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:
|Alderperson Susan Shea||
|Alderperson Wendell Sittser||Ward
Alderperson Melinda Twichell
|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.
REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Report: The total amount
collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of March 2005 was
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
NO. 0300 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON
VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE III: TRAFFIC CODE, BY DELETING SCHEDULE III: PARKING,
PROHIBITED RIGHT, LEFT OR U-TURNS AND ADDING A NEW SCHEDULE III. RESTRICTED
PARKING, PROHIBITED RIGHT, LEFT OR U-TURNS.
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.
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
Scott Douglass, Mayor
ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk
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