FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2015

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2015

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Shine a Light on City Government – 06/15/2016

Friends & Neighbors,

We had a short evening at the Board of Aldermen tonight.  During Workshop the BOA was briefed by the outside audit firm of Botz, Deal & Co. concerning the audit of the City’s finances for 2015.  We received a clean audit report indicating a solid financial condition.  As of December 31, 2015 the City had $4.8 million on hand of which $3.67 million was in the General Fund and the remainder in special funds.

The Board was asked to consider changing banks from PNC, which has been the City’s depository for many years, to First Bank, located in Town Square.  The primary reason for changing banks is the substantial increase in interest offered by First Bank.  We expect about $10,000 per year in interest from First Bank compared to about $3,500 a year from PNC.  The BOA will be asked to vote on a change at the next meeting on July 6.

At the business meeting the BOA opened a public hearing concerning the Bopp property Area Plan/Planned Unit Development and the Walmart Neighborhood Market conditional use permit.  No one came to testify for or against either subject.  At the request of the property owners and of Walmart the public hearing was continued to the July meeting while Walmart and the Bopp ownership work out some details of their transaction.

The rest of the business meeting was devoted to routine approvals of expenditures, two temporary permits to sell fireworks and renewal of liquor licenses.

Three subdivisions were identified last year as having the greatest need for replacement of broken pavement.  The work is planned to be done over a period of 3 years, one third per year.  Dardenne Acres, Dardenne Meadows, and Quail Hollow residents should expect to see work begin later this summer.

The City is soliciting citizen volunteers to join the Planning & Zoning Commission.  If you are interested in serving your community, please contact me at City Hall.  We will be looking to update the City’s comprehensive plan and to rezone parts of the Uptown Zoning District by year end.

The City is accepting resumes for the position of Business Promotion Specialist.  The job description is posted on the City’s website (www.dardenneprairie.org).

The next meeting of the Board of Aldermen is Wednesday, July 6, 2016.  The Workshop begins at 5:30 and the Business meeting begins at 7:00 PM.  Come to City Hall and see your Board of Aldermen at work.

 

“Shine a Light on City Government”

 

DAVID C. ZUCKER

Mayor,

City of Dardenne Prairie, MO

636-755-5306

 

 

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Shine a Light on City Government – 06/08/2016

Friends & Neighbors,

Tonight I am reporting on last week’s Board of Aldermen meeting (06/01) and tonight’s Planning & Zoning meeting.  This will be brief.

Last week the BOA resumed the public hearing to discuss the Area Plan and Planned Unit Development for the Bopp property at Bryan and Feise.  No citizen asked to testify.  The Bopp representative requested the matter be continued to June 15.  Tonight the public hearing at P&Z was resumed to discuss the Conditional Use Permit application submitted by Walmart for the Neighborhood Market and gas station.  No one asked to testify.  Walmart requested the hearing be continued to the 2nd Wednesday in July (07/13).  Just to summarize progress to date,  The BOA and the P&Z opened public hearings in March and have continued the hearings thru April, May and June in order for the parties to address several concerns about the project and to allow the public plenty of time to comment to the City about the proposed project.  The latest continuance was requested by the Bopps and Walmart because they have recently renegotiated some aspects of their deal and wanted to have all the contracts signed before appearing before the City again.  We understand that Walmart has agreed to build the Market according to the designs requested by the City (version 7) that are based on a Neighborhood Market approved in Bluffton, SC.

We look forward to the Bopps presenting their updated Area Plan/Planned Unit Development for approval by the BOA next week (06/15).  The Walmart Conditional Use Permit will go before P&Z on July 13 and the CUP and Site Plan will go before the BOA on July 20.  The public still has time to provide feedback to both the BOA and P&Z.

Looking ahead to matters unrelated to the Walmart project, we expect one or two property owners to request approvals to build indoor storage facilities on their properties.  The BOA discussed the idea in Workshop last week, noting that the City code forbids outdoor storage of boats, trailers and RVs in residential neighborhoods.  The reality is people have “stuff” to store and need the services of indoor and outdoor storage businesses.  Any proposal to build such facilities will be closely reviewed and we will insist that structures and landscaping harmonize with the high standards of the better developments in the City.

