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     MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING

 

 

City Hall                                                                                                           June 21, 2004

Council Chambers                                                                                             7:00 p.m.

 

The Mayor led with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Present:            Alderwoman Jepsen, Alderman Leahy, Alderman Golfin, Alderman Kramer, Alderman Robertson, Alderman Wynn.

 

Asst. City Attorney Michael Daming, City Clerk/Administrator Seemayer, Economic Development Director Shelton and Executive Secretary Williams.

 

Absent:             Alderman Marshall, Alderman Cross, Zoning Administrator Wolf and Treasurer Reynders.

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF JUNE 21, 2004

 

Motion was made by Alderman Golfin, second by Alderman Leahy to approve and adopt the Agenda of the Regular Board of Aldermen Meeting of June 21, 2004.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes.

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF MAY 17, 2004

 

Correction:

 

Page 15 – first paragraph – insert the word “non-compensated” in second line.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Kramer, second by Alderman Robertson to approve the Minutes of the Regular Board of Aldermen Meeting of May 17, 2004 as amended.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes.

 

Bids – None

 

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

 

Anne Yancy – 9023 Madge came before the Board and stated that they are hearing some rumors about a developer that has purchased property on Annalee who wants to buy more parcels to have enough to come to the City and get it rezoned “B”. 

Mayor Kelly stated that he is not aware of that.  Someone would have to make an application to the City and it would have to go through the Planning and Zoning Commission, which would require a public hearing process, then it would come to the Board of Aldermen.  There is some activity going on in that area with two developers that bought properties and are building new homes, but there has been no talk of rezoning.   

 

David Stokes – 1536 High School Drive came before the Board and stated that he is here to introduce himself to the Board and the voters present and to let everyone know that he is a Brentwood resident running for State Representative in the 87th District which covers a large majority of Brentwood. 

 

Kevin McCarthy came before the Board and stated that in compliance with cable TV regulations, as was done during the election campaign of the City, equal time issues and so on that portion of the program will be edited. 

 

INTRODUCTIONS, READINGS, AND PASSAGE OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

 

Bill No. 5229 – Construction Regulations

 

Revised Bill No. 5229 will remain on hold and the public hearing will continue until the next meeting. 

 

Bill No. 5241 and 5242

 

Mayor Kelly stated that the applicant requested Bills No. 5241 and 5242 be placed on hold.  This has to do with the site plan and a cross parking easement agreement with the City and the developers of the Essen Hardware site.  They are not here this evening and City staff had some questions that they needed answered.

 

Motion was made Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Golfin to place Bill No. 5241 and 5242 on hold.  Roll call: Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, abstained; Alderman Wynn, yes.

 

Alderwoman Jepsen asked if the agreement in Bill No. 5242 is a cross agreement?  Page 1 talks about parcels owned by Flagtop used by the City and page 2 talks about the City granting Flagtop easement for parking. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that is one of the problems with Bill No. 5242.  In a cross parking agreement both parties share parking but the way this is written the City is sharing, but they are not.  That needs to be worked out along with some other issues.

 

1st and 2nd Readings of Bills

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Robertson to give Bills No. 5236, 5237, 5238 and 5239 1st and 2nd readings.  All in favor none opposed.

 

Bill No. 5236 – Repealing Ordinance No. 3933

 

Assist. City Attorney Daming gave Bill No. 5236, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 14 OF THE REVISED CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD, MISSOURI BY REPEALING THE AMENDMENT MADE TO SECTION 14-1030, SCHEDULE DD, THROUGH STREETS BY ORDINANCE NO. 3933; AND DELETING ONE PARAGRAPH IN SECTION 14-1030, SCHEDULE DD, AS IT RELATES TO THROUGH STREETS; PROVIDING FOR THE CURRENT MAINTENANCE OF THIS CODE; PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE; AND PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF ALL CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, its first and second readings.

 

Alderman Leahy stated that Bill No. 5236 is before the Board because of an error that he made.  An ordinance was passed requesting that the stop signs be removed per a request from the residents of the area.  Since they have been removed, they have received a request from residents of the area that the signs at Melvin and Fawn are put back up. He apologized for the redundancy of the effort.

 

Alderman Golfin asked how many residents were for it and how many were against it.

