|City of Clarkson Valley
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. A roll call was taken with the following results:
|Mayor Scott Douglass|
|Alderperson Susan Shea||Ward 1|
|Alderperson Jim Sharp||Ward 1|
|Alderperson Honora Schiller||Ward 2|
|Alderperson Wendell Sittser||Ward 2|
|Alderperson Mary Ann Gatto||Ward 3|
|Alderperson Melinda Twichell||Ward 3|
Also in Attendance:
City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon
A motion was
made by Alderperson Gatto to accept the Minutes, seconded by Alderperson
Twichell. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and
the motion was declared passed.
requested that the Board Members consider moving the Unfinished Business agenda
item Sound Wall Discussion to follow Remarks, Petitions, and Complaints.
Upon hearing no objection the Meeting proceeded.
REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS:
approximately thirty-five residents and visitors attending this meeting.
Most were interested in discussing the Sound Wall issue. Mayor Douglass
set the stage by giving a brief history of the Sound Wall as it affects the
City. He stated that MoDOT cancelled a meeting that he and the Board
Members were to attend explaining that MoDOT considers the sound wall
non-negotiable. The reason being that in 1995, the State of Missouri
adopted a plan developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal
Highway Administration, Office of Environment and Planning Noise and Air Quality
Branch and for the last few years, MoDOT has attempted to be within compliance
of the policy, which is entitled Highway Traffic Noise Analysis and Abatement
- Policy and Guidance.
directed attention to the map (attached) supplied by MoDOT. He explained
that the ceiling on how much money the State can spend per household is $30,000.
The State funds 80% of the project and the Federal Government funds 20%.
Any amount over that limit is billed to the City. If there are twenty-two
(22) households affected, the ceiling is $660,000. He concluded by saying
the City is in a position to do one of three things: we can do nothing; we
can take a position; or we can wait until MoDOT gives us more information.
speaker introduced was Gloria Ventura, a Rockwood School Board Member for over
six years who is running for State Representative of the 84th District.
She concluded by saying she would like to go to Jefferson City to serve our
called next were neighboring residents of the cities of Ballwin and
Chesterfield. They all were against the sound wall. Common themes
were: traffic reduction would reduce the decibel level; sound walls will
not allow the character of Clarkson Valley to show through (of note: the white
picket fence); and property devaluation. Mrs. Barbara Nauert of Clarkson
Woods South Subdivision spoke, saying she is concerned that if MoDOT builds the
sound wall, they may still have plans to increase Clarkson Road to seven lanes.
The next group
of people speaking represented the City of Clarkson Valley. The common
themes being: the City should enforce the 40 mile per hour speed limit;
reduce the limit to 35 and enforce it; install center lane planters. Jim
Kohoutek received a round of applause when he spoke saying Clarkson Valley is a
desirable bedroom community that does not like fences, flagpoles or high school
signage for appearance sake, and implored the Board to vote on a resolution
opposing the sound wall. Mr. Walter DeGrendele, likewise received a round
of applause when he read a list of ten items he requested the Board to consider.
Captain Bobbie Saulters answered several questions posed by the residents:
the average speed on Clarkson Road is 46 mph; of the seventy-two accidents
that took place last year on Clarkson Road, the third-most-occurring cause
for accidents was speeding (the first: center lane abuse; and the second:
following too close); an average of 41,470 vehicles traverse Clarkson Road
on a daily basis; sound walls likely cause drivers to perceive their speed
is higher than what is true; a stoplight on Clarkson Road, between Kehrs
Mill and Clayton Roads would be expensive and would require approval from
the State (and as non-resident, Laurie Zafiropolous stated, would actually
increase the noise level because of deceleration/acceleration).
Captain Saulters stated that she would direct an Officer to place the radar
trailer on Clarkson Road this week.
follow-up questions were heard and discussed. From that the following was
learned: the berm on Clarkson Road was there before the road was widened;
the four owners behind the berm negotiated a portion of their buy-out money to
make the berm deeper and obtain additional planting; several of the other homes
negotiated a portion of their buy-out money for plantings (i.e., blue spruces);
the berm cannot be expanded to the north because the back yards are too shallow;
if a Town Hall Meeting were to be held, MoDOT most-likely would not send a
representative; because MoDOT will not attend, the possibility of asking an
engineer to attend was discussed to help knowledgably field questions; no one
could confirm this, but most everyone has heard the same story - the six feet
(6’) tall fence at Bent Tree subdivision was built because the subdivision
sued MoDOT and was awarded money for the fence.
Mayor Douglass concluded this portion of the Meeting.
Twichell made a motion that the Board of Aldermen take a position opposing the
sound wall. Alderperson Sharp seconded the motion. Discussion ensued
and it was determined that the City would hold a Town Hall Meeting to be held
Tuesday, July 30; the Newsletter (proposed to be mailed within a week) would
contain a brief survey on the sound wall; and a committee was formed consisting
of Mayor Douglass, Honora Schiller, Melinda Twichell and Patrick Butler (who was
directed to review the City’s legal alternatives) to develop strategies.
A voice vote taken on the motion to oppose the sound wall with five ayes and one
nay and the motion was declared passed. Mayor Douglass called for a brief
Mayor's Report: Mayor Douglass reported on the following:
Court Report: The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of June 2002 was $12,744.36.
Budget: He reported that he worked on the budget along with Alderperson Sharp and it will be discussed later.
CitiMortgage Run-off Problem: Mayor Douglass reported that because the City just received the hydrologist’s report, he did not have ample time to review the contents. Alderperson Gatto did, however, read the summary report and stated that it appeared to be damning to CitiMortgage.
