City of Clarkson Valley

Minutes of February 2009 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), February 3, 2009.

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




 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


Barbara Hethcote Ward 3 

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

Alderperson Hethcote took the oath of office and everyone congratulated and thanked her for volunteering. 

Alderperson Shea 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. 


There were no remarks, petitions or complaints.  


St. Louis County Police Report:  Officer Thom Taylor of the St. Louis County Police handed out the January Police Report.  Alderperson Shea asked about two accidents she witnessed at Kehrs Mill and Clarkson Road that were not listed on the Police Report, to which Officer Taylor explained it is not Clarkson Valley’s jurisdiction, but rather Chesterfield’s.  Alderperson Shea then asked about tickets issued by Wildwood police officers in front of her subdivision, Kingspointe, to which he explained that Wildwood could witness the infraction within Wildwood’s city limits but not have the defendant stop until within Clarkson Valley’s city limits.  Alderperson Schiller asked if false alarms could be added to the Police Reports, to which Officer Taylor responded he would do that.

Mayor's Report

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of January 2009 was $16,385.50.   

Budget Discussions:  Mayor Douglass said that he would like to meet this month to review next year’s budget.  It was decided the Board of Aldermen would meet for a Work Session on Monday, January 12th at 4:00 p.m.  

Alderpersons' Reports 

Kehrs Mill Road Construction Chaos:  Alderperson Meyer stated that someone moved the barrels delineating the lanes for eastbound traffic and he witnessed two cars turning right at the same time, further stating it is extremely difficult for people to tell which lane to use.  Mayor Douglass asked Officer Taylor to also check the electric signal on Sunday mornings and Officer Taylor said he would check it but the signal is set to trigger with vehicular activity during that particular time of day.  

Unattractive HVAC Unit on Marquette High School:  Alderperson Shea mentioned the HVAC unit is not screened on the new addition at Marquette High School.  Mayor Douglass said he would direct the Building Commissioner to investigate.   

Westhampton Newsletter:  Alderperson Hethcote reported that her neighborhood is putting together a newsletter and the editor is attempting to include a question directed to the Board of Aldermen.   

Misbehaving Dogs:  Alderperson Hethcote inquired about ordinances regarding aggressive animals, to which Officer Taylor stated the County is addressing an issue with aggressive dogs biting.

City Attorney's Report

City Attorney, Patrick Butler, reported he received phone calls from contractors asking about the Board of Adjustment and quashed a false rumor.   


Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion the City ticket any person in the front seat of a vehicle if found not to be wearing seat belts.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with an objection from Alderperson Shea and Mayor Douglass declared we would look into an ordinance for next month’s meeting.


Planning and Zoning Members:  Mayor Douglass apologized the two members volunteering for the P&Z Commission were not present as they were unaware of this meeting.  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to accept Mayor Douglass’s recommendation to fill the two vacancies on the P&Z Commission with Mr. Jerry Litschgi and Mr. Lin Midyett.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

2009-2010 Budget Discussion:  Mayor Douglass directed the Alderpersons to the preliminary budget information in the back of their folders and to please review it before Monday’s meeting.  He mentioned a high note for this year’s budget that things look better this year due to the 5% of gross receipts (an increase of 2%) from Charter. 

Audit:  Alderperson Meyer made a motion to approve the audit as presented, seconded by Alderperson Shea to have invoices in the amount of $86,313.84 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Planning & Zoning Seminar:  The City Clerk thanked the Board of Aldermen for allowing her to attend a P&Z Seminar last Thursday evening in the City of Brentwood.  The session covered a review of planning and zoning laws and practices with two breakout sessions.  The City Clerk attended the session on rules and procedures of the board of adjustment.   

Speaking of Planning & Zoning….:  The P&Z Chairman, Frank Hodgdon, injured his one good eye and is temporarily blinded.  For the next several months will be unable to serve on the board.  He has asked the City to seriously consider there will be a time when he can no longer serve.   

A roll call vote was taken for the motion made by Alderperson Meyer, seconded by Alderperson Shea to enter a Closed Hearing upon Adjournment with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

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

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk

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