Board of Aldermen Meeting Agendas & Minutes

 

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Board of Aldermen Meeting

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING
CITY OF BALLWIN – 300 PARK DRIVE
November 12, 2001


The meeting was called to order by Mayor Jones at 7:00 p.m.

PRESENT

ABSENT

Mayor Robert E. Jones

 

Alderman Kay Easter

 

Alderman Press McDowell

 

Alderman Kenneth W. Buermann

 

Alderman Jane Suozzi

 

Alderman James Robinson

 

Alderman Mike Boland

 

Alderman Charles Gatton

 

City Attorney Lionel Lucchesi

 

City Administrator Robert Kuntz

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was given.

The Minutes of the October 22, 2001 Capital Budget Workshop were submitted for approval. A motion was made by Alderman Easter and seconded by Alderman Buermann to approve the Minutes. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

The Minutes of the October 22, 2001 Board of Aldermen meeting were submitted for approval. A motion was made by Alderman Suozzi and seconded by Alderman Buermann to approve the Minutes. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Gary Seitz, 335 Woodlawn Terrace Ct.

Dr. Alan Chaney, 334 Woodlawn Terract Ct.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

None.

LEGISLATION

BILL # 3126

 

A motion was made by Alderman Gatton and seconded by Alderman Boland for a first reading of Bill No. 3126. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. Bill No. 3126 was read for the first time.

A motion was made by Alderman Robinson and seconded by Alderman Boland for a second reading of Bill No. 3126. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. Bill No. 3126 was read for the second time.

A roll call was taken for passage and approval of Bill No. 3126 with the following results: Ayes – Buermann, McDowell, Boland, Gatton, Robinson, Suozzi, Easter. Nays – None. Whereupon Mayor Jones declared Bill No. 3126 approved and it became Ordinance No. 01-67.

BILL # 3127

- AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND/OR CITY ADMINISTRATOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH THE MISSOURI HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION FOR THE TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT FUNDS PROGRAM.

A motion was made by Alderman Easter and seconded by Alderman Buermann for a first reading of Bill No. 3127. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. Bill No. 3127 was read for the first time.

City Administrator Kuntz said in light of a previous discussion relative to the cost and obligation of the City to fund this, should the affected businesses not contribute their 30%, he suggested holding this bill to the next meeting for more information. The Board agreed. Alderman Buermann asked for a list of businesses that still need sidewalks in front of the business.

BILL # 3128

- AN ORDINANCE ACCEPTING THE STREETS, SIDEWALKS, AND STORM SEWERS WITHIN THE WOODSIDE TRAILS CONDOMINIUMS FOR MAINTENANCE AS PUBLIC STREETS, SIDEWALKS, AND STORM SEWERS, SUBJECT TO DEDICATION OF THE REQUIRED RIGHT-OF-WAY.

A motion was made by Alderman Boland and seconded by Alderman Buermann for a first reading of Bill No. 3128. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. Bill No. 3128 was read for the first time.

Alderman Buermann asked if the street lights are included in this ordinance. City Administrator Kuntz said no.

A motion was made by Alderman Gatton and seconded by Alderman Boland for a second reading of Bill No. 3128. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. Bill No. 3128 was read for the second time.

A roll call was taken for passage and approval of Bill No. 3128 with the following results: Ayes – Easter, Robinson, Gatton, McDowell, Buermann, Boland, Suozzi. Nays – None. Whereupon Mayor Jones declared Bill No. 3128 approved and it became Ordinance No. 01-68.

CONSENT ITEMS

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise -

Park Electric -

A motion was made

REPORT OF THE MAYOR

Holy Infant Liquor License for non-intoxicating beer – Alderman Buermann requested a representative from Holy Infant to come before the Board to explain because he does not completely understand the request. Alderman Boland said this is to cover the church’s sales of beer at its events. It will allow sales all days that are allowed by State law, including Sundays, for consumption on the property. Alderman Boland agreed that a representative from Holy Infant should answer the Board’s questions.

Aldermanic Appointment – Mayor Jones recommended the appointment of Tom McCarthy to fill the unexpired term of Ron Nichols as Alderman in Ward 3.

The Board voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Tom McCarthy as Alderman in Ward 3, for the unexpired term of Ron Nichols.

REPORT OF THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR

Health Insurance – City Administrator Kuntz presented the Health Insurance premium survey from the 10 comparison cities. There isn’t a standard for this policy. He recommended soliciting competitive bids, evaluating the quotes received, and considering a change, if necessary, in conjunction with the April 2002 renewal.

Board and Business Appreciation Events – City Administrator Kuntz recommended that these issues be discussed at the Winter Retreat. A motion was made by Alderman McDowell and seconded by Alderman Boland to accept the recommendation. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative vote and the motion was declared passed.

Pool Design Contract – City Administrator Kuntz said, based on the recommendation from the Pool Advisory Commission, approval of the contract by motion is requested. A motion was made by Alderman Robinson and seconded by Alderman Gatton to accept the contract. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

Manchester Road Enhancement Grant – City Administrator Kuntz said Regency does not wish to participate as had originally been anticipated. He recommended that Ballwin not accept the offer of $275,000. He does not believe Ballwin can do the work for this amount of money. Ballwin is not in the position to fund any overage, which is an unknown at this point.

Alderman McDowell believes the developer should be required to do what was agreed regardless of the cost. Mayor Jones questioned if Ballwin can force the higher expenditure, and agreed that $275,000 should not be accepted.

Alderman McDowell suggested reviewing the minutes to see what the record shows at the next meeting. He said anything less than $400,000, the amount originally projected to be spent, is unacceptable. Ballwin will assume additional cost by funding it through the Ballwin system as opposed to the original agreement, which would go through their system. Alderman Easter agreed.

