Minutes of September 2010 Meeting
Board of Aldermen

RECORD OF PROCEEDING

______________________________________________________________________
Meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley at City Hall (Fru-Con Center), September 7, 2010.
______________________________________________________________________

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 Lin Midyett Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 
 

Alderperson Schultz made a motion to discuss and accept the Minutes.  Alderperson Midyett seconded the motion.  A motion was then made by Alderperson Schiller to amend the Minutes in the paragraph under Alderpersons' Reports, Sidewalks on Forest Club Dr. to read: "received a suggestion" and that "No action was taken."  Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with an affirmative result and the motion to amend the Minutes was declared passed.  A voice vote was taken to accept the amended Minutes with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS 

There were no remarks, petitions or complaints.   

REPORTS 

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

Alderperson Shea reminded the officers that last month she spoke about a white SUV that looked suspicious, as though it were casing the neighborhood.  She said she was able to get the license number and called the police with it.  Officer Taylor said he would look into who received the call and the outcome. 

The number of False Alarms mentioned on the report appeared larger than normal and the question came if the city has any way of looking into the charges? 

Sergeant Jeff Burk congratulated Alderperson Meyer for being Citizen of The Month of the 7th PrecinctHe said Jim Meyer is a strong supporter of the Rockwood Drug Free Coalition and is concerned with the drug and alcohol use by youth in our community.  He was instrumental in the City's passage of the Social Hosting ordinance and described the coalition's involvement in obtaining grant money for undercover sting operations of under-aged citizens to attempt purchasing alcohol from gas stations and convenience shops.  He also mentioned Alderperson Meyer's role in organizing a prescription take-back program through the coalition, which was held in the Fru-Con building late last year, early this year and will be held again this month.   

Mayor’s Report 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of August 2010 was $18,158.00. 

Discontinued Yard Waste Pickup:  Mayor Douglass reported that the letter Meridian Waste agreed to send the residents is going out with tomorrow's post date.  A resident of Dunhill Subdivision, Mr. Wayne Hertel, spoke to the Board asking Mayor Douglass to break down what the City pays for the sanitation pickup per household.  Mayor Douglass stated the City pays $17.50 for household trash and $4.29 for recycling.  The City had been paying $8.57 per household for yard waste pickup but Meridian will now charge $8.15 per individual contract.  Mr. Hertel then asked Mayor Douglass if he could further break down the expense involved in picking up the trash behind the house versus the cost of picking it up at the curb.  Mayor Douglass stated it was roughly $10 per household per month.  Mr. Hertel made a few comments to which Mayor Douglass thanked him for his opinion. 

Pending Court Cases with Housing Issues:  Mayor Douglass stated that the homeowner in Kehrs Mill Estates with various housing issues was cited again and is scheduled to appear in court September 23.   

Clarkson Valley Celebration:  Mayor Douglass reported the date for the Clarkson Valley Celebration emphasizing health and safety is Saturday, October 30.  He said he'll be attending a meeting next Friday and will have more details available next month.   

No Plans To Widen Kehrs Mill Road:  Mayor Douglass said the City has fielded the same question from a number of residents asking if St. Louis County Highway has plans to widen Kehrs Mill Road.  He spoke this month with Gus Heck, the West Area Engineer with the highway department who reported that other than the work already accomplished, there is nothing on the books for future widening. 

Alderpersons' Reports 

Yard Waste Removal:  Alderperson Schiller asked what Meridian's plans were for the month of September regarding yard waste pickup?  A question was also asked what would be done with the yard waste of people who did not receive their letter or read the notices in the newsmagazines?  Mayor Douglass stated that Meridian would continue to remove the yard waste from those who have not yet contracted - one month only.  After that time, those with yard waste need to contract individually with Meridian. 

Medication Take-Back Program:  Alderperson Meyer informed those present there will be another take-back on September 25th held in the Fru-Con building from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  He said this is a great way to rid your household of unused and unwanted medications that might otherwise pollute the environment if discarded improperly or get into the hands of teens or their friends for them to use/abuse.   

Asphalt Sidewalk on Kehrs Mill Road:  Alderperson Meyer mentioned the sidewalk on the south side of Kehrs Mill Road that appears was driven over by heavy equipment trucks.  The sidewalk has muddy tire track marks and the ground has ruts.  He reported the area is close to the MSD sub-station.   

Fru-Con/St. John's Mercy Campus:  Alderperson Meyer asked Mayor Douglass if the detention pond behind the Fru-Con building has been reviewed with respect to the plantings and landscaping?  Mayor Douglass said he would have the building commissioner look into it. 

City Attorney’s Report 

There was no report.   

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

There was no unfinished business. 

NEW BUSINESS 

Request for Name Change on St. John's Mercy Building:  Mayor Douglass mentioned the letter from VisDev requesting the building's name be changed from St. John's Medical and Physician Services to St. John's Mercy.  The reason is because the text is unreadable due to verbiage.  Trish Geldbach, Vice-President of Operations at St. John’s Mercy was present to field questions.  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to accept the request for name change.  Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results.  Ayes:  Meyer, Midyett, Schiller, Schultz, Shea and Sittser.  There were no nays.  Mayor Douglass thanked Mrs. Geldbach for attending. 

RESOLUTION NO. 10-01 – RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY SUPPORTING GRANT'S FARM AS A NEW UNIT OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.   

A motion was made by Alderperson Sittser to discuss and pass Resolution No. 10-01.  Alderperson Midyett seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Resolution No. 10-01 the first time.  He explained the reason this has been posed to the municipalities in St. Louis County is that the Bush family who owns Grants Farm; leases the operation.  The current lease has a provision they can cancel with twenty-four (24) months notice.  Those of us in St. Louis are afraid the property could be sold and developed.  St. Louis County Municipal League will collect all the resolutions and send them to the National Park Service.  Jack Hauser asked how this Board could support a resolution when the costs are unknown?  Alderperson Meyer said a survey was conducted asking the reasons visitors chose St. Louis as their destination and Grant's Farm was the #2 reason.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion to pass the resolution was declared passed.   

PUBLIC HEARING 

Setting Tax Rate:  City Clerk, Michele McMahon, read the Notice of Public Hearing.  Mayor Douglass explained the City was authorized to collect 11.6 cents per $100 valuation for real estate.   

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

BILL NO. 0416 – 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, 2010 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2011. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Schultz to discuss and pass Bill No. 0416.  Alderperson Meyer seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0416 for the first time.  Alderperson Schiller asked if the City could look at the new construction costs versus the remodel figures for the past five years.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0416 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Meyer, Midyett, Schiller, Schultz, Shea, and Sittser.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0416 as having passed and is now considered Ordinance No. 10-13.   

Audit:  Alderperson Meyer made a motion to approve the audit, seconded by Alderperson Shea to have invoices in the amount of $79,350.32 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Alderperson Schultz made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Meyer.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:20.

 

                                                                    ________________________________

Scott Douglass, Mayor

________________________________

ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk

 

Back to Main Page