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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING

 

 

City Hall                                                                                               November 21, 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 Wynn and Alderman Cross.

 

                        City Attorney Albrecht, City Clerk/Administrator Seemayer, Executive Secretary Williams.

 

ABSENT:        Alderman Robertson, Director of Public Works/City Engineer Payken and Treasurer Reynders.

 

Mayor Kelly expressed condolences to the families of Alderman Kramer and Alderman Robertson for the passing of Alderman Kramer’s mother and Alderman Robertson’s sister.  He requested a moment of prayer for the families.

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF NOVEMBER 21, 2005

 

Motion was made by Alderman Golfin, second by Alderman Cross to approve and adopt the Agenda of the Regular Board of Aldermen Meeting of November 21, 2005.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Marshall, second by Alderman Wynn to place Bill No. 5299 and 5300 on hold and send to the Ways and Means Committee for further discussion.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF NOVEMBER 7, 2005

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Golfin to approve and adopt the Minutes of the Regular Board of Aldermen Meeting of November 7, 2005 as submitted.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

BIDS – None

 

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

 

Bonnie Rasmussen – 8828 Pendleton came before the Board and stated she was speaking as a former member of the Comprehensive Plan Committee.  They have finished their work and have dissolved their committee at their meeting last Wednesday evening.  The plan is on schedule.  The plan was sent to the Planning and Zoning Commission through Ron Waterman, a member of the Commission.  After the Planning and Zoning Commission is finished reviewing it and it meets their approval, they will pass it on to the Board of Aldermen.  She stated it was a good experience and they are very pleased with the work that Woolpert did and the public input that was received.

 

INTRODUCTIONS, READINGS, AND PASSAGE OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

 

First and Second Readings of Bills

 

Motion was made by Alderman Cross, second by Alderman Leahy to give Bills No. 5301 and 5302 first and second readings.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

Bill No. 5301 – Restaurant Liquor Licenses

 

City Attorney Albrecht gave Bill No. 5301, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 3 OF THE REVISED CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD, MISSOURI BY DELETING SECTION 3-29 (g) IN ITS ENTIRETY, AND ENACTING IN LIEU THEREOF A NEW SECTION 3-29 (g) AS IT RELATES TO RESTAURANT LIQUOR LICENSES; 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.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated certain types of categories of liquor licenses have a maximum number of licenses allowed by Brentwood ordinances.  Restaurants have a maximum of 9 in the City of Brentwood.  With the prospect of several new restaurants coming into Brentwood in the next 12 to 24 months, the Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously to remove the ceiling for restaurant liquor licenses only.  The other ones that still have limits are bar liquor licenses and full liquor licenses.

 

Alderman Kramer asked what was the difference between the sit down restaurants that sell liquor and the liquor establishments that sell food, and which one is considered a restaurant.

 

Mayor Kelly stated it is based on their percentage of sales in food and liquor.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated 51% of their gross sales have to be food.  Restaurant liquor licenses are served by the drink only at the establishment, no package liquor.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Golfin, second by Alderman Marshall to approve and adopt Bill No. 5301.   Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

The Mayor thereupon declared Bill No. 5301 duly passed and signed same into approval thereof.  Said Bill was given Ordinance No. 3996.

 

Bill No. 5302 – Airspace Agreement

 

City Attorney Albrecht gave Bill No. 5302, AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD, MISSOURI TO ENTER INTO AN AIRSPACE AGREEMENT WITH THE BI-STATE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF THE MISSOURI-ILLINOIS METROPOLITAN DISTRICT, its first and second readings.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated Bill No. 5302 would grant the easements to the City for the construction of Strassner Road underneath the Metro Link bridge.  Metro has airspace rights wherever their tracks are located, so they would be granting temporary construction easements, as well as a permanent easement for the road itself.

 

Alderman Leahy asked if there is anything in the agreement with Metro that establishes what the height difference between the road and bridge would be.  Can the City lower the road to the point that they make that height difference greater?

 

Mayor Kelly stated structurally he does not think so.  That was taken into account when the design of the bridge was made.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated the City would always have the right to lower it if it could be done structurally.   Metro took into consideration the height of the bridge when the specifications were put together.  It is well above 13’ 6”.  They also had some additional issues for clearance to prevent static electrical interference. 

