Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), August 2, 2005.
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
Alderperson Susan Shea
|Alderperson Wendell Sittser||Ward
Alderperson Scott Schultz
|Alderperson Walt Mixson||Ward 3|
Also in Attendance:
City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon
Douglass explained that Alderperson Twichell turned in her resignation last
month because of an out-of-state move and that Scott Schultz was chosen as her
successor. He has already been
A motion was made by Alderperson Sittser to accept the Minutes. Alderperson Shea seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.
REMARKS, PETITIONS, COMPLAINTS
at 8:00 p.m.
Mary Swearingen, a resident of Clarkson Farm, thanked Mayor Douglass for
attending the meeting hosted by the attorney involved in the Ellisville purchase
and rezoning of the CitiCorp property and also those Members of the Board of
Aldermen who attended the Ellisville Planning and Zoning Hearing.
She wanted all Alderpersons of the City to be aware that this was a
tremendous project and she stated some concerns, the biggest being how this
would affect the retention pond in Clarkson Farm.
She also mentioned that demolition noises begin at 6:30 a.m. Mayor Douglass stated he would check their code to see if
that is an appropriate starting time.
Ballwin Police Report: Captain Schicker handed out the Police Summary for July 2005.
The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the
month of July 2005 was $16,200.73.
on CitiCorp Property:
Mayor Douglass reported that last month he met with residents of Clarkson
Farm and attended Ellisville’s Planning and Zoning Hearing regarding the
rezoning proposal for the CitiCorp property.
On the chalkboard, he drew the lot and marked the three main areas being
planned. The largest being the
residential area (attached units starting at $225,000) with the good news being
that a retention pond is being planned for the front portion of that district.
The other good news is the attorney representing the partnership of this
development has promised they are going to measure the Clarkson Farm retention
pond now, then measure it upon completion of the project.
In the middle of the lot, closer to Clarkson Road and running parallel
will be a retail strip with a small grocery store, hopefully utilized by the
residents within the complex. Two
banks and a restaurant are planned for the outer perimeter.
The buffer between the complex and Clarkson Farm is a stand of trees
proposed by the developer – requested by Clarkson Farm residents to be built
into the ordinance. Apparently
there is an existing fence between the two properties, which was requested to
Johns Medical Building:
Mayor Douglass stated that he spoke with Mr. Doug Pope of the Discovery
Group, instrumental in bringing this project forward, and he indicated the
project was some-what on hold. A
new administration and all the hiccups that come with that, being the reason
High School – Temporary Emergency Entrance:
Mayor Douglass briefed those present that Alderperson Shea reported that
people were using the entrance. Mayor
Douglass made a phone call to David Blickenstaff and within minutes, barrels
were placed at Kehrs Mill Road halting further ingress/egress. After discussion, it was determined the Building Commissioner
would review the plans in an attempt to get the gate as close to Kehrs Mill Road
as possible. Mayor Douglass further
reported the project to eliminate the curve and hill at the Marquette service
entrance has been scheduled for bidding in February 2007.
Mayor Douglass reported that upon passage of Ordinance 04-20 last year,
he made a statement that each year we would revisit the issue. He commented that he thought the ordinance is a good one and
well-needed in the community, but this month we will disseminate data regarding
the outcome of last year’s culling and discuss the pro’s and con’s at the
Tree along Kehrs Mill Road:
Mayor Douglass stated he spoke with the resident owning the property
containing a dying pine tree. The
resident was aware of the problem and stated his intention to cut it in the
fall, when the weather is cooler.
St. Louis Count Deer Task Force:
Alderperson Shea stated that the committee’s report was released with a
recommendation for area communities to strive to reduce the deer population to
twenty (20) per square mile, which can be accomplished with a long-term deer
management plan coordinated with neighboring municipalities.
The City of Chesterfield is incorporating our ordinance and the
committee’s recommendation is that other municipalities adopt a similar
management plan. She said the
report is on the website and asked if our website could create a link.
Everyone agreed that was a good idea.
She thanked everyone for allowing her to serve on this committee and for
helping her with the ordinance we passed. She
concluded that it was extremely beneficial that we joined the committee.
Douglass stated that Erin Shank with the Missouri Department of Conservation has
been invited to attend the Lafayette Area Mayors Organization (LAMO) along with
the task force’s co-chair. He
invited Alderperson Shea to attend the September LAMO meeting.
City Clerk, Michele McMahon, read the Notice of Public Hearing
printed July 19, 2005. Mayor
Douglass explained the City was authorized to collect 13.4 cents per $100
valuation for real estate and personal property tax but this year were told it
can be no higher than 12.8 cents. Technically,
he said, because of higher property values, it should be awash and the City
should not notice a decrease in revenue. In
order to verify the figures, he placed a call to Jefferson City; however, he
feels there is nothing to be done.
Public Hearing closed at 8:05 p.m.
