Minutes of December 2009 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), December 5, 2009.
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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

Vacant 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 AND COMPLAINTS 

There were no remarks, petitions or complaints.   

REPORTS 

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 2009 was $11,685.50. 

Kehrs Mill Road Construction:  Mayor Douglass said he had an opportunity to look at Kehrs Mill Road and the new retaining wall, which is very nice.  He said it was also nice the County planted beautiful grass on the other side of the fence, however it will be extremely difficult for the homeowners to maintain the area.  He said we would have to take a look at it next year to see if it fits with the new weed ordinance.  Mayor Douglass explained he spoke with Dan Alvers, in charge of the project and he told him it was standard practice to plant grass.   

Mobile Ticketing:  Mayor Douglass reported that Alderperson Jim Meyer researched the prospect of the City obtaining printers for the patrol cars for mobile ticketing.  He also requested Sergeant Burk to look into the matter.  When that information is received from the sergeant later this month, he and Alderperson Meyer will get together. 

Dental Insurance:  Mayor Douglass said there should be information in tonight’s packet regarding dental insurance for the city and court clerks with Humana and asked everyone to look at it.  If there are no objections, he said, we’ll move with that.  There were no objections. 

Feedback on Newsletter:  Mayor Douglass said the city received an e-mail from a resident of Westhampton who was afraid the newsmagazine was costing the city money.  If that were the case, he felt there were too many ads.  He spoke with Mr. Sanders and hopefully he understands that is not the case as the magazine is free to the city and residents and their income is generated from the ads.  He concluded by asking everyone to think about the magazine and see what suggestions you can come up with to get more newsworthy information passed to the residents.  Alderperson Schiller suggested including information about the city’s website. 

Prescription Medication “Take Back”:  Mayor Douglass and Alderperson Meyer met last month with members of the Rockwood Drug Free Coalition.  This will be discussed later in the meeting.   

Christmas Tree Pickup:  Mayor Douglass reported that Meridian Waste would make two special pickups to collect live Christmas trees.  The dates are January 4th and 11th.  E-Mails will be sent and this information included in the newsmagazine.   

Alderpersons' Reports

Clarkson Valley “Welcome” Sign:  Alderperson Sittser asked where the eastern-most Kehrs Mill Road welcome sign was?  He noticed it was missing from its location in front of the high school.  Mayor Douglass said the sign is being housed in Adler Sign Company’s warehouse and they are making arrangements to install it. 

Court Reconfigured:  Alderperson Meyer stated he attended last month’s court to observe the new prosecuting attorney.  He also explained the new procedures for court, which now is held in the open.  He said the court is running more like other courts.  He spoke of community service options that can be part of a defendant’s disposition.  The company that comes to court every month to sign those up for SATOP as part of their recommendation also does community service, which would be free to the city.  The court is alerted any time a defendant misses a part of their probation.  They could have a sign-up sheet at court.  Alderperson Meyer said he would look further into it.  With these new procedures in place, he concluded, he feels the city would bring in more funds.  Mayor Douglass stated that he has requested the court clerk to make a report every month of the number of tickets written and with an average of what the prosecuting attorney charged. 

Kehrs Mill Road – No Change In Drainage Problem:  Alderperson Shea stated when it rains there is a sheet of water across Kehrs Mill Road.  She is disappointed they made no change regarding the drainage coming down the hill.   

Deer Harvest Tallies:  Alderperson Shea asked what the numbers were for the year and City Clerk Michele McMahon said it was not that great.  So far only 1 buck and 3 does. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

There was no unfinished business.   

NEW BUSINESS 

BILL NO. 0403 – AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE III: TRAFFIC CODE, BY DELETING SCHEDULE II. STOP INTERSECTIONS AND ADDING A NEW SCHEDULE II. STOP INTERSECTIONS.  

A motion was made by Alderperson Schiller to discuss and pass Bill No. 0403.  Alderperson Meyer seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0403 for the first time.  Discussion ensued regarding traffic with answers given by Officer Thom Taylor.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0403 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Meyer, Schiller, Schultz, Shea, and Sittser.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0403 as having passed and is now considered Ordinance No. 09-19.   

Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition’s Prescription Drug “Take Back” Proposal:  Alderperson Meyer opened the discussion saying the coalition is a group of concerned citizens led by the school district.  He first described the problem, which is that one of the heaviest abuses of drugs with Rockwood students is the abuse of prescription drugs; coming from family and friends medicine cabinets.  He then explained what the coalition is doing in an attempt to remedy the situation.  Two “take back” programs have been held; the first of which took 10,000 pills and the second took back 20,000 pills.  This coalition is looking for a municipality in the central part of the district to hold one of these events and he is proposing the city considers hosting it.  He said by doing so it would 1) garner positive press, and 2) show leadership.  Additional information supplied by Alderperson Meyer: It would be held on a Saturday at the Fru-Con Center, monitored by St. Louis County Police who take the pills to the crime unit and then destroy them.  It is HIPPA approved.  Walgreens staples labels to the bags, and identification of the medication is not necessary.  Mayor Douglass said he spoke with the Mayors of Wildwood and Ellisville, who have no problem with this and they can’t see any reason why not to do it.  Officer Thom Taylor said the City of Wildwood has committed extra officers to help.  Alderperson Meyer made a motion to approve the city’s participation in the “take back” event with no capital expenditures to the City of Clarkson Valley.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Resolution 09-05 - RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY OF SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION IN THE ALL-HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN UPDATE. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Meyer, seconded by Alderperson Sittser to pass the Resolution.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Audit:  Alderperson Meyer made a motion to approve the audit, seconded by Alderperson Shea to have invoices in the amount of $83,725.99 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

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

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Scott Douglass, Mayor

 

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