Later this summer P&Z will begin the process of revising the City’s Comprehensive Plan and revising the Uptown Zoning District.  We will again invite public participation in this process.

Baseball is being played at the Dardenne Athletic Fields now that the rains have abated.  The Concession Stand in City Park is open during the day and during ball games and other events.  This Saturday (06/09) we have a concert and a movie at City Park.  You can come to enjoy the entertainment and don’t have to drag a cooler with you.  Food and beverages are sold at the Concession Stand, including wine and beer.  Check out the City’s website (www.dardenneprairie.org)  for more details about the Concert and Movie this Saturday and the schedule for the rest of the summer.

Come see your City Government at work next Wednesday, June 15.  The workshop begins at 5:30 and the business meeting begins at 7:00.

“Shine a Light on City Government”

DAVID C. ZUCKER

Mayor,

City of Dardenne Prairie, MO

636-755-5306

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Ambrose Schulte Auction – The Wagon Master

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY HOME CONSORTIUM – PUBLIC NOTICE

ST. LOUIS COUNTY HOME CONSORTIUM
PUBLIC NOTICE

St. Louis County HOME Consortium is eligible to apply for and receive federal funds from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership and Emergency Solutions Grant programs. St. Louis County is the “Lead Agency” for the St. Louis HOME Consortium. The St. Louis HOME Consortium are contiguous units of local government that have joined together for the purpose of receiving a HOME allocation and administering a HOME Program as a single grantee. The members of the St. Louis HOME Consortium include St. Louis County, the City of Florissant, the City of O’Fallon, the City of St. Charles, Jefferson County and St. Charles County. Each of these members receive their own allocation of CDBG funds.
The St. Louis HOME Consortium has prepared a draft of its Five Year, 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan which is an application for federal funds provided by HUD for the aforementioned programs. This draft Consolidated Plan includes proposed activities that the Consortium plans to undertake utilizing funds that should be made available on or about August 31, 2016. Copies of this draft Consolidated Plan will be available for public review and comment beginning Friday, May 27, 2016 through June 27, 2016, at the Consortium offices listed below during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.)
St. Louis County has also prepared a draft of its Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Plan which is an application for federal funds provided by HUD for the aforementioned programs. This draft 2016 Annual Plan includes proposed activities that St. Louis County plans to undertake utilizing funds that should be made available on or about August 31, 2016. Copies of this draft Annual Plan are included in the Draft Consolidated Plan and will be available for public review and comment beginning May 27, 2016 through June 27, 2016, at the following Consortium offices during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.)

St. Louis County Government Centers

  • West-74 Clarkson-Wilson Center - Chesterfield, MO 63017 (314-615-0900)
  • North-21 Village Square - Hazelwood, MO 63042 (314-615-7400)
  • South-4546 Lemay Ferry Road - St. Louis, MO 63129 (314-615-4000)

St. Louis County Department of Planning

  • Office of Community Development- 41 S. Central, 5th floor, Clayton, MO 63105 (314-615-4414)

City of Florissant

  • Government Building – 1055 rue St. Francois, Florissant, MO 63031 (314-839-7680)

City of O’Fallon

  • City Hall, 100 N. Main Street, O’Fallon, MO 63366 (636-240-2000)

City of St. Charles

  • City Hall Community Development Office, Ste. 303, 200 N. Second Street, St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 949-3222)

Jefferson County

  • Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation, 5217 Highway B, Hillsboro, MO 63050 (636-797-5336)

St. Charles County

  • Administrative Building, 201 N. Second St., St. Charles, MO 63301 (636-949-7900)

All comments regarding either the proposed draft St. Louis HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan or the draft St. Louis County Annual Action Plan should be put in writing on or before June 27, 2016 and directed to:

Mr. Jim Holtzman, Director
Office of Community Development
41 S. Central Avenue, 5th floor
Clayton, MO 63105
Phone: (314) 615-4414 (VOICE)
(314) 615-5467 (TTY)
1-800-735-2966 (Relay Missouri TTY Callers)
1-800-735-2466 (Relay Missouri Voice Callers)
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Shine a Light on City Government 05/19/2016

Friends & Neighbors,

The Board of Aldermen met in Workshop and Regular Sessions on May 18.  I think it was the most interesting meeting we have had since I became Mayor.

