City of Clarkson Valley
Missouri

Minutes of May 2004 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), May 4, 2004.
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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 Jim Sharp

Ward 1

 

Alderperson Susan Shea

Ward 1

 

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

Alderperson Wendell Sittser 

Alderperson Melinda Twichell Ward 3    

Alderperson Walt Mixson

Ward 3

 

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

Mayor Douglass announced the April 6 election results and everyone congratulated Alderperson Shea for being re-elected to Ward 1.  They also welcomed Walt Mixson in his new role as Alderman for Ward 3.  It was further announced that Alderperson Sittser could not be present, but he also was re-elected as Alderman of Ward 2.  The City Clerk administered the Oath of Office to Alderpersons Shea and Mixson.

Mayor Douglass asked for the Board to consider altering the Agenda.  He said this was due to the cancellation of the Planning and Zoning Hearing.  Because of that, no Public Hearing would be necessary and the Bills/Ordinances that would have stemmed from said meeting could not be read at tonight's meeting.  Also, the police contract was removed because at least two of the bidders requested additional time to resubmit bids.  Alderperson Twichell made a motion to accept the Agenda as amended.  Alderperson Sharp seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

Mayor Douglass led everyone into the Pledge of Allegiance.  He publicly thanked Mary Ann Gatto for serving nine years on the Board of Aldermen and presented a plaque stating, Presented to Mary Ann Gatto for outstanding community service - City of Clarkson Valley - Alderperson 1995 - 2004. He then announced that Mrs. Gatto agreed to serve on the Board of Adjustment.  Mrs. Gatto gave a brief speech thanking the community for allowing her to serve.  The meeting broke for Open House, fanfare and congeniality.

Alderperson Schiller mentioned two errors to the Minutes.  It was agreed those would be changed.  Alderperson Twichell made a motion to accept the amended Minutes, 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. Cathy Fraser spoke to the Board saying she was very upset with their decision to pass Rockwood School District's request to build a second entrance off Kehrs Mill Road for the high school.  She said in her opinion it was hastily approved.  She mentioned that she did not feel the proposal was complete.

REPORTS

Ballwin Police Report: Captain Rick Wise disseminated the Police Summary for April 2004.  Alderperson Schiller asked when one is apprehended for DWI, are they housed at Ballwin's jail, to which Captain Wise responded they were.  He said that Ballwin also has the defendant's car towed. 

Mayor's Report:

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of April 2004 was $16,015.00.

Discovery Group's Proposal:  Mayor Douglass reported that he held many conversations with the Discovery Group over the past month.  He said we should have a more definitive idea of what will be built at the Fru-Con location before next month. 

New Building Commissioner:  He reported that the City hired a new Building Commissioner who should begin work this month.  He explained that Norman Fott, who was with the City for many years, found that it was time to make some changes and to move on.  Mr. Fott asked Mayor Douglass to make it clear that it was his decision to leave. 

Kingspointe/Kehrs Mill Trails Meeting:  He mentioned that he was going to meet this month with a representative of both subdivisions at Kingspointe Subdivision's request.  Together, he explained, these two sets of subdivision Trustees have differing opinions about an old issue.  Hopefully, he said, they will find resolution.

Trustees Sharing of Information Meeting:  Mayor Douglass reported that Trustees of the thirteen subdivisions meet annually to share information.  This year's meeting will be held May 17th.

Alderpersons’ Reports

Signs Indicating Curve - Replaced:  Alderperson Shea reported that two of the signs on Kehrs Mill Road in front of the high school were knocked down by a motorist.  They were replaced today by the St. Louis County Department of Highways and Traffic. 

West St. Louis County Deer Task Force:  Alderperson Shea said she planned to attend the May 23rd Task Force meeting.  Mayor Douglass asked her to expound on the question posed at last month's Board Meeting by Laurie Engleman regarding neutering of deer.  Alderperson Shea said Erin Shank, with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MoDOC) spoke with Mrs. Engleman before about this issue.  Ms. Shank feels it is quite an undertaking that has never been proven to work. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Berm Maintenance:  Alderperson Mixson volunteered to take the responsibility for seeing that work proceeds on the berm.  Regarding mulch, the Board Members stated it should be done if there is money in the budget to cover the cost.  Alderperson Mixson stated he would get bids and report to the Aldermen next month.

NEW BUSINESS

President of Board of Aldermen:  Alderperson Twichell made a motion to nominate Alderperson Schiller for President of the Board of Aldermen.  Alderperson Sharp seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  Everyone congratulated Alderperson Schiller. 

Appointment/Reappointment of Members of Planning and Zoning:  Alderperson Sharp made a motion to nominate Jim Kohoutek to the Planning and Zoning Commission and to reappoint those already serving on the Commission.  Alderperson Twichell seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Appointment/Reappointment of Members of the Board of Adjustment:  Alderperson Sharp made a motion to nominate Mary Ann Gatto to the Board of Adjustment and to reappoint those already serving on the Board.  Alderperson Twichell seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Forest Hills Country Club - Trailer:  Alderperson Sharp made a motion for a moratorium from prosecution for Forest Hills Country Club to hold its summer camp in the temporary trailer unit.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

Note: At its June 1, 2004 Meeting of the Board of Aldermen, this Ordinance was struck down and determined to be held for naught.  Mayor Douglass said that in a conversation with Midwest Waste management the zero percent increase this year over last was not acceptable.  They are proposing an increase of 2% over that of last year.  Bill No. 0276 will be on the July 6, 2004 Agenda.

BILL NO. 0276 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH ALLIED SERVICES, LLC d/b/a MIDWEST WASTE SERVICES OF ST. LOUIS FOR COLLECTION OF RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTE, RECYCLABLES, 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. 0276.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0276 for the first time.  He explained that Midwest Waste agreed to extend the contract for another year with no increase.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0276 for the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Mixson, Schiller, Sharp, Shea, and Twichell.  Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0276 as having passed and is now Ordinance 04-03.

Snow Removal:  Discussion took place regarding the amount of this year's snow removal.  Alderperson Shea made a motion to reimburse the subdivisions the maximum amount allowed unless the amount is under the maximum amount for a total of $47,074.37.  Alderperson Sharp seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

Audit: Alderperson Twichell made a motion seconded by Alderperson Sharp to have invoices in the amount of $127,052.30 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

A resident asked if there was anything new to report on the sound wall issue.  Mayor Douglass said the City has filed in the Federal Court in or to delay the project.  He then discussed the rubberized asphalt and concluded by saying that we are asking MoDOT to consider using this to decrease the decibel level opposed to building a sound wall.

Alderperson Twichell made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Sharp.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

  
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Scott Douglass, Mayor

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ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk



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