Minutes of September 2011 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 4, 2011.
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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

Ward 3 Alderperson Lin Midyett

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon   
     

Alderperson Schultz made a motion to accept the Minutes.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken to accept the Minutes with an affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

REMARKS, PETITIONS AND COMPLAINTS 

Mrs. Anita Cassel, a resident of Forest Hills Club Estates, arrived late but was allowed to voice her opinion regarding taxes, a Post Dispatch article and trash pickup at the curb.  

Mayor Douglass mentioned a public hearing would take place at 8:00 p.m. 

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 2011 was $11,966.49.   

Wooded Areas:  Mayor Douglass reminded the Board that last month, he met with Alderpersons Schiller and Sittser and together they walked the area behind the retaining wall on Kehrs Mill Road.  He subsequently heard from one of the residents living behind that area who stated among other items, that when checking the newly created site plan (since St. Louis County purchased a portion of his property to widen and straighten Kehrs Mill Road) the right-of-way goes 7' inside of the wall.  Mayor Douglass further reported he met with the County and as they had not indicated right-of-way was beyond wall.  A small path (it appears to be the width of the mower blade) and not the 7' had been mowed lately.  Mayor Douglass requested the County identify the right-of-way along Kehrs Mill Road from the wall area west.  With that identification, include what plan they will employ to maintain or lack thereof. 

Kehrs Mill Road Run-off Problem:  Mayor Douglass inquired St. Louis County Highway Department regarding the run-off problem with rainwater and ice coursing across Kehrs Mill Road at Marquette.  They acknowledged it was an engineering problem to begin with and they continue to look at remedies but are not happy with the solutions thus far.  They expect to complete the repair this fall. 

Point-of-Sale "A" City - "B" Pool City:  Mayor Douglass reminded the Board of past discussions of the difference between an "A" City and a "B" City and stated that sub-committees have formed and have met.  The "B" Pool City sub-committee on which Mayor Douglass serves, will meet again this month. 

Manors of Clarkson Valley:  Mayor Douglass met last week with representatives of the Manors of Clarkson Valley Subdivision to discuss a possible change in their indentures.  They have not been updated since the subdivision was developed in the mid-1980's.   

Alderpersons' Reports 

Schnucks Store Update:  Alderperson Schultz reported that work has begun on the new Schnucks store on the southeast corner of Clarkson at Kehrs Mill Road.  He is in receipt of an e-mail indicating they will be closing one lane of Kehrs Mill Road in each direction at some point in order to begin construction. 

Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition:  Alderperson Meyer reported that Mayor Douglass, the City Attorney, Prosecuting Attorney, Judge and himself were invited to attend a luncheon sponsored by the Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition, whose sole purpose is to advocate the importance of promoting safe, healthy schools and neighborhoods for our children.  He concluded by stating the coalition looks to both Mayor Douglass and him to serve in a leadership role, along with the Mayor and Council Members of Wildwood as, thus far, we are the only two Rockwood municipalities that have passed the social hosting ordinance.  The luncheon will be hosted at Forest Hills Country Club. 

Warrant Drawer -- Revenue Waiting To Happen:  Alderperson Meyer asked the question, "How do we chase after the drawer full of receivables", stating we should look at the tools within the legal limits of the law in order to collect these outstanding fines.  We have tried amnesty and that didn't work.  He concluded by saying we should try to suspend the licenses of those not paying.  Mayor Douglass said that was a good thought and we will do that. 

Traffic Signal Timing Too Short on Kehrs Mill at Clarkson:  Alderperson Shea reported that every school year, it appears that MoDOT shortens the timing for the left turn signal to approach northbound Clarkson Road and asked that we look into this matter. 

Request to Place Exterior Antennas on Existing Pole on Joe's Way:  Alderperson Shea stated she received an e-mail from a resident of Kehrs Mill Estates alerting us that Wildwood's Planning and Zoning Commission will, on September 19th at 7:30 p.m., hear the request from AT&T to locate exterior antennas.  These exterior-mounted antennas are opposed to the current interior antennas within the sheath of the existing pole on Joe's Way.  There is also an antenna configured like a tree.  

Survey Regarding Curbside Pickup Versus Valet Pickup:  Alderperson Shea stated she received many calls regarding the survey because if affects many in her ward.  She also received a call from a resident of the 2nd Ward, Jim Kohoutek who wanted to attend this meeting but was unable.  He is not happy with the thought of curbside trash pickup and feels it takes away from the value of the city. 

City Attorney's Report 

There was no report other than stating the Mayor's policy to do nothing regarding the lateral sewer lawsuit has PAID off big.  The Missouri Supreme Court has chosen to do nothing and to allow the initial ruling to prevail. 

