Dear Friends & Neighbors,
Yikes! It’s been 2 months since my last report. Here is a brief summary of the more important matters to come before the Board of Aldermen
BOPP PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT
The City approved a 266-home residential development on 106 acres of the Bopp Property in Ward 1. The development, called “Inverness,” will be next to the Bainbridge subdivision, west of Bryan Road and north of Feise. The lead builder is McKelvey Homes along with Payne Family Homes and Lombardo Homes. Construction is expected to commence in the spring of 2019. A drawing showing the layout of Inverness is on display at City Hall. Prices for the smallest homes are expected to be just under $300,000. The largest homes with premium lots and a full range of options are expected to be priced in the mid-$800,000s. Come see the artist’s rendering! This is going to be a spectacular development.
Display homes are open in the new Cordoba subdivision at the Bryan Road exit from west Rt. 364. There are 51 lots in this development by Payne Family Homes. Prices start in the low $300,000s. The neighborhood includes a pocket park with playground equipment and walking trails around two small lakes.
REZONING ON POST ROAD
The Planning & Zoning Commission and the Board of Aldermen continued the process of reviewing the Uptown Zoning District and decided to rezone a portion of Post Road from Uptown District to R1B, single family residential district.
The municipal election is set for April 2, 2019. One alderman from each of 3 wards will be up for election to two year terms. Citizens interested in running for the Board of Aldermen may file for election at City Hall starting at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 until January 10, 2019.
The Board of Aldermen approved the budget for 2019. Total revenues are estimated to be $4.67 million. Total outlays before capital projects are estimated to be $3.53 million. Total outlay including all capital projects comes to $5.02 million. We will draw $343,133 from the General Fund Reserve of $4.21 million to cover the deficit. The 2019 budget will be posted on line this week.
There was a spirited debate at the December 5 BOA meeting regarding the use of the Parks and Storm Water half cent sales tax revenue approved by the voters in 2017. A majority of the Board voted to spend a total of $915,412 in 2019 to fund current parks and recreation operating expenses, including some employee salaries as well as some new construction. A minority of the Board preferred to spend the Parks and Storm Water revenue only for new projects, such as redevelopment of the old ball fields next to City Hall and the construction of new facilities or recreation programs.
The debate was worthwhile because it helped to bring into focus the long-range planning that the City must undertake to keep up with street maintenance and repair and the growth of parks and recreation facilities and programs. Forecasted revenue will not be enough to do it all.
The City will receive funding from St. Charles County in 2019 to hire an engineering firm to study how we may build an interchange on east and west bound Rt. 364 at Technology Drive in Dardenne Prairie. If constructed the interchange would provide easy access to Rt. 364 residents of Dardenne Prairie and Lake St. Louis and would make it very easy for people to reach Dardenne Prairie Town Square Shopping Center. Such easy access will have a very positive impact on the fortunes of the businesses in and near Town Square.
A study of the development of outer roads along I-64 between Winghaven Blvd and Rt 364 is being finalized. The study report will include a proposed slip ramp off of and on to west bound I-64 at a new traffic circle on Technology Drive midway between Winghaven and 364. Use of a traffic circle will allow Technology to remain a two-way street. This would significantly improve access to Dardenne Prairie from the Interstate.
In 2019 the City will proceed with the next step in the Hanley Road project. Ultimately we will widen and rebuild Hanley Road north of Feise and add gutters, storm sewers and sidewalks. Construction should begin in 2020.
SALVATION ARMY TREE OF LIGHTS CEREMONY
The City hosted the 2018 tree lighting ceremony at City Hall Park on November 16. Choirs from Discovery Ridge, Duello, and Prairie View Elementary Schools and an ensemble from the Timberland band performed. Refreshments and other contributions to the event were provided by sponsors: Grace Hauling, Dewitt Insurance, Universal Windows, Children’s Hospital and JC Penney Department Store in Dardenne Prairie.
In the coming weeks the City will be providing information to residents regarding changes in the recycling of trash. The October 31st closure of a major recycling facility in St. Louis County is forcing all trash haulers to revise their approaches to recycling.
The Planning & Zoning Commission will not meet this week and the Board of Aldermen will not meet again until January 16, 2019. We at City Hall wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Peaceful Festivus.
One final thought….Only 64 days until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training!!
“Shine a Light on City Government”
DAVID C. ZUCKER
City of Dardenne Prairie, MO