City of Clarkson Valley
Missouri

Minutes of May 2006 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 2, 2006.
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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     

Ward 3

Alderperson Scott Schultz  

Alderperson Walter Mixson Ward 3 

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

The requested submittal date for bids for a sanitation contract was April 14 and of the five companies that bid, three were present at this evening’s meeting.  Mayor Douglass apologized and stated to those three that the Board required additional information before they could make a decision.  He stated he would be in touch with the companies soon.   

Mayor Douglass reported that a Public Hearing would take place at 8:00 p.m. 

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


REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS:
  

Mr. Jack Hauser, Kehrs Mill Trails Subdivision, spoke of an incident that occurred on Kehrs Mill Road when an automobile held up traffic to turn left into the emergency entrance at Marquette High School.  He said he watched as the driver proceeded to go around the gate on the eastern-most side to drop her child off for school.  He said there are signs up-and-down that stretch of Kehrs Mill Road; however, none on the south side of Kehrs Mill Road indicate it is illegal to make a left turn into the entrance.  Mayor Douglass stated his opinion that this type of behavior is only the beginning of a problem and that just that day he requested a study of driving infractions with emphasis on the age of the driver.  He said he would check into the signage problem and also report the results of the study at a later date. 

Mrs. Renee Hennekes of the Clarkson Farm Subdivision asked whether it would be possible to have sidewalks on both the east and west sides of Clarkson Road?  She mentioned the CitiCorp property, which has sidewalks.  Mayor Douglass said that it would probably never happen unless the State widens the road, which he said he does not see happening.   

Mrs. Hennekes also asked for an update on the property where the old CitiCorp was located?  Mayor Douglass said the latest report regarded the fencing and asked Mrs. Hennekes if she noticed stakes in her back yard?  She responded affirmatively.  He said the plan was to tear the existing fence down and build a new one on the property line.  He mentioned “adverse possession” but said that would take a legal opinion.

REPORTS

Ballwin Police Report: Captain Schicker handed out the Police Summary for April 2006.  He said they conducted a survey at the request of the City on Forest Hills Ridge Court to curtail parents from dropping off students.  He said the officer’s major problem in conducting this survey was that of concealment.  The first day the officer wrote three tickets and observed four other violators while in the process of issuing the tickets.  But then violations diminished because people became aware of their presence.  He concluded by saying they will continue to monitor the situation.  He also stated that Dr. Muench indicated she would write articles for the newsletter asking parents not to drop off students in that circle and she would assign a monitor.  Alderperson Shea thanked the police and said the days the police were assigned to that detail, traffic was so much better and she could tell the difference when they were not there. 

Captain Schicker reported that in addition to monitoring the circle across from the high school, an officer was assigned to review the Dunhill Subdivision entrance to check for cars turning around.  As it turned out, they issued three traffic summons – not for improper turns, but for speed violations.  One was clocked going 53 mph.  

Mayor's Report:

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of April 2006 was $24,604.30. 

Traffic Issues:  Mayor Douglass stated he and Captain Schicker spoke several times this month about traffic issues.  

Five Homes in Kehrs Mill Trails Subdivision Hooked up to MSD Sanitation Sewer:  Mayor Douglass stated that he spoke with representatives of MSD (Metropolitan Sewer District) who indicated the five homes were approved by permit, and finalized by inspections and that all work appears to have taken place on the right-of-way. 

Bidding the Sanitation Contract:  Mayor Douglass reiterated the deadline for sanitation bids was April 14. 

Building Permits:  Mayor Douglass said he spent time this month with the Building Commissioner about open building permits. 

Golf Course Blowers:  Mayor Douglass said he spoke with Forest Hills Country Club’s superintendent about their use of blowers early in the morning especially in the residential areas surrounding the golf course.   

Marquette High School Grounds – Dandelions:  Mayor Douglass reported that David Blickenstaff, who heads the grounds maintenance crews for Rockwood School District, promised he would have the grounds crew spray for dandelions on the perimeter of the high school and they would also kill the grass and weeds in the rip-rap along Kehrs Mill and Clarkson Roads.

Alderpersons’ Reports

West St. Louis County Deer Task Force:  Alderperson Shea said she attended the final meeting of the deer task force in order to review the impact of hunting in the cities.  She reported that the State is trying to make crossbows a part of the program.  Chesterfield is actually allowing crossbows according to their ordinance.  She said that she explained to them Clarkson Valley’s position and how the city chose not to allow crossbows.  She concluded by reporting statistics on last year’s hunt, which put St. Louis County at the top of the list for does harvested. 

Planning and Zoning Hearing:  Alderperson Shea said she attended a Planning and Zoning Hearing this past month and Frank Hodgdon will give a report during the 8:00 Public Hearing. 

