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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING

 

 

City Hall                                                                                                 October 17, 2005

Council Chambers                                                                                    7:00 p.m.

 

The Mayor led with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

ROLL CALL

 

Present:            Mayor Kelly, Alderwoman Jepsen, Alderman Marshall, Alderman Leahy, Alderman Golfin, Alderman Kramer, Alderman Robertson, Alderman Wynn, Alderman Cross.

 

City Attorney Albrecht and City Clerk/Administrator Seemayer.

 

Absent:             Director of Public Works/City Engineer Payken, Executive Secretary Williams and City Treasurer Reynders.

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF OCTOBER 17, 2005

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Marshall to approve and adopt the Agenda of the Regular Board of Aldermen Meeting of October 17, 2005.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, 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 OCTOBER 3, 2005

 

Motion was made by Alderman Golfin, second by Alderman Cross to approve and adopt the Minutes of the Regular Board of Aldermen Meeting of October 3, 2005 as presented.   Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

BIDS – None

 

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

 

INTRODUCTIONS, READINGS, AND PASSAGE OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

 

Resolution No. 918 – BTV-10 Programming

 

Motion was made by Alderman Cross, second by Alderman Marshall to approve and adopt Resolution No. 918. 

 

Alderman Golfin stated Resolution No. 918 is a resolution that he has previously stated he would not support because it is not necessary.   The resolution constitutes an administrative action, rather than a legislative action.  As an administrative action, the Board is overstepping, in his opinion, to enter into administrative action that should be taken otherwise, if necessary. 

 

Alderman Wynn stated he opposes the resolution, but it is not in any way a reflection on Mr. McCarthy.  He has supported him since he was hired and still does.  He does a great job.

 

Alderman Leahy stated he would like to echo the sentiments of Aldermen Golfin and Wynn.  He would not sponsor the resolution.  Procedurally, they are getting themselves into an area that the City should not go in.  He approves of the job Mr. McCarthy is doing and has been doing for the City.   He opposes the resolution from the City’s side, not from an employee standpoint.

 

Mayor Kelly stated the resolution was done at the request of the employee in question.  The difference is that certain employee matters are done administratively.  Under the City’s guidelines, employee matters should be taken to executive session, discussed there and if action is to be taken, it should be taken care of by the supervisor that handles that employee.  In this instance, it was not handled administratively.  Allegations were made public about the employee at the Board of Aldermen meeting.  It was the employee’s feeling that because those allegations were made public, he wanted the City, by this resolution, to state that they found the allegations to be false.  

 

Alderman Kramer stated he was not able to be at the last Board of Aldermen meeting, so he was not part of the discussion.  There were a couple of items he wanted to propose for the resolution.  Those items were only appropriate to be discussed with the attorney in executive session.  Therefore it is more appropriate for him to abstain from the voting. 

 

Alderman Golfin stated that Mr. McCarthy has done an outstanding job in communications.  This Board is not critical in any sense.  He has looked at the matter extensively and he feels that his job evaluations, which were provided, reflect the fact that Mr. McCarthy has acted appropriately and has been doing an outstanding job with BTV-10 and communications.

 

Roll call on Resolution No. 918:  Alderwoman Jepsen, no; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, no; Alderman Golfin, no; Alderman Kramer, abstain; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, no; Alderman Cross, yes.  There were three “yes” votes and four “no” votes.  Resolution No. 918 failed.

 

Resolution No. 925 – Provide for General Municipal Election

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Cross to approve Resolution No. 925.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

ACCOUNTS AGAINST THE CITY

 

Alderwoman Jepsen asked about the dictaphone maintenance charge on the warrant list.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated the charge is for the police department dispatch center.  All calls are recorded that come into the dispatcher.     

 

Motion was made by Alderman Marshall, second by Alderman Golfin to accept the warrant list as submitted.  All in favor none opposed.

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND DEPARTMENT HEADS:

 

Mayor’s Report

 

MML Meeting

 

Mayor Kelly stated the Municipal League would hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, October 27th at 7:30 p.m.  There will be a presentation on the legislative committee’s report.  It will outline what legislative issues the Municipal League will be looking at this year. 

