City of Clarkson Valley
Missouri

Minutes of June 2009 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 2, 2009.
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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 Scott Schultz

Ward 3

  

Alderperson Barbara Hethcote Ward 3 

Also in Attendance: 

            City Attorney:          Patrick Butler

       City Clerk:              Michele McMahon  

Alderperson Shea made a motion to accept the Minutes as amended by the City Clerk.  Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS 

Don Gosen introduced himself, stating he is a candidate running for the State Representative 84th District.  He further explained that Representative Allen Icet reached his term of limitations.  Mr. Gosen concluded by saying he would like the opportunity to meet with Mayor Douglass and the Board Members to have a better understanding of their concerns. 

Mrs. Mary Swearingen, Clarkson Farm subdivision introduced herself and handed Mayor Douglass a copy of a petition signed by nineteen of the subdivision’s twenty-two homeowners, requesting two enforceable speed limit signs in her subdivision and a “No Outlet” sign, She made an impassioned request for two speed limit signs stressing children’s safety.  Ron Corno, a resident of Clarkson Farm, echoed her statement.  

REPORTS 

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

Mayor’s Report 

Court Clerk’s Letter Thanking Board:  Mayor Douglass called attention to a letter written by the Court Clerk, Susan Prichard, thanking the Members of the Board of Aldermen for allowing her the opportunity to attend the annual MACA Conference. 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of May 2009 was $17,909.98.   

Kehrs Mill Road – St. Louis County Project No. AR-857:  Mayor Douglass reported he spoke with the Construction Division Manager, Chuck Tayloe, and had good news to report.  Early next week, they anticipate having a left-turn lane added for vehicles going north on Clarkson.  He also reported that Mr. Tayloe assured him that construction did occur between the months of April and May and that in fact, 10% of the total project was completed during that interim period of time.  He concluded by saying that 47% of the project is complete and they expect to finish in September 2009. 

Ballwin’s P&Z Hearing:  Mayor Douglass reported that Schnucks is going ahead with their proposal for a neighborhood grocery store catering to people that live within one mile.  He explained that he, as well as members of the Clarkson Valley Board Aldermen attended the Planning and Zoning Hearing and discussed the vote taken, which was five no’s and two aye’s.  Ballwin’s Mayor and one councilmember who both sit on the P&Z Commission were the two affirmative votes.  The Mayor went on to explain the two council members from the Ballwin ward in which this lot is situated appear to be non-committal. 

Alderperson Meyer asked, since there was inadequate parking at that meeting, could it be they are in violation of the sunshine law, to which City Attorney Patrick Butler said they were in violation and the attorney representing the subdivisions would be looking into the matter. 

Mr. Jack Hauser mentioned that he thought he heard there would be islands placed in the middle of Clarkson Road that might interfere with ingress/egress from the Clarkson Mill Circle Subdivision.  Mayor Douglass said he would look into it. 

Budgetary Discussions:  Mayor Douglass referred those present to the May Revenue/Expense Report and to the June Year-End Projections in the back of their packets.  He reported that the President of the Board and he would meet shortly to further project the upcoming budget and when that is complete, he will mail the information to the Board Members.  He said cutting trash pickup at the back door would save the City approximately $99,000 per year.  If the City paid no yard waste, we would save $50,000 to $60,000 annually.  He concluded by saying the City has $250,000 in reserves. 

Alderpersons' Reports 

Volunteers Needed At City Hall:  Alderperson Hethcote asked Mayor Douglass to request volunteers at City Hall.  Alderperson Meyer volunteered his fifteen year-old, to which Mayor Douglass thanked him.  It was also mentioned the high school might be able to get Key Club members to assist. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

Clarkson Farm Subdivision – Request for Speed Limit Signage:  Alderperson Meyer made a motion to grant two speed limit signs and two “No Outlet” signs to the Clarkson Farm Subdivision.  Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with four ayes and two nays.  The motion to purchase signage was declared as having passed. 

NEW BUSINESS 

BILL NO. 0390 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE V: BUILDING CODES AND REGULATIONS, BY ADDING A NEW SENTENCE TO SECTION 105 PERMITS IN SECTION 105.1 REQUIRED AND SECTION R105 PERMITS IN SECTION R105.1 REQUIRED. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Schultz and seconded by Alderperson Sittser to discuss and pass Bill No. 0390.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0390 for the first reading.  Alderperson Meyer asked what neighboring communities do regarding roofs?  The question of cost was approached and if the permit goes to the St. Louis County Assessor’s office, too which it was determined the minimum amount would be $69 and yes, it would be sent to the Assessor’s office.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0390 for the second time.  After further discussion, Alderperson Meyer made a motion to table this proposal to a later date in order to know if the existing roofs in Clarkson Valley are grandfathered; what other cities do regarding roofs; and how does the code read?  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Request from Forest Hills Country Club to Allow 4th of July Fireworks:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to allow fireworks, seconded by Alderperson Schultz.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Audit:  Alderperson Meyer made a motion to approve the audit as presented, seconded by Alderperson Shea to have invoices in the amount of $83,372.54 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Alderperson Shea made a motion to adjourn at 9:00.  Alderperson Meyer seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 


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Scott Douglass, Mayor

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ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk



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