Minutes of July 2015 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), July 7, 2015.
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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 Jim Meyer

Ward 1

 

 

Ward 1

Alderperson Dan King

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

 

Alderperson Amy Setnicka Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

Alderperson Lin Midyett Ward 3

Also in Attendance:


City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

Alderperson Schultz made a motion to accept the Minutes from the June 2nd meeting.  Alderperson Midyett 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 

Mrs. Frances Babb, a resident of the Kehrs Mill Estates Subdivision, requested the Board consider relaxing ordinances regarding setbacks, fences, retaining walls, garage sales, parking, above-ground pools and solar panels. 

REPORTS 

St. Louis County Police Report:  Officer Wehner gave the June 2015 Activity Report.  He also reported he is revisiting the Neighborhood Watch Program and meeting with good responses. 

Mayor’s Report 

Mayor Douglass reported on the following items: 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of June 2015 was $10,744.00.   

Negotiated Rates:  Mayor Douglass reported he was able to negotiate the rates down from 1-1/2% to a 1% increase for this fiscal year.  We were able to keep the same price for bulk goods.  We will be voting on that tonight.   

Budget Proposals:  Mayor Douglass informed the Board there were two Budgets in their packet.  He said he is recommending the Board consider passing the Budget showing $50,000 for snow removal reimbursement costs to the City’s subdivisions.   

Memorial for Sgt. Schuengel:  We’ve put together talking points regarding memorializing Sgt. Schuengel and the fact he died in Clarkson Valley.   

Alderpersons' Reports 

Newsletter Articles on the Reason the City has Passed Certain Ordinances:  Alderperson Setnicka suggested the City post articles in the Newsmagazine giving the logic and reason why the Board passed certain ordinances.  She said she would be willing to write a few articles herself. 

Forest Hills Club Estate Annual 4th of July Parade:  Alderperson Setnicka mentioned the parade was great (with Mayor Douglass in the Welsch’s vintage truck) and there was a large turnout.  She thanked Rachel Saffold for chairing the event again this year.  They gave 1st, 2nd and place awards for best decorated bicycle, golf car and dog.  Everyone that attended said it was a great event.   

Update on Nuisance Property:  Alderperson Midyett, who also serves in the capacity of President of the Westhampton Subdivision, reported they had an issue with a dead tree on a property whose owners were unwilling to have removed.  It eventually was referred to court and they still did not remove the tree and subsequently, a second tree died.  He was happy to report tonight, they recently sold the house and the new home owners had both dead trees removed. 

Westhampton Street Resurfacing:  Alderperson Midyett reported his streets were recently resurfaced and they look good. 

City Attorney's Report 

The City Attorney was unable to attend this evening’s meeting. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

Request to Table Agenda Item:  Alderperson Meyer made a motion to table tonight’s discussion on the driveway/street parking issue at 16814 Kehrsdale Drive in the Kehrs Mill Estates Subdivision.  He reported since the resident, Mrs. Sue McNamara, is unable to attend tonight’s meeting due to a recent surgery and Alderperson Dan King is also unable to attend, it might be better discussed at next month’s meeting.  Alderperson Setnicka seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken to approve the motion with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

2015-2016 Budget:  Alderperson Midyett made a motion to discuss/pass the 2015-2016 Budget with snow removal, seconded by Alderperson Meyer.  Mayor Douglass asked the Board to consider passing the Budget containing the $50,000 addition expense for snow removal.  Alderperson Schiller said she was against it saying the City has nothing to do with the individual subdivision contracts for snow removal.  She stated further that the Budget might not adequately cover the Building Commissioner’s expense (as he will now be attending Board of Adjustment Hearings) and the costs for codification might have increased since the last time we went out for a bid.  She also mentioned Chesterfield’s court case which might cost the City additional money for lobbyists and concluded that looking at the revenue line, it might be a little too rosy.  Alderperson Meyer said he was in support of Alderperson Schiller, stating he believes the City should have a years-worth of surplus revenue.  Alderperson Schultz concurred on that point.   

The formula for disbursement was discussed.  Mayor Douglass concluded the discussion by mentioning the number of trustees that want to receive snow removal funds.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results.  Ayes:  Midyett.  Nays:  Meyer, Schiller, Schultz and Setnicka.  It was declared the Budget containing snow removal failed.   

Alderperson Meyer made a motion to discuss/pass the 2015-2016 Budget without snow removal, seconded by Alderperson Schiller.  A roll call vote was taken to pass the 2015-2016 Budget without snow removal with the following results.  Ayes:  Meyer, Midyett, Schiller, Schultz and Setnicka.  It was declared the 2015-2016 Budget without snow removal passed.   

Discuss Possible Memorial Marker to Remember Helicopter Crash Victim, Sgt. Joseph Schuengel:  After discussion, Mayor Douglass said he would hold the discussion with the owner of the property where the helicopter crashed and the trustees of the subdivision.  Mention was also made the tree and honorary plaque be placed at the subdivision entrance close to the subdivision sign.  Alderperson Meyer asked if it could happen before the October meeting in order to honor the five-year anniversary of his passing, which occurred October 15, 2010.   

NEW BUSINESS 

BILL NO. 0450 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT FOR COLLECTION OF RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTE, RECYCLABLES, COMPOSTABLES AND AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE MAYOR AND CITY CLERK TO EXECUTE SAME ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MISSOURI. 

Alderperson Schiller made a motion the City contract with Meridian Waste for collection of residential solid waste, recycling and compostables, seconded by Alderperson Schultz.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0450 the first time.  He said Meridian Waste is requesting a 1% increase this year along with minor adjustments to the individual contracts for valet, second-day, and yard waste pickups.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0450 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes:  Meyer, Midyett, Schiller, Schultz, and Setnicka.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0450 as having passed and is now Ordinance No. 15-01. 

BILL NO. 0451 – 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 Schiller to discuss Bill No. 0451.  Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0451 the first time.  He said the contract calls for a 5% increase.  There was no discussion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0451 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results.  Ayes:  Meyer, Midyett, Schiller, Schultz and Setnicka.  There were no nays.  It was declared Bill No.0451 passed and is now Ordinance No. 15-02. 

Mercy’s Request for Banner:  Alderperson Midyett made a motion to discuss Mercy’s request for a banner, seconded by Alderperson Setnicka.  Mayor Douglass said Mercy is requesting a banner to be placed on the west entrance to their building for three-month duration.  .  A voice vote was taken to approve Mercy’s request with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Codification:  Alderperson Schiller asked Mayor Douglass to consider codifying soon, mentioning the debacle of everyone using the old fence ordinance.  

Audit:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to approve payment of invoices in the amount of $72,534.55 seconded by Alderperson Midyett.  A voice vote was taken to approve the audit with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Alderperson Midyett 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 of the Board of Aldermen adjourned at 8:25 p.m.   

 

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk

 

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