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 MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING

 

City Hall

March 17, 2003

Council Chambers

7:00 p.m.

 

The Mayor led with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Present:          Alderman Boyd, Alderman Marshall, Alderman Leahy, Alderman Golfin, Alderwoman Mehler, Alderman Robertson, Alderman Wynn, Alderman Cross.

 

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

 

Absent:           Executive Secretary Williams.

 

Because of the state of our nation at this time, Mayor Kelly asked Alderman Wynn to lead everyone in a moment of prayer.

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF MARCH 17, 2003

 

Motion was made by Alderman Golfin, second by Alderman Robertson to approve and adopt the Agenda of the Regular Board of Aldermen Meeting of March 17, 2003.  Roll call:  Alderman Boyd, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderwoman Mehler, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF MARCH 3, 2003

 

Motion was made by Alderman Robertson, second by Alderman Leahy to approve and adopt the Minutes of the Regular Board of Aldermen Meeting of March 3, 2003.  Roll call:  Alderman Boyd, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderwoman Mehler, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

Bids – None

 

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

 

Kevin Madras – 8813 Powell came before the Board and said Bill No. 5166 increases the mayor’s salary.  He has no problem with the increasing of the salary as long as it is a reasonable amount.  He asked what is the mayor’s salary now. 

 

City Clerk/Administrator Seemayer said it is currently $8,700 annually and will be increase to $14,400 annually.  It was tied to the salary of the judge, which was changed approximately three years ago.

 

Mr. Madras said it seems like an exuberant amount for a person representing the City and the people, since the population of Brentwood has gone down so dramatically over the years.  He does not mind the increase but it should be closer to what the cost of living is and what the general raises have been for everyone working for the City of Brentwood versus just one person.

 

Mayor Kelly said the City has the highest paid police and fire personnel and employees in St. Louis County and they strive to set a standard that is second to none.  The City also has one of the best benefit packages than any of the other municipalities provide for their employees.  If you are looking at the compensation for the mayor, $14,400 a year is not a salary.  If it were a salary, you would probably be looking in the range of $100,000 a year with a budget that is close to $12,000,000 a year.  All City employees, except for the few that were at the top of their pay scale had the opportunity for a 5% raise this year.  One of the reasons the mayor’s salary is increasing to that amount is because it has only been adjusted once in about fifteen years.  All those things had been taken into consideration by the Ways and Means Committee.

 

Alderman Golfin said as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee they considered the increase carefully.  A cost of living increase in this case would not take care of the discrepancy that the committee saw in the mayor’s salary.  The municipal judge salary is $12,000 annually.  The mayor who is accessible and available many hours a day is $4,000 below that level, so it was a matter of adjustment of salary to recognize the merit and the good work that the City requires of the mayor.  Some information about the salaries of mayors of other cities were provided and varied to be high or low, but that is not the Brentwood standard.  Most of the mayors who were getting lower salaries are more or less in a ceremonial position.  The developments in Brentwood and the work this Board and Mayor has been doing is quite involved and very complex.  On that basis the committee decided that they would forward this bill to the Board and have the Board make the decision which is required on this issue.

 

Sue Leahy - 2833 Manderly came before the Board and said she does not have a problem with increases where it is appropriate and does not have a problem with the mayor’s salary being brought up in increments, but at this time, for this amount, when the country is in economic turmoil, it’s too much.    

 

Graduation from Citizen Police Academy 

 

Dan Fitzgerald – Brentwood Police Department came before the Board and said he is very honored to be here tonight to recognize the citizens’ police academy graduates.  This is their third class.  They had twelve members in the class.  The whole idea of the citizens’ police academy is for the people of Brentwood to find out what a police officer goes through in their training and what they do on the job.  They try to model it off the police academy that all of them went to either in the city or county.  They talked about traffic patrol procedures, visited the county academy, etc. The instructors were various members of the department. It was a positive experience for everybody.  Sergeant Fitzgerald asked the participants to come forward which included Alderman Barb Cross, John Seavin, Terry Kennett, Elise Kennett, Carl Pfeifer, Alderman Keith Robertson, Helen Brockman, Darren Sorrel, Alderman Andy Leahy, Alderwoman Evelyn Mehler, Roberta Fishman and Dan Dalante and presented them with a certificate.