Name Change For St. John's:  Don Kalicak, Vice-President of Business Development and Strategic Planning, Mercy, introduced himself and Phil Richardson, whom he stated would be presenting the official request for permanent signage with the new name.  At this time, he is present tonight to thank Mayor Douglass and the Board for allowing the last-minute request to cover the four existing signs (both monument and building-mounted) on September 1st with temporary banners indicating the new name.  He then went on to explain the necessity for the name change, stating the St. John's Mercy Health System (which includes Garrett Goss Clinics in Bentonville, Ark, St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs, Ark, St. Edward Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith, Ark) has over sixty facilities in seven states and there was a great need to move to one Mercy name.  He explained the necessity for them to display the name on that date was due to government regulations for Medicare, etc.   

PUBLIC HEARING 

Setting Tax Rate:  City Clerk, Michele McMahon, read the Notice of Public Hearing.  Mayor Douglass explained the City was authorized to collect 12 cents per $100 valuation for real estate.  He further explained that although the rates change, (in this case it went up 3%) they are virtually frozen because the real estate property values decreased this year 2% over that of last year.   

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

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

There was no unfinished business. 

NEW BUSINESS 

BILL NO. 0424 – 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, 2012. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Schultz to discuss and pass Bill No. 0424.  Alderperson Sittser seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0424 for the first time.  There were not questions or comments.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0424 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Meyer, Schiller, Schultz, Shea, and Sittser.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0424 as having passed and is now considered Ordinance No. 11-05.   

BILL NO. 0425 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT WITH THE MONARCH FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT OF ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MISSOURI FOR THE PROVISION OF CODE ENFORCEMENT SERVICES. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Sittser to discuss and pass Bill No. 0425.  Alderperson Shea seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0425 for the first time.  There were no questions or comments.   Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0425 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Meyer, Schiller, Schultz, Shea, and Sittser.  There were no nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0425 as having passed and is now considered Ordinance No. 11-06.   

Results of Latest Trash Survey:  The City Clerk read the results of the survey and the ways in which the surveys were received in City Hall.  Of the 905 households in Clarkson Valley, the City received 409 survey opinions altogether.  Survey Monkey gathered 174 responses; 107 mailed in their opinion; 74 e-mailed their opinion; 53 faxed them and one resident phoned in her opinion.  Seventeen questionnaires were returned as being vacant properties.  Of the 409 responses:  252 chose "Yes - changes as soon as possible" and 157 chose "No -0 not at this time" to the question, "Do you favor the change to curbside trash pickup and the annual savings it would provide?" 

Alderperson Shea spoke saying she wants the survey thrown out.  She had multiple bullet-pointed items: saying the survey has no termination date; there was no way to track the responses; the survey never stated that only one vote was allowed per household; it is unclear as to where the savings would go; and the statement giving the background of the issue was very one-sided.  Alderperson Sittser said this survey supplied valuable information, further stating, "Sure it could be flawed, but certainly it's a significant indication of what the citizens want".  There were many comments regarding the survey from the Alderpersons and from Mayor Douglass, but the concluding statement was, "The brutal reality is that we only receive $100 per $500,000 household.  Fortunately, we have a good alternative at $7.60 per house for those that want that service." 

BILL NO. 0426 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT FOR COLLECTION OF RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTE, RECYCLABLES, COMPOSTABLES AND AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE MAYOR AND CITY CLERK TO EXECUTE SAME ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MISSOURI. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Schultz to discuss and pass Bill No. 0426.  Alderperson Meyer seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0426 for the first time and mentioned that all comments received with the citizen's responses were forwarded to the Alderpersons.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0426 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Meyer, Schiller, Schultz, and Sittser.  Nays:  Shea.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0426 as having passed and is now considered Ordinance No. 11-07.   

Code Change Necessary:  Mayor Douglass mentioned that because the trash service is changing, the section in the code would also need to be updated.  He asked everyone to look in the back of their packet where there was a Bill containing some of the changes that should be considered.  He concluded by saying this would be on next month's agenda. 

BILL NO. 0427 - AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, REAFFIRMING THE GROSS RECEIPTS TAX TO BE IMPOSED UPON ELECTRIC CORPORATIONS CONDUCTING BUSINESS WITHIN THE CITY AND MATTERS RELATED THERETO.

A motion was made by Alderperson Sittser to discuss and pass Bill No. 0427.  Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0427 for the first time and explained the Public Service Commission approved a 7.11% increase with Ameren.  The City receives 3% for its utility franchise fee.  He concluded by stating the budget portrays this increase.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0427 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: Meyer, Schiller, Schultz, Shea, and Sittser.  There were no nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0427 as having passed and is now considered Ordinance No. 11-08.   

Budgetary Note:  Mayor Douglass asked everyone to please take a look at the Revenue & Expense Report, saying we are $8,000 below what we anticipated on the sales tax.  Additionally, we will re-do the budget with the new trash amount and get that to you for your review and input. 

Audit:  A motion was made by Alderperson Schiller to approve for payment invoices in the amount of $73,163.27, seconded by Alderperson Sittser.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

Alderperson Meyer made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Shea.  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 8:50 p.m.   

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk

 

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