Have a boy or girl who would like to test their baseball or softball skills against other kids their age? Sign up for the Pitch, Hit and Run Competition. Event will be held on Friday, April 17th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dardenne Athletic Fields. Follow the link for registration form. Contact the Parks office at (636)755-5308 for more information.
DIYers’ failure to call 811 before digging for landscaping and other projects can damage underground gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines. The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them, announced results from a recent survey that found 51 percent of American homeowners who plan to dig for projects that include landscaping, installing a fence or mailbox, and building a deck or patio, will put themselves and communities at risk by not calling 811 to learn the approximate location of underground utilities. Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities increases the likelihood of an unintentional damage, which can cause serious injuries, service disruptions and repair costs. An underground utility line is damaged every six minutes nationwide because someone decided to dig without first calling 811, according to CGA data. Everyone who calls 811 a few days before digging is connected to a local one call notification center that will take the caller’s information and communicate it to local utility companies. Professional locators will then visit the dig site to mark the approximate location of underground utility lines with spray paint or flags. Once a site has been accurately marked, it is safe to begin digging around the marked areas.
Ameren would like to warn customers in Missouri and Illinois to be aware of scam artists who are using Ameren’s name illegally.
Last year an estimated 1,400 Ameren customers were affected by phone scams totaling more than $23,000. The majority of scams reported to Ameren threatened disconnection of utility service unless a payment was made immediately from a pre-paid money card over the phone. Some thieves have even come right to customer doors. Ameren’s director of corporate security, Tim Reagan, told us “We’ve received reports of scam artists coming to homes and businesses suggesting that there are problems with electrical equipment. Scammers will demand payment for repairs that don’t exist. We never demand payment at a customer’s home or business.”
Ameren offers these tips against scammers:
- Ameren never demands personal, account or financial information for immediate payment. Never give your credit card, debit card, Social Security, ATM, checking or saving account numbers to anyone who comes to your home, calls or sends an email requesting this information.
- Ameren field employees do not accept payments.
- Never let anyone into your home claiming to be from the utility unless they show proper Ameren badge identification.
- Ameren never sends emails that include attachments, unless you’ve contacted us to specifically request information. Never open attachments unless you’ve contacted Ameren and are expecting to receive information.
Ameren continues to work with federal, state and local authorities to investigate utility scams. “We know how important it is to keep customers’ information safe and secure, and we appreciate any information they can provide to help eliminate these scams altogether,” said Reagan.
If you suspect someone is impersonating an Ameren employee, end the conversation and immediately call Ameren Missouri at 1.800.552.7583.
If you would like to report a street light outage in your neighborhood, please note the number on the light and/or the address where the light is located. You will call either Ameren Missouri or Cuivre River Electric cooperative, depending on which covers your neighborhood.
Call: 636-695-4700, Press “8” then press “4”, then you will speak with employee of Cuivre River
OR 636-695-4700 extension 220 and speak with Ronda
Call: 1-800-552-7583, Press “2”, then press “4”, you will be connected with a “Customer Care Advisor”
Dardenne Prairie has some amazing businesses! We would like to spread the word on just how great they are and we need your help. Every month our website will highlight one of these businesses, based on the input we receive from you.
Perhaps you’ve received exceptional service, or purchased a remarkable product. You may have tasted one of the most delicious dishes, or maybe you just like the atmosphere of an establishment. If this is the case and you would like to praise such fine efforts, let us know by emailing a description of your experience to DPBestBusinesses@dardenneprairie.org .
All of your submissions will be considered in determining the final selection for the DP Business of the month. We may even print your story.
The next highlighted business could be chosen because of you!
Dardenne Prairie Volunteer Program
The City of Dardenne Prairie is developing a volunteer program. Senior citizens, high school and college students, families and singles, church groups and organizations, anyone with an interest in community service can choose to volunteer their time and talents. Volunteering can also help students make career choices and fulfill service hour requirements. If you are interested in helping our community grow through personal involvement, please send Patti an e-mail. firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Census Bureau showed the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538. The 2010 Census also shows Dardenne Prairie’s current population at 11,494. That is a gain of 7110 residents, an increase of 162% since the 2000 Census was taken which had our population at 4384. The Census Bureau provides information on 2010 Census population totals, click here to visit their website for more details.