City of Clarkson Valley

Minutes of March 2003 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), March 4, 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 Ward 2
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 as amended, seconded by Alderperson Sharp. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Mr. Walter Mixson, a resident of the Westhampton Subdivision, spoke about his concern regarding the curb cuts at the old address of 2850 Clarkson Road.  He explained that the lot, which was previously owned by the Chen's, was resubdivided into four lots; three of which are completed or nearly completed.  He stated the builder responsible for these four lots removed the majority of the circular drive, however the curbing continues to maintain two breaches and uneven pavement along Clarkson Road.  Mayor Douglass said the City would call Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to find who is responsible for closing and repairing the curbing.  He would then respond back to Mr. Mixson with the answer. 

Mr. Patrick Murphy, a resident of Forest Hills Club Estates who opposes the proposed widening of Kehrs Mill Road, asked Mayor Douglass if he received a response from the St. Louis County Highways and Traffic Department (County) regarding the City's letter written February 10, 2003.  The Mayor said that he just received a faxed response that afternoon.  Mayor Douglass advised Mr. Murphy he would be mailing him a letter with the information received from the County.  It would include information from the Marquette High School Town Meeting and future plans for Kehrs Mill Road.  The County will be mailing a letter to all those that attended the Town Meeting to explain the final plans.

Mr. Fred Twichell commented that it was a particularly bad year regarding snow and it appears the subdivisions' snow removal bills surpassed their maximum allotted amount.  Mayor Douglass said the Board Members were going to discuss snow removal later in the Meeting.

Mr. Dean Seward, a resident of the Pleasant Valley Forest Subdivision, asked if there was anything that could be done regarding the litter along Valley Road.  He explained that many times he would clean the litter himself and within weeks the shoulder of the road would be covered with more trash.  He further explained that when he picks up the litter, there are many empty alcohol containers.  So much so that he is very concerned with the people who may be driving while drinking and/or violations regarding the open-container law.  He stated that he realized that Clarkson Valley was responsible for a tiny portion of Valley Road and said he had called Wildwood and St. Louis County Police who patrol for Wildwood, but the problem persists.  Mayor Douglass stated the City would take this issue to Wildwood on Mr. Seward's behalf.


Ballwin Police Report:

Captain Bobbie Saulters handed out the police report for February 2003.  Captain Saulters reported the signs in the Dunhill Subdivision were removed.  The parking problem with regard to students parking in front of certain homes and the trespassing to get to the high school ceased.  Alderperson Schiller, Mayor Douglass and the Board Members thanked Captain Saulters, the Student Resource Officer and the police department for their attention to this matter.

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 2003 was $16,804.50.

Jefferson City - Legislative Conference:  He reported that last week he attended the Legislative Conference and was able to meet with Senator Loudon.  They discussed the Lafayette Mayors' letter (sent to our legislators, copy attached) with emphasis on the changing of the method of distributing licensed taxes received from the current zip code method.  He was encouraged by the Senator's reaction to get such a change.

Building Fees Ordinance:  Mayor Douglass reported that he worked on the ordinance regarding building permit fees, which will be introduced tonight with a first reading.  Over the next month, we will look at what we are being charged for inspections, permit reviews and phone calls and the old permit fees that we collected versus what we are proposing to charge.  He explained that we are doing this, not to make money from the permit fees but to get the two more in line with each other. 

Sound Walls:  Mayor Douglass said the MoDOT District Engineer, Karen Yeoman, telephoned him to say the meeting with the effected residents would not take place until after the next committee meeting, which will take place in April or May. 

Sidewalks on Kehrs Mill Road - Meeting to take place with the County:  Mayor Douglass reported that he scheduled a meeting with Mr. Dennis Bice regarding the sidewalks on Kehrs Mill Road.  He will report on the outcome at the April Board Meeting. 

Alderpersons' Reports:

Evergreens to be Sprayed:  Alderperson Gatto reported that she received a call from Mr. Joe Pawlowitz, who sprays the evergreens for insects on the berm and north of the berm along Clarkson Road.  He said he would spray for the same price as the year before, which is $350.00 per spray with the recommendation that we spray twice (once in June and again in August) as we have in the past.  There were no objections.

Deer Problem - Revisited:  Alderperson Shea reported she received several telephone calls during the past month from unhappy residents regarding the abundant deer population. 

Rockwood School District - Bond Issue:  Alderperson Shea stated she received two phone calls from residents who were against the Kehrs Mill Road entrance to Marquette High School and said they were worried the campaign to prevent the entrance would offset passage of the bond issue.  Alderperson Sharp reported that, he too, received a phone call from a resident complaining about the proposed driveway.

