City of Clarkson Valley

Minutes of June 2003 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), June 3, 2003.

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. A roll call was taken with the following results:
Mayor Scott Douglass
Alderperson Jim Sharp Ward 1
Alderperson Susan Shea Ward 1
Alderperson Honora Schiller Ward 2 Alderperson Wendell Sittser
Alderperson Mary Ann Gatto Ward 3
Alderperson Melinda Twichell Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon

Alderperson Gatto made a motion to accept the Minutes, seconded by Alderperson Sharp. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 


Mr. Jim Kohoutek, a resident of Forest Hills Club Estates, told the Board that he would like to see the City keep its opposition to the sound walls alive.  He also inquired if the Board Members could fill him in on anything new to which Mayor Douglass responded there was nothing new to report.  He said he did expect to hold a sound wall committee meeting sometime during the month of June. 


Ballwin Police Report: Captain Saulters handed out the police report for May 2003.  She reported that they were running a lot of radar on Clarkson Road.  On a different note, she briefed the Members of the Board on the problem mentioned last month regarding the parking lot at the Early Childhood Center and how the Police Department handled it.  Mayor Douglass asked her to do a follow-up next year. 

Mayor's Report: Mayor Douglass reported on the following:

Court ReportThe total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of May 2003 was $15,161.39.

Budget:  He reported that he, Alderperson Sharp and City Clerk, Michele McMahon met during the past month and prepared the preliminary budget.  It will be discussed later. 

Trustees Sharing of Information Meeting:  He reported that representatives from nine of the City's twelve subdivisions attended the Trustees Sharing of Information Meeting on Wednesday, May 14th.  Among the topics discussed:  Storm water and funding privately maintained streets. 

Well Wishes to Wendell Sittser:  Mayor Douglass reported that he had an opportunity to check in with Alderperson Sittser following his surgery and was happy to report that Alderperson Sittser was doing well. 

Kingspointe Subdivision's Request for Indenture Changes:  Mayor Douglass reported that the trustees of Kingspointe are requesting indenture changes.  City Attorney, Patrick Butler will discuss that later in the meeting.   

Farm House on Kehrs Mill Road:  He reported that City Hall received a complaint regarding the aesthetics of the barn and outbuildings associated with the farm at 2215 Kehrs Mill Road.  The Building Commissioner, Norman Fott, was in touch with the owner, who agreed to meet Dr. Fott on the premises later this month.   

Alderpersons' Reports:

Airport Noise:  Alderperson Schiller reported that the Spirit of St. Louis Airport and St. Louis County were hosting two meetings this month as part of the FAR Part 150 Aircraft Noise and Land Use Compatibility Study.  She said that she plans to attend the Study Advisory Committee meeting that will be held on June 17.  There is also a Public Information Meeting to review the noise contours and associated data that came from this study.  It will be held June 18. 

Mosquito Traps at the Wetlands:  Alderperson Shea asked if the City would call the St. Louis County Health Department, requesting they lay traps to identify if there are mosquitoes at the site of the wetlands?

Unopened Pools - Potential Breeding Place for Mosquitoes:  Alderperson Twichell asked if there were ordinances regarding unopened pools to which, City Attorney, Patrick Butler responded the Code prohibits stagnant, standing water as part of the Nuisance Code.

Unacceptable Trash Pickup:  Alderperson Shea stated the trash pickup is becoming worse and worse.  She was also concerned with the time in which they were entering her subdivision and that of others along Kehrs Mill Road.  Alderperson Gatto mentioned that yard waste was still at her neighbor's house from the day before.  Mayor Douglass said he was working with representatives from Midwest Waste.  

Updating the Web Site:  Alderperson Gatto reported that she added the airport noise meeting notices to the web site and asked if anyone had ideas of how to post special notices at the site, she would like them to get in touch with her.

City Attorney's Report 

Voda Letter:  Patrick Butler spoke about a letter that was addressed to the Members of the Board of Aldermen and explained that the Voda's, owner of property at 2453 Kehrs Mill Road, would appreciate input and guidance regarding a possible rezoning of their property. Specifically, they were asking if there were "any vehement opposition to this property being rezoned to Office Space?"  Mr. Butler explained, however, that in order to rezone there are procedures that one must go through that cannot be bypassed.  He detailed that the petitioner must go before the Planning and Zoning Commission.  In order to do that they must have a site development plan.  Subsequent to the P&Z meeting, it goes to the Board of Aldermen.  He then stated his reluctance to advise Board Members to respond tonight whether or not they are in favor or opposed to the possibility of rezoning with none of the required steps having taken place.  He concluded that it might be stated at a later time should the Board Members respond tonight, that they had a preconceived bias before going through the process.

