Minutes of October 2015 Meeting
Board of Aldermen


Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), October 6, 2015.

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

Alderperson Lin Midyett Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney:  Patrick S. Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

Alderperson Schultz made a motion to accept the Minutes from the September 1st meeting.  Alderperson Midyett seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken to accept the Minutes with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   


Ms. Laura Sease, Mercy Medical Office Administrator, spoke reminding the Board of its approval last July to place a banner on the office building.  She said, unfortunately, her request to locate the banner on the building was not a good one as they discovered you cannot safely attach the banner to a stucco wall.  She was here tonight to request the Board's approval to place it instead, at the west entrance of Clayton Road at Ozark Trails Drive.  She unfurled the banner which was 10' long by 4' tall.  It would be secured to metal rods and the sign would be no higher than 5' for a period of time not to exceed 90 days.  When asked, NPO Wehner said he did not see any potential traffic hazards with their request but she agreed to move it if there were any complaints.  Alderperson King made a motion to approve the request, seconded by Alderperson Schultz.  A voice vote was taken to allow placement of the banner for 90 days with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   


St. Louis County Police Report:  Officer Wehner gave the September 2015 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 2015 was $8,391.50.  

Dump Trucks on Kehrs Mill Road:  Mayor Douglass mentioned we spoke last month about the number of large dump trucks using Kehrs Mill Road as a shortcut to the highway.  He said he spoke with the County Highway Department and from their perspective, as long as the pavement is good, these arterial roads can be used by the heavier trucks.  He concluded by saying NPO Wehner conducted speed surveillance and after a few stops, found the trucks are slowing down. 

Senate Bill 5:  Mayor Douglass asked the Alderpersons to look in their folder and read over the Minor Traffic Violations Flowchart for Missouri Courts which was created, in part, by our Prosecuting Attorney, Chris Graville.  He informed those present that we are ready for Senate Bill 5.   

Alderpersons' Reports 

Metal Roofs:  Alderperson Schiller mentioned that a house undergoing remodeling in Forest Hills has a partial metal roof.  She explained that Kehrs Mill Estates Home Owners Association President, Artie Ahrens, questioned this years ago when the owner of the farm house installed a metal roof on the barn and wondered at that time if the City should consider prohibiting this.  Discussion from those present included:  metal roofs cost 3-to-4 times that of an asphalt shingle roof; the color holds truer than it did in the past; some very expensive homes are going to metal roofs; roof structures have to be retrofitted for the weight of a metal roof; we would need to consider copper roofing over bay windows and entranceways.  The City Attorney mentioned the Board could require a Special Use Permit when requesting a metal roof and consider each case unique.  Mayor Douglass said we will draft something that would require the homeowner to obtain a Special Use Permit. 

Sgt. Shuengel's Memorial:  Alderperson King said in an attempt to refine the ideas for the type of memorial we should install for Sgt. Schuengel, he visited the yard at Earthworks in the Valley and looked at a few granite boulders.  He was told a saw-cut half stone 36" x 24", with the exposed side engraved with lettering etched in black would cost between $2,000 and $2,500 which would include the cost for transportation and placement of the stone.  He then called Dale Signs and they recommended a company by the name of Gemini who suggested an 18" x 24" aluminum alloy plaque welded to a 4' tall, 2"x2" square tubular steel post cemented into the ground.  Everyone thanked Alderperson King and agreed that granite would fit better with the area but the plaque was $1,000 less.  They also wondered how the Schuengel family would feel about the plaque versus the granite.  There was further discussion regarding potential vandalism and what would entail for repair or if replacement is mandatory if damaged beyond repair?  Mayor Douglass again thanked Alderperson King for his involvement and asked him to come back with a comparison of the two. 

Speed Trailer:  Alderperson Schultz asked Sgt. Williams how much the police would charge for placement of a speed trailer to which she responded it would be free of charge.  She believed the precinct has one trailer available to residents within the 7th district and two stealth stat boxes.  The latter is typically attached to a light standard and will count traffic, identify speeders and give the time of day of each occurrence.  He then asked if there are any problems with cities purchasing and using their own to which she said absolutely not - but there are some regulations regarding placement, etc. 

City Attorney's Report 

The City Attorney reported he attended a Board of Adjustment Hearing the night before and all three petitioners did a good job with their requests and all three variance requests were granted.  There was some discussion about when a variance was required. 


Codification:  Alderperson King made a motion to contract with General Code to codify the City’s ordinances, seconded by Alderperson Schultz.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results:  Ayes: King, Midyett, Schiller, Schultz, and Setnicka.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared the City will contract with General Code for codification which also includes a light review of the ordinances passed since the last recodification in 2001. 


There was no new business. 

Audit:  Alderperson King made a motion to approve payment of invoices in the amount of $70,414.66 seconded by Alderperson Setnicka.  A voice vote was taken to approve the audit with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Mayor Douglass discussed the Chesterfield issue and their request to restructure the distribution of pooled funds. 

Alderperson Midyett 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 8:20 p.m.   

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk


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