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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING

 

 

City Hall                                                                                                   January 5, 2004

Council Chambers                                                                                    7:00 p.m.

 

The Mayor led with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

ROLL CALL

 

Present:            Alderman Moreno, Alderman Marshall, Alderman Leahy, Alderman Kramer, Alderman Robertson, Alderman Wynn, Alderman Cross.

 

City Attorney Murphy, City Clerk/Administrator Seemayer, Zoning Administrator Wolf, Economic Development Director Shelton, Treasurer Reynders.

 

Absent:Alderman Golfin and Executive Secretary Williams.

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF JANUARY 5, 2004

 

Motion was made by Alderman Wynn, second by Alderman Leahy to approve and adopt the Agenda of the Regular Board of Aldermen meeting of January 5, 2004.  Roll call:  Alderman Moreno, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF DECEMBER 1, 2003

 

Motion was made by Alderman Robertson, second by Alderman Cross to approve and adopt the Minutes of the Regular Board of Aldermen meeting of December 1, 2003.  Roll call:  Alderman Moreno, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes;  Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

DRAWING OF NAMES FOR THE BALLOT

 

Mayor Kelly stated that Alderman Leahy and Terry Stoverink Noles appeared at the City Clerk’s office when filing opened on December 16th to file for Alderman Ward 3.  He stated that the names have to be drawn to determine the order in which they will appear on the ballot.  

 

Someone in the audience drew Andrew G. Leahy’s name, therefore his name will appear first on the ballot for Ward 3 and then Terry Stoverink Noles name will be second.

 

HEARING OF ANY MATTER OF PUBLIC INTEREST UPON REQUEST OF ANY PERSON PRESENT

 

Otto Lickenbrock – 2302 St. Clair came before the Board and stated that he made a short list of the pros and cons of having the grinder pumps installed.  The pumps will stop the water backup from coming into the sewers and then into your basements.  The City will absorb all cost for the pumps if MSD does not pay for them.  The City has budgeted $50,000 in the 2004 storm water budget.   The negative is depending on where your lateral is in your yard, the yard will be trashed when they install it.  They have to get heavy equipment in there to help to dig down below the lateral several feet, and then break into the lateral and install the 24-inch diameter x 50-inch high fiberglass canister.  In the canister is the pump, motor and everything it takes to operate the system, which is an electric sewer.  If there is a power failure the sewers will fail.  Who is going to take any interest in buying a house that has an electric sewer.  The money would be better invested in solving the problem.

 

Michael Rabenberg – Troop 361 came before the Board and said he is a senior patrol leader.  They are studying the communications merit badge and appearing at the Board meeting is one of their requirements. 

 

Ann Yancey – 9023 Madge came before the Board and said she is concerned about Bill No. 5214, which deals with the restraint of dogs.  There are other ways of taking care of that. 

 

Alderman Marshall stated that in speaking with Chief Knight and Judge Hill they determined that the problem the bill was designed to address could be taken care of under the current ordinance. 

 

Kathryn Jepsen  - 2328 Annalee came before the Board and stated Vox Populi had a meeting tonight with Mayor Kelly and Mr. Shelton concerning the Manchester Road corridor.  There were comments at a meeting that there was a different plan for Manchester Road, which has not surfaced.  She asked that the Board stay in touch with their constituents. 

 

Karen Smith - 8930 Harrison came before the Board and stated that she is responding to some statements that were made at the last meeting regarding the ½ cent sales tax for both storm water and parks and the fact that the largest percentage of those taxes are going towards parks.  The statement that was made was the City has an obligation to its parks.  She asked what is the obligation to the sewers and storm water for the residents in Brentwood.  The Storm Water Task Force feels very strongly that the City has this obligation to the voters that passed that tax.  Why are the sewers the ones to be sacrificed?

 

INTRODUCTIONS, READINGS, AND PASSAGE OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

 

Bill No. 5214 – Restraint of Dogs

 

Motion was made by Alderman Marshall, second by Alderman Kramer to remove Bill No. 5214 from the agenda.  All in favor none opposed.

 

ACCOUNTS AGAINST THE CITY

 

Motion was made by Alderman Marshall, second by Alderman Robertson to approve the warrant list dated January 5th.  All in favor none opposed.

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND DEPARTMENT HEADS:

 

Elected Officials Meeting

 

Mayor Kelly reminded everyone that there is an elected officials meeting this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Warson Woods City Hall.  There will be an update of the Manchester Road TDD and the ballot issue that is going to be before the voters of Ward 3. 

 

Holiday Open House

 

Mayor Kelly thanked the Parks Department for the great job they did with the holiday open house in December. 

 

Public Safety Committee – No report

 

Public Works Committee

 

Lights on Strassner

 

Alderman Wynn thanked the Public Works Department for the lights they had put up on Strassner.  He received many good comments on that. 

 

Grinder Pumps

 

Mayor Kelly stated that they met with MSD last month to talk about the grinder pump system and installation.  It looks very favorable that they will be able to move forward with that.  He understands the concerns the residents have with the installation.  There are new subdivisions being built with those types of systems in the St. Louis area where the sewer lines are higher than the houses that are being built.   It is important that everyone understands that this is a temporary fix until they get to the main sewer problem.  This is not going to take MSD off the hook from separating the sanitary and the storm water sewer lines in the future.  Until they get to that point, the pumps will eliminate the backups in people’s homes.   MSD is going to look at the entire area where the problems are and will start a reevaluation process. 

 

City Engineer – No report

 

Parks – No report

 

Zoning Administrator – No report

 

Ways and Means Committee – No report

 

Planning and Zoning – No report

 

City Clerk/Administrator – No report

 

Director of Economic Development

 

Hanley Road Study

 

Economic Development Director Shelton stated that an open house would be held on Thursday, January 22nd at The Heights from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to present the preliminary recommendations for the Hanley Road Study.  The Hanley Road Study involves the Cities of Brentwood, Maplewood, Richmond Heights, as well as St. Louis County Highway.  All are welcome to attend.

 

Excise Commissioner – No report

 

Library – No report

 

Municipal League – No report

 

Waste Management Commission – No report

 

Storm Water Management – No report

 

Communication – No report

 

Insurance Committee – No report

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

TDD

 

Alderman Leahy had a question regarding the TDD that is going before the voters in April.  He asked if he was correct in saying that the Boards of each of the cities that are involved have voted to institute establishing the district.  The vote that is coming in April is for the request from the residents to authorize the district to establish the tax.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that is correct, the vote will approve the district. 

 

Alderman Leahy asked what happens if the voters turn down the tax. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that the district would serve no purpose. 

 

Alderman Leahy asked what happens if the executive committee wishes to bring the tax back to the voters.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that the entire process would have to start over again, including setting up the district, etc. 

 

Trash

 

Alderman Kramer asked for an update on the trash.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that he met with the mayor of Rock Hill and they will be meeting tomorrow to resolve the issue.  They were planning to sign another contract with a trash hauler.  They have concerns about the number of pickups per week that Brentwood is offering. 

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that the City is staring on or around March 1st.  The trucks have been ordered and they are due in about the third week of February. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that they have applied for a grant that would purchase a recycle truck for the City. 

 

NEW BUSINESS – None

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion was made by Alderman Moreno, second by Alderman Marshall to adjourn the meeting at 7:27 p.m.  All in favor none opposed.

 

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                    Pat Kelly, Mayor

 

Attest:

 

                                                           

Chris Seemayer, City Clerk