 

Alderman Leahy stated that three residents on Melvin asked for the signs to be removed and eleven plus residents asked that the signs be put back up. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Wynn to approve and adopt Bill No. 5236.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen; yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes.

 

The Mayor thereupon declared Bill No. 5236 duly passed and signed same into approval thereof.  Said Bill was given Ordinance No. 3938.

 

Public Hearing – Construction Regulations

 

Mayor Kelly announced the public hearing for construction regulations would now be heard at 7:15 p.m. 

 

Alderman Kramer stated that Bill No. 5229 is meant as a protection for the residents and the neighborhoods during the construction process. 

 

Bill No. 5229 would amend chapter 6 of the building code by enacting new regulations relating to the construction of new homes.  The bill does not affect remodeling or improvements to existing homes.  The intention of the bill is to improve the relationship between the new home construction and the existing neighbors.  The bill has a Sunset Clause of December 31st, 2004.  It is felt that this will provide time to see if the provisions in the bill are adequate to achieve harmony between the existing homeowners and new construction.  The bill was reviewed extensively by the Public Works Committee and received a positive recommendation on a 2-1 vote with Alderman Leahy absent. 

 

Mayor Kelly asked if there were any questions from the audience.

 

Jim Fiete – 2201 Parkridge Avenue came before the Board and stated that in Section 6.1 talks about regulations for new homes. These regulations do not apply to room additions, remodeling or other work performed on existing residences.  Does the City have any existing regulations pertaining to room additions, remodeling, etc.

 

Mayor Kelly stated the City has regulations with respect to time of day, operation and so forth.  That would not be as much of a major construction process as a new home would be. 

 

Mr. Fiete stated that on page 3, Section 6.3 states that a copy of the regulations shall be posted at the job site at all times.  Would that be 24-7 or when construction workers are present.

 

Alderman Kramer stated that the idea is to emulate some of the other municipalities, one of which is Clayton that follows a similar repartee.  They have a placard on the wall system on the outside of the construction perimeter for, not only the residents to see or for the folks in construction daily, but the folks who deliver materials or anyone who would be visiting the construction site to be able to have those visible, so they would be there all the time.

 

Alderman Wynn stated that on page 1, Section 6.2 Construction Hours, states “no diesel or other mechanical noise may be audible from the job site outside of prescribed construction hours”.  What does the job site include? Is it inside the fence? 

 

Alderman Kramer stated that literally what the job site means is the perimeter that is enclosed by the fencing.

 

Alderman Wynn stated so if a person came to work fifteen minutes early in cold weather, the noise of him running his truck to keep warm would not be considered the job site.

 

Alderman Kramer stated figuratively if there is a construction vehicle parked in front of the construction or work site that is running at 6:45 a.m. this would be going against that.  Although literally it does not say that specifically, the noise rules that are currently in place with the City of Brentwood would preclude that by way of a compliant that a citizen could make.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that the issue that Alderman Wynn is bringing up is the possibility of residents complaining that their neighbor has a diesel and when they start it up to warm it up before they go to work are they in violation as well?

 

Alderman Leahy stated according to Section 6.3 (e) the dumpster is required to be covered if the amount of trash exceeds eighteen inches of the height of the dumpster when measured from the interior.  He would like to see that covered long before the amount of trash ever exceeds the height of the dumpster.  The intent is to keep trash from going outside the construction site and onto adjacent properties.  He would like to see that modified.

 

Alderman Kramer stated that the sentence at the end of portion (e) states, “In any event, no debris shall be allowed to overflow from the dumpster onto the job site”, and was meant to clarify that so that if one of the work dumpsters had a large piece of equipment dropped into the center of it during the construction process, which would cause the overall height in the center of the dumpster to exceed that eighteen inches, but at the same time the remaining portions of the dumpster interior would be well below the top of the dumpsters, there wouldn’t be a problem with debris floating on the outside of that container.  However what this speaks to is that if that were to be the case it would be the responsibility of the developer or the builder to keep that from happening.

 

Alderman Leahy stated that the intent is if the dumpster is filled eight inches above the internal height, by right you could not cite the contractor because he is incompliance, no coverage is necessary.  The neighbor now calls and complains that there is debris in her yard and the contractor is kind enough to show up and help pick it up and put it back in the dumpster.   He would like to avoid the neighbor from having to complain and thus if they cover the dumpster they hopefully alleviate the problem and the complaint call from the neighbor before it becomes a complaint. 

