Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), April 6, 2004.
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. A
roll call was taken with the following results:
Alderperson Jim Sharp
|Alderperson Wendell Sittser||
Alderperson Mary Ann Gatto
|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 Gatto. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.
REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS:
Mr. Harvey Phillips, a resident of Kehrs Mill Trails, thanked the Members
of the Board of Aldermen for allowing the Missouri Department of Conservation to
hold a controlled deer hunt, which took place in March and requested the Board
Members to consider allowing hunts this coming fall and again next spring.
Mrs. Lois Crocker, a Kehrs Mill Trails resident, thanked the Alderpersons
for allowing her to sponsor a hunt on her property.
Mr. Doug Adams, President of Trustees of Kehrs Mill Trails, spoke in
favor of the hunt. His son-in-law
was granted permission by the Missouri Department of Conservation to shoot at
deer on the Adams' property, harvesting a total of six.
Vicki Bolger would like the City to alert its residents when a hunt is scheduled
to take place in her neighborhood by postcards, signs, or other means.
Jack and Diana Hauser, both of Kehrs Mill Trails, spoke against the hunt.
Mr. Hauser wished something had been placed in the Missouri Department of
Conservation's rules for this hunt to ensure better control.
He further stated the City erred by not informing its citizens.
Engleman read a letter/petition (attached) she sent to approximately one hundred
households in the Kehrs Mill Trails subdivision.
Mrs. Janet Young echoed the statements made in Mrs. Engleman's letter and
stated the Missouri Department of Conservation's sponsored hunt showed a
"total lack of control". She
concluded by saying the hunt bears huge safety and liability issues.
Abatement: Mr. Larry Cardinale,
of Forest Hills Club Estates, asked what Clarkson Valley's intent is for noise
abatement on Clarkson Road? Mr.
Hugh Black of the Westhampton Subdivision asked the same question.
Matters Twixt Two Subdivisions: Mr.
Doug Adams explained that he received a letter from representatives of the
Kingspointe Subdivision that states they no longer desire to be responsible for
maintaining the lake that lies between the two subdivisions.
He gave a brief history of past litigation and the agreement that
followed. He concluded by asking
the City to help mediate this matter.
Douglass addressed the three above issues by saying:
Regarding the hunt, he reported that it ended March 23rd and there has
been no action taken by Members of the Board beyond this point.
Regarding noise abatement, he said we are attempting to inform our
Missouri State Representatives of rubberized asphalt, which diminishes the noise
by 50% at a cost 50% lower than that of the proposed sound wall.
Regarding the lake issue, the City is attempting to set a date whereby
the two concerned parties can meet. This will probably take place early
Police Report: Captain
Rick Wise disseminated the Police Summary for March 2004.
He mentioned there were five individuals apprehended for DWI this month
in our city.
Court Report: The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of March 2004 was $16,955.69.
Request For Proposal - Police Contract: Mayor Douglass reported the City received proposals from Ballwin and Chesterfield and he is expecting one from St. Louis County by the end of this month. The Board will make a recommendation at the May meeting.
Wanted - Building Commissioner: He reported that he and Alderpersons Schiller and Sittser interviewed someone for the position of Building Commission and it looks favorable that we will be hiring someone this month.
St. Johns Mercy West Medical Office Building: He mentioned the Discovery Group's proposal and stated this would be discussed later in tonight's meeting.
Wildlife Management Committee Report: Alderperson Shea reported that she attended the West St. Louis County Deer Task Force meeting with the Missouri Department of Conservation. She said the survey that she mentioned at the February Board Meeting was randomly mailed to request residents' attitudes about deer control. She said of 5,600 questionnaires that were mailed, 41% were returned. The results are due in June.
She said that the former Mayor of Town & Country attended the Deer Task Force meeting and shared his city's tribulations with their trap and relocation program. He said a lot of deer died in the process and he felt their program did not work.
