City of Clarkson Valley
Missouri

Minutes of April 2003 Meeting
Board of Aldermen

RECORD OF PROCEEDING

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Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), April 1, 2003.
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The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. A roll call was taken with the following results:
PRESENT Ward ABSENT
Mayor Scott Douglass
Alderperson Jim Sharp Ward 1
Alderperson Susan Shea Ward 1
Alderperson Honora Schiller Ward 2 Alderperson Wendell Sittser
Alderperson Mary Ann Gatto Ward 3
Alderperson Melinda Twichell Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon

Alderperson Twichell made a motion to accept the Minutes, seconded by Alderperson Sharp. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Mayor Douglass called attention to the Appointment Sheet in the Alderperson's packet and stated that at this meeting, there is a need to appoint members to the various boards.  He requested that it be added as an agenda item.  He mentioned that Brian Herzberger, who served on the Board of Adjustment for several years, moved out of the City.  Also, that Ed Demsky's tenure was at its end.  He related that he spoke with Terry Rosenstrauch who is willing to serve on the Board of Adjustment as well as Walter Mixson.  Upon hearing this request to place the Appointments on the Agenda, there were no objections from the Council Members


REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS:

Mr. Doug Adams, who is a new Trustee of the Kehrs Mill Trails Subdivision, introduced himself.  He stated that his subdivision contains one hundred and two homes, all of which (with the exception of one) are on the septic system.  He said he looked into a system that he was proposing for his subdivision, whereby a main sewer line would be positioned around the perimeter of the subdivision.  The tubing would be of minimal diameter with a feeder line around the road system.  Each homeowner would hook up to the mainline that pumps into a gravity feed system.  He concluded by stating that he was asking the Council Members of Clarkson Valley to share some of the City's tax base and asked for help to subsidize this project system.  Mayor Douglass asked Mr. Adams if he attempted to contact Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD)?  To which Mr. Adams responded negatively.  Mayor Douglass thanked him for coming to the meeting and said the Board would consider his proposal and the City would get an MSD engineer involved with his request.

Alderperson Gatto asked Mr. Adams if there was a possibility of getting State or Federal aid?  He was unsure any was available.  Alderperson Sharp informed Mr. Adams as a point of edification that the entire real estate tax base for the City of Clarkson Valley amounts to approximately $130,000, further stating that the households in the Kehrs Mill Trails subdivision would bring in revenue amounting to less than $10,000 annually.

Mr. Adams finished with two additional remarks.  He mentioned the deer population as being beyond outrageous and asked the Board Members to consider doing something about it.  Then, in conclusion, he remarked on his immense concern with students driving on Kehrs Mill Road.  He asked if the high school could limit the flow of traffic so Kehrs Mill Road would not be the ideal choice.  Alderperson Schiller stated that only sixty-three students attending Marquette High School live west of the school.  Mayor Douglass said there would be time to further discuss this when Rockwood representatives come to the City with plans.


REPORTS

Ballwin Police Report:

Captain Bobbie Saulters handed out the police report for March 2003.  Captain Saulters happily reported the City survived Spring Break.  She also mentioned the upcoming election that will take place one week from this night's meeting was being discussed by the SRO and school officials regarding parking at the high school.  She said some teachers were asked to park elsewhere, leaving twenty parking spaces available for the voters.  Mayor Douglass and the Board Members thanked her for taking care of this in advance of any problems. 

Mayor's Report: Mayor Douglass reported on the following:

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of March 2003 was $15,724.10. 

Sound Wall:  He reported that he did not hear from MoDOT's District Engineer, Karen Yeoman but did expect to hear from her in April or May. 

Building Fees Ordinance:  Mayor Douglass reported that he met with the City Attorney, Patrick Butler and the Building Commissioner, Norm Fott to discuss the proposed changes to the Building Fee Schedule.  The fees, as discussed, are reflected in Bill No. 0254 submitted for discussion and vote at this meeting to take place later in the Agenda.

Voda Property - Frame House Across from High School:  Mayor Douglass reminded the Board of a copy of the letter sent by Mrs. Voda stating her interest in selling the house for office space.  He stated that he heard from a neighbor, Mr. James Wagner, who is interested in purchasing the property.  Apparently, this neighbor has made offers but the Voda's keep increasing the asking price.

Sidewalks on Kehrs Mill Road - Talking with the County:  Mayor Douglass reported that Mr. Dennis Bice telephoned him today with concerns regarding the drainage on the Demsky property.  He also reported that the sidewalks in front of the Wong and Mercurio homes would be constructed toward the end of the month.  

Setting Date for Open Meeting:  Discussion took place in an attempt to set a date for an Open Hearing for the Wellness Center Proposal.  After determining there appeared to be no date when everyone was available, the soonest date whereby five members were available was chosen.  That being Monday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Marquette High School.  A Newsletter would go out stating the date, as well as press releases and signage.

