City of Clarkson Valley
Missouri

Minutes of March 2005 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), March 1, 2005.
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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 Susan Shea Ward 1

Alderperson Jim Sharp

Ward 1

 

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

 

Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2    

Alderperson Melinda Twichell 

Ward 3

 

Alderperson Walter Mixson Ward 3 

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

A motion was made by Alderperson Walt Mixson who stated, because of budgetary constraints, he would like to remove the proposal to spray insecticide on blue spruce, arborvitae and the berm’s evergreens from this month’s Agenda.  He would also like to remove the proposal for berm maintenance from the Agenda.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell to accept the Minutes.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

 
REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS:
  

Mr. Jim Meyer, a resident of Kehrs Mill Estates, said he would like to see the Board of Aldermen approve the Ordinance this evening that prohibits the feeding of certain wildlife. 

Mrs. Laurie Engleman, a resident of Kehrs Mill Trails, stated that it is unfair for the City to approve the Monarch Fire Protection District’s request to use a house in her subdivision slated for demolition for the purpose of search and rescue training because hers are private roads.  She concluded that the City shares no burden with this kind of activity.  Mrs. Engleman also stated her desire to see that the City addresses the possibility of a tree ordinance in the future. 

Mrs. Janet Young, a resident of Kehrs Mill Trails, said she believes the Board is overstepping its boundaries with regard to prohibiting the feeding of deer and animals.  “I don’t think it’s been thought out completely.”  She asked if the Board has considered the planting of hostas, etc. as food for the deer?  Regarding the fire training, she said she would like to see signage posted indicating No Parking This Side of Street, which is available at City Hall.  

Mrs. Linda Hennessey, a new resident of Dunhill Subdivision, gave kudos to the City’s website and said she went online to look up basic information and just happened to catch the Agenda item for the ordinance prohibiting motor scooters.  She asked why this came about?  Mayor Douglass explained last month’s meeting where the Alderpersons were asked by St. Louis County Health Department to consider establishing a law requiring minors riding bicycles, motor scooters, skateboards, etc. to wear helmets.  In discussion, it was determined the Board felt that helmets were a family matter but discussion turned to the possibility of banning motorized scooters from the streets due to safety concerns.  He concluded by saying the Board then asked for language to consider a possible ordinance.  Mrs. Hennessey said her son uses his scooter to get around the neighborhood.  That is how he gets back and forth from his friends homes, she said.  She asked if this were being considered because other cities were passing similar laws?  Were there complaints?  She said if it were a noise issue, one family in her subdivision had a noisy scooter, but the homeowner replaced it.  She concluded by saying that it is her hope the Board looks fully into the matter before passing an ordinance.

REPORTS

Ballwin Police Report: Captain Bobbie Saulters disseminated the Police Summary for February 2005.  Referring to the Police Summary, Alderperson Schiller asked Captain Saulters why February 2005’s TRAFFIC TICKETS & WARNINGS were so much lower than February 2004?  (130 vs. 267)  Captain Saulters said that has to do with temperatures and weather conditions.  Alderperson Twichell said she would like to see Forest Club Drive, the main street in her subdivision, monitored between the hours 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  She asked if the police could hide in someone’s driveway thereby being more likely to issue tickets?

Mayor's Report:

Court Report: The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of February 2005 was $14,669.92.  

Budgetary Concerns:  Mayor Douglass reported that we would probably hold a working session this month to discuss budgetary issues.  He explained that legislature last year made an adjustment to the Hancock Amendment, which reduced our taxes – making constituents happy, but ultimately wreaking havoc on municipalities.  

Trustees Sharing of Information Meeting:  Mayor Douglass explained there will be a meeting of the Subdivision Trustees March 23rd from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.  The Alderpersons are invited.  He said, with the help of this collective group, we will try to resolve some problems.  

Building Commissioner Resigned:  Mayor Douglass announced that due to personal reasons, the Building Commissioner turned in his resignation.  We have placed ads and are actively searching for a replacement.   

County Considering Ban on Smoking in Public Buildings:  Mayor Douglass asked the Alderpersons if they wanted to voice an opinion to St. Louis County’s Board of Aldermen regarding the proposed no-smoking ordinance?  There was a short discussion with comments made by both opponents and proponents of the Bill, however, the concluding comment was made by Alderperson Twichell who stated she does not like that the six Alderpersons are discussing this issue with no opportunity to do research or talk to their constituents.

Alderpersons’ Reports

West St. Louis County Deer Task Force:  Because Alderperson Shea was out of town last month; Mayor Douglass explained that he attended the Public Forum in her place.  He said he was approached by several people, who voiced kudos to Mrs. Shea for serving on the committee, saying she added so much to their group.  He said she missed his public thanks last month, but wanted to reiterate his appreciation for all her hard work.  Alderperson Shea said they are having another task force meeting tomorrow and she will give a report next month. 

City Attorney’s Report 

Patrick Butler, City Attorney, stated that he will be having a conference call with attorneys from Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and will learn later this week whether they will be meeting as previously determined.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Mayor Douglass said that we would be discussing the budget at the next session.