 

Alderwoman Jepsen asked about a utility easement shown on Exhibit A and the location of it once it approaches Southside Roofing.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that is only showing you where Metro’s easement is being granted.  Southside Roofing is selling the property to them.      

   

Motion was made by Alderman Cross, second by Alderman Marshall to approve and adopt Bill No. 5302.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

The Mayor thereupon declared Bill No. 5302 duly passed and signed same into approval thereof.  Said Bill was given Ordinance No. 3997.

 

Resolution No. 926 – Joint Resolution Highway 40/I-64 Corridor

 

Mayor Kelly stated Resolution No. 926 is a joint resolution with Clayton, Frontenac, Ladue, Maplewood, Richmond Heights and St. Louis City against MoDOT’s proposal to close Highway 40 during construction.  It would be a detriment to this area of the County.

 

Alderman Golfin stated he has received a number of calls from people who are concerned about it.   The resolution is something they strongly need. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Wynn, second by Alderman Golfin to amend Resolution No. 926 to include “Brentwood” in the second “Whereas”, and replace the “City of Ladue” with the “City of Brentwood” in Section 1.   Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Wynn, second by Alderman Golfin to approve Resolution No. 926 as amended.   Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

Resolution No. 927 – Hazard Mitigation Grant

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated the City received a State grant through SEMA to purchase two properties in Hanley Industrial Court, the former Children’s Aquarium and Lawlor Construction Co.  Between the City and MSD they will be receiving approximately $790,000.  Approximately $580,000 was a grant to the City and MSD is matching the other portion of it.  Resolution No. 927 is the legislation to make the funds available as the negotiations move forward with the two property owners.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that they appreciate the hard work and all the paperwork that Rob Hussey completed to get the grant for the City. 

 

Alderman Leahy asked if the money from the grant is only for the purchase of the properties or would some of the funds be used to remove the buildings that are currently there.  Would the City have to come up with those funds?

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated the amount the City is getting is set.  It can be used for that.  Depending on the final price the land is acquired for would determine how much, if any, would be available for the demolition.

 

Alderwoman Jepsen asked if there is enough room in next year’s budget to take the buildings down.

 

Mayor Kelly stated the demolition is not going to be a huge cost.  At the most, it would be about $10,000 to $15,000 per property.   MSD had funds designated for buyout and flood proofing in that area.  This money is supplementing those funds designated specifically for the buyout.  The money they had designated is now freed up for additional buyout, flood proofing, etc.

 

Alderman Golfin stated the resolution states that the funds are intended to be used towards acquisition and/or relocation of residential properties.  Does that mean a commercial property would be excluded?

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated no.  The language in the resolution is what was sent to the City.  It is for the two commercial properties. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Marshall to approve and adopt Resolution No. 927.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

Resolution No. 928 – Holiday Open House

 

Resolution No. 928 allows the City to serve beer and wine at the Holiday Open House on December 5, 2005 at the Recreation Center.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Cross, second by Alderman Kramer to approve and adopt Resolution No. 928.  Roll call:  Alderwoman Jepsen, no; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Wynn, no; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

ACCOUNTS AGAINST THE CITY

 

Motion was made by Alderman Marshall, second by Alderman Leahy to approve the revised warrant list dated 11/21/05.   All in favor none opposed.

 

Alderman Marshall stated that the amounts for Motorola, Reuther Ford and Armor Equipment were all paid for by grants. 

 

Mayor’s Report

 

Veterans Day

 

Mayor Kelly thanked everyone that attended the Veterans Day Celebration.  The turnout was good and so were the speakers.

 

Tree Lighting Ceremony

 

Mayor Kelly thanked everyone for attending the Tree Lighting Ceremony last Friday.  The Public Works Department has planted a live tree in front of the Brentwood Recreation Center that the community could decorate with outside type ornaments.

 

Holiday Open House

 

The Holiday Open House will be held on December 5th at 5:00 p.m. at the Brentwood Recreation Center.

 

Comprehensive Storm Water Plan

 

Mayor Kelly stated the City needed to start working on a Comprehensive Storm Water Plan for the entire City.   He looked at a plan from the City of Crestwood and it is a very good process.  It is a thorough analysis of storm water needs and an overall comprehensive plan for the city.  It has a very good rating system for prioritizing projects.  The process for Brentwood would be that Director of Public Works/City Engineer Payken would develop an RFP to hire an engineer.  He suggested the Board look at the City of Crestwood Storm Water Comprehensive Plan with the rating system, evaluation of projects, etc. 

