City of Clarkson Valley

Minutes of June 2009 Meeting
Board of Aldermen

Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), June 2, 2009.

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. A roll call was taken with the following results:




 Mayor Scott Douglass



  Ward 1 Alderperson Susan Shea
  Ward 1 Alderperson Jim Meyer

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2


Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3


Alderperson Barbara Hethcote Ward 3 

Also in Attendance: 

       City Attorney:          Patrick Butler

      City Clerk:              Michele McMahon  

Alderperson Schultz made a motion to accept the Minutes.  Alderperson Schiller seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 


Officer Thom Taylor introduced the new Chief of St. Louis County Police, Tim Fitch.


Mayor Scott Douglass introduced Michelle De Vera, saying it’s not often we get esteemed guests and tonight we have two, plus we get to interface with Lt. Berra, Captain Coreless and Sgt. Burk.  Michelle spoke for a few minutes about her role as a Homecoming Queen and the trip to Disneyworld she won in the pageant.  Her immediate intent is to attend college at St. Louis University. 

Mayor Douglass told those present that regarding our Neighborhood Patrol Officer, Thom Taylor, we feel like he is “ours”.  He thanked Officer Taylor for all he does for the city.  Then he congratulated Chief Fitch, who made a short speech. 

The President of Westhampton Subdivisions Homeowners Association, Terry Knox, spoke about a survey he conducted of 95 homes.  He received a response from 49 of those surveys mailed, all 49 of which did not want to see yard waste pick up eliminated.  Thirty percent said it would be all right to eliminate back door pickup.  Nineteen percent did not want to give up back door service.  The Board thanked him for taking the time and initiative to conduct this study. 


St. Louis County Police Report:  Officer Thom Taylor of the St. Louis County Police handed out the June Police Report.   

Mayor’s Report

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of June 2009 was $13,783.50.   

Collection Agency for Non-Payment of Court Fines:  Mayor Douglass reported the City is looking into collection agencies.  Richmond Heights currently uses a collection agency, however the person knowledgeable about it is on vacation.  Ellisville is going to begin using an agency within a few months.  He concluded by saying as soon as we learn something, we will let you know. 

Social Hosting Ordinance:  Mayor Douglass reported that Officer Taylor looked at our ordinance versus Wildwood’s ordinance and that we might need to revisit ours.   

Demolition Exercise:  Mayor Douglass mentioned there is a house in Forest Club Estates that will be demolished sometime this year.  He stated that in 2005, there was a house in Kehrs Mill Trails that was going to be razed and before demolition took place, the County Police and Monarch Fire Department utilized it as a training site.  Officer Taylor is investigating the possibility of doing the same.  The residents on Jennycliffe Lane and those behind would be notified.  If this upsets no one, we might be asked to approve it at a later date.  Alderperson Hethcote said this also occurred in Westhampton Subdivision in the spring of 2008 and she would advise that residents be warned.  Apparently in 2008, no one was aware. 

“New Look” on St. Louis County Police Vehicles:  Lt. Berra sent a memo to Mayor Douglass, which was included in everyone’s packet tonight.  Mayor Douglass said this is a new logo and when vehicles are phased in or out, the St. Louis County Police will absorb the cost to have the new markings affixed.  The other option is whenever the city has extra money, we could pay $324 to have the old logo removed and the new graphic installed. 

Police Car Printers For E-Tickets:  Mayor Douglas stated that another avenue to pursue whenever the city has extra money is to purchase a printer for the police car computer.  In this way the officers can write tickets that not only print on the spot, but the information go directly into the Rejis system.   

Clarkson Valley Living:  Mayor Douglass informed those present that our newsmagazine changed its name from the Chronicle to Living.  There is a social committee established by the editor, Aaron Golchert, and they are slated to have their first meeting on Tuesday, August 29. 

Clarkson Valley E-Mail Address:  The Aldermen were asked to make a request of the City Clerk if interested in having a Clarkson Valley E-Mail Address. 

Alderpersons' Reports 

Love ‘Em Or Lose ‘Em:  Alderperson Hethcote told Mayor Douglass that for the leadership development seminars, she will have us choose five topics from the book entitled Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em, which is an easy-to-implement, inexpensive, research-based strategy you can use to keep employees engaged and on your team.  Scott Douglass will follow along and Officer Taylor will join in and buy his own book. 

Survey In Westhampton On Trash Needs:  Alderperson Hethcote thanked Terry Knox for getting the information to us so quickly. 

Preliminary Plans Received For 18 Jennycliffe Lane Teardown:  Alderperson Schultz said he received the preliminary elevations of the new house.  He stated the new house would keep in tone with the rest of the neighborhood.   


There was no unfinished business.   


Budget:  Mayor Douglass stated that he hoped everyone had an opportunity to look over the figures.  He said there might be a change to the Auditor’s cost, which was originally contracted for a three-year period – the cost for this year was supposed to be $8,300.  When he called Warren Fine, he was told it would be between $8,000 and $8,100.  Bank fees were inadvertently left in the drafted budget and have now been removed.  He concluded by saying now that the contracts for police and sanitation were lowered, we are within striking distance of a balanced budged.   

A motion was made by Alderperson Schiller and seconded by Alderperson Schultz to pass the 2009-2010 Budget with a contingency that at such time when the Revenues allow, the following is purchased:  printers and decals for the police cars and the ordinances codified.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   


A motion was made by Alderperson Schiller to pass Bill No. 0391.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0391 the first time.  There was no discussion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0391 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results.  Ayes:  Hethcote, Schiller, Schultz and Sittser.  There were no nays.  It was declared Bill No.0391 passed and is now Ordinance No. 09-08. 

Audit:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to approve the audit (amount amended), seconded by Alderperson Schultz to have invoices in the amount of $79,857.01 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 at 8:20.  Alderperson Hethcote 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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