Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), March 1, 2005.
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. A
roll call was taken with the following results:
|Alderperson Susan Shea||
Alderperson Jim Sharp
|Alderperson Wendell Sittser||Ward
Alderperson Melinda Twichell
|Alderperson Walter Mixson||Ward 3|
Also in Attendance:
City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon
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:
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
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.
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.
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?
total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of
February 2005 was $14,669.92.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Mayor Douglass said that we would be discussing the budget at the next session.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Scott Douglass, Mayor
ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk
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