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Live at St. Joseph Village Board, March 26, 2024

Pickleball and Tennis are here tonight. PB nets got damaged over the winter. PB Is asking where they see PB going.

The village doesn’t plan on putting the PB nets back up at the sports complex. PB saying if they do go back up, they want to make some changes, ect.

Someone tried to steal a pickleball net. #reallyguys?

350 people are in the St. Joseph PB group.

Discussing the signage, windscreen, ect at Kolb.

They are discussing tennis courts. They would like four tennis courts for the girls tennis team at SJO so the team doesn’t have to rent out Atkins.

Discussing how many pickleball players are from St. Joe. Estimating 75 percent.

I can’t get over someone trying to steal a pickleball net. What would you even do with it? Don’t you think someone would notice your super fancy new pickleball net set up in your driveway?

Just so everyone knows- the parks have cameras. They can see you trying to steal stuff.

Basically, PB is booming in St. Joseph. For real. They take care of a lot of the upkeep on the court, ect.

Discussing Elm Street drainage project. Awarded Phase 1 project to Stark. It’s over a Million dollars.

The entire project could cost more than 7 million. This project will take some pressure of drainage district 6 and should help slow the flood of the Salt Fork, ect.

An update on the sewer plant: Still have a years worth, at least, of construction. But making progress.

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Discussing the signage, windscreen, ect at Kolb.

They are discussing tennis courts. They would like four tennis courts for the girls tennis team at SJO so the team doesn’t have to rent out Atkins.

Discussing how many pickleball players are from St. Joe. Estimating 75 percent.

I can’t get over someone trying to steal a pickleball net. What would you even do with it? Don’t you think someone would notice your super fancy new pickleball net set up in your driveway?

Just so everyone knows- the parks have cameras. They can see you trying to steal stuff.

Basically, PB is booming in St. Joseph. For real. They take care of a lot of the upkeep on the court, ect.

Discussing Elm Street drainage project. Awarded Phase 1 project to Stark. It’s over a Million dollars.

The entire project could cost more than 7 million. This project will take some pressure of drainage district 6 and should help slow the flood of the Salt Fork, ect.

An update on the sewer plant: Still have a years worth, at least, of construction. But making progress.

discussing the proposed projects for the streets, sidewalks, ect.

Joe giving Public Works some props for how they handle sidewalk repair.

Here’s the list. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ZaiknNYGjWRwhYOkKpSQGJ7rz43tXzwp

This is just informational. They will vote on it the first meeting in May.

BUDGET ITEMS: This is just all ideas. They aren’t really doing budgeting right now. Discussing festival funding, how much they spend on advertising, ect. Discussing a brush drop off where the public brings their own brush to a spot ,ect. Discussing a possible sales tax increase to fund parks, ect. What do you think about that? It would be half a cent and would go towards the parks, ball fields, ect.

You guys! I read ahead and the Comprehensive Hotel Market Feasibility Study is back. The study found that there is a clear demand for an upper-midscale hotel in St. Joseph to serve local
businesses, events, and visitors.

Recommended Hotel Characteristics: The study recommends a hotel with 45-55 rooms, offering both
single and double occupancy options, and modern amenities to attract a broad range of guests.

Economic Benefits: The development of a new hotel is projected to significantly boost local tax
revenues, increase dining and entertainment spending, and create new jobs.

Ideal Sites: Two potential locations have been identified that offer excellent visibility and access, making
them suitable for hotel development.

Community Support: Majority Feedback from the community survey respondents indicates support for a
new hotel, highlighting a need for quality accommodations.

I will find the survey and break it down more.

TIF update:

In detailed discussions involving the village’s TIF consultant and the superintendents of both school districts, a consensus emerged around the necessity of incorporating a residential component into the proposed TIF District. As currently understood, the agreement outlines that natural growth from existing residential areas will be fully reimbursed to the schools, preserving their revenue base. Additionally, a provision will allocate a 10% surplus payment from all new Residential and Commercial EAV directly to each school district.

Addressing concerns over potential rapid enrollment increases, it was noted that in 2012, the
schools had 176 more students than the current count, suggesting ample existing capacity. This historical perspective challenges the notion of insufficient space being an issue anytime soon, especially considering the average annual enrollment decline of 12.5 students since 2012. Projecting this trend forward to 2034 implies a potential decrease of 301 students from the 2012 peak.

To accommodate any unexpected enrollment surges, a proposal has been developed for staggered reimbursement rates to the schools, triggered by specific enrollment benchmarks. This approach aims to ensure school readiness for expansion, aligned with actual growth patterns. This evolving agreement marks a critical step towards reversing the trend of declining enrollments, with optimism for a formalized plan soon. The consultant is incorporating the staggered percent increase tied to student enrollment numbers, and will send them to the schools after it is completed.

Having a moment of silence for Dan Wright. “He was a very active person in our community,” Fruhling-Voges said.


meeting adjourned.
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