Airport Noise: Alderperson Schiller reported that Spirit of St.
Louis Airport began the process of preparing a Federal Aviation Regulation
(FAR) Part 150 Noise and Land Use Compatibility Study to provide the
necessary information for the airport and the surrounding communities as
they plan for the future. She explained that as part of this study, a
Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), is being formed and that she has
volunteered to represent the City. The CAC is also asking that a
resident of the City serve on the committee. Alderperson Schiller
directed everyone’s attention to the biography on Dianne Shapiro in the
back of their packets and made a motion to appoint Mrs. Shapiro to the
committee. Alderperson Shea seconded the motion. A voice vote
was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared
Alderperson Shea briefed those present that she received four calls during the
past week complaining about the size of the deer population. She reported
that she, along with Greg Bogosian and Cathy Fraser, held their first committee
meeting on Tuesday, June 25. A representative from Missouri Department of
Conservation, Daryl Damron, also attended. Pictures were passed around to
show the extent of damage at one household whereby rose bushes were now sticks
and hostas and shrubs were nibbled to the ground by deer. Alderperson Shea
said that the residents experiencing the worst problems had no recourse.
She said that Missouri Department of Conservation issues permits to trap or
hunt, but it would first be necessary for our ordinances to change.
Discussion ensued about liability to which City Attorney, Patrick Butler, said
that the City will not be issuing the permits, hence no liability would befall
the City. Alderperson Shea made a motion to include a survey in the
Newsletter to find how widespread the problem of deer over-population is in the
City. Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion. A voice vote was
taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.
Everyone agreed that this is a very emotional issue.
Alderperson Gatto explained that she continues to work on the Code, changing the
format to more of a user-friendly environment. She has completed
approximately thirty of the forty-five chapters and expects to finish soon.
She also updates the pages as soon as changes occur. Everyone thanked her
for her hard work.
Alderperson Gatto reported that David Clerk cleaned and weeded the berm the day
before the Meeting. She also reported that she had an opportunity during
the previous week to look at the plantings under the Clarkson Road Welcome Signs
and described that one sign's plantings requires a bag or two of mulch and both
require minimal weeding. She said she also received a report of vines
growing on the arborvitae along with weeds and debris located behind the
concrete barrier. After discussion it was suggested that the City do
nothing because it is the responsibility of the property owners.
Alderperson Gatto said she would get a Newsletter out as soon as possible.
The Newsletter would include news of the Town Hall Meeting slated for Tuesday,
July 30. It would include a survey on the sound wall and a survey on the
Phase II Storm Water Planning Committee: Alderperson Sittser reported that he attended the Committee meeting along with Mayor Douglass during the previous month and he was happy to report that after this, being the sixth or seventh meeting of the Planning Committee, they hit a breakthrough. The Committee is in the process of submitting a proposal to St. Louis County, and if St. Louis County approves, it will be submitted to the State.
Patrick Butler, stated that he worked this month on the Dean's case, which took
up the first two weeks of the month, and the rest of the month was taken up with
the sound wall. Alderperson Gatto requested that Patrick submit a summary
each month, to which he agreed.
BILL NO. 0243
- AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY,
MISSOURI, IN TITLE IV: LAND USE, BY DELETING THE CURRENT DEFINITION IN SECTION
405.040 HOME OCCUPATION, AND ADDING A NEW DEFINITION IN SECTION 405.040 HOME
A motion was
made by Alderperson Gatto to introduce and pass Bill No. 0243. Alderperson
Sharp seconded the motion. Mayor Douglass read the Bill for the first
time. He reminded everyone that this Bill was discussed at the previous
Board Meeting and at that time it was determined to incorporate three additional
regulations from the City of Chesterfield's Home Occupation Policy and Procedure
Sheet. Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0243 the second time. A roll
call vote was taken with the following results: Ayes: Gatto,
Schiller, Sharp, Shea, Sittser and Twichell. Whereupon Mayor Douglass
declared Bill No. 0243 passed and is now Ordinance No. 02-08.
Budget 2002-2003: Alderperson Sharp reported that he and Mayor Douglass worked on the budget this past month. He said the packet also includes a list containing actual revenue and expenditures for the last seven years. He explained the most notable and significant differences between the budget from this year and last is Interest Income, which is projected to be short by $29,000.00. He also noted the committee was conservative regarding traffic fines. Over all, the budget is projected to show a shortfall of $45,000.00 in revenue over that of last year's budget.
expenditures, we are projecting a $55,000.00 increase in expenditures over that
of last year's.
Gatto asked why a projected $6,000.00 decrease from last year's $10,000.00 was
showing in the Beautification account. Alderperson Sharp responded that
given the shortfall of expenses over revenue, a decrease was taken in several
accounts. He added, since there is no project being discussed it would be
difficult to project any further than maintaining the berm. He also
mentioned that the budget could be amended at a later time if a Beautification
project were proposed.
explained the Sewer Lateral Repair Tax by saying that both Revenue and
Expenditures are listed in a Special Revenue Fund. It is projected that
the City will receive $2,000.00 more than it spends in this account.
Sharp made a motion to adopt the 2002/2003 Budget. Alderperson Shea
seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative
result and the motion was declared passed.
A motion was made by Alderperson Sharp, seconded by Alderperson Schiller to
include both surveys (Sound Wall and Deer Issue) previously mentioned in the
next newsletter. Mayor Douglass affirmed that nothing would be sent until
the Aldermen have an opportunity for review.
Mayor Douglass reminded those present that the audit had been approved via
electronic response during the first week of July.
Sittser made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Schiller. A
voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was
declared passed. The meeting adjourned at 10:30 p.m.
Scott Douglass, Mayor
ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk
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