|City of Clarkson Valley
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. A roll call was taken with the following results:
|Mayor Scott Douglass|
|Alderperson Susan Shea||Ward 1|
|Alderperson Jim Sharp||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
A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell to amend the Minutes of April 2, 2002, to correct the spelling of a word. Alderperson Gatto 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 as amended, seconded by Alderperson Sharp. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.
REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS:
Mrs. Mary Ann Tiemeyer, a resident of Clarkson Mill Circle complained of water run-off from the five houses that constitute Forest Hills Ridge Estates. She indicated that their subdivision always had a water run-off problem, but the problem has tripled in the last few years. Mayor Douglass told Mrs. Tiemeyer that the City would investigate.
Mayor Douglass halted this portion of the meeting to introduce the newest member of the Board of Aldermen, Wendell Sittser. The City Clerk then swore in the three newly elected Members of the Board, MaryAnn Gatto, Susan Shea and Wendell Sittser. All were given a round of applause and Mayor Douglass congratulated them with a hearty handshake and a pat on the back.
A resident of the Clarkson Farm Subdivision, Mrs. Mary Swearingen, related her displeasure with the City of Ellisville regarding their decision to approve the parking lot for the CitiMortgage office building that backs up to her subdivision. She reminded those present that the residents of Clarkson Valley were originally informed by Ellisville's Engineer that CitiMortgage could not build the parking lot, then later reversed their decision. With the construction currently taking place, she complained about noise pollution, saying the workers start as early as 6:30 a.m. Her biggest concern, however, is the water run-off problem into the
lake in the Clarkson Farm Subdivision. She and another resident, Jessica Rosenstrauch, handed out pictures that showed not only a muddy lake, but in one series of pictures, what appeared to be a sudsy substance. She asked the Board who would take responsibility for silting of the lake and a possible fish kill? Alderperson Gatto said that it would be advantageous for their subdivision to perform a depth measurement as soon as possible, to which Mrs. Rosenstrauch said that before the project began they, along with the Missouri Department of Conversation, documented not only the depth of the lake but the fish count as well.
After further discussion a motion was made by Alderperson Gatto that the City would first contact the City of Ellisville's Engineer, Terry Caron along with the Project Manager for the CitiMortgage project, David Fraiser, and if the project was determined thus far to be constructed to the engineering specs of the original master plan, the City would then contract for services with a hydrologist (City Attorney, Patrick Butler, recommended David Hammer, Phd.). The motion was seconded by Alderson Twichell and a voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed
Mr. Tony Zafiropoulos, a Ballwin resident living on Clarkson Road, stated his desire that the City of Clarkson Valley oppose the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) sound barrier wall. He stated that in his opinion the sound barrier wall would negatively impact the area. He had signatures on a petition from 48 of his 52 neighbors who were opposed to the wall. His opinion is that the effect of the wall would create a "highway-like atmosphere" and people would tend to drive faster. He then shared the following scenario: if cars travel 10 mph faster on Clarkson Road, there would be a 5 decibel increase to the noise level negating the wall's affect. Mayor Douglass asked Alderperson Schiller to call MoDOT.
Ballwin Police Report: Officer Bergfeld reported that it was a slow month. Alderperson Gatto reported at last month's meeting that members of the Ballwin Police Department would be scrutinizing the traffic situation at Marquette High School. Mayor Douglass explained that traffic on Clarkson Road and Kehrs Mill Road is very congested and presents major problems on mornings when school is in session. He said he spoke with Captain Saulters about this issue and she indicated that the signal control is at its longest possible time span. He then asked Officer Bergfeld to ask the City of Chesterfield to work together on this issue. Alderperson Schiller suggested that the City speak to the representatives of the School District before they give out parking passes for next year's students. She feels, and most agreed, that too many passes are given and that not everyone needs to drive to school.
Mayor's Report: Mayor Douglass reported on the following:
Court Report: The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of April 2002 was $16,703.35.
Planning & Zoning Hearing: Mayor Douglass reported that, a date has been set for the next Planning & Zoning Hearing, which will be May 28, 2002.
Phase II Storm Water Planning Committee: This month Mayor Douglass attended an all-day seminar put on by the State regarding Phase II Storm Water. He reported that unfortunately, there was not a lot to report. After six hours at the Planning Committee, he left feeling very frustrated.
Signage - Non-compliance: Alderperson Sharp commented that although we passed a new ordinance requiring no parking signs on one side of the road during garage sales, Kehrs Mill Estates subdivision held their annual garage sale last week and no signs were visible. The question was posed to the City Clerk if she was notified of the pending garage sale, to which she said no. Mayor Douglass said the City would talk to the Subdivision Trustees at the Sharing of Information Meeting to be held Wednesday, May 29th. As a side note, Alderperson Sharp stated that he noticed a reduction in For Sale signs at the subdivision entrances.
Kehrs Mill Trails - Sanitary Sewers: Alderperson Shea reported that she received a letter from the Trustees of Kehrs Mill Trails Subdivision stating they formed a committee to implement a Septic System Maintenance Policy and are researching alternatives to septic systems. She said that one of the alternatives mentioned was conversion to and use of the public sewer system.
Wetlands: Alderperson Shea reported that she heard from a resident complaining about the weeds and trash in the wetlands. Mayor Douglass stated that he has been in touch with the School District and they have promised to remedy the situation.