City Administrator Kuntz said he will check the minutes of the meeting and invite the developer to answer Board questions at the next meeting.

Personnel Rules / Military Leave / Cell Phones – City Administrator Kuntz said other municipalities were canvassed regarding military leave. The recommended policy keeps an employee whole for a reasonable period of time. Currently the City is only covering for 30 days, which is already passed in one current instance. The cell phone policy is a generic city-wide policy. It calls the employee’s attention to the fact that the primary responsibility is operating moving vehicle.

A motion was made

City Administrator Kuntz said there is presently no city-wide policy for cell phone usage. It’s a common sense policy to minimize the possibility of accidents due to cell phone usage. Alderman Robinson said the policy doesn’t cure the problem, it only creates a second one. He suggested that no cell phone be allowed in the vehicles. Alderman Suozzi suggested eliminating the first sentence in paragraph 4 of the policy.

A motion was made

Sign Requests – Ridges of Oakwood Farm – City Administrator Kuntz said the recommendation from the Police Department is to install a 3-way stop sign at the intersection of Oakmont Farm Drive and Oak Borough Drive.

A motion was made

Ballwin Days

A motion was made

ALDERMANIC COMMENTS

Alderman McDowell expressed his belief that stop signs are needed at Portwind/Windcliffe and Windcliffe/Treasure Cove, even though they do not meet warrants. He said there are extenuating circumstances regarding these locations. Alderman Easter also believes these are needed. She said this is similar to the Oakmont Farms Dr., Oak Borough Dr. situation.

A motion was made

Alderman Boland asked if this legislation will require a 2/3 majority of the Board because it violates the policy. City Administrator Kuntz said yes.

A motion was made by Alderman Robinson and seconded by Alderman Boland to adjourn into Closed Session to discuss personnel and litigation. A roll call was taken with the following results: Ayes – McDowell, Suozzi, Boland, Buermann, Easter, Gatton, Robinson. Nays – None. Whereupon Mayor Jones declared the motion approved. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting was adjourned to closed session at 8:20 p.m.

The Board convened in closed session at 8:23 p.m. The legal issue of the pool condensation problem and a personnel matter were discussed.

A motion was made by Alderman Robinson and seconded by Alderman Easter to reconvene into open session. A roll call vote was taken with the following results: Ayes – Aldermen Easter, Buermann, McDowell, Suozzi, Boland, Robinson, Gatton. Nays – None. Whereupon Mayor Jones declared the motion approved. The motion passed unanimously and the closed session was adjourned at 8:52 p.m.

The Board convened in open session at 8:53 p.m.

A motion was made

A motion was made

A motion was made by Alderman Boland and seconded by Alderman Easter to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting was adjourned at 8:58 p.m.
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by Alderman Robinson and seconded by Alderman Buermann to file suit against all parties to remedy and recover damages resulting from the condensation problem at the indoor pool. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result ant the motion was declared passed.
by Alderman McDowell and seconded by Alderman Boland to change the Finance Officer’s title to Deputy, to freeze the pay for this new position, and to name the City Administrator to the additional title of Finance Officer. A roll call vote was taken with the following results: Ayes – Aldermen Suozzi, Gatton, McDowell, Boland. Nays – Aldermen Robinson and Easter. Whereupon Mayor Jones declared the motion approved.
by Alderman McDowell and seconded by Alderman Easter to draft legislation authorizing the installation of 3-way stop signs at Treasure Cove and Windcliffe, and Portwind and Windcliffe. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.
by Alderman Robinson and seconded by Alderman McDowell to proceed with negotiating a June 2002 contract with the carnival vendor, conditioned on the approval and recommendation of the three Ballwin Days chairman and all other members of the committee being advised of the change. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.
– City Administrator Kuntz said that carnival rides are booked far in advance. A commitment will have to be made soon with the carnival supplier for 2002. The vendor contract expired in 2001, but he is willing to extend the old contract for another year. Waiting until January could be too late. Alderman Easter said she isn’t ready to make a decision at this time without a full discussion. She asked how the Ballwin Days Committee feels about the alternate June date. Mr. Kuntz said he has not heard from the Chairman but understands that the co-chairmen had agreed to this change.
by Alderman Suozzi and seconded by Alderman Buermann to prepare a bill authorizing the installation of the requested 3-way stop sign for consideration at the next meeting. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.
by Alderman Suozzi and seconded by Alderman Boland to adopt the cell phone policy with the recommended amendment. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.
by Alderman McDowell and seconded by Alderman Easter to adopt the military leave policy retroactive to September 11, 2001. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.
by Alderman Suozzi and seconded by Alderman Buermann to accept the consent items. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.
- AN ORDINANCE APPROVING AND ADOPTING A BUDGET OF ANTICIPATED CASH REVENUE AND CASH DISBURSEMENTS FOR THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM OF THE CITY OF BALLWIN, ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MISSOURI, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING JANUARY 1, 2002, AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2002. PROVIDING FOR EXPENDITURES IN ACCORDANCE WITH SAID BUDGET AND MAKING APPROPRIATIONS THEREOF.
Mayor Jones read a statement explaining and in support of this ordinance.
: Dr. Chaney supports Ballwin pursuing the Reinke Road project. He believes that Ballwin is not doing what it should to get this roadway upgraded. He said people are thinking of moving because of the problems with Reinke Road. He suggested a traffic signal at Reinke and Manchester Road.
: Mr. Seitz asked about the Reinke Road project. He said Ellisville backed out of the project because of the large increase in the cost of the project. He said Ellisville might participate in a revised submission that accurately reflects the cost of the project. He asked that Ellisville be re-contacted and solicit their support for the project. Mayor Jones said he will follow up on this.