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Board of Aldermen Meeting Agendas & Minutes

 

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The Board of Aldermen meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the Board Room of the Ballwin Government Center, 1 Government Ctr. Schedule and place subject to change. Meetings are open to the public. All citizens are urged to attend.

Board of Aldermen Meeting

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Young at 7:05 p.m. 

             PRESENT
         ABSENT
Mayor Walt Young
 
Alderman Tim Pogue
 
Alderman Jimmy Terbrock
 
Alderman Ken Buermann
 
Alderman Jane Suozzi
 
Alderman James Robinson
 
Alderman Frank Fleming
 
Alderman Ray Lembke
Alderman Ray Kerlagon (Ill)
City Administrator Robert Kuntz
 
City Attorney Robert E. Jones
 

The Pledge of Allegiance was given. 

MINUTES: The Minutes of the November 12, 2007 Operating Budget Work Session and Board of Aldermen meeting were submitted for approval. A motion was made by Alderman Robinson and seconded by Alderman Buermann to approve the Minutes. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion passed.

PENDING ISSUES

None. 

CITIZEN COMMENTS

None.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS

LEGISLATION 

BILL # 3503 - AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A SPECIAL USE EXCEPTION TO TERRENCE McDONALD AT 14949 MANCHESTER ROAD, FOR RENTAL AND OUTDOOR STORAGE OF MOTOR VEHICLES.

A motion was made by Alderman Pogue and seconded by Alderman Buermann for a first reading of Bill No. 3503.   A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion passed. Bill No. 3503 was read for the first time.

Alderman Suozzi complimented Mr. McDonald in doing an excellent job of property upkeep and landscaping. Alderman Pogue said that Mr. McDonald has won the Community Beautification Award at this location.

A motion was made by Alderman Suozzi and seconded by Alderman Buermann for a second reading of Bill No. 3503. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion passed. Bill No. 3503 was read for the second time.

Mayor Young said a vote in favor of the bill finds that the Petition, as submitted, would not substantially increase traffic hazards or congestion; would not adversely affect the character of the neighborhood; would not adversely affect the general welfare of the community; would not over-tax public utilities; would not adversely affect public safety and health; is consistent with good planning practice; can be operated in a manner that is not detrimental to the permitted developments and uses in the District; and can be developed and operated in a manner that is visually compatible with the permitted uses in the surrounding area. A vote against the bill means that one or more of these findings is absent.

A roll call was taken for passage and approval of Bill No. 3503 with the following results: 

Ayes – Suozzi, Lembke, Fleming, Buermann, Pogue, Terbrock, Robinson.    Nays – None.  Bill No. 3503 was approved and became Ordinance No. 07-36.

BILL # 3504 - AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A SPECIAL USE EXCEPTION TO 5TH/3RD BANK AT 15200 MANCHESTER ROAD FOR FRONT YARD PARKING AND A DRIVE THROUGH FACILITY.

A motion was made by Alderman Suozzi and seconded by Alderman Buermann for a first reading of Bill No. 3504.   A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion passed. Bill No. 3504 was read for the first time.

A motion was made by Alderman Buermann and seconded by Alderman Pogue for a second reading of Bill No. 3504. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion passed. Bill No. 3504 was read for the second time.

Mayor Young said a vote in favor of the bill finds that the Petition, as submitted, would not substantially increase traffic hazards or congestion; would not adversely affect the character of the neighborhood; would not adversely affect the general welfare of the community; would not over-tax public utilities; would not adversely affect public safety and health; is consistent with good planning practice; can be operated in a manner that is not detrimental to the permitted developments and uses in the District; and can be developed and operated in a manner that is visually compatible with the permitted uses in the surrounding area. A vote against the bill means that one or more of these findings is absent.

A roll call was taken for passage and approval of Bill No. 3504 with the following results: 

Ayes – Fleming, Pogue, Lembke, Buermann, Robinson, Suozzi, Terbrock.    Nays – None. Bill No. 3504 was approved and became Ordinance No. 07-37.

A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE CITY OF BALLWIN POLICEMEN MONEY PURCHASE PENSION PLAN.

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

CONSENT ITEMS: (Budgeted items which are low bid and do not exceed expenditure estimates and/or items which have been previously approved in concept.)

A.

Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (Formalizing the fee waiver agreement)

A motion was made by Alderman Pogue and seconded by Alderman Buermann to accept the Consent Item. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion passed.

 

MAYOR’S REPORT

Closed Session – Personnel: Mayor Young said this closed session is for the annual performance evaluation of the City Administrator.

