Minutes of October 2011 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), October 4, 2011.

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

Ward 2      Alderperson Wendell Sittser

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

Alderperson Lin Midyett Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

Alderperson Schultz made a motion to accept the Minutes.  Alderperson Midyett 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 September Police Report.   

Mayor’s Report 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of September 2011 was $22,646.50.   

Mobile Ticket Printer:  Mayor Douglass explained to the Board the trouble with having one mobile ticket printer and moving it from vehicle to vehicle when officer shifts change.  It causes damage to the connecting element rendering it useless.  The machine we purchased in April 2010 has been sent for repairs numerous times and reported that we have placed a call with the manufacturer to review our repair cases.  Based on that, we can decide whether to purchase another printer.   

Renewable Energy Zoning:  Mayor Douglass mentioned that Kehrs Mill Estates Subdivision has a resident requesting solar panels.  The City of Clayton is considering new language and Frontenac has already passed an ordinance.  We'll take a look at these for possible future discussion.  Mayor Douglass concluded by saying it is not a matter of regulating the aspect of renewable energy, but rather the question of how these systems will look in the City.   

Budget Changes:  Mayor Douglass referred the Council Members to the Budget included in their packet and explained the two changes that were made due to the reduction in sanitation costs from going to curb service; and the annual setting of the real estate tax and the City's assessed valuation, which both increased a slight amount. 

Solid Waste Management:  Mayor Douglass stated the Chapter regarding solid waste management was on this evening's agenda and will be discussed later in the meeting.  The notable changes include additional definitions and the times of container placement at the curb along with their subsequent removal.   

E-Mail Reminder:  Mayor Douglass informed those present another e-mail will go out tomorrow listing tonight's ordinance passage and explaining bulk items, yard waste and the time limitations of containers at the curb. 

More Trash Talk:  Mayor Douglass spoke with the owner of Meridian Waste today who reported that approximately twenty households were not at the curb on Monday and if the crew located the containers at the rear or side doors, they personally spoke with those homeowners that were available to identify if they wanted valet service at a charge or if they were unaware of the change?  Meridian plans to collect all waste remaining at the curb this Friday for those who were missed.  Mayor Douglass concluded by saying there is a discrepancy between the subdivision trustees who reported a total of 905 homes in Clarkson Valley and that of the 918 houses whose trash Meridian Waste has been collecting and billing the City.  Mr. Barcom plans to bring his list into City Hall for a comparison. 

Lateral Sewer Repair:  Mayor Douglass reported that the City's legal counsel agrees with the St. Louis County Counselor's opinion that sewer lateral repair "fee" is actually a tax and that tax-exempt parcels that do not pay this "fee" are still covered by the insurance for the repair.  The ability to utilize the insurance for these repairs would extend to the church and the two schools.   

Alderpersons' Reports 

Main Means of Notification - Via E-Mail:  Alderperson Schiller said she is concerned with sending everything from the City to its residents by e-mail.  She said she spoke with two people that 1) did not get the information about the curb/valet survey results; and 2) wondered why they received a letter in the mail regarding the sanitation changes from Meridian Waste and not from the City.  She concluded by asking if we are reaching everyone if we only communicate via electronic mail? 

Schnucks:  Alderperson Midyett asked if there was anything new regarding Schnucks - especially regarding Clarkson and Kehrs Mill Roads.  Mayor Douglass stated Marquette High School officials and residents of Picardy were informed they would be widening Clarkson Road.  Alderperson Schultz stated opposition remains. 

St. Louis County Highway Department:  Alderperson Shea stated she witnessed workers on Kehrs Mill Road and if they were attempting to identify the problems with the issue of water flow across the road in times of heavy downpours and/or ice, they were far away from the source of the problem.  When she told the Board where they were working, Mayor Douglass said they were there to identify where the right-of-way begins and ends behind those homes on Jennycliffe.  Mayor Douglass also informed the Board Members about the outcome of the back yards backing up to the retaining wall on Kehrs Mill Road and how the County plans to maintain the mowing. 

Request For Permanent Left-Turn Arrow:  Alderperson Shea asked how the City could go about asking MoDOT to include a permanent "trip" for the left turn arrow when proceeding eastbound Kehrs Mill Road to head north on Clarkson?  Both she and Alderperson Meyer state the arrow works intermittently. 

Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition:  Alderperson Meyer reported that he, Mayor Douglass and Officer Taylor attended the luncheon sponsored by the Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition along with eighty stakeholders of the group; whose sole purpose is to advocate the importance of promoting safe, healthy schools and neighborhoods for our children.  He thanked Mayor Douglass for hosting and for being the Master of Ceremony.  Mayor Douglass said that Mr. Meyer was the MC and thanked him for an outstanding job. 

Noise Coming From Lifetime Fitness:  Alderperson Schultz asked Mary Swearingen, a resident of the Clarkson Farm Subdivision that backs up to Lifetime Fitness, how the noise levels were now that the outdoor pool has closed for the season?  She said that delivery trucks are making deliveries at 5:00 a.m. disturbing the residents backing up to the building.  Ms. Swearingen was requested to notify city hall of any specific problems with dates. 

City Attorney's Report 

There was no report.


Solid Waste Management:  Through discussion, the Board Members decided the Bill was not ready for passage.  Items mentioned requiring possible change: Collection Period definition should include mention of all three types of waste containers; midnight might be too late to allow the containers at the curb the day of collection (however two Alderpersons stated they thought midnight was alright at which point Mayor Douglass stated it would remain in the Bill for further discussion next month); no loose trash at the curb - only that which can be placed in a proper container; i.e. no cardboard boxes filled with trash, no bulky items, etc.  Also discussed was the manner in which violations will be handled.   


Chickens and Chicken Coops:  Mayor Douglass stated that a house in the City has a chicken coop with what appears to be three chickens.  He said the City was asked by the Subdivision Board of Trustees to consider prohibiting this and asked us to look at our Ordinances.  Alderperson Schiller e-mailed the Trustee Presidents within her Ward asking what their indentures state.  Of those she received responses; Forest Hills Club Estates does not allow; Kehrs Mill Estates allows with Trustee approval, revocable at its sole discretion; and Pleasant Valley prohibits.  Through discussion it was decided the remaining subdivisions would be polled to see what their indentures allow or do not allow.  Alderperson Midyett stated Westhampton Subdivision prohibits chicken coops. 

Audit:  A motion was made by Alderperson Meyer to approve for payment invoices in the amount of $67,643.93, seconded by Alderperson Schultz.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

Alderperson Midyett made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Meyer.  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 8:35 p.m. 


Scott Douglass, Mayor


ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk


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