City of Clarkson Valley

Minutes of December 2008 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), December 2, 2008.

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 Meyer Ward 1

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2


Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3


Ward 3  Alderperson Paul Young

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

Alderperson Schultz 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.


Alderperson Schultz made a motion to amend the Agenda under New Business due to receipt yesterday of a letter of resignation from Paul Young creating a vacancy in Ward 3.  Alderperson Meyer seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   


St. Louis County Police Report:  Officer Thom Taylor of the St. Louis County Police handed out the November Police Report.   

Mayor’s Report 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of November 2008 was $14,517.50.   

Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety:  Mayor Douglass read an e-mail he received several weeks earlier from the Missouri Safety Council asking the City to consider supporting a change to the current secondary safety belt law and to advocate PSB, Primary Safety Belt.  Alderperson Meyer asked the two officers present what they thought of it?  NPO, Thom Taylor, stated his belief that it is more effective as a warning.  Sergeant Burk said that it is a great “probable cause” tool.  Through discussion it was determined to be too gray of an area regarding if it is driver only or passengers, too.  Mayor Douglass asked the Board if it mattered who could be pulled over if found not to have on their seat belt?  One Alderperson said she would like to see all passengers wearing seatbelts.  Alderperson Shea said she would like to see just drivers being required to wear seatbelts, in addition to those juveniles currently mandated to wear seatbelts.  Mayor Douglass said that with that conflict in mind, he would like to check it out and have this matter tabled to a later date. 

Safety Helmet:  Mayor Douglass reported he received a letter from the St. Louis County Public Health Coordinator, Shirley Scatcherd, requesting the City consider placing a telephone call to St. Louis County Council Member Greg Quinn, who represents us in District 7, to state Clarkson Valley’s position on an amended ordinance that goes before the Council now through December 9th, requiring juveniles in all areas of St. Louis County to wear helmets during wheeled sports.  After some discussion a motion was made by Alderperson Sittser, seconded by Alderperson Meyer, to let Mr. Quinn know that Clarkson Valley is opposed to a mandatory helmet law.  Mayor Douglass said he would make the phone call To Mr. Quinn. 

Missouri Petroleum:  Mayor Douglass reminded the Board Members that in September the City received a letter stating Missouri Petroleum would be interested in inventorying the streets in Clarkson Valley free of charge.  Per the letter, they were going to conduct this survey before the end of the year.  As it turns out, due to an overwhelming response, they have pushed the date back to April. 

Audit:  Mayor Douglass said the City should receive the final report from the CPA firm this month.  The City Clerk received a compliment for her management of the books. 

Deer Count Update:  Mayor Douglass stated the City received a request to learn from the Missouri Department of Conservation if they have an update of the deer population in this area.  What we found, he said, is the MoDOC can no longer do aerial surveys because they do not have permission to fly that low nor are they allowed to fly slowly enough to allow them to do a count.  It apparently poses a hazard and the pilot can lose his/her license.  Another way of monitoring the deer population is by carcass removal and reported deer/vehicle collisions.  It was reported that the number of deer harvested so far this year in Clarkson Valley is 33. 

MoPERM:  Mayor Douglass explained the City’s general liability/errors and omissions/employment practice liability provider is Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Fund and the good news is they lowered the cost to the City this year by 20%. 

Alderpersons' Reports 

There were no reports.   

City Attorney’s Report 

Patrick Butler stated that applicants for the Board of Adjustment should be reminded of the necessity of proving hardship to the land.  


There was no unfinished business.   


Vacancy:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to pass Resolution 08-02.  Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Resolution 08-02.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  Mayor Douglass said someone would be appointed in January and that he would be happy to consult with any of the Alderpersons if they have a suggestion.  The City Clerk was directed to place a notice in the paper with mention of the vacancy in Ward 3.   

Number of Yardwaste Bags Limited:  Mayor Douglass asked if anyone received phone calls other than Alderperson Schiller, with complaints regarding a limit to the number of yardwaste bags that will be picked up?  There was no affirmative response.   

Audit:  Alderperson Shea made a motion to approve the audit as presented, seconded by Alderperson Sittser to have invoices in the amount of $91,647.83 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

A roll call vote was taken for the motion made by Alderperson Shea, seconded by Alderperson Meyer to enter a Closed Hearing upon Adjournment with the following result:  Ayes:  Meyer, Schiller, Schultz, Shea and Sittser.   

Alderperson Shea made a motion to adjourn.  Alderperson Meyer seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk

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