Minutes of June 2012 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 5, 2012.
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Three Members of the Board of Aldermen were sworn-in:  Alderpersons King, Midyett and Sittser, to which everyone thanked them for volunteering.

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 Jim Meyer

Ward 1

 

Alderperson Dan King

Ward 1

 

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

Ward 2      Alderperson Wendell Sittser

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 Midyett 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 

There were no remarks, petitions or complaints.   

REPORTS 

St. Louis County Police Report:  Officer Thom Taylor of the St. Louis County Police introduced Officer David Steinmeyer and explained that Officer Steinmeyer would be taking his place as Neighborhood Patrol Officer due to his recent transfer to the Central Precinct.  Mayor Douglass stated on behalf of the Council, the gratitude the City has for the important role Officer Taylor played when making the transition to the St. Louis County Police five years ago.  Everyone gave Officer Taylor a round of applause and wished him well! 

Officer Steinmeyer 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 2012 was $19,357.76.  

Solar Energy System Lawsuit:  Mayor Douglass said he has been working with the attorney gathering information for the lawsuit on solar panels.   

Budget:  Mayor Douglass explained that it is hard to determine what the attorney fees will be for the purpose of determining the budget for this coming year because of the lawsuit.   

Plantings Behind Jersey Barrier:  Mayor Douglass said he spoke with a MoDOT representative who made it clear "the days of planting and maintaining the rights of ways in Missouri are over."  They will do no additional plantings because there is no money however they will remove dead trees.   

Alderpersons' Reports 

Street Signs Askew:  Alderperson Schultz made a motion to accept the bid from Simple Signs to have street signs in the City straightened and/or replaced if the pole is found to be damaged.  Alderperson Meyer seconded the motion.  Alderperson Schiller requested that we look further into this and mentioned the signage indicating house numbering on Chippenham east and west of Seven Oaks.  Alderpersons Meyer withdrew his second and Alderperson Schultz withdrew his motion.   

City Attorney's Report 

There was no report. 

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.   

Sanitation Contract:  Mayor Douglass thanked those present representing their hauling business for taking the time to attend this evening's meeting.  After a brief discussion among the Alderpersons, it was decided there were too many items requiring clarification, i.e. what day of week would each bidding company be servicing the City; senior citizen discount; leaf vacuuming, etc.  Mayor Douglass stated the city clerk would e-mail a list of these questions with a due date of June 19th.   

BILL NO. 0436 – 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 Schiller to pass Bill No. 0436.  Alderperson Midyett seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0436 the first time and interjected the new contract price amounts to less than 2% increase.  There was no discussion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0436 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results.  Ayes:  King, Meyer, Midyett, Schiller, and Schultz.  There were no nays.  It was declared Bill No.0436 passed and is now Ordinance No. 12-07. 

Buzz Westfall Award for Excellence in Local Government:  Alderperson Schultz spoke of the event he, Alderperson Midyett and former Alderperson Shea attended whereby the St. Louis County Municipal League chose Mayor Douglass for the first annual Buzz Westfall Award for Excellence in Local Government.  This award, he explained is given to an individual who exemplifies the best qualities of an elected leader.  Alderperson Schultz congratulated Mayor Douglass for being chosen the best mayor in the entire county.  There was a round of applause. 

Request of Wildwood to Consider Including Clarkson Valley on Boundary Commission Annexation Plan:  Jack Hauser, a resident of Kehrs Mill Trails Subdivision and who serves on the Board of Adjustment, asked about the recent articles about being included on the 5-year plan for annexation into Wildwood.  Mayor Douglass explained this is only a backup plan in case the City were to lose its sales tax revenue because of state legislation, which was looming ever present in both the House and Senate this year.  Mr. Hauser stated there is a third alternative - and that would be in the form of a City-imposed tax saying if you were to take the $345,500 budgeted this year for sales tax and divide that by the 905 total number of homes in the City, it would amount to $382 per household which could be charged to make up the difference.  

Audit:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to approve for payment invoices in the amount of $76,699.10, seconded by Alderperson Schultz.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

Alderperson Midyett made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Meyer.  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 8:10 p.m. 

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk

 

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