Planning & Zoning Hearing: Alderperson Shea said she attended a Planning & Zoning Hearing. Frank Hodgdon, Planning & Zoning Chairman, will give a report later in the meeting.
At 8:00 p.m. the city clerk, Michele McMahon read the Notice of Public Hearing. As Chairman of the Planning & Zoning Commission, Mr. Frank Hodgdon explained that the hearing was to consider a proposal to subdivide lot 2 of the Fru-Con property into two (2) lots, one of which carries a proposal for a medical office building. In addition to that, they considered the preliminary site development plans from the Discovery Group. The Commission's duty, he explained, is to make a recommendation regarding both proposals to the Board of Aldermen. Mr. Hodgdon explained that the Commission first considered the proposal of subdividing the lot and there were two concerns that arose from the meeting:
(1) If the Board agrees to split the 10-1/2 acre lot into two and the proposed medical office building is to be located on a 3-1/2 acre parcel, could the remaining lot be further split at a later time? He explained that a 1-3/4 acre-to-2 acre buffer is required at the northwest corner of the lot. He said that given that required buffer and respective seventy-five (75) foot and fifty (50) foot setback requirements, it would be impossible to split the remaining lot and locate two buildings. He concluded by saying the Commission Members felt the Discovery Group had a reasonable request and their recommendation was for Aldermanic approval.
(2) The Commission Members felt by using the "C" Office District Zoning there could be problems. The Chairman recommended that the Board of Aldermen consider a new definition of medical office district. He said the petitioner volunteered to come up with new language. He also recommended that a definition for ancillary use regarding the pharmacy and the potential sale of eyeglasses be incorporated into the new zoning change. The Public Hearing closed at 8:25 p.m.
Alderpersons’ Reports - Continued
Term Sadly at a Close: Alderperson Gatto thanked the City for allowing her to serve. Mayor Douglass asked her to come to the next meeting in order to honor her service. He explained that the City would be holding an Open House (with Tippins pies). He went on to say that it has been a real joy to work with Mary Ann. She created the web site, the quarterly newsletter and always saw that the berm was properly maintained. He concluded by saying we will all miss her. There was a round of applause.
School District's Presentation of Requested Information Regarding the Proposed
Entrance to Marquette High School off Kehrs Mill Road:
Mr. Jim Glenn, Program Manager for the Rockwood School District Bond
issue project, described the district's attempt to install a second means of
ingress/egress from Marquette High School.
He introduced Dr. Craig Larson; Superintendent; Mr. Dennis Griffin,
Assistant Superintendent Administrative Services; Mr. Arthur Floyd, Glen
Construction Company; Mr. Doug Shatto, P.E., PTOE, President of Crawford, Bunte,
Brammeier (CBB); and Steve Skusick, EDM Incorporated (Architectural firm for the
proposal). He reminded the Board
Members that six questions arose from the December 2003 meeting where their
request was first made, and they were present tonight to respond to these
Mr. Shatto explained the traffic study that was contained in the Alderperson's
packet. He described the safety
issue involved and the importance of having two ways into the high school and
two ways out. He stated the purpose
of the study was to determine the amount of traffic that would use the new
driveway, whether the proposed driveway would have an adverse impact on Kehrs
Mill Road, and whether the diversion of traffic to the proposed driveway would
have any positive or negative impacts on Clarkson Road, particularly at the
intersection with Country Ridge Drive. Questions
were asked of and answered by Mr. Shatto. He
stated that CBB was not recommending signalization.
Alderperson Twichell stated that in her opinion, if the Board were to
approve this project, it would only be with a signal.
Alderperson Shea agreed. Mr.
Shatto spoke about the driveway being built with pavement stones for emergency
vehicles only. He concluded by
stating his recommendation as proposed in the study that a second entrance to
the high school be provided on Kehrs Mill Road at such time that St. Louis
County's proposed improvements to Kehrs Mill Road are completed.
The driveway would be able to operate efficiently and safely without
adversely affecting motorists along Kehrs Mill Road and it would significantly
improve operating conditions along Clarkson Road.