Reports - Continued
Alderperson Sittser stated that he has collected a substantial amount of
data, which the Alderpersons have in front of them, and that hopefully a vote
will be taken tonight to move this issue forward.
Alderperson Mixson reported that the berm has approximately a half dozen
dead bushes that Dowco offered to remove – for an additional charge.
His response to Dowco was…”No thank you”.
Patrick Butler reported that he attended a hearing on July 28 along with MoDOT and Federal attorneys for the purpose of obtaining a ruling from the Judge. The efforts, however, were overshadowed by Mayor Douglass’s attempt and efforts to resolve this issue through cooperation, mediation and common sense. The Judge gave this latest attempt six week’s time for resolution.
Douglass called for a motion, made by Alderperson Sittser, to temporarily
adjourn the Regular Meeting of the Board of Aldermen and convene to a Working
Session. Alderperson Schultz
seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result
and the motion was declared passed.
Signs: Alderperson Sittser had
a packet of information for each alderperson along with an outline of what was
available for the City’s Welcome Signs. The
packet contained photos of existing signage from other businesses or
churches/synagogues; material compound of each of the four types of signage
available; costs; size; potential text; etc.
After discussion, it was determined the most favored sign was
cost-prohibitive, however, the consensus liked the polyurethane signage and felt
the cost was within the budget.
Sittser made a motion that the Board of Aldermen approve the polyurethane sign,
designated Exhibit A (attached). Alderperson
Schultz seconded the motion. Discussion ensued regarding size. Alderperson Sittser withdrew the motion.
Alderperson Schultz withdrew his second.
(Knowing that changes were being made to the original quote, the Board
went forward with discussion. The
final vote for passage will be determined upon receipt of the price revision.)
further discussion, Alderperson Sittser made a motion to approve a 4’ x 6’
polyurethane sign as shown on Exhibit A. Alderperson
Schultz seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with the following result:
Ayes: Mixson, Shea, Sittser
and Schultz. Nays:
Schiller. The motion was
declared as having passed.
motion was made by Alderperson Schiller for script to read: City of Clarkson
Valley. Alderperson Shea seconded
the motion. A roll call vote was
taken with the following result: Ayes:
Mixson, Schiller, Shea, Sittser and Schultz.
There were no nays. The
motion was declared as having passed.
Shea made a motion for color consideration to be exactly as shown on Exhibit A
and the sign’s location to be essentially the same as existing signs.
Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.
A voice vote was taken with the following result:
Ayes: Schiller, Shea,
Sittser and Schultz. Nays:
Mixson. The motion was
declared as having passed.
Sittser concluded that lead-time is approximately one month.
He stated that he would not be able to attend the September meeting.
Final vote would take place at the Open Meeting to be held Tuesday,
August 9 at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall.
Working Session closed at 8:45 p.m. The
Regular Meeting of the Board of Aldermen was called back to order.
NO. 0312 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON
VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE III: TRAFFIC CODE, BY DELETING SCHEDULE III. RESTRICTED
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 Shea to discuss and pass Bill No. 0312.
Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.
Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0312 the first time.
Mayor Douglass explained that St. Louis County installed the new signage
on Kehrs Mill Road and passed their ordinance.
They asked us to change our current code to eliminate the times during
which left turns are prohibited, making it prohibited at all times.
Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0312 the second time.
A voice vote was taken with the following result:
Yeas: Mixson, Schiller, Shea, Sittser and Schultz.
There were no nays. Mayor
Douglass declared Bill No. 0312 as passed and it became Ordinance No. 05-10.
NO. 0313 - AN ORDINANCE LEVYING AND ESTABLISHING THE ANNUAL RATE OF TAXES ON ALL
RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE, AGRICULTURAL REAL ESTATE, COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AND
PERSONAL PROPERTY IN THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY TO BE COLLECTED AND USED FOR
MUNICIPAL PURPOSES IN THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, FOR THE YEAR JULY
1, 2005 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2006.
motion was made by Alderperson Shea to discuss and pass Bill No. 0313.
Alderperson Schiller seconded the motion.
Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0313 for the first time. There was no discussion.
Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0313 for the second time.
A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.
Ayes: Mixson, Schiller, Shea, Sittser and Schultz.
Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0313 as having passed and is
now Ordinance 05-11.
Alderperson Schiller made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Shea to have
invoices in the amount of $76,660.80 approved for payment.
Mayor Douglass explained that the City pays annual dues of $100 to the
code council, which is on the audit this month.
We will be purchasing the International Code Council (ICC) 2003 book for
approximately $50 this week. The
City is currently reviewing plans under the auspices of BOCA 1999, however the
County just passed ICC 2003 and we will try to do that next month.
A voice vote was then taken for passage of the audit with a unanimous
affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.
Alderperson Schultz made a motion for the Board of Aldermen of Clarkson Valley to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Schiller. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
Scott Douglass, Mayor
ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk