City of Clarkson Valley

Minutes of April 2005 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), April 5, 2005.

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. A roll call was taken with the following results:




 Mayor Scott Douglass



Alderperson Susan Shea Ward 1 Jim Sharp 

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2


Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2     

Alderperson Melinda Twichell 

Ward 3


Alderperson Walter Mixson Ward 3 

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

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



Mr. Hugh Black, a resident of the Westhampton Subdivision, said he would like to offset his home to income by bringing his mentally impaired daughter and the three adults that she has been living with for years in a condominium group home into his home.  Upon death, he and his wife would donate their home to the Easter Seal Charity Group for the purpose of a group home.  Mayor Douglass stated that he would do further checking into State Statues. 

Mr. Tom Young, a resident of Kehrs Mill Trails, stated that precedence was set in their subdivision by allowing the Underwood home to be used for purposes other than a single-family residence as a training station for the fire departments. 

Mr. Young also asked to go on record that the Trustees of Kehrs Mill Trails Subdivision are against the Kingspointe Subdivision’s indenture change that was not approved by Clarkson Valley’s Board of Aldermen.  He further stated that the disagreement that continues between the two subdivisions brought them to the point where they are going to clog (with balloons) the drains of the storm water sewer inlets from Kingspointe Subdivision into their lake. 

On a different note, Mrs. Engleman of Kehrs Mill Trails stated that she did online research regarding motorized scooters.  She found information from the State of Florida, which reported 5,900 injuries.  The scooters are banned in that state.  The most important hazard regarding these scooters, she reported quoting from a State of Pennsylvania website, is they are only 18" high.  She concluded by saying she does not think they belong on our streets.


Ballwin Police Report: Mayor Douglass welcomed Captain Schicker back from the FBI Academy.  Captain Schicker handed out the Police Summary for March 2005.  He reported that an additional survey occurred at the request of Mayor Douglass on Clarkson Road regarding semi-tractor trailers.  The survey was conducted between March 23 and March 30 between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.  Within that period, there were over thirty-five semis but only two violations occurring with one speed at 55 mph and the other at 58 mph.  Mayor Douglass explained that people who back up to Clarkson Road that would be affected by the sound wall have mentioned that a lot of the noise appears to come from these bigger trucks.  They have requested several times that the police conduct these surveys. 

Mayor Douglass asked Captain Schicker to report on the request from Trustees of the Dunhill Subdivision, who spoke to Captain Saulters while he was away requesting that she conduct an audit of their subdivision.  They posted an officer after school hours from March 15 to March 18 between the hours 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.:  On Tues, March 15, there were twenty-three vehicles with a high speed of 30 mph, n motorized scooters were observed; Weds, March 16, there were twenty-eight cars with a high speed of 26 mph, there were two motorized scooters observed, however the rate of speed was too slow to clock on radar; on Thurs, March 17, there was no indication of number of vehicles – high speed being 26 mph, no motorized scooters were observed; on Fri, March 18, there were thirty-one vehicles with a high speed of 27mph, one motorized scooter was going too slow to clock on radar.  Mayor Douglass thanked Captain Schicker for these reports. 

Mayor Douglass asked Captain Schicker to look at the boulders placed on the south edge of Kehrs Mill Road across from Marquette High School and Alderperson Shea, in the same breath, asked the Captain to send a car to review the parking situation on Kehrs Mill Road in front of the soccer fields. 

Mayor's Report:

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of March 2005 was $18,332.60.  

St. Louis County Highway Department – Signage on Kehrs Mill Road:  Mayor Douglass reported that for the past nineteen years, Clarkson Valley has been passing ordinances and putting up signage along Kehrs Mill Road only to find out that the County will do that at their own expense.  Upon review of our ordinances, the only question they had regarded the prohibited left turn out of the service entrance at Marquette High School.  The County intends to do a traffic study; but it appears they plan to make the left turn prohibited at all hours opposed to restricting is to certain hours.   

Sound Walls:  Time was spent on sound walls this month.  Mayor Douglass explained that the City is in the process of attempting to arrive at a solution to the sound wall issue.  He reported that he met this past month with residents who live along Clarkson Road. 

Trustees Sharing of Information Meeting:  Mayor Douglass thanked the Alderpersons that attended and those Trustees that attended.  He said good information was gleaned from the group.  

Building Commissioner:  Mayor Douglass announced that the City is still looking to replace its Building Commissioner who turned in his resignation last month.  We have received responses from ads placed searching for a replacement, but so far have only conducted one interview.  That applicant is attempting to become certified.  He explained that we are currently utilizing a Ballwin plan reviewer/inspector who is probably over qualified for our City.   

St. Johns Medical Building Update:  Mayor Douglass briefed those present that he spoke with Doug Pope of the Discovery Group.  They are the ones who proposed building a medical office building on the Fru-Con property over a year ago.  He told Mayor Douglass that McCarthy Construction was awarded the contract to build.  They anticipate building to commence this summer.  He then explained some of the woes St. Johns had been experiencing, which delayed the project.   

