Minutes of July 2011 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), July 5, 2011.

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

Ward 1


Alderperson Jim Meyer

Ward 1


Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

Alderperson Lin Midyett Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon   

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


There were no remarks, petitions or complaints.   


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

Mayor’s Report 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of June 2011 was $14,321.  Mayor Douglass pointed out the Court Report's notation stating the mobile ticket printer was out of commission between June 6 and June 21.  He explained this damage is occurring because the officers are moving it in and out of the vehicles on a daily basis.  After approval of this budget, he said, it might be appropriate for the City to purchase another printer. 

Agenda:  Mayor Douglass requested that Board Members look at the agenda.  He said he would report on each item but left these items listed in case anyone would like to discuss each in more detail.  He also thanked Alderperson Schiller profusely for going through the International Code ordinance item by item.  He stated that in so doing, there are additional areas that require work so it would not be discussed/passed at this night's meeting.  He suggested a team of three of us setting aside some time this month and review references made within the ordinance. 

Real Estate "For Sale" Signs:  Mayor Douglass reported the Bova sign on Kehrs Mill Road was changed but is still too big and stated we will send them another letter.  He stated further, the realtor involved with that sign gave the City a list of a dozen additional signs that appear to exceed the allowable square footage of 4 feet - ten of which were confirmed to be in violation.  The City Clerk was directed to send letters to those realtors.  Discussion ensued about the banners (or riders) that give these signs additional square footage.  Examples of these riders state:  pool included, new price, etc.  Three Alderpersons stated the City should take issue with signage if the original sign exceeds four square feet but ignore the riders if they are added at a later date.  One Alderperson stated she would not like to see the code changed to allow for larger signs and perhaps the banners could be granted with a time limit.  Mayor Douglass concluded by saying if the Alderpersons wanted the Board to consider allowing banners, they could submit something in writing.   

Re-Bidding Sanitation Contract:  Mayor Douglass reported Beck-Tel is not included on the re-bid sheet because they did not re-bid.  In my e-mail to you, he said, I included the difference between curb service versus valet as $78,936 annually.  We'll discuss this later along with passing the 2011-2012 Budget. 

Point-of-Sale "A" City - "B" Pool City:  Mayor Douglass gave a brief synopsis of the difference between an "A" City and a "B" City and stated that understandably, "A" Cities want to maintain the money for their city and not have it go into the "Pool" ("B" City).  The two are trying to negotiate a compromise.  Right now, Mayor Douglass said, I don't see anything happening within the 2012 Budget.  The two sides are not talking to each other at this point.   

Wooded Areas:  Mayor Douglass pointed out that in the Alderpersons packets are letters and maps that show the properties going up to the retaining wall.  He reminded the Board Members that St. Louis County is going to spray the weeds on the retaining wall this week.  Mr. Murphy states he cannot get to the back of his property with a lawn mower because of the trees intersecting the back yard and this area abutting the retaining wall.  The conclusion of the discussion was, it is unfortunate for Mr. Murphy and no one could blame him for being unhappy with the outcome of his having to figure a way to get it mowed, but no one knows what else can be done.   

Seat Belt:  Mayor Douglass explained the letter City Hall received from the St. Louis County Municipal League with an attorney's unsolicited opinion that it is against the law to conduct primary stops on motor vehicles if anyone is caught not wearing a seat belt and that if such ordinance were passed, might not hold up in court.  It was stated at the meeting that St. Louis County is a Charter County and by being one of only four in Missouri, can pass legislation of their pleasing.  Since St. Louis County both passed the ordinance and serves our policing service contract, he sees no reason to change our ordinance.   

Bamboo:  Mr. Roberts phoned Mayor Douglass last month to state he is locating more cities that are prohibiting all plantings of bamboo in their code.  We will look into this. 

