Minutes of April 2011 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 5, 2011.
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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

 

Alderperson Jim Meyer

Ward 1

 

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

Alderperson Lin Midyett Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 
 

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

REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS 

There were no remarks, petitions or complaints.   

REPORTS 

St. Louis County Police Report:  Officer Thom Taylor of the St. Louis County Police handed out the March Police Report.  Alderperson Sittser asked what constituted trespassers to which Officer Taylor responded skateboarding on Crestview Middle School's roof along with solicitors.  Alderperson Shea reported she saw no relief from St. Louis County police on Monday, the day of the big snow.  She said traffic on Kehrs Mill Road was backed up to Clarkson Road from the Dunhill Subdivision entrance.  Officer Taylor replied the intersection is in Chesterfield's jurisdiction and he would add a note to the Clarkson Valley Patrol Officers instruction book. 

Officer Taylor mentioned the annual Police Memorial Breakfast will be held Friday morning, May 6 at 8:00 a.m. and would like to know who is planning to attend.  The City Clerk was asked to send an e-mail with this reminder. 

Mayor’s Report 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of March 2011 was $20,958.00. 

Kehrs Mill Road - Icing/Water Issue:  Mayor Douglass reminded the Board that last January, St. Louis County Highway Department acknowledged that the ice that forms on Kehrs Mill Road in front of the high school from drainage is due to design problems.  He reported he called them this past month as a follow-up but it was too early in the year.  Hopefully, he said we would have an answer by next month.  

Revenue and Expense Report:  Mayor Douglass reported the revenue budget for the month was $54,922 and we brought in $53,000, concluding that revenue remains up for the year by $13,000.  He took a few minutes to review certain line items, explaining that sales tax is a little low and property tax/real estate tax is going to come in short.  He explained that while speaking to the Assessor's Office, he was informed the commercial property tax (from the hospital) was double entered and they were going to make that correction.  As for the expenses, he said we are holding expenses to within $400 of the budgeted amount for the year thus far.   

Trash Containers Visible From Street:  Mayor Douglass asked if the Alderpersons had a chance to review the proposed ordinance and asked if they had any questions or comments.  There was talk about the enclosure portion of the proposed ordinance.  Alderperson Shea stated 50% of the residents of her subdivision had enclosures, one being built of brick.  Everyone appeared to be of the same belief, that trash receptacles should not be seen from the street.  Then the question arose; does it matter if neighbors can see the cans from the side of the house?  Discussion ended that perhaps a review is in order of the definition of Structure along with subdivision indentures. 

Bid for Trash Removal Received:  Mayor Douglass stated he received a proposal for trash pickup from IESI.  He asked the City Attorney, Patrick Butler, to see if we have to go out for bid.   

Alderpersons' Reports 

Pesky Fence Removed:  Alderperson Schultz reported a perimeter fence on Crown Manor that has been there for the past thirty years was removed.  A new resident moved in and took down the grandfathered structure.   

Trash:  Alderperson Schultz stated the liquid continues to spill onto driveways from the trash trucks and he hears from more and more neighbors who do not want the trucks coming onto their drives.  They are placing the receptacles at the curb.  Also, more people are recycling, leaving little in the trashcans to make it worth coming down their driveways.  Mayor Douglass stated he is going to meet with Meridian's owner and he will discuss this.   

Prescription Drug Take Back:  Alderperson Meyer reminded everyone another Prescription Drug Take Back would take place in the Fru-Con Building on April 30th from the hours between 10:00 to 1:00.   

Phone Call To Alderperson:  Alderperson Meyer said he received a phone call from the President and owner of Midwest Music, Jerry Roberts.  He reported that Mr. Roberts is concerned that he has to pay for the Planning and Zoning hearing the second time since the cancellation of the first hearing.  This was discussed at length and it was determined the City Clerk should not short cut the requirements for holding these hearings. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

There was no Unfinished Business. 

NEW BUSINESS 

Non-Binding Tax Rates:  Mayor Douglass spoke of Senate Bill 711 mandating cities to establish a non-binding estimate of property tax rates by April 8th of each year.  If cities do not establish the estimate, they are subject to a penalty loss of 20% of revenues from property tax for the following year.  As this is non-binding and all data has not been correctly assessed yet, we are sending a letter using last year’s tax amounts. 

Audit:  A motion was made by Alderperson Schiller to approve for payment invoices in the amount of $69,969.73, seconded by Alderperson Sittser.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

Alderperson Shea made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Schultz.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:15. 

                                                                   

Scott Douglass, Mayor

 

ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk

 

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