City of Clarkson Valley

Minutes of March 2004 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), March 2, 2004.

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 Sharp had several questions regarding the Minutes.  Upon hearing there was an updated version, Alderperson Twichell made a motion to accept the Minutes, seconded by Alderperson Gatto. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  


Note: at the February Meeting of the Board of Aldermen, Bill No. 270 was considered to allow hunting.  In the course of discussion, primarily with the specialist from the Missouri Department of Conservation, Ms. Erin Shank, it was determined by vote the most appropriate course of action would be to allow a Damage Control Hunt - Bait and Sharpshoot in the Kehrs Mill Trails Subdivision.  City Hall received many telephone calls both in support of this hunt and opposed.  The people wishing to speak at this meeting were all residents of the Kehrs Mill Trails Subdivision.

Mrs. Lynn Dolson commented that she hopes the City will continue to allow controlled hunts sanctioned by the Missouri Department of Conservation. 

Mrs. Rebecca Sparks was concerned with the safety aspect.  She would like the citizens of her subdivision to be advised when a hunt was in progress.

Mr. Tom Young would like to know that a procedure is in place before another hunt is considered.  He complained of this hunt as showing a disdain for the residents and felt is was both reckless and irresponsible.

Both Jack and Diane Hauser spoke against the hunt.  Mr. Hauser wanted to know who has jurisdiction over this hunt and asked for a copy of last month's Minutes.  He was concerned that there was not a process in place for the landowners and shooters to follow.  Mrs. Hauser stated that she telephoned Ms. Erin Shank, who explained the Bait and Sharpshoot hunt but was concerned that the hunt was not handled correctly.  She mentioned that the hunt is authorized through March 23rd. 

Mrs. Janet Young spoke of hearing gunshots fired in her subdivision.  She telephoned the Ballwin Police, who were unaware the hunt began.  She stated her belief that the residents in her subdivision should be and need to be informed of dates, times and addresses along with the additional information if the shooter is using guns or bows.

Mayor Douglass summarized what took place at the February Meeting of the Board of Aldermen.  He explained that the problem was brought to the City from residents of the Kehrs Mill Trails Subdivision.  He explained that the normal (ideal) number of deer per square mile is twenty but in this particular area it is eighty-six.  And he explained how the Alderpersons passed a Moratorium to Temporarily Suspend Code Prohibiting Discharge of Weapons in order to hold this Damage Control Hunt - Bait and Sharpshoot.  After its initial weekend hunt, the Conservation Department suspended the hunters' ability to fire guns and mandated that only bows be used.  He stated the City is not in charge of the process.  He concluded by stating the hunt will end on March 23rd and there are no provisions for a hunt in the future.

Mr. Tom Young explained to those present how the hunter is instructed to shoot, i.e. shooting from above toward the ground, the location on the deer where the bullet or arrow is supposed to enter, etc.  Mrs. Janet Young stated that she would like for the residents of Kehrs Mill Trails to be informed as to which properties the hunts would take place.

Mayor Douglass said that when the hunt is scheduled, the hunters and/or landowners have been directed to call City Hall. 

Mrs. Melinda Twichell went on record as saying that she voted against the hunt. 


Ballwin Police Report: Captain Rick Wise handed out the Police Summary for February 2004.  There were no questions. 

Mayor's Report:

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of February 2004 was $12,942.13.

Request For Proposal - Police Contract:  Mayor Douglass reported that the RFP's were mailed several weeks ago to Ballwin, Chesterfield, Ellisville and St. Louis County.  He explained that St. Louis County could offer alternatives in the bid process and he would have more information next month.

Wanted - Building Commissioner:  He reported that the City received a resume from someone applying for the position of Building Commission.  We will be looking at that resume and any additional applicants as they become available. 

State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) - Flood Insurance:  Mayor Douglass reported that a representative of SEMA met with Frank Hodgdon and him at City Hall.  He said that after reviewing maps and talking about the floodplain and how it relates to Clarkson Valley, the three of them drove through the subdivision of Kehrs Mill Trails. This was to become more aware of where the lots are that are potentially located in a one hundred year flood area.


Alderpersons’ Reports

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  Mayor Scott Douglass explained that this would be Mary Ann Gatto's second-to-last meeting she will attend as Alderperson.  He publicly thanked her for all the work she did over the years in obtaining, putting together, tracking and maintaining the Clarkson Valley website.  He said Mrs. Gatto would be honored at the May meeting with an Open House.  This will also give the residents a chance to meet her replacement, he said.

Deer Hunt:  Alderperson Shea mentioned that she had been out of town for ten days and apologized to everyone for not being there when the hunt began.  She stated that she would like meet with the Trustees of Kehrs Mill Trails to find their thoughts on the hunt.

Audit:  Alderperson Sharp made a motion seconded by Alderperson Shea to have invoices in the amount of $70,975.99 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

Alderperson Twichell made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Sharp.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk

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