Friends & Neighbors,
The Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen met in workshop and regular sessions on Wednesday 11/18 and in special session on 11/19.
At the regular session the Board conducted a public hearing to review new flood hazard maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The new maps have been under revision by FEMA for several years and will go into effect in January 2016. The Board adopted a revised ordinance for managing flood hazards in Dardenne Prairie. The revised ordinance was necessary to retain access to the national flood insurance program administered by FEMA. Dardenne Prairie residents who need or desire to carry flood insurance will continue to be eligible for the national insurance program.
The Board also approved a resolution to adopt the St. Louis Regional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan for 2015-2020.
In order to continue installation of sidewalks along Rt. N between Post Road and Crossroads Elementary School the Board authorized the mayor to sign an agreement with the Wentzville School District to obtain a temporary construction easement to work on school property.
The Board authorized the mayor to sign a “Certificate of Substantial Completion” which will approve the construction work in Bluebird Meadow Park, first begun in 2010. This step is needed to finalize a cost sharing agreement with Great Rivers Greenway, which, in turn, is needed to help finance the Barathaven trail relocation and repair work slated to begin in the Spring of 2016.
In special session the Board examined the latest iteration of the City’s draft budget for 2016. We have been working on the Budget since August and plan to bring the final budget before the Board for approval on December 2. A summary of the draft 2016 budget is attached in a power point presentation.
The Board heard a presentation about MO RIDES (www.morides.org) a service that helps to connect riders to transportation providers in five counties, including St. Charles County. MO RIDES was developed primarily to assist senior citizens, disabled and low income people without vehicles to get to medical appointments, jobs, and other places they need to visit.
In other matters of interest, the City hosted the 6th Annual Salvation Army Tree of Lights event at City Hall Park on Saturday, November 21. The tree lighting event marks the start of the winter fund raising drive by the Salvation Army. Watch for the Red Kettles and Bell Ringers, including some of your City officials who will ringing the bell in front of Shop n’ Save on December 12, 2015.
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department will be managing the Youth Baseball and Softball leagues in 2016 at the request of the Dardenne Athletic Association. Registration for teams will be conducted at City Hall during between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm from January 4 to February 17. The DAA has provided baseball and softball for young people in Dardenne Prairie since 1953. The City looks forward to continuing the DAA’s proud tradition and to adding new activities throughout the year.
The next meeting of the Board of Aldermen is scheduled for Wednesday December 2. Workshop begins at 5:30 and the regular 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