Friends & Neighbors,
I want to report on the 12/06/2017 Board of Aldermen meeting and the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting on 12/13/2017.
12/6 BOA Meeting:
The Board approved the Dardenne Prairie City Budget for 2018. We anticipate total revenue of $4.128 Million. The total operating expense is estimated to be $3.68 Million leaving a surplus of $448,000 which we will hold in the Parks & Storm Water Fund. The largest outlay will be for road maintenance including $750,000 for capital improvements in the form of street repairs and other construction. Next largest outlay is for debt service, then personnel, then the police service contract. The budget and a more detailed summary are available on the City’s web site at www.dardenneprairie.org. In addition to the $3.68 Million operating expenses we are planning another $800,000 in capital projects, primarily road repair and sidewalk construction. That money will be drawn from cash reserves, not 2018 revenue. The budget was first drafted in September and submitted to the Board of Aldermen for review and discussions in October. We made some amendments in November, and agreed to publish a draft on the City website in mid-November. The final budget adopted last week was only slightly amended from the version published in November.
In other business the Board approved the hiring of a new contractor to clean City Hall and a new contractor to provide IT Management Services. The new companies will start work in January.
The Board approved a new ordinance by a 5-1 vote that will permit bow hunting within the city limits on private property in residential districts with lots exceeding 1.5 acres. The ordinance was introduced at the November 15 meeting but final action was deferred to the December 6 meeting to allow an alderman to confer with residents in the area where the bow hunting is likely to take place. The change in the city code was requested by residents of Brookside Manor whose heavily wooded property adjoins the Great Rivers Greenway and they are experiencing a significant increase in the deer population.
The Board of Aldermen will meet next on January 17, 2018. Meetings scheduled for December 20, 2017 and January 3, 2018 have been cancelled.
12/13 P&Z Meeting:
A public hearing was held to discuss possible rezoning of property along Technology Drive west of Post Road. The property in question is in the Uptown Zoning District with plans for mixed use development including office buildings and high density residential uses. The property owner wanted to sell to a residential developer to build single family homes. Since there has been no development consistent with the existing zoning and approved uses the City wants to examine alternatives. The City has engaged an experienced development consultant to assess the existing and foreseeable market for development. We heard from the City’s consultant and from a representative of the property owner. All of this will be taken into consideration as the Planning & Zoning Commission reexamines the City’s Comprehensive Plan. As it turned out the developer withdrew its request for approval of the planned residential development so the request to rezone the property was tabled.
The P&Z Commission did vote to recommend to the Board of Aldermen the approval of a final plan to build 52 single family homes on the “Gilmer” property located between Pinnacle Point and Dardenne Meadows. The access to the Gilmer parcel will be via the roundabout at the Bryan Road Exit off Westbound Rt. 364. The proposed development is being done by Payne Family Homes.
The Commission is undertaking a thorough review of the Comprehensive Plan and expects to engage the public in discussions regarding the future of residential, commercial and other development within the City. Simply stated, what do we want the City to look like in the future?
The Mid-Rivers News published a short report today listing Dardenne Prairie as the second best city in the State of Missouri to raise a family. The article did not mention who was rated first, but our City was ranked above Wentzville, O’Fallon and St. Peters.
Only 62 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training!!
From all of us at City Hall, have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
“Shine a Light on City Government”
DAVID C. ZUCKER
City of Dardenne Prairie, MO