City of Clarkson Valley
Missouri

Minutes of November 2008 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), November 4, 2008.
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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

Ward 2

Alderperson Honora Schiller  

Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

  

Ward 3  Alderperson Paul Young

 

Also in Attendance: 

       City Attorney,       Patrick Butler

       City Clerk:       Michele McMahon  

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

Planning and Zoning Chairman, Frank Hodgdon, made comments regarding AmerenUE upgrades. 

REPORTS 

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

Mayor’s Report 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of October 2008 was $15,477.50.   

Driveway Monuments:  Mayor Douglass reported that Judge Lusser rendered his decision regarding the four violations on two properties in the City.  He said the decrees were mailed to the defendants and court clerk.   

Dunhill Matter:  Mayor Douglass reminded the Board Members of the outcome for the Conboy case with a structure built without a permit in the Dunhill Subdivision.  The City fined Mr. Conboy $1,000, which as yet has not been paid.  Mayor Douglass went on to say, if the defendant pays, it would be the same as pleading guilty. 

Inquiries Regarding Fru-Con Property:  Mayor Douglass said the City has received additional inquiries about the Fru-Con property and locating potential business on the vacant lot. 

Alderpersons' Reports 

House Foreclosed – Forest Hills Club Estates:  Alderperson Schultz mentioned the house foreclosed on Forest Club Drive and reported that all furniture was removed from the front lawn. 

Update on Deer Harvesting:  Alderperson Shea reported that since September 15th, hunters in Clarkson Valley harvested 32 does and 2 bucks.   

Court Visit:  Alderperson Meyer stated he attended court again this past month to have a better understanding of how cases are being handled in the City.  He also stated there is a drawer in City Hall full of warrants with potential fines and court fees amounting to over $30,000.  He said that with the new web-based credit card payment system, perhaps a letter could be mailed to each defendant in warrant status notifying him or her of the ability to pay online.  This could help bring in some of that revenue.  A procedure to notify the Department of Revenue revoking the drivers license of defendants in warrant status was also discussed.  Neighborhood Patrolling Officer, Thom Taylor, said he would look into “attaching” the warrant to the violators’ license plates. 

Amending Agenda:  Alderperson Meyer made a motion to amend the agenda to add two items under new business: Consider/Pass Purchasing the Court Clerk’s Computer and Discuss/Pass Renewing Anthem’s Dental Insurance.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

City Attorney’s Report 

Patrick Butler reported he received three phone calls from residents and there has been an increased number of calls from residents that want variances from the Board of Adjustment.  Mr. Butler also informed those present of the Board’s decision on October 21st to deny the request for a variance of a front-facing garage in the Kehrs Mill Trails Subdivision.  He expounded that the Board did the right thing in granting that decision based on the fact the petitioner could not prove hardship to the land.  He also stated he has received calls from pay day loan companies that would like to locate in Clarkson Valley. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

There was no unfinished business.   

NEW BUSINESS 

Court Clerk’s Computer:  A motion was made to purchase an Intel Core 2 Duo Computer with a 19” LCD Monitor from Comm-Tech Computer Service.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  There was no further discussion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Discuss/Pass Renewing Anthem’s Dental Insurance:  Alderperson Shea made a motion to approve renewing Anthem’s dental insurance for the two employees.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  It was mentioned the increase is just $2 over that of last year, per person.  There was no further discussion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Audit:  Alderperson Meyer made a motion to approve the audit as presented, seconded by Alderperson Shea to have invoices in the amount of $85,131.61 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Mayor Douglass mentioned that Michelle Staebelle, who served as Editor of the Clarkson Valley Chronicle for the past year, resigned.  The person for whom she worked has taken over that position.  He reminded those present, there is always room for additional articles and, in fact, they are most welcomed.  NPO, Thom Taylor, volunteered to write an article for the December issue regarding holiday safety tips.  A request came from the Board that perhaps articles on deer hunting and a statement on how the Kehrs Mill Road construction project is progressing could be entertained. 

Alderperson Shea made a motion to adjourn.  Alderperson Schultz 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

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ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk



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