Minutes of March 2015 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), March 3, 2015.

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. A roll call was taken with the following results:




 Mayor Scott Douglass 




Ward 1

  Alderperson Jim Meyer

Alderperson Dan King

Ward 1


Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2


Alderperson Amy Setnicka Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

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 Minutes from the February 3rd meeting.  Alderperson Midyett seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken to accept the Minutes with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 




Mr. Tom Sommers, whose family resides in Forest Hills Club Estates, spoke about a dog bite his son received on February 8th.  All details were given to the Members of the Board, however, the Municipal Code limits the City as to what it can and cannot do.  A Board Member suggested that an affidavit submitted to the City signed by the neighbor living on the other side of the dogís owner, whose son was bitten approximately three years ago would be the next step towards providing evidence of the character of the dog.  There was apparently a medical report taken at the time, which would also help the documentation aspects of this complaint, Alderperson King said.  The City Attorney conveyed to Mr. Sommers that the Board is not in a position to say what they would or could do at this time.


Mr. Dan Fox with the West Newsmagazine presented the City Clerk, Michele McMahon a framed certificate and congratulated her for being chosen as one of the 2014ís Best of West - Best Civic Servant.  She thanked him and Mayor Douglass for the honor and said she is thankful for being able to work for such a wonderful city. 




St. Louis County Police Report:  Officer Wehner gave the February 2015 Activity Report. 


Mayorís Report


Mayor Douglass reported on the following items:


Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of February 2015 was $10,062.00. 


Sanitation Contract:  He informed the Alderpersons that At Your Service (d/b/a/ Meridian Waste) is going to alter their proposal from a 1-1/2% increase down to a 1% increase.  He mentioned that a short audit of neighboring cities shows Chesterfield residents pay $13.92; Ellisvilleís residents pay $14.21 and Winchesterís residents pay $19.16.  These amounts are all per month; one time per week; curbside trash and recycling pickup.  We are currently paying Meridian $12.24 per month per household.


Court Reform:  Patrick Butler will discuss the sunshine law request submitted by the Post Dispatch later in the meeting.  Mayor Douglass reminded the Board Members of the meeting held last fall with the Judge and Court Clerk in attendance and stated our court is operating under the best practices.  He also mentioned Senate Bill 5 which is sponsored by Eric Schmitt, making a side commentary that Mr. Schmitt happens to serve our district and is running for Republic nominee for State Treasurer.  Bill No. 5 modifies the law commonly referred to as the Macks Creek Law, and if passed would bring the ability of a municipality to collect traffic fines down to the amount of 10% of revenue versus the 30% currently allowed.


County Sales Tax Distribution:  He stated Representative Allen is proposing a Bill that would cap the amount at 50%.  This would mean a decrease of $10,000 for our city, which isnít that bad. 


IRA for Employees:  Mayor Douglass mentioned the IRA and reported he is still working on the details how best to set up the account. 


Mobile Ticket Printer:  He stated the police officers are requesting a third ticket printer for the third police car and he feels this would be a good time to buy one.  Alderperson King made a motion to approve the purchase, seconded by Alderperson Midyett.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.


Alderpersons' Reports


Sledding on Private Property:  Alderperson Schiller mentioned that with the recent snowy weather weíve experienced, she witnessed people sledding on her property adjacent to Forest Hills golf course.  She wanted to remind residents this is not a good idea to allow this due to liability issues.  Everyone agreed.


City Attorney's Report


Patrick Butler explained the City received a letter from the Post Dispatch requesting certain court records.  He reminded everyone that with Sunshine Law requests, you do not have to customize a record which is what we would have to do in this case to fulfill the request.  The Board Members agreed we should not respond to the request until the time we hear what other cities are doing with the request.




There was no unfinished business.




There was no new business.


Audit:  Alderperson King made a motion to approve for payment invoices in the amount of $79,627.78 seconded by Alderperson Schultz.  A voice vote was taken to approve the audit with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.


Alderperson Midyett made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson King.  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 8:35 p.m. 



Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk


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