Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), December 5, 2006.
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
Alderperson Schiller made a motion to accept the Minutes. Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.
REMARKS, PETITIONS, COMPLAINTS
were no remarks, petitions or complaints.
In Captain Schicker's absence, Lt. Godefroid handed out the November Police
The total amount collected for
traffic fines and court costs for the month of November 2006 was $16,720.91.
Mayor Douglass explained that discussions continue regarding the boundary
lines of properties touching in Ballwin, Clarkson Valley and St. Louis County
along Clarkson Road between (north of) Trowbridge and extending to Marquette
Site at 17 Chippenham Lane:
Mayor Douglass reported he had an opportunity to look at the property at
17 Chippenham and the previous issues should have found resolution.
Mayor Douglass said he reviewed the open building permits with the City's
Building Commissioner. He said the
status of those permits that remain open appears to be good.
He reported the Personnel Committee met today.
The items that were discussed will be mentioned later in tonight's
Harvest - Update:
Alderperson Shea mentioned that she received several calls asking how
this year's hunt was compared to last? The
City Clerk apologized for not having an updated spreadsheet but there were
approximately thirty deer harvested thus far.
Of those thirty, only two were bucks.
No. 0340 - 2003 International Building Code and 2003 International Residential
Code: Alderperson Mixson made a motion to consider and pass Bill
No. 0340. Alderperson Sittser
seconded the motion. Mayor Douglass
read Bill No. 0340 the first time. Mayor
Douglass said the Bill changed from that of last month regarding certain wording
in the portion dealing with demolition. He
said the terminology used originally in the Site Restoration Plan stated,
"sod of bare dirt". This
has since been changed to "sodding of disturbed areas".
Shea had questions regarding the necessity of issuing permits when rebuilding
structures such as decks and retaining walls; concluding that all building
permits cause an additional assessment, which places an additional financial
burden on homeowners.
Schiller had a question regarding Day care facility which shows the
amending phrase, "to be deleted" from the 2003 International Building
Code. Because it was unclear if it
should or should not be deleted, Alderperson Sittser withdrew his second to the
motion to discuss and pass Bill No. 0340. Alderperson
Mixson withdrew his motion.
NO. 0345 - AN ORDINANCE REPEALING ORDINANCE 96-18 TO PROVIDE FOR THE
COLLECTION OF ADDITIONAL COURT COSTS TO BE USED IN THE TRAINING OF PEACE
OFFICERS AND PASSING A NEW ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE FOR THE COLLECTION OF
ADDITIONAL COURT COSTS TO BE USED IN THE TRAINING OF PEACE OFFICERS.
Health Insurance: Mayor Douglass gave a brief explanation of the current
coverage the two full-time employees are receiving from Mercy. He said Mercy is proposing to raise this year's price with
the same coverage, by 6%. Blue
Cross quoted a price that is actually 6% lower than the 2006 price currently
being paid. He said the Personnel
Committee is asking the Board to approve the Blue Cross proposal, provided the
quote is accurate. If, when all
paperwork is submitted and Blue Cross comes back with a revised, higher cost,
the City can then look at Mercy for its coverage.
Alderperson Sittser made a motion to approve the BCBS10 plan for its
employees unless a higher price is forthcoming. Alderperson Shea seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative
result and the motion was declared passed.
City Clerk, Michele McMahon, thanked the Members of the Board for their
continued support to provide health insurance for its employees.
for Newsletter: Mayor Douglass asked Reese Hale, the St. Louis Area Director
of Sales for Neighborhood Network Publishing (N2), to introduce himself and to
tell about his publication. He said
the newsmagazine is delivered free to residents, and is possible because of the
advertising contained within. There
is no exclusivity to advertisers with the exception of offensive ads.
He said the format is 1-on-1; e.g. for every page of the newsletter, the
magazine contains a page of advertising. He
said the magazine would print articles from the Mayor, Board Members, Trustees
or articles from residents. N2 has
articles they routinely include containing senior spotlights; animals; fashion;
food; kids-to-kids, just to name a few. They
will not print anything considered to be in poor taste and certainly, no gossip.
He said they appoint someone to determine if an article is appropriate,
then an editor reviews it. From there it goes to their national editor and is published
and mailed from North Carolina. He
stated they currently publish quarterly but are contemplating publishing
monthly. He also said there is a
residential service guide whereby one can logon to a website and list items for
sale. This is a free service.
Hodgdon mentioned Paragraph 6 in the contract stating North Carolina is the
state of governing law. City
Attorney, Patrick Butler, asked if the contract could be amended to indicate
Missouri instead of North Carolina? To
which Mr. Hale said he would attempt to see that change made.
Schultz made a motion to authorize the Mayor to negotiate a contract with
Neighborhood Network New Publishing for a six-month trial of the newsletter.
Alderperson Mixson seconded the motion.
A roll call vote was taken with the following results:
Yeas: Meyer, Mixson, Schultz
and Shea. Nays:
Schiller and Sittser. Whereby
Mayor Douglass declared the motion as having passed for a six-month trial
Alderperson Schiller made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Sittser to
have invoices in the amount of $88,686.84 approved for payment.
A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion
was declared passed.
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 8:30 p.m.
Scott Douglass, Mayor
ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk