Friends & Neighbors,
Fall has arrived; we had a wonderful Prairie Day Celebration at City Hall Park; and the Cardinals will be in post-season baseball for the first time since 2015.
The next 3 months will be very busy at City Hall. We are working on the budget for 2020 and have advertised to hire a City Administrator. Interviews will begin in October. We have been without a City Administrator since May of 2014. I have been performing the work of both mayor and City Administrator since I took office in May 2015 but there is too much to do so we need to find the right person to come aboard and share the duties.
At the Sept. 18 Board of Aldermen meeting the Board adopted changes to the Zoning Code in response to the Missouri Constitutional Amendment allowing “medical” marijuana facilities. Dispensaries can be approved as a conditional use (if they meet all requirements) in the C-2 General Commercial District. Facilities used to grow, process, test, and store marijuana can be approved as a conditional use (if they meet all requirements) in the I-1 Light Industrial District. No facility is permitted within 1,000 feet of any church, school, or day care center. I don’t think the Aldermen were happy to enact this ordinance but the Constitutional amendment made it necessary. Without the ordinance, the City would have little or no say in the opening of a marijuana business in Dardenne Prairie.
PROPERTY TAX RATE DOWN SLIGHTLY
The Board of Aldermen approved the real and personal property tax rate for 2019 at 10.25 cents per $100 of assessed value. The rate is down slightly from last year which was 10.58 cents. The rate reduction is a result of the “Hancock Amendment” which limits the amount of revenue increase a city can get without voter approval. Because the assessed value of property increased in 2019 the City’s revenue would increase in excess of the amount allowed by the Handcock Amendment. We had to lower the rate a bit to stay below the limit. When you receive your tax bill in November take a look at how much (actually, how little) of your tax payment goes to Dardenne Prairie.
STUMP ROAD PROJECT
The City will receive funding from East/West Gateway (federal $) and from St. Charles County to help fund the reconstruction of Stump Road between Feise and Highway N. The project calls for gutters, storm sewers, sidewalks and widening repaving of the street. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $2,276,000 of which Dardenne Prairie will furnish $273,000. Construction should be completed in 2022.
HANLEY ROAD PROJECT
The City received approval to proceed with acquiring Right of Way along Hanley north of Feise as the next step in widening and improving Hanley Road. We expect construction to be performed beginning in 2020.
HIGHWAY 364 INTERCHANGE NEAR TOWN SQUARE
The City is still working with the County and MODOT on a preliminary design for the interchange. We have another meeting with MODOT next week and hope to hold public meetings at City Hall in late October.
RENOVATION OF THE BALL FIELDS NEXT TO CITY HALL
We continue to review the design and cost estimates for the Ball Field Renovation Project. The City staff, Aldermen, and our Construction Manager team are working to achieve significant cost savings before we move forward with the project. Current plans call for construction to begin in late July 2020.
NEW CONTRACT FOR TRASH SERVICE
At the October 2 meeting, the Board of Aldermen will be asked to approve selection of a company to provide trash service for Dardenne Prairie residents under a new contract to be effective January 1, 2020. The current contractor is Grace Hauling which has provided service for the past 9 years. Four companies submitted proposals for consideration and are being evaluated this week.
ROAD RECONSTRUCTION AT MCCLUER VILLAGE SCHEDULED TO BEGIN
The contract to begin reconstruction of streets in part of McCluer Village has been awarded and residents will see construction work right away.
Take a look at the City’s Website for news about upcoming Senior Events and the Salvation Army Tree of Lights Event in November.
The Board of Aldermen meets next Wednesday, October 2, at City Hall. The Workshop meeting 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