How Can Arnold Encourage More Small Business Development?

Small business incubation is one area of focus for Arnold City Council, which approved three new committees last week.

The new Arnold City Council signaled which topics deserve extra attention by creating three new committees last week. 

During Thursday's meeting, Mayor Ron Counts announced the creation of committees focused on city beautification, transportation and small business. They were created to address city challenges that the council couldn't get to otherwise, Counts said.

For example, take the transportation committee. Council members Paul Freese (Ward 3) and Randy Crisler (Ward 1) will be leading that committee. 

"As our city has grown, transportation has become more and more of issue," Counts said. 

Butch Cooley (Ward 4) and Jason Fulbright (Ward 1) were appointed to the beautification committee, which will be identifying ways to improve the look of the city. Counts tasked them with finding ways to beautify the entrances to Arnold first.

Mary Elizabeth Coleman (Ward 2) and Phil Amato (Ward 3) were appointed to the small business committee. They'll be looking for ways to encourage more small business development in the city. 

The mayor said he expects to announce more committee appointments in the coming weeks.

Do you have any ideas to help with city beautification, transportation or small business development in Arnold? Please share your suggestions in the comments! 

Kim Heaney May 06, 2013 at 04:31 PM
What can Arnold do to help small business move in? Stop with all the ridiculous fees and rules. I had a contract on a 2 acre parcel and was all set to build my building. We were going to put up a steel building because it is so economical. I understand wanting the front of the building to be pretty. I agree. But, Arnold insists on having all 4 sides covered in anything BUT steel. The next cheapest alternative adds $5 a square foot. They priced me right out of building in Arnold. I withdrew my contract and am still looking. NOT in Arnold.
Bernie Wilde May 06, 2013 at 07:06 PM
I agree with Kim. There are different rules for small businesses. One small business has a single entry driveway, not striped, no ADA, while others need to complete all facets even it it's more than $30,000. Several small businesses have turned away because of the different rules. And only one council person is interested in how easy it used to be when there were six villages and local people working in City Hall.
Dennis Hyman May 06, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Kim, did you try to apply for a variance? Many towns have a steel building ordinance on the books in some shape or form. Many were put in because early steel buildings had a tendency to rust, look run down after a couple of years, and generally weren't well built. Times have changed. Today's metal buildings are much better looking, are usually powder coated and rust resistant. For example, the Dollar General on 61/67 is a steel building with a brick fascia.
MJ Martin May 06, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Getting rid of the idiots on the council would be a good first step. The city government is the laughing stock of the metro area. MJ.
Dennis Hyman May 07, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Oh, we went that route. And then people realized how bad the Tea Party really is, and when you have people self centered on vendettas and revenge instead of getting business done, the fiasco of the last two years is the result. The citizens of Arnold are ready for the council to roll up their sleeves and get back to work for us.


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