City of Clarkson Valley

Minutes of February 2003 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), February 4, 2003.

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 Sharp Ward 1
Alderperson Susan Shea Ward 1
Alderperson Honora Schiller Ward 2
Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2
Alderperson Mary Ann Gatto Ward 3
Alderperson Melinda Twichell Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon

Alderperson Gatto made a motion to amend the Minutes on page 2, the paragraph entitled Sound Wall, to eliminate information included in the Minutes but not actually known at the time of the Meeting.  Alderperson Twichell seconded the motion.  It was decided the information would be included in this month's Minutes, which is that "...a tentative date was set, but has been delayed until late February or early March.  The contract letting will be in June, pushing the project into fiscal year 2004."  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  Alderperson Twichell made a motion to accept the Minutes as amended, seconded by Alderperson Sharp. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 


Mr. Brad Castanho, a resident of the Dunhill Subdivision, spoke about a complaint the Trustees received regarding approximately three students from Marquette High School parking their vehicles along a certain street in his subdivision.  He related that the residents living along this street have approached the students requesting that they not use their street to park their cars explaining that it causes a jamming situation in the cul-de-sac with delivery and trash trucks and also that the residents do not appreciate the students trespassing.  The requests were not heeded.  Mr. Castanho asked the Members of the Board if they had ideas on what the subdivision or school could do to eliminate this problem. 

Both Mayor Douglass and Alderperson Schiller explained to the Board that they visited the site that morning and found there were no ordinance violations taking place, but they certainly understood the homeowners' consternation.  Mayor Douglass reported that he spoke with Mrs. Kim Miller, President of Trustees of Dunhill Subdivision, and they were looking at the best alternatives to aid these residents, which might entail posting signage.  Mr. Castanho posed a question regarding trespassing but the City Attorney, Patrick Butler, responded that a trespassing charge would unlikely be able to be prosecuted.  Captain Saulters stated that Steve Moehlenkamp, the Student Resource Officer (SRO) is aware of the problem and is initiating a few procedures at Marquette. 

Mr. Patrick Murphy, a resident of Forest Hills Club Estates who opposes the proposed widening of Kehrs Mill Road, asked Mayor Douglass and the Members of the Board what their stand is regarding Rockwood School District's Bond Issue?  Mayor Douglass responded that the school district asked the St. Louis County Highways and Traffic Department (the County) to include access to Marquette High School from Kehrs Mill Road.  He also explained that, according to the County, if the Bond Issue does pass and Rockwood wants to create ingress/egress, the County would only do that with the City's approval.  Alderperson Shea stated that she is opposed to the driveway access but that nixing this might impact more important concerns being considered for Marquette as part of the Bond Issue and that she would not like to see that happen.  Mayor Douglass shed light on the subject of this proposed access by stating that when the school was being designed, the City did not want an access from the school's parking lot to Kehrs Mill Road and, at the same time, the school district ran out of money with which to construct the driveway.  He reminded everyone present of the mound of dirt at the edge of Kehrs Mill Road, north of tennis courts where the grade steps up quite a bit, and explained that is where the curb cut was proposed to take place.   


Ballwin Police Report:

Captain Bobbie Saulters handed out the police report for January 2003 along with the Annual Report on Clarkson Valley Crime 2002. 

  Mayor's Report: Mayor Douglass reported on the following:

Court Report: The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of January 2003 was $15,503.18.

Snow Removal Policy - FYI:  He explained that during the month of February, he would be sending the Aldermen a copy of the snow removal procedure currently being used.  He asked the Council Members to look it over.  It would be up for discussion if questions were raised.  

Inquiry Received in City of Ellisville Regarding CitiMortgage Property:  Mayor Douglass reported that he heard of an inquiry being made regarding high-rise apartments proposed for the CitiMortgage property.  The supposed developer is Tri-Star, who developed Wing Haven.  Alderperson Sharp mentioned that he heard the same rumor.  Mayor Douglass explained that he spoke with Mayor Khoury of Ellisville, who had heard nothing about this and had nothing to share.  Everyone agreed that the civil thing for Ellisville to do in the future would be to keep Clarkson Valley in the loop regarding issues such as this. 

Sound Walls:  Mayor Douglass apologized to anyone that attempted to attend a meeting whose notice was erroneously published in the newspaper about a Sound Wall Open Forum to take place at Marquette High School last week.  Several people in the audience said they did try to find the meeting in a very crowded school building - to no avail.  The City Clerk also apologized stating that she taped three notices to the doors of the school, which stated the error in the newspaper.  

Mayor Douglass announced that an open committee meeting was scheduled to take place February 10 and a representative from MoDOT would be present.  The committee will report on the outcome at the March Board Meeting.

There was further discussion regarding this issue.  Alderperson Gatto asked if the committee members would be telling MoDOT, "Yes, we want a berm."  Or "No, we do not want a wall in that location.  Et cetera."  Mayor Douglass said he was hopeful the committee would come out of the session with two or three options to consider, however, Alderperson Schiller said she understood from Karen Yeomans (MoDOT's representative) that we still might not come out of this meeting with anything tangible.  Mayor Douglass then mentioned a letter received from MoDOT and read a few salient sentences adding comment with regard to the Sunshine Law.


Alderpersons' Reports:

Solicitors' Residue:  Alderperson Twichell asked what can be done with the numerous paper clipped handbills and rubber-banded flyers she sees in her neighborhood and on her property?  Mayor Douglass stated that he has requested the City Attorney look at the City's current ordinance on solicitors, peddlers and hawkers and the application used in the process.  This will then be discussed at the March Board Meeting.

Web Page Update:  Alderperson Gatto explained that she updated the web site to include this year's Holiday Schedule for trash removal. 

Sidewalk on Kehrs Mill Road:  Alderperson Sittser described a conversation held with a resident who reiterated that neither he nor his wife desire a sidewalk be placed on their property.  He was advised that a letter would be mailed.

City Attorney’s Report:

Sewer Lateral Repair Fee Program Lawsuit:  City Attorney Patrick Butler announced that our City is among fifty-five cities named as Defendants for passing the ordinance on sewer lateral repair taxation (plus injunctive relief).  The suit regards condominium units within city boundaries.  He explained the alliance with St. Louis County Municipal League, stating the League was looking into a quick, inexpensive fix for the handful of cities like Clarkson Valley that have no condominium units. 


Unfinished Business


A motion was made by Alderperson Gatto to introduce Bill No. 0253.  Alderperson Sharp seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read the Bill for the first time.  There was no discussion.  Mayor Douglass read the Bill for the second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results: Ayes: Gatto, Schiller, Sharp, Shea, Sittser, and Twichell.  Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0253 passed and is now Ordinance 03-02. 

New Business:

There was no New Business.


Alderperson Twichell made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Sharp, to have invoices in the amount of $70,358.76 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

Alderperson Shea made the following motion "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, paragraph 1 regarding possible legal action."  Alderperson Sharp seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

Alderperson Sharp made a motion to adjourn the regular meeting, seconded by Alderperson Twichell.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned to closed session at 8:35 p.m.


Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk

Back to Main Page