Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), June 3, 2008.
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. A
roll call was taken with the following results:
|Alderperson Susan Shea|
|Alderperson Jim Meyer||Ward 1|
|Alderperson Wendell Sittser||Ward
Alderperson Scott Schultz
|Alderperson Paul Young||Ward 3|
Also in Attendance:
City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon
of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con
Center), June 3, 2008.
Schiller made a motion to accept the Minutes.
Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken with an affirmative result and the
motion was declared as having passed.
PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS
Frank Hodgdon, a resident of Forest Hills Club Estates, spoke regarding vehicle
sales tax and how it is allocated.
Gans, President of the Board of Monarch Fire Protection District, introduced
himself and Chief Biele. He spoke
regarding the district’s new ISO ratings, which went from a rating of 4 down
to 2, which translates to lower insurance rates to the citizens of Clarkson
Valley. They were extremely proud
of this new rating saying there are only hundreds of other cities in the U.S.
that can make that statement. Alderperson
Schultz asked how we received a better rating?
The biggest factor, he said, was placement of fire hydrants.
Other factors include response times, locations of equipment, dispatch
agency and number of trucks. Mayor
Douglass thanked both gentlemen for sharing this good news – the best of which
might be your insurance costs going down.
Louis County Police Report:
Officer Thom Taylor of the St. Louis County Police handed out the May
Report: The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs
for the month of May 2008 was $18,925.00. Alderperson
Sittser mentioned an incident in his neighborhood and how the law enforcement
officer, John Grobelny, did an outstanding job.
He congratulated him. Alderperson
Schiller asked about the child being struck on Jennycliffe.
Officer Taylor said it was an eleven-year-old riding a scooter - going in
and out of an arched driveway. Witnesses
believe he fell first, then rebounded into the path of a car. His head either hit the pavement or the vehicle, it is not
clear. There was no blood, however.
He was held overnight in the hospital, and then released.
Budget: Mayor Douglass stated he worked on the Budget this past month
and it will be discussed later in the meeting.
Farm Noise Woes: Mayor Douglass stated he had an opportunity to talk to Chris
Lichtenberger who is the general contractor for Lifetime Fitness located in the
Fountain Plaza in Ellisville. He
said that in talking with Mr. Lichtenberger, he realized it is difficult to work
with two entities and their codes. He
also announced two upcoming Ellisville meetings regarding zoning issues with the
Plaza and gave those dates.
Sidewalk Upgrade on Kehrs Mill Road:
Mayor Douglass explained that last week Alderperson Shea noticed
sidewalks on Kehrs Mill Road were deteriorating.
Her thought was while the County is working on Kehrs Mill Road, it would
be a good time to upgrade the sidewalks. We
sent a letter to St. Louis County and he directed the City Clerk to send copies
to the Aldermen.
with Architectural Review Board:
Mayor Douglass said he, Alderperson Schultz and the two members of the
Review Board met to discuss future teardowns in the City, saying we want to stay
ahead of the game. He concluded by saying the two gentlemen do a great job for
our city and are extremely engaged in what they do, thanking them at the same
Tower: Mayor Douglass said Cricket is building the cellular tower at
the school on AmerenUE easement and that soon a paved driveway will be
Committees: Mayor Douglass mentioned the following committees and those
Members serving with him.
President of the Board and Alderperson Schiller
Green Space Committee:
Alderpersons Schiller and Schultz
President of the Board and Alderperson Shea
Code Review Committee:
Douglass thanked everyone for his or her continued support and volunteerism.
Alderperson Schultz reported the meeting with Mike Altepeter and Gary
Miller, who comprise our City’s Architectural Review Board, was great.
One recommendation that came of this meeting was the builder should meet
with the ARB members before plans are developed.
Alderperson Meyer said he attended traffic court to observe our
proceedings and would like to learn more about the process.
He also plans to attend other cities courts.
He mentioned his perplexity that ticket numbers are up, yet revenue is
Alderperson Meyer stated that he believes the new, larger recycling bin
is very positive for the city. He
believes one time per week pickup would be sufficient.
Regarding New Land Disturbance Ordinance:
Alderperson Schiller asked when dealing with a tear down and enlarging
the previous footprint, additional dirt is dug for the foundation.
Shouldn’t the ordinance address the issue of additional dirt being
placed on top, changing the lay of the land?
Alderperson Schultz agreed there appears to be a change to grade at the
Alderperson Young thanked the Building Commissioner and City Clerk for
working to get the Lindeman’s project through the proper channels.
