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
OCTOBER 22, 2001

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Jones at 7:05 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.

Mayor Jones welcomed the Scouts from Troop 631 from Claymont Elementary School.

The Minutes of the October 8, 2001 Capital Budget Workshop were submitted for approval. A motion was made by Alderman Suozzi and seconded by Alderman Gatton 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 8, 2001 Board of Aldermen meeting were submitted for approval. A motion was made by Alderman Gatton and seconded by Alderman Burmann to approve the Minutes. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

STREET INVENTORY REPORT

Mr. Joe Kindler, from KMS & Associates, presented the inventory of all Ballwin streets that will provide a baseline for GASB-34 compliance and monitoring of the effectiveness of future maintenance and improvement efforts.

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Michael Sloss,355 Fox Den Drive

City Administrator Kuntz explained the result of the City of Ellisville withdrawing their contribution to the construction phase of the Reinke Road improvement project. The project could not be done without Ellisville’s participation. He said the recommendation is being made to drop the project totally.

A RESOLUTION

OF SUPPORT BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF BALLWIN TO APPLY FOR A REDUCTION IN THE PROJECT SCOPE FOR THE "REINKE ROAD PROJECT", UNDER THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE EAST-WEST GATEWAY COORDINATING COUNCIL.

A motion was made by Alderman Boland and seconded by Alderman Gatton to withdraw the application and not pursue the project at this time. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the withdrawal of the Resolution was passed.

Gary Sites, 335 Oakwood Farms: Mr. Sites expressed his concern about the deteriorating condition of Reinke Road. He said it is disturbing that the project has been cancelled because Ellisville has chosen not to participate. He said houses and traffic have been added to the area but without road support. He said a year ago he turned in a petition with 400 signatures of residents who were upset about the Reinke Road situation.

Mayor Jones assured Mr. Sites that Reinke Road will not be forgotten. Other financing methods will be considered for the project. City Administrator Kuntz explained that the reason this project scored so well, besides the condition of the road, was the cooperative agreement with Ellisville and St. Louis County. Since March of 2001, efforts have been made to get a decision on Ellisville’s continued commitment, and on October 5, Ellisville’s response was that it would not continue to participate in the funding of this project. That is what collapsed the project. Ballwin cannot pay 100% of the cost of this project, especially when much of it is outside the city limits.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

None.

LEGISLATION

BILL # 3121

- AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER II, ARTICLE IV OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF BALLWIN, ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MISSOURI BY PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF STOP-WORK ORDERS.

A first reading of this bill took place at the October 8, 2001 meeting and was amended.

A motion was made by Alderman Boland and seconded by Alderman Buermann for a second reading of Bill No. 3121, as amended. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. Bill No. 3121 was read for the second time.

A roll call was taken for passage and approval of Bill No. 3121 with the following results: Ayes – Buermann, Suozzi, Robinson, Gatton, Boland, McDowell. Nays – None. Whereupon Mayor Jones declared Bill No. 3121 approved and it became Ordinance No. 01-64.

BILL # 3124

- AN ORDINANCE ACCEPTING THE STREETS OF NEW BALLWIN OAKS SUBDIVISION FOR PUBLIC MAINTENANCE AS PROVIDED FOR IN THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF BALLWIN.

A motion was made by Alderman Gatton and seconded by Alderman Buermann for a first reading of Bill No. 3124. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. Bill No. 3124 was read for the first time.

A motion was made by Alderman McDowell and seconded by Alderman Buermann for a second reading of Bill No. 3124. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. Bill No. 3124 was read for the second time.

A roll call was taken for passage and approval of Bill No. 3124 with the following results: Ayes – McDowell, Suozzi, Buermann, Boland, Gatton, Robinson. Nays – None. Whereupon Mayor Jones declared Bill No. 3124 approved and it became Ordinance No. 01-65.

BILL # 3125

- AN ORDINANCE ALLOWING THE MAYOR AND CHIEF OF POLICE OF THE CITY OF BALLWIN TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT CONCERNING TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENTS OF CITY OFFICERS TO THE COUNTY BUREAU OF DRUG ENFORCEMENT.

A motion was made by Alderman Suozzi and seconded by Alderman Buermann for a first reading of Bill No. 3125. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. Bill No. 3125 was read for the first time.

A motion was made by Alderman Robinson and seconded by Alderman Buermann for a second reading of Bill No. 3125. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed. Bill No. 3125 was read for the second time.

A roll call was taken for passage and approval of Bill No. 3125 with the following results: Ayes – Robinson, McDowell, Suozzi, Buermann, Boland, Gatton. Nays – None. Whereupon Mayor Jones declared Bill No. 3125 approved and it became Ordinance No. 01-66.