Website Update: Alderperson Gatto reported that she worked on the web site this past month and created links to the Kingspointe and Pleasant Valley Forest Subdivisions' web pages. She also brought a lot of information up to date and everyone thanked her for her hard work.
Berm Maintenance: Alderperson Gatto stated that the berm was in need of weeding and general upkeep. Everyone agreed. It was determined that money remained from this year's budget (line item: Beautification), and could be used to eliminate the weeds and litter from the berm.
Water run-off - Early Childhood Development Center: Alderperson Twichell commented that she spoke with someone regarding the Early Childhood Development Center project and they assured her the water run-off should not present a problem. Mayor Douglass said we should keep an eye on the situation.
City Attorney's Report:
City Attorney, Patrick Butler stated that, although it was a busy month, the tasks were comprised of mainly housekeeping.
Deer Issue: City Attorney, Patrick Butler, asked about the deer issue. Mayor Douglass stated that Wildwood created an ordinance and he would like Mr. Butler to review the ordinance. Alderperson Shea promised to get a copy to Greg Bogosian, who serves on the Deer Committee along with Alderperson Shea.
Elect President of Board of Aldermen: Alderperson Gatto nominated Alderperson Sharp to be President of the Board of Aldermen. Alderperson Twichell seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed
Reappoint City Clerk/Collector: A motion was made by Alderperson Gatto to reappoint Michele McMahon as City Clerk/Collector. Alderperson Shea seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.
Reappoint Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission: A motion was made by Alderperson Schiller to reappoint the Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.
Reappoint Members of the Board of Adjustment: A motion was made by Alderperson Shea and seconded by Alderperson Sharp. City Attorney, Patrick Butler, explained to the Board that the page entitled Clarkson Valley Officials indicate the Board of Adjustment is comprised of five members, three alternates, and one contingent alternate, as per the Code of the City. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.
Discussion of Subdivision Rights: Mayor Douglass explained that Alderperson Twichell desired that this subject be added to the agenda. She asked her husband, Fred, to speak for the subdivision of Forest Hills Club Estates. Mr. Twichell asked the Board of Aldermen to consider a change in policy regarding the issuance of building permits. The Board listened to his query but determined with input from the City Attorney that the City should not become involved in upholding the individual subdivision's Indentures of Restrictions. It was however, decided to be further discussed at the Trustees Meeting to be held later in the month and the procedure of issuing building permits would be reviewed.
BILL NO. 0240 - AN ORDINACE AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH ALLIED SERVICES, LLC d/b/a MIDWEST WASTE SERVICES OF ST. LOUIS FOR COLLECTION OF RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTE, RECYCABLES, COMPOSTABLES AND AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE MAYOR AND CITY CLERK TO EXECUTE SAME ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MISSOURI.
A motion was made by Alderperson Sharp to discuss and pass Bill No. 0240. Alderperson Twichell seconded the motion. Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0240 for the first time. Through discussion, everyone agreed that, trash-wise, it had been a good year with Midwest Waste. There were two items conveyed by Alderpersons Schiller and Sittser regarding certain language in the contract that required clarification. The one regarded the allowed length of tree limbs, which is four (4) feet and the other was a final parentheses was necessary in the recyclables paragraph. With the corrections made, Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0240 for the second time. A roll call vote was taken, with the following results. Ayes: Gatto, Schiller, Sharp, Shea, Sittser and Twichell. Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0205 as having passed and is now Ordinance 02-05.
Discussion of Budget: Mayor Douglass mentioned that everyone's packet should contain the projected year-end figures. He mentioned that the deficit was not as bad as was anticipated last year when last he worked on the Budget. He thanked those working in and for the City for keeping the expenditures low.
Request for Garage Sale Signage Placement:A motion was made by Alderperson Shea, seconded by Alderperson Schiller to approve placement of the garage sale sign for Wednesday's garage sale. Alderperson Shea interjected that the proceeds from this garage sale would help to send the petitioner's son to baseball camp in Japan. She related that her son went to Japan with the same program several years ago and it is a very good program. A voice vote was taken with unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed to allow said sign.
Snow Removal Invoices: Alderperson Shea made a motion that the City pay the entire amount covering the subdivisions' snow removal invoices. The motion was seconded by Alderperson Twichell. A voice vote was taken with unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.
Audit: Alderperson Shea made a motion to have invoices in the amount of $93,012.18 approved for payment. Alderperson Twichell seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.
Mayor Douglass called for a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of the Board of Aldermen and convened to a Working Session. The motion was made by Alderperson Twichell and seconded by Alderperson Gatto. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result to adjourn the Regular Meeting of the Board of Aldermen and convene to a Working Session and the motion was declared passed. The meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m.
2453 Kehrs Mill Road - Proposal for a Multi-family Dwelling: Mayor Douglass handed out copies of a preliminary site plan of a proposal for "Villa" condominiums on the parcel of land across the street from Marquette High School. The property is 1.3 acres and has an existing frame house and an outbuilding. City Attorney, Patrick Butler, explained the options regarding the present zoning of this parcel: the City could adopt a new code "R-5" Multi-family; change the "C" to allow multi-family; or bootstrap it to "C" with special qualifications such as a CUP (Community Unit Plan).
After discussion Alderperson Schiller, who represents Ward 2 (wherein this parcel lies), made a motion that the Board not consider a zoning change. Alderperson Sittser, also representing Ward 2, seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed to decline the request for a Multi-family Dwelling.
Scott Douglass, Mayor
ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk
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