Minutes of October 2014 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), October 7, 2014.

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. A roll call was taken with the following results:




Mayor Scott Douglass 



Ward 1

Alderperson Jim Meyer

Alderperson Dan King

Ward 1


Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

Alderperson Amy Setnicka Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

Ward 3 Alderperson Lin Midyett

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon   

Alderperson Schultz made a motion to accept the Minutes from the September 2nd meeting and the Special Meeting held September 22nd.  Alderperson King 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:  Sgt. Warner gave the October 2014 Activity Report.   

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 September 2014 was $12,477.80.   

Board of Adjustment Hearing:  The City Attorney and City Clerk described the Board of Adjustment Hearing September 30 whereby two of the three proposals were denied.  The third proposal requested a continuance due to inadequate submittals and the absence of her contractor.  Mayor Douglass received a call about the proposal with an expensive masonry fireplace that was constructed 20’ beyond the rear building line which was turned down at the meeting.  He was informed that if the fireplace is removed, the contractor would be bankrupted.  He reported that after speaking with the City Attorney, the only option for the resident is to take the case to Circuit Court.   

Laclede Gas Project Completed:  He mentioned the project on Kehrs Mill Road involving an update of the gas lines is now completed.     

Funeral Protestors:  He explained the court upheld Manchester’s ordinance which states exactly as ours: Protestors cannot come any closer than 300’. 

Employee’s Insurance:  We’ve heard from several insurance carriers; but not all bids have been received.  The renewal date is December 1st and as soon as the information is received, it will be forwarded to the Alderpersons.  The lowest bid so far is an increase of 9-1/2%. 

Judge To Attend Aldermanic Meeting:  Mayor Douglass reminded those present we were going to host Judge April Porter along with the Court Clerk, Susan Prichard at this meeting but because two Alderpersons were unable to attend, they were rescheduled to appear next month. 

Floodplain Management:  He explained it has been 10 years since the last time we updated the floodplain management ordinance.  Per the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), it is necessary to update it once again.  A class is being offered by SEMA and both he and the City Clerk will attend at the end of the month.  He concluded by saying the revised ordinance will be on the December agenda. 

Postage Machine at End of Life:  Mayor Douglass stated at the end of the year, the postage machine will be obsolete.  We will have a proposal prepared for next month. 

Recognizing a Good Citizen:  He described the request he received from Alderperson Meyer to honor and thank a couple that live in our City; Jim and Linda Shubert who own Shubert furniture.   

Alderpersons' Reports 

House on Clarkson Mill Circle – Sold:  Alderperson Schiller reminded the Board of the owner of the house on Clarkson Mill Circle that wanted three For Sale signs and was so angry when the City asked her to remove two of them.  The resident said she would never be able to sell her house without those signs.  Apparently the house sold in just a few weeks. 

New Construction Reminder:   Alderperson Schiller reminded the Board that most houses built in Forest Hills were platted with a 15’ side yard.  The Code changed in 1988 to 25’ side yard.  Once the house is demolished, the yard reverts to the 25’ side yard.  The house that will be demolished next month appears to be close to the 15’ building line and a reminder to the builder would be a good idea. 

Streamlining the Processes for Small Businesses and Demolition Projects and Making it Readily Available Online:  Alderperson Setnicka reported she attended a St. Louis County Municipal Meeting and was very proud of the Mayor in his position as President of that Board.  She went on to say Rick Stream, who is running for County Executive, was the main guest and speaker that night.  His question to the audience was, “what can St. Louis County do to help businesses grow and prosper?”  Which made her think, there are no large businesses in Clarkson Valley but we do have small businesses.  She thought a checklist posted online would be helpful to make the experience positive and easier.  She also added that a checklist including contact numbers, would be helpful for the residents going through the demolition/rebuild process.  Everyone agreed. 

Nuisances Mentioned:  Several types of nuisances were mentioned and the question arose if these were illegal.  Regarding placing junk on the curb with a sign that reads: Free; would be in violation of the anti-scavenging ordinance.  Cars parked in the driveway with For Sale signs would not be a violation but we will look into it.  Non-profit sale signs would not be allowed.  

Roads in Forest Hills Club Estates Compromised by American Missouri Water:  Alderperson Schultz reported that Fox Chapel and the small portion of Forest Club Drive that were compromised while the water company upgraded trunk lines will be fixed by American Missouri Water Company. 

City Attorney's Report 

There was no report. 


There was no unfinished business. 


There was no new business. 

Audit:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to approve for payment invoices in the amount of $64,073.67 seconded by Alderperson Schultz.  A voice vote was taken to approve the audit with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

Alderperson Schultz  made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson King.  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 8:15 p.m. 


Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk


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