[R.O. 2011 §2.56.010; Ord. No. 5247 §1, 1980]
It is the intention of the City Council to establish a University City Loop special business district, as a mechanism whereby local merchants and property owners can collectively enhance their environment and promote retail trade activities, as provided by Chapter 71, Sections 71.790 through 71.808 inclusive, RSMo.
[R.O. 2011 §2.56.020; Ord. No. 5247 §2, 1980]
As used in this Chapter, the following terms shall have these prescribed meanings:
- ADVISORY COMMISSION
- The University City Loop Special Business District Advisory Commission.
- The City of University City, Missouri.
- CITY COUNCIL
- The City Council of the City of University City, Missouri.
- The University City Loop special business district.
- SPECIAL BUSINESS DISTRICT
- A body corporate and politic, and a political subdivision of the State of Missouri, whose main purpose is the improvement of the environment and the promotion of business in the area it encompasses, as authorized by Chapter 71, Sections 71.790 through 71.808 inclusive, RSMo.
[R.O. 2011 §2.56.030; Ord. No. 5247 §3, 1980]
A special business district, to be known as the University City Loop special business district, is established for the area of University City, Missouri, shown on the special business district map which accompanies, and is declared to be a part of, the ordinance codified in this Chapter. The boundaries of the district are broadly described as: the boundaries of the retail commercial "RC" zone on both sides of Delmar between Kingsland and the eastern municipal limits including commercial establishments fronting on Kingsland, New Enright, Leland, Melville, Westgate and Delmar. This district area includes properties described by the following computer reference locator numbers as shown in the records of the Director of Revenue for St. Louis County, Missouri:
[R.O. 2011 §2.56.040; Ord. No. 5247 §4, 1980]
For the purpose of paying for all costs and expenses incurred in the operation of the district, and/or the provision of services and improvements authorized in Section 120.960:
The businesses and individuals licensed by the City to do business within the district, except vendors at the Market in the Loop, shall be subject to an additional business license tax of fifty percent (50%) over any other business license taxes levied by the City; and
The real property in the district shall be subject to an additional tax of eighty-five cents ($0.85) per one hundred dollar ($100.00) assessed valuation; and
The special assessment provided for by this Chapter shall be collected by the City and held in a special account for dispersal to the district with the approval by the City Council.
[R.O. 2011 §2.56.050; Ord. No. 5247 §5, 1980]
No real property within the district subject to partial tax abatement under the provisions of the Urban Redevelopment Ordinance No. 5085, and/or the Urban Redevelopment Corporations Law of Missouri, shall be exempt from the taxes levied in Section 120.910.
[R.O. 2011 §2.56.060; Ord. No. 5247 §6, 1980]
For the purposes of paying all costs and expenses to be incurred in the acquisition, construction, improvement and/or expansion of any of the facilities of the district, the district may incur indebtedness and issue general obligation and/or revenue bonds, or notes for the payment thereof, subject to the requirements for such instruments found in the Revised Statutes of Missouri.
[R.O. 2011 §2.56.070; Ord. No. 5247 §7, 1980; Ord. No. 5700 §2, 1989]
The City Council shall have sole discretion as to how the revenues of the district shall be used within the scope of this Chapter. To assist in exercising this discretion, a University City Special Business District Advisory Commission is created.
Membership. The Advisory Commission shall consist of nine (9) members, chosen from and consisting of individuals who, at the time of appointment and during their entire term, own real property or a licensed business within the district that is subject to the additional tax in Section 120.910 and not in arrears. If the owner of real property or a licensed business within the district is a partnership or a business organization or other entity, including a limited partnership, corporation, estate or trust, the owner may designate in writing an individual as the owner's legally authorized representative, and such individual may be appointed to and be a member of the Advisory Commission, provided, at the time of appointment and during the entire term, the owner is subject to the additional tax in Section 120.910 and not in arrears. No member of the municipal government shall be a member of the Advisory Commission. No individual shall be considered for appointment to the Advisory Commission unless the individual has first submitted an application upon a form furnished by the City Clerk. The Mayor shall appoint a member of the Council to serve as liaison to the Advisory Commission consistent with Council rules and procedures.
[Ord. No. 7122, 3-10-2020]
Term of office. Upon passage and approval of the ordinance codified in this Chapter, the Mayor, with the approval of the City Council, shall appoint to the members of said Advisory Commission two (2) additional members so that each of the nine (9) members shall hold office for three (3) years. With respect to the term of office of the two (2) members added by this amendment, their terms shall be deemed to have commenced on the first of January 1989. Annually thereafter the Mayor shall, before the first of January of each year, appoint, as before, replacement members for those members whose terms shall have expired, and those replacement members shall hold office for three (3) years, and/or until their successors are appointed.
Dismissals. The City Council may remove any member of the Advisory Commission for misconduct or neglect of duty.
Vacancies. Vacancies on the Advisory Commission, occasioned by removal, resignation or otherwise, shall be reported to the City Council and shall be filled in like manner as normal appointments within thirty (30) days of the report to the Council. Members appointed to fill vacancies shall assume the term of membership held by the vacated member.
Compensation. No member of the Advisory Commission shall receive compensation for his/her duties.
Conflict of interest. No person shall be employed by the district who is related to a member of the Advisory Commission either by blood or marriage, and no business shall be conducted with firms which are owned in whole, or part, by a person related to a member of the Advisory Commission either by blood or marriage.
