Minutes of January 2012 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 3, 2012.
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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

Alderperson Lin Midyett Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 
 
 

Alderperson Schultz made a motion to amend the agenda by making the MSD Resolution the first order of business under Unfinished Business.  Alderperson Schiller seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken to accept the motion with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Alderperson Schiller made a motion to accept the November 2011 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 

Jeff Theerman, Executive Director, Metropolitan Sewer District spoke of the 2007 EPA lawsuit whereby MSD was found to be in violation of the Clean Water Act.  He explained that the Municipal League has looked into the settlement and disagrees with the future requirements of the ruling and has requested cities in this metropolitan district to consider signing a Resolution to exercise discretion and postpone the pending consent decree and rate increases.  Mr. Theerman explained MSD's opinion that it is highly unlikely that anything can or would be changed.  The Board Members thanked him for taking the time to explain this. 

Jim Babb, a resident of Kehrs Mill Estates West Subdivision, spoke of solar energy renewable energy credits and handed the Board Members a flowchart showing the amounts he could have potentially saved and earned over the last twelve-month period of time.  He then asked if the Board would consider waiving his fee for a public hearing due to loss of revenue. 

Holly Mathis, a resident of Kehrs Mill Estates East Subdivision, spoke of the benefits of solar energy. 

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 2011 was $16,613.67.   

St. Louis County Government Offices, West Division:  Mayor Douglass explained to those present that the City received notification from St. Louis County it was closing its West Division Offices, which prompted the necessity to find a new court location.  Court will be held at the Daniel Boone Library on Clarkson Road for the month of January.  After that time, it will be held in the Fru-Con Office Building (now known as the Clarkson Executive Center) third-floor Presentation Room.  Fru-Con mandates an additional police officer be present and St. Louis County Police agreed to help in that respect.  The County has subsequently rescinded its decision to close the West Division but all changes for our court's new location are in place. 

Solar Panel Viewing Excursion and Other Related Matters:  Mayor Douglass said that after last month's work session on solar energy systems, he called Mr. Dane Glueck, President of Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association, to obtain a list of homes with solar panels in order for the Board Members to take a look at them.  He also spoke with Monarch Fire Protection District's fire marshal, who said they have no plans to change to the 2012 code any time soon.  Mayor Douglass also spoke to the fire marshal about the 3' clearance as was requested by Mr. Babb and stated all bases were covered that were requested of the City, especially regarding fire safety.  He informed those present the City of Frontenac had a request for solar energy system which was turned down initially because they did not have an ordinance.  Now they've passed their ordinance and the petitioner has re-filed his application.  Mayor Douglass concluded that per Mr. and Mrs. Babb's request, the Board looked at the doctor's house in Town & Country along with five other locations.   

Point-of-Sale "A" City - "B" Pool City:  Mayor Douglass stated the committees for the "A" Cities and "B" Cities made their proposals and at this point, nothing is certain.   

Budget - Revenue/Expense Report:  Mayor Douglass stated the $15,000 excess on the sanitation budgeted amount of the report is from a check the city received last month from Meridian paying back the difference between 905 homes and the 918 homes it had been charging.  To eliminate this from occurring in the future, the city will conduct semi-annual audits of the number of houses located in each subdivision from the trustees. 

Alderpersons' Reports

 Kehrs Mill Road Runoff Remedy?  Alderperson Shea asked if the construction happening on Kehrs Mill Road is being conducted by St. Louis County Highway Department to fix the water runoff problem?  Everyone was uncertain but one possibility mentioned would be the MSD Valley Project.  Mayor Douglass said he would make phone calls to find the answer. 

Road Construction at Wild Horse Creek Road and Long Road:  Alderperson Meyer stated that land at the opposite end of Kehrs Mill Road has been cleared for construction.  Hopefully when the intersection is redesigned, it will not increase traffic on Kehrs Mill Road. 

Trees in Buffer Area:  Alderperson Schultz said he has been contacted by two residents living on Fox Chapel and after looking into their request, he has vowed to assist them in their attempts to have Mercy replant the buffer area where trees were lost in past storms.  Everyone agreed that Mercy promised during public hearings to maintain that area.   

