City of Clarkson Valley
Missouri

Minutes of September 2002 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), September 3, 2002.
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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 Susan Shea Ward 1
Alderperson Jim Sharp Ward 1
Alderperson Honora Schiller Ward 2
Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2
Alderperson Mary Ann Gatto Ward 3
Alderperson Melinda Twichell Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon

A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell to accept the Minutes as presented, seconded by Alderperson Gatto.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

         
REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS:

There were no remarks, petitions or complaints.

REPORTS

Ballwin Police Report:

Lt. Bushery handed out the report for August 2002.  Alderperson Gatto commended the Ballwin Police for placing the Speed Indication Trailer along Clarkson Road and requested that they continue doing so in the future.   

Mayor Douglass reported that later in the month he along with Captain Saulters and the new Student Relations Officer (SRO), Steve Moehlenkamp would meet with officials of Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and Rockwood School to discuss various issues regarding traffic and parking at Marquette High School.  

Lt. Bushery reported that before the Meeting he fielded a complaint from a resident that vehicles were being parked along Kehrs Mill Road in front of the field-hockey playing field making it very dangerous for the passersby.  He stated that he called it in to the dispatcher and the Police will be monitoring the situation.  The Board directed the City Clerk to place an order for No Parking - Any Time signs.  An Ordinance will be introduced at the next Meeting.

Mayor's Report: Mayor Douglass reported on the following:

Court Report: The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of August 2002 was $13,344.35.

Kehrs Mill Road Widening:  Mayor Douglass reported that he met with Dennis Bice of the St. Louis County Department of Highway and Transportation, who discussed the preliminary plans to widen Kehrs Mill Road just west of Clarkson Road.  He further reported that Mr. Bice intends to meet with the City Council Members next month to talk about the plans.  A public session will be planned for later this year.

A resident of Kehrs Mills Estates Subdivision who lives on Kehrs Mill Road, Mr. Tim Hasara, asked Mayor Douglass if it would affect his house, to which Mayor Douglass said it would not.  It appears the county's proposal involves just two landowners.  Alderperson Gatto asked the City to alert the two homeowners whenever the meeting date is announced.

Sidewalk - Kehrs Mill Road:  Mayor Douglass reminded the Members of the Board that approximately two years ago, the City requested the builder, HGS to install sidewalks on two lots they sold.  HGS refused to agree to the request.  The County has now received a grant of Federally funded money and is in the process of making the sidewalk continuous on the north side of Kehrs Mill Road from the Kingspointe Subdivision to Marquette High School.  He asked the members of the Board to look at the flags and markings where the County Highway Department is proposing to place the sidewalk at 2300 Kehrs Mill Road.  This proposal would require an easement from the property owner to complete the sidewalk.  The homeowner does not wish to grant an easement for construction of a sidewalk on this area.  Therefore, they are asking the City to forgo the construction of the sidewalk. 

CitiMortgage Run-off Problem:  Mayor Douglass reported that he spoke to the Mayor of Ellisville, Jeff Khoury, and Mayor Khoury feels that this is an issue for their City to handle.  Unfortunately, however the two Mayors have tried to converse with each other but the calls have been missed.  We will expect further information later in the month.

Alderpersons' Reports:

Request to Increase Speed Limit on Kehrs Mill Road:  Alderperson Schiller reported that she received a phone call along with Alderperson Sittser from the same Ward, requesting that they discuss the possibility of increasing the speed limit on Kehrs Mill Road from 30 mph to 40 mph.  Mayor Douglass said this resident also called him.  The resident making the request told Mayor Douglass that he has two friends who recently received tickets on Kehrs Mill Road and feels the speed limit is too restrictive. There was no further discussion as the Board Members share the feeling that 30 mph is adequate.

Website Updates:  Alderperson Gatto reported that she changed the updated version of the Application for a Hearing Before the Planning and Zoning Commission; she also included an active link as a contact to all the Alderpersons.  She added thumbnail pictures, which take a shorter time to download and if someone is interested in the picture they can double click and it will expand.  She asked residents and Board Members to consider e-mailing pictures to her if they have any to share.

Request for Fee Removal on Home Occupation License:  Alderperson Gatto conveyed a request from a resident who would like to see the fee removed from the Home Occupation License.  The resident feels since so few people apply for this license the good citizen that does receive the permit is penalized.  Mayor Douglass directed the City Attorney to review Section 605.050 C of the Code to make sure there is not a flaw with rewriting the Code to eliminate the fee.

Kehrs Mill Road Sidewalk Issue:  Alderperson Sittser reported that he had an opportunity to review the property at 2300 Kehrs Mill Road and suggested there might be a better place to install the sidewalk, mainly because up to six mature trees could be lost.  He suggested the sidewalks should abut to the Dunhill sidewalk on the west side of the property and with the high school sidewalk on the east side of the property.  He said if the sidewalk were straightened the sidewalk would pull too close to the curve on Kehrs Mill Road and he shared his concern about people walking too close to traffic on Kehrs Mill Road.  Mayor Douglass said this would be discussed next month at the meeting with Dennis Bice of the St. Louis County Highway and Transportation Department.