[R.O. 2011 §2.56.080; Ord. No. 5247 §8, 1980]
The Advisory Commission has the responsibility of performing the primary administrative functions of the district. These functions include, but are not limited to, the following:
Officers and committees. The original members of the Advisory Commission shall meet within thirty (30) days of their appointment and organize themselves by the election of one (1) of their number as Chairperson, another as Vice Chairperson, and yet another as Secretary-Treasurer, and by the election of such other officers as they may deem necessary. Thereafter, new elections among the members of the Advisory Commission for all officer positions shall occur annually during the month of January. The Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary-Treasurer of the Advisory Commission shall function as an executive committee, and the members of the Advisory Commission may create such other committees as they deem necessary.
Bylaws. The Advisory Commission shall make and adopt such bylaws, rules and regulations for its own guidance and for the administration of the district as may be appropriate, but not inconsistent with the ordinances of the City or the Statutes of the State of Missouri. The Council may at any time, by resolution or motion, revoke, suspend or amend any such bylaw, rule or regulation.
[Ord. No. 7122, 3-10-2020]
Development plan. The Advisory Commission shall be responsible for the development and maintenance of an overall plan of action for the district. This plan will be construed to be the major policy instrument of the district, and all expenditures and activities are to be reviewed in light of the plan. The Advisory Commission shall be required to hold at least one (1) meeting a year to which all individuals owning property and/or operating a municipally-licensed business within the boundaries of the district are actively encouraged to attend with the expressed purpose of reviewing and updating the plan.
Budget. The Advisory Commission shall be required to create and maintain a line-item budget for any existing revenue and the anticipated revenue of the district for the year following the date of the last-published budget. Said budget must be published annually and submitted to the City Council for approval by the first (1st) of July. Prior to the submittal of the budget to the City Council the Advisory Commission shall be required to hold at least one (1) meeting to which all individuals owning property and/or operating a municipally-licensed business within the boundaries of the district are actively encouraged to attend with the expressed purpose of reviewing the proposed budget. The Advisory Commission may make recommendations for the modification or elaboration of the budget to the City Council at any time.
Annual report. The Advisory Commission shall be required to submit an annual report of its activities to the City Council by the first (1st) of July of each year. This report should inventory the projects undertaken by the district in the preceding year and their status, minutes of all meetings held by the Advisory Commission and any of its committees, relevant correspondence, a copy of the latest plan adopted for the district, a financial report of the district, a statement by the executive committee on the status of the effectiveness of the district, and such other items as may be deemed relevant by the Advisory Commission. Upon receipt of the annual report the City Council shall place same on file with the City Administrator and note that it is available for public inspection.
[R.O. 2011 §2.56.090; Ord. No. 5247 §9, 1980]
The funds of the district may be used for any of the following improvements and activities with the approval of the City Council:
To close existing streets or alleys or to open new streets and alleys or to widen or narrow existing streets and alleys in whole or in part;
To construct or install pedestrian or shopping malls, plazas, sidewalks or moving sidewalks, parks, meeting and display facilities, convention centers, arenas, bus stop shelters, lighting, benches or other seating furniture, sculptures, telephone booths, traffic signs, fire hydrants, kiosks, trash receptacles, marquees, awnings, canopies, walls and barriers, paintings, murals, alleys, shelters, display cases, fountains, restrooms, information booths, aquariums, aviaries, tunnels and ramps, pedestrian and vehicular overpasses and underpasses, and each and every other useful or necessary or desired improvement;
To landscape and plant trees, bushes and shrubbery, flowers and each and every other kind of decorative planting;
To install and operate, or to lease, public music and news facilities;
To purchase and operate buses, minibuses, mobile benches, and other modes of transportation;
To construct and operate child care facilities;
To lease space within the district for sidewalk cafe tables and chairs;
To construct lakes, dams and waterways of whatever size;
To provide special police or cleaning facilities and personnel for the protection and enjoyment of the property owners and the general public using the facilities of such business district;
To maintain, as hereinafter provided, all City-owned streets, alleys, malls, bridges, ramps, tunnels, lawns, trees and decorative plantings of each and every nature, and every structure or object of any nature whatsoever constructed or operated by the said municipality;
To grant permits for newsstands, sidewalk cafes, and each and every other useful or necessary or desired private usage of public or private property;
To prohibit or restrict vehicular traffic on such streets within the business district as the Governing Body may deem necessary and to provide the means for access by emergency vehicles to or in such areas;
To lease, acquire, construct, reconstruct, extend, maintain or repair parking lots or parking garages, both above and below ground, or other facilities for the parking of vehicles, including the power to install such facilities in public areas, whether such areas are owned in fee or by easement;
To promote business activity in the district by, but not limited to, advertising, decoration of any public place in the area, promotion of public events which are to take place on or in public places, furnishing of music in any public place, and the general promotion of trade activities in the district.
[R.O. 2011 §2.56.100; Ord. No. 5247 §10, 1980]
The City Council shall not decrease the level of municipally-funded services in the district existing prior to the creation of the district, or transfer the financial burden of providing the services to the district, unless the services at the same time are decreased throughout the City, nor shall the City Council discriminate in the provision of new municipally-funded services between areas included in the district and areas not so included.