City of Clarkson Valley

Minutes of July 2007 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), July 3, 2007.

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 Meyer Ward 1

Alderperson Honora Schiller 

Ward 2


Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3


Alderperson Paul Young Ward 3 

Also in Attendance: 

            City Attorney:  Patrick Butler

            City Clerk:      Michele McMahon  

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


Mrs. Kelley Robson of the Kehrs Mill Trails Subdivision spoke about a retaining wall. 

Mrs. Rhonda Pitt of Clarkson Farm Subdivision spoke about the development abutting her subdivision and the woe's it is bringing.   


St. Louis County Police Report:  Sergeant Jeff Burk of the St. Louis County Police handed out the September Police Report.  Alderperson Young asked about the sobriety checkpoint that occurred. 

Mayor’s Report 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of September 2007 was $12,076.50. 

Consecrated Ladies Moved:  Mayor Douglass said the consecrated ladies moved out of their Manors at Clarkson Valley home.   

Resident Writes Letter Regarding Deer Harvesting:  Mayor Douglass said the packets contain a copy of a letter sent by a resident of Forest Hills that is unhappy about allowing bowhunting in the City.  Also included was a copy of the ordinance.  Mayor Douglass said he was bringing this to everyone's attention because of the one-acre minimum.  He said it is important everyone know this and if people want to change the ordinance, for instance, from one-acre to more, they need to advise us of this.  Jack Hauser, who was in attendance, asked Mayor Douglass if he could discuss this in a public format?  Mayor Douglass said he would include an item in the newsmagazine, Clarkson Valley Chronicles.  Alderperson Shea advised that Town & Country is seriously considering passing the same ordinance. 

St. Louis County Police - Open House:  Mayor Douglass said the City is getting ready for the Open House to take place on Fru-Con's property.  Officer Thom Taylor said the equipment was reserved and barring any unforeseen events, should be there Saturday.  Sergeant Burk mentioned the Alizadeh Dental group next door to Fru-Con, volunteered to do children's fingerprinting and ID packets.  Mayor Douglass invited all and said free hot dogs and soda (and mentioned the need for ice chests).   

Alderpersons' Reports 

Rock Left From Contractor:  Alderperson Young mentioned that a contractor was making a French drain for a resident in Westhampton Subdivision and inadvertently left behind on the street a large amount of the rock used in the project.  He asked if there were rules concerning this, to which Sergeant Burk said that if Paul Young gives him the name and phone number of the contractor, he would contact them for a clean-up. 

Attorney's Report 

City Attorney, Patrick Butler, handed out an update regarding the sound wall.  He also said this month he spoke with Mayor Douglass about monuments and mailboxes.   


Mayor Douglass read Proclamations for Dennis Ahal and Jim Kohoutek who both recently left the Planning and Zoning Commission.  Mr. Kohoutek served as a Board Member for several years and will be missed.  

Together, Mayor Douglass and Alderperson Shea made a lovely tribute to Denny Ahal who it was learned that night, had served on the commission for over thirty years.  Mr. Ahal stated to Alderperson Shea several weeks earlier that the hardest part of his moving out of Clarkson Valley was that he would miss serving on that Board.  Mayor Douglass stated that Dennis Ahal has demonstrated an outstanding record of service to the residents of the City of Clarkson Valley by providing leadership, thoughtfulness and dedication to our community and by offering to take on some of the most complex and controversial subjects affecting our municipality. 


Alderperson Meyer made a motion to amend the Agenda to include Bill No. 0370, an item regarding portable storage containers.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared as having passed. 

Computer for City Clerk:  New information was brought to the Board Member's attention and Alderperson Schiller made a motion to table this until next month.  Alderperson Young seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared as having passed. 

Charter Cable:  Mayor Douglass explained a letter in everyone's packet, which negates the responsibility for each municipality to adopt a cable franchise company exclusive to their city.  On October 1, the PSC agreed Missouri would issue a statewide franchise that goes into effect October 10, 2007.  With that date so close, there is no reason to sign another contract agreement. 

Portable Storage Containers:  A motion was made by Alderperson Meyer to discuss Bill No. 0370.  Alderperson Young seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0370 for the first time.  Being placed in the code along with dumpsters in the Storage section was mentioned as was the ability to issue permits with time limitations.  After further discussion, Alderperson Young withdrew his second to discuss and pass.  Alderperson Meyer withdrew his motion to discuss and pass Bill No. 0370.  It was determined the Bill would be tabled until an unspecified date by a motion made by Alderperson Schiller, seconded by Alderperson Meyer.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared as having passed.  It was requested we find what neighboring communities do regarding these containers. 

Kudos to Officer Thom Taylor and to the St. Louis County Police:  Mayor Douglass read a letter written by Mrs. Susan Savage, a resident and Trustee in the Kehrs Mill Trails Subdivision, who gave thanks and praise to those members of the police force serving Clarkson Valley.  She said she was happy with the change in police coverage and said these members are very responsive when called for a specific need.   

Audit:  Alderperson Shea made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Sittser to have invoices in the amount of $83,166.42 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Alderperson Meyer made a motion for the Board of Aldermen of Clarkson Valley to adjourn.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m. 
Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk

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