 

Alderman Wynn asked when would it be covered and how close to the top?

 

Alderman Leahy stated he would like to see it covered when the debris inside the dumpster is within two feet of the height of the dumpster. 

 

Mayor Kelly suggested Bill No. 5229 go back to the Public Works Committee for discussion. 

 

Alderman Leahy stated that Section 6.5, last sentence states, “All curb cuts, driveway approaches and the Building Official by virtue of Section 21-41 must approve public sidewalks”, is a misprint.

 

Alderman Kramer stated that’s correct.

 

Public Hearing – Amending Chapter 25

 

Mayor Kelly announced the public hearing for amending Chapter 25 of the Brentwood Code would now be heard at 7:20 p.m. 

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that this public hearing deals with the placement of tattoo, body piercing or branding establishments and defines them more specifically and what zoning districts they can be located within the City of Brentwood.  In this particular legislation they would be limited to the RSC zoning districts.  The City had a similar type legislation that was approved in the last couple of years in regards to check cashing types of facilities. 

 

Mayor Kelly asked if there were any comments from the audience.

 

Alderwoman Jepsen stated by adding it as a specific item, the City can then not issue the conditional use permit?

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated other than in the RSC district. 

 

Alderwoman Jepsen asked where are the RSC districts and how is it different from other commercial districts.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that there are three areas of the City that currently have RSC districts.  The RSC districts are in a small parcel just north of the Mobil Station on Brentwood Boulevard, the parcel of ground where the Applegate’s and Dulux Paint Stores are and the Magna Bank building. 

 

Mayor Kelly announced the public hearing closed at 7:30 p.m.

 

Bill No. 5237 – Amending Chapter 2 and Adopting the Revised Employees Handbook

 

Asst. City Attorney Daming gave Bill No. 5237, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 2 OF THE REVISED CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD FOR 1987 BY REPEALING SECTIONS 2-101 THROUGH 2-105 OF ARTICLE V; SECTIONS 2-301 THROUGH 2-307; SECTIONS 2-321 THROUGH 2-323; AND SECTIONS 2-331 THROUGH 2-334 OF ARTICLE VII; AND ADOPTING THE REVISED CITY OF BRENTWOOD EMPLOYEES HANDBOOK; PROVIDING FOR THE CURRENT MAINTENANCE OF THIS CODE; PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE; AND, PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF ALL CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, its first and second readings.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that a newly revised employees handbook was done in the mid 1990’s, which was adopted by the Board in resolution form.  They were told it would be better to adopt it by ordinance form.

 

Alderman Leahy stated that page 31 of the handbook requires that the employees of the City of Brentwood sign that they have received and possibly waive to go to arbitration if necessary.   Would this be a grandfather requirement for the current employees or would it be something that the City would end up having all current employees sign as this book is revised and handed out. 

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that it was grandfathered at the time this was adopted.  Any employees hired from that date forward had to sign this booklet. 

 

Alderman Leahy asked if the City has the segregation of which employees are under the requirement and which ones would be adopted.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated yes and that it is in each of the personnel files.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Robertson, second by Alderman Kramer to approve and adopt Bill No. 5237.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes.

 

The Mayor thereupon declared Bill No. 5237 duly passed and signed same into approval thereof.  Said Bill was given Ordinance No. 3939.

 

Bill No. 5238 – Appealing Ordinance No. 3912

 

Asst. City Attorney Daming gave Bill No. 5238, AN ORDINANCE REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 3912 WHICH AUTHORIZED THE INITIATION OF CONDEMNATION PROCEEDINGS IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 8734 SUBURBAN TRACKS STREET (LOT 2) IN BRENTWOOD, MISSOURI; AND PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE, its first and second readings.

 

Alderman Leahy asked if Bill No. 5238 is asking for the repeal of the condemnation proceedings.  Would it also signify that the City is no longer interested in purchasing or pursuing this property within the friendly negotiations aspect?

 

Mayor Kelly stated yes.

 

Alderman Kramer read into record the synopsis for Bill No. 5238.  This bill repeals Ordinance No. 3912, which authorized the initiation of condemnation proceedings in connection with 8734 Suburban Tracks Street.  The City is no longer pursuing acquiring this property.

