Minutes of June 2010 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 1, 2010.
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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

Ward 3 Alderperson Lin Midyett

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

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

REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS 

There were no remarks, petitions or complaints.   

REPORTS 

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

Sergeant Jeff Burk introduced Lt. Mundell as the new Watch Commander for the 7th Precinct.   

Lin Midyett, the newly re-elected Alderperson was sworn in and congratulated. 

Alderpersons' Reports 

Tall Grass Along Kehrs Mill Road:  Alderperson Shea stated the tall grass between the wooded areas of properties backing up to the new retaining wall along Kehrs Mill Road should be maintained by the residents owning those properties.  There is another swath of tall grass by the two properties across from Marquette’s tennis courts that requires mowing, she said. 

City Attorney’s Report 

Patrick Butler spoke about the lateral sewer lawsuit and explained the different sub-classes of cities charged with over-billing.  He said the judge is giving all 32 municipalities involved in this suit until June 8 to file responses.  From that, a total of three attorneys can be chosen to represent these different sub-classes and they will have until June 15 to file in writing.  He stated that per Mayor Douglass’s request, he is letting the other cities do the legwork. 

Mayor’s Report 

Alderperson Meyer opened the 2010-2011 Budget discussion saying he and Mayor Douglass spent two hours over lunch last month discussing the budget.  Sales tax revenue is not good, he said.  The city has done a great job squeezing everything of the expenses that is possible and the only thing left to discuss is trash – mainly; from where the trash will be picked up and yard waste.  The consensus felt something needs to be done now and not several years down the line when reserves are spent.   

Alderperson Shea asked if the city should consider a tax increase?  Alderperson Schiller stated she would rather pay for trash pickup than accept a tax increase.  Mayor Douglass arrived at 7:50 and discussion continued.  It was decided that we should check into the pricing for: 1.) individuals paying for all trash service; 2.) the City pays for curb service opposed to back door; and 3.) pricing that would eliminate yard waste pickup.  Everyone on the Board agreed they would meet for a work session sometime before the next Board Meeting in July.  Patrick mentioned that if we were to request a tax levy from the voters, it would have to be 2-1/2 to 3 times more than the current levy. 

Alderperson Meyer asked if a city is able to pass a user fee to its citizens?  City Attorney, Butler said you could do it as long as it is tied to a very specific service and it does require a vote of the citizens. 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of May 2010 was $11,724.50. 

Prosecuting Attorney’s Response:  Mayor Douglass said that P.A., April Porter reported to Mayor Douglass the resident has until June 9th to remove the second mailbox.  If not removed by that date, she would file a motion to revoke his probation with Judge Permueter in St. Louis County court.  The judge will then re-evaluate the situation and may impose penalties upon the resident for refusing to follow the court’s order. 

There were two options regarding the Gregory property: 1) The City can ticket her every day that the deficiencies on her property are not corrected.  She will then have to return to court and face new consequences for continuing to allow the decline of her property, or 2) The City can move forward in preparation to declare her property a public nuisance.  The last option wasn’t highly advised because the City would be required to pay for the demolition.  Mayor Douglass said there might be one other way of getting the property cleaned up and that is to use the new ordinance with St. Louis County to collect nuisance fees.  He put a call in to April Porter. 

Regarding the Conboy case, it is Mrs. Porter’s understanding that he accepted her recommendation and has made arrangements with Susan for payment. 

Three Wooded Lots Backing-up to Kehrs Mill Rd:  Mayor Douglass reported the City received several complaints regarding lots backing up to Kehrs Mill (unaware due to late arrival that Alderperson Shea brought up the same complaint).  He said that upon review, the newly planted lots are cut in half by a previous wooded area.  St. Louis County planted and sodded this area, much to the consternation of the Board.  He then read the definition of wooded area in the new weed ordinance.  WOODED AREA:  Any parcel of land having more than five thousand (5,000) square feet of tree canopy coverage and where the tree canopy is primarily comprised of trees equal to or larger than five (5) inches in DBH. (Note: In the US, tree diameter is usually measured at 4.5 ft. above ground level. Measurement at this height is referred to as diameter at breast height or DBH.)  He asked the Board for their thoughts, because he feels this might grow back to a “wooded area”.  The consensus of Board Members felt that other properties abutting two streets are required to maintain both ends and also, they felt the area should not be considered “wooded”.   

He then explained that the area east of Tim Hassara’s property was recently quitclaimed to Mr. Hassara from St. Louis County and in speaking to Mr. Hassara found that due to spring rains, the mowers are three weeks behind schedule and that it should be accomplished this week.  He asked Mr. Butler if the City needs to do anything about the deed to which he stated it is a simplified adjustment. 

Trustees Meeting:  Mayor Douglass reported the Trustees Meeting held May 6th went very well.  It was represented by five subdivisions.  Mayor Douglass gave a brief synopsis. 

Watershed Stewardship Award:  Mayor Douglass thanked Alderperson Meyer for all the work he did on the Prescription Drug Take Back.  He spoke about the recognition our City received along with that of Chesterfield, Ellisville, Wildwood and Ballwin at a recent luncheon.  The City also received a plaque.  He apologized for not asking the police officers to attend with him as other city’s officers were in attendance. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

There was no unfinished business. 

NEW BUSINESS 

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.   

Planning & Zoning:  Mayor Douglass heard no dissentions regarding the reappointments of Alderperson Shea as a Member of Planning and Zoning for a one-year term or for the reappointment of Jerry Litschgi, John Cloute and Anne Grabner to serve another four-year term. 

Board of Adjustment:  Mayor Douglass heard no dissentions regarding the reappointments of Paul Mercurio and Phyllis Newmark as Members of the Board of Adjustment and declared they will serve another five-year term. 

BILL NO. 0391 – 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 Schultz to pass Bill No. 0411.  Alderperson Schiller seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0411 the first time.  There was no discussion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0411 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results.  Ayes:  Meyer, Midyett, Schiller, Schultz, Shea and Sittser.  There were no nays.  It was declared Bill No.0411 passed and is now Ordinance No. 10-08. 

Audit:  Alderperson Shea made a motion to approve the audit, seconded by Alderperson Schultz to have invoices in the amount of $79,485.93 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Alderperson Schiller made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Midyett.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:45. 

 

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Scott Douglass, Mayor

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ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk

 

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