Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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MAPLEWOOD > Councilman voices concerns about plans for donut shop * A councilman has expressed concerns about increased traffic and noise with around-the-clock operations at the donut and coffee shop Tim Hortons that's planned for near the corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard .

Councilman Shawn Faulkingham said at a work session after Tuesday's City Council meeting that he would like to see changes in the plan to minimize impact to homeowners in the area. The restaurant, which will face Big Bend, backs up to a house on Hazel Avenue.

Faulkingham said he wanted to "start the conversation" about three issues: the proximity of a double drive-through to a house on Hazel Avenue, increased traffic on Hazel, and the 24-hour operation of the restaurant.

There's enough room to reconfigure the drive-through so it doesn't go all the way back to the house on Hazel and to create a 20- foot buffer between the house and the drive-through, Faulkingham said.

Closing off access from Hazel to Big Bend would address the concerns about traffic congestion there, he said.

Faulkingham also suggested the hours of operation be limited to 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the week and 5 a.m. to midnight on weekends.

Councilman David Cerven said he was impressed by the way the Hortons staff had tried to address residents' concerns so far. Mayor James White said that closing Hazel was a city issue but that limiting hours was asking Hortons to change its business model.

City Manager Martin J. Corcoran said he would bring up the issues with Hortons representatives.

A public hearing on the project is slated for the Oct. 28 council meeting.

Also during the work session, the council discussed changing the city charter to set the term of office for elected officials at three years and limit them to two terms. Currently there is a two- term limit for the mayor but none for the council. Currently the mayor and council members are elected to four-year terms, Corcoran said. (Special to the Post-Dispatch)

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