4/4/11 MEETING AGENDA
If you click on the above link, you will see the agenda for the meeting. I note 4 items that
I do not believe were discussed during open session on 3/28/11 in the notes seen here below. and 1 was added during the meeting.
the meeting was closed prior to non agenda comments, when pictures were needed.
Special Event- Liberty Tax service. The board decided to table Liberty's request to
have a tent and bbq on 4/16 where proceeds would be donated to the food pantry--owner out of town. they did state that tax
day was 4/15 but i believe i heard that this year 4/18 is tax due day...check with your tax guy to be sure.
F. bill 2797-an ordinance amending ordinance 2704 pertaining to placement of atm machines on city owned
property.--needed a licensing fee-passed
G. bill 2798- an ordinance to authorize the city administrator to execute agreements for the purchase
and equipping of 5 police patrol vehicles.--passed--sherry asked questions like how many cars do we have--???did
not know??? apparently these will have an extended warranty plan so matt assured sherry that there would be no need to purchase
these 14 cars again for 5-7 years...2016-2018.
I. bill 2800- an ordinance amending chapter 315 of the st ann municipal code by amending sections, 315.065
and 315.066, pertaining to public safety infractions at intersections and on roadways.--you are responsible for your
vehicle always not just when you are the driver, unless stolen.--passed
SECTION 315.065: VIOLATION OF PUBLIC SAFETY AT INTERSECTIONS AND THE AUTOMATED
ENFORCEMENT OF TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNAL REGULATIONS
SECTION 315.066: VIOLATION OF PUBLIC
SAFETY ON ROADWAYS AND RELATED AUTOMATED SPEED ENFORCEMENT REGULATIONS
j. bill 2801--a toro greens mower will be purchased to replace the 14yr old one which is leaking onto the
greens-speed camera money to be used.
MEETING AGENDA FOR 3/28/11
sb530 senate bill 530 trash
3. items from city administrator/city clerk
a) Police Dept. Breathalyzer-
18yrs old needs to be replaced MoDot will refund the 1500.00 if we buy our own, they just don't have any in stock right now.
b) Mulch Program-
Ward 2 Alderman Mary Godfrey was concerned about the cities liability with providing this service to our citizens, Short was
concerned that we could not offer it at a cost savings to the citizens, apparently they would want 2 people in the delivery
truck and the cost of overtime would be $60.00/hr, Leo voiced concerns about liabilities to the city, many voice in
on where it would be delivered in the driveway-back or front, how long it might sit there, what it would smell like if it
were not done right away. It did not sound like they were going to move ahead with the idea. (on a personal note
it interests me that they always go after the liability issue-as if they think this was not thought about prior to Matt bringing
the idea to them-isn't he the city administrator and in charge of thinking of these type of things before idea's are brought
to the board?)
c) Liquor License-The Ashby
-New Owner asked Chief if all documents checked out, he said yes.
d) Bus Stop Enhancement
Grant-Metro wants a letter from the city in favor of upgrading the bus stops to make them look nicer-Leo asked if
trash can was included-no.
e) Capital Equipment/Facility
Enhancement-there is roughly $400,000 available for use to catch up some city repairs/equipment needs that is coming
from the speed camera violations off of ashby. The board was handed a list but it looks like some of the top concerns are:
100,000.00 will go towards our end of the pool repairs, 1-greens mower(ours 14-15yrs old), 1 Fingerprint Machine-like the
one you see on CSI where it can get the fingerprints off a bottle, wallet, etc, community center repairs, begin a tazer replacement
plan...the list goes on I believe the board still has to decide which they want to do.
f) p&z report-
a rent to own/car repair place looking to go into the spot on old st charles rk rd, where the quick lube use to be-this requires
the that amendment 400.390 be adjusted and a special use permit. limit of 12 rentals, they will be no more than 4yrs old.
same owners as jb vending.
