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Council honors deceased member, acts on other issues

The Chesterfield City Council quickly handled several items of business on its June 3 meeting agenda but only after paying tribute to Barry Flachsbart, the long-time city leader who died May 25, five days after collapsing at an earlier council session.

In recognition of Flachsbart’s service to the city, Mayor Bob Nation announced the traditional moment for silent prayer after the pledge of allegiance would be extended in memory of the late council member. 

Nation then read a brief statement extending the city’s sympathy and condolences to the council member’s family, noting that Flachsbart’s “leadership and selfless work have provided wisdom and needed guidance on countless issues.

“Barry always had the best interests of Chesterfield foremost in his mind,” the mayor stated. “His presence and participation will be missed by all of us who had the honor of working with him.”

A red rose in a simple glass vase had been placed on the desk at the position Flachsbart occupied on the dais as the council member from Ward 1.

Later in the meeting, Nation said he expects to nominate someone at the June 17 meeting to fill Mr. Flachsbart’s position until the next municipal election in April 2020. 

The council heard the second reading of several measures discussed at its previous meeting and passed them unanimously. Included were:

  • [ zoning change that paves the way for a Fairfield Suites hotel on a 2.8-acre parcel at the northwest corner of Chesterfield Parkway East and Conway Road. The Chesterfield Planning Commission and the council’s Planning and Public Works Committee (PPW] earlier had recommended approval.
  • A zoning change for a subdivision on a 2.1-acre tract south of Conway at the Still House Creek Road intersection.  The PPW earlier had recommended an amendment for R-3 residential district zoning instead of the R-4 classification requested by the developer and approved by the planning commission. The change, which calls for larger lot sizes, also had been urged by nearby property owners and was included in the council-approved version.
  • A change in the boundaries of the flood plain planned industrial district to an agricultural district for a 153-acre parcel on the north side of North Outer 40 Road. The request brings the site in line with the city’s comprehensive land use plan and allows using the property for agriculture and the import/export of topsoil, sand and fill materials. 
  • A revision to the city’s Fair Housing Act to bring it into compliance with state law.

The council also approved eliminating a number of city policies no longer needed and now covered in other documents. In addition, revisions in other policies, including neighborhood improvement projects, communications and sponsorship expenditures were passed unanimously, as recommended by the council’s Finance and Administration Committee. 

Another change receiving council approval was an increase in the amount budgeted for employee education reimbursement and training. The spending had been reduced from $20,000 in 2018 to $15,000 in the 2019 budget, primarily based on expected utilization. But approved reimbursement requests already are near that level and one recently submitted will exceed it, requiring the increase before it can be paid. 

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