Friends & Neighbors,
The Board of Aldermen met in workshop and regular sessions on Wednesday, October 19.
The Board heard citizen input regarding the proposal to take down the Pokemon Go Gym located at the parking lot on the east end of Barathaven Lake. Last month some Barathaven residents complained that cars were pulling in and out of the parking lot after dark and people were exhibiting behavior that suggested drug deals were being conducted. It came to light that a Pokemon Go Gym was located in the area so the complaining residents requested it be disabled. Other citizens defended the Pokemon Go activity and requested the Gym be retained as is. The Board declined to have the Gym taken down. I have spoken with the St. Charles County Police to request stepped up enforcement in the Barathaven area, to suppress suspicious activity in the park after dark and to address traffic control issues.
It was suggested at a previous meeting that the City install gates at the Barathaven and Bluebird Meadow parking lots to be opened at dawn and closed at dusk. The cost of installation and the allocation of police personnel to lock and unlock gates seven days a week led the Board not to adopt that solution. It was suggested at the most recent meeting that a part time watchman be hired for a short term to establish a high profile enforcement presence. We are in the middle of our annual budget process so we will be evaluating that proposal.
The City’s proposed improvements to Hanley Road north of Feise Rd. will be funded in large part by Federal and County money. The $1.78 million project will cost the City about $178,000 over 3 years while the remainder of the project costs will be reimbursed 50% by the St. Charles County Road Board and 40% by the East West Gateway (federal funds). The first step will be preliminary engineering design which we plan to start in the 4th quarter of 2017. Actual construction is likely to be finished in 2019 or 2020. The pace of completing the work is tied to the reimbursement schedule of federal and county funds (and weather). The project includes widening the street, adding curb, gutter, storm sewer and sidewalks from Feise, north to Pleasant Meadow Dr.
The City awarded a contract to AMCON Municipal Concrete for about $137,000 to build a sidewalk along a portion of Weldon Spring Road, in Ward 3 and to commence the first step in a multi-year street maintenance program, beginning in the Dardenne Landing subdivision. We hope that all work will be completed by the end of November 2016.
The City established the date for the Municipal Election on April 4, 2017. The Offices of Mayor and one Aldermen for each of Wards 1, 2, & 3 will be up for election. There may also be other ballot measures for voters’ consideration. Qualified citizens wishing to seek the office of Mayor or Aldermen may file at City Hall beginning on Tuesday, December 13 through January 17, 2017.
The Board authorized the Mayor to amend an agreement with the American Cricket Academy and Club for its use of fields at the Barathaven Soccer fields. In exchange for the ACAC’s financial support for the preparation of a Cricket playing field the City agreed to favorable terms including reduced user fees to be paid by the ACAC. That arrangement was to begin in 2016 but because weather delayed construction until the end of the cricket season the field was not available this year. We will start the effective date of the user fee adjustments in 2017.
The Board approved a settlement with one of the three parties the City sued concerning a contract awarded in about 2009 in which the City paid about $23,000 for the manufacture of some building materials that were never delivered. Proceedings against the other two parties were not affected by the settlement.
The Board opened a public hearing to take citizen comments regarding the proposed rezoning of property along Feise Rd. west of Pinnacle Point to Dardenne Landing. The property is currently part of the Uptown Zoning District which envisions very dense residential development on small lots and some multi-story buildings for mixed commercial and residential use. One citizen spoke in favor of rezoning to the R-1 Residential district, similar to the existing homes in Bainbridge and Barrington Lake Estates. The Board continued the public hearing to the November 16 meeting.
The City plans to have another meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commission on November 9 to consider adopting a new Commercial Zoning District (C-3) for the area near Town Square Shopping Center and to hear more citizen input regarding both the Town Square and Feise area rezoning proposals.
The next meeting of the Board of Aldermen is scheduled for November 2. The usual workshop opens at 5:30. The Regular meeting is scheduled for 7:00 and a Special Workshop for the 2017 budget will convene at the conclusion of the Regular meeting. Come see your City Government at work!
“Shine a Light on City Government”
DAVID C. ZUCKER
City of Dardenne Prairie, MO