Aldermen to consider final OK of bill to add city collector to panel

Friendship Village expansion to be topic of public hearings

By Mike Anthony

The second reading of an ordinance that would expand the membership of the Sunset Hills Finance Committee to include the city collector is scheduled to be considered next week by the Board of Aldermen.

The Board of Aldermen is slated to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at City Hall, 3939 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

The first reading of the proposed ordinance was conducted last month by the Board of Aldermen. The Finance Committee recently voted to recommend aldermen consider adding the city collector to the panel’s membership.

The five-member Finance Committee currently is comprised of two aldermen and three residents. Members recommended the committee be comprised of two aldermen, the city collector and three residents.

Finance Committee member Mike Sawicki, a former Ward 1 alderman who was elected city collector in April, was absent from the panel’s April 30 meeting.

The motion to add the city collector to the Finance Committee was made by Ward 4 Alderman Art Havener, who serves as committee chairman, and seconded by Ward 4 Alderman Pat Fribis, who serves on the panel.

Havener’s motion also included adding to the city collector’s duties and redefining the qualifications for the citizen members of the Finance Committee.

The city collector currently is required to file an annual report with the Board of Aldermen in February.

As proposed, the city collector also would be required to “report monthly the uncollected business license and other revenue sources.”

For citizen members of the Finance Committee, the current ordinance states, “One citizen member shall be an accountant and one citizen member shall have experience in accounting.”

The proposed ordinance states the three citizen members, as a group, should possess the combined skill set to be regarded as “financially literate” as determined by the following attributes:

• An understanding of generally accepted accounting principles and financial statements.

• Experience in preparing, auditing, analyzing or evaluating financial statements.

• An understanding of internal controls and procedures for financial reporting.

• A basic understanding of investments.

In addition, the proposed ordinance stipulates to qualify as “financially literate,” a person must have acquired one or more of the following:

• Education and experience as a financial and/or accounting officer, comptroller, certified public accountant, auditor or other related experience.

• Supervisory experience as a principal financial, accounting, auditing or other related function.

The proposed ordinance also stipulates that for meeting purposes, a quorum of the Finance Committee “shall consist of four members, two of which shall be elected officials.”

In a separate matter Tuesday, the Board of Aldermen is scheduled to conduct public hearings relating to the proposed expansion of Friendship Village.

A public hearing will take place on Friendship Village’s request to rezone a 12-acre parcel from the R-1 Single Family Residential District to the Planned Development-Mixed Use District. The 12-acre Sunset Bluffs Subdivision is along Gravois Road, just west of Village Circle Drive.

A public hearing also will take place on Friendship Village’s preliminary development plan for the facility’s proposed expansion and renovation at 12503 Village Circle Drive to include the 12-acre parcel fronting Gravois Road.

In separate votes, the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission last month recommended the Board of Aldermen approve both petitions.

In addition, the Board of Aldermen will conduct a public hearing next Tuesday to discuss the allocation of $22,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds that will become available after Jan. 1.