Friends & Neighbors,
Thank you very much for your support in the April 4th Municipal Election! At the May 3 meeting of the Board of Aldermen I was sworn in to 4 year term as mayor. All three Aldermen (Kevin Klingerman, Blake Nay, and John Gotway) were re-elected to office for another 2 year term.
Four out of five of the Propositions for annexing parcels of unincorporated St. Charles County passed. The one that failed lost by 1 vote cast against annexation by a resident of the parcel. The City will now move forward to invite property owners of other parcels in unincorporated St. Charles County to voluntarily annex to the City of Dardenne Prairie. I will keep you posted on our progress.
At the May 3rd meeting Alderman Blake Nay (Ward 2) was re-elected Acting President of the Board of Aldermen and Alderman Dan Koch (Ward 3) was re-elected to serve on the Planning & Zoning Commission.
Spring Youth Baseball and Softball league play is underway at the Dardenne Athletic Fields next to City Hall on most Mondays thru Thursdays, weather permitting. Youth Cricket is underway at the Barathaven Park Cricket Pitch and on Friday and Saturday nights at the Dardenne Athletic Fields where the Cricket Academy uses portable pitches. The City Park Concession stand is open for the games.
Summer movies and concerts begin in May. Check the city website for dates, times, movie titles and entertainment. Click Here For Schedule
Three juveniles (aged 14) were observed breaking into the Park Concession Stand on Friday, May 5. St. Charles County Police responded very quickly and surveillance video aided in the apprehension of the three within 15 minutes. There was theft and property damage. Due to their age and St. Charles County policies the juveniles were released to their parents. The City will install another surveillance camera to enhance our ability to record misbehavior in the Park. Extra measures were also undertaken to secure the door and windows of the Concession Stand.
The City of Dardenne Prairie has completed the re-organization of its Municipal Court to comply with Senate Bill 5 and Missouri Supreme Court Rule 37, both the result of attention focused on St. Louis County municipal courts after the unrest in Ferguson. The Bill and Rule, however, are applicable to all municipal courts in the state. We are pleased to have completed the work two months ahead of the deadline set by the Supreme Court. We separated the court administrator duties and prosecutor assistant duties, formally performed by one employee. We have a new part time employee to serve as the prosecutor’s assistant. We concluded that we should hire a new prosecuting attorney. While that move was not expressly required by the new law we determined that having the City Attorney serve as the prosecutor was not a best practice. In addition, we have made it possible for citizens to access the Municipal Court Docket on line. That required us to purchase new software and to integrate it with our IT system. Finally, we were required to place a sign reading “Municipal Court” over a door that is not the main entrance to City Hall. There are also a number of changes which limit the power of the Court to impose fines or deal effectively with people who fail to appear at court when summoned or who fail to pay fines. The purported abuse by some courts has impacted all courts and has made it a little harder for cities to protect public safety and public health.
The improving economy has encouraged people to come shopping for homes and building sites in Dardenne Prairie where there is “Room to Grow.”
The next meeting of Planning & Zoning is Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 PM. The next Board of Alderman meeting is Wednesday, May 17. Workshop begins at 5:30 and the Regular Meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Come see your City Government at work.
“Shine a Light on City Government”
DAVID C. ZUCKER
City of Dardenne Prairie, MO