Minutes of September 2014 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 (Clarkson Executive Center), September 2, 2014.
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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 Amy Setnicka 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.  Alderperson King 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 

There were no remarks, petitions or complaints.   

The City Clerk explained that due to the County’s website breach in August, the City did not receive the real estate valuation figures for this year’s tax levy until August 26th.  The figures were immediately submitted to the State for its calculation to determine the blended tax rate ceiling, but were only added to the cue of other cities waiting.  Unfortunately, at the close of day, the figures were still not available.  Mayor Scott Douglass reported that in that case, the Public Hearing scheduled for 8:00 this evening would have to be rescheduled to another date after proper publication of Public Hearing. The deadline for submitting this information in order to receive these taxes is October 1st.  

REPORTS 

St. Louis County Police Report:  Officer Wehner gave the August 2014 Activity Report.  Sgt. Warner explained coverage regarding the Ferguson issue and also mentioned the St. Louis County Police Department is looking into purchasing body cameras. 

Mayor’s Report 

Mayor Douglass reported on the following items: 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of August 2014 was $15,495.50.   

Lions Choice - Ellisville:  Alderperson Schultz was able to attend the last Ellisville meeting where a decision was supposed to be forthcoming regarding a Special Use Permit to allow the fast food restaurant. At the meeting, Mayor Paul and Alderperson Pirrello suggested the layout of the building be reversed to appease the residents of Clarkson Valley living behind the proposed restaurant.  The decision was delayed until a Special Meeting will be held.  Mayor Douglass subsequently met with the restaurant owner and one resident with a lot affected by the proposal and was told by the business owner and engineer they could not flip the proposal because it would encroach 2 feet into the setback.  Mayor Douglass suggested they attempt getting a variance from the code.  He concluded by saying the next meeting will be held in Ellisville on the 11th 

Newsletter Article on Speed Trap:  He mentioned the article he wrote in last month’s newsletter and reported he received a phone call from a resident.  They had a nice conversation and at the end, Mayor Douglass was able to convey to the resident that he might check his tax returns.  He would find that he only pays $100 to $150 to the City.   

Alderpersons' Reports 

Welcome Back!  Alderperson Meyer welcomed Mayor Douglass back after having undergone surgery. 

Welcome Sign:  Alderperson King proudly reported that this was the first year for his oldest son to attend high school and the welcoming committee for this school historically places signs in the front yards of the new attendees as a way to make them feel both welcome and comfortable in their new school.  The City received a complaint from another resident, however, that this sign along with several others that were placed in the neighborhood did not fit within the description of personal convenience signs.  He reported he removed the sign immediately but after speaking with several neighbors, was asked by them to pursue language that would allow signs such as these in the future.  Through discussion, Patrick Butler said this type of sign is actually allowed under the Freedom of Speech portion of our country’s First Amendment.  After further discussion, Mayor Douglass asked the Board if we should further investigate these personal convenience signs, to which the response was, “not yet.  If it grows into a bigger issue at a later date, we should investigate it further.” 

City Attorney's Report 

Patrick Butler reported the Missouri Municipal League and the City of Springfield filed a lawsuit on August 26 challenging Senate Bill 649 and Senate Bill 650, bills passed this year by the Missouri General Assembly that undermine core municipal functions regarding right-of-way management, contracts, franchises and zoning which affects us regarding cell towers.

The lawsuit was filed in Cole County Circuit Court, after MML’s Board of Directors agreed unanimously to challenge these two bills on the basis of constitutional weaknesses in both the process of adoption and in the provisions they contain.

The suit seeks a declaratory judgment that the bills are unconstitutional and asks the court to issue preliminary and permanent injunctions against the bills taking effect.   

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

There was no unfinished business. 

NEW BUSINESS 

There was no new business. 

Audit:  Alderperson King made a motion to approve for payment invoices in the amount of $69.695.59 seconded by Alderperson Midyett.  A voice vote was taken to approve the audit with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

Alderperson Midyett made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson King.  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 8:06 p.m. 

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk

 

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