Shine a Light on City Government - 08/23/2020
Shine a Light on City Government
Friends & Neighbors,
Here are some of the developments to come before the City since my last Shine a Light report.
Dardenne Place Villas
The Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen approved the application to rezone the 5 acres at the NW corner of Feise and Hanley Roads to permit construction of 15 detached single-family villas to be developed by Kemp Homes, Co. The villas will be similar to those being constructed by Kemp in Lake Saint Louis. Each villa will be about 1580 square feet, with a 2-car garage and will be offered with five different exterior elevations. The homeowners’ association will take care of mowing, landscaping, and snow removal for the entire development. Homeowners will be responsible for the exterior maintenance of their homes. The original request for development of the 5 acres called for 34 attached townhouses. There was considerable opposition to the original plan and the planning & zoning commission was not disposed to recommend approval. The developer withdrew the original application and returned with the current plan.
Golf Cart Ordinance
The Board of Aldermen adopted an ordinance to regulate the use of golf carts on city streets. Similar to ordinances in Lake Saint Louis, St. Peters, and Cottleville, the Dardenne Prairie ordinance permits the operation of golf carts on streets within subdivisions where the speed limit is 25 mph or less. Golf cart drivers must have a valid driver’s license and must be at least 16 years old. Speed limit for golf carts is 20 mph. For safety, the cart must display a bicycle safety flag at a height at least 7 feet above the ground. Carts must have proper head and tail lights if operated from dusk to dawn. All-terrain vehicles and utility vehicles are not considered to be golf carts and, therefore, are not authorized to operate on city streets. Golf carts are not authorized to operate on sidewalks or on trails in City Parks. Police will ticket drivers who do not follow the rules.
Ribbon Cutting at the Community College
There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Dardenne Prairie (aka Dardenne Creek) campus of St. Charles Community College on Wednesday, August 26 from 3 to 5 PM to mark the opening of the new Culinary Arts and Agricultural Center. The Community College was called upon by the local restaurant industry to address the need for training after several private culinary schools closed in recent years.
I-64 and Rt. 364 Highway Projects
Dardenne Prairie continues to press for approval of the two projects designed to provide much better access to Dardenne Prairie from Interstate 64 and Rt. 364. I drove to Jefferson City with County Executive Steve Ehlmann last week to press our case with Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe who has taken an interest in our cause.
Dardenne Athletic Complex
Work on the athletic complex is proceeding with rough grading almost done. Next week we expect the sanitary sewer will be installed. By ordinance adopted on July 15, the Board of Aldermen awarded a contract for installation of new LED lights for all three ball fields, four pickleball courts and parking lot. We expect this project to be complete in time for Spring baseball and softball next April.
The 2021 Budget
City staff is busy working on the Capital Improvement Plan for the next several years and on the 2021 City budget. We do expect to increase the amount we spend on repairing or replacing concrete slabs in our city streets. Our intent is to adopt the 2021 budget by late November or early December. There will be opportunities for public input in the preparation of the budget.
Planning & Zoning Commission to Consider Revised Comprehensive Plan
The next meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commission is scheduled for September 9 at 7:00 PM. Among other items at the September 9 meeting will be a public hearing to discuss the City’s Comprehensive Plan which is used as a guide for future development in the City. The Commission has been reviewing and updating the Plan for several months and invites residents to review the Plan on the City website (www.dardenneprairie.org) or to examine a copy available at City Hall. The public is invited to comment at the hearing.
Next BOA Meeting
The next meeting of the Board of Aldermen is scheduled for September 2. The work session begins at 6:00 and the business meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Come see your City Government
“Shine a Light on City Government”DAVID C. ZUCKER
City of Dardenne Prairie, MO