Minutes of December 2007 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), December 4, 2007.

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






Mayor Scott Douglass 

Alderperson Scott Schultz

President of Board, Ward 3


Alderperson Susan Shea

Ward 1


Alderperson Jim Meyer  

Ward 1

Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2      Alderperson Honora Schiller
Alderperson Paul Young 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.  


There were no remarks, petitions or complaints. 


Mr. Chuck Barcom, president and owner of Meridian Waste, explained that he has 1,000 65-gallon wheeled and hinge-lidded toters that he would like to offer to the residents of Clarkson Valley.  He said he just delivered toters to every home in the City of Wildwood, whose contract for trash removal was just awarded to him.  Within a day or two of dropping them off he received hundreds of phone calls complaining the toters were too big and they would not fit in their garage, etc.  Rather than to go through that process again, he would like to send a post card asking if the residents would like to have these rollout carts.  Alderperson Meyer suggested the website carry a note stating the same.  

President Schultz mentioned that the recycling list is available online and it was included in the December edition of the Chronicle.  The goal is to increase recycling tonnage from approximately 5-1/2 to 6 tons in the City up to at least 7 tons, thus decreasing the tonnage of household trash. 


St. Louis County Police Report:  Sergeant Jeff Burk of the St. Louis County Police handed out the November Police Report.   

President’s Report 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of November 2007 was $17,977.75.      

AT&T’s Letter:  President Schultz said there were 540 municipalities requesting DSL lines for AT&T’s video service.  Of those, Clarkson Valley is on the short list of the first 120 to get DSL service.   

LUCA:  Mr. Schultz explained the City received a letter from Governor Matt Blunt stating the importance of an accurate census count.  He indicated that help is available from those in Jefferson City to get cities started with the LUCA project, which stands for Local Update of Census Addresses.  The representative assigned to help is Tom Monti and he e-mailed City Hall five forms and an informational packet yesterday.  We will keep you posted over the next few years as to how the census is proceeding. 

Letter received from Missouri Department of Revenue:  President Schultz said the City received a letter from the DOR explaining that the 3% administrative fee the Department of Revenue collects, was paid solely by MoDOT for monies received by municipalities and counties for state sales tax on all motor vehicles and any increase in state license fees on motor vehicles.  It was determined that municipalities and counties should have been paying 25% of the 3% since the code was amended in November 2004.  He then referred to a letter sent by the Executive Director of the St. Louis Municipal League buying additional time for them to better understand the Department of Revenue’s authority to implement the plan.  As it currently stands, the DOR would like to reimburse MoDOT the allowable amount over a 32-month period.  The impact to the City of Clarkson Valley would be roughly a loss of $65 per month.  (Letters attached) 

Board of Adjustment Hearing:  President Schultz announced that a Board of Adjustment Hearing was set for Monday, December 10, to hear a petition for a variance request of 13’ to a side yard for a 3rd bay of a garage addition. 

Candidate Filing:  President Schultz stated that candidate filing begins Tuesday, December 18 at 9:00 in City Hall for the April 8th election.  Three wards will have openings and Alderpersons Shea, Sittser and Young are up for re-election. 

Mayor and Building Commissioner to Meet with MSD Representative:  President Schultz said Mayor Douglass and Jack Schenck, the Building Commissioner, were going to meet with Jim Bergman of MSD to go over the city’s land disturbance ordinance.  A house in Westhampton Subdivision is considering an infill project and the city might be looking at an infill ordinance as well.  Metropolitan Sewer District’s Phase II is mandating cities to pass a Stream Buffer Protection Ordinance.  This will need to be looked at and discussed.   

Harassment Ordinance:  The State is considering passing additional language to the harassment statutes to incorporate language for communication through the internet or any other telecommunication medium using a false identification.  If everyone agrees, stated President Schultz, the City will wait to see what they pass before we propose a bill.  The consensus nodded in agreement. 

Alderpersons' Reports 

Planning & Zoning Hearing:  Alderperson Shea said she attended the Planning & Zoning Hearing on November 8 to hear the petition for a special use permit from Alizadeh Dental Group.  It is on the Agenda and would be discussed later during the meeting. 

Kehrs Mill Trails Residents Meeting:  Alderperson Shea mentioned that Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is holding a public hearing for Kehrs Mill Trails homeowners for the purpose of determining if it is in the public interest to construct a sanitary sewer system for its residents.  It will be held on December 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Marquette High School.  Alderperson Shea said with property taxes so high, the residents might not be too happy about the proposed cost to each homeowner. 

