Minutes of December 2005 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), December 6, 2005.

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




Mayor Scott Douglass



Alderperson Jim Meyer

Ward 1


Alderperson Susan Shea

Ward 1


Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

Alderperson Walt Mixson Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

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


Mayor Douglass announced that a Public Hearing would take place at 8:00 p.m.

There were no remarks, petitions or complaints. 


Ballwin Police Report: Captain Schicker handed out the Police Summary for November 2005.  He reported that three accidents occurred last month with one injury.  One person left the scene of the accident and that is being investigated.

Mayor’s Report    

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of November 2005 was $14,825.71.  

Resurfacing Clarkson Road:  Mayor Douglass reported that he received word from MoDOT that contracts were let for resurfacing Clarkson Road from Manchester Road in Ellisville to Olive Road (I-64) in Chesterfield.  The estimated cost of the project is $1.9 million and work should begin this summer. 

2005-2006 Budget Review:  Mayor Douglass explained that the Budget Committee met last month to discuss the current budget.  He reported the committee members feel good about the projected figures.  The committee will meet again in January or February to begin discussion of next year's budget.  

Police Department's Commitment to be Pro-active:  Mayor Douglass stated he met with Chief Biederman and Captain Schicker requesting their help in getting the police officers to be more pro-active with housing nuisances.  He said he took notes at the meeting and when they are typed, he will disseminate them to the Alderpersons. 

Marquette High School – Emergency Entrance:  Mayor Douglass stated that the proposal for Kehrs Mill Road to be widened has been pushed back to 2008 from early-2006; and that is only if funds are available in 2008.  Until that time, the entrance will remain an emergency entrance.  He then asked those present if they noticed any irregular activity regarding the entrance, to which everyone responded they had not. 

Welcome Signs:  Mayor Douglass thanked Alderperson Sittser for the terrific job he did chairing the project to replace four city signs.  Everyone agreed the signs look great.    

Alderpersons’ Reports

Chesterfield Passes Deer Control Policy and Deer Hunting Regulations:  Alderperson Shea reported that she attended the Chesterfield City Council Meeting on November 7 to relate our deer management experience from the ordinance that we passed last year.  She gave them hunt statistics and basically explained the requirements of the ordinance.  She told the Chesterfield Councilmembers the hunts have posed no problems for the citizens of Clarkson Valley.  She concluded by saying that Chesterfield passed their ordinance at the following meeting, November 21 and the wording of their ordinance was taken from ours. 

Garage Sale 101:  Alderperson Meyer explained that because the rules and regulations for holding garage sales were passed prior to his being elected to the Board, he would like a general understanding of how they should be conducted.  Mayor Douglass explained the City regulates garage sales through its signage ordinance.  If holding a garage sale, you should approach City Hall for a packet that includes:  Five (5) "No Parking This Side of Street" signs; a complete copy of the signage ordinance with page turned to Garage Sales; four (4) pink colored tabs to be attached to homeowners' garage sale signs, which indicates to authorities that the garage sale is sanctioned by the city; and the Application for Garage Sale Signage Placement, which should be filled out by homeowner before leaving City Hall.  There should be no more than one garage sale in a six-month period.  A Wednesday and Saturday sale within the same week constitutes one sale.  Mayor Douglass further explained that if a police officer drives past a garage sale sign and does not see the pink tab, the signs should be removed and taken to the address stated on the sign.  The garage sale should be terminated until proper application is made with City Hall.  Alderperson Meyer explained a situation whereby he telephoned a Ballwin Police dispatcher to indicate an unsanctioned sale and he was met with a dismal response.  Captain Schicker apologized for this and explained that Ballwin's code regarding garage sales reads differently than ours and many of the dispatchers were unaware of our code.  He has since briefed them and assured Alderperson Meyer this should not happen again.

City Attorney’s Report 

Patrick Butler reported that he has heard nothing more from Kingspointe Subdivision or Kehrs Mill Trails Subdivision regarding their dispute over the lake funds.   

He also reported he has documentation updates regarding the sound wall lawsuit and will reserve comments until the closed meeting.


In Need of Planning and Zoning Commission Members:  Mayor Douglass requested that Alderpersons consider names of potential candidates to serve as members to the Planning and Zoning Commission.  He explained that Brent Brandvold has moved from the city and Joe Patane now lives in Florida eight to nine months out of the year.   

City Attorney, Patrick Butler, thanked the Board for their recommendations for two new members to the Board of Adjustment - Paul Young and Karen Koshak.  He explained that it is not easy to identify the hardship and stick with the rules for granting a variance, but the two new Board Members seem resolute in their duties.


Audit:  Alderperson Shea made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Schultz to have invoices in the amount of $90,736.94 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 


City Clerk, Michele McMahon, read the Notice of Public Hearing printed November 17, 2005 in the St. Louis Countian and November 30, 2005 in the Suburban Journal.  Mayor Douglass asked if everyone had a chance to read the Minutes from the December 1, 2005 Hearing, to which all responded affirmatively.  Mr. Frank W. Hodgdon, Chairman, was there to answer questions.  No representative of the subdivision was present.  Mayor Douglass assured those present the request for indenture change from Kehrs Mill Trails only regards verbiage for potential sewer modifications.  The Public Hearing closed at 8:01 p.m. 

NEW BUSINESS - Continued 

Kehrs Mill Trails - Request for Indenture Change:  Alderperson Sittser made a motion to accept the Planning and Zoning Commission's recommendation for an indenture change regarding sewer hookups to Kehrs Mill Trails Subdivision's Deed of Restrictions.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  City Attorney, Patrick Butler, advised that Kehrs Mill Trails trustee officials should have the change of indentures recorded with the deeds office at St. Louis County. 

Alderperson Shea made a motion for the Board of Aldermen of Clarkson Valley to hold a closed meeting immediately after the adjournment of the regular open meeting to discuss matters falling under the provisions of RSMo Section 610.021, seconded by Alderperson Meyer.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results:  Meyer, Mixson, Schiller, Schultz, Shea and Sittser.  A motion to adjourn was then made by Alderperson Shea to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Meyer.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.    

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk

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