 

The participants thanked Sergeant Fitzgerald and staff for their time with the class.

 

INTRODUCTIONS, READINGS AND PASSAGE OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

 

Bill No. 5168 – Preliminary Plat

 

Motion was made by Alderman Leahy, second by Alderman Golfin to place Bill No. 5168 on hold. Roll call:  Alderman Boyd, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderwoman Mehler, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

1St and 2nd Readings of Bills

 

Motion was made by Alderman Boyd, second by Alderman Marshall to give Bills No. 5166, 5167 and 5169 first and second readings.  Roll call:  Alderman Boyd, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderwoman Mehler, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

Bill No. 5166 – Compensation – Mayor

 

City Attorney Murphy gave Bill No. 5166, AN ORDINANCE REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 3564 AND ENACTING IN LIEU THEREOF A NEW ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE COMPENSATION OF THE MAYOR; PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE; AND PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF ALL CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, its first and second readings.

 

Mayor Kelly said it is important to separate the compensation and the position of mayor from him.  It is the position of mayor that is receiving this compensation, not one individual person.  The whole thing came about because of the inequity of the municipal judge and the mayor’s position. 

 

Alderman Leahy said he would love to see this ordinance be constructed in the way of connecting all three positions and not just position by position.  If they are looking to find parity between the mayor, judge and alderman positions then all three positions should be established as to where they are.  He would like to see it go back to the Ways and Means Committee. 

 

Alderman Marshall said everybody is in line now from the salary structures that they reviewed in the Ways and Means Committee meeting. 

 

Alderman Golfin said the consensus of the committee was that the issue should be brought to the full Board.  As far as those refinements or upgrades are concerned they can always be done at a later time.  The City has an $8,000,000 budget, which is being administered and governed primarily by the mayor who is available.   The committee felt this needed immediate correction. 

 

Alderman Cross said in the past Brentwood has been a status quo community and maybe the mayor’s position just required to be more of a manager type position.  Brentwood is seeing unprecedented changes and need a leader that has a vision for the future.  The City needs someone that can mediate among the other townships, developers and people and the responsibilities are changing.  The City needs someone that has a professional approach, passion and time.  She is in support of the increase.

 

Alderman Wynn said he is not on the Ways and Means Committee so he was not privy to all that information, but that is the way they work.  They work on committees.  Some of them are on one committee or another.  The rest of them on the Board get their information after the committee comes to a decision.  The mayor has been defending this increase but he really has no say so.  The Board will make the decision and are responsible for what they do with it.   He would like to see them in a position to get a good mayor every time.  This has to do with the position and having a quality salary is very important to that.

 

Alderman Boyd asked if the committee considered the long-term implications of this increase of expenditure.

 

Alderman Golfin said yes.  This is a salary increase that when compared to the current salary does present a large jump percentage wise, but in comparison to an $8,000,000 budget, the $6,000 is readily available.  It is a small cost when you consider the many costs they are going to be encountering this year. 

 

Alderman Boyd asked if the mayor’s position receive any sort of allowance for dealing with the additional travel expenses and daily routines of conducting business. 

 

City Administrator Seemayer said there is no additional expense allowance.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Cross, second by Alderman Marshall to adopt Bill No. 5166.  Roll call:  Alderman Boyd, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, no; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderwoman Mehler, yes; Alderman Robertson, abstain; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

The Mayor thereupon declared Bill No. 5166 duly passed and signed same into approval thereof.  Said Bill was given Ordinance No. 3872.

