City of Clarkson Valley

Minutes of February 2005 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), February 1, 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 Sharp

Ward 1

Alderperson Susan Shea

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2


Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2    

Alderperson Melinda Twichell 

Ward 3


Alderperson Walter Mixson Ward 3 

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

A motion was made by Alderperson Sharp to accept the Minutes.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.


Mrs. Janet Young, a resident of Kehrs Mill Trails, said she learned of a vacant building in her subdivision donated to Monarch Fire Protection District for the purpose of search and rescue training and spoke about it at last month's meeting.  She had her Indentures with her and asked the City Attorney, "If it is against their Indentures, why might the City allow it?"  Mayor Douglass explained that it is the Subdivision's proviso to enforce the Indentures.  She then said she was against the Board passing an ordinance to prohibit feeding birds, geese, deer, and catfish.   

Mrs. Vicki Bolger, also a resident of Kehrs Mill Trails, strongly urged the Alderpersons to support an ordinance on prohibiting the feeding of deer.  She further commented that all the benefits of allowing hunting would be negated if people were to feed the deer. 


Ballwin Police Report: Captain Bobbie Saulters disseminated the Police Summary for January 2005.  She reported that there were several vehicular accidents - one involved a DWI.  This particular driver lost control of the vehicle, which overturned and struck several trees. 

Mayor's Report:

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of January 2005 was $17,954.75.   

St. Johns Medical Building:  Mayor Douglass reported that construction should commence the last of March or the first week in April.   

Cancellation of MoDOT's Open House:  Mayor Douglass explained that because new data have been introduced by federal agencies, MoDOT would not be hosting an Open House on February 3, 2005 as previously announced.  MoDOT is currently reviewing alternatives for sound abatement that may be available under the new federal guidelines.

Close of Deer Hunting Season:  Mayor Douglass announced the end to the hunting season was January 15th.  He reported that eighty-one deer were harvested.  Of those, he said, seven were bucks.  He stated that twenty-five homes participated in the hunt.

West St. Louis County Deer Task Force:  Because Alderperson Shea is out of town, Mayor Douglass explained that he attended the Public Forum in her place.  It was held Wednesday, January 26th at Queeny Park.  He said he was approached by several people - unsolicited - who voiced kudos to Mrs. Shea for serving on the committee, saying she added so much to their group.  He thanked her in her absence for all her hard work.  He reported that at the meeting, six people spoke against the hunt; four or five others agreed there were problems, but did not like hunting.  The remaining comments supported deer hunting.

Building Code To Eventually Change:  Mayor Douglass explained that most municipalities, counties and fire districts currently conform to the BOCA 1999 building code.  He said that St. Louis County is considering an ordinance to adopt the International Code 2003.  Monarch and Metro West will also be changing.  Mayor Douglass said he held discussions with our Building Commissioner and our change of code should be taking place soon.

Alderpersons’ Reports

Blue Spruce, Arborvitae and Berm Evergreens - Insecticide Spraying:  Alderperson Mixson said he was contacted by Joe Pawlowitz of Chesterfield Landscaping, who would like to receive the contract for spraying insecticide on evergreens along Clarkson Road.  The price he quoted remains unchanged from 1997 - $350.00 for twice-annual sprayings.  He asked the City Clerk to include this item on next month's Agenda.

Solicitation at the Intersection of Clarkson Road and Clayton Road:  Alderperson Twichell asked if anything new happened regarding the City of Ellisville's petition with St. Louis County for ownership of the Clarkson/Clayton intersection.  Mayor Douglass responded that the last he heard, St. Louis County was considering an Ordinance. 

CitiMortgage:  Alderperson Twichell asked if there was anything new regarding the property and/or building at the northeast corner of Clarkson Road and Clayton Road?  Mayor Douglass said that he heard they were currently making preparations for the construction of a restaurant on the parking lot.


There was no Unfinished Business .


Budget Matters:  Mayor Douglass announced that a Budget Meeting was scheduled for February 11.  He said that in the Alderperson's packets, he included information from the City's Court, i.e. the average fine amount per ticket.  He invited everyone to attend the meeting.

Helmet Law for Minors Riding Bicycles:  Mayor Douglass asked the Alderpersons if they would like to consider St. Louis County Health Department's request to pass a helmet law?  Through discussion it was determined the Board Members were not interested.  They felt it should be a family rule if the minor wears a helmet or not.  However, in this course of discussion, it was determined that the City would create a scooter/pocket rocket ordinance for the Alderpersons to discuss and possibly pass at next month's meeting. 

L.O.A.P.:  Mayor Douglass gave a brief outline of the Lafayette Older Adult Program, saying that up until now, the cities of Chesterfield, Ellisville, Manchester, Ballwin and Winchester (along with Rockwood School District) were supporting the program - with money, location and/or personnel.  In order to make this more equitable, they surveyed the users of the program, found that they are from all over the West County area and have requested donations from the other cities in the Lafayette Area Mayors Group.  These include Town & Country, Wildwood and Clarkson Valley.  The group is requesting an appropriate, restructured donation from all these cities along with the two school districts.  Through discussion, a motion was made by Alderperson Schiller, seconded by Alderperson Sittser, to contribute the requested $200.  This motion would cover a one-year period of time only.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

Feeding Deer:  Through discussion it was decided that an ordinance would be drafted and would be considered at the March Board Meeting.  However, instead of targeting deer, "less than desirable" or "nuisance" animals should be considered in the prohibition of feeding.  Also mentioned was the farm located in our City and this ordinance should not prohibit the feeding of farm animals. 

Audit:  Alderperson Twichell made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Sharp to have invoices in the amount of $73,097.78 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Bike Rack:  Attention was made to the letter received by the City at this evening's Board Meeting.  The letter states the inability for the school buses to traverse several of the subdivision's streets making it necessary for the students to walk quite a distance.  The letter, written by the President of Trustees of Kehrs Mill Trails, Doug Adams, is requesting that the Board either remove the necessity (because the bike rack would be constructed outside of the building lines) to go before the Board of Adjustment or to waive the $300 cost of a Hearing Before the Board of Adjustment.  Alderperson Sharp made a motion to include the item on the Agenda.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  Alderperson Twichell made the suggestion that before the Board Members become involved in a decision regarding Mr. Adams request, let us receive a formal response from the school why the buses will not navigate those streets. 

Alderperson Twichell made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Schiller.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.  

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk

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