Over 100 adults and children attended to support a proposal to create one playing field for the sport of cricket.  The American Cricket Academy & Club of St. Louis, a non-profit group, headquartered in Dardenne Prairie, presented petitions and speakers to support the development of youth cricket in Dardenne Prairie.

The BOA voted 4 to 1 (with one Alderman absent) in favor of the proposal.  Accordingly, the City will enter an agreement to install a “cricket pitch” between two practice fields in Barathaven/Greenway Park.  A pitch is a hard surface (in this case, concrete) for the batter and pitcher (called a bowler).  The playing area where the fielders stand will cover most of the two adjacent practice fields.  In order to make room for the playing field the City will locate the soon to be restored walking trail to the southern edge of the park property.  The cost of the work to establish the pitch and playing field will be reimbursed to the City by the Cricket Academy & Club.  In exchange for the Club paying for the installation of a cricket playing area, the City will reserve the playing area (2 practice fields) on 31 days (Saturday & Sunday) between about April 1 to about the end of October for 8 hours each day.  The reservation fee will be waived for 3 years and a discounted reservation fee will be collected in years 4 & 5.  When practice and games begin (we hope by late June) the public is invited to come watch the kids learn to play cricket.

Later this year we hope to present some cricket matches for the public at the Dardenne baseball fields next to City Hall.  No dates have been reserved as yet.  For such exhibition games we would use a temporary turf mat instead of a concrete “pitch.”

The BOA approved the application for St. Charles County Road Board funds for two street projects: Hanley Rd. north of Feise and Weldon Spring Rd.  We won’t know the Road Board decision until at least August.

The BOA modified the City’s zoning code to permit the temporary sale of fireworks on ground along South Outer 364 on a vacant lot next to the Thoele’s Mobil Station.  Public hearings were held at the Planning & Zoning Commission last week and at the BOA last night.  No one spoke in opposition to the change though I did receive a couple of e-mails objecting to fireworks being sold in Dardenne Prairie.  Temporary fireworks stands have been permitted in Dardenne Prairie for decades.  Last night’s action adds one new location.

A public hearing was opened to hear citizens input regarding the Bopp’s  Area plan and the Walmart Neighborhood Market application for a conditional use permit for the NW corner of Bryan & Feise Roads.  These hearings have been held and continued to every meeting since March to allow plenty of opportunity for citizen input.  No citizen appeared to speak last night and the applicants requested the hearings be continued to June to allow more time to complete their final applications and drawings.

The BOA approved a modest change to the Area Plan for the Pinecrest Apartments on Stump road.

I announced that the City completed the refinancing of its $3.1 million debt on May 17, reducing the interest rate by about half and projected a savings of about $283,000 in interest expense over the next 12 years.

The City Hall Park Concession Stand is open for youth baseball and will be in full operation on Saturday May 21 for the first Concert in the Park, complete with food service, wine and beer.  As of May 25 the Stand will open at 11:00 AM for patrons of the City Park.

The next Board of Alderman meeting is scheduled for June 1 at 5:30 at City Hall.  Come see your City Government at work!

“Shine a Light on City Government”

DAVID C. ZUCKER

Mayor,

City of Dardenne Prairie, MO

636-755-5306

 

 

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Shine Another Light on City Government – 05/10/2016

Friends & Neighbors,

Yesterday, I let you know about the public hearings on May 11 (P&Z) and 18  (BOA) to consider the Walmart conditional use permit application, area plan and final site plan.  I thought it would be a good idea to remind you ahead of time.