City Attorney's Report 

There was no report.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

Resolution Regarding the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) Pending Consent Decree and Rate Increases:  The Resolution died for lack of a motion. 

BILL NO. 0430 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, REGARDING SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS IN TITLE V: BUILDING CODES AND REGULATIONS, BY AMENDING ARTICLE I. BUILDING CODE, SECTION 500.020 CHAPTER 23 OF THE 2009 INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTIAL CODE OF ONE-FAMILY DWELLINGS BY ADOPTING A NEW SECTION M2300 SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Schultz to discuss and pass Bill No. 0430.  Alderperson Midyett seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0430 for the first time.  Mayor Douglass explained this Bill basically mirrors what other cities have done and follows the fire regulations for safety.  There were no questions or comments.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0430 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Meyer, Midyett, Schiller, Schultz, Shea and Sittser.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0430 as having passed and is now considered Ordinance No. 12-01.   

BILL NO. 0429 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, REGARDING RETAINING WALLS, CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS AND BASEMENT EGRESS IN TITLE V: BUILDING CODES AND REGULATIONS, BY AMENDING ARTICLE I. BUILDING CODE, SECTION 500.020 AMENDMENTS

A motion was made by Alderperson Midyett to discuss and pass that portion of Bill No. 0429 relating to retaining walls.  Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0429 for the first time stating this first vote regards the portions pertaining to retaining walls.  There were no questions or comments.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0429 relating to retaining walls the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Meyer, Midyett, Schiller, Schultz, Shea and Sittser.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared the portions contained within Bill No. 0429 regarding retaining walls as having passed  

BILL NO. 0429 - Relating to Carbon Monoxide Alarms:  A motion was made by Alderperson Meyer to discuss and pass Bill No. 0429 relating to carbon monoxide alarms.  Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0429 stating this second vote regards the portions pertaining to carbon monoxide alarms.  There were no questions or comments.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Meyer, Midyett, Schiller, Schultz, Shea and Sittser.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared the portions contained within Bill No. 0429 regarding carbon monoxide alarms as having passed.   

NEW BUSINESS 

BILL NO. 0429 - Relating to Basement Egress:   A motion was made by Alderperson Schultz to discuss and pass Bill No. 0429 relating to basement egress.  Alderperson Meyer seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0429 stating this third vote regards the portions pertaining to basement egress.  There were no questions or comments.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Meyer, Midyett, Schiller, Schultz, Shea and Sittser.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0429 regarding basement egress as having passed.  Having passed all three items, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0429 as having passed and is now considered Ordinance No. 12-02.   

BILL NO. 0431 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE IV: ZONING REGULATIONS, ARTICLE IV. SPECIAL USE REGULATIONS; PARAGRAPH B, BY ADDING A NEW SUB-PARAGRAPH 15. 

            A motion was made by Alderperson Schultz to discuss and pass Bill No. 0431.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0431 for the first time.  There were no questions or comments.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0431 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Meyer, Midyett, Schiller, Schultz, Shea and Sittser.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0431 as having passed and is now considered Ordinance No. 12-03.   

BILL NO. 0432 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MISSOURI, FOR RENDITION OF POLICE SERVICES AND AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE MAYOR AND THE CITY CLERK TO EXECUTE SAME ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Shea to discuss and pass Bill No. 0432.  Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0432 for the first time.  There were no questions or comments.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0432 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Meyer, Midyett, Schiller, Schultz, Shea and Sittser.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0432 as having passed and is now considered Ordinance No. 12-04.   

Health Insurance:  Mayor Douglass spoke of the budgeted amount for health insurance and how the quote was inline with that along with the savings realized from the MoPERM liability insurance this year.  A motion was made to accept the bid from Anthem for the two employees, seconded by Alderperson Shea.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Meyer, Midyett, Schiller, Schultz, Shea and Sittser.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared the motion as having passed. 

Audit:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to approve for payment invoices in the amount of $60,487.05, seconded by Alderperson Midyett.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

Alderperson Meyer 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.  The Meeting of the Board of Aldermen adjourned at 8:30 p.m. 

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Scott Douglass, Mayor

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ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk

 

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