FAR Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Study:  Alderperson Schiller reported that she distributed brochures she received from the Spirit of St. Louis Airport.  She also supplied City Hall with extra copies to have on hand for residents interested in the Noise Compatibility Study.  She said the noise monitoring is ongoing and there were no meeting dates set until April. 

Unfinished Business

Sidewalk on Kehrs Mill Road:  Alderperson Schiller mentioned that flags were placed on the Dempsky property indicating the location of a possible sidewalk.  She asked Alderperson Sittser if he knew anything about it?  He said the County placed the markers and they were to send a letter to Mr. Dempsky.  Mayor Douglass will follow up to ensure the letter is sent. 

Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs:  Alderperson Sharp reported that signs were being nailed to utility poles along Kehrs Mill Road and they were too high on the pole to be easily removed.  The handwritten signs appeared to be from one, very handy person advertising among other things, "Bob's Power-washing Services".  Mayor Douglass said we would direct "Bob" to remove the signs posthaste or face being fined.

Traffic Fines Deposited vs. Court Report:  Alderperson Sharp posed a question relating to the difference between the two amounts -- Traffic Fines Deposited as shown on the Revenue/Expense Report versus the Court Clerk Report.  The City Clerk stated she had been on vacation and was unable to make the last week's deposits in the month of February, which amounted to an abnormally high total because of a snow day on January's court day and February's court day fell during the week she was on vacation.  Nearly twice the amount of money came in that week than during a normal month and did not get posted in her journal until March. 

Parking Situation - Forest Hills Ridge Ct.:  Alderperson Sharp raised the question about a letter contained in this evening's packet directed to Mayor Douglass and the Board of Aldermen.  The letter regarded overflow parking from guests of that subdivision's residents and the parking restriction along their street due to it being used as a drop off point for students attending Marquette High School.  Mayor Douglass stated that he spoke with Captain Saulters, who resolved the issue.  This will be conveyed to the resident.

City Attorney’s Report:

Sewer Lateral Repair Fee Program Lawsuit:  Everyone thanked the City Attorney, Patrick Butler, for saving the City money by writing the letter requesting dismissal for the two class actions filed against our City for passing the ordinance on sewer lateral repair taxation (plus injunctive relief).  He announced that we received the first dismissal and are awaiting the second. 

There was no Old Business.

New Business:

BILL NO. 0254 – First Reading:  A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell to introduce Bill No. 0254.  Alderperson Sharp seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read the Bill for the first time, explaining that later this month the City would supply additional information about the impact of these suggested charges as it relates to current expenses.  He said the Bill was being introduced tonight and would like to have a second reading with any appropriate changes at the April meeting. 

Patrick Butler explained that in reviewing the Fee Schedule with Mayor Douglass, they found the fees were not keeping track with actual costs and this new Fee Schedule would establish more in-line fees and provide for an inflation factor.  A suggestion was made by one of the alderpersons to provide the inflation factor in the Alterations and Remodeling section.  Everyone agreed that was a good idea.  Alderpersons Sittser asked how the proposed fees compare to other cities?  Mr. Butler said they were in line with other cities.  Mayor Douglass suggested that we compare these fees with a few cities in the Lafayette Group and directed the City Clerk to make the phone calls.

Discussion took place on how the charges to the City were generated and suggestions were made how to lower them, but with further explanation, it was determined that the responsibility for approving and denying Building Permit Applications should be with the Building Commissioner's Office.  Alderperson Gatto asked how Norman Fott's fees compare to those of other cities?  Mayor Douglass stated that Norman's fees have not increased in over ten years.  Mr. Butler indicated that other cities' architectural/engineering fees on a per-hour basis run almost three times higher.

BILL NO. 0255 – First Reading:  A motion was made by Alderperson Sharp to introduce Bill No. 0255.  Alderperson Gatto seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read the Bill for the first time, explaining that the Bill was being introduced tonight and he would like to have a second reading with any appropriate changes at the April meeting.  Discussion took place regarding Charitable Solicitation and it was determined first, there did not appear to be an issue with the current ordinances, and second, the council members did not want to further regulate charitable solicitation.

Snow Removal - Policy Review:  With some discussion, it was decided there would be no changes to the formula.  Subdivision Trustees should tender invoices to City Hall as is usually done; submit in April for payment in May. 


Alderperson Gatto made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Schiller, to have invoices in the amount of $65,639.58 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 Shea.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk

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