Minutes of December 2010 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 7, 2010.
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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

  Arrived 7:35 with prior notice

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

Alderperson Lin Midyett Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 
 

Alderperson Schultz made a motion to accept the Minutes.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken to accept the Minutes with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

 REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS

Senator Jane Cunningham introduced herself and her district liaison, Mark Schweider.  She spoke briefly about Proposition C that passed this year with a 71% majority vote and plans to work with the national legislature in the coming year.  She will also be working on education, business and employment reform.

Bill Hammerschmidt, Dunhill Subdivision trustee spoke on several issues and handed the Board Members pictures he took of sights he considered to be eyesores on Kehrs Mill Road.  Mayor Douglass said we would follow up.  He also complained about weeds left to grow behind the new retaining wall on Kehrs Mill Road belonging to homeowners living off Jennycliffe.  Alderperson Schiller asked Mr. Hammerschmidt if he had the opportunity to read the recently created weed ordinance, to which he responded he had.

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 2010 was $18,649.06.

DWI Reporting Policy:  Mayor Douglass explained that a newly passed state statute mandates all law enforcement agencies to adopt policy requiring arrest information for all intoxication-related traffic offenses be forwarded to the state's central repository.  Since this has always been St. Louis County Police policy he said the City does not need to pass anything. 

2009 International Building Code, 2009 International Residential Code:  Mayor Douglass stated he met with the Building Commissioner and the 2009 IRC and IBC are ready.  The 2009 Property Maintenance code will be finished soon and as soon as it is ready, copies will be mailed.  He further explained that Jack Schenck and the city clerk just got the preliminary information to him and it appears to be very comprehensive.

Verizon Invoice Charging Our Resident Another Municipality's Tax:  Mayor Douglass explained a recent call City Hall received from a resident of Clarkson Valley who is being charged Wildwood taxes on her Verizon bill.  When we called Verizon, their explanation was the taxes were formulated by zip code and they place all 63005 codes in the City of Wildwood.  If what they say is true, this means all 63005 zip codes are charged 5% and the taxes get distributed monthly to Wildwood.  Mayor Douglass called the St. Louis County Municipal League asking them to become involved.  According to Verizon, they do not recognize that St. Louis County municipalities might contain more than one zip code.  As far as we can tell, Verizon does not take into consideration that some municipalities do not charge a tax - everyone's bill according to the personnel we spoke with, has 5% removed for municipal taxes.  Lastly, if this is truly how Verizon is invoicing their customers, there are municipalities that are not receiving the 5% they should be getting.  Most important is we do not want our residents to be wrongly taxed.  He concluded by saying we mentioned this in the Living Newsmagazine.

Dumpster Removed at Fru-Con/St. John's Mercy Detention Pond:  The dumpster that blocked the driveway at the entrance of the pond behind the Fru-Con Building was moved.  The company that built St. John's is going to have a gate installed to ensure maintenance can occur within; and keep everyone else away.

Revenue and Expense Update:  Mayor Douglass explained that revenues are increasing, but even with that event, the City is still going to have problems budgeting.  He reported that he and Jim Meyer would meet next month to look at the books and the possibility of negotiating with Meridian for curbside service.  Alderperson Schiller said this would be hard for the elderly people in the City.  Mayor Douglass said that in discussions, they would talk to Meridian about making it possible to have back door valet service for a fee.  Alderperson Schultz said he is all for back door service, but the driveways that get tire marks, droppings and liquid ooze from the truck is a negative issue.  He also mentioned it would be nice if Meridian could pick up the entire City on one day, for all three services (household, recycling and yard waste).

Alderpersons' Reports

School Employees Crossing Kehrs Mill Road to Smoke:  Alderperson Meyer reported that school employees are crossing the street to take smoke breaks and asked if there was a code prohibiting this?  He further stated, even though they are trying to be good citizens by picking up cigarette butts after themselves, it does not set a good example for the students.  He reminded everyone that Marquette is a smoke-free campus.

City Attorney’s Report

Mr. Butler said the lateral lawsuit continues and no briefs will be taken until the beginning of the year.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

There was no unfinished business.

NEW BUSINESS

BILL NO. 0419 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE III: TRAFFIC CODE, CHAPTER 300; GENERAL PROVISIONS, SECTION 300.020: DEFINITIONS, BY ADDING A NEW DEFINITION OF INTERMEDIATE DRIVER AND IN CHAPTER 385: LICENSING REGULATIONS BY DELETING SECTION 385.020: AND ADDING A NEW SECTION 385.020.

Alderperson Shea made a motion to approve Bill No. 0419.  Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0419 for the first time.  He explained this was passed by the State and requires adoption by counties and municipalities.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0419 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Meyer, Midyett, Schiller, Schultz, Shea, and Sittser.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0419 as having passed and is now considered Ordinance No. 10-16. 

Employee Dental Insurance:  Mayor Douglass asked everyone to look at the handout for dental insurance and the city clerk reminded the Alderpersons to also look at the MoPERM proposed liability insurance rate and history shown on the same spreadsheet as this will be considered on this evening's audit.  A motion was made by Alderperson Schultz to accept the proposal of United Health and seconded by Alderperson Midyett.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Audit:  Alderperson Shea made a motion to approve the audit, seconded by Alderperson Schultz to have invoices in the amount of $77,405.11 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Alderperson Schultz made a motion 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 8:15.

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Scott Douglass, Mayor

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ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk

 

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