Minutes of February 2011 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), February 9, 2011.
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The meeting was called to order at 7:00 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

 

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

Alderperson Lin Midyett Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Clerk: Michele McMahon 
 

Mayor Douglass explained the Regular Meeting of the Board of Aldermen scheduled for February 1 was cancelled due to weather and this meeting was convened after proper public notice.  Further explanation was given regarding the Public Hearing that was slated for February 1 for the simple boundary adjustment stating that because Notice must be published at least 15 days in advance, it is being rescheduled for March 1.  He also explained that because the meeting date changed, the City Attorney had a previously scheduled appointment and was unable to attend tonight's meeting. 

Alderperson Shea made a motion to accept the Minutes.  Alderperson Schultz 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 

Alderperson Meyer stated Officer Taylor received a commendation for assisting in the arrest of one of America's Most Wanted.   

REPORTS 

St. Louis County Police Report:  Officer Thom Taylor of the St. Louis County Police handed out the January Police Report.   

Mayor’s Report 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of January 2011 was $16,086.99. 

Requesting Boundary Adjustment from Ballwin and St. Louis County:  Mayor Douglass explained the request we made of Ballwin to consider adjusting an area along the east side of Clarkson Road up to Kehrs Mill Road.  This also entails a request of the household located just north of Westhampton Subdivision in unincorporated St. Louis County to consider relocating into Clarkson Valley.  Mayor Douglass explained that St. Louis County Planning Department intends to send a letter to the resident.   

Property Maintenance Code:  Mayor Douglass said he met with the Building Commissioner, Jack Schenck and the City Clerk to discuss the Property Maintenance Code.  He explained some of the revisions, additions and deletions. 

Quarterly Newsletter:  Mayor Douglass reported that all submittals have been made for the last issue for the Clarkson Valley Living Magazine, which will hit the mailboxes in March.  After that time, we will go to an in-house prepared quarterly newsletter.  He explained the Mayor of Winchester, Gail Winham's job as a Special School Teacher and said she has volunteered her student body to fold the newsletters.  Alderperson Meyer suggested our website could request residents' e-mail addresses in order to send it electronically, saving postage.   

Ameren Missouri:  Mayor Douglass described Ameren's request with the Missouri Public Service Commission for an 11% rate hike to invest in infrastructure and recover higher operation and maintenance costs.  He explained the 10.4% increase they received in June, netting the City additional revenue for the 2% utility tax we receive.   

Continuing Budget Discussions:  Mayor Douglass reported that he reviewed the preliminary 2011-2012 Budget and based upon these numbers, a town hall meeting as discussed in January is not necessary in his opinion.  Two items to consider in order to maintain the services the City provides at the same level:  increasing Ameren Missouri's 2% utility fee to 4%, and/or halting back-door trash pickup.  Alderperson Sittser asked what would be the auditor's opinion of how much money the City should have in reserve?  Mayor Douglass said he would pose that question to the auditor. 

Thom Taylor, NPO Receives Another Commendation:  Mayor Douglass congratulated Officer Taylor for receiving a commendation from the Secret Service for assisting in the apprehension of one of America's Most Wanted.  Officer Taylor said the other officers assisting in the arrest also received a commendation. 

Alderpersons' Reports 

There were no reports. 

Attorney's Report 

There was no report.   

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 There was no Unfinished Business. 

NEW BUSINESS 

There was no New Business. 

Audit:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to approve the audit, seconded by Alderperson Sittser to have invoices in the amount of $78,887.73 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Alderperson Shea made a motion 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 7:55.

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Scott Douglass, Mayor

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ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk

 

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