Minutes of May 2011 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), May 3, 2011.

Mayor Scott Douglass was sworn-in and everyone congratulated him on his twenty-four years of service to the City of Clarkson Valley.  Mayor Douglass said that both he and Alderperson Shea began serving in 1987 and that brought about a round of applause. 

 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



Ward 1

  Alderperson Jim Meyer

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

Alderperson Lin Midyett Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

Alderpersons Schiller and Shultz were sworn-in and everyone congratulated them. 

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


There were no remarks, petitions or complaints.   


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

Mayor’s Report 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of April 2011 was $7,109.25. 

International Code 2009:  Mayor Douglass stated the building code; residential code and property maintenance codes were reviewed and are on the agenda for discussion.  

SAVES Program:  Mayor Douglass mentioned receipt of a letter from Charlie Dooley, the St. Louis County Executive.  This letter regards a new program called SAVES (Sustainable and Verifiable Energy Savings) which grants low interest loans to St. Louis County homeowners for upgrades that improve comfort and reduce energy costs in their homes.  This would cover unsecured, personal loans from $2,500 to $15,000 with a fixed APR not to exceed 3.5% and payable flexibility for up to 10 years.  Eligible improvements include: Energy-saving improvements pre-qualified by the County's program, such as air sealing, insulation and high efficiency HVAC and water heating equipment.  He explained that in order to enter into the cooperative, we have to display the paperwork.  Alderperson Sittser mentioned he would like to learn more about it and additionally, the city should add something to its website about this program.  Alderperson Midyett made a motion to participate in the program.  Alderperson Sitter seconded to motion.  A roll call vote was taken with four affirmative ayes and one abstention. 

Trash Bids:  Mayor Douglass reminded those in attendance that at last month's meeting, discussion was held regarding IESI's proposal for sanitation contract.  At that time, the City Attorney was asked if this necessitated the City to go out for bids, which upon review was determined it did.  Mayor Douglass then read the proposed letter requesting bids for the City's sanitation contract and stated these letters would be mailed the next day.   

Alderpersons' Reports 

Pesky Dandelions:  An Alderperson reported that many people were mailed letters this spring stating their yards contained dandelions.  The majority of these people were mailed the same letter last year and they will probably be mailed letters in following years.  Is there anything that can be done to eliminate this code violation of having dandelions?  Mayor Douglass mentioned that on occasion, we have mailed a second letter, which gives deadlines and circumstances, etc.  Upon discussion it was determined that in subsequent years, the City could send these letters in advance of the dandelion season reminding the past violators of the law and their responsibility. 

City Attorney's Report 

Patrick Butler stated that sometimes doing nothing regarding court cases -- wins.  He said the lateral sewer lawsuit was struck down in court. 


Request from Forest Hills Country Club to Allow 4th of July Fireworks:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to allow fireworks, seconded by Alderperson Schultz.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Special Event Application - Alizadeh & Schreiner Orthodontics:  Alderperson Shea made a motion to grant a special event permit to allow the 20th anniversary celebration of Alizadeh Orthodontics, seconded by Alderperson Schultz.  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 Susan Shea as President of the Board.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  Upon hearing no dissentions, Mayor Douglass congratulated Alderperson Shea as its Board President.   

Approval of Appointments:  Mayor Douglass referred those present to the Appointment Schedule placed in their packets and asked for approval of the appointments.  Upon hearing no dissentions, Mayor Douglass declared it approved.


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 Artie Ahrens and Gregg Bogosian. 

Board of Adjustment:  Mayor Douglass heard no dissentions regarding the reappointment of Darryl Brody and Jack Hauser to the Board of Adjustment. 


2009 International Building, Residential, and Property Maintenance Codes with Amendments:  Jack Schenck, the Building Commissioner, was introduced to those present and Mayor Douglass stated he is here this evening to answer any questions that may be posed.  However, upon discussion and because no motion was made to read and pass Bill No. 0421, it was decided the Alderpersons would conduct further review and it should be placed on next month's agenda. 

Audit:  A motion was made by Alderperson Shea to approve for payment invoices in the amount of $68,411.29, seconded by Alderperson Schultz.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

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


Scott Douglass, Mayor


ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk


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