 

Alderwoman Jepsen stated that this issue is something that has caught the public eye and for those who will be viewing this later, why is the City backing off from this. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that the City had never determined what they had paid for the property.  It was going to be in excess of what the City was willing to spend.  There is going to be some issues with the use of that property and the owners understand that as they move through the process.  At this time the City does not have the funds to expend for it. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Robertson to approve and adopt Bill No. 5238.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes.

 

The Mayor thereupon declared Bill No. 5238 duly passed and signed same into approval thereof.  Said Bill was given Ordinance No. 3940.

 

Bill No. 5239 – Increase for Police and Firemen’s Pension Fund

 

Asst. City Attorney Daming gave Bill No. 5239, AN ORDINANCE TO CALL AN ELECTION TO SUBMIT TO THE VOTERS OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD, MISSOURI, PROPOSITION “1” TO AUTHORIZE AN INCREASE FOR THE BRENTWOOD POLICE AND FIREMEN’S RETIREMENT PENSION FUND; AND, PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE, its first and second readings.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that Fire Chief Niemeyer, Police Chief Knight and Asst. Fire Chief Kurtz were all present and representing the Police and Firemen’s Pension Board.

 

It has been evaluated by the Pension Board that currently the Police and Firemen’s Pension Fund which was established in 1950 by the voters is currently under funded.  They are asking the voters for a 15-cent tax increase that will fund, according to the actuarial report, the Police and Firemen’s Pension Fund for the next 20 to 25 years.  It is the City’s responsibility to place any ballot issues on the ballot for the police and firemen.  Through their analysis this is what has been determined they need in order to bring their pension back up to be fully funded. 

 

It is important to point out that the police and firemen do not have any other retirement income.  They do not receive social security.  They make contributions on their own for their retirement.  It is something the voters established for them in 1950.  They have only had one tax increase since then and that was in 1985.  One of the reasons that it is under funded at this time is they are authorized to charge up to 38 cents per hundred dollars assessed valuation but because of the Hancock Amendment they can only make increases according to the inflation rate.  Currently they are only able to charge without the voters’ approval 22 cents.  The proposition is currently named Proposition “1” but that will not be the name that will appear on the ballot. 

 

Alderman Golfin asked if someone could explain the circumstances under which there really can be no over funding of the pension fund. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that it could get to the point where they have excess money according to the actuarial report but the pension board has the ability to lower their rate if they don’t need to take in as much money.  This year the pension would be under funded by $125,000.  If the pension stopped today with employees that have contributed to it, it would be that much short of paying them for their expected life of drawing off of that pension. 

 

Alderwoman Jepsen stated that with the current 22 cents and the 15 cents being requested it takes it up to 37 cents.  Is that on every $100 per assessed value of the property?

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that it is 19%.  The County takes the appraised value of the home and then takes 19% of that.  If it is a $100,000 appraised home, the County would take 19% of that and your taxes would be based on a home valued at $19,000. 

 

Alderwoman Jepsen stated that there is some sort of State program for seniors that is on a limited income and cannot handle tax increases.  Would something like this qualify for that program?

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that it would.  If the residential property tax increase in any given year of a senior citizen exceeds 5%, it would be frozen at 5%.  However the State has to make up that difference and appropriate it back to all the municipalities, school districts, fire districts and so forth, otherwise it does not go into effect. 

 

Alderman Robertson stated as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee they have discussed it and voted to pass it on to the Board with a unanimously positive recommendation.  It is a very important issue for the police and firemen. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Robertson, second by Alderman Golfin to approve and adopt Bill No. 5239.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes.

 

The Mayor thereupon declared Bill No. 5239 duly passed and signed same into approval thereof.  Said Bill was given Ordinance No. 3941.

 

1st and 2nd Readings of Bill No. 5240

 

Motion was made by Alderman Kramer, second by Alderman Golfin to give Bill No. 5240 first and second readings.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes.

 

Asst. City Attorney Daming gave Bill No. 5240, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 25 OF THE REVISED CODE OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD, MISSOURI BY ADDING ONE NEW DEFINITION TO SECTION 25-2; BY ADDING NEW SECTIONS TO SECTION 25-257(c) (2); PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE; AND PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF ALL CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, its first and second readings.

