Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), January 6, 2009.
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. A
roll call was taken with the following results:
|Alderperson Susan Shea||
|Alderperson Jim Meyer||Ward 1|
|Alderperson Wendell Sittser||Ward
Alderperson Scott Schultz
Also in Attendance:
City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon
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.
PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS
were no remarks, petitions or complaints.
Louis County Police Report: Officer
Thom Taylor of the St. Louis County Police handed out the December Police
Report. Alderperson Schultz
mentioned there appear to be more accidents listed on the police reports at the
two intersections of Forest Club Drive and Clarkson Road.
Officer Taylor explained the accidents were more from inattention and
vehicles bumping into the next one when traffic backs-up, opposed to residents
attempting to pull out onto Clarkson Road.
Officer Taylor stated he sent e-mails to the city’s subdivision
trustees asking them to report lawn jobs as soon as they are discovered.
Alderperson Meyer requested that Captain Coreless add Clarkson Valley to
the short-list of cities requesting the Highway Safety Unit to conduct a DWI
Coalition for Roadway Safety: Officer
Taylor reminded the Board Members that last month’s meeting contained a topic
of conversation about the Missouri Safety Council asking the City to consider
supporting a change to the current secondary safety belt law and to advocate PSB,
Primary Safety Belt. At that time,
he said, the discussion was tabled because it was not known who could be pulled
over if found not to have on their seat belt.
He researched the Bill and said the way it is written, it would affect
the driver and any front seat passenger. Mayor
Douglass stated the Board could bring this up at a later time, if they so
The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the
month of December 2008 was $12,978.00.
Signal and Other Issues at Kehrs Mill Road/Clarkson Road Intersection:
Mayor Douglass spoke of a meeting held last week in our attempt to
alleviate the traffic backups at the intersection across from the high school.
At this time, he said, it appears the morning traffic allows ten or more
cars to go through the green light and MoDOT is working on the afternoon/early
evening backup problem. It looks
like we’ve made progress, but it’s going to be April or May before they
finish. We will keep monitoring the
& Zoning Hearing: Mayor
Douglass said John King contacted us regarding the St. John’s Medical Building
project. It will be necessary to
make a change to the PC code to allow patients to spend the night at a newly
proposed sleep disorder clinic. Mayor
Douglass also stated that Donald Toone requested a hearing to change the
property on Kehrs Mill Road from one lot to two – although he has not formally
applied. The Mayor said he’s been
advised that Mr. Toone has been telling people he approves of his plan, which he
has never stated.
Mayor Douglass said that he and Jim Meyer, President of the Board of
Aldermen, would meet this month to take a look at the first half of the year and
review the budget. This is the
first time in a long time where the revenue exceeds our projected budgeted
Mayor Douglass stated the City heard from a resident whose UPS packages
were left at the garage door next to the trash cans and apparently were picked
up by the trash man. You may want to warn your neighbors to have an understanding
with UPS where they should or should not leave packages should you be away from
home when they attempt to deliver.
Fiscal Year Change:
Mayor Douglass explained the City’s trash and police contract come due
at different times of the year and in order to work with all entities in an
easier fashion, it might be time to consider changing our fiscal year of June
30th-July 1st to that of a calendar year, January through December.
He said he would research this to see if there are other ramifications.
to St. Louis County Police: Mayor
Douglass thanked St. Louis County Police for the good job they do for our city
and informed Captain Coreless he was able to pass on a good word to a smaller
municipality who inquired about their performance.
Club Drive – North Entrance:
Alderperson Schultz stated the north entrance to Forest Club Drive would
be closed for three-to-four hours for repairs, but there would be three men
placed at the entrance to direct traffic.
Residents Calling About Kehrs Mill Road: Alderperson
Shea said she received numerous calls about the Kehrs Mill Road construction
project, stating there were near misses and the belief that ten cars were not
getting through the traffic light at 8:15 a.m. on school days.
She said there must have been 35 cars in the queue.
Job in Kingspointe:
Alderperson Shea reported that her neighbor was upset about the lawn job.
Missouri Coalition for Roadway
Alderperson Schiller stated she believes the Board could vote on the seat
belt issue. Mayor Douglass said it
would be added to next month’s agenda.
was no report.
Alderperson Schiller made a motion to renew the insurance with the
current carrier for the employee’s health insurance. Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.
was further discussion. A motion
was then made by Alderperson Shea, seconded by Alderperson Sittser to amend the
motion to state: “as long as it keeps within the budget”. A roll call vote was taken for the amended motion with the
following result: Ayes: Meyer, Shea
and Sittser. Nays:
Schiller and Schultz. Mayor
Douglass declared the amendment to the motion as having passed.
A roll call vote was then taken to approve the employee’s health
insurance as long as it keeps within the budget with the following result: Ayes: Meyer,
Schiller, Schultz, Shea and Sittser.
Filling Vacancy in Ward 3:
Mayor Douglass introduced Barbara Hethcote and asked if everyone had an
opportunity to read her biography. Alderperson
Meyer made a motion to approve Mayor Douglass’s appointment, to be made
effective February 1. Alderperson
Schultz seconded the motion. A
voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was
declared as having passed. Everyone
congratulated Mrs. Hethcote.
and Zoning Members:
Mayor Douglass reminded those present there are two vacancies that need
to be filled on the P&Z Commission. He
said to please call him with names of possible candidates.
Alderperson Shea made a motion to approve the audit as presented,
seconded by Alderperson Schultz to have invoices in the amount of $92,319.95
approved for payment. A voice vote
was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared
Alderperson Sittser 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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