Minutes of October 2005 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), October 4, 2005.
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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 Jim Meyer

Ward 1

 

Alderperson Susan Shea

Ward 1

 

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2     

Ward 3

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Alderperson Walt Mixson Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

President of the Board of Aldermen, Susan Shea, explained that Mayor Douglass was unable to attend the October meeting.  She asked for a motion to approve the Minutes of the September 6, 2005 meeting.  A motion was made by Alderperson Schiller to correct the Minutes of last month's meeting to read three Aye votes; two Nay votes (Mixson was shown as voting "No" when, in fact, he voted "Yes") instead of three Nay votes; two Aye votes regarding authorization of contract for rendition of solid waste with Allied Waste.  The outcome of the vote did not change.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  A motion was then made by Alderperson Sittser to accept the Minutes as amended, seconded by Alderperson Meyer.  A voice vote was taken with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

REMARKS, PETITIONS, COMPLAINTS

There were no remarks, petitions or complaints. 

REPORTS

Ballwin Police Report: Captain Schicker handed out the Police Summary for September 2005.   

Discussion turned to the high school's emergency entrance off Kehrs Mill Road.  Alderperson Meyer said he witnessed vehicles parked on both sides of the driveway and telephoned police.  He asked Captain Schicker if the officers issued tickets?  Captain Schicker responded that because the driveway is not posted with No Parking signs; only warning tickets could be issued.  President Shea stated that someone spoke with Dr. Muench who reported that at Friday night's football game, an ambulance passed between the opposing team's busses parked on both sides of the driveway.  President Shea further reported that she spoke with St. Louis County Highway Department and they continue to monitor the situation.  Alderperson Schiller asked if anyone spoke to Rockwood School District's Superintendent, as he is the one who said no one was allowed to use the driveway until Kehrs Mill Road is straightened.  

A list was then compiled of potential remedies that may quell parking and unwarranted use of the driveway:  

President’s Report  

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of September 2005 was $18,375.00.   

Chemical Collection Event:  President Shea reported there would be three Fall 2005 Household Chemical Collection Events free to St. Louis County residents.  The one closest to our area will be held Sunday, October 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Town & Country Crossing, which is the old Lucent Technologies building, at 14250 Clayton Road (West of Hwy. 141).  For additional information, go to our website.

St. Johns Medical Office Building:  President Shea announced that the building permit for the medical office building is ready to be issued.  The building commissioner, Russ Todd, is planning to meet with officials from the Discovery Group late this week.  The architect, Steve Hunsicker of 527 Architects, called City Hall last week and indicated ground breaking would not take place before January.  

Mutual Aid Agreement:  President Shea recounted that last month, Mayor Douglass and the members of the Lafayette Mayors Organization (LAMO) agreed to review the Mutual Aid Agreement between the eight cities comprising the group.  In 2002, the police chiefs, mayors and city administrators signed a mutual aid contract agreeing to help in emergency situations with equipment and/or manpower.  

Valley Road Bridge Project:  President Shea mentioned the Valley Road bridge project was delayed by unforeseeable subsurface conditions.  The City of Wildwood sent a letter listing all factors and possible solutions and told us this increased the Valley Road closure by approximately seven weeks (November 21, 2005).  They apologized for the inconvenience and thanked everyone for their patience.  The memo was mailed to the Trustees of Pleasant Valley Forest Subdivision

2005-2006 Bowhunting Season - Deer Harvest Tally:  President Shea announced the harvest tally for deer this season is fourteen does and one buck.  She stated that twenty-seven homeowners have volunteered to hold the hunts on their property.  

Alderpersons’ Reports

Newsletter:  Alderperson Schiller recommended that a newsletter be mailed to residents notifying them of trash and yard waste restrictions and of the deer and geese feeding prohibition passed last year.

City Attorney’s Report 

Patrick Butler reported that toward the end of September, he attended another court hearing on pending litigation and once again - nothing has happened.  We were promised a prompt hearing on whether we are the right parties to be litigating, but there continues to be silence from the Judge.   

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Appoint New Member to Board of Adjustment:  Alderperson Shea read portions of Paul Young's biography and asked for a motion to appoint him.  Alderperson Schiller moved that Paul Young serve on the Board of Adjustment.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Contract for Rendition of Solid Waste:  Mention was made that now would be the time to solicit bids for next year's service.  The contract expires in May 2006.

NEW BUSINESS

Tree Preservation Ordinance:  President Shea related that Mayor Douglass asked her to broach the subject of tree preservation.  She asked everyone if they were in favor of discussion?  Upon hearing no dissension, she spoke of the complaint received by a resident of Kehrs Mill Trails.  Alderperson Schiller asked if Kehrs Mill Trails could add this to their indentures?  When Alderperson Shea asked how the Board could adopt an ordinance that couldn't readily be enforced, City Attorney, Patrick Butler, explained that the complaint mechanism would have to rely on complaints from neighbors.  Alderperson Sittser moved that this be tabled indefinitely.  Alderperson Schiller seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Audit:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Meyer to have invoices in the amount of $79,727.60 approved for payment.  

Alderperson Shea made a motion for the Board of Aldermen of Clarkson Valley to hold a closed meeting immediately after the adjournment of the regular open meeting to discuss matter falling under the provisions of RSMO Section 610.021, seconded by Alderperson Meyer.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  A motion was then made by Alderperson Mixson to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Schiller.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen adjourned at 8:15 p.m.   

  
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Susan Shea, President

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ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk

 
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