Minutes of May 2010 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, 2010.
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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

 

 

Ward 1

Alderperson Jim Meyer

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

Ward 3 Alderperson Lin Midyett

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

Two of the newly re-elected Alderpersons were sworn in and congratulated.

Mayor Douglass announced there would be a Public Hearing at 8:00 p.m.

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

REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS 

Mr. Frank Hodgdon, a resident of Forest Hills Club Estates and Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission asked that Mayor Douglass read a News Report he found while changing files from one computer to another.  It was written to commemorate the City’s fiftieth anniversary.  He concluded by saying this June will mark the sixtieth anniversary of Clarkson Valley. 

REPORTS 

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

Sergeant Jeff Burk commended Officer Taylor for the amazing criminal capture he made – in both a vehicle pursuit and a foot chase.  He said warrants were issued for the two suspects and a commendation will be issued to Officer Taylor.   

He then handed out comment cards to those Clarkson Valley residents present at this meeting.  He asked them to fill out and mail the addressed, postage paid card to let the St. Louis County Police know if the citizens of Clarkson Valley have ideas that could improve the service the police force is currently giving. 

Sergeant Rick Eckert introduced himself, saying he works out of Chief Fitch’s office and will be working with us when contract renewal time comes around, which is July 1.  He mentioned the importance of submitting comments on the cards mentioned earlier, saying they are always looking for input. 

Mayor’s Report 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of April 2010 was $21,413.50. 

Mobile Ticketing:  Mayor Douglass updated the Board on the mobile ticketing printers saying there were a few initial glitches that have subsequently been ironed out.  Officer Taylor said the officers have printed over forty-four electronic tickets in less than two weeks with this new system.   

Texting Ordinance:  Mayor Douglass reported there is a model ordinance prepared by the Municipal League for prohibiting texting while driving.  He said he spoke with Officer Taylor about it, and he doesn’t feel it is an epidemic, however it is clearly a dangerous issue.  Alderpersons Schultz and Schiller heartily agreed.  Discussion went to the question do you also want to regulate hand-held cellular devices but the consensus seemed not to want that.  Mayor Douglass said we would have an ordinance ready next month. 

Trustees Meeting:  Mayor Douglass announced the City will hold a Trustees Meeting Thursday night, May 6th and everyone is welcome.   

Bamboo Complaints:  Mayor Douglass reported he spoke with April Porter, the City’s Prosecuting Attorney about the bamboo issue.  She said the bamboo that was planted before the ordinance came about is grandfathered.  He concluded by saying we’ll inform the two parties that it is a civil matter between the two of them. 

Court Matters:  The two cases before our court, that of the mailbox issue and the waterfall issue are getting close to resolution.  The mailbox has until June to come down and our understanding is that it will.  The waterfall went before the Board of Adjustment and it was approved.  He will not have to come to court, but will have to pay his fine. 

Abandoned Properties:  Mayor Douglass reported there are two houses in Clarkson Valley that have been abandoned.  One in Kehrs Mill Estates and one in the Dunhill Subdivision.  We are looking into adopting the 2006 International Property Maintenance Code, which would give us more teeth in regulating these abandoned properties. 

Personal Convenience Signs:  Mayor Douglass said that based on comments made at last month’s meeting, we will have something on the Agenda next months about the length of time allowed for personal convenience signs announcing lost pets.  He is proposing to a change in the ordinance that after four (4) weeks, the sign is to be removed.  If the animal remains lost, a new sign can be posted for an additional four (4) weeks. 

2010-2011 Budget:  Mayor Douglass handed out the preliminary budget and said we’ll talk more about this next month.  He commented that sanitation and police contracts would probably not increase.  Building Permits will be down this year over that of last because of the St. John’s project and the school district projects coming to a halt.  Salaries will be increased by 3%. 

Alderpersons' Reports 

Dandelion Letters Written to Residents of Forest Hills Club Estates:  Alderperson Schultz stated he only heard from one of the fourteen citizens that were mailed nuisance letters for having dandelions.   

Egress Into North Lane out of High School:  Alderperson Sittser asked Officer Taylor about the way the students are not making a stop at Kehrs Mill Road while egressing from the parking lot.  Officer Taylor explained they are aware and on court night, the week before tonight’s meeting, he and Officer Grobelny wrote seven (7) tickets. 

City Attorney’s Report 

Patrick Butler spoke about the lawsuit filed against 32 municipalities in St. Louis County seeking a refund of sewer lateral fees that the plaintiffs feel were incorrectly billed by the County for condominiums or properties served by septic tanks or septic lagoons.  He said he spoke with the attorney today and that attorney is still reviewing what he sent to him. 

PUBLIC HEARING 

City Clerk, Michele McMahon, read the Notice of Public Hearing for language change in the zoning code.  There was no discussion 

The Public Hearing closed at 8:05 p.m. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

BILL NO. 0407 – 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.E.5.n. AND ADDING A NEW SECTION 405.095.E.5.n. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Schultz and seconded by Alderperson Shea to discuss and pass Bill No. 0407.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0407 for the first reading and explained the addition of the two words: “attached and” to the context of the necessity for requiring a permit when proposing a non-attached business sign to a building.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0407 a second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following result:  Ayes:  Schiller, Schultz, Shea, and Sittser to which Mayor Douglass stated Bill No. 0407 passed and is now Ordinance No. 10-06. 

BILL NO. 0410 – 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 AND ADDING NEW PARAGRAPHS 12, 13 AND 14 REGARDING SIGNAGE REGULATIONS IN A “PC” DISTRICT TO SECTION 405.120.B. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Schiller and seconded by Alderperson Schultz to discuss and pass Bill No. 0410.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0410 for the first reading and explained this Bill is necessary to clear up the signage concerns in the PC District.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0410 a second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following result:  Ayes:  Schiller, Schultz, Shea, and Sittser to which Mayor Douglass stated Bill No. 0410 passed and is now Ordinance No. 10-07. 

NEW BUSINESS 

President of the Board of Aldermen:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to nominate Jim Meyer for President of the Board of Aldermen.  The motion was seconded by Alderperson Shea.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

City Clerk’s Re-appointment:  Alderperson Schultz made a motion to re-appoint Michele McMahon to another year as City Clerk.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Audit:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to approve the audit, seconded by Alderperson Sittser to have invoices in the amount of $82,472.04 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Alderperson Schultz made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Shea.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:15.

 

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Scott Douglass, Mayor

 

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