Minutes of June 2014 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), June 3, 2014.

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 Meyer

Ward 1


Alderperson Dan King

Ward 1


Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

Alderperson Amy Setnicka 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 Midyett 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:  Sgt. Warner gave the May 2014 Activity Report.   

Mayor’s Report 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of May 2014 was $11,918.00.   

Ameren's Franchise Fee:  Mayor Douglass reported he spoke with the Ameren representative this month.  They are in the process of negotiating the contract to collect franchise utility fees and will have it soon.  There appears to be a paragraph included in the contract from 2005 that we would eliminate going forward which should increase the fees we receive.  Due to this, we have included additional monies in the budget. 

Police Contract:  Mayor Douglass reported he met with Sgt. Warner and Captain Cunningham this past month.  They agreed to try to have officers familiar with the City when filling the various shifts. 

            Budget:  Mayor Douglass asked everyone to look at the proposed budget in the packets.  He spoke first about the revenue side of the budget and finished with the expense side.  He spoke about proposed sales tax and utility taxes which might affect the budget this year.  Then mentioned the sanitation contract is slated to increase by 1%, and the police contract is scheduling a 3.4% increase.  He also explained the thoughts regarding health and dental insurance and is estimating an increase of 9% and 8% respectively.  He also mentioned looking into a retirement program (LAGERS) for the City's employees.   

Alderpersons' Reports 

Mayor's Induction as President of the Board for the St. Louis County Municipal League:  Alderperson King congratulated Mayor Douglass and stated he enjoyed both his speech and the inauguration.  He concluded by saying he was sure the MML was going to have a great year with Mayor Douglass at the helm. 

Stop Signs On Forest Club Drive:  Alderperson Schultz mentioned the request from the Forest Hills Club Estates Trustees to allow two stop signs on Forest Club Drive; one by the bag drop-off and the other by the bridge.  Mayor Douglass said the police would conduct a survey to see if this would be warranted and a report would be made after that time.  Sgt. Warner said the surveillance is called a stealth stat.  The box is left for several days and the data is then gathered.  He also spoke of the 85th percentile, whereupon they exclude the top speeders and the lowest speeders.  Alderperson Setnicka explained the reason the citizens are requesting these stop signs is a matter of child safety.  Alderperson Schultz concluded by saying however the Board renders its decision, the Trustees will not pursue it any longer.  On a different note, he mentioned the inattentive golf cart drivers and the underage drivers of these carts has greatly decreased. 

Use of Wireless Telephones and Electronic Devices While Driving:  Alderperson Meyer made the remark that using cell phones and texting while driving is dangerous.  He mentioned his hometown has a "hands-free" rule and stated he would like Clarkson Valley to consider passing something similar.   

City Attorney's Report 

There was no report.   


There was no unfinished business.   


2014-2015 Budget:  After it was affirmed the City was in receipt of the police contract and that it increased by 3.4%, Alderperson Schiller made a motion to approve the Budget.  Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and Mayor Douglass declared it approved and passed. 

Audit:  Alderperson King made a motion to approve for payment invoices in the amount of $63,364.49 seconded by Alderperson Midyett.  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 Schultz.  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 8:15 p.m. 

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk


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