City of Clarkson Valley

Minutes of November 2002 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), November 5, 2002.

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
Alderperson Jim Sharp Ward 1
Alderperson Honora Schiller Ward 2
Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2
Alderperson Mary Ann Gatto Ward 3
Alderperson Melinda Twichell Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon

A motion was made by Alderperson Gatto to amend the minutes on page 5, the paragraph entitled Request for Fee Removal on Home Occupation License, to read: a majority of affirmative responses instead of a unanimous affirmative response.  The motion was seconded by Alderperson Twichell.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  Alderperson Twichell then made a motion to accept the Minutes as amended and Alderperson Shea seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 


There were no remarks, petitions or complaints.


Ballwin Police Report:

Captain Bobbie Saulters handed out the police report for October 2002.  As a result of complaints received from the Trustees of Forest Hills Club Estates subdivision, the Mayor requested that police officers conduct surveillance of speeders in the subdivision.  In a six-day period, nine tickets were issued.  Seven of the nine were issued to residents of the subdivision.  The majority of tickets issued were for speeds of 39 mph in a 25 mph zone.  One was clocked doing 45 mph.  Mayor Douglass reported that he contacted the other subdivisions in the City and two requested patrols for speed violators in their subdivision.

Captain Saulters stated that she received a request from the City to determine the number of accidents along that stretch as shown on the concept plan relating to the proposed Kehrs Mill Road widening.  She had available a graph showing the auto accidents in Clarkson Valley on Kehrs Mill Road from 1997 until October 2002.  There were seven accidents that took place at Kehrs Mill Road and Forest Hills Ridge Court, none with injuries.  There were eight accidents that took place at Kehrs Mill at Clarkson Road, three with injuries.  The reasons for the accidents ranged from driving too fast for conditions, inattention and following too close.  Captain Saulters then gave a verbal breakdown regarding tickets issued for speeding on that same stretch of Kehrs Mill Road.  Between the months of January 2002 and November 2002 five hundred, forty-one tickets were issued.  She gave the substantiating data to Mayor Douglass.

She concluded her report by saying the Household Chemical Collection Event hosted by St. Louis County Health Department was held this past Saturday, November 2nd.  Apparently it was a great success, but created a huge traffic problem.  The police handled it as best they could.

Mayor's Report: Mayor Douglass reported on the following:

Court ReportThe total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of October 2002 was $12,700.00.

Sound Wall:  Mayor Douglass announced that the Sound Wall Committee met.  He yielded making a report to Alderperson Schiller, who would give her report later in the Agenda.

Kehrs Mill Road - Widening:  St. Louis County will host a Public Open House on Friday, November 15th, 2002 at the Marquette High School Cafeteria.  Mayor Douglass said the St. Louis County Highways and Traffic Department are proceeding with their original proposal.  He requested that the Alderpersons physically review the staked area along Kehrs Mill Road if they have not already done so.  Subsequent to the Public Open House, the Board will hold a Working Session whereupon a position will be developed.  Alderperson Gatto made a comment about the retaining wall, stating that the wall appears to be too high and asked if the wall was necessary.  Everyone seemed to believe the wall was necessary because of the incline toward the back of the two properties involved in this widening project.

CitiMortgage Run-off Problem Mayor Douglass reported that he spoke with representatives of the City of Ellisville about CitiMortgage and the run-off problem into the lake at Clarkson Farm Subdivision, which was created when CitiMortgage enlarged their parking lot.  The bales of hay at the storm sewers on CitiMortgage property were fortified and they reseeded the areas of bare ground.

Voters Experience Parking Problems - Marquette High School:  Mayor Douglass stated that he and Alderperson Schiller encountered voters complaining that they were having parking problems during the morning hours on election day.  He placed a phone call to the school and within thirty minutes received word back that additional parking places were freed, giving the voters a total of twenty parking spots.

Alderpersons' Reports:

Airport Noise:  Alderperson Schiller reported that she attended the Spirit of St. Louis Airport's Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 150- Noise and Land Use Compatibility Study group meeting and they determined where they would place the instruments to measure the decibel levels. She briefed the Board that the study of the noise data is basically to verify the noise a certain plane makes.  The monitoring equipment will be placed for a one to two week period of time.  A resident of Clarkson Valley, in the Manors subdivision, volunteered her back yard for placement of one of these monitors.