g) 2011 Park Special Events-have
5500.00 for special events...so we have easter egg hunt, concerts in june, july, aug.,glow in dark golf likely to be in may,
july, sept., St. Ann Parade-Sept. 25th--save the date and if you would like to be in the parade with your group let the city
know-- (the lighthouse has donated 1000.00 towards the easter egg hunt, so they can hand out flyer's with
glow in dark bracelets attached-hamm-)
h) Police in-Car Computer/Video
Units-these will be installed by the EVS which loads all emergency vehicles, there are 8 cameras and 9 computer/laptops
thought i heard 81000.00 these are designed to last 5-7yrs.
i) monthly financial
report/2010 summary budget amendment-general fund balance doing well at 1.9mil, will leave the park fund to build
this year as don't expect to need it so we can continue the repair/replace program in 2012 with the parks list. expenses as
expected again the liability/workman's comp insurance at 88,00.00 is down from 120-130,000 before and pays out in jan and
4. items from mayor/board of alderman
a) Community Center
Sign, Animal Adoption & Dog Park-hamm-looking to put a sign on the rk rd as most cannot see the community center
and have trouble locating it. modot has sign restrictions that will have to be researched on this, possibly a right of way
may work suggested bill.
looking to start an adoption center to build the image of st. ann. done monthly thru petco no
more than 6-12 at a time. reason to aid in reduction of animals killed yearly_stl cty alone over 7200 in 2008. Board--Liabilities
a concern, w/o volunteers it would fall back on the city to run, Bill concerned Shannon is tasked to the max now-where would
she find the time to do the work and still maintain her own, must be staffed by volunteers, fundraising activities would be
necessary, advised bring a business plan-so they would have a better understanding of all the details.
Dog Park-seems cost to do range 50-80,000.00. utilities and fencing main costs. bob said he
could get the materials at cost, if they had someone to put it in. one example of a park was a fenced area for sm--med--large
dogs and a outhouse. advise submit business plan again.
b) Trash Service-aldenderfer-from what i heard apparently some residents not
paying for trash, trash co not concerned about 5% but citizens still have to deal with trash on street, rats, etc. lawyer
looking into lists?
fyi both the occupant and owner are ticketed if you do not pay your trash bill. not knowing you had to put
it in your name is not an excuse as they put it in writing and point it out when you get your required occupancy permit to
c) Car Wash Business License-Aversa & Sparks-Plaza Car Wash would like
the license fee's for car wash's reduced. from what i gather it is like 200/bay right now. steve checked out neighbor pricing
and it's significantly higher than their's. steve suggested 200 single, 400 multiple period...many suggestions rolled the
table. apparently their was a fee increase voted on in the latter 90's that made this a problem-they are going to research
the parameter's of this before proceeding.
RENEE-BAIT BOXES SOMEONE PAYING 800/YR TO BAIT HER YARD-as of june 1st, the EPA mandates no rat poison will
be sold to non professionals or hardware stores, etc. so nowhere else to turn but a pro now.
MSD AND ST ANN WILL DO A JOINT CLEAN UP THE CREEK THING SOON IN THE SPRING.
3/7/11 MEETING AGENDA LINK
ITEM "B" and "E" WERE NOT DISCUSSED IN OPEN
SESSION ON 2/28/11
3/7/11 Personal Notes:
All items on the agenda passed.
A citizen questioned if the city had a code of ethics-particular to our court system, to prevent city embarrassment if
an employee did something inappropiate and it would reflect on the city. The basis of the answer is that the City does have
a personnel manual, for it's employees. I personally have not gotten thru the entire Municipal Code as of yet-but can say
that there are personnel type things in it, that i have read and am familiar with from using such manuals in the restaurant
oh almost forgot, some guy who use to live in st ann but moved west way out to a town that begins
with an "F" i believe...has made his second appearance at a public city meeting. for some reason it is his desire that st
ann make the SPEED CAMERA ON ASHBY actively
ticketing people all day long, 6am-10pm, 7 days a week. It seems to me that if this is something
you do not want to happen you need to contact your alder people and make sure they know because soon the camera will be able
to see the license plates till 930 at night and this would be feasible.
if you are afraid to contact your ward rep. use my anonymous contact page and i will forward the info for you.
the other item that promoted quite a bit of discussion was
e. bill 2788-(read as) An ordinanceauthorizing & directing the city administrator to combine the departments
of public works and building/zoning into the department of public services.