In addition, the proposed entrance would improve access for emergency
vehicles and provide an alternative means of access for the school site.
Douglass stated his concern with the traffic study because it does not
incorporate data regarding potential traffic on Kehrs Mill Road when St. Louis
County Highways and Traffic Department completes the Long Road/Kehrs Mill Road
improvements. Alderperson Shea
interjected her concern that CBB took into consideration the people on Clarkson
Road and the student population - but appears to be disregarding the 280
vehicles traversing Kehrs Mill Road during the typical two peak periods
mentioned in the study.
Mr. Arthur Floyd disseminated one copy of letters from various emergency
entities, i.e. Metro-West, Ballwin Police, etc., which stated their opinion that
a second entrance would be considered a positive aspect.
A site plan was placed upon an easel for public view (but not disseminated)
showing the proposed location of the driveway.
A Board Member asked the question who was coordinating this?
Three names were mentioned affiliated with St. Louis County Highways and
Traffic Department: Dan Nauenbraun,
Stephanie Lehan, and Lou Nienkamp.
Mr. Glenn assured the Board Members that this project would not go forward until
the St. Louis County Highways and Traffic Department completes their
improvements to Kehrs Mill Road.
also stated they would take the responsibility of building a box culvert for the
creek. They reiterated their
request to build now using grass pavers. The
entrance would have locked gates at two locations.
It would be limited to emergency vehicles until the County does the
improvements. Alderperson Sittser
asked when they propose this project would begin?
To which they responded "right away - late spring".
He stated that if the Board mandates a signal, they would do that as well.
He stated assurance that Marquette High School would not build another parking
Shea read a letter written February 9, 1994 to Dennis Peterson regarding a
resolution that stated the City of Clarkson Valley's position regarding a second
means of ingress/egress from the main parking lot onto Kehrs Mill Road.
She then read the response dated February 13, 1994 stating Dr. Peterson's
promise to adhere to our request.
Alderperson Gatto made a motion stating, based on the safety aspects, I would like the Board to approve the emergency entrance recommended by the Crawford, Bunte, Brammeier traffic study and subject to the provisions made by the study. A locked gate will be installed to prevent public use until the St. Louis County Highways and Traffic Department concludes its improvements to Kehrs Mill Road. Another traffic study will be undertaken if deemed appropriate by the City to determine if a signal is necessary. Alderperson Sharp seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken, with the following results. Ayes: Gatto, Schiller, Sharp and Twichell. Nays: Shea and Sittser. Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared that the recommendation for an emergency entrance passed by a vote of 4-2.
St. Johns Mercy West Medical Office Building: Alderperson Gatto made a motion to subdivide lot 2 of the Fru-Con property into two lots, contingent upon the passing of an ordinance with new language for medical office building and ancillary use. Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.
BILL NO. 0273 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE II: PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE, CHAPTER 210: OFFENSES AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS, SECTION 210.170: WEAPONS - CARRYING CONCEALED - OTHER UNLAWFUL USE BY ADDING A NEW PARAGRAPH E. FIREARMS IN CITY BUILDINGS; AND FIXING THE TIME THIS ORDINANCE SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE.
A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell to introduce and pass Bill No. 0273. Alderperson Sharp seconded the motion. Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0273 for the first time and explained that this was passed last year by State legislators but was held up until now due to litigation. Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0273 for the second time. A roll call vote was taken, with the following results. Ayes: Gatto, Schiller, Sharp, Shea, Sittser and Twichell. Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared that Bill No. 0273 as having passed and is now Ordinance 04-03.
Audit: Alderperson Twichell made a motion seconded by Alderperson Gatto to have invoices in the amount of $76,335.52 approved for payment. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.
Mrs. Laurie Engleman requested that the Board consider allowing her veterinarian to speak at our next meeting to discuss the possibility of neutering. Mayor Douglass said that would fall under the proviso of Alderperson Shea's committee.
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 9:40 p.m.
Scott Douglass, Mayor
ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk
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