Cellular Tower on Joes Way:  Alderperson Meyer said he went to the City of Wildwood’s Planning and Zoning Hearing held last month and their commission members unanimously approved the second cellular tower located on Joe’s Way, which will have “the appearance of a fur tree”.  He said the residents of Clarkson Valley that attended the meeting stated their disappointment that no notifications of the public hearing were mailed as they have in the past.  He said the two cities should continue working with each other then concluded by saying he is convinced the property on Joe’s Way would become a field of these cellular structures.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS 

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

Reappoint Member of Planning and Zoning:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to reappoint Alderperson Shea to the Planning and Zoning Commission for another one-year term.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  Alderperson Shea was thanked for her dedication. 

Reappoint Member of the Board of Adjustment:  Alderperson Shea made a motion to reappoint Shirley McKinney to the Board of Adjustment for another five-year term.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

Reappoint City Clerk:  Alderperson Shea made a motion to reappoint Michele McMahon as City Clerk.  Alderperson Schiller seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Mayor Douglass called for a five minute recess to wait for the 8:00 Public Hearing. 

            PUBLIC HEARING: 

Mayor Douglass asked if everyone had an opportunity to review the Planning and Zoning Minutes and the data sent earlier in the month pertaining to the two agenda items, to which everyone responded they did.  

Boundary Adjustment – Kehrs Mill Glen:  City Clerk, Michele McMahon read the first Notice of Public Hearing.  Alderperson Shea stated that what Mr. Raleigh was requesting was very minor –- only taking a few feet from one of his four lots in order to better position a driveway.  Chairman Frank Hodgdon explained the nature of the subdivision, particularly this lot with an extremely steep contour.  He said he looked over both of the affected lots and they contain well over an acre, each.  He said he suggested to Rick Raleigh the builder, that he either do a boundary adjustment with Planning and Zoning with Aldermanic approval or arrange an easement; which he explained could be problematic in future years.  Alderperson Shea further explained the adjustment would not compromise the setbacks on either of the two lots.  

Signage on Early Childhood Center:  City Clerk, Michele McMahon read the second Notice of Public Hearing.  Mayor Douglass introduced the two people representing Rockwood School District.  Mrs. Louise Nelson spoke first and described the Early Childhood Center as being built three-and-one-half years ago with only a numerical address on the building but no other markings to identify it.  New parents become confused and many enter Crestview Middle School by mistake.  Alderperson Shea showed everyone the color they were proposing for the lettering, explaining that at the P&Z Hearing, Rockwood’s thought was to have blue molded plastic letters.  They have since changed to the forest green color to match the trim on the building.  She further explained that when the vote was taken at P&Z, it was determined that the Board of Aldermen should approve the color.  Chairman Frank Hodgdon said his personal preference would be for Rockwood to use the same color as the lettering on Crestview Middle School, which is a copper color.  Alderperson Shea concurred, further stating that if not that color, then the same color as the address numbers.  She then asked David Andrae, representing the school district, if the forest green color would show up on the dark bricks, to which he responded affirmatively.  He also explained that the numerals on the building are of a metal composite and are very expensive.  The school district does not want to replicate that, he said. 

The Public Hearing closed at 8:15 p.m. 

NEW BUSINESS - Continued 

BILL NO. 0326 - AN ORDINANCE APPROVING THE RE-DRAWING OF PLAT LINES OF KEHRS MILL GLEN SUBDIVISION, LOTS 2 AND 3. 

Alderperson Schiller made a motion to consider and pass Bill No. 0326.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0326 the first time.  There was no discussion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0326 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following result:  Yeas:  Meyer, Mixson, Schiller, Shea and Sittser.  Whereby Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0326 as having passed and is now Ordinance No. 06-07. 

BILL NO. 0327 - AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A SPECIAL USE PERMIT TO ROCKWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT AUTHORIZING THE LOCATION OF SIGNAGE ON THE BUILDING AT 2730 VALLEY ROAD KNOWN AS THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER, IN THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI. 

Alderperson Shea made a motion to consider and pass Bill No. 0327.  Alderperson Schiller seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0327 the first time with special attention to paragraph 2 listing the conditions.  There was no discussion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0327 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following result:  Yeas:  Meyer, Mixson, Schiller, Shea and Sittser.  Whereby Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0327 as having passed and is now Ordinance No. 06-08. 

Audit:  Alderperson Sittser made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Shea to have invoices in the amount of $76,497.58 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Alderperson Schiller made a motion for the Board of Aldermen of Clarkson Valley to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Sittser.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

 
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Scott Douglass, Mayor

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ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk



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