Minutes of January 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), January 4, 2011.
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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

  

 

Ward 2

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

Alderperson Lin Midyett Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 
 

Mayor Douglass explained that Alderperson Schiller's absence was due to the passing of her father who lived to be 101.  She and her family traveled to Nebraska for the funeral.  Everyone commented on what a remarkable feat it was to reach that age and were saddened to hear the news.  A card would be mailed.

 

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

 

Jack Hauser who serves on the Board of Adjustment and is a resident of the Kehrs Mill Trails subdivision spoke regarding two issues.  The hill and slight curve on Kehrs Mill Road across from the high school continues to ice after any rain during colder weather.  Mayor Douglass said he would discuss this in his report.

 

Mr. Hauser then addressed Mayor Douglass by stating; per your request for comments in the Living Newsmagazine regarding back door pick up, his thoughts that it is very important to the people living in Kehrs Mill Trails.  He further stated that he conducted a personal tour of his subdivision and found that of the 102 houses, 68 of them have long, steep driveway.  His driveway alone is 110' long with a 30į pitch.  He concluded by stating the Trails subdivision has different priorities than any of the other Clarkson Valley subdivisions and as the homeowners get older, it gets harder.  He invited the Alderpersons to drive the streets in Kehrs Mill Trails to see for themselves.

 

REPORTS

 

St. Louis County Police Report:  Officer Thom Taylor of the St. Louis County Police handed out the December Police Report.  Alderperson Meyer commented on Officer Taylor's recent capture of five men all in their mid-twenties responsible for burglaries and car break-in's in the Chesterfield, Ballwin and Ellisville area.  With their arrest, police were also able to charge two individuals for accepting stolen property and a few more involved in the drug aspect of this group.  Everyone gave kudos to Officer Taylor who explained that ticket numbers could be down this month due to the neighboring cities being hit by these thefts, he and the other two shifts spent the majority of their time patrolling the streets of our city. 

 

Mayorís Report

 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of December 2010 was $25,538.50.

 

Midwest Music's Temporary Sign is Deemed in Contempt of the Law:  Mayor Douglass explained the numerous letters and phone calls made to the owner and president of Midwest Music, Jerry Richards.  Originally Mr. Roberts appeared twice before the Planning and Zoning Commission to discuss making application for permanent signage at the City's request.  After several hearings, Mr. Roberts was granted, per Ordinance 09-13 to allow the temporary sign in the same location until February 1, 2010.  Because neither St. John's signage nor the electric signal at Clayton Road which is just east of Robert's property were installed by February 1, the Board granted additional time to Mr. Roberts.  All together, three letters were mailed to Midwest Music along with two phone calls.  Mayor Douglass informed everyone that a summons was issued for a court appearance.

 

Possible Annexation:  Mayor Douglass explained a meeting he had with the City Administrator of Ballwin to discuss the possibility of "squaring off city lines" by annexing the portion of Clarkson Road currently located in unincorporated St. Louis County.  There is also a house that sits back on Clarkson Road between Kettington Road in the Westhampton Subdivision and Wetherburn Road in the City of Ballwin that is involved.

 

Kehrs Mill Road - Icing Issue:  Mayor Douglass reported he spoke with three individuals with the St. Louis County Highway Department and they recognized that the ice that forms on Kehrs Mill Road from drainage and continues to be an issue even after the reconstruction is due to design problems.  He said they have earmarked this area for additional salting during ice conditions.  Alderperson Meyer reported he witnessed a surveyor in that location taking measurements last week. 

 

Continuing Budget Restraints:  Mayor Douglass reported that he, Alderperson Meyer and the City Clerk met briefly this afternoon to review the budget.  He proceeded to talk about the sales tax revenue which is up 2% this month.  He said that after charting our revenue for the past three years, he found we received 52% of the total sales revenues during the first 6 months of these fiscal years.  If everything goes according to that theory, we could reach our budgeted amount. 

 

Looking forward to future years, areas in City Hall that have been put off due to these budget restraints will need to be addressed.  These include items like the copier and the need to codify.  He mentioned also the police and trash might not hold to the 2-3% raises we've received in the past few years and the fear these increases might be higher.  He said if the City went to curbside trash that would save $3 per house per month and asked if the Board Members think itís a good idea to hold a Town Hall meeting in March?  After some discussion it was decided that Board Members should hold a meeting first to have a good understanding of all the facts.  Dates were discussed.

 

Alderpersons' Reports

 

Fear of Losing Tree Line Due to Tree Trimmers:  Alderperson Shea stated she spoke with the Kingspointe Trustees and is concerned that Kehrs Mill Road will be losing trees this year because of all the tree trimmers.  She asked the City Attorney, Patrick Butler, about trees on the right-of-way. 

 

Broken Sidewalk in Kingspointe:  Alderperson Shea explained a sidewalk in her subdivision west of the Kingspointe entrance that goes up the hill, all on private property.  It was built by the subdivision and is deteriorating.  Mayor Douglass said he had the gentleman's name with St. Louis County Highways Department that might be able to assist them.

 

Lawn Jobs in Forest Hills:  Alderperson Schultz reported there were several lawn jobs in the Forest Hills subdivision; three of the lawns were damaged.  He said he did not report it to the police, however, NPO Taylor said he was aware.

 

Attorney's Report

 

City Attorney, Patrick Butler, reported the attorneys are still fighting the Lateral Sewer Lawsuit.  He asked Mayor Douglass if he received the e-mail he sent which stated that all attorneys are attending a five-hour meeting for a briefing on the lawsuit.  He stated in his e-mail he does not feel it would be necessary to attend unless Mayor Douglass and the City wanted him to.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

There was no unfinished Business.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

There was no unfinished Business.

 

Audit:  Alderperson Shea made a motion to approve the audit, seconded by Alderperson Midyett to have invoices in the amount of $70,161.67 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 Meyer.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:05.

 

 

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Scott Douglass, Mayor

 

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