Attorney’s Report  

City Attorney, Patrick Butler, informed the Board that Thursday night, September 5th, the Board of Adjustment would hold a Meeting to hear the proposal from Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Dean with a request for variance to go ten feet (10') beyond the front building line.  He invited everyone to attend.

PUBLIC HEARING

City Clerk, Michele McMahon read the Notice of Public Hearing.  Mayor Douglass mentioned that last year's tax rate was set at $.136 per $100 valuation and stated this year's tax rate ceiling as  $.139.   

The City Clerk read the second Notice of Public Hearing regarding a proposal from Marquette High School with a request to erect two scoreboards on the baseball and softball fields.Mr. Richard Steffee introduced himself and referred to Exhibits A & B.  He concluded by asking for permission to install the signs at the high school.  Mayor Douglass asked if there were questions or comments.  Upon hearing none, he closed the Public Hearing.

Unfinished Business:  

Attached Garages:  Through discussion it was determined that the language requiring a connecting element of 20 feet (20') in lineal length from the roof would be removed and Bill No. 0248 would be reintroduced next month. 

Wildlife Survey Results:  Alderperson Shea briefed those present that the Wildlife Survey results (copy attached) indicate by a vote of 57% to 39% that the City should implement a wildlife management policy.  The Wildlife Committee, composed of Alderperson Shea, Greg Bogosian and Cathy Fraser recommended that the City implement a wildlife management Program and made a motion to that effect.  Alderperson Gatto seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass asked if anyone would like to serve on that Committee, to which Alderperson Gatto responded that she would.  Alderperson Shea said that in the next Newsletter the City publishes, she would like to see an article encouraging people not to feed the deer. 

A voice vote was taken on the motion to form a Wildlife Management Committee:  Ayes:  Gatto, Sharp, Schiller, Shea, and Sittser.  Nays:  Twichell.  Whereupon the motion was declared passed. 

New Business:

BILL NO. 0245 - AN ORDINANCE LEVYING AND ESTABLISHING THE ANNUAL RATE OF TAXES ON ALL PROPERTY IN THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY TO BE COLLECTED AND USED FOR MUNICIPAL PURPOSES IN THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, FOR THE YEAR JULY 1, 2002 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2003. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Gatto to discuss and pass Bill No. 0245.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0245 for the first time.  The City Clerk explained that the State Auditor's calculation indicates that the current year tax rate ceiling increased by $.003 over that of last year's amount, bringing it to $.139 per $100.00 assessed valuation as shown on the assessment books for St. Louis County.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0245 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results:  Ayes:  Gatto, Schiller, Sharp, Shea, Sittser and Twichell.  Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0245 passed and is now Ordinance No. 02-09. 

Special Use Permit - Scoreboards at Marquette High School:  A motion was made by Alderperson Gatto, seconded by Alderperson Sharp to discuss and pass Bill No. 0247, an Ordinance granting a Special Use Permit to Rockwood School District authorizing construction and erection of two electronic scoreboards for the baseball and softball fields at the Marquette High School.  Planning and Zoning Chairman Frank Hodgdon gave his report regarding the Hearing on this proposal by saying the Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the Board of Aldermen approve the proposed scoreboard installations.  City Attorney, Patrick Butler, said that in this case, a Special Use Permit would not be appropriate and that a Resolution should be passed.  Alderperson Sharp withdrew his second and Alderperson Gatto withdrew her motion.  Alderperson Gatto then made a motion to pass a Resolution approving the placement of scoreboards at Marquette High School, seconded by Alderperson Twichell.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results:  Ayes:  Gatto, Schiller, Sharp, Shea, Sittser and Twichell.  Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared that installation of said scoreboards could take place with provisions to be listed in the Resolution.   

BILL NO. 0246 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MISSOURI, FOR MOSQUITO CONTROL SERVICES AND AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE MAYOR OF THE CITY AND THE CITY CLERK TO EXECUTE SAME ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY.

A motion was made by Alderperson Twichell to discuss and pass Bill No. 0246.  Alderperson Sharp seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0246 for the first time.  The City Clerk explained that the rates show no increase over the previous contracted amount, set four years ago.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0246 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results:  Ayes:  Gatto, Schiller, Sharp, Shea, Sittser and Twichell.  Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0245 passed and is now Ordinance No. 02-10. 

Audit:  Alderperson Twichell made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Sharp, to have invoices in the amount of $70,107.13 approved for payment.   

Alderperson Shea made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Twichell.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.


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Scott Douglass, Mayor

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ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk


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