East-West Gateway Council:  Mayor Douglass expressed the honor of being asked to serve on the Regional Travel Safe Communities with the East West Gateway Council.  Everyone concurred they were happy their region is being best served by one of its own.

Alderpersons’ Reports

Board of Adjustment Hearing:  Alderperson Schiller stated she had the opportunity to attend the past Board of Adjustment Hearing.  She was impressed with the way the meeting was conducted.  She also stated that she was very happy with the way the interim building commissioner, Russ Todd, handled the City's case.   

Pleasant Valley Entrance Changes:  Alderperson Schiller reported that she, Alderperson Sittser and Mayor Douglass met with the President of Trustees of the Pleasant Valley Subdivision, Anne Grabber, regarding the bridge replacement and straightening on Valley Road by the City of Wildwood.  She explained what Wildwood’s intent is to shore the creek bed with remnants of concrete from the bridge and the concerns of Pleasant Valley residents regarding their entrance.  The officials from the City of Wildwood have promised to keep the Trustees of Pleasant Valley informed.  

Kehrs Mill Estates Continued Requests for a Sidewalk Along Kehrs Mill Road:  Alderperson Schiller reported that she met with Rich Roberts and Enola Coffelt-Tullos (with St. Louis County Highway Department) regarding the sidewalk that has been requested by Kehrs Mill Estates Trustees for the past few years to extend from the bridge at the creek at the western edge of Marquette High School to the Kehrs Mill Trail East entrance.  She reported that they were hoping St. Louis County would agree to the proposal in conjunction with the road widening on Kehrs Mill Road.  It appears there are no funds available, however, it goes on the list for future project funding.   

West St. Louis County Deer Task Force:  Alderperson Shea reported that she attended the Public Forum held at Chesterfield City Hall last month.  The Mayor of the City of Manchester attended and was obviously impressed because he has now asked that a representative of Manchester join their task force.  They spoke about revisions to their preliminary report.  In the 2004-2005 season in St. Louis County, a total of 1,344 deer were harvested; 830 were killed during the firearm season and 513 were killed during the archery season.  Statewide, there were 35,988 deer harvested during the archery season.  St. Louis County, she said, has a high proportion of deer harvested through the archery method.  She concluded by saying she would be attending another meeting next week. 


Motorized Scooters:  Mayor Douglass asked if everyone had an opportunity to review the Minutes from the Meeting of the Subdivision Trustees?  He said that during this meeting, they became involved in a rather long dissertation of motor scooters.  The more we talked about it, he said; the more involved it got.  A motion was then made by Alderperson Twichell, seconded by Alderperson Sittser, to discuss and pass Bill No. 0301.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0301 for the first time.  Alderperson Schiller interjected her belief that the definition was accurate.  Upon further discussion, Alderperson Twichell withdrew her motion and Alderperson Sittser withdrew his second.  A voice vote to withdraw the motion was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Prohibiting Motorized Scooters:  A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell, seconded by Alderperson Sittser to discuss Bill No. 0302 – prohibiting motorized scooters.  In the course of the conversation on scooters, Alderperson Twichell stated, "not to beleaguer the point, but what about roller blades" (referring to skates mentioned in the current ordinance)?  Alderperson Schiller spoke about the letter sent by residents of Dunhill Subdivision who are proponents of the motorized scooters to make sure everyone was aware we received that.  She said she also had an opportunity to speak with the President of Trustees, Kim Miller, and several others, who were opposed to the motorized scooters and whom felt they were very dangerous.  Alderperson Twichell said she opposed allowing scooters.  Alderperson Sittser said it appeared to him the definitions needed reworking.  Alderperson Schiller stated her opinion that it is incumbent upon them to take action.  Alderperson Shea said there have been no accidents.  Through discussion it was determined that we would get a full definition of motorized scooters.  They would take out reference of roller skates to our existing code, and add go-carts to the motorized scooter definition.  Alderperson Schiller said she would obtain a definition of motorized scooters for the next meeting. 



A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell to introduce Bill No. 0300.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read the Bill for the first time.  Mayor Douglass explained that, just like the Subdivision of Dunhill whose residents were experiencing students parking on their streets in order to avoid Marquette High School's parking lot woes, residents of Clarkson Mill Circle were experiencing identical problems.  Mayor Douglass read the Bill for the second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results: Ayes: Mixson, Schiller, Shea, Sittser, and Twichell.  Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared the motion as passed and it became Ordinance No. 05-03.

Audit: Alderperson Twichell made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Sittser to have invoices in the amount of $85,303.63 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Alderperson Shea made a motion for the Board of Aldermen of Clarkson Valley to hold a closed meeting immediately after the adjournment of the regular open meeting to discuss matters falling under the provisions of RSMO Section 610.021, seconded by Alderperson Schiller.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk

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