City of Clarkson Valley
Missouri

Minutes of August 2006 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 1, 2006.
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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 Walter Mixson Ward 3 

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 
 

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 passed. 


REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS:
  

Mr. Jim Kohoutek, Forest Hill Estates Subdivision, said that he has been in contact with the project manager responsible for the resurfacing of Clarkson Road.

REPORTS

Ballwin Police Report: Captain Schicker handed out the Police Summary for July 2006. He said Dr. Muench, Marquette High School’s Principal, spoke with him regarding the vehicles using the emergency entrance as a turn-around and drop-off point for their children.  She agreed that in order to stop cars from going around the gate, this week they would install poles into the ground. 

Alderperson Shea mentioned a German Shepard in her neighborhood that was straining to become free of its leash and given the nature of the dog, she has become fearful.  Captain Schicker said the police could do nothing as long as the dog was leashed. 

Mayor's Report:

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of July 2006 was $23,180.56.   

Meeting with Pace:  Mayor Douglass stated that tomorrow he planned to attend a meeting with the project manager for the asphalt company responsible for paving Clarkson Road.  He said he would learn more about the two types of paving material they plan to use.  Apparently they will be using the Arizona-type material on Clarkson Road from Manchester Road to Kehrs Mill Road.  From Kehrs Mill to north of Baxter Road, they plan to use a different type of quiet paving. 

Stop Sign Replacement in Subdivisions:  Mayor Douglass asked all present to take a moment to observe the stop signs in their subdivisions to see if they are in appropriate condition.  He also asked the Aldermen to look at the stop signs in their wards or speak to the trustees about this to find if there are any in need of replacing.  

Laclede Gas Contracts For Automatic Meter Readers To Be Installed:  Mayor Douglass informed those present that Clarkson Valley homes have seen a change to the way gas meters are read.  They have gone from someone physically reading meters to an automatic transmittal. 

Avian Flu Pandemic:  Mayor Douglass said he and the other Mayors in the Lafayette Mayors Group met with St. Louis County Health, Division of Communicable Disease Control and Emergency Preparedness Commissioner, Michael P. Williams, Ph.D. last month.  He explained how the virus is transmitted between birds and the mutation process from birds to other animals and humans.  He described the precautions cities are taking to prepare themselves. 

Forest Hills Golf Course Grounds Renovation:  Mayor Douglass said that representatives of Forest Hills Country Club spoke with those homeowners affected by the new cart paths; moving the #4 Tee Box; replacing and moving farther westward of a cart path bridge; and rip-rapping the culverts, which will be 6’ to 8’ from a resident’s property line.  He also mentioned several break-ins to Dutch’s Hut, a snack shop off Seven Trails Drive and the Club’s plan to install steel doors, hopefully deterring further vandalism.

Alderpersons’ Reports

Following Too Closely – Kehrs Mill Road:  Alderperson Walt Mixson reported that he has witnessed numerous incidents of vehicles following too closely on Kehrs Mill Road and asked if we have ordinances prohibiting this?  Captain Schicker explained that Ballwin Police frequently write tickets for following too close when vehicles are involved in accidents.  He said the general rule is one should allow one car length for every ten miles per hour.  Captain Schicker also said the police have a better success at controlling speed than issuing tickets for following too closely because the officers have to witness the violation.

PUBLIC HEARING

Setting Tax Rate:  City Clerk, Michele McMahon, read the Notice of Public Hearing.  Mayor Douglass explained the City was authorized to collect 12.9 cents per $100 valuation for real estate, which is one-thousandth of a cent higher per $100 valuation than we were able to collect last year.   

The Public Hearing closed at 8:05 p.m. 

NEW BUSINESS 

BILL NO. 0334 - AN ORDINANCE ADDING A NEW DEFINITION OF GOLF CART TO SECTION 300.030; ADDING A NEW PARAGRAPH 6 TO SECTION 385.020 TO PROHIBIT OPERATING A GOLF CART WITHOUT A PROPER LICENSE; AND AMENDING SECTIONS 342.030.A. AND 342.040.A. TO REFER TO GOLF CARTS IN ADDITION TO MOTOR VEHICLES. 

Alderperson Mixson made a motion to consider and pass Bill No. 0334.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0334 the first time.  He said there have been instances where eight, nine, and ten-year-olds were seen driving the golf carts on the streets in Forest Hills Subdivision.  Alderperson Schultz also mentioned the number of privately owned golf carts has increased tremendously.   

Alderperson Schiller made a motion to amend Section 2 of the Bill at Paragraph 6 to include the words “… unless the person has a valid license as required by Chapter 302, RSMo.”  Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken to approve the amendment with the following result:  Yeas:  Meyer, Mixson, Schiller, Schultz, Shea and Sittser.  Whereby Mayor Douglass declared amending of Bill No. 0334 passed.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0334 the second time as amended.  A roll call vote was taken with the following result:  Yeas:  Mixson, Schiller, Schultz, and Sittser.  Nays: Meyer and Shea.  Whereby Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0334 as having passed and is now Ordinance No. 06-13. 

Codification:  Mayor Douglass explained that the last time the City codified its ordinances was November 2001.  Alderperson Shea made a motion to use Sullivan Publications to codify the ordinances.  Alderperson Meyer seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Air Force Week Proclamation:  Mayor Douglass read the proclamation, which declares August 6th to August 13th as Air Force Week.  A motion was made by Alderperson Schultz to pass the Proclamation.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Bill No. 0336 – Repealing Three Ordinances:  Alderperson Shea made a motion to consider and pass Bill No. 0336.  Alderperson Meyer seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0336the first time.  Alderperson Schiller asked the City Attorney if the repeal should also contain a proviso to re-establish the definition of Structure and Building Lines to which Patrick Butler responded affirmatively.  Alderperson Shea withdrew her motion.  Alderperson Meyer withdrew his second.  A new bill will be presented next month. 

BILL NO. 0337 - 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, 2006 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2007. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Shea to discuss and pass Bill No. 0337.  Alderperson Schiller seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0337 for the first time.  There was no discussion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0337 for the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Meyer, Mixson, Schiller, Schultz, Shea and Sittser.  Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0337 as having passed and is now Ordinance 06-14. 

Audit:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Sittser to have invoices in the amount of $86,287.02 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken 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 Shea.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

 
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Scott Douglass, Mayor

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ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk



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