A RESOLUTION

that the City of Ballwin, Missouri (the "City") expects to make capital expenditures after the date of this Resolution in connection with improvements to Vlasis Park, Holloway Park and Pool, and the City’s Public Works Yard (collectively, the "Project"), and the City intends to reimburse itself for such expenditures with the proceeds of bond, notes, or lease obligations (the "Obligations"), and that the maximum principal amount of the Obligations expected to be issued for the Project is $10,000,000.

A motion was made by Alderman Robinson and seconded by Alderman Gatton to adopt the Resolution. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the Resolution was declared adopted.

CONSENT ITEMS

City Administrator Kuntz recommended that all bids for local telephone service be rejected and re-solicited at a later date. Alderman Boland questioned the ability to use another company other than Southwestern Bell. City Administrator Kuntz explained that FCC regulations require Southwestern Bell to offer this to the secondary market at a reduced rate. There is about a 15% industry-wide secondary discount compared to the Southwestern Bell rate. Support service is important.

A motion was made

REPORT OF THE MAYOR

by Alderman Boland and seconded by Alderman Burmann to accept the Consent Items. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

Mayor Jones reported that at the next Board meeting, he hopes to have a proposed appointment to fill the unexpired term of former Alderman, Ron Nichols.

REPORT OF THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR

Mutual Aid Agreement – City Administrator Kuntz said this agreement involved all of the cities in the Lafayette Area. This is an agreement for cooperative assistance when needed. Each city will adopt the same ordinance once implemented. He explained that this is similar to the agreement that was implemented after the flood of 1993. It would fulfill the requirements for FEMA reimbursement and other issues.

A motion was made

Storm Sewers and Creeks – City Administrator Kuntz said this is involving preparation for the GASB-34 infrastructure inventory. GASB-34 requires that the streets be inventoried and assigned a value for depreciation. The storm sewers are MSDs and this will journalize that Ballwin has no claim of ownership for any such facilities. If MSD doesn’t have funding, the Board may want to continue to assist at the local level. If the ownership and responsibility were transferred to MSD, it would make it easier for the GASB-34 requirements. Every pipe, drain, culvert will have to be inventoried. Alderman McDowell said Ballwin can respond a lot better and more efficiently than MSD. There are certain procedures that only MSD can do. City Attorney Lucchesi said the City can clear blockages.

A motion was made

by Alderman Gatton and seconded by Alderman Boland to prepare the resolution turning over to MSD all storm sewer facilities and associated maintenance responsibilities. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

Health Insurance – City Administrator Kuntz said the preliminary estimate is that there is going to be a 25% premium increase. He suggested capping the City’s payment on single and family coverage, and changing the retiree coverage to age 63½ because the retiree coverage is part of the City’s group exposure. 63½ plus the 18-month COBRA carries the individual to age 65. At 65 medicare kicks in. Alderman Robinson said he would like to see a survey of the 10 comparison cities for this issue. Alderman Boland wants to know how much more this would cost the Ballwin employees.

Ballwin Days – City Administrator Kuntz said the 3-year contract for the amusement ride contractor for Ballwin Days is up this year. He is available for an alternate date of June 22-23, 2002, if the Board wishes to move the festival forward. The decision must be made as quickly as possible. He said this will give Ballwin the rest of the Summer to build the Vlasis Park improvements. Mayor Jones asked, if all three Ballwin Days co-chairmen agree on the change of date, would the change in date be acceptable to the Board; the Board agreed.

Capital Budget

Work Session

ALDERMANIC COMMENTS

Alderman Robinson asked if anything has been done to resolve the problem with Dick Dean Motors. Alderman Buermann said there is a new no-parking sign installed on Steamboat. City Administrator Kuntz said the Police Department met with the lady who spoke at the last meeting. She is pleased with the responsiveness. A building permit has been issued to Dick Dean Economy Cars for the site work at 15201 Manchester Road.

A motion was made by Alderman Buermann and seconded by Alderman Suozzi to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting was adjourned at 8:24 p.m.

MC

City Administrator Kuntz asked if the Board is willing to meet in another work session on November 12 at 5:30 p.m., before the scheduled Board meeting, to do the Operating Budget Plan. The Board was in agreement.
A motion was made by Alderman Robinson and seconded by Alderman Gatton to draft legislation for the 2002 Capital Improvement Plan for Board consideration. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative vote and the motion was declared passed.
by Alderman Boland and seconded by Alderman Gatton to direct staff to draft appropriate legislation to support the Mutual Aid Agreement. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion was declared passed.

 

Salt
Local Phone Service

: Mr. Sloss is concerned about the effects on the homes in his subdivision from the plans for the New Ballwin/Old Ballwin intersection. He feels that money is being spent unnecessarily on this project. He requested that there be no encroachment into the back and side yards along New Ballwin, no encroachment into the front yards on the south side of Old Ballwin, and no left turn lane from Old Ballwin to New Ballwin. He requested a Public Hearing for open discussion.