 

Bill No. 5167 – Parking of Vehicles by the Physically Disabled

 

City Attorney Murphy gave Bill No. 5167, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 14 OF THE REVISED CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD, MISSOURI BY ADDING A NEW PARAGRAPH TO SECTION 14-1004, SCHEDULE D, PARKING OF VEHICLES BY THE PHYSICALLY DISABLED AT 1450 HIGH SCHOOL DRIVE; 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 Golfin asked how would you provide parking on High School Drive, which has no parking on either side of the road.

 

Mayor Kelly said it is in one of the parking spaces and not on the street. 

 

Alderwoman Mehler said the resident did not want a pole sign.   She just wanted it painted on the asphalt, which Brentwood Forest did, but the City wanted to pass an ordinance to enforce it. 

 

Motion was made by Alderwoman Mehler, second by Alderman Golfin to adopt Bill No. 5167.  Roll call:  Alderman Boyd, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderwoman Mehler, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes;

 

The Mayor thereupon declared Bill No. 5167 duly passed and signed same into approval thereof.  Said Bill was given Ordinance No. 3873.

 

Bill No. 5169 – Certificates of Participation

 

City Administrator Seemayer said there is a substitute bill for Bill No. 5169.  The only difference is the actual interest rates are on the bill. 

City Attorney Murphy gave Bill No. 5169, AN ORDINANCE APPROVING THE DELIVERY OF $1,330,000 PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF CERTIFICATES OF PARTICIPATION (CITY OF BRENTWOOD, MISSOURI, LESSEE), SERIES 2003, FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING FUNDS TO PAY A PORTION OF THE COSTS OF A PROJECT FOR THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD, MISSOURI; AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING CERTAIN DOCUMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE DELIVERY OF THE CERTIFICATES; AND AUTHORIZING CERTAIN OTHER ACTIONS IN CONNECTION WITH THE DELIVERY OF THE CERTIFICATES, its first and second readings.

 

Tom McNeely – First St. Louis Securities came before the Board and said these are Certificates of Participation.  They are not bonds.  They are not the debt of the city.  There is no tax levy established for them or any tax increase to be done.  The interest rates start out at about 1.5% and go up to 4.75%.  In October there is a payment of $25,000 for interest and then every year after that payments are around $100,000 per year for principal and interest.  You will have a reserve fund established with these certificates of about $100,000.  That reserve fund is invested to the benefit of the City, so $2,000 or $3,000 in interest earnings will reduce these payments on the certificates.  Interest rates are at a record low.  The average interest rate is just over 4.25% for borrowing money over a 20-year period for Certificates of Participation.  If the City cannot make the payment the reserve fund could be drawn out.

 

Mayor Kelly asked when could these funds be paid off with no penalty.

 

Tom McNeely said it could be paid off after seven years with no penalty.  Given the low interest rates, in the borrowing year you can be assured that money invested would be able to earn in a year or two more interest than what is being paid out. 

 

Alderman Leahy said the library fund was looking at possibly taking some of the money that they had already reserved and advance paying their portion back.  From what he understands that would not be permissible without penalty until 2010.

 

Mayor Kelly said for the City this is an account issue.  Staff handles all the finances for the library even though they are a separate taxing district.  For the first three years the library would make the entire payment until their $500,000 is paid off, so the City would not have a payment towards that. 

 

Alderman Leahy said this policy does not have insurance, yet there is an underwriter’s fee of $15,900.

 

Mr. McNeely said that is their fee for marketing the securities.

 

Alderman Golfin asked if it would be fair to say this attractive loan package is possible because of the good financial position of the City of Brentwood.

 

Mr. McNeely said Moody’s Investors Service affirmed the rating of A1 on these securities as it did a year and a half ago. 

 

Motion was made Alderman Golfin, second by Alderman Cross to adopt Bill No. 5169.  Roll call:  Alderman Boyd, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderwoman Mehler, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

The Mayor thereupon declared Bill No. 5169 duly passed and signed same into approval thereof.  Said Bill was given Ordinance No. 3874.

