City of Clarkson Valley

Minutes of March 2002 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), March 5, 2002.

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 Sharp
Alderperson Honora Schiller Ward 2
Alderperson Victoria Brenner Ward 2
Alderperson Mary Ann Gatto Ward 3
Alderperson Melinda Twichell Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon

A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell to approve the Minutes of February 5, 2002, seconded by Alderperson Schiller. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.


Mr. Jack Hauser, of the Kehrs Mill Trails Subdivision questioned the Board about the Sewer Lateral Repair Policy, stating that he did not receive information on this as yet. Mayor Douglass explained the policy to him and told him the Newsletter, which gives further detail, will be mailed within the week. Alderperson Gatto also stated that the web site includes a link for sewer lateral and contains all procedures, policies, applications, etc.


Ballwin Police Report:

Captain Saulters introduced Officer George Boswell and asked him to relate a rather compelling story. He told of an investigation into a hit-and-run accident that happened to the Forest Hills Club Estate's Guard House. A sliver of amber-colored taillight and (what could be taken as) a flake of white paint were found at the scene and it appeared that the perpetrator backed a white vehicle into the structure. While visiting a Quiktrip in Ballwin, Officer Boswell happened upon a white vehicle parked at a ninety-degree angle with damage to the rear. Brick fragments remained imbedded in the cars paint. He questioned the driver of the vehicle, asking him how the damage was done to the car and the youth told the police officer that while at his father's office, he backed it into the dumpster. Officer Boswell at that time stated he was investigating an accident and there appeared to be similarities between the damage of the car and the damage at the crime scene at which time the youth confessed. Because the youth was sixteen, Officer Boswell referred him to the Juvenile Division of St. Louis County.

Walter DeGrendele, President of Trustees of Forest Hills Club Estates, thanked Officer Boswell, saying his effort in solving this crime was most appreciated. He said that this exemplary work is typical of the service the residents of Clarkson Valley receive from Ballwin's Police Force.

Mayor's Report:

Mayor Douglass reported on the following:

Court Report: The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of February 2002 was $10,877.00.

Sidewalks, Swingsets and Deer: Mayor Douglass reported that the topics of sidewalks, swingsets and deer were discussed in Closed Session before the meeting.

Alderpersons' Reports:

Ballwin Police - Accolade: Alderperson Twichell commended Ballwin Police for their excellent work in solving the "leaving the scene" accident and issued a "Thank You!" from the Board.

Carson Swim Pool: Alderperson Twichell asked Mayor Douglass how the Carson pool project was proceeding. She reminded those present that this is a pool that has been under construction since 1997 with no water in the pool to date. Mayor Douglass explained that the fencing in both side yards extended beyond the building lines and it appears at this time the Carson's attorney has submitted the necessary paperwork to schedule a Board of Adjustment Hearing.

Web Site: Alderperson Gatto reported that she formatted the new sign ordinances to the web site, further stating that she created a link to the site in red. She updated the web pages with such updates as the changes to traffic fines and the budget and several minor e-mail address changes and trustee name changes. Everyone thanked her.

Beautification: Alderperson Gatto reported that she telephoned Joe Pawlowitz and gave him the go-ahead to spray the berm again this year.

Newsletter:Alderperson Gatto reported that the Newsletter was ready to print and distribute. She explained why the dates for the Subdivision Trustee Meetings were not included and went on to say the topics included in this Newsletter were: Notes from the joint Sharing of Information Meeting attended by the subdivision trustees; meeting information regarding the Clarkson Road sound barrier, sewer lateral repair policy and procedure; new holiday trash schedule among other topics, and the Mayor's corner consisted of the inter-city Mutual Aid Agreement. Everyone, again, thanked Alderperson Gatto for all the hard work she does to ensure that this newsletter comes to fruition on a quarterly basis.

