Minutes of August 2014 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), August 5, 2014.

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




Mayor Scott Douglass 


Alderperson Jim Meyer

Ward 1


Alderperson Dan King

Ward 1


Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

Ward 2      Alderperson Amy Setnicka

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

Alderperson Lin Midyett Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon   

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


There were no remarks, petitions or complaints.   


St. Louis County Police Report:  Officer Wehner gave the July 2014 Activity Report.   

Mayor’s Report 

Mayor Douglass reported on the following items: 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of July 2014 was $13,263.00.   

Lions Choice - Ellisville:  Both Ward 3 Alderpersons were notified by trustees of the Clarkson Farm Subdivision that an Ellisville P&Z Hearing would take place July 23rd to consider allowing a fast-food restaurant,.  Both he and Alderperson Schultz attended the meeting.  The P&Z Commission voted 5 to 2 in favor of the proposal and the affirmative recommendation went to Ellisville’s Council Members with suggestions for heavy plantings or some type of sound-proofing wall.  The Trustees held a meeting Sunday, August 3rd attended not only by him, Alderpersons Schultz and Midyett but also by Ellisville Council Member Poole.  She will make the recommendation to her Council that the project be flipped.  Ellisville’s Council Meeting will be held the following night.  Alderperson Meyer asked how late the restaurant would be open to which the response was 10:00 p.m. but may stay open until 11:00 on weekends. 

Use of Held Devices While Driving - Prohibited:  He explained the Bill was removed from the Agenda and asked the City Attorney, Patrick Butler, to explain.  Mr. Butler reported the State inserted a preemption clause in the statutes prohibiting cities from restricting texting over the age of 21 and prohibiting the use of hand held devices while driving. 

Alderpersons' Reports 

Sign Ordinance:  Alderperson Schiller reported that in her Ward, a realtor was asked to remove two of the three signs they placed while attempting to sell a house in Clarkson Mill Circle because the code only allows one sign per lot.  Numerous phone calls were placed to the two Alderpersons from that Ward, Mayor Douglass and City Hall asking for a review of the code.  Through discussion, it was determined that signs do not sell properties but rather search criteria such as school districts and zip codes.  Everyone agreed the City should be consistent with regard to sign enforcement.  A review of neighboring cities sign ordinances would be in order and perhaps changing our ordinance to allow headers, or ‘riders’.   

Commercial Grass Cutting Safety:  Alderperson King reported he was able to speak with members of OSHA.  He found they do not regulate the landscape trade industry but rather have created a good rapport with them.  Through discussion he learned that when a mower is within 10’ to 12’ from a street, structure or person, the flappers should be down on the chute.  The professional machinery is supposed to come from the manufacturer with a sticker on the chute indicating that for safety’s sake and in order to not cause harm or injury, etc. the flapper should be down.  He concluded by saying the City cannot regulate something like this.  More importantly, we should be vigilant when hiring a lawn maintenance company that they adhere to all rules and regulations of the industry standards.  It was unanimously agreed that we will include an article in the Newsletter.  Everyone thanked Alderperson King for his report.   

Laclede Gas Pipeline Upgrade:  Alderperson Meyer mentioned the construction on Kehrs Mill Road to increase the size of the main pipeline being executed by Laclede Gas and he wishes the project would soon be complete, hopefully before the school year begins.   

Missouri American Water Pipe Upgrade:  Alderperson Schultz and Alderperson Schiller spoke about the excavation work occurring on Fox Chapel at Forest Club Drive.  Apparently Ameren UE is in the subdivision doing excavation work, too. 

City Attorney's Report 

There was no report.   


There was no unfinished business. 


There was no new business. 

Mrs. Mary Swearingen thanked Mayor Douglass and the Alderpersons for attending the meetings that are so important to the Clarkson Farm residents.  She asked them to also consider attending Ellisville’s meeting tomorrow night.  Alderperson Midyett will be out of town but Mayor Douglass and Alderperson Schultz plan to attend.   

Audit:  Alderperson Midyett made a motion to approve for payment invoices in the amount of $74,735.04 seconded by Alderperson Schultz.  A voice vote was taken to approve the audit with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

A brief discussion was held regarding political signs due to a request from the City of Chesterfield to prohibit a political sign on the Graeler property that is larger than what Chesterfield allows, which is 8 square feet.  Our code remains mute on political signs and the request died for a lack of motion. 

Alderperson King made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Meyer.  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 8:25 p.m.   


Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk


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