what it does not say(but was brought out by an alder person) is that it will authorize
payment of 15,000.00 to 3 departments to be used to increase the pay of those ee's who have performed above and beyond as
a result of the duties being increased while they did not hire to replace positions when people left...to save the money(they
saved close to 500,000 by not hiring). this process will be up to the heads of the 3 departments. this will require matt to
adjust the 2011 budget.
the wording in bill's should be specific (i think) before it is voted on (as in bill 2785 this one stated
they would adjust the pay of the judges), so that there is no mis-communication to the residents as to where their money goes.
Had this been added into the reading of the bill, it may have had less opposition. Here the city could do a better job of
communicating it's plans, so rumors do not start.
personally i have no problem with raises as long as ee appraisals are done so
that the ee's get raises based on performance of duties and not just across the board, (documentation, always prevents problems
in the end) Matt just said in the meeting that discussed Health Care that the city was so top heavy in Benefits
that they could not afford to give out raises, and most young people do not consider benefits as part of their pay since it
does not spend, and was concerned about the quality of employee that might apply as a result. Half of our ee's
have been without increases for many years, should adjustments be made, yes again based on performance...but
to just go with cost of living-2.5% (
PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick View
The Consumer Price Index
for All Urban Consumers (CPI
-U) for the St. Louis, Mo. ....
Warren, and Washington Counties and St. Louis City in Missouri. ...www.bls.gov/ro7/cpistl.pdf)
...will reward those who do not perform and under reward those who put out 150% a day...but, the
biggest question here: is it the right time, in our economy, do you the residents want it or do we need this to repair
our streets? they did say last year the streets have to be done, so why spend the money elsewhere if our streets
are such a priority? could it be used in the economic development fund in order to promote the city and try to get businesses
into it, to further revenue thru taxes/licenses/inspections and create JOBS for our st ann residents, and
then consider this at a later date in the year. why push it thru right before an election? only a year ago, we almost lost
the easter egg hunt, etc...what is different now, nwp is not thriving.
these are all questions for you to answer for yourself, let your alderperson know how you
feel, if you do not then they cannot represent your opinions.
there was also some discussion of when you should speak about what at the meetings...the proper procedure is to talk
about agenda items before they are read for a vote (therefore details need to be included in the agenda so
the public knows what they are-"as E." was not in open session of the meeting on 2/28/11 so it's details would not be
known to the public) and to speak of non agenda items after the agenda is voted on.
if i missed anything please let me know.
2/28/11 Personal Notes:
3. items from city administrator/city clerk
a) mosquito contract-this is a contract with st. louis county, they
come in and bait the sewer's and creeks, put boxes in the trees for mosquito's
b) park truck-currently the 1 ton park truck, is around 15yrs old and
rusting out, when the city purchased the police cars they were given a pretty good offer-if they wanted/needed a 1 ton truck.
it looks like they will purchase the chevy and the old truck will be given to the golf course-it's good for this use, but
just not for being on the roadways.
c) emergency warning sign agreement-st. louis county-at no cost to st.
ann, will be upgrading the emergency warning system. they will be solar powered and have a public address system in them,
they are much more efficient-therefore not as many are needed as well.
1. early shelter reservations- tripple wedding
would like pavilion for 4/2, typically reservations do not begin till may
2. special event-NWP-US Army-want to have a
bike show on rock road side of NWP, to benefit a care pledge they will have a climbing wall & BBQ (anderson reminded the
board that by ordinance there were special use regulations)-they also still need to check with owners of NWP.
e) compensatory time payout-matt would like to reduce some of the comp
time hours thru a pay out, there are federal regulations that require pay out or time off at 460 hours(11.5weeks) for police/fire
and 240 hours(6 weeks) for everyone else. this would make the comp time more manageable- use of c.t. is controlled by employer
needs, so it has to be okayed-it's not like it can be saved for a vacation, with the reductions in staff, it makes it more
difficult to give the employees their time due them. and matt believe's we have the money to do this at this time.
