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Maplewood Council Sends QuikTrip Decision to Voters

The council voted not to repeal an earlier ordinance allowing the QuikTrip move.

Maplewood voters will decide in the April 2 election if QuikTrip can relocate to the northwest corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard.

That was determined Tuesday night when Maplewood City Council members voted the same as they did on Nov. 27, when they approved the resolution allowing the QuikTrip move.

Following the Nov. 27 vote, a group opposed to the move collected enough signatures (1,038) to force Tuesday's vote. Many opposed to the move do so on grounds of safety for students who cross the intersection as they walk to Maplewood Richmond Heights High School and Middle School.

The vote on Tuesday was on a resolution to not repeal the earlier vote. All council members, except Ward 1 Councilman Shawn Faulkingham, voted for the resolution.

A signer of the referendum to stop the move, Tonya Powell, said the group will organize volunteers to get out the vote.

"The good news is we have petitions full of over 1,100 voters in Maplewood, so we just have to go out and find a few more and we've got it," she said.

Powell said QuikTrip may spend money to promote the move, but "we've got right on our side. They might throw money around here, but we live here."

Daniel Lesseg, who owns the site and seeks to lease it to QuikTrip, attended the meeting but didn't have a comment. No QuikTrip representatives were present.

Also in Patch:

  • Petition Opposing QuikTrip Move Turned In to City Hall on Thursday
  • Councilman Barry Greenberg: QuikTrip Move Would "Benefit the City and Citizens"
  • MRH School Board Protests QuikTrip Move in New Letter
Jane February 13, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Yeah, Biff - helping the city's homeless youth, what a terrible waste of tax payer money! (that was sarcasm by the way)
Biff February 13, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Jane,how many are from Maplewood and where do they reside on weekends.
Jane February 13, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Biff, I have no idea. Since it appears you already know the answer to your own question, why don't you enlighten us?
Biff February 14, 2013 at 12:23 AM
I think the school district will be more than happy to enlighten you and us.
Nicholas Frisella February 14, 2013 at 02:57 PM
It was not put to a vote because no one in the community apposed it. If a group of Maplewood citizens apposed Joe's Place and went through the trouble of finding 1038 registered Maplewood voters (approximately 1/8th of the total population of Maplewood) to sign a petition, then it would have went to a vote.

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