Sound Barrier Wall: Alderperson Schiller reported she spoke to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) who informed her that in addition to the eleven homes on the west side of Clarkson Road, two more subdivisions qualified for the sound barrier wall. One of the newly-qualified subdivisions is Westhampton, which is in our City. The other subdivision is located in Ballwin and is located just north of the Westhampton subdivision. MoDOT intends to survey the residents of the affected cities before location, color, height, and texture are determined. Other alternatives to the cement barrier include landscaping and decorative fencing. Alderperson Gatto stated that dates are not yet available but explained that when a meeting with MoDOT is arranged, letters will be sent to all residents with the date, time and location of the meeting. Mayor Douglass reminded all those present that no decision will be made without these town meetings or ample input from residents.

Attorney's Report

City Attorney, Patrick Butler stated that for future reference, in an uncontested, non-partisan election, a fourth-class city may opt to not hold an election whereby saving the city money. Everyone found that interesting and thanked him for the information.

Unfinished Business


A motion was made by Alderperson Brenner to introduce and pass Bill No. 0240. Alderperson Shea seconded the motion. Mayor Douglass read the Bill for the first time. Alderperson Gatto disseminated a letter addressed to her and signed by Michael Sprung, a property owner in the Westhampton Subdivision who also serves as a subdivision trustee. The letter stated his request that the Board support Bill No. 0240. After receiving answers to several questions that Mike Sprung asked of the Board he rescinded his approval of the Bill. Several other Westhampton Trustees were present and they stated that they continued to support the Bill and requested the Board to vote in favor of same. Jack Hauser, a resident of the Kehrs Mill Trail Subdivision, stated his opinion that should a subdivision experience problems of this nature, it is the subdivision's responsibility to change its indentures and that he is not in favor of amending the definition. Mark Roberts, a resident of Clarkson Mill Subdivision, stated first a fact and then an opinion. He explained that on a standard, one-acre lot with building lines as set in the City, the allowed buildable area is only thirty percent of your property. He feels that it is not necessary for the City to further restrict the landowner. Alderperson Schiller stated that she does not think the City should limit the extension of the connecting element to twenty feet (20'). Further stating there were too many variables (size/shape of lot, etc.) to regulate all lots with this one definition, further stating that the Architectural Review Board along with the Subdivision Trustees should be the ones to say whether a project may go forth or not. She then made a motion to remove the twenty feet (20') in lineal length/sixteen feet (16') in total depth restriction in the definition proposed tonight. The motion was seconded by Alderperson Shea.

City Attorney, Patrick Butler, reminded the Members of the Board and those present that when these figures were adopted into this Bill, they were not arbitrary numbers. Building Commissioner, Norman Fott, as an architect felt that in his opinion the twenty feet (20') in lineal length/sixteen feet (16') in total depth restriction would make the connecting element flow from the connected garage to the main building. After further discussion, a voice vote was taken on the motion to amend Bill No. 0240 with the following results: three negative votes and two affirmative votes. Whereby Mayor Douglass declared the motion as having failed. There was a motion made by Alderperson Twichell, seconded by Alderperson Gatto to remedy a minor typographical error. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0240 the second time, as amended. A roll call vote was taken with the following results: Ayes: Brenner, Gatto and Twichell. Nays: Schiller and Shea. Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared that Bill No. 0240 did not have the required number of affirmative votes necessary to pass and has failed, explaining that four affirmatives votes are required in order to pass an ordinance.

New Business


A motion was made by Alderperson Gatto to introduce and pass Bill No. 0239. Alderperson Schiller seconded the motion. Mayor Douglass read the Bill for the first time. Upon hearing no questions, he read the Bill for the second time. A roll call vote was taken with the following results: Ayes: Brenner, Gatto, Schiller, Shea and Twichell. Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0239 passed and is now Ordinance No. 02-04.

Audit: Alderperson Twichell made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Shea, to have invoices in the amount of $63,557.98 approved for payment. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

A motion was made by Alderperson Brenner to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Alderperson Shea. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk

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