Sound Wall Meeting:  Alderperson Schiller reported that the Sound Wall Committee met on Wednesday, October 23.  Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) informed those present at the meeting that it was possible to construct a berm on the east side of Clarkson Road and also on the west side of Clarkson Road from the north subdivision entrance to the Jersey barrier.  Continuing south from the Jersey barrier, MoDOT could construct a wall behind the barrier, however the barrier could be painted to replicate the look of the wall.  She explained that when constructing a berm, the earth must extend two feet in width for every foot in elevation. 

Mayor Douglass reported that from his request to Committee Member, John Mazzola, to measure the area to see if too many mature trees and evergreens would be lost to a berm project he learned from Mr. Mazzola that it did not appear to be a problem.  Alderperson Schiller reported that Committee Member, Walter Mixson, was pleased to be informed by MoDOT that the sound wall behind the Jersey barrier would absorb and not reflect the sound. 

Mayor Douglass reminded the Council Members that the City still had an active petition for a request of information per Sunshine Law with MoDOT.  He directed the City Attorney, Patrick Butler, to investigate this request and asked City Clerk, Michele McMahon, to do the same with her contact person.

Wildlife Committee Update:  Alderperson Shea reported the Committee did not meet this past month but was planning to meet within the next two weeks.  Mayor Douglass advised Alderperson Shea that he thought it was possible to obtain a deer count and promised he would look into it.  Alderperson Gatto reported that she was aware of a culling of deer proposed to take place in November at Rockwoods Reservation.  Muzzle-loaders would be used to remove approximately thirty deer.

Newsletter:  Alderperson Gatto reported that the newsletter went out last month and she thanked Mayor Douglass for his column and Alderperson Schiller for help with language in one of the columns.  Everyone thanked her for the great job she did once again in creating the City's quarterly Newsletter.

Website Updates:  Alderperson Gatto reported that the website receives over 600 hits per month.  She reported that the site uses about 7 megabytes of disk space and has nearly 68 megabytes still available for use.  

Sidewalks on Kehrs Mill Road:  Alderperson Sittser reported that the City is making progress with the sidewalk issue on the Dempsky property located on Kehrs Mill Road.  He reported that he and Mr. Dempsky set a meeting for Friday, November 8 at 9:00 a.m. to discuss alternatives for the placement of a sidewalk.  A representative of the St. Louis County Highways and Traffic Division will attend along with Alderperson Schiller and Mayor Douglass.

Attorney’s Report:

City Attorney, Patrick Butler, informed the Board that the opening day for filing for candidacy is on December 24, 2002.  City Hall will open on that day at 8:00 a.m. and will close at noon.  One council member from each ward will be elected for a two-year term and the Mayor's position is up for re-election for a four-year term.  The closing day for candidate filing is January 21, 2003.

Unfinished Business


A motion was made by Alderperson Sharp to discuss and pass Bill No. 0248.  Alderperson Gatto seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0248 for the first time.  The City Building Commissioner, Norman Fott, refreshed the Board's memory of how the sixteen feet in total depth language came to be.  Alderperson Shea commented that this ordinance would mandate that construction of every unconnected, attached garage would make them look the same with no room for differences.  She elucidated by saying that Kehrs Mill Trails Subdivision is a more rustic subdivision unlike Westhampton or Forest Hills Club Estates.  She feels the sixteen feet connecting element should be dropped from this ordinance.  Alderperson Twichell called for the vote.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0248 for the second time.  There were no further questions or comments.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results:  Ayes: Gatto, Sharp, Sittser and Twichell.  Nays: Schiller and Shea.  Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0248 passed and is now Ordinance 02-12.

Changes to Title V, Article IV - Architectural Compliance:  Mayor Douglass informed the Board that changes were made to Bill No. 0250 that the Board Members did not have a chance to review.  He asked everyone to read the Bill and be prepared to discuss in a Working Session prior to the December Council Meeting.

New Business:

Resolution 02-02 - A Series of Sidewalks along Kehrs Mill Road:  A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell, seconded by Alderperson Gatto to pass Resolution 02-02 authorizing construction and erection of a series of sidewalks along Kehrs Mill Road.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The Planning and Zoning Commissioner, Frank Hodgdon, stated the resolution contained no mention of Exhibits determining where the sidewalks would be placed.  The objection was duly noted.   

Bill No. 0250 - Amending 500.140:  Building Permit Applications:  Mayor Douglass advised the Council that Mr. Fott requested one additional change to this Bill regarding when permits are/are not required.  This will be resubmitted and placed on the next month's agenda.

Audit:  Alderperson Twichell made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Gatto, to have invoices in the amount of $81,239.67 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

Alderperson Gatto made a motion to adjourn the Meeting, seconded by Alderperson Shea.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk

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