Proposed 2016 budget for the City of Dardenne Prairie





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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 ( 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!

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Take Part in the Dardenne Prairie Toy and Food Drive to Benefit the Salvation Army

Residents of Dardenne Prairie may take part in a little friendly competition this holiday season while helping those in need in St. Charles County.  Dardenne Prairie, along with the cities of Cottleville and Weldon Spring will be holding a friendly competition to see who can collect the most food items this holiday season.  Each city will choose their own charity.  Dardenne Prairie will be donating all food items to the Salvation Army. 

The City will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Salvation Army Toy Town.  All donated toys will help a local child have a merry holiday season.

Toy and Food items may be dropped off at Dardenne Prairie City Hall, 2032 Hanley Road, Dardenne Prairie, MO  63368 during regular business hours, or you may visit one of the participating Dardenne Prairie businesses below to donate your new toy or canned item.  Toys will be collected from November 2 – December 4th, food items will be collected from November 2 – January 6th.

Donate your new unwrapped toy or canned food items at one of our participating Dardenne Prairie businesses listed below:

Dardenne Prairie City Hall

2032 Hanley Road

PNC Bank

1642 Feise Road

Towne Square Pub N’ Grub

7843 State Hwy N

Advanced Dentistry

1009 Rondale Ct.

First Bank

7422 State Hwy N

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Pursuant to RSMo 115.127, the City of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri gives notice that the opening filing date for the general municipal election to be held on the 5th day of April 2016 shall be on December 15, 2015.  The offices to be filled are one (1) Alderman for each of the three (3) wards and the office of Mayor, to fill the remaining one (1) year unexpired term (Term expires in 2017).  Filings shall be received by the City Clerk, during regular office hours, at City Hall 2032 Hanley Road in the City of Dardenne Prairie commencing at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.  The closