Minutes of September 2009 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 1, 2009.
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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 Meyer 

Ward 1

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

 

Alderperson Wendell Sittser Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

Alderperson Barbara Hethcote Ward 3

Also in Attendance:
City Attorney:  Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

Alderperson Schiller asked that the Minutes be amended under New Business to state the reason the item, as mentioned, could not be adopted at last month’s meeting.  Alderperson Schultz made a motion to accept the Minutes as amended.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

Alderperson Jim Meyer made a motion to amend the Agenda to include a Resolution declaring a vacancy and authorizing a contract for temporarily filling the office of Prosecuting Attorney.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS

Mrs. Nancy Bengston, a resident of The Manors of Clarkson Valley Subdivision and a member of the Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition, spoke of the importance of the Social Hosting Bill that was on this evening’s agenda.  Walter Young, also a member of the Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition and Ballwin’s previous Mayor, spoke urging the Alderpersons to pass Bill No. 0394. 

The President of Westhampton Subdivision Homeowners Association, Terry Knox, spoke about the proposed Schnucks store and real estate tax. 

REPORTS

St. Louis County Police Report:  Officer Thom Taylor of the St. Louis County Police handed out the August Police Report

Mayor’s Report 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of August 2009 was $13,343.25. 

Weed Ordinance:  Mayor Douglass thanked Alderpersons Schiller and Schultz for working with him to put together the weed ordinance, which will be discussed tonight.   

Social Hosting Ordinance:  Mayor Douglass thanked Thom Taylor, Neighborhood Patrol Officer, for helping draft the social hosting ordinance, which will also be discussed tonight.   

Regulating Golf Carts on Streets:  Mayor Douglass said there is a new state law that regulates golf carts on streets. 

Regulating Text Messaging:  Mayor Douglas said there is also a new state law regulating text messaging. 

Alderperson Sittser to be “First Review” Person:  Mayor Douglass reported the City received a request for information on fences for a pond that will contain ducks.  We are now looking at Chesterfield’s ordinance.  If you have comments, he asked the Alderpersons to contact Mr. Sittser, as he will be the “first review” person for subsequent meetings.

Alderpersons' Reports

Saving the City Money:  Alderperson Hethcote mentioned a phone conversation she had with the Trustee President for Clarkson Farms Subdivision.  They conducted a survey of people bringing trash to the curb and agreed if the City went to curb pickup, it would save the City money.

Progress on Kehrs Mill Road Construction:  Alderperson Shea said there has been a lot of progress on Kehrs Mill Road.  Sod was laid near the high school, but the grade appears to be extremely steep.  L. Krupp hasn’t replaced dirt or sod on the north side, but they did put up the Left Turn Prohibited sign.  Discussion with Officer Taylor ensued about the Kehrs Mill Road entrance to Marquette and restricting ingress/egress to limited times during the day – about one hour.  Also, discussion about egress not allowed during the school day and how we’ll eventually get a better feel – especially once the survey for a traffic signal is conducted.  The entrance will be open at the beginning and end of special events, but not have free-flow throughout.  Mayor Douglass requested Officer Taylor to make a report to the Board next month about Kehrs Mill Road’s completion details.  Alderperson Schiller mentioned the Board would have to pass an ordinance allowing the stop sign mentioned for the driveway at the school.

Kudos and a Special “Thanks” to the Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition:  Alderperson Meyer thanked Mrs. Bengston and Walter Young and mentioned the $125,000 in grant monies received from the government with an option for more grant money in five years.  He congratulated the coalition and everyone involved in this very positive public service endeavor.

PUBLIC HEARIN

Setting Tax Rate:  City Clerk, Michele McMahon, read the Notice of Public Hearing.  Mayor Douglass explained the City was authorized to collect 11.4 cents per $100 valuation for real estate. 

The Public Hearing closed at 8:05 p.m.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

There was no unfinished business. 

 NEW BUSINESS

BILL NO. 0393 – AN ORDINANCE LEVYING AND ESTABLISHING THE ANNUAL RATE OF TAXES ON ALL RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE, AGRICULTURAL REAL ESTATE, COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AND PERSONAL 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, 2009 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2010.

A motion was made by Alderperson Sittser to discuss and pass Bill No. 0393.  Alderperson Meyer seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0393 for the first time.  There was no discussion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0393 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Hethcote, Meyer, Schiller, Schultz, Shea, and Sittser.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0393 as having passed and is now considered Ordinance No. 09-09. 

BILL NO. 0394 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE II: PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE, CHAPTER 210: OFFENSES AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS, BY DELETING ARTICLE X. RECOVERY OF COSTS AT LARGE EVENTS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY, AND ADDING A NEW ARTICLE X. RECOVERY OF COSTS AT LOUD OR UNRULY GATHERINGS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.

A motion was made by Alderperson Meyer to discuss and pass Bill No. 0394.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0394 for the first time.  A question was asked of Officer Taylor if they were ever called to loud or unruly parties, to which he responded affirmatively.  Alderperson Meyer said this Bill was endorsed by MADD and the National Council of Drug Abuse. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Sittser to change the definition of a Loud or Unruly Gathering to read: A party or gathering of persons (opposed to five [5] or more persons, as shown in the drafted version), seconded by Alderperson Hethcote.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results.  Ayes: Hethcote, Meyer, Shea, and Sittser.  Nays:  Schultz and Schiller.  Whereupon Mayor Douglass declared the motion as having passed.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0394 as amended the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Hethcote, Meyer, Schiller, Schultz and Sittser.  Nays:  Shea.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0394 as having passed and is now considered Ordinance No. 09-10.  Mayor Douglass stated we would discuss the costs to be incurred by violators, the method of collecting and the accounting thereof at a later date. 

BILL NO. 0395 – AN ORDINANCE DELETING ARTICLE II. WEEDS IN ITS ENTIRETY AND ADDING A NEW ARTICLE II: WEEDS IN CHAPTER 215: NUISANCES OF TITLE II, PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Schiller to discuss and pass Bill No. 0395.  Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0395 for the first time.  Alderperson Hethcote asked how the City would deal with compassion when certain conditions are present, e.g. someone is suffering from a disease and is temporarily unable to maintain their property?  Mayor Douglass stated the City would deal with that on an issue-by-issue basis.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0395 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Hethcote, Meyer, Schiller, Schultz, Shea, and Sittser.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0395 as having passed and is now considered Ordinance No. 09-11.  It was determined that DBH be defined in the definition of Wooded Area

Appointment to Board of Adjustment:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to approve the appointment of Tom Berkeley to the Board of Adjustment.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Request for Banner:  Alderperson Shea made a motion to accept the application for an Open House and to install the banner on the date requested for Vouga Elder Law.  Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Resolution 09-01: A RESOLUTION DECLARING A VACANCY AND AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT FOR TEMPORARILY FILLING THE OFFICE OF PROSECUTING ATTORNEY:  A motion was made by Alderperson Schiller to pass this Resolution, seconded by Alderperson Sittser.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Audit:  Alderperson Meyer made a motion to approve the audit, seconded by Alderperson Shea to have invoices in the amount of $77,107.06 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Alderperson Hethcote made a motion to adjourn at 9:10 p.m., seconded by Alderperson Schiller.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   


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Scott Douglass, Mayor

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ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk



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