Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), January 3, 2006.
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. A
roll call was taken with the following results:
Mayor Scott Douglass
Alderperson Susan Shea
Alderperson Jim Meyer
Alderperson Honora Schiller
|Alderperson Wendell Sittser||Ward
Alderperson Walt Mixson
|Alderperson Scott Schultz||Ward 3|
Also in Attendance:
City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon
motion was made by Alderperson Sittser to accept the Minutes.
Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.
A voice vote was taken with an affirmative result and the motion was
REMARKS, PETITIONS, COMPLAINTS
Paul Mercurio, 2108 Kehrs Mill Road of the Kehrswood Subdivision, attended this
meeting because he wanted insight as to the intent of the ordinances passed last
year on motorized vehicles. He
explained that four weeks ago, his son was plowing snow on driveways of several
residents of Kehrswood and a law enforcement officer stopped him.
He was informed that it was unlawful to operate an unlicensed motorized
vehicle on streets or sidewalks in Clarkson Valley and sent him home.
His son has a small ATV with a snow blade and when Mr. Mercurio spoke
with the officer, he realized his son was, in fact, in violation of the
ordinance. In addition to customers
in Kehrswood, Mr. Mercurio explained his son has customers in Kehrs Mill Trails,
which requires driving on the sidewalk and road when plowing for them.
He requested the Board revisit the ordinance and make an exception in
order for his sixteen year-old son and others to perform this type of service.
Mr. Mercurio said the way the ordinance is written, driving a lawn mower
on the sidewalk or road would also be illegal.
He said he drafted a paragraph, which he read, and asked the Board to
consider amending the existing ordinance.
Douglass thanked Mr. Mercurio.
Police Report: Captain
Schicker handed out the Police Summary for December
2006. He reported four accidents
occurred last month; one with injuries. One
happened December 13th at midnight, and involved a police vehicle and a deer -
causing $2,300 damage to the police car. The
deer is being sought for questioning.
The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the
month of December 2005 was $12,786.79.
Mayor Douglass reported that the newsletter would go out this week after
a few changes are made.
Mayor Douglass explained that the audit was completed and a copy of the
final report is in the Alderpersons’ packets.
There would be further discussion about the Management Report at next
in Progress – Northeast Corner of Clarkson Road and Clayton Road:
Mayor Douglass stated that construction is proceeding on the northeast
corner of Clarkson and Clayton Roads with no ordinance having been passed by the
City of Ellisville. The
landscaping, including a berm, will be built as shown on the schematics approved
by the Landscape Committee. The
biggest concern is the fence. It
was determined the fence is almost completely on the Ellisville side of the
property. The ordinance calls for replacing the original fence with a
6’ solid fence. The problem,
Mayor Douglass stated, is we do not know how far this fence will go onto our
residents' property. The attorney
for the developer said he would have the area staked. Adverse possession was mentioned – which says if these
residents have maintained that property for so many years, then they can claim
that property. He also mentioned
that he called MSD to ensure permits were being pulled, and they cannot find the
application. Eventually the permit
was located and discussion took place to guarantee the system is adequate.
Ellisville is holding another work session this week.
Mayor Douglass stated there is nothing new regarding the sound walls.
We are still talking to MoDOT. They
are supposed to get back with us with information about rubberized or quiet
pavement. It appears they will have
information later this month - perhaps January 20.
He described receipt of a very nice letter written by Jim Kohoutek to
MoDOT that he expects could only help our situation.
took place when Alderperson Mixson stated his opinion that the lawsuit regarded
two separate issues. Mayor Douglass
disagreed by saying that our position has always been: "We’ll stop the
lawsuit if they resurface using quiet pavement".
Patrick Butler reported that he received three banker boxes of requested documents from MoDOT. By next week he expects to receive motions and summary judgments.
at Curb: Alderperson
Schultz mentioned that he would like the next newsletter to be more emphatic
that people do not need to place their trash at the curb.
Mixson expressed his disappointment in what transpired minutes ago regarding the
He stated it was his understanding that we were going to discuss with Ed
Hassinger of MoDOT, about resurfacing with quiet pavement using money from the
he said, is a separate item – totally divorced from anything else that is
going on. His
fear, he said, is he does not think it will work if you try to hinge something
onto this. Furthermore,
it may delay things to the point that soundwalls will be in place per the
directive of the Federal Highway Department and we will never know if quite
pavement would work.
A voice vote was taken; with the majority stating that in previous
meetings it was determined we would proceed in this direction.
Alderperson Sittser stated that the City should concentrate on the
meeting of January 20.
Alderperson Meyer said that at last month’s meeting, he mentioned an
incident whereby a garage sale was repeatedly being held by one resident in his
ward with cars being parked on both sides of the street and signage left for
weeks at a time.
He said he phoned the police and did not realize they were responsive to
the incident. He
apologized and thanked Captain Schicker for the great work his department does.
and Zoning Commissioner: Alderperson
Shea said she would like the Board to consider a new member to the Planning and
Zoning Commission. He is a retired
gentleman residing in her subdivision and she said he should make an excellent
addition to that board. She said
she would obtain a resume for next month’s meeting.
Search of a Policy:
Mayor Douglass relayed a story that happened Christmas morning.
He said that while police were performing a routine patrol of the city,
they found the streets to be unsafe due to an accumulation of snow.
They began phoning the Presidents of Trustees of the subdivisions in
Clarkson Valley. As it was 3:00
a.m. Christmas morning, some were extremely upset.
Mayor Douglass said there is an obvious need to clarify the procedure.
He explained that a letter was being generated to all Presidents of
Subdivision Trustees and we will document their responses and share that with
the Board for next month’s meeting.
Captain Schicker reported that Captain Saulters is in charge of communication and she has written an internal memo that dispatchers will not make notification to subdivision Presidents of Trustee unless it is determined by the supervisor that streets are hazardous. If the police department receives a call from a citizen of a subdivision, they will recommend that citizen notify their Trustee.
Alderperson Shea made a motion,
seconded by Alderperson Schultz to have invoices in the amount of $82,637.57
approved for payment. A voice vote
was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared
06-01 – A RESOLUTION IMPLEMENTING A MORATORIUM ON THE PROSECUTION OF CERTAIN
VIOLATIONS OF SECTION 310.040 CONCERNING THE USE OF COASTER, ROLLER SKATES,
MOTORIZED PLAY VEHICLES, MOTORIZED SKATEBOARDS AND SIMILAR DEVICES RESTRICTED.
Meyer made a motion to pass Resolution 06-01.
Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.
There was no discussion. A
voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was
Scott Douglass, Mayor
ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk
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