Minutes of August 2013 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), August 6, 2013.
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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 Jim Meyer

Ward 1

 

Alderperson Dan King

Ward 1

 

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

 

Ward 2      Alderperson Wendell Sittser

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

Alderperson Lin Midyett Ward 3

Also in Attendance:


City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

 

Alderperson King made a motion to accept the Minutes from the July 2013 Meeting.  Alderperson Meyer 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 Wehner introduced the new 7th Precinct Sergeant, Jeff Warner.  Officer Wehner gave the July 2013 Activity Report.   

Mayor’s Report 

Item Removed From Agenda:  Mayor Douglass stated that after conferring with Board President, Alderperson Midyett, it was determined that Copier Replacement - Recommendation would be removed from this evening's Agenda. 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of July 2013 was $13,172.50.  

Sheriffs' Retirement System:  Mayor Douglass referred everyone to the memo being handed out and gave the Alderpersons a minute to review the information.  He explained that after speaking with Judge Porter, they both agree that the opinion of Missouri State Attorney General, Chris Koster, (who concluded that the exemption for municipal courts from the $3 surcharge was removed in 1996 and court clerks must, therefore, collect the surcharge in municipal ordinance violation cases) will eventually be reversed.  Judge Porter further believes should we collect this surcharge and the opinion is reversed, the liability could be a mandate to refund each defendant which would cost us time, money and a possible lawsuit.  Alderperson Meyer interjected that should the city have to repay the surcharge itself rather than each defendant separately, it would be minimal at best; citing the $3 charge times the 100 tickets we average per month for a total of approximately $3,600 per year for however many years.  There are three municipalities in St. Louis County that are poised to collect this surcharge.  Mayor Douglass asked for a show of hands of those who agree with the Judge's recommendation to opt out of collecting the surcharge, at least for this interim period.  There were no nays and it was declared we would not collect at this time. 

St. Louis County Municipal League - Request for 5% Increase for Special Assessment:  Mayor Douglass spoke regarding the County MML re-locating to a private office from its previous gratis location in a County building which is being razed and their request for a special assessment of 5% rather than increase the Dues.  The City's portion of the assessment is $74.  Alderperson Meyer made a motion to accept the special assessment seconded by Alderperson Midyett.  A voice vote was taken with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Alderpersons' Reports 

There were no reports.   

City Attorney's Report 

City Attorney, Patrick Butler, mentioned a Board of Adjustment Hearing was scheduled for August 19 with two petitioners. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

There was no unfinished business.   

NEW BUSINESS 

There was no new business.   

Audit:  Alderperson Midyett made a motion to approve for payment invoices in the amount of $74,337.47 seconded by Alderperson King.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

Alderperson Meyer made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson King.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The Meeting of the Board of Aldermen adjourned at 8:05 p.m. 

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk

 

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