City of Clarkson Valley

Minutes of December 2002 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), December 3, 2002.

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. A roll call was taken with the following results:
Mayor Scott Douglass
Alderperson Susan Shea Ward 1
Alderperson Jim Sharp Ward 1
Alderperson Honora Schiller Ward 2
Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2
Alderperson Mary Ann Gatto Ward 3
Alderperson Melinda Twichell Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon

A motion was made by Alderperson Gatto to amend the minutes on page 3, the paragraph entitled Website Updates, to read: megabytes instead of kilobytes.  Alderperson Twichell seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  Alderperson Gatto then made a motion to accept the Minutes as amended and Alderperson Sharp seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 


Mayor Douglass asked the Council Members to consider adding an item to the Agenda regarding the discussion of the widening of Kehrs Mill Road.  Upon hearing all ayes, it was determined that Kehrs Mill Road Discussion would be added to Unfinished Business.

Mr. Larry Kruse, a resident of Kehrs Mill Estates spoke in favor of the Kehrs Mill Road widening as proposed and presented at the Public Open House held at Marquette High School on Friday, November 15.  Mr. Patrick Murphy, a resident of Forest Hills Club Estates who opposes the proposed widening, asked questions of Mayor Douglass and the Members of the Board.


Ballwin Police Report:

Captain Bobbie Saulters handed out the police report for November 2002.  She reported that a Holiday Home Tour took place that day and Pennington Lane was included as one of the stops.  She also reported that in a routine traffic stop for equipment violation, a search of the vehicle took place and officers found a felony amount of marijuana. 

Mayor's Report: Mayor Douglass reported on the following:

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of November 2002 was $13,794.36.

Sound Wall:  Mayor Douglass announced that MoDOT delivered a preliminary response to the letter sent October 15, 2002. 

Clarkson Mill Subdivision - Pond Silting:  Mayor Douglass revisited the problem Clarkson Mill Subdivision is experiencing regarding siltation of their detention pond and runoff problems created by the construction of a larger parking lot on CitiMortgage property.  He stated the City is attempting to assist the trustees of the subdivision, but they are not sure what direction they are going to take.

Report of Revenue and Expenditures:  Mayor Douglass reported that the invoice for spraying and larviciding of mosquitoes by St. Louis County Health Department came in a week or two earlier then was anticipated and was paid the month of October, however it was budgeted to be paid in November.  He explained that if you negated that expense plus the lateral sewer repair expenses (because the City has been paying for the repairs, but as of yet no funds have been collected) the City was within $7,000 of the amount budgeted in expenditures year-to-date.  The amount received thus far was on target with the budgeted revenue year-to-date.  Mayor Douglass stated that he was looking into the $7,000 difference; in particular regarding the Fax and Copier Lease/Office Supplies Expense and the Engineering/Inspection Fees.  He explained that the overages on Engineering/Inspection Fees were due in part to the additional structural inspections that took place at the Early Childhood Development Center, further stating the City plans to invoice the school for the overages.

Alderpersons' Reports:

Wildlife Committee UpdateAlderperson Shea reported that two members of the Committee encountered automobile accidents with deer.  She reported the committee would meet again in January to determine if they could contract for services to bring about a deer count. 

Unfinished Business

Changes to Title V, Article IV - Architectural Compliance:  Mayor Douglass reported that through discussion at its Working Session, Council Members determined that additional changes were necessary.  The amended Bill would be reintroduced at the January meeting. 

Kehrs Mill Road Discussion:  Alderperson Shea made a motion for the Board Members to consider not supporting the decision proposed by the St. Louis County Highway Department to widen a portion of Kehrs Mill Road.  The motion died for lack of a second.

  New Business:

Approving the Subdivision of Lots 1 and 2, Kiernan Acres, into Four (4) Residential Lots:  The City Clerk reported that Mr. Rick Raleigh, builder and promoter of Kehrs Mill Glen Subdivision, requested that this item be removed from tonight's Agenda and placed on the January Agenda as he was one or two documents short of having all submittals as required in the Subdivision Ordinance.

Ballwin Police Contract:  Mayor Douglass advised the Council that he would like to extend the existing contract for one additional year using the preliminary budgeted figure as given, which is $26,194.47 per month.  A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell to contract for services for police protection by the City of Ballwin's Police Department for one year.  Alderperson Gatto seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

Proclamation - National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month:  Mayor Douglass asked everyone to be aware of the 3D's, particularly during the period set aside as National Prevention Month.

Audit:  Alderperson Gatto made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Shea, to have invoices in the amount of $71,251.77 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

Alderperson Gatto made a motion to adjourn the Meeting, seconded by Alderperson Twichell.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.


Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk

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