for those of you who do not understand comp time-it's
the same as use of a credit card-the employee puts in the work, but they are not paid for it till some date in the future
and typically they don't get it back in cash, but in time off. but once you go over the above hours the federal gov. in order
to protect the ee from abuse of comp time-requires the ee be paid at these levels, if they cannot get their off time.
f) ashby rd. bridge contract-Federal gov. will pay 80% of
the repairs/reconstruction of the bridge on ashby that leads to the golf course(it will be longer also) but the city must
pay the money up front and be re-imbursed by the fed. gov. later. this would be the 1.250mil you see listed in the budget
g) p&z report- a business owner is putting in a deli and ice cream
place at the old 7-11 on ashby and baltimore, his liquor license has already been approved, he will be required by the city
to have no indoor, nor outdoor seating and no drive-up, also. as well as meet the rest of the health ins./city codes.
h) draft clothing drop-box ordinance- will state that drop boxes can
only be maintained by churches, public & private schools
i) monthly financial report-reported on jan 2011, these are typically
one month behind. though difficult to hear,(no microphones upstairs) and i do not receive a copy personally yet. speed
camera fund 325,000, special events 2300, court bond liability down 139,000. from capital improvement fund will
pay the police cars, the park fund at end of 2010 was around 100,000 now in jan around 200,000 so looks like they may be able
to use the fund for it's original purpose(park improvements), sewer fund 800,000, economic development cash flow to
be used for infrastructure improvements(ashby bridge). revenues-collected 1,000,000 in business licenses, utility taxes-staff
reduced-sales tax right at budget and looks like will be ahead in feb.
we will fund the park grant and then get it back in the end....the grant came thru to fix the pool
at around 181,000 typically grants are not 100%. looks like it we may have to transfer any of the parks tax dollars to the
general fund it may not be until sept.ish(esp. since there will be no ee expenses for the pool this year, due to renovations).
large expense for jan came out of administrative acct at 88,000 for workmans comp and property insurance payment due. this
is much less than last year, as the city shopped around for a better contract.
4. items from mayor/board of alderman
a) ATM- alderman Short-to put an atm at golf course and city hall
at no cost to the city. currently the golf course only takes cash transactions, but no atm is available which detracts from
sales when the customers predominately do not carry cash these days, and at city hall it will aid in people being able to
pay their fines more easily.
would like us to participate in National Night Out-Aug 2nd (did not say what this was for)
and complimented Renee Grant for her work, idea and success of the Trivia Night, whose proceeds
go to the Special Funds Acct.
Additional Subjects brought up:
1. the Natural Bridge Project bids are being decided,
however it may require a full (EIS) environmental study -not desired-.
2. the speed camera has made around 500,000 in fines of which about 65% have
been collected. it has slowed traffic but there are still about 5-6 violators per hour. the red light camera's seem to be
reducing accidents, thought ashby/rk rd would be a higher accident light but study did not indicate this when they were put
where they are now.
3. the ARC ZONE has reduced the speeder's who exceed 90-100mph but has not lost it's need,
violator's are still coming thru at over 80mph and they are catching people with warrant's, no license at all, suspended licenses,
etc. additional court dates have had to be added.
for those of you who may be concerned by the 35% rule, st. ann is no where near this being
an issue at this date 3/1/11.
4. Census results have not gotten final numbers yet by ward, however it looks like the
city only lost around 580ish/4% of it's residents. We do have more population than Bridgeton. this is good news because when
you lose population, you lose tax dollars from the gov. bridgeton lost around 25% which will cost them in the 6 figures in
losses. and though we will lose some, it will not be as big an issue to budget. for those who would like
to know more about the Pool City vs the Point of Sale City benefits- when a point of sale city loses residents it
does not affect the tax dollars brought into the city as you get what your businesses sell.......in a pool city you share
the sales taxes of all the cities in the pool, # of residents aids in determining how much of this pool you will receive,
so when you lose residents it affects this $ amount.
as for the ward distribution, the law requires that it be divided equally, so until
the individual #'s/ward come in, action cannot be determined. but if one ward were to lose more than another re distribution
would be necessary.
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