Minutes of November 2006 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), November 7, 2006.
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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 

Ward 1

Alderperson Jim Meyer  

 

Ward 1

Alderperson Susan Shea 

Alderperson Honora Schiller

Ward 2

Chairman Wendell Sittser (Presiding) Ward 2     

Alderperson Scott Schultz

Ward 3

Alderperson Walt Mixson Ward 3

Also in Attendance:

City Attorney: Patrick Butler
City Clerk: Michele McMahon 

Chairman, Wendell Sittser, announced the start of the Meeting, and after leading the Pledge of Allegiance, stated that Mayor Douglass was unable to attend this meeting and that he would be presiding. 

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

REMARKS, PETITIONS, COMPLAINTS

Planning and Zoning Chairman, Frank Hodgdon referred to the letter dated October 10, 2006 to the St. Louis County Boundary Commission.  He asked if the City was requesting the annexation or if it was Ballwin that wanted the portion of Clarkson Road?  He stated that his concern for the City arose from a monetary standpoint regarding traffic tickets issued on that stretch. 

REPORTS

Ballwin Police Report: In Captain Schicker's absence, Lt. Lorne handed out the October Police Report.  

Chairman’s Report    

Court Report:  The total amount collected for traffic fines and court costs for the month of October 2006 was $12,857.75.   

Striping on Clarkson Road:  Chairman Sittser stated that MoDOT is almost finished with the striping on Clarkson Road.   

Sound Measurements Taken on Clarkson Road:  Chairman Sittser said that Mayor Douglass was informed that MoDOT conducted sound measurements but the information is not available.  He asked if anyone noticed a difference in sound level, to which Alderperson Mixson said there was a substantial difference.  Alderperson Schultz agreed.   

Trash Company - Kudos:  Chairman Sittser asked if anyone wanted to comment regarding the performance of the new sanitation hauling company - Meridian.  There were compliments all around.  

Alderpersons’ Reports

Forest Hills Club Estates Experiencing Infill:  Alderperson Schultz mentioned that Forest Hills Club Estates Trustees were approached by a home owner that would like to demolish the existing slab house and reconstruct a new home on Hillock Lane.  He said they have not seen the plans as yet, but have approved the preliminary proposal.   

Request for Work Session:  Alderperson Schiller stated that she spoke with Mayor Douglass, requesting the Board of Aldermen hold a work session to discuss how complaints are handled in the City.  It seems, she said, people keep getting extensions on their various complaint charges.  She has concern over ordinances that aren't being enforced.  The allowed time of one year for any open building permit was mentioned.   

Newsmagazine:  Alderperson Schultz spoke about the newsletter for Clarkson Valley, saying he believed the idea requires additional discussion and the contract did not seem to work in both parties favor.  He said it would take us 90 days to get out of the contract and it would take them 30 days.  Alderpersons Sittser and Schiller agreed this requires further discussion.

City Attorney’s Report 

Waterfall/Pond and Certain Encroachments Thereof:  Patrick Butler reported that Mayor Douglass, Dick Fox (the prosecuting attorney) and he considered what to do about a certain infraction.  He said they went around-and-around, until it was decided the matter would be referred to the municipal court.   

Group Home:  He reported the City would file a TRO against the homeowners, whom he believes currently reside in Phoenix, Arizona.  He said that in a conference call with the attorney representing the group of women, they would most likely file an application for a Class B Group Home within the next week. 

Sound Wall:  He said the appeal regarding the sound wall is due December 8 and MoDOT's response will be due in January 2007.  We would then make our reply in February.  By spring, he said, we should have an answer. 

Major Reconstruction - Forest Hills Club Estates:  Regarding 17 Chippenham, also known as the Dienstbach property, Mr. Butler explained there was a question regarding the removal of a survey stake and its replacement, alleged by Dienstbach's neighbor to be replaced in a different location.  Alderperson Schiller stated that it is a misdemeanor under state statutes to move a stake.  Also, she said, in the Building Commissioner's first response to Mleczko's allegation, he stated that the Building Permit would not be finalized without a surveying company repositioning the stake.  Patrick Butler explained that the Building Commissioner made a subsequent investigation and has determined the stake was replaced in the exact location from where it started.  Patrick Butler said he was going to talk with the Building Commissioner about this. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Bill No. 0340 - 2003 International Building Code and 2003 International Residential Code:  Chairman Sittser reminded those present that Bill No. 0340 was tabled last month in order for the Alderpersons to have time to look at the parameters.  Alderperson Schiller made a motion to table Bill No. 0340 again this month and review it in the working meeting, which she is requesting.  Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

NEW BUSINESS

Chairman Sittser advised there are five new Bills the City is considering tonight that will bring the City into conformance with state statutes.  He requested that motions be made to pass and discuss the following Bills: 

BILL NO. 0341 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE III: TRAFFIC CODE, CHAPTER 320: SPEED REGULATIONS, BY ADDING A NEW PARAGRAPH E TO 320.030: SPEED RESTRICTIONS. 

