Minutes of September 2016 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 6, 2016.
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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     

 

Ward 3

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Alderperson Lin Midyett Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney:  Patrick S. Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 
 

Alderperson Midyett made a motion to accept the Minutes from the August 2nd meeting.  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 

Mrs. Phyllis Newmark of the Kehrs Mill Estates Subdivision spoke regarding landscape walls.  She said she serves on the Board of Adjustment and understands rules - with one exception, however.  She doesn't understand why a landscape border around plantings is considered a structure.  She brought up an issue that happened almost three years ago with a resident in her subdivision that constructed one of these stone landscape walls beyond the building lines reminding everyone that this resident was ultimately denied the variance request and had to remove the wall.  She requested the Board of Aldermen consider changing the restriction.   

REPORTS 

St. Louis County Police Report:  Officer Wehner reported on the August 2016 Activity in the City. Mayor Douglass expressed his gratitude to both the fire department and police officers for handling a personal medical emergency.

Mayor’s Report 

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of August 2016 was $13,126.50.   

Revenue and Expense Report:  Mayor Douglass brought everyone's attention to the Revenue and Expense Report and said that during these first few months of the new fiscal year we are spending more than we take in.  He mentioned that in July and August, we paid $5,800 for the audit and $1,690 dues to the Municipal League of Metro St. Louis.  He mentioned that we will be receiving money from the utility companies and in December we will begin collecting the real estate and property taxes.   

Cool Valley Request:  Mayor Douglass asked everyone to locate in their packets the letter of request from Cool Valley's Mayor asking for municipalities to help fund a legal appeal to the Supreme Court against the full implementation of SB 5.  If SB 5 is upheld he said, future laws passed by legislature could use this as a precedent to pass other unfunded mandates.  He concluded by saying he would like for us to provide funds to help support this legal team fighting for our collective interest.  He said the Municipal League of Metro St. Louis has assisted both financially and with administrative support but they are requesting $530 each from the 85 members of the MLMSL.  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to contribute, seconded by Alderperson King.  A voice vote was taken to approve the contribution with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Alderpersons' Reports 

Drug Take-Back:  Alderperson Meyer informed all the next Drug Take-Back would be held Saturday, October 22.   

Coffee with the Mayor:  Alderperson King asked Mayor Douglass how the "Coffee" was proceeding.  Mayor Douglass said the signs were ordered and he received them.  He reminded everyone the "Coffee" is set for Thursday, September 22 at 4:00.  He hoped everyone can attend.   

City Attorney's Report 

There was no report. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

There was no unfinished business.   

NEW BUSINESS 

BILL NO. 0462 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI TO ENTER INTO AND EXECUTE A CONTRACT WITH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MISSOURI FOR MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE PROSECUTION IN THE ST. LOUIS COUNTY MUNICIPAL COURT MENTAL HEALTH/JAIL DIVERSION PROGRAM. 

Alderperson Schiller made a motion to discuss and pass Bill No. 0462.  Alderperson Setnicka seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0462 for the first time.  Alderperson King asked Sgt. Molden if he knew anything about the Mental Health Court program to which Sgt. Molden said it benefits the mentally ill or those with bi-polar and it also helps the victim.  With hospital budgets shrinking, they release the mentally ill too early.  The police use this with CIT (crisis intervention team).  Through discussion and since there is a $300 fee attributed for each person referred and accepted in the Mental Health Court, it was agreed there might be one person a year from Clarkson Valley that would enter into the court program.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0462 a second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: King, Meyer, Midyett, Schiller and Setnicka.  There were no nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0462 passed and is now Ordinance No. 16-10. 

Approval of Appointment to Planning & Zoning Commission:  Mayor Douglass referred those present to the Appointment Schedule placed in their packets.  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to appoint Stephen Benz to fill an unexpired term on the Planning & Zoning Commission, seconded by Alderperson Midyett.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and Mayor Douglass declared it approved and passed. 

Employee’s Health Insurance:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion that we accept Anthem’s bid for a guaranteed price for fifteen months with a 0.0% increase for the employees’ health insurance, seconded by Alderperson Midyett.  A voice vote was taken to approve the motion with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

PUBLIC HEARING 

Setting Tax Rate:  City Clerk, Michele McMahon, read the Notice of Public Hearing.  There was no discussion. 

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

BILL NO. 0461 - 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, 2016, THROUGH JUNE 30, 2017. 

A motion was made by Alderperson King to discuss and pass Bill No. 0461.  Alderperson Midyett seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0461 for the first time.  There was no discussion.  Mayor Douglass read Bill No. 0461 the second time.  A roll call vote was taken, with the following results.  Ayes: King, Meyer, Midyett, Schiller and Setnicka.  There were no Nays.  Whereby, Mayor Douglass declared Bill No. 0461 as having passed and is now Ordinance No. 16-09. 

Decorative Landscape Walls:  A motion was made by Alderperson King to discuss Bills No. 0463 and 0464.  Alderperson Setnicka seconded the motion.  Mayor Douglass read the proposed definition of "Decorative Landscape Walls" and mentioned Mrs. Newmark's opening comments.  Alderperson King said he was concerned with the potential for constructing walls for no reason.  Alderperson Schiller thought the word "wall" was a problem asking if it should mention "retaining".  She also thought the definition should clarify that it cannot be used as a boundary.  Alderperson King suggested the code could define the uses opposed to defining the location.  Purposes for the wall mentioned: edging; planter beds; trees; holding up mulch.  City Attorney, Patrick Butler mentioned maximum length.  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to table this discussion until next month, seconded by Alderperson Meyer.  A voice vote was taken to approve the motion with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. 

Audit:  Alderperson Meyer made a motion to approve payment of invoices in the amount of $76,229.11, seconded by Alderperson King.  A voice vote was taken to approve the audit with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

Alderperson King 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 8:25 p.m. 

 

Scott Douglass, Mayor

ATTEST:  Michele McMahon, City Clerk

 

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