NEW BUSINESS 

Forest Hills Country Club’s Request for Temporary Modular Building:  Mayor Douglass reminded those present that last year at this same time, the Board passed Ordinances defining Temporary Modular Buildings and allowing temporary placement by vote of the Board.  This year’s request from Forest Hills Country Club is identical to that of the past two years.  A motion was made by Alderperson Sharp to allow the temporary modular building in order to house its Summer Day Camp Program.  Alderperson Mixson seconded the motion.  Alderperson Twichell asked Carol Murphy, representative of Forest Hills Country Club, to discontinue sending photographs of the Day Camp in future years - that a letter is sufficient.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

BILL NO. 0296 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE III: TRAFFIC CODE, CHAPTER 300: GENERAL PROVISIONS, SECTION 300.020: DEFINITIONS BY ADDING A NEW DEFINITION FOR MOTORIZED SCOOTER AND MOTORIZED SKATEBOARD. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell to introduce Bill No. 0296.  Alderperson Sharp seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read the Bill for the first time.  Alderperson Schiller stated she would like to postpone discussion of this Bill and Bill No. 0297, the Ordinance prohibiting the operation of scooters until next month saying she was unaware there were people from subdivisions in her ward who were in favor of the scooters.  The motion was seconded by Alderperson Mixson.  Mayor Douglass said the Board discussed skateboards several years ago and at that time, the Board chose not to prohibit skateboards.  He said we could delay discussion on motor scooters indefinitely but if you want it on next month’s Agenda, to please let him know.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results: Ayes: Mixson, Schiller, Sharp, Shea, Sittser, and Twichell.  Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared the motion as passed. 

BILL NO. 0298 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE II: PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE, ARTICLE I. IN GENERAL, SECTION 215.010: ENUMERATION, BY ADDING A NEW PARAGRAPH 19. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Shea to introduce Bill No. 0298.  Alderperson Sharp seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read the Bill for the first time.  Alderperson Sittser asked for a definition of the second paragraph, which begins, “No person shall deposit…” He asked if, while eating an apple he throws the core into the woods, is he in violation?  Alderperson Sharp responded that someone would have to file a complaint.  Whereupon City Attorney, Patrick Butler said the Prosecuting Attorney could not prosecute such a complaint.  Alderperson Twichell stated that people in our City who are placing corn, etc., know they are feeding the deer, which should end any confusion over the words “No person shall deposit…”.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0298 a second time.  There was no further discussion.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results: Ayes: Mixson, Schiller, Sharp, Shea, Sittser, and Twichell.  Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0298 as passed and is now Ordinance No. 05-01. 

BILL NO. 0299 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE III:  TRAFFIC CODE, CHAPTER 380: VEHICLE EQUIPMENT, ARTICLE I. LIGHT REGULATIONS, SECTION 380.010: WHEN LIGHTS REQUIRED, BY DELETING PARAGRAPH A AND ADDING A NEW PARAGRAPH A. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Schiller to introduce Bill No. 0299.  Alderperson Mixson seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read the Bill for the first time then explained that State Legislature passed this last year but the fine only came into effect December 1, 2004.  This law makes it mandatory to initiate ones headlamps when using windshield wipers or during periods of fog.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0299 a second time.  There was no further discussion.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results: Ayes: Mixson, Schiller, Sharp, Shea, Sittser, and Twichell.  Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0299 as passed and is now Ordinance No. 05-02. 

A RESOLUTION IN FAVOR OF THE MONARCH FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT CONCERNING FIELD TRAINING FOR INTERIOR STRUCTURAL FIRES AND RESCUE WITHIN THE CITY LIMIT OF CLARKSON VALLEY BETWEEN MARCH 21, 2005 AND APRIL 14, 2005. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell to introduce Resolution No. 05-01.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Resolution No. 05-01 in its entirety.  Mayor Douglass then introduced Mr. Robin Echele, Chief Training Officer of the Monarch Fire Protection District.  Mr. Echele explained various procedures and answered questions.  He said signs will be placed at the subdivision entrances stating “Fire Training in Progress” and will also list the dates.  He reiterated from last month’s meeting that all training would be to the interior of the building.  When they finish on the 14th, the building is scheduled to be demolished that same day.  Alderperson Mixson asked, "if it were necessary for a fire apparatus to get past the three trucks parked along Horseshoe Ridge Road during these periods of training, could it pass?"  To which Mr. Echele responded affirmatively.  Alderperson Mixson requested these participating entities use utmost consideration to the subdivision and its residents and to the private streets (regarding curbs, etc.).  Alderperson Schiller asked Captain Saulters if the Ballwin Police Department had any problems with this proposed exercise?  To which Captain Saulters responded they did not.  There was no further discussion.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results: Ayes: Mixson, Schiller, Sharp, Shea, Sittser, and Twichell.  Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared Resolution 05-01 as passed. 

Audit:  Alderperson Twichell made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Shea to have invoices in the amount of $70,603.54 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Alderperson Shea made a motion for the Board of Aldermen of Clarkson Valley to hold a closed meeting immediately after the adjournment of the regular open meeting to discuss matters falling under the provisions of RSMO Section 610.021, seconded by Alderperson Twichell.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

  
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Scott Douglass, Mayor

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ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk



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