Alderperson Schiller made a motion to consider and pass Bill No. 0341.  Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.  Per the suggestion of City Attorney, Patrick Butler, Alderperson Mixson made a motion to read all Bills at this evening's meeting by short title.  Alderperson Schiller seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative response.  Chairman Sittser read Bill No. 0341 the first time.  He explained that this Bill gives definition of construction zone and work zone.  City Attorney, Patrick Butler answered the questions that were asked.  Chairman Sittser read Bill No. 0341 a second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results:  Yeas:  Mixson, Schiller, Schultz and Sittser.  Whereby Chairman Sittser declared Bill No. 0341 as having passed and is now Ordinance No. 06-18.   

BILL NO. 0342 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI IN TITLE II: PUBLIC HEALTH SAFETY AND WELFARE, ARTICLE V. OFFENSES CONCERNING PUBLIC PEACE, 210.160.  DISTURBING THE PEACE, BY ADDING A NEW SUB-PARAGRAPH 3 TO PARAGRAPH B. 

Alderperson Schultz made a motion to consider and pass Bill No. 0342.  Alderperson Schiller seconded the motion.  Chairman Sittser read Bill No. 0342 the first time.  There were no questions.  Chairman Sittser read Bill No. 0341 a second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results:  Yeas:  Mixson, Schiller, Schultz and Sittser.  Whereby Chairman Sittser declared Bill No. 0342 as having passed and is now Ordinance No. 06-19.   

BILL NO. 0343 - AN ORDINANCE ADDING NEW DEFINITIONS OF CHILD BOOSTER SEAT AND CHILD PASSENGER RESTRAINT SYSTEM TO SECTION 300.020: DEFINITIONS AND DELETING SECTION 380.170: CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI, IN TITLE III: TRAFFIC CODE TO CHAPTER 380: VEHICLE EQUIPMENT, ARTICLE II: OTHER VEHICLE EQUIPMENT AND ADDING A NEW SECTION 380.170: PASSENGER RESTRAINT SYSTEM REQUIRED FOR CHILDREN UNDER SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE. 

Alderperson Schiller made a motion to consider and pass Bill No. 0343.  Alderperson Schultz seconded the motion.  Chairman Sittser read Bill No. 0343 the first time.  There was no discussion.  Chairman Sittser read Bill No. 0343 a second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results:  Yeas:  Mixson, Schiller, Schultz and Sittser.  Whereby Chairman Sittser declared Bill No. 0343 as having passed and is now Ordinance No. 06-20.   

BILL NO. 0344 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF CLARKSON VALLEY, MISSOURI IN TITLE II: PUBLIC HEALTH SAFETY AND WELFARE, ARTICLE III. OFFENSES CONCERNING ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE BY DELETING SECTION 210.050: INTERFERENCE WITH LEGAL PROCESS AND ADDING A NEW SECTION 210.050: INTERFERENCE WITH LEGAL PROCESS. 

Alderperson Mixson made a motion to consider and pass Bill No. 0344.  Alderperson Schiller seconded the motion.  Chairman Sittser read Bill No. 0344 the first time. There was no discussion.  Chairman Sittser read Bill No. 0344 a second time.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results:  Yeas:  Mixson, Schiller, Schultz and Sittser.  Whereby Chairman Sittser declared Bill No. 0344 as having passed and is now Ordinance No. 06-21.   

Bill No. 0345 - POST:  A motion was made and seconded to discuss Bill No. 0345.  Chairman Sittser read Bill No. 0345 in its entirety.  After much discussion, a motion was made by Chairman Sittser, seconded by Alderperson Mixson, to table Bill No. 0345 until next month's working session and meeting.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.   

Audit:  Alderperson Schiller made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Schultz to have invoices in the amount of $84,978.11 approved for payment.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  

Alderperson Schultz made a motion for the Board of Aldermen of Clarkson Valley to adjourn, seconded by Alderperson Sittser.  A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.                                                                                    ________________________________                                                Wendell Sittser                                                 President, Board of Aldermen

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ATTEST: Michele McMahon, City Clerk

 
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