Alderpersons' Reports:

Deer Issue:  Alderperson Shea reported that Alderpersons Schiller and Sharp as well as herself reported having conversations with residents of the City who are beside themselves with regard to the deer issue.  She feels the Deer Committee will be calling a meeting within the next few months.

Multiple Families Residing Within One Household:  Alderperson Shea reported there were approximately ten cars every evening at one house on Kehrs Mill Road.  The City has rules prohibiting that.

Center Lane Planters on Clarkson Road - City of Chesterfield:  Alderperson Twichell mentioned the planters in the center-lane taking place between Baxter and Wilson Roads and commented that they are doing a very nice job.  Mayor Douglass stated that construction was, no doubt, funded by a grant.  Alderperson Twichell reminded those on the Board that several years ago when the City contracted for the landscape architect, Austin Tao, to come up with ideas for Clarkson Road, he recommended center-lane plantings.  Alderperson Schiller stated that the MoDOT District Engineer informed the Sound Wall Committee that the roads in our City that empty onto Clarkson Road were too close together to entertain the idea of center-lane planters.

Newsletter:  Alderperson Gatto solicited ideas to be covered in the upcoming newsletter. 

Old Business

BILL NO. 0254 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE V: BUILDING AND CONSTRUCITION, CHAPTER 500: BUILDING CODES AND REGULATIONS BY ADDING A NEW ARTICLE VI. FEE SCHEDULE. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell to introduce Bill No. 0254.  Alderperson Gatto seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass reminded everyone that the first reading took place last month and explained the reason for creating the Bill was an attempt to cover the engineering and inspection expenses.  Also incorporated into this Bill is the ability to charge additional fees when extra work is done.  City Attorney, Patrick Butler, explained that a section was added to recoup money for attorney fees involved in covering this part of the code.  Mayor Douglass then gave Bill No. 0254 a second reading.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results:  Ayes:  Gatto, Schiller, Sharp, and Twichell.  Nays:  Shea.  Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0254 passed and is now Ordinance 03-03.

BILL NO. 0255 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE VI. BUSINESS AND OCCUPATION, BY DELETING THE CURRENT CHAPTER 610: PEDDLERS, SOLICITORS AND HAWKERS AND ADDING A NEW CHAPTER 208: CANVASSING, HAWKING, PEDDLING AND SOLICITING. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell to introduce Bill No. 0255.  Alderperson Sharp seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass reminded everyone that the first reading took place last month and explained the reason for creating the Bill was to prohibit all soliciting with the exception that allowed people within the community to solicit if invited to do so.  Alderperson Shea reiterated her comments from last month; that she enjoys receiving the brochures.  Alderperson Schiller stated her concern by asking if we would be enacting an ordinance that would selectively be enforced?  City Attorney, Patrick Butler explained the whole system is tied to complaints phoned in to City Hall.  Discussion took place regarding certain language in the description and it was agreed minor technical changes would be made.  Mayor Douglass then gave Bill No. 0255 a second reading.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results:  Ayes:  Gatto, Schiller, Sharp, and Twichell.  Nays:  Shea.  Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0255 passed and is now Ordinance 03-04.

New Business:

BILL NO. 0256 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE V: BUILDING CODES AND REGULATIONS, BY DELETING ARTICLE I. BUILDING CODE, AND ADDING A NEW ARTICLE I. BUILDING CODE. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Shea to introduce Bill No. 0256.  Alderperson Sharp seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0256 for the first time.  Alderperson Sharp asked if on page 2, regarding Bond, is $1,000.00 on new construction enough to hold as collateral on new construction and is $10,000.00 enough to collect for any "C" zone, new construction of an office building?  Planning and Zoning Chair, Mr. Frank Hodgdon asked why the entire section on antennae and the swimming pool fence section were removed?  It was determined the Building Commissioner should be contacted for his opinion.  Bill No. 0256 would be discussed at the next meeting. 

Appointees:  A motion was made by Alderperson Gatto to appoint the two recommendations: Walter Mixson and Terry Rosenstrauch to replace two previous members, to re-appoint the City Clerk and three members to the Planning and Zoning Commission; Artie Ahrens, Brent Brandvold and Susan Shea.  The motion was seconded by Alderperson Sharp.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

Sharpshooters Hired to Maintain Deer Population - City of Wildwood:  Alderperson Gatto mentioned an article she read regarding the City of Wildwood and stated that she would like the Board of Aldermen to consider doing the same.  Alderperson Sharp said he would not be against it.  Alderperson Schiller interjected that she would like to know more about the safety precautions Wildwood is taking.  Mayor Douglass stated if it were to happen, it would require an ordinance.  City Attorney, Patrick Butler explained that if a permit were granted by the state, there is no liability on the City's part.

Audit:  Alderperson Sharp made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Shea, to have invoices in the amount of $70,560.94 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

Alderperson Twichell made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Sharp.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

    
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Scott Douglass, Mayor

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ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk


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