Friends & Neighbors,
Here is the latest report from City Hall, including a summary of the Board of Aldermen meetings on 12/02/2015.
The BOA approved the 2016 Budget for the City of Dardenne Prairie at the conclusion of our preparation and review process begun in August. The complete budget, including the Mayor’s budget message was posted on the City website (www.dardenneprairie.org) in the BOA meeting packet for 12/02. Here is a summary:
· The City has $4.2 million in reserve funds.
· We estimate revenue in 2016 from all sources to be $3.3 million
o $1.1 million in general sales tax (1%)
o $564,000 in capital improvement sales tax (0.5%)
o $450,000 in motor fuel tax
o $291,000 in property tax (11.25 cents per $100 assessed valuation)
o $250,000 road & bridge tax
o $240,000 municipal court fines
o Miscellaneous revenue
· We plan to spend $2.7 million for operations, including
o $691,000 in debt service
o $600,000 in personnel costs
o $312,000 for police service contract
o $250,000 basic road maintenance under the County Road Contract
. We plan $894,000 for capital improvements, including
o Additional road maintenance, repair and replacement over and above the County Road Contract
o Barathaven trail relocation and repairs
o Major street replacement projects in two older subdivisions (1/3 per year for 3 years)
o First year of a 10 year project of sidewalk repairs to comply with the Americans with Disability Act
o Two new side walk constructions projects
o First year of a 10 year project for expansion joint replacement on all city streets
o Enhancements at the Dardenne Athletic fields
. In order to pay for all the capital improvements we plan to draw $314,000 from reserve funds to supplement the $579,000 operating budget surplus.
The Board authorized the Mayor to apply for federal funds to pay for 80% of the costs of the first half of our 10 year project to bring sidewalks into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Board approved a design change for the sidewalk project being installed along Hanley, north of Feise Rd. The change will reduce contract costs by about $2000 and, hopefully, will allow the project to move forward while the weather permits pouring and curing of concrete. We are all looking forward to the completion of the ongoing sidewalk construction projects.
The Board heard reports concerning the purchase of a new computer server to replace the old server that failed last month. The City has been operating with a “loaner” server. Two maintenance/repair projects were reported. Gutters on the City Hall were not properly designed or installed and do not drain. There is risk of collapse, particularly if filled with ice during the winter. The gutters will be replaced before freezing weather hits. The synthetic rubber-like seal on the roof was damaged causing severe water leaks during the recent heavy rains. The cause of the damage is under investigation and repairs have been ordered.
Beavers migrating from the Busch Wildlife Preserve have begun to build dams along Dardenne Creek and Old Dardenne Creek in Ward 3. The beaver dams pose a risk of flooding in the neighborhoods and will create standing water to breed mosquitos in the spring. The beavers are taking down a significant number of trees. The Board authorized the hiring of a professional trapper to reduce the beaver population during the State’s authorized beaver trapping season.
The Board discussed the prospect of the change in 2016 of the local sales tax levy on motor vehicles, boats, trailers, and outboard motors. Taxes due at time of registration are 7.45%. Dardenne Prairie receives 1.5% which represents the largest single source of sales tax revenue for the City. Unless the voters approve a continuation of the tax levy by ballot measure the City will not receive tax on vehicles purchased outside of the state of Missouri. Taxes will continue to be collected on vehicles (boats, trailers, etc.) purchased in Missouri. No one knows how many people will travel to Illinois or other foreign territory to buy a car, so we don’t know how much revenue will lost if a ballot measure is not passed. This matter will be debated at the 12/16 BOA meeting. Let your aldermen know what you think about the issue.
The new, full-time Parks and Recreation Coordinator, Mathew DeWinters, was introduced to the Board. Mat’s first mission will be to handle registration for the Youth Baseball and Softball Leagues, starting January 4, 2016. The City is taking over the registration and management of the leagues from the Dardenne Athletic Association. The DAA, a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers, has managed the Youth Leagues in Dardenne Prairie since 1953. The City intends to build on their proud tradition and continue to grow and improve the baseball and softball programs for the youth of Dardenne Prairie and neighboring communities.
The next BOA meeting is Wednesday December 16, 2015. Workshop begins at 5:30 and the Regular meeting begins at 7:00 PM Come see your City Government at work!
“Shine a Light on City Government”
DAVID C. ZUCKER
City of Dardenne Prairie, MO