 

Public Safety Committee – No report

 

Public Works CommitteeNo report

 

City Engineer – No report

 

Ways and Means Committee – No report

 

City Attorney – No report

 

City Clerk/Administrator – No report

 

Director of Economic Development

 

Update

 

Alderman Kramer asked for a Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee update. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated they were doing some final survey work at that meeting, but that was more of an open house for the public to look at the overall plan that will be presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission. 

 

Excise Commissioner – No report

 

Library – No report

 

Municipal League – No report

 

Waste Management Commission

 

Efforts to Increase Recycling

 

Alderman Golfin stated that at the last Waste Management Commission meeting they agreed that their goal for next year would be 50% recycle.  They will be doing some incentive awards with dinner for two and lunch for two with the grant money they hope to get from St. Louis County. 

 

Communication – No further report

 

Insurance Committee

 

Insurance Rates

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated the City provides the health insurance for the employees through United Health Care.  They have come back to the City with a 39.2% increase this year.  Obviously, that is not an increase the City can absorb.  While the employees pay a good portion of the total healthcare cost, the City still provides the vast majority of it.  That cost would take them well over $700,000.  It would not be affordable for the City, or for the employees.  They have looked to Blue/Cross Blue Shield and have made some plan changes/reductions in the benefits and were able to get a lower rate.  It is a situation where they have to try to find a solution.  The rates have just been out of reach for the last nine years.

 

Alderman Marshall stated the industry had quoted that it was going to be an increase around 9% to 10% on an average, so when the 39.2% came in they were rather shocked.

 

Mayor Kelly stated it is hitting the smaller organizations the most.  They are getting the higher increases because they are not as diversified.  The other thing is that one of the City’s employee groups is one of the highest groups for healthcare benefit cost.     

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated they are trying to be innovative and come up with alternate solutions like self-insurance, partially self-insurance and pooling with some other cities.  The City was able to get a handle on the trash service by doing it in-house.  The insurance is one they have not been successful with and it is not for a lack of trying.  If they find a better way of doing it, it will be done. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated City staff had talked to a group some time back about doing self-insured health insurance for municipalities.  It is a risk benefit analysis that you have to take on something like that.  At the time they had not gotten to that level.  If they continue to look at 10% to 20% increases every year, the decision will have to be made on how to proceed.  In the past, they have also talked to the Brentwood School District about trying to merge to form a bigger group, but their policies did not match.

 

Alderman Kramer asked if the City is legally allowed to have two separate coverages, one for the high-risk group and one for the rest of the City.

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated the language that he has seen does not seem to allow that.  They have not researched that much.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that is one of the problems right now.  The City is just not diversified enough, so if you single out that one group that premium might shoot way up.

 

Alderman Marshall stated maybe now with the increase in rates for the City and the school district it might be more beneficial for the district to consider working with the City on the insurance. 

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated they would talk not just to the school district, but to other cities as well.  The City has been self insured in worker’s compensation insurance, liability, vehicle and property and has been very successful.  The City has approximately 115 employees.  They have been told by most agencies that to lesson the risks you need about 200 to 250 employees. 

 

Historical Society – No report

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

Public Works Department

 

Alderman Wynn thanked the Public Works Department for doing a wonderful job with the lights on Lawn Avenue.

 

Rosalie/Eulalie Sewer Project

 

Alderman Marshall stated he has spoken to Mr. Payken about the Rosalie/Eulalie Sewer Project and the project is moving forward.  They just finished the design phase.  Mr. Payken and MSD’s representative will be contacting the affected people.   Hopefully the project will start in the springtime.

 

Scouting for Food Drive

 

Alderman Leahy stated the Brentwood Fire Department was kind enough to work with the Boy Scouts of America to provide a collection center for the Scouting for Food Drive.  He is very grateful to the residents of the City of Brentwood that helped by putting the canned goods out.  The Scouts collected 1.9 million cans for the St. Louis area food pantries.  Brentwood was part of that effort for their 21st year.

 

Ward 3 Meeting

 

A Ward 3 meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 29th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

 

NEW BUSINESS – None

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion was made by Alderman Cross, second by Alderman Wynn to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 p.m.  All in favor none opposed.        

 

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                    Pat Kelly, Mayor

 

Attest:

 

 

                                                           

Chris Seemayer, City Clerk