Minutes of March 2012 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 6, 2012.
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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 Meyer

Ward 1

 

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

Alderperson Lin Midyett Ward 3
Alderperson Lin Midyett Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon   
 

Alderperson Schultz made a motion to accept the February 2012 Minutes.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken to accept the Minutes with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS 

Steve Jeffery, who is the attorney for Mr. and Mrs. Babb, introduced himself and spoke on behalf of the solar energy system being proposed by the Babb's.  Several residents of Kehrs Mill Estates Subdivision spoke in opposition of the proposal.   

REPORTS 

St. Louis County Police Report:  Officer Thom Taylor of the St. Louis County Police handed out the February Police Report.   

Mayor’s Report 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of February 2012 was $17,090.   

St. Louis County Sales Tax Revenue:  Mayor Douglass explained to those present that the St. Louis County sales tax is collected and distributed in accordance with state law.  The purpose of this tax is to provide revenues to county government and cities within the county.  A formula is used for this purpose.  The major part of this formula provides for a large portion of the tax generated by retail outlets within a city to be retained by that city while the remainder goes into a pool for other cities (mostly without retail).  The monies from the pool are distributed based on population to those cities.  The cities with retail are referred to as 'A' cities and pool cities are 'B' cities.  There are exceptions to the 'A' and 'B' classification, he said, for example the law states any city incorporated after 1984 is a 'B' city.  Therefore, Chesterfield is a 'B' city.  Clarkson Valley is a 'B' city.   

Chesterfield and Fenton have lobbyists in Jefferson City that have managed to introduce bills to either eliminate the pool altogether or make devastating changes causing pool cities to face financial crisis.  For example, a third of Clarkson Valley's revenue comes from this tax pool. 

There are more complexities to this tax that can and should be addressed, however, committees from the 'A' and 'B' cities could not reach a compromise proposal.  So there are numerous bills being introduced - if any are passed in this current forum, the results will be catastrophic for most St. Louis County cities.   

He concluded by asking everyone to please contact your state representative and state senator and request they vote no on House Bills 1335 and 1338.  A member of the audience asked that Mayor Douglass send them the contact information for the appropriate officials. 

Long Road Closure:  Mayor Douglass reported that St. Louis County would close Long Road from June 15 to July 15 due to construction.   

Alderpersons' Reports 

There were no reports. 

City Attorney's Report 

There was no report.  

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

BILL NO. 0433 – AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A SPECIAL USE PERMIT TO MR. JAMES BABB TO LOCATE SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS AT PROPERTY KNOWN AS 2001 KEHRSDALE CT. IN THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Schultz discuss and pass Bill No. 0433.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0433 for the first time.  Alderperson Shea asked for clarification purposes; was this the original proposal that went to Planning and Zoning?  To which the response was affirmative.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0433 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  There were no ayes.  Nays:  Meyer, Midyett, Schiller, Schultz, Shea and Sittser.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0433 as having failed. 

NEW BUSINESS 

Resolution No. 12-01 - Requesting the Public Service Commission opposes the proposed Ameren Missouri rate increase. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Shea to approve Resolution No. 12-01.  Alderperson Midyett seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Resolution No. 12-01 for the first time.  Upon discussion, Alderperson Midyett rescinded his second to the motion and Alderperson Shea rescinded the motion.   

Audit:  Alderperson Shea made a motion to approve for payment invoices in the amount of $62,090.96, seconded by Alderperson Schiller.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

Alderperson Meyer made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Sittser.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The Meeting of the Board of Aldermen adjourned at 8:15 p.m. 

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk

 

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