Minutes of April 2008 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, 2008.
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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 Susan Shea

Ward 1

  

Ward 1

Alderperson Jim Meyer 

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2     

Ward 3

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Paul Young Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

City Attorney, Patrick Butler was not present.  Alderperson Shea made a motion to accept the Minutes.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with an affirmative result and the motion was declared as having passed. 

REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS 

Mayor Douglass introduced Kurt Hammerschmidt as a special guest and asked him and his family to come to the front of the room to accept a Proclamation (attached).  Mayor Douglass read the Proclamation and everyone applauded Kurtís achievement of being awarded a football scholarship to Iowa State. 

Kim Cranston, Director of Communication, introduced herself along with David Glaser, Chief Financial Officer, both with the Rockwood School District.  They disseminated handouts regarding the district and additional flyers about Proposition 3, the districtís current $74.5 million dollar, no-tax increase bond issue slated for the April 8 ballot.  Both spoke briefly about the issue and answered questions from the Alderpersons.  They concluded by thanking everyone for their time and mentioning additional information could be gleaned from their website. 

REPORTS 

St. Louis County Police Report:  Officer Thom Taylor of the St. Louis County Police handed out the March Police Report.  Alderperson Shea and Jack Hauser mentioned to Officer Taylor the problems that exist with the light at Kehrs Mill Road while attempting to turn left onto Clarkson Road.  Sometimes an arrow appears and then again, sometimes it does not Ė making it extremely confusing to motorists.  It was deemed a MoDOT issue, who continue to report they are working on it. 

Mayorís Report 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of March 2008 was $14,017.75. 

St. Johnís Mercy Health Center Update:  Mayor Douglass stated, as reported last month, the group currently representing St. Johnís, Navvis Consulting Agency, is seeking a new driveway off Clayton Road and are in the process of talking to MoDOT for their approval.  As soon as Navvis has enough information, they will request a hearing with Planning and Zoning.   

Cricket Communications:  Mayor Douglass stated the City has received a request from Cricket Communications to install a new monopole-type wireless tower with three antennae adjacent to the AmerenUE substation off Clarkson Road.  The property is owned by Rockwood School District. 

Meeting with Chronicle Staff:  Mayor Douglass explained that he met with the staff members of the Chronicle.  He asked everyone present to look for someone in each of their subdivisions to write articles regarding current happenings within their neighborhoods.  He reported that this month the editor would be interviewing the Crestview School Resource Officer.   

Alderperson Schiller asked Mayor Douglass if he spoke with the Chronicle staff about the possibility of including a tear-out survey, as was mentioned at last monthís meeting?  Mayor Douglass said we would aim for the June edition for the survey.  It was mentioned that Kehrs Mill Trails Subdivision was having its annual meeting.  Jack Hauser, who resides in Kehrs Mill Trails, said he canít attend that meeting because of a Clarkson Valley Board of Adjustment commitment but he is going to tell people in his subdivision the City is considering once weekly trash service.  This would greatly affect their residents because they are, for the most part, on septic systems and require twice-weekly pickup service to handle food waste.  Further suggestions from Alderpersons Shea and Schiller were made regarding the survey. 

Kudoís to St. Louis County Police and to Officer Taylor:  Mayor Douglass read the letter from Ernie Patti regarding the good job the County Police are doing for Clarkson Valley residents.  He also read a meritorious service award given to Officer Taylor from Norwood Court, which is the city he worked before coming to Clarkson Valley. 

Alderpersons' Reports 

Dead Evergreens on Clarkson Road:  Alderperson Schiller mentioned that a constituent whose house backs to Clarkson Road has several dead evergreens planted by the City with funds from a grant many years ago.  The resident asked Alderperson Schiller if the City could ask MoDOT to remove the dead trees since it is on MoDOTís right-of-way.  Mayor Douglass asked for time to see what he can do. 

Security Task Force:  Alderperson Young volunteered to work on the Security Task Force.  Mayor Douglass thanked him.  Mayor Douglass said that reminded him that he would be putting together a list of committees. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

There was no unfinished business.

NEW BUSINESS 

BILL NO. 0374 Ė AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE V: BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION, CHAPTER 500: BUILDING CODES AND REGULATIONS, ARTICLE VI. FEE SCHEDULE BY DELETING SECTION 500.301 AND ADDING A NEW SECTION 500.301. 

Alderperson Schiller made a motion to discuss and pass Bill No. 0374.  Alderperson Young seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0374 the first time.  Alderperson Shea asked why this was being requested?  Mayor Douglass explained the increase for inspection charges would help offset the cost of inspections.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0374 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following result:  Ayes:  Schiller, Sittser and Young.  Nays:  Shea.  It was declared Bill No.0374 failed. 

Alderperson Shea asked to amend the Agenda to include an item, which would transfer Jack Hauser from the Planning and Zoning Committee to the Board of Adjustment to fill a vacancy.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  Ayes: Schiller, Shea, Sittser and Young.  Planning and Zoning Chairman, Frank Hodgdon thanked Mr. Hauser for serving on that committee. 

Audit:  Alderperson Shea made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Sittser to have invoices in the amount of $84,013.90 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

A motion was made by Alderperson Young to adjourn.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m. 

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Scott Douglass, Mayor