 

Alderman Kramer read into record a synopsis on Bill No. 5240.  This bill defines tattoo and body piercing establishments and restricts their usage to the R.S.C. zoning district, similar to check cashing facilities.  This bill requires a public hearing and was reviewed and approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Kramer, second by Alderman Golfin to approve and adopt Bill No. 5240.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes.

 

The Mayor thereupon declared Bill No. 5240 duly passed and signed same into approval thereof.  Said Bill was given Ordinance No. 3942.

 

Resolution No. 910 – Endorsing and Supporting Tax Increase

 

Mayor Kelly stated that the Pension Board requested the Resolution be placed on hold until the next meeting.  They would like to have the full Board present when the resolution is considered.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Wynn, second by Alderman Leahy to place Resolution No. 910 on hold.  All in favor none opposed.

 

Resolution No. 911 – Natural Hazard Mitigation

 

Alderman Kramer read a synopsis of Resolution No. 911 into record.  This Resolution states that the City of Brentwood will use its best efforts to become a safer community by identifying hazards and assessing their risk to help implement a plan to reduce hazards in our community.  This Resolution also allows the City to qualify for grants and assistance to avoid hazards and to assist with the destruction they may cause.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated the main focus with those would be on natural disasters like flooding, tornadoes, and earthquakes and to have a good plan to deal with those. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that having a plan in place would give the City a better chance of getting more federal funds if that natural disaster happens.

 

Alderwoman Jepsen stated that the second paragraph from the bottom states that “ . . . Regional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan attached hereto . . .” Does the City have a copy of this plan? 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that it is in place. 

 

Alderwoman Jepsen asked who oversees it.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that a lot of it goes through the Public Works Director Jerry Wolf and the Public Safety personnel.  If there is anything that has to go forward it would more than likely go through the Public Safety Committee. 

 

Alderman Leahy asked if he is correct in assuming that at one point the City passed a status that the Recreation Center could be used as a community cooling center for part of this plan.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated yes.

 

Alderman Leahy stated would this help the City in recouping some of the cost of running that facility if necessary?

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that they would not be able to recoup any of the expenses.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Golfin, second by Alderman Leahy to approve and adopt Resolution No. 911.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes.

 

ACCOUNTS AGAINST THE CITY

 

Alderman Kramer stated that State Mechanical is doing the repairs to the ice rink compressor.   What is the cost of a new compressor?

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated it is around $75,000 and the ice rink has three compressors.  Two of them operate at one time and one is in reserve. 

 

Alderwoman Jepsen stated that the warrant list shows $37,000 for legal services from January – March 2003.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated from time-to-time the attorney is not completely up to date with billing.  They are occasionally behind on billing the City. 

 

Alderwoman Jepsen asked if they are on a monthly retainer.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that they are on a monthly fixed retainer for most items and anytime there is litigation involved with the City of any sort and some other various issues there is an hourly rate also. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Wynn to approve the warrant list dated 6/21/04 in the amount of $487,329.24.  All in favor none opposed.

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND DEPARTMENT HEADS:

 

Mayor’s Report

 

Mayor Kelly stated that the TDD Board met for Strassner Road.  The bonds have been issued and are all sold.  Because of the success of the projects and the financial stability of the City, they received a AA rating on the bonds and also were able to insure the bonds, which give the City a lower interest rate.  That is the first TDD to be able to do that.  What that means to the bondholders is on the serial bonds there is an average interest rate of 4% and for the super sinker bonds, which is the majority of them the interest rate is 5%.  From an investor’s standpoint because they are tax-exempt bonds, and the reason they sell so quickly is there is about a 9% return for the investors that buy those bonds.  At that same meeting they selected their civil engineer who is going to help design the improvements that are going to be done to Eager Road, Wrenwood, and the park paths.  They also hired a traffic engineer who will be doing the analysis of Eager Road to advise them on what they need to do.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that he has asked the Public Works Committee to look at a couple of ordinances that he found in talking to representative from University City.  One is with respect to vacant homes.  University City has adopted an ordinance, that if there is a home that is vacant for more than six months they have to notify the city and pay a $200.00 fee so that the city can monitor that home until they have somebody occupying it.  The other one is the housing and inspection of rental property.  He is asking the Public Works Committee if it would be appropriate to put an additional fee, if they do yearly inspections on rental property, per rental property as well.  The City needs to look at this and try to encourage more homeownership instead of rental property. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that he had Mr. Wolf contact The Villas at Brentwood last week to get an update and they are doing extremely well.  Currently they have 220 apartments available.  They have 186 of those leased, which is about 85%.  The other units are still under construction.  The construction timetable may be a little behind schedule but the success of The Villas and the actual leasing and getting residents in there are going extremely well.  One of the delays they had was because of the City shutting them down on leasing because they did not have the center parking garage completed and didn’t have some of the fire exits in place. 

