New Year and Best Wishes for 2006. For
each of us, the New Year comes with some new and some old challenges to be
conquered. And it's the same for
your city -- our biggest challenge surrounds our budget.
The city has three basic responsibilities: (1) individual and property
safety (police); (2) protection of property values (ordinance regulating size of
lots and building permits); (3) environmental protection (trash, recycling,
noise and air pollution). The
revenues to support these responsibilities come from your taxes, sales taxes,
traffic fines and other miscellaneous taxes.
Our portion of the Missouri sales taxes runs between 40%-45% of our total
annual revenues. These revenues
declined in 2002 and 2003 putting a strain on our budget.
However, 2004 sales revenues were 2% higher and our projection for the
2005-2006 Budget of 6% is on target. With
revenues becoming more stable, we must now look for ways to live within these
projections. At the same time, our solid waste carrier (and other carriers
as well) is recommending a once a week pickup to replace our current
twice-weekly pickup with no change in recyclables or yard waste. Please be thinking about the possibility of once a week
pickup and call your alderperson, city hall, or me with your opinion.
on Deer Control Ordinances
October 2004, the Board of Aldermen passed a deer control policy and hunting
regulations ordinance allowing hunting on residential properties. This ordinance allows homeowners to hunt deer on their
property using archery devices during the season defined by the Missouri
Department of Conservation. Hunting
this season ends January 15, 2006. This
year, 37 deer (34 does, 3 bucks) have been harvested.
Last year, 81 deer were harvested (74 does, 7 bucks).
In both seasons, 27 households participated in such a hunt.
on Sound Walls
Valley remains resolute in its struggle to avoid sound walls on Clarkson Road.
We believe there are alternative ways to address this noise issue.
We have been in litigation with MoDOT since July 2003.
A trial date for the case is currently set for September 11, 2006.
municipal election will be held in Clarkson Valley on Tuesday, April 4, 2006, to
elect one alderperson from each of the three wards, each to serve a two-year
term. In addition, this year, a
one-year term for ward 3 alderperson will be on the ballot.
(This is a result of Alderperson Melinda Twichell's resignation.)
Scott Schultz is currently serving in this position.
city clerk must receive Declaration of Candidacy for said offices Monday through
Friday during regular business hours. Filing
for these offices is now open. The
closing date is 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2006.
additional information, please call the city clerk at 636-227-8607.
of Certain Wildlife Prohibited
year upon passage of the deer management ordinance, we became aware of a problem
with several residents feeding Canada geese and deer.
The Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance prohibiting the feeding of
these animals within the city limits. The
ordinance further states "Any individual wishing to feed all other wild
animals shall utilize a feeding container or other feeding device reasonably
designed to prevent access to the food substance by Canada Geese and/or
White-Tailed Deer." If you
have questions regarding this, please call your ward alderperson or city hall.
Public and Voter Registration
city clerk is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to
register voters and to notarize, free of charge, to its residents.
2005-2006 Budget may be viewed online by clicking on the “2005-2006 Budget”
link on the city’s web site. A
hard copy may be obtained by calling city hall.
Due to budgetary constraints this year the Board voted to eliminate
paying up to $50,000 for snow removal reimbursement to the city’s
subdivisions. The Board also
discontinued paying for berm maintenance on Clarkson Road.
They are requesting that Forest Hills Club Estates assume that
responsibility, which is consistent with city policy that all subdivisions be
responsible for their roadways.
Required for Most Projects
most exterior and interior projects, the city requires a building permit.
The majority of contractors contact city hall requesting information,
however, there is an occasional contractor that does not. Several years ago, the city passed an ordinance whereby it
can issue a stop work order if it is found that a required building permit was
not obtained and upon approval of permit, double the fees.
fire district not only issues a stop work order, but also adds a $500 fine to
their permit fees. As a homeowner,
it is very important to have an understanding with your contractor who is going
to request the permit and pay the fees.
you are considering additions or alterations to you home, please consider the
Building lines for a
standard lot (i.e. not fronting two streets, not a pie-shaped lot, etc.) are 75'
front yard, 25' side yard, 50' rear yard.
Either an architect or
engineer, licensed in the State of Missouri, must seal plans.
require four sets of building plans; interior renovations require two sets.
budget committee met last month and will meet again toward the end of January to
discuss next year’s budget. An
item currently being discussed is consideration of once weekly trash removal.
may have heard recent news stories regarding municipalities receiving an
increase in their general revenues because of the spike in home heating bills. Most municipalities within the state of Missouri collect
between 3% to 10% (the majority collects 5%) from gas, telephone, water, sewer,
cable and electric gross revenues. Our
only utility tax gross revenues are from Charter Cable (3%) and AmerenUE (2%).
city purchased four new Welcome signs
to replace existing signs; two of which were located on Clarkson Road for longer
than a dozen years. Wendell Sittser
chaired the committee. The city
received many phone calls from residents sharing their appreciation for the new
signs and we would like to pass our thanks to Alderperson Sittser.
the City Web Site
agenda for each month’s Board meeting is posted on the web site the weekend
before each meeting. The Minutes of
the previous month’s meeting should be posted within a week of the subsequent
remember that household trash and recyclables should not be placed at the curb
any sooner than the morning of the intended pickup date.
Several years ago, the Board passed an ordinance allowing yardwaste to be
placed at the curb the night before the intended pickup date, no sooner than
Water Informational Brochures
Sewer District has two interesting brochures available at city hall: Keeping
Pollutants Out of Storm Water and Yard Waste and Our Environment.
Please call 636-227-8607 if you are interested in receiving a copy.
if the name listed on your newsletter is incorrect.
Please call city hall and we will see that it is corrected.