Shine a Light on City Government - 09/21/2018

September 21, 2018

Friends & Neighbors,

 

News concerning the Bopp Property at the NW corner of Bryan and Feise Roads.

The Bopp family property comprises 176 acres, half of which is zoned C-2 Commercial and half R-1A residential.  The City has received an application to rezone about 107 acres to R-1D for a planned unit development for 266 single family homes, to be named “Inverness.”.  The builders are McKelvey Homes, Lombardo, and Payne Family Homes.  The layout and other details were shared last night (9/20) at a public meeting held at Crossroads Elementary School.  The neighborhood will have extensive bike and walking trails, winding streets, and several cul-de-sacs.  The design is innovative and intended to create a sense of spaciousness.  Access to “Inverness” will be from Feise road.  Streets in the Inverness subdivision will not connect to Devon Drive in Bainbridge or to Little Big Horn, Reece or Christine in O’Fallon.  Houses will be offered in sizes from 1600 sq. ft. to over 4,000 sq. ft. and are expected to sell in a range from about $300,000 to about $700,000.  Public hearings on the request for rezoning and development will be conducted before the Planning & Zoning Commission on October 10 and before the Board of Aldermen on October 17.  Both hearings will commence at 7:00 PM.

 

Property Tax Rate for Dardenne Prairie remains unchanged.

The Board of Aldermen kept the City’s property tax rate (10.54 cents per $100 assessed value) the same as last year.  The City’s property tax is lowest of any City in St. Charles County (except Weldon Spring which does not have a property tax).

 

Board of Aldermen Delegated Choice of Financial Institutions to City Treasurer

The City has been in discussions with several banks and brokerage firms to find the right institution with which to invest idle funds.  Under the City’s investment policy we may purchase FDIC insured certificates of deposit or US treasury bills to earn interest while protecting principal.  The Board instructed the Treasurer, with the advice and consent of the Mayor, to select, from among competing institutions, the entity offering the highest rate of return consistent with the City’s investment policy.

 

Board approved development of offices at Rondale Court.

A new dentist office and other offices for medical, professional or retail uses will be built on Lot 2 on the east side of Rodale Court facing Route N.  The buildings will look pretty much like the buildings already in use on the west side of Rodale Court.

 

Proposal to allow cross bows failed to win 4 votes.

Last year the City amended the code to allow bow hunting of deer on property exceeding 1.5 acres.  There are some parcels along Brook Rd. where deer are practically at home on the heavily wooded lots.  Some of the lots are in Dardenne Prairie and some are unincorporated St. Charles County.  Hunting is permitted on the County parcels but not in the City.  The Board agreed to permit hunting with long bows and compound bows.  A resident who hunts with a cross-bow requested the City to revise the code to permit him to use his cross bow on his own property.  He pointed out that the range and velocity of his cross bow was less than the typical compound bow.  Four votes are required to pass an ordinance.  The proposal received three yes votes and 2 no votes.  One alderman was out of town on business and unable to connect via skype to participate in the meeting.

 

Proposal to hire firms to redesign Athletic Fields was tabled.

I requested the Board of Aldermen to authorize the City to contract with three engineering/design firms to give us three sets of proposals for upgrading or redesigning the ball fields next to City Hall.  We could then evaluate the various submissions and choose the one that provided the best value for the City.  If we decided to proceed with an upgrade or redesign we could schedule work to begin in July 2019 after the spring ball season had wrapped up and we could have the work completed in plenty of time for the 2020 season.  The proposal received only three votes with two aldermen voting no and one alderman absent.  The Board agreed to reconsider the proposal after further discussion and we tabled the proposal until October to give us more time to understand the merits of this approach. 

 

Schnucks to buy the Shop n’ Save in Dardenne Prairie.

Our Shop n’ Save will close at 6:00 PM on Sunday, October 7.  On the following Wednesday, October 10 at 9:00 AM the store will re-open as a Schnuck’s supermarket.  We are very fortunate that our Shop n’ Save was one that Schnuck’s decided to purchase.  Those not purchased by Schnuck’s are going to close, apparently.  The decision to open a Schnuck’s at Town Square in Dardenne Prairie is evidence of the confidence in Town Square Shopping Center and a tribute to the residents of Dardenne Prairie and surrounding communities.

 

Dardenne Prairie Day is tomorrow, Saturday, September 22.

Lots of fun, food, entertainment and other attractions at City Hall, City Hall Park and the Dardenne Athletic Fields!!  Family fun and kids games and activities from 12 to 6:00 PM.  Food trucks, concession stand, Knights of Columbus, and adult beverages from Noon to 10:00 PM.  Contagious performs on the main stage from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM.  Fireworks after dark at about 8:30.  Best of all, the forecast calls for no rain and a high temperature of about 74.

 

Parks Master Plan Open House on September 27

The public is invited to City Hall between 4:00 and 7:00 PM to learn about the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan, currently being developed by Planning Design Studios.  There will be power point presentations at 5:00 and 6:00 PM and visitors will have opportunities to ask questions and provide feedback to the planners and City Staff.

 

The next Board of Aldermen meeting is Wednesday, October 3 beginning at 6:00 PM. Come see your City Government at work!

 

“Shine a Light on City Government”

 

DAVID C. ZUCKER

Mayor,

City of Dardenne Prairie, MO

636-755-5306

 

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