Today, Walmart requested the public hearings be delayed to June so that executives at corporate HQ could evaluate the latest design proposal (#7 on the City website) based on the design of the Bluffton, SC neighborhood Walmart.

Meanwhile, P&Z will handle a routine amendment to the area plan for Pinecrest Apartments on Stump Rd. on May 11 and on May 12 a request to allow sale of fireworks on land owned by the Thoelle family next to their Mobil station on south outer 364 east of Bryan Rd.

Channel 4 did a short interview about Walmart in Dardenne Prairie this morning which will probably air tomorrow.

“Shine a Light on City Government”

DAVID C. ZUCKER

Mayor,

City of Dardenne Prairie, MO

636-755-5306

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Walmart PUD Request – Final Plan and Conditional Use Permit Application No. 971101 – BFA 4024

The applicant has formal requested that the Conditional Use and Final Plan public hearing and permit applications slated for tomorrow’s Planning and Zoning meeting, May 11th, as well as the Board of Alderman meetings scheduled for May 18th and June 1st, to be moved to next month’s meetings.

We will continue the public hearing before P&Z on the Walmart issues to June.

 

 

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Shine a Light on City Government 05/09/2016

Friends & Neighbors,

I usually report events after the fact.  Tonight I want to preview upcoming events.

The various applications for approval of the Walmart Neighborhood Market are scheduled for  public hearings before the Planning & Zoning Commission on May 11 and before the Board of Aldermen on May 18.  The applications have been under review by the City since February and Public Hearings have been held in the months of March and April.  I invite you to see the seven (7) different styles of architecture that have been proposed during that time.  Visit www.dardenneprairie.org. Click on the first article about the proposed Walmart to see what we are working with.  The City government has worked hard to encourage Walmart to build an attractive building rather than the standard industrial box.

On Wednesday, May 11 the P&Z will consider the application for a conditional use permit (CUP) to operate a grocery store, drive thru, and gas station.  The proposed grocery store would be about 46,000 sq. ft., somewhat larger than the store in St. Peters on Mid Rivers Drive.  It will have a bakery and deli and a pharmacy.  They propose to have a drive thru to pick up from the pharmacy.  Sometime after the store is in operation Walmart plans a set up so customers can order groceries on line, pull up to the drive thru area, and have grocery orders delivered right to their cars.  This feature is in the early stages of testing in several locations.  Walmart proposes a 24/7 operation to accommodate people who work evening and night shifts.

On Wednesday, May 18 the BOA will consider the proposed Area Plan/Planned Unit Development submitted by the Bopp Family for the entire 16 acres on the NW corner of Bryan & Feise.  The plan covers 5 lots, 2 of which would be purchased by Walmart for the grocery and gas station.  The BOA will also consider the CUP application from Walmart and the Walmart final site plan for its store and gas station.

The P&Z will hold a public hearing on May 12 to consider a change to zoning that would permit fireworks to be sold along South Outer 364 east of Bryan Road.  The request to change comes from the Thoelle family who own the Mobil Station and the vacant ground next to it.

The BOA will also consider the zoning change at its May 18 meeting after the hearing on the Walmart plan.

There will be other items on the BOA agenda for next week.  The agenda will be posted on the City website on Friday, May 13, preceding the May 18 BOA meeting.

The City has initiated a promotion of local businesses.  Go to the City website, www.dardennepraire.org to see the special offers.  There is a new coupon every week that you can download and print.  This week His & Hers BBQ offers a 15% discount during the week.  Check it out!

Come see you City Government at work on May 11, 12 & 18!

“Shine a Light on City Government”

DAVID C. ZUCKER

Mayor,

City of Dardenne Prairie, MO

636-755-5306

 

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Proposed Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at the NW corner of Bryan & Feise

Proposed Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at the NW corner of Bryan & Feise

The original proposal from Wal-Mart over 2 months ago was the prototypical industrial style building.  The City was not receptive to that design.  Several revisions to the original design have been offered.  The most recent revision was presented at workshop on May 4.  We are anxiously awaiting Wal-Mart’s  response.  A drawing depicting the latest proposal will be on display at City Hall for public review.

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