Kehrs Mill Road Design Issue:  Mayor Douglass reminded all present the trouble our citizens are encountering with the rebuild of Kehrs Mill Road and the continuing problem of water washing over Kehrs Mill Road in times of heavy rain.  He placed a call to the St. Louis County Highway Department who said the department received a design from one of their engineers but were not happy with it.  They asked the engineer to come up with another design. 

July Newsletter:  Mayor Douglass reminded everyone present of the last newsletter that went out and the promised date for a newly-formatted newsletter to be delivered electronically on a quarterly basis.  He also said copies will be available at City Hall.  One Alderperson suggested we include it on the website.  Mayor Douglass said the City's database of e-mail addresses lacked several subdivisions and we'll get that updated.   

Alderpersons' Reports 

Foreclosed House In Kehrs Mill Estates:  Alderperson Meyer reported the foreclosed house in his subdivision that required major exterior work was fixed up completely and should go on the market soon. 

Encroaching Bamboo:  Alderperson Schultz reported that MoDOT cut back the bamboo in front of the home abutting Clarkson Road at the south subdivision entrance.  He said it took them over four hours to cut back the one-foot wide section. 

City Attorney's Report 

There was no report.   


2009 International Building, Residential, and Property Maintenance Codes with Amendments:  Per mention above, this vote will be delayed until next month.   


Real Estate Sign Discussion:  Alderperson Shea mentioned that by virtue the City requested Bova Realty to reduce the size of their sign, this Board should pass an ordinance for temporary attachments.  Mayor Douglass requested Alderperson Shea to ask any friends selling real estate for the exact term of the attachments.  Alderperson Schiller mentioned that while reviewing the signage code, she found the wording "Ballwin" Police Department showing up twice within the ordinance. 

Discuss Sanitation Re-Bids and Contract for 2011-2012:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion the City contract with Meridian Waste for valet pickup and if the anticipated budget does not come to fruition, the City could revert to the option for curbside pickup.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  Alderperson Schultz stated his thought was this is a really big mistake.  It would save the City $80,000 per year and would be a lot easier to cut this service now than to pass a new tax.  Alderperson Shea disagreed, stating the City discontinued yard waste and the residents are not willing to keep giving up their services.  Alderperson Meyer stated the cost for residents desiring valet is only $7.60 per month and surely our neighbors can afford that amount.  Alderperson Sittser stated the Board does not have a clear understanding of what the citizens want and that perhaps we should conduct a survey in the newsletter.  It was asked if Alderperson Schiller wanted to re-do the motion, to which she did not.  The motion as stated above stands.  A roll call vote was taken to pass the sanitation contract awarding it to Meridian Waste with the following results:  Ayes: Midyett, Schiller, Shea and Sittser.  Nays:  Meyer and Schultz.  Everyone agreed this item should be included in the newsletter. 

Alderperson Sittser then made a motion the Board create a survey within the next thirty (30) days.  Alderperson Schiller seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken to pass the motion to conduct a survey with the following results:  Ayes: Meyer, Midyett and Sittser.  Nays:  Schiller, Schultz and Shea.  The tiebreaker was delivered by Mayor Douglass who voted affirmatively, but with the proviso that he will make up the survey with everyone's input.  If we can't agree on the question, we will re-work it until we agree. 

2011-2012 Budget:  Alderperson Shea made a motion to pass the 2011-2012 Budget with the change of incorrect dates showing on draft.  A roll call vote was taken to pass the Budget as amended with the following results:  Ayes: Meyer, Midyett, Schiller, Shea and Sittser.  Nays:  Schultz.  Mayor Douglass declared the Budget as passing. 

"Wooded Area" Discussion:  Mayor Douglass asked if there was any further discussion regarded the properties abutting Kehrs Mill Road as being a "wooded area"?  And a consensus felt if they planted trees on the property it would be considered a wooded area.   

Audit:  A motion was made by Alderperson Sittser to approve for payment invoices in the amount of $70,740.09, seconded by Alderperson Midyett.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

Alderperson Schultz made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Sittser.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The Meeting of the Board of Aldermen adjourned at 7:45 p.m.   

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk


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