 

CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

Police Chief: Police Chief Biederman notified the Board that he has been offered a job in the private sector. He may be leaving the City’s employment. City Administrator Kuntz said that since rumors have already begun to circulate, he thought that Police Chief Biederman should make at statement to the Board at this time. Police Chief Biederman has been with the City for 30 years. He has achieved numerous milestones with the Police Department and the City. This is an important and unique step in his career. Alderman Buermann said that Chief Biederman was previously awarded the Missouri Police Chief of the Year. 

Twigwood Parking: City Administrator Kuntz said the Trustees requested that parking be prohibited along the south side of Twigwood from New Ballwin Road to Turfwood. He said that City Engineer Kramer and Police Chief Biederman do not have opposition to this. Legislation and signage will be required. Alderman Lembke asked if no-parking has been considered on the north side. Mayor Young said that there is a blind area on the south side that is dangerous. This situation does not exist on the north side. Alderman Suozzi asked if consideration has been given to the one resident on New Ballwin Road that is affected by this and to move the bus stop, which is currently in front of his house. City Administrator Kuntz said that will be addressed with Metro.

A motion was made by Alderman Lembke and seconded by Alderman Pogue to draft legislation for consideration to prohibit parking in the designated area on the south side of Twigwood. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion passed.

Winter Workshop: It was agreed by the Board that January 26, 2008 is an acceptable date for the Winter Workshop and a possible joint meeting with the Ellisville Board of Aldermen.

2008 Budget: City Administrator Kuntz said the 2008 Budget will be presented at the next Board meeting for official adoption.  On December 3, the Capital Improvement Plan will be presented to the Planning & Zoning Commission. He said that both budgets are balanced and will be distributed to the Board for review. A vote will be requested at the December 10 meeting.

Lobby Furniture for The Pointe: City Administrator Kuntz said this partial purchase is being brought back for reconsideration since the budget cycle for 2008 is now complete. He said there is money available in this year’s budget to make this low-bid award. Alderman Fleming said he is opposed to this expenditure and wants to hold the funds for future golf course irrigation system repairs. 

A motion was made by Alderman Robinson and seconded by Alderman Suozzi to do a partial purchase of lobby furniture for The Pointe to replace the most seriously deteriorated pieces. A voice vote was taken with the following result: Aye: Pogue, Terbrock, Buermann, Suozzi, Robinson, Lembke. Nay: Fleming. The motion passed by a vote of 6-1. 

Aldermanic Board Room Chairs: Alderman Robinson said the Board room chairs at the aldermanic table should be replaced because they are very old, uncomfortable, and an embarrassment to the City. He said he will not vote to approve furnishing purchases until he is assured that new chairs will be purchased for the Board room. 

A motion was made by Alderman Robinson and seconded by Alderman Suozzi to direct staff to obtain proposals for new aldermanic chairs for the Board room as soon as possible. A voice vote was taken with the following result: Aye: Terbrock, Buermann, Suozzi, Robinson, Lembke. Nay: Pogue, Fleming. The motion passed by a vote of 5-2.

 

CITY ATTORNEY’S REPORT

None.

 

ALDERMANIC COMMENTS

Finance & Administration Committee Meeting Report:  Chairman/Alderman Fleming said the committee met at 6:00 p.m. on this date and discussed revenue enhancement options. Those present were Chairman/Alderman Fleming, Pogue, Buermann, other members of the Board and staff. Alderman Kerlagon was unable to attend due to illness. Various types of revenue enhancement were discussed. 

It was the consensus of opinion of the Finance & Administration Committee to recommend for Board consideration, that a real estate/property tax initiative be put on the ballot. The deadline for submission to the Election Board for the April 8, 2008 election is January 29, 2008. 

Meadowbrook Streets: Alderman Robinson elected to delay this discussion until the next Board meeting. Mayor Young suggested that the matter be sent to the Public Works Committee to meet prior to the next Aldermanic meeting to discuss this issue. Alderman Robinson requested notification by the Public Works Committee Chairman of his response to the Mayor’s suggestion. 

 

CLOSED SESSION

A motion was made by Alderman Buermann and seconded by Alderman Suozzi to adjourn to closed session to discuss Personnel / Annual City Administrator review. A roll call vote was taken with the following results: Ayes: Lembke, Fleming, Pogue, Robinson, Terbrock, Suozzi, Buermann.   Nays: None. The motion passed to adjourn to closed session at 7:31 p.m. The Board convened in closed session at 7:35 p.m.

A motion was made by Alderman Buermann and seconded by Alderman Pogue to adjourn the closed session. A roll call vote was taken with a unanimous result, and the closed session was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

The Board reconvened in open session at 8:17 p.m. Mayor Young announced that the Board met in closed session to discuss the annual review of the City Administrator. 

A motion was made by Alderman Buermann and seconded by Alderman Suozzi to adjourn the open session. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

 

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Walter S. Young, Mayor

ATTEST:

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Robert A. Kuntz, City Administrator

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