Minutes of January 2010 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 5, 2010.
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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 Susan Shea 

Ward 1

 

Alderperson Jim Meyer

Ward 1

 

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

Vacant Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

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 AND COMPLAINTS

There were no remarks, petitions or complaints. 

REPORTS

St. Louis County Police Report:  Officer Thom Taylor of the St. Louis County Police 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 2009 was $11,845.50.

Updates On Pending Court Cases:  Mayor Douglass gave an update on the pending court cases of the resident with mailbox and the Dunhill resident. 

Employee Insurance:  Mayor Douglass reported that health insurance is on this evening’s agenda for the city’s two full-time employees and stated there is room in the current budget for this 5% increase.  He also explained that both dental insurance and the city’s liability insurance (MoPERM) are down from the budgeted amount and from last year’s amount – saving $1,000. 

St. John’s Construction Update:  Mayor Douglass said the construction should be complete in late September or early October and there will be a big grand opening.  We will let the residents know about this by printing a few articles in our Living Magazine.

Deer Harvest:  Mayor Douglass said the bow-hunting season ends January 15.  The tallies so far this year are low. 

Alderpersons' Reports

Mobile Ticketing and Court Procedures:  Alderperson Meyer spoke about mobile ticketing saying he was able to speak with representatives of Hazelwood.  They currently use mobile ticketing and have had great success.  They also had a seamless integration with the two systems with Rejis.  He further stated he attended court and it appears to be running more transparent and open.  Mayor Douglass also had suggestions for court and spoke with Officer Taylor about it. 

“Crown Vetch” – Weed Ordinance:  Alderperson Schiller stated that the United States Department of Agriculture does not list crown vetch as a noxious weed.  Crown vetch is an invasive plant.  The code needs to be amended to reflect this.

Attorney’s Report

Patrick Butler spoke about the Board of Adjustment.  Discussion ensued about citizens’ ability to make phone calls to the City Attorney.  Through discussion, it was decided that nothing should change. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

There was no unfinished business. 

NEW BUSINESS

BILL NO. 0404 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN CHAPTER 225: SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT, SECTION 225.030: COLLECTION BY DELETING PARAGRAPH E AND ADDING A NEW PARAGRAPH E, AND BY DELETING PARAGRAPH I. AND ADDING A NEW PARAGRAPH I.

A motion was made by Alderperson Schiller to discuss and pass Bill No. 0404.  Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0404 for the first time and explained the reason for the changes.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0404 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Meyer, Schiller, Schultz, Shea, and Sittser.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0404 as having passed and is now considered Ordinance No. 10-01. 

Employee Insurance:  Mayor Douglass referred the Board Members to the second page of the handout and said that a 5% increase for health insurance wasn’t too bad.  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to approve the recommendation for Anthem Health Insurance for the city’s two employees.  Alderperson Meyer seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

BILL NO. 0405 – AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MISSOURI FOR COLLECTION OF MUNICIPAL NUISANCE FEES. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Schultz to discuss and pass Bill No. 0405.  Alderperson Meyer seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0405 for the first time and reminded everyone of the weed ordinance that was recently passed.  He explained that by contracting with St. Louis County, they could collect for nuisance fees the same way as collecting taxes.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0405 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Meyer, Schiller, Schultz, Shea, and Sittser.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0405 as having passed and is now considered Ordinance No. 10-02. 

BILL NO. 0406 – AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CITY CLERK OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI ON BEHALF OF THE CITY, TO ENTER AN AGREEMENT WITH ST. LOUIS COUNTY TO SUBLEASE COURT ROOM SPACE FOR THE MUNICIPALITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY.

A motion was made by Alderperson Meyer to discuss and pass Bill No. 0406.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0406 for the first time.  City Attorney, Patrick Butler said this approval gives the ability to discuss the contract and will allow Mayor Douglass to bring it back after it has been discussed.  Mayor Douglass also brought up the possibility of holding court in the Fru-Con building.  He read Bill No. 0406 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Meyer, Schiller, Schultz, Shea, and Sittser.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0406 as having passed and is now considered Ordinance No. 10-03. 

Audit:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to approve the audit, seconded by Alderperson Shea to have invoices in the amount of $69,973.15 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

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

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Scott Douglass, Mayor

 

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