City of Clarkson Valley
Missouri

Minutes of June 2005 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), June 7, 2005.
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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 Melinda Twichell 

Ward 3

 

Alderperson Walter Mixson Ward 3 

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

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


REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS:
  

Mr. Fred Twichell, 254 Pennington Lane, held off comments regarding Draft 1 of the 2005-2006 Budget pending further discussion.   

Mrs. Mary Alice Ruehrwein, 3 Greenbank Drive, questioned the legality of being landlocked because of the sound wall.  Mayor Douglass responded that he has discussed this with authorities and found that neither she nor any of her neighbors would be landlocked.  Emergency equipment could knock down the sound wall and pass through in less than a minute.  He stated the City is in litigation with MoDOT with a court date set for January 2006 and that a copy of the brief is available in City Hall.

REPORTS

Ballwin Police Report:  Captain Schicker handed out the Police Summary for May 2005.  He gave the breakdown of accidents and reports. 

Mayor's Report:

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of May 2005 was $19,440.50.  

MoDOT Open House - Sound Wall:  Mayor Douglass stated that last month he and Members of the Board of Aldermen attended the Public Hearing held by MoDOT.   

Siltation and Runoff Problems with Kehrs Mill Glen Subdivision:  Mayor Douglass briefed those present that last month upon receipt of a complaint, he and representatives of St. Louis County Highway investigated the Raleigh property and found the Kehrs Mill Road shoulder to be silted-in.  They are contacting the developer to ensure he remedies the situation. 

Budgetary Meeting:  Mayor Douglass reported the City held a Budgetary Meeting Monday, May 16.  He thanked those Members of the Board who attended.  

Motorized Scooters:  Mayor Douglass explained that he spent time this past month on motorized scooters/vehicles, etc.

Alderpersons’ Reports

Kehrs Mill Road Entrance to Marquette High School - Maintenance Woes:  Alderperson Meyer said he received three phone calls from constituents regarding the new entrance to the high school off Kehrs Mill Road.  He also received a complaint call regarding lack of maintaining the weeds growing through the riprap that was recently placed along Kehrs Mill Road by school district personnel.  Alderperson Schiller said she phoned St. Louis County service department regarding the unsightly rocks and they sprayed the weeds.  She also explained the reason for the hill of dirt, which will be there temporarily.  Alderperson Shea reported that she also received several phone calls from constituents about the entrance.

West St. Louis County Deer Task Force:  Alderperson Shea reported there was no meeting this month.   

"Welcome" Signs:  Alderperson Sittser handed out two pictures of the Welcome Signs as they currently exist.  He then spoke of three types of signs that he received quotes; two of which he had samples of the material; the number of years of durability; advantages/disadvantages for the three types; costs, etc.  Everyone thanked Alderperson Sittser and asked if he could find signage made of the desired material in order for the Aldermen to view and also, if he is able to obtain a firm price?  This could then be placed on next month's Agenda. 

Berm Maintenance:  At last month’s meeting, Alderperson Walt Mixson was asked to check the frequency of The Greenwood Group’s visits to the berm.  He reported that the landscaping company assigns two men to maintain the berm twice monthly with an average of ten to twelve hours time spent on maintaining the landscaping. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

BILL NO. 0305 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE III: TRAFFIC CODE, CHAPTER 300: GENERAL PROVISIONS, SECTION 300.020: DEFINITIONS, BY DELETING VEHICLE AND ADDING A NEW DEFINITION FOR MOTORIZED PLAY VEHICLE, MOTORIZED SCOOTER, MOTORIZED SKATEBOARD AND VEHICLE. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell to discuss and pass Bill No. 0305.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0305 the first time.  There was no discussion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0305 the second time.  A voice vote was taken with the following result:  Yeas:  Meyer, Mixson, Schiller, Shea, Sittser and Twichell.  There were no nays.  Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0305 unanimously passed and it became Ordinance No. 05-04.   