 

ACCOUNTS AGAINST THE CITY

 

Motion was made by Alderman Golfin, second by Alderman Robertson to approve the revised warrant list dated March 17th as submitted.  All in favor, none opposed.

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND DEPARTMENT HEADS:

 

Mayor’s Report

 

Executive Session

 

Mayor Kelly announced an executive session/legal matter would be held following the regular meeting.

 

Neighborhood Study Group

 

Mayor Kelly said he met with Chairman John Geppert of the Planning and Zoning Commission concerning the neighborhood study group.  They have a list of committee people that Mr. Geppert put together.  The idea of this group is to look at housing issues, things that other municipalities have done, and come to a consensus and report back to the Planning and Zoning Commission with any recommendations.  It will also have a key impact on adding to the comprehensive plan. 

 

Alderman Boyd asked if the list of prospective committee members are available to them.

 

Mayor Kelly said yes.

 

John Geppert said four prospective members are Ms. Bilderback, Mr. Bockert, Mr. Kramer and himself, all members of the Planning and Zoning Commission.  He is also considering Jim Fiete, Kevin Keough, and Scott Stinson all associated with single-family issues and Dennis Norman who is the president of Saaman Corporation.  There has been some conversation about the impact on the school district with some of the programs that might take place on single family and the school district is very involved in those types of things.  They thought school district participation in this would be good.

 

Alderman Boyd asked if the intent of the committee is to conclude its work on the redevelopment issue and then form the basis for the comprehensive planning committee or will their work be circumscribed specifically to looking at the redevelopment issue.

 

Mayor Kelly said they are going to look at the housing issue. 

 

Mr. Geppert said the key involvement of the group is being a study group, not necessarily a group that will come back and make recommendations.  To the extent that there are differing opinions, the issue is to report back to the Planning and Zoning Commission with concerns.  And the alternatives that cities have taken as it relates to the balancing act between the benefit to a city of redeveloping single family residents and the issues of neighborhood preservation and character of your community, etc. 

 

Alderman Boyd said the composition of this committee seems to be very heavily weighted on those who are in the development business.  He is a little concerned that perhaps they have stretched their boundaries in terms of including planning professionals or other people involved in the community. 

 

Mr. Geppert said he does not know that they went out looking for the development community.  Non-the-less in any city you want the involvement of a development community because you do not want to shut down development and create barriers to all types of redevelopment that would benefit the city as you increase property values etc. 

 

City of Rock Hill

 

Mayor Kelly said he and City Administrator Seemayer has been working with the City of Rock Hill on two joint efforts.  One is the possibility of taking over, not only the City’s own trash service but the City of Rock Hill as well.  In doing this in conjunction with the City of Rock Hill, they can see a profit in the trash service to cover ongoing costs.  In the first year, the City would see a net gain in revenue of about $58,000.  In the third year it would be about $85,000.  At that point the four trucks that the City would be required to buy would be paid off.  It would increase by a significant amount as well which would help them cover the costs of increased landfills.  He asked the Ways and Means Committee to review it.  Rock Hill is very anxious to proceed because they are not happy with their service.  

 

Mayor Kelly said one of the biggest benefits to the City of Brentwood is joining dispatch with Rock Hill. The service would be better for residents of both cities. Brentwood would have to hire three new dispatchers.  It would be a benefit to the City of Brentwood and to the City of Rock Hill.  On weekends and low peak hours they would have one dispatcher.  The City would also be housing Rock Hill’s prisoners at Brentwood Police Department.  They would pay the City a fee whenever they have a prisoner to be housed.  Since the numbers came in high, Rock Hill is analyzing it to see if they want to proceed. Rock Hill is talking about building a new municipal center.  If they proceed, they would not have to build a dispatch center or cells to house their prisoners. 

