open Tint My Ride, an auto glass tinting and auto upholstery repair shop at 1290 N. Hwy. 67.

Stinnett said that he was in favor of the business. “He has a plan to beautify the property,” Stinnett said of Doyle, and noted that Doyle has been in the auto tinting and repair business for 25 years. The business would be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The council passed an ordinance allowing the business.

The council also held a first reading on a bill that would reduce the rental fees of the Sunset Park Nature Lodge for city residents.

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