City of Clarkson Valley
Missouri

Clarkson Valley News
December 2001

MAYOR'S CORNER

Seasons Greetings from all of us at City Hall. Year 2001 has been full of changes for the nation as a whole and for us individual citizens too. This is a time of the year when we look back and share with family and friends the 'good times'. It's a time to be thankful for this great country, the freedom we enjoy and the opportunities available. We will never forget September 11, nor should we, but it's a rallying cry from those lost, for us to strengthen our resolve and make this an even better country for all. May each of us continue to honor those who have gone before us and support those who now defend us. On a lesser note, but an important one, we hope you have experienced a pleasant and professional handling in your dealings with the City. Michele McMahon, City Clerk, and Susan Prichard, Court Clerk, have pledged themselves to the highest standards in serving you. If you have any City problems (of any kind), call me at home - (636)-394-8916. I will do my best to assist you. All of the employees and Board of Alderpersons join me in wishing you a most joyful holiday season and a prosperous new year!

Emergency Operations Plan

Captain Rick Wise of the Ballwin Police Department has provided the following information about the Emergency Operations plan, which is a guide to follow in the event of an emergency. An emergency is a serious situation, such as a tornado, an earthquake or a fire that covers a large area or multiple structures.

Once the Plan is activated, a command post is set up in the affected area. The command post is staffed by a police supervisor, a fire supervisor and EMS supervisor.

The three superiors direct their personnel to locations where people are injured or trapped and render aid to them. Once all of the injured have been removed, the fire and EMS personnel vacate the command post. The police remain until all the residences and businesses have been secured and the roads are open.

The plan also provides emergency shelters, a public information officer, damage assessment, evacuations, mutual aid, and volunteers. Terrorist incidents and removal of hazardous materials are also addressed.

At the October meeting of the Board of Aldermen, Captain Bobbie Saulters notified the Board that, in the wake of the terrorist attacks, suspicious activity can be reported directly to her at (636) - 227-2583.

Notice of Election Declaration of Candidacy

A municipal election will be held in the City of Clarkson Valley on Tuesday, April 2, 2002, to elect one Alderperson from each of the three wards, each to serve a two (2) year term.

Declaration of Candidacy for said offices must be received by the City Clerk, Monday through Friday, during regular business hours. Filing begins on Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at 9:00a.m. The closing date is 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2002.

Qualifications require candidates to be at least 21 years of age prior to taking office, a citizen of the United States, an inhabitant of the City for one year prior to their election and a resident of the ward from which they are to be elected.

For additional information, please call the City Clerk at 636-227-8607.

Trash Removal Holiday Schedule:

Trash Removal Holiday Schedule:

Christmas Day -
Tuesday, December 25, 2001:
Tuesday routes will get picked up Wednesday, December 26;
Wednesday routes will get picked up Thursday, December 27;
Thursday routes will get picked up Friday, December 28;
Friday routes will get picked up Saturday, December 29.

New Years Day -
Tuesday, January 1, 2002:
Tuesday routes will get picked up Wednesday, January 2;
Wednesday routes will get picked up Thursday, January 3;
Thursday routes will get picked up Friday, January 4;
Friday routes will get picked up Saturday, January 5.

Please note: Christmas trees will be picked up on Mondays as regular yard waste if they are left at the curb and all trimmings are removed. In addition, please remove any wrappings or plastic bags you might have used in removing the tree from your home.

Residential Sewer Lateral Repair Passes

On November 6, 2001, residents passed the sewer lateral insurance program. The vote was 170 to 57. The sewer lateral is the portion of the sewage system that carries household waste from foundation to the sewer main.

Homeowners will pay a $28.00 fee to be collected on the property tax bills each year. Coverage begins on January 1, 2002 and is currently limited to $5,000. Residents will be informed of the procedure, which will be developed within the next few months.

Leash Law

Residents are reminded that Clarkson Valley has a leash law. All dogs and cats are required to be on a leash or confined at all times. Please call City Hall to report unrestrained animals.

Meeting Date Changed

Since the first Tuesday of January is New Year's Day, the meeting of the Board of Aldermen will be postponed until Tuesday, January 8, 2002.

The Effect of Neighboring Cities on Clarkson Valley

Since Clarkson Valley is nestled among Ballwin, Ellisville, Chesterfield, and Wildwood, the decisions of these cities sometimes affect our borders. Recently, Clarkson Valley residents were heartened by two recent decisions.

The Ellisville Board of Adjustment turned down the request of CitiMortgage to eliminate the requirement of building a berm between their proposed new parking lot and the Clarkson Farm Subdivision, which is in Clarkson Valley.

The Ballwin Board of Aldermen unanimously rejected a request for commercial re-zoning of the southeast corner of Clarkson and Kehrs Mill Roads.

Clarkson Road Cement Barrier

An alternative to the cement barrier that borders Forest Hills Subdivision is currently under investigation by a committee composed of Alderpersons Honora Schiller, Melinda Twichell, and Mary Ann Gatto and resident Greg Bogosian. The Missouri Department of Transportation did a noise study and found that eleven homes along Clarkson Road qualify for 100% funding of a sound barrier wall. Other alternatives include landscaping and decorative fencing. There is still much work to be done before a public meeting can be held on this issue.

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