 

Alderwoman Jepsen asked when it comes to fire, was the place really looked at for the density and access, etc.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that the buildings have sprinklers.  The deciding factor on whether the project would move forward was the sprinkler system the City required them to put in.  All of the exterior windows have sprinklers from the inside so that if a window broke and flames are shooting out it cannot get to the adjacent buildings.  If you go through the building you will notice a number of fire hoses and fire hydrants in place.  The firemen tour the premises and know where they are located and it is part of their responsibility to make sure those people are safe.

 

Public Safety Committee – No further report

 

Public Works Committee – No further report

 

City Engineer – No report  

 

Parks

 

Mayor Kelly stated that he has been meeting with some of the Parks Department and employees and they have been meeting with Richmond Heights about looking at some of the services that can be combined and offered to the residents. The brochure for the Recreation Centers is going to be combined.  There will be one quarterly brochure coming out for the programs and will be beneficial to all the municipalities participating for the programs they are offering.  The brochure will come out around August 10th.

 

Zoning Administrator – No report

 

Ways and Means Committee – No report

 

Planning and Zoning – No report

 

City Attorney – No report

 

City Clerk/Administrator – No report

 

Director of Economic Development

 

Director of Economic Development Shelton came before the Board and stated that the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee will meet on June 23rd at 7:00 p.m. They will be interviewing the first of two respondents to the request for planning consultants.  Then they will begin the process of gathering public input, which is a big goal of the Steering Committee. 

 

Excise Commissioner

 

Temporary Liquor License Request – Goff Moll Post 101

 

Excise Commissioner Clements stated that Brentwood Goff Moll Post 101 is asking for a two-day permit for Brentwood Days on September 17 and 18. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Golfin, second by Alderman Kramer to approve the temporary liquor license request for Goff Moll Post 101 to serve liquor at Brentwood Days on September 17 and 18.  Roll call: Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, no.

 

Liquor License Renewals

 

Excise Commissioner Clements stated it is time to renew the licenses for the year 2004 through 2005.  There are eighteen license applications.  All departments have signed off and everything is in order.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Kramer, second by Alderman Golfin to approve the yearly liquor license renewals.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes.

 

Library – No report

 

Municipal League – No report

 

Waste Management Commission – No report

 

Storm Water Management – No report

 

Communication – No report

 

Insurance Committee – No report

 

Historical Society – No report

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

Director of Economic Development Shelton stated that the Board might want to entertain a motion to authorize the entering into the application for the CDBG since the deadline is July 2.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Wynn to approve the participation in the CDBG for year 2005.  All in favor none opposed.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Recognition

 

Alderwoman Jepsen asked Alderman Wynn to explain the recent recognition he received from the Missouri Hall of Fame.

 

Alderman Wynn stated that he played in the 1954 Missouri University Baseball Team that won the National Championship.  They were the only team in the history of the University of Missouri that has won a National Championship.  Because of that they were honored by being place in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield Missouri.

 

Meeting

 

Ward 3 meeting for the month of June is Tuesday, June 29th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

 

Can Crusher Machine

 

Mayor Kelly stated that the City applied for a grant and received a can crusher machine that is available for organizations in the City to use for that service.  At the moment there are no policies in place on how that is going to take place.  One of the things that are important from the City’s standpoint is that they are responsible for the machine and may need to have a waiver signed by people using it.  If they get hurt, the City is not going to be held liable for that.

 

Alderman Leahy stated that at current the machine is located at his premises.  He is personally carrying a $1 million liability policy to cover the scouting program and thus the usage of the machine under the program for the scouts is being covered.  The scouts that are using the equipment are done so with two adult supervisors at all times with one of the property owners being present. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that the policy needs to be filed with the City.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion was made by Alderman Robertson, second by Alderman Leahy to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 p.m.  All in favor none opposed.

 

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                Pat Kelly, Mayor

 

Attest:

 

                                               

Chris Seemayer, City Clerk