Minutes of June 2011 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, 2011.
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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 Meyer was sworn-in and everyone congratulated and thanked him. 

Alderperson Schultz made a motion to accept the Minutes.  Alderperson Shea 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 

Mayor Douglass informed those present that a very special guest wishes to speak.  He then introduced Jeff Theerman, Executive Director of MSD who handed out a rate proposal summary for wastewater.  He explained the necessity for the rate increase and described the process the proposal goes through before it can be brought to the voters.  Questions and answers followed. 

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 Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of May 2011 was $22,542.72. 

Wooded Area:  Mayor Douglass reported that he met with Alderpersons Sittser, Schiller and Schultz spending about an hour walking along the southeast portion of Kehrs Mill Road to investigate a complaint from a Dunhill Trustee.  Alderperson Sittser gave a report, saying the conclusion was the area where tree debris rests, is a wooded area as defined in City Ordinances, Article II Weeds, Section 215.080, therefore, it is not a violation.  Alderperson Sittser handed out copies of that portion of the code.  In an ensuing discussion, Alderperson Shea mentioned that weeds and tall grasses were growing behind the fenced retaining wall require mowing.  The Alderpersons agreed this area is not to be considered a "wooded area" and is currently in violation of Section 215.081.  The City Clerk was directed to send a letter to the appropriate residents.  Mayor Douglass reported that upon placing a call to St. Louis County Highway Department requesting they mow the area further east and across from the high school tennis courts - current mowing was completed. He has also requested the County to assist in identifying the boundary between lots and the County along this stretch of Kehrs Mill Road.   

Point-of-Sale "A" City - "B" Pool City:  Mayor Douglass gave a good in-depth explanation to those present the difference between an "A" City and a "B" City and that in these tough economic times, there is a huge cry from the larger cities that subsidize the pool, i.e. Chesterfield and Fenton, to eliminate the sales reserve pool contributions made by "A" cities.  The two groups ("A" and "B" Cities) are meeting to discuss possible alternatives.  He concluded by saying he will keep us informed.   

Alderpersons' Reports 

There were no reports.   

City Attorney's Report 

There was no report.   

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

2009 International Building, Residential, and Property Maintenance Codes with Amendments:  Alderperson Meyer made a motion to discuss Bill No. 0421, seconded by Alderperson Schultz.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0421 and explained the reason we want to pass the Property Maintenance Code is that our Municipal Code is weak in the court of law compared to the PMC when trying to enforce issues that take place, for instance with the Gregory house.  When dealing with problems like shutters falling off or paint peeling, the PMC is more succinct. 

An Alderperson asked if it isn't confusing that identical wording of certain portions of the code, "weeds" was given as an example, are located in the Nuisance section of the code and then again in the Property Maintenance Code?  She suggested that a reference to the other code be given within the ordinance especially thinking about the penalty listed in the Nuisance code but not necessarily in the 2009 PMC.   

Several Alderpersons thought some of the wording within the new Property Maintenance Code gave the Building Commissioner too much authority.  Up until now, the only appeal our citizens had was to go to the Board of Adjustment.  Mayor Douglass agreed that paragraph should be changed.   

Trashcans visible from the street was brought up as still being in this proposed ordinance.  Several months ago a separate ordinance regarding trashcans not being visible from the street was up for adoption but was tabled indefinitely.  Through discussion and voice vote, it was decided that portion would remain. 

Alderperson Meyer mentioned his concern that the City regulates PODS but not dumpsters regarding the length of time they can remain on one's driveway and asked if the Board thinks it is appropriate that a dumpster can remain indefinitely?  Through discussion it was determined that it be added. 

Mayor Douglass thanked everyone for reading through this long ordinance and concluded by stating Jack Schenck, the Building Commissioner, would attend the July meeting and give further explanations. 

NEW BUSINESS 

2011-2012 Budget:  Mayor Douglass stated he met with the President of the Board, Susan Shea to discuss the proposed Budget.  He went over each line item for both Revenue and Expense.  He asked everyone to think it over and it will be on next month's agenda for passage.  He concluded by saying now that this has been discussed, we can discuss the sanitation contract. 

Monarch Agreement:  Mayor Douglass explained that Monarch is no longer performing plan review or inspections for building remodeling or additions.  Metro West has not issued building permits for years.  The Building Commissioner has been taking that into consideration for all our residents living within the Metro West jurisdiction and will do the same with Monarch.  The fire district, however, would like the cities it previously serviced to know and acknowledge they will not be performing these duties.  Through discussion, it was determined there were several areas of the contract containing wording that we duly adopted the International Residential Code 2009, which received no vote tonight.  Mayor Douglass asked the Board Members if they would enter into this Agreement tonight with a vote, but not execute it until Bill No. 0421 is passed.  A voice vote was made with four ayes and one abstention.   

Audit:  A motion was made by Alderperson Shea to approve for payment invoices in the amount of $76,963.07, seconded by Alderperson Schultz.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

Alderperson Shea made a motion to hold a brief closed meeting of the Board of Aldermen falling under the provisions of Section 610.021, paragraph 12.  Alderperson Schiller seconded the motion. 

Alderperson Sittser made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Schultz.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The Regular Meeting of the Board of Aldermen adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Scott Douglass, Mayor

 

ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk

 

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