Minutes of September 2013 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, 2013.
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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 Dan King

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 accept the Minutes from the August 2013 Meeting.  Alderperson Midyett 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 

The State Representative for Missouri's 101st District, Don Gosen, attended the meeting to update the Board Members on Bills that are being discussed this year; mentioning TIF reform, the cell tower bill, the city/county merger discussion and the tax review.  Alderperson Meyer mentioned that Missouri is one of the only states without a prescription tracking system and asked Representative Gosen if there is any interest this year in passing such a Bill?  Apparently there is a representative on the west side of the state that is against a tracking system and in all probability; this will not come up for a vote again this year. 

REPORTS 

St. Louis County Police Report:  Officer Wehner gave the August 2013 Activity Report.   

Mayor’s Report 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of August 2013 was $9,920.50.  

Urban Deer Management Seminar:  Mayor Douglass said he was invited to attend and speak at the Missouri Department of Conservation seminar on urban deer management.  He said he gave a ten-to-fifteen minute presentation on the ordinance the City passed and how it's working for us.   

Feeding Geese:  Mayor Douglass spoke regarding a complaint from a neighbor last month and his request for the City to issue a summons to a homeowner allegedly feeding the geese.  Mayor Douglass said he asked the Prosecuting Attorney what could/should be done with this request, as it is a recurring issue.  The Prosecuting Attorney stated the code gives the complainant an opportunity to go before the Municipal Judge with their complaint.  We sent the letter to the homeowner indicating the new complaint requesting information.  We also alerted them that the complainant has been advised of that portion of the nuisance code.   

Emergency Plan:  Mayor Douglass mentioned he has been speaking with St. Louis County Police about contingency plans for the City regarding various types of emergencies and asked the Alderpersons to come up with questions they might have for scenarios of the types of emergencies that might arise in the coming decades.   

            Private Drive:  Mayor Douglass explained he held discussions with St. Louis County Highway Department, the homeowners involved and the subdivision trustees regarding ownership of the drive between Kehrs Mill Road and the two driveways servicing 2329 and 2323 Kehrs Mill Road and the matter is finally resolved.  It belongs to the person at the end of the drive. 

PUBLIC HEARING 

Setting Tax Rate:  City Clerk, Michele McMahon, read the Notice of Public Hearing.  Mayor Douglass explained the City was authorized to collect 12.9 cents per $100 valuation for real estate effective with the 2013 assessment.  He further explained that although the rates change, (in this case it went up 6.6% from 12.1 cents for 2012) they are virtually frozen because the real estate property values decreased this year 5.2% over that of last year.   

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

Alderpersons' Reports 

Request For Possible Traffic Calming Measures:  Alderperson Scott Schultz reported an issue the Trustees of Forest Hills Club Estates would like to see discussed at tonight's meeting.  The history, he said, goes back two years when a group approached the Trustees interested in some type of traffic calming device being placed to slow traffic and allow pedestrian traffic to cross the street in front of the Club.  The first of June 2013, the Trustees sent a letter to residents with mention of these safety issues with the options mentioned below.  Of the 262 letters sent, they received many responses but unfortunately, with no majority response on any option.   

·         118 affirmative votes for crosswalk striping at the tennis courts and by the bag drop-off, which was ruled-out and deemed ineffective.

·         75 affirmative votes to enforce the existing 25 mph speed limit

·         72 affirmative votes for erecting stop signs and other alerts

·         49 affirmative votes to take no action

·         42 affirmative votes adding speed bumps, which the fire department does not want.

·         39 affirmative votes to add rumble strips that are designed specifically for subdivision streets, which when investigating ratings, found they are cheap, last one year and do not work. 

After considering the responses, Alderperson Schultz said, the Trustees are requesting the Board of Aldermen considers adopting an ordinance for placement of four stop signs on Forest Club Drive with later mention the Herworth stop sign could possibly be removed.   

One Alderperson said this is going to take a lot of time out people's lives - not just time but gas.  The only time traffic calming is necessary is during the summer months.  Alderperson Schultz then made a motion the Alderpersons consider passing Forest Hills Club Estates request for four stop signs, stating they would agree to pay the cost for the signs and installation if need be.  Alderperson Meyer asked Sgt. Warner the rules regarding stop signs.  Sgt. Warner said of all the cities St. Louis County Police serves, ours is most unique in that all streets within Clarkson Valley Subdivisions are privately owned.  However, the normal procedure for determining stop sign locations is based on:  police and citizen observations; accident reports; and/or a traffic study.  Concluding that as police, they enforce the rules that are passed.   

The Board concluded the best thing would be for the Trustees to request a study to determine if stop signs are justified and Alderperson Schultz's motion died for lack of a second. 

Demolition Permits:  Through discussion it was determined that Subdivision Trustees receive copies of all paperwork when a demolition permit is submitted in accordance with current provisions of the code. 

City Attorney's Report 

There was no report.   

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

There was no unfinished business.   

NEW BUSINESS 

Copier For City Hall:  Mayor Douglass thanked Alderperson Midyett for all the work he did with the bids for a new copier for city hall.  Alderperson Midyett made a motion to purchase the Kyocera 8520 from SBP Image Solutions, seconded by Alderperson Sittser.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

BILL NO. 0442 - 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, 2013, THROUGH JUNE 30, 2014. 

A motion was made by Alderperson Sittser to discuss and pass Bill No. 0442.  Alderperson Schiller seconded the motion.  Mayor Scott Douglass read Bill No. 0442 for the first time.  There was no discussion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0442 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: King, Meyer, Midyett, Schiller, Schultz, and Sittser.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0442 as having passed and is now Ordinance No. 13-03. 

Audit:  Alderperson King made a motion to approve for payment invoices in the amount of $61,860.30 seconded by Alderperson Schultz 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 Midyett.  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 8:40 p.m. 

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk

 

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