Friends & Neighbors,
The Board of Aldermen met tonight and we had a lively and constructive debate about expansion of the City Park Ball Fields.
CITY PARK BALL FIELDS
The City is proceeding with its plans to upgrade the ball fields next to City Hall. We have discussed making improvements to the fields for several years. Those improvements are necessary if we are to continue to offer recreation league baseball and softball for the youth of our community, as well as other activities on the fields. The fields were built in the 1950’s and have served the community for nearly 70 years. The City hired an architect/engineering firm to design improvements and we are working with that firm to determine which improvements are to be made this year and which, if any, would be done in later years. The City has an agreement in principle with the Dardenne Athletic Association (the non-profit corporation that owns the deed to the Ball Fields) for the Association to donate the land to the City, provided the City makes some improvements to the Fields. We found that squeezing three fields, restrooms, storage buildings, and a paved parking lot on 4 acres was a very tight fit. Fortunately, the owners of the 1.92 acres adjoining Ball Fields expressed a willingness to sell their land to the City. I am very pleased to report that the Board of Aldermen voted tonight to purchase the adjoining 1.92 acres so we will have 6 acres to work with. Final designs will be prepared and presented to the Board in May. Construction would not begin until after the current season is finished in July. All work started this year must be done in time for the 2020 Spring season.
While the final design has not been approved we do expect to bring sewer and water to the property; to replace the old buildings with a new building housing restrooms, umpire storage and electrical panels. We need to enlarge and pave the parking lot. We will upgrade the surface of the infields. We also want to add a full size field, new fencing, and a garage to house field maintenance equipment, tractors, etc.
NEW SUBDIVISION ON BATES ROAD
The Board opened a public hearing tonight to receive public input regarding a 5 home subdivision proposed for land on Bates Road. No action was taken tonight because the Dragonstone development by Griffey Homes must still be considered by Planning & Zoning at its meeting in May before the Board takes any action. The public is invited to City Hall on Tuesday April 23 at 7:00 PM for an presentation by Griffey Homes to show plans for this development. The homes will be large and situated on lots well over 12,000 square feet in area.
AUDIT BY THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOUCES
The City is required to have a permit from the DNR to discharge stormwater into creeks and lakes. The permit is up for renewal and the DNR is in town now to inspect how the City handles its Storm Water Management responsibilities. The auditors spent the morning reviewing City records and interviewing employees and spent the afternoon doing inspections of sites where construction is being performed, including the Cordoba and Chestnut Creek subdivisions and the work on Rondale Court and at Storage Q on highway N.
PROGRESS ON THE INVERNESS SUBDIVISION
The 266 home subdivision to be built next to Bainbridge northwest of the intersection of Bryan and Feise Roads is still in the planning stage but is expected to come before the Planning & Zoning Commission and Board of Aldermen in June. Grading and construction of streets and sewers should begin later this summer.
IMPROVEMENTS TO THE UNGERBOECK PROPERTY ON HUBBLE DRIVE
The Ungerboeck Software Company is growing and needs more parking spaces. The Board approved plans to add a parking lot with 51 new spaces. Access to the new lot will be from Hubble Drive.
NEAR TERM ACTIONS
Now that winter is behind us we will press our efforts to repair pot holes, street signs and similar maintenance items. There are plans to address a chronic problem of drainage from the Barathaven Lake near the Henning Road bridge. We expect to have that work under contract this summer. The Contract with Grace Hauling to pick up trash from residences in the City will expire in November. The City will solicit proposals for a new contract. Between now and the end of May the City will solicit citizen input regarding changes people would like to see in the new contract, such as an option to have a smaller trash container instead of the 95 gallon container that is the current standard.
EASTER EGG HUNT AND EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
The annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place this Saturday, April 20 at the City Hall Ball Fields and City Park. The first Egg Hunts for children 4 years and younger will begin at 10:00 AM. The 5 to 8 year old kids will follow. The Easter Bunny is available for pictures in the bandstand.
The next meeting of the Board of Aldermen is Wednesday, May 1. The workshop begins at 6:00 PM and the business meeting begins at 7:00. Come see your City Government at work!
“Shine a Light on City Government”
DAVID C. ZUCKER
City of Dardenne Prairie, MO