Alderperson Schiller stated that she is aware that people in her Ward do not want the property rezoned.  She stated that she would like to see the City politely remind them that their property is in the "A" District.  Someone else suggested that it would be an "uphill battle".

Kingspointe Subdivision's Request for Indenture Change:  Patrick Butler explained the request for indenture changes in the Kingspointe Subdivision as problematic.  The Trustees of the Kingspointe Subdivision are requesting that Kingspointe homeowners be no longer responsible for partial funding of the lake in Kehrs Mill Trails.  He stated that if the indentures were to be amended as they requested, the future of the lake is in question.  He concluded by saying that homeowners in Kehrs Mill Trails do not approve of these changes.

Old Business: 

Forest Hills Club Estates Trailer Proposal:  Mr. Scott Jaccard disseminated new information regarding the club's request to place a temporary trailer at Forest Hills Country Club to be used by the summer day campers.  He discussed the three issues raised at last month's meeting and responded to them: safety issues, aesthetics and trustee approval.  He said the building was now proposed for a different location, behind the club where it cannot be observed and where children will not be crossing the street.  He then described how the trustees are in favor of this proposal.  Alderperson Twichell stated that she was comfortable with the location and would like to see the request for this proposal succeed.  

Through discussion, it was determined there were three options open to the Members of the Board.  1) Put the trailer on a concrete base and make it a structure. 2) No ordinance change, but authorize a Special Use Permit after having the Planning and Zoning Commission look at the proposal with first, issuing a verbal moratorium of sorts - making Forest Hills Country Club immune from prosecution. 3) Make an ordinance change, sending this request to Planning and Zoning and receiving a Special Use Permit.

Alderperson Twichell stated her desire to do this in the most expeditious way possible.  Alderperson Sharp said the options available appeared to be circuitous, at best.  Alderperson Twichell made a motion to elect for the second option.  No ordinance change, but authorize a Special Use Permit after having the Planning and Zoning Commission look at the proposal with first, issuing a moratorium of sorts - making Forest Hills Country Club immune from prosecution.  Alderperson Sharp seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with four ayes, one nay.  The motion was declared as having passed.

Wellness Center Proposal:  Mayor Douglass explained that City Attorney, Patrick Butler, has been in discussion with the transaction attorney representing the Wellness Center.  Mr. Butler described their eagerness to work with the City and stated they would entertain any suggestions and any reasonable requests from Members of the Board.  On June 22 they plan to have available the drawings and detail regarding this proposal.  Mr. Butler then explained that instead of the PC Zoning, the Board could opt for an "Integrated Health Care Facility District".  He further explained that if anyone wants to put in retail, it must first be linked to the Wellness Center.  

Alderperson Schiller asked Mr. Butler if members of the Genesis Group were aware that people in her Ward were opposed to the idea of a Wellness Center.  She then shared knowledge of a petition that was circulated among residents of the Pleasant Valley Forest Subdivision.  After more discussion, Alderperson Twichell made a motion for the Members of the Board to hold a Working Session regarding this proposal.  Alderperson Sharp seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results:  Ayes:  Gatto, Sharp and Twichell.  Nays:  Schiller and Shea.  Whereupon, Mayor Douglass declared the motion as having passed. 

Bill No. 0256 - A Bill Amending BOCA:  Mayor Douglass reminded everyone that the Building Commissioner was contacted and a revision to the bond amounts was made.  He asked everyone to review the bond amounts for passage of Bill No 0256 at next month's meeting. 

New Business:  

Budget 2003-2004:  Mayor Douglass explained that Draft 1 of the budget was in their packets.  The Board would be voting on the Budget at next month's meeting.  

Request for Pyrotechnic Display:  Alderperson Twichell made a motion to approve Forest Hills Country Club's request to hold a fireworks display on July 4 with final approval coming from Chesterfield Fire Protection.  Alderperson Gatto seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.


Alderperson Sharp made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Shea to have invoices in the amount of $72,387.62 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Alderperson Sharp made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Schiller.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.


Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk

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