Minutes of May 2015 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, 2015.
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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 Meyer

Ward 1

 

Alderperson Dan King

Ward 1

 

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

 

Alderperson Amy Setnicka Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

Alderperson Lin Midyett Ward 3

Also in Attendance:


City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

 

Mayor Douglass and Alderpersons Meyer, Schiller and Schultz all took the oath of office and received hearty congratulations for their re-election! 

Alderperson Schultz made a motion to accept the Minutes from the April 7 meeting.  Alderperson Midyett seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken to accept the Minutes with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS 

A resident of the Westhampton Subdivision, Nancy Miller, spoke about the April 7 hail storm with 2 inches of rain falling in half an hour’s time leaving her property with several feet of standing water. 

REPORTS 

St. Louis County Police Report:  Officer Wehner gave the April 2015 Activity Report.  Alderperson King asked the police officer about the Charter Cable line that appeared to be purposefully sliced at the property line.  Officer Wehner advised it is under investigation.   

Mayor’s Report 

Mayor Douglass reported on the following items: 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of April 2015 was $16,263.80.   

Planning & Zoning Commission:  Mayor Douglass reported he is making recommendations to fill a vacancy on the Planning & Zoning Commission and to replace Artie Ahrens.  He will ask for Board approval later in the meeting.   

St. Louis County Municipal League President:  Mayor Douglass explained he has been serving on the League Board for the past four years and in the capacity of President this last year.  He told the Alderpersons he appreciated the Board allowing him to serve.  He will be giving a farewell speech toward the end of the month and invited the Alderpersons to please consider attending. 

Parking Situation at Marquette During Recent Election:  Mayor Douglass reminded those present of the parking situation and lack of handicapped parking spaces for voters at Marquette High School with the election that took place last month.  He said he wrote a letter to the election board and copied Dr. Eric Knost, Rockwood School District Superintendent. 

Retaining Wall Appears to be Beyond Building Line:  Patrick Butler, City Attorney, reported there appears to be a retaining wall that was newly reconstructed in the same location it’s been since the house was constructed, using the identical material which will require a variance from the Board of Adjustment.    

Trustee Meeting:  Mayor Douglass reported there will be a Trustee Meeting May 19th at 7:00 p.m. 

2015 Legislative Session:  He reported it will end on the 15th of this month. 

Alderpersons' Reports

 Clean-up After Job is Concluded:  Alderperson Schultz mentioned that when work is done within your subdivision by entities such as ATT, MSD, Charter, etc. it could take up to six weeks before they will have the construction crew fill holes and complete general clean up. 

No Parking Signs on Street Opposite Residential Driveway:  Alderpersons Meyer and King spoke regarding a resident of their subdivision experiencing parking problems with neighbors’ guests and contractors that block her driveway.  Various ideas were discussed but in order to create an ordinance to prohibit parking opposite her driveway, a police investigation would have to be initiated.  

Dog Bite Follow up:  Alderperson Setnicka mentioned she spoke with Dr. Sommers about the letter the Board agreed to send last month regarding the neighbor’s dog that bit his son.  He was disappointed with the language we used saying it was a bit too lenient.  Alderperson Schultz explained the resident is allowing their dog outside in a fenced area. 

Policy Review - Communicating to Residents Having Violated Certain Ordinances:  Alderperson Setnicka handed out a power point presentation and discussed two residents that were upset at having received letters from the City.  Possible solutions were discussed.   

Westhampton Streets Sealed:  Alderperson Midyett reported the subdivision streets will be re-sealed the week of June 8 and concluded it is a seven-to-eight day process. 

City Attorney's Report 

There was no report.   

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

There was no unfinished business. 

NEW BUSINESS 

President of the Board of Aldermen:  Alderperson Meyer made a motion to nominate Alderperson Dan King as President of the Board.  Alderperson Midyett seconded the motion.  Upon hearing no dissentions, Mayor Douglass declared Alderperson King as its Board President and congratulated him.   

Approval of Appointments:  Mayor Douglass referred those present to the Appointment Schedule placed in their packets.   

Planning & Zoning Commission:  Alderperson Schultz made a motion to fill two vacancies on the Planning & Zoning Commission by appointing Karl Hussey and Ron Corno, seconded by Alderperson Meyer.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and Mayor Douglass declared it approved and passed.  Alderperson Meyer made a motion to reappoint Gregg Bogosian to the Planning and Zoning Commission to serve another 4-year term, seconded by Alderperson King.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and Mayor Douglass declared it approved and passed.  Alderperson Meyer made a motion to accept Alderperson Schiller for another term on the Planning & Zoning Commission, seconded by Alderperson Midyett.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and Mayor Douglass declared it approved and passed. 

Board of Adjustment:  Mayor Douglass mentioned how this Board has become very important to the City over the past years.  Alderperson Meyer made a motion to reappoint Phyllis Newmark, Tom Berkeley and Paul Mercurio, seconded by Alderperson Schultz.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and Mayor Douglass declared it approved and passed. 

Judge:  Alderperson King made a motion to re-appoint the Judge, April Porter, to another two-year term, seconded by Alderperson Meyer.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and Mayor Douglass declared it approved and passed. 

City Clerk:  Alderperson Meyer made a motion to re-appoint the City Clerk, Michele McMahon, seconded by Alderperson Schultz.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and Mayor Douglass declared it approved and passed. 

Audit:  Alderperson King made a motion to approve payment of invoices in the amount of $70,137.24 seconded by Alderperson Midyett.  A voice vote was taken to approve the audit with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

Alderperson Meyer 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 of the Board of Aldermen adjourned at 8:45 p.m. 

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk

 

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