Minutes of January 2007 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), January 2, 2007.
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The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. A roll call was taken with the following results:

PRESENT

Ward

ABSENT

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 

Mayor Douglass explained the change made to the Minutes as mailed, regarding a motion made to negotiate the contract for Neighborhood Networks.  Alderperson Schultz made a motion to accept the Minutes.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

REMARKS, PETITIONS, COMPLAINTS

There were no remarks, petitions or complaints. 

REPORTS

Ballwin Police Report: Captain Schicker handed out the December Police Report.

Mayor’s Report 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of December 2006 was $9,217.00. 

Neighborhood Networks:  Mayor Douglass explained that discussions took place between Reece Hall and him regarding the proposed contract.  He reported that Mr. Hall took notes and seemed to be in agreement with the requested changes, but he has not heard back from him.   

Stephanie Cabler - 1st Runner-up Miss Teen of America Pageant:  Mayor Douglass updated those present that Miss Stephanie Cabler, who is a resident of Clarkson Valley, was named 1st runner-up in the Miss Teen of America pageant held over the Thanksgiving holiday.  He read the press release and wished Stephanie and her family the best of luck in the years to come.  He will send a congratulatory letter on the Board's behalf. 

Citizen's Complaint Regarding Building Lines:  Mayor Douglass said he and the remaining six Board Members received a letter over the weekend from a resident of Forest Hills Club Estates, Mr. Welsch, who is upset with the building lines and how they came into being.  Mayor Douglass explained the building lines were changed in 1988 from a 15' side yard to 25' and it was done through Planning & Zoning with two public hearings.  He said we would write Mr. Welsch.  He also explained that Mr. Welsch just submitted an application for a building permit to locate a retaining wall in the exact location that it has stood since the house was built and apparently Mr. Welsch thought it would require a variance.  Because the current retaining wall is considered grandfathered, it does not. 

Alderpersons' Reports: 

Award for Best "Unlighted" Subdivision Entrance:  Alderperson Schultz mentioned that the north entrance to Forest Hills was without power the entire holiday season due to several electricians' glitches.  He was wondering if anyone was considering his subdivision for any awards for "Best Decorated (albeit unlit) Subdivision"?  

Subdivision's First Tear Down:  Alderperson Schultz explained the nature of the Robert's home going up at Hillock Lane and said this is the first-tear down for his subdivision.   

Clarkson Road Sound Level:  Alderperson Schultz made a comment regarding the sound level on Clarkson Road and said how much more quiet it is since the asphalt paving was laid.   

Ballwin Police Disbanding and Contracting with St. Louis County?  Stranger Than Fiction!  Alderperson Meyer mentioned the recent article published in the Suburban Journal with statements made by Mayor Walt Young after a recent closed hearing discussing the possibility of disbanding the Ballwin police force and contracting with St. Louis County police.  Everyone has been told this will not happen.  However, Mayor Douglass mentioned there would be more and more discussion about municipalities going together on various projects.  Captain Schicker mentioned Ballwin's new state of art the dispatching center. 

Attorney's Report: 

City Attorney, Patrick Butler, apprised the Board that he filed an appeal brief on behalf of the City and MoDOT should respond on or before January 7.  We have until January 21 to respond to their response.  One of the Alderpersons mentioned the expense involved in the whole ordeal and the attorney's fee appears higher than was first anticipated.  The question was then asked, "How come?"  Mr. Butler explained that the procedures involved in this suit require hands-on labor.  The good news is, he said, there is an end in sight. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

BILL NO. 0340 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE V: BUILDING CODES AND REGULATIONS, BY DELETING ARTICLE I. BUILDING CODE, AND ADDING A NEW ARTICLE I. BUILDING CODE. 

Mayor Douglass explained that we had it right regarding last month's question about Day care facility which shows the amending phrase, "to be deleted" from the 2003 International Building Code.  At that time, because it was unclear if it should or should not be deleted, a motion was made to delay passage of Bill No. 0340 until this month.  Alderperson Sittser made a motion to pass Bill No. 0340.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0340 the first time.  He mentioned the letter everyone received regarding Metro West discontinuing plan review and building permit approval.  Mayor Douglass said those inspections and further plan review would either be picked up by the Building Commissioner or by St. Louis County.  Alderperson Schultz had a question regarding Page 6 of the amending ordinance, which talks about protection of adjoining property when involved in a demolition.  After some discussion, Mayor Douglass said he would request an interpretation from the Building Commissioner.  Alderperson Mixson referred to Page 3 of the ordinance, regarding retaining walls.  He asked if a permit is required to replace an existing, dilapidated retaining wall; to which the response was affirmative.  The City Attorney explained the difference between "repair" and "replace".  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0340 the second time.  There was no further discussion.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results:  Yeas:  Meyer, Schiller, Schultz, Shea and Sittser. Nays:  Mixson.  Whereby Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0340 as having passed and is now Ordinance No. 07-01.  

NEW BUSINESS

BILL NO. 0346 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING MISSOURI AMERICAN WATER COMPANY TO INSTALL A FIRE HYDRANT ON SEVEN OAKS DRIVE IN FOREST HILLS CLUB ESTATES IN THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MISSOURI. 

Alderperson Schultz made a motion to introduce and pass Bill No. 0346.  Alderperson Schiller seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0346 the first time.  Alderperson Schultz said he met with the manager and president of Forest Hills Country Club and as far as the Trustees of Forest Hills are concerned, they agree 100%.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0346 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results:  Yeas:  Meyer, Mixson, Schiller, Schultz, Shea and Sittser.  Whereby Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0346 as having passed and is now Ordinance No. 07-02.   

Audit:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Shea to have invoices in the amount of $93,924.52 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Alderperson Sittser 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 Shea.  A roll call vote was taken with the following response:  Yeas:  Meyer, Mixson, Schiller, Schultz, Shea and Sittser.  Whereby Mayor Douglass declared unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Alderperson Schultz made a motion for the Regular Meeting of the Board of Aldermen meeting to adjourn.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. The meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

   
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Scott Douglass, Mayor

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ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk

 
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