Friends & Neighbors,
The Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen met in workshop and regular sessions on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, the last Board meeting of the year. Here is a brief report.
At year end we adjust the budget to reflect actual disbursements compared to budget estimates as of the first of the year. Overall the total expenditures were less than the estimated budget. In a few accounts expenses exceeded estimates. The details can be seen in the meeting packet for 12/21/16 posted on line.
New provisions added to the Municipal Code
In an effort to discourage “head shops” the Board adopted an ordinance prohibiting the delivery (including sale), manufacture, or advertisement of drug paraphernalia and other products.
City website has been redesigned
Dardenne Prairie’s website (www.dardenneprairie.org) has been redesigned. It is intended that the site be easier to use. I ask our citizens to check it out and provide feedback to the City Staff. We will make changes as needed to improve service.
Barathaven Park trail relocation and repair contract
Battling weather delays all summer the contractor has finished the relocation of the portion of the walking trail away from Dardenne Creek required by creek bank erosion. The rest of the trail in Barathaven Park needed repair and resealing. During the summer the City had the contractor make some changes to install a cricket pitch to accommodate the growing youth cricket community. The contractor requested two price adjustments for extra work caused by differing site conditions and because of an error by the contractor in calculating the cost of work. The BOA considered the requests at the December 10 Workshop and reserved decision until the December 21 meeting. The board approved $7,800 in extra costs required by differing site conditions but disapproved a request for $17,000 for a bid error.
The City finished 2016 in strong financial condition. We refinanced debt to save about $280,000 in interest over the next 12 years. We continued our multi-year capital improvement program to repair and replace streets, sidewalks and storm sewers and to build new infrastructure. We also began a multi-year plan to greatly expand the recreational programs offered by the city to residents of all ages. Wait ‘til you see the schedules for 2017!
The City Staff of 8 full-time employees is dedicated to serving the residents of Dardenne Prairie. We welcome your feedback. Tell us how you think we are doing.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas season and I wish you a very Happy New Year!
“Shine a Light on City Government”
DAVID C. ZUCKER
City of Dardenne Prairie, MO