 

MoDOT

 

MoDOT will be holding a meeting at the St. Louis Science Center on October 27th at 7:00 p.m.  They will be outlining any new updates on the I-64 project.  One of the more exciting things is that MoDOT changed their policy and they will be doing their first large project on a design build basis.  They hope that this will accelerate the project by putting it out to bid and having one contractor or one team to go after.  It gives them more flexibility in the construction process. 

 

Town Hall Meeting

 

State Representative Scott Muschany will be holding a Town Hall meeting at the Brentwood Recreation Center on October 27th

 

 

Veteran’s Day

 

The Veteran’s Day Observance will be held on Friday, November 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Brentwood City Hall.   

 

Red Light Camera System

 

Mayor Kelly stated he would like the Board to discuss and think about making a decision on the Red Light Camera System.  He was in contact with St. Louis City and they had their first reading of a bill to adopt the system last Friday.  They will be having their second reading next week.  Florissant had their first reading and they will be moving forward with the program.  A letter will be sent to him from the head of the Department of Revenue that states that the ticket would not be a moving violation.  The ticket is a municipal ticket, like a parking ticket.  It is a ticket against the vehicle, which means no points would be taken off your license.   It is new technology but if it will help to make the streets safer and improve traffic, it will be a great benefit to the City. 

 

Alderman Golfin asked if they would put a camera at every stoplight.

 

Mayor Kelly said they would probably put one at the main intersections, where there are many traffic issues.

 

Alderman Robertson stated it has been discussed in the Public Safety Committee meeting and they did not make a recommendation.  They were waiting to see what happens with Arnold, the first adopter of the system.  He is adamantly opposed to any kind of camera set up on any public street or thoroughfare for any reason that is supposed to promote safety.   For the most part, he thinks cities are doing it entirely for revenue.  It is anti-American and unconstitutional and an invasion of privacy. 

 

Alderman Marshall asked if the Red Light Camera System would come before the Ways and Means Committee for discussion as far as the revenues.

 

Mayor Kelly stated it could go to the Ways and Means Committee.

 

Public Safety Committee – No report

 

Public Works Committee – No further report

 

City Engineer – No report

 

Ways and Means Committee – No report

 

City Attorney – No report

 

City Clerk/Administrator

 

Special Use Permit

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that Metro Electric Supply is requesting a Special Use Permit to hold a turkey shoot at their facility on Thursday, November 3rd from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.   It is a customer appreciation event.  They do not raise any money from it.  Staff reviewed it and everything is in order. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Kramer, second by Alderman Robertson to approve the Special Use Permit for Metro Electric Supply.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

Director of Economic Development – No report

 

Excise Commissioner 

 

Temporary Liquor License – St. Mary Magdalen – School Auction

 

Alderman Cross stated that St. Mary Magdalen is having an auction on Saturday, November 12th and they have applied for a temporary liquor license to serve beer and wine. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Cross, second by Alderman Leahy to grant the temporary liquor license to St. Mary Magdalen for a school auction to be held on November 12th.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

Library – No report

 

Municipal League – No report

 

Waste Management Commission – No report

 

Communication – No report

 

Insurance Committee – No report

 

Historical Society – No report

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

Trail and Bridge Project

 

Mayor Kelly stated in regards to the trail and bridge project they had an issue with one property owner and the corner of his property.  They need about 400 square feet.  His house is on White Avenue but his property line goes across the creek.  That issue has been resolved and they will move forward with a boundary adjustment.   K & S Associates which was giving the City an easement to put the trail on their property has decided that they would rather the City own the property.   They are concerned about liability, so they are selling it to the City for $10.00.  As soon as the land issues are resolved they will order the bridge and proceed with the project.

 

Eager I-170 Project

 

Mayor Kelly stated they sent a letter after the last executive session to the representatives of DDR and they have until next Friday to respond. 

 

MML

 

Mayor Kelly stated Alderwoman Jepsen had brought up a resolution regarding eminent domain.  He distributed the MML policy towards eminent domain and economic development and an article by Richard Ward with Development Strategies, which deals with the history of eminent domain.  He also copied the Board on information regarding the evolution and use of TIF. 

 

Ward 3 Meeting

 

 

Ward 3 meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion was made by Alderman Cross, second by Alderman Leahy to adjourn the meeting at 7:28 p.m.  All in favor none opposed.

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                Pat Kelly, Mayor

 

 

                                               

Chris Seemayer, City Clerk