BILL NO. 0306 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE III: TRAFFIC CODE, CHAPTER 310: ENFORCEMENT AND OBDIENCE TO TRAFFIC REGULATIONS, BY DELETING SECTION 310.040: USE OF COASTERS, ROLLER SKATES AND SIMILAR DEVICES RESTRICTED AND ADDING A NEW SECTION 310.040: USE OF COASTERS, ROLLER SKATES, MOTORIZED PLAY VEHICLES, MOTORIZED SKATEBOARDS AND SIMILAR DEVICES RESTRICTED. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell to discuss and pass Bill No. 0306.  Alderperson Schiller seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0306 the first time.  Alderperson Shea stated her belief that this is too restrictive for the residents of Clarkson Valley, to which Alderperson Meyer agreed, saying we need to think of our younger residents with children and be family-friendly.  After additional discussion, Alderperson Schiller reminded those present that we weren’t talking about motorized scooters.  Mayor Douglass stated the issue with this bill regards the motorized cars that much younger children are driving.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0306 the second time.  A voice vote was taken with the following result:  Yeas:  Mixson, Schiller, Sittser and Twichell.  Nays: Meyer and Shea.  Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0306 as passed by a vote of 4 to 2 and it became Ordinance No. 05-05.  

BILL NO. 0307 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE III: TRAFFIC CODE, CHAPTER 340: MISCELLANEOUS DRIVING RULES, BY ADDING A NEW SECTION 340.115: OPERATION OF MOTORIZED BICYCLE.

A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell to discuss and pass Bill No. 0307.  Alderperson Schiller seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0307 the first time and stated that what this Bill is saying is a person riding a motorized bicycle must have a valid license.  Alderperson Schiller also said this comes straight from the State Statutes.  Mayor Douglass stated he feels this Bill goes a long way to tell a parent their child can’t ride a motorized scooter.  After much discussion, the question was called.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0307 the second time.  A voice vote was taken with the following result:  Yeas:  Mixson, Schiller and Twichell.  Nays:  Meyer and Shea.  Sittser abstained.  Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0307 as having failed. 

Proposal from The Greenwood Group to Maintain the Berm:  Alderperson Mixson made a motion to allow The Greenwood Group to maintain the berm for six months this season through November.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Resolution 05-02:  Mayor Douglass explained that a copy of the Resolution passed last month was included in the Alderperson's packets.

NEW BUSINESS 

Forest Hills Country Club – Request for Pyrotechnics Display:  Alderperson Sittser made a motion to allow Forest Hills Country Club to hold a fireworks display July 3rd.  Alderperson Twichell seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Discuss Possibility of Taping Board Meetings/Disposing of Tape Upon Approval of Minutes:  Alderperson Schiller proposed the City Clerk tape the Meeting of the Board of Aldermen in order to refer back to the tape when transcribing the Minutes.  After much discussion, a compromise was made to prioritize the Minutes and have them out in one week to ten days.  

2005-2006 Budget:  Mayor Douglass asked everyone to consider Draft 1 of the Budget over the next month and that it will be on the July Agenda.  Alderperson Twichell, who was unable to attend the daytime budget meeting, asked if the Board Members went to one-day-per-week trash service, to which they responded they did not.  Alderperson Twichell then asked about snow removal, to which Mayor Douglass responded the line item was removed from the Budget.  Alderperson Twichell suggested that trustees of the twelve subdivisions receiving snow removal monies be informed so they can amend their budgets. 

BILL NO. 0308 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE IV: LAND USE, CHAPTER 405: GENERAL PROVISIONS, SECTION 405.040: DEFINITIONS BY ADDING A NEW DEFINITION FOR GROUP HOME.

A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell to discuss and pass Bill No. 0308.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell to read Bill No. 0308 by short title.  Alderperson Mixson seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0308 the first time by short title.  City Attorney, Patrick Butler, asked for corrections to be made amending the title in Section 3.  Mayor Douglass read the amended Bill No. 0308 by short title the second time.  A voice vote was taken with the following result:  Yeas:  Meyer, Mixson, Schiller, Shea, Sittser and Twichell.  There were no nays.  Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0308 unanimously passed and it became Ordinance No. 05-06.  

Audit:  Alderperson Twichell made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Shea to have invoices in the amount of $78,948.79.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Alderperson Mixson made a motion for the Board of Aldermen of Clarkson Valley to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Twichell.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m. 

  
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Scott Douglass, Mayor

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ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk



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