Traffic on Clarkson Road in Front of Marquette High School:  Alderperson Shea asked if the police noticed the U-turns that were occurring in front of the school?  Thom Taylor, NPO, said he witnessed an incident and they called Chesterfield police, whose jurisdiction this is.  He explained, however, that U-turns weren’t illegal unless while performing them, the driver creates a particular hazard to others. 

Harassment Ordinance:  Alderperson Young said he received several calls from neighbors who spoke about the importance of having an ordinance covering the various aspects of internet harassment.  He hopes the Board will consider this in the future. 

Appreciation for Clarkson Valley’s Neighborhood Patrolling Officer’s Visit to Residents Meeting:  Alderperson Schultz thanked Officer Thom Taylor, NPO, for attending Forest Hills Club Estates homeowners annual meeting.   


There was no unfinished business.


Proclamation to Honor Mayor Douglass and His Wife, June:  President Scott Schultz was pleased to read aloud the proclamation presented earlier to Scott and June Douglass on the advent of their 50th wedding anniversary and concluded by declaring December 4, 2007 Scott and June Douglass Day in the City of Clarkson Valley.  After the reading, there was a round of applause.   


Alderperson Young made a motion to discuss and pass Resolution No. 07-02.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  Officer Taylor spoke briefly about St. Louis County’s pursuit procedure and City Attorney, Patrick Butler, said he felt there was no need to pass a resolution adopting theirs.  A voice vote was taken for passage of Resolution No. 07-02 with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Audit:  Alderperson Shea made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Meyer to have invoices in the amount of $96,197.80 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   


At 8:00 p.m., the City Clerk, Michele McMahon, read the Notice of Public Hearing to consider and discuss an application for a Special Use Permit to locate signage at the Alizadeh Dental Building.  President Schultz introduced Frank Hodgdon, Chairman of Planning and Zoning, who described the nature of the request.  He explained that the initial proposal contained two requests for signage.  One for a monument sign listing tenants names, to be lighted externally by ground lighting and the other being a neon sign attached to the building.  The second request was tabled, but the vote for the monument sign received an affirmative recommendation to the Board of Aldermen.  Dr. Alizadeh, Melissa Tocco with Colliers Turley Martin Tucker, the management group for the dental building, and Jim Morman of Sign Crafters spoke.  Mr. Gregg Bogosian stated he was a new member of the Zoning Commission and mentioned he voted against the project.  He stated his opinion that Dr. Alizadeh’s request was excessive of what is allowed by city ordinance (56 square feet versus 12 square feet).  President Schultz thanked everyone and closed the public hearing. 

NEW BUSINESS – Continued 


Alderperson Shea made a motion, which was seconded by Alderperson Young.  President Schultz read Bill No. 0371 for the first time.  There was no discussion.  President Schultz read Bill No. 0371 for the second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results.  Ayes:  Meyer, Schultz, Shea, Sittser and Young.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, President Schultz declared Bill No. 0371 as having passed and is now considered Ordinance No. 07-17. 

Alderperson Young made a motion for the Board of Aldermen of Clarkson Valley to adjourn.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m. 

Scott Schultz, President of the Board of Aldermen

ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk

----- Original Message -----

From: St.Louis Municipal League

To: St.Louis Municipal League

Sent: Monday, December 03, 2007 4:45 PM

Subject: Sales tax refunds to Dept of Revenue

Dear Members:

We have received a number of calls regarding the recent letter from the Dept of Revenue sent to all cities.  This is the letter that says their 3% administrative fee was paid solely by MoDOT the last few years and should have been partially paid by cities and counties too.  Now MoDOT wants a refund which DOR intends to collect from cities and counties by deducting amounts from your future monthly checks.

 Gary Markenson and I have discussed this on several occasions and Gary is in the process of arranging a meeting with the Dept of Revenue to better understand their authority to implement this plan.  We also would like justification for assessing the full 3% fee.  I also hope to secure a spreadsheet of each city’s liability to try to determine if the amounts seem appropriate.

 At any rate, please give us a few weeks to conduct a meeting and complete some analysis.

 Best Regards,


Tim Fischesser, Executive Director









  Sales Tax


Gasoline Tax

  Fee Increase



 25% of 3%


   25% of 3%

     25% of 3%


07/05 - 06/06






07/06 - 06/07






07/07 - 11/07



















25% of 3% Administrative Fee Reimbursement:










32 = $63.48
















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