He then mentioned MSD’s responsibility for storm sewers in their
subdivision, which they’ve always claimed they do not own.
He said when Dr. Lindeman brought his proposal to MSD; he sits on an
extremely low area, almost bowl-shaped. His
engineers proposed six storm sewers on the property around his house, which he
had to deed land to MSD in order to be granted approval.
Mayor Douglass explained that MSD is taking over responsibility and
ownership of storm sewers.
Butler reported we would be meeting in Closed Session to discuss the sound wall
No. 0378 – An Ordinance Prohibiting the Storage of Covered Vehicles:
Alderperson Schultz made a motion to discuss and pass Bill No. 0378.
Alderperson Meyer seconded the motion.
Mayor Douglass Read Bill No. 0378 the first time.
Through discussion and a motion made by Alderperson Schiller, seconded by
Alderperson Schultz, the word “motorcycle” was to come out of the text.
A roll call vote was taken with the following results.
Ayes: Meyer, Schiller, Schultz, Sittser and Young.
Additional discussion was heard regarding Paragraph B, Subparagraph 5,
which regards “adequate screening”. After
the second reading, Alderperson Meyer made a motion to withdraw his second
motion to pass Bill No. 0378. Alderperson
Schultz withdrew his motion. A motion was then made by Alderperson Meyer to remove Bill
No. 0378 from the Agenda. Alderperson
Sittser seconded the motion. A
voice vote was taken with four affirmative votes and one of dissent.
No. 0379 – An Ordinance Requiring Helmets for Children Under 17 Riding
Scooters, Bikes, etc.:
A motion was made by Alderperson Young to discuss and pass Bill No. 0379.
Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion. Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0379 the first time.
There was discussion regarding private property versus public property;
how the age of 17 came about; and when the police actually see someone without a
helmet, will they issue a ticket? Mayor
Douglass read Bill No. 0379 the second time.
A roll call vote was taken with the following result.
Ayes: Schultz and Young. Nays: Meyer,
Schiller and Sittser. Mayor
Douglass declared Bill No. 0379 as having failed.
Mayor Douglass went over the Budget with Board Members. Alderperson
Schiller mentioned her request for a survey to find if residents still want
twice weekly trash service. She said because of gasoline prices, it would make sense to
drop one day of trash service. Alderperson
Meyer asked if we shouldn’t look at bundles for the City’s phone service and
internet service. Mayor Douglass
concluded by saying we have five years of reserve. At that time, we’ll have to either lose services or somehow
increase our revenue. Hearing no
further comments or further discussion, Mayor Douglass proclaimed the 2008-2009
Budget as having passed.
Request for 20 Years of Service Banner:
Alderperson Schiller made a motion that we accept Alizadeh’s request.
Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.
A voice vote was taken with a unanimous, affirmative result.
of the Board of Aldermen: Alderperson
Wendell Sittser made a motion to nominate Jim Meyer as President of the Board.
Alderperson Young seconded the motion.
Upon Hearing no dissentions, Mayor Douglass welcomed Alderperson Meyer as
its Board President. Everyone congratulated Mr. Meyer.
Mayor Douglass heard no dissentions regarding the reappointments of
Alderperson Shea as a Member of Planning and Zoning or for the reappointment of
Frank Hodgdon as its Chairman.
Mayor Douglass heard no dissentions regarding the reappointment of Terry
Rosenstrauch to the Board of Adjustment.
Mayor Douglass heard no dissentions regarding the reappointment of
Michele McMahon as City Clerk.
Hills Request for Fireworks on 4th of July:
Alderperson Schiller made a motion to accept the request from Forest
Hills Country Club to hold their annual fireworks display on the 4th
of July. Alderperson Schultz
seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous, affirmative result.
NO. 0380 – 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
motion was made by Alderperson Sittser to pass Bill No. 0380.
Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion. Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0380 the first time.
There was no discussion. Mayor
Douglass read Bill No. 0380 the second time.
A roll call vote was taken with the following results.
Ayes: Meyer, Schiller,
Schultz, Sittser and Young. There
were no nays. It was declared Bill
No.0380 passed and is now Ordinance No. 08-05.
Audit: There was a question about an invoice from the prosecuting
attorney for a defendant’s request to be heard in circuit court.
Alderperson Schiller made a motion to approve the audit as presented,
seconded by Alderperson Meyer to have invoices in the amount of $86,006.78
approved for payment. A voice vote
was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared
Scott Douglass, Mayor
ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk
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