Minutes of May 2009 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 5, 2009.
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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

Ward 2      Alderperson Wendell Sittser

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

Alderperson Barbara Hethcote Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

City Attorney: Patrick Butler                              

Alderperson Schultz made a motion to accept the Minutes as amended by the City Clerk.  Alderperson Meyer seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS 

There were no remarks, petitions or complaints.   

REPORTS 

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

Alderperson Hethcote publicly thanked Officer Taylor for working with the Living Word United Methodist Church’s Stephen Ministry Training program as well as several members of the church’s staff.  His presentation on the County Police’s Crisis Intervention program as well as “what happens when you dial 911” was exceptionally information and clarified a number of questions that people had.   

Mayor’s Report 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of April 2009 was $11,915.75.   

Street Conditions:  Mayor Douglass reported he drove the subdivision streets with Pat Palmer of Missouri Petroleum to grade the streets’ condition.  He concluded by saying we look forward to getting a full report before the Trustees Meeting, scheduled for May 19th. 

Ballwin’s P&Z Hearing:  Mayor Douglass reported that he attended the P&Z Hearing at the Ballwin Court House and their attorney realized there were more people outside, unable to attend due to the size of the venue.  The meeting was cancelled and we’ll keep those interested informed of the new date.  Mayor Douglass mentioned Ballwin’s website, which should also contain the new date, when established. 

Clarkson Valley Chronicle:  Mayor Douglass informed those present the Chronicle has a new editor who is suggesting a Clarkson Valley Fun Day, slated for August 15th.  There will be games, face painting, a DJ and balloons all free and open to the citizens of our city.  It will be held at Forest Hills Country Club.  There was discussion about the date being a bit early due to vacations, etc. 

Alderpersons' Reports 

Questions Regarding Clarkson Farm’s Request for Signs:  Alderperson Hethcote walked the streets in her subdivision conducting an informal sign inventory and found that Westhampton had 20 signs.  This will be discussed later under Unfinished Business.   

Kehrs Mill Road Electric Signal Causing Havoc:  Alderpersons Shea and Meyer mentioned that the project appears to be at a standstill and they continue to receive complaints about the short duration of green light going westbound on Kehrs Mill Road.   

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

Clarkson Farm Subdivision – Request for Speed Limit Signage:  The City Clerk briefed those present of the two quotes received for the signage and installation.  Alderperson Schiller made a motion for one speed limit sign.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  This portion of the meeting closed in order to call the Public Hearing. 

PUBLIC HEARING 

St. John’s Medical Office Building:  City Clerk, Michele McMahon, read the Notice of Public Hearing.  Alderperson Shea noted the Draft of Minutes from the P&Z Hearing on April 29th should be amended to indicate that, “Final approval is necessary for the driveway change by St. Louis County Highway Department and a traffic signal installed at the new driveway upon completion of the new driveway”.   

John King introduced himself and other members of the various groups bringing forth the St. John’s proposal.  Items mentioned: Electric signal will be operating on the opening day; discussion of handicapped spaces ended with a doubling of the initial proposal; after 6-months in operation revisit the egress pattern for Clarkson Road to see if a “no left turn” is needed; etc.   

The Public Hearing closed at 9:00 p.m. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – Continued 

Clarkson Farm Subdivision Trustee President, Rhonda Pitt, spoke of the necessity for two speed limit signs stating it would seem appropriate to have one in the other direction as one is exiting the subdivision in order to know the limit.  Alderperson Hethcote interjected that she would like to honor Clarkson Farm’s request for two signs.  A roll call vote was taken with the following result:  Ayes: Meyer, Schiller, Schultz and Shea.  Nays: Hethcote.  Whereupon Mayor Douglass vetoed the vote and it will be brought back next month. 

NEW BUSINESS 

BILL NO. 0387 – AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CONSOLIDATION OF LOTS 2A AND 2B AS SHOWN ON THE RESUBDIVISION PLAT ENTITLED CLARKSON VALLEY ASSOCIATES RECORDED AT BOOK 352, PAGE 646 IN THE OFFICE OF THE RECORDER OF DEEDS IN ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MISSOURI. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Schultz and seconded by Alderperson Schiller to discuss and pass Bill No. 0387.  The City Clerk read Bill No. 0387 for the first reading.  There was no discussion.  The City Clerk read Bill No. 0387 for the second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following result:  Ayes:  Hethcote, Meyer, Schiller, Schultz, and Shea to which Mayor Douglass stated Bill No. 0387 passes and is now Ordinance No. 09-05. 

BILL NO. 0388 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ZONING REGULATIONS IN TITLE IV LAND USE, CHAPTER 405 ZONING REGULATIONS, ARTICLE II DISTRICTS AND DISTRICT REGULATIONS OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE, CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, BY DELETING SECTION 405.095.B.2.b.(v) AND ADDING A NEW SECTION 405.095.B.2.b.(v). 

A motion was made by Alderperson Schiller and seconded by Alderperson Schultz to discuss and pass Bill No. 0388.  The City Clerk read Bill No. 0388 for the first reading.  There was no discussion.  The City Clerk read Bill No. 0388 for the second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following result:  Ayes:  Hethcote, Meyer, Schiller, Schultz, and Shea to which Mayor Douglass stated Bill No. 0388 passes and is now Ordinance No. 09-06. 

BILL NO. 0389 – AN ORDINANCE APPROVING THE FINAL SITE DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR 15945 CLAYTON ROAD, CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, A 10.65 ACRE TRACT OF LAND CONSOLIDATED FROM LOTS 2A AND 2B OF THE RESUBDIVISION PLAT OF LOT 2 OF CLARKSON VALLEY ASSOCIATION SUBDIVISION AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 352, PAGE 646 IN THE OFFICE OF THE RECORDER OF DEEDS IN ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MISSOURI. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Shea and seconded by Alderperson Schultz to discuss and pass Bill No. 0389.  The City Clerk read Bill No. 0389 for the first reading.  Alderperson Shea said it is necessary to discuss the fence and the fact there is no signage plan.  The City Attorney stated the Board could approve the site plan as presented and change the fence at a subsequent meeting.  The sign proposal would have to go to through P&Z review and receive the Board’s approval at a later date.  The City Clerk read Bill No. 0389 for the second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following result:  Abstain: Meyer.  Ayes:  Hethcote, Schiller, Schultz, and Shea to which Mayor Douglass stated Bill No. 0389 passes and is now Ordinance No. 09-07. 

Request from Forest Hills Country Club to Allow Temporary Modular Trailer for Campers “Clubhouse”:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to allow the temporary trailer, seconded by Alderperson Meyer.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

President of the Board of Aldermen:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to nominate Jim Meyer to continue as President of the Board.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  Upon hearing no dissentions, Mayor Douglass congratulated Alderperson Meyer as its Board President.   

Planning & Zoning:  Mayor Douglass heard no dissentions regarding the reappointments of Alderperson Shea as a Member of Planning and Zoning or for the reappointment of Jerry Litschgi and Lin Midyett. 

Board of Adjustment:  Mayor Douglass heard no dissentions regarding the reappointment of Karen Koshak and Walter DeGrendele to the Board of Adjustment. 

City Clerk:  Mayor Douglass heard no dissentions regarding the reappointment of Michele McMahon as City Clerk. 

Audit:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to approve the audit as presented, seconded by Alderperson Schultz to have invoices in the amount of $82,496.70 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Alderperson Shea made a motion to adjourn.  Alderperson Meyer seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

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Scott Douglass, Mayor