 

Alderman Leahy asked if preferential employment would be given to the current dispatchers that would want to work for Brentwood.

 

Mayor Kelly said they agreed that they would interview their dispatchers first. 

 

City Administrator Seemayer said they did some recalculating and they would be able to run two dispatchers seven days a week, except for the midnight shift. 

 

Alderman Robertson said in going through the citizens’ police academy they learned how much the dispatchers do when they are on duty.  Sometimes it is amazing that they get anything done at all.  This will certainly improve on the excellent performance they have. 

 

City Treasurer Reynders said as one of the trustees representing the police and firemen’s pension fund when you are looking at the cost of three additional dispatchers he would also urge the Board to take into consideration that the funding for the police and firemen’s pension fund does come from tax revenues.  If they are not going to be able to capture any tax revenues how do you look at funding our returning benefits?

 

Mayor Kelly said they took those numbers into account when they were figuring the salaries for the employees. 

 

City Administrator Seemayer said the dispatchers are in the LAGERS plan because they are considered civilian employees. 

 

Alderman Boyd applauded the Mayor and Mr. Seemayer’s efforts.  Anything they could do to build collaborative relationships with neighboring communities is wonderful.  It does occasionally have cost saving implications for them but more importantly it will have service delivery implications for all the people living in the area.

 

Mayor Kelly said they would hire the dispatchers with the understanding that they would be employees of the City of Brentwood as long as the City has the agreement with the City of Rock Hill.  If the City of Rock Hill decided they did not want to have the City’s service anymore the City would obviously not be able to support those three additional employees. 

 

Public Safety Committee

 

Meeting

 

A Public Safety Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 19th at 4:00 p.m.

 

Public Works Committee

 

Flagpole Line

 

Alderman Leahy said the Public Works Committee extended a courtesy to the St. Mary Magdalen Parish by helping to replace the flagpole line that broke.  They did it very nicely and conveniently and they are grateful for the extended courtesy.

 

City Engineer – No report

 

Parks – No report

 

Zoning Administrator – No report

 

Ways and Means Committee – No further report

 

Planning and Zoning – No report

 

City Attorney

 

Lennox Group

 

City Attorney Murphy said he accepted service on petition for a mandamus that was filed by the Lennox Group LC.  The zoning administrator denied a business license to them based on their application to establish a small loan company on Manchester Road.  The zoning administrator determined that was not the proper zoning district and therefore denied the license.  They have taken it to the circuit court. 

 

Mayor Kelly asked if their main business would be cashing payroll checks.

 

City Attorney Murphy said no.

 

City Clerk/Administrator

 

City Administrator Seemayer said a Ways and Means Committee meeting will be held Thursday, March 20th at 4:00 p.m.

 

Director of Economic Development – No report

 

Excise Commissioner – No report

 

Library

 

Renovations

 

Alderman Wynn said the trailer for the library has been delivered.  The library will temporarily be located in the trailer until renovations are completed. 

 

Municipal League – No report

 

Waste Management Commission – No report

 

Stormwater Management – No report

 

Communication – No further report

 

Facilities Committee – No report

 

Insurance Committee – No report

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

 

NEW BUSINESS – None

 

Recess

 

The meeting was recessed at 8:15 p.m. for an executive session/legal matter.

 

Executive Session

 

Motion was made by Alderman Robertson, second by Alderman Boyd to enter into executive session on a legal matter at 8:17 p.m.  Roll call:  Alderman Boyd, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderwoman Mehler, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

After discussion on a legal matter, motion was made by Alderman Golfin, second by Alderman Marshall to return to open session at 9:36 p.m.  Roll call:  Alderman Boyd, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderwoman Mehler, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion was made by Alderman Wynn, second by Alderman Boyd to adjourn the meeting at 9:37 p.m.  Roll call:  Alderman Boyd, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderwoman Mehler, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                Pat Kelly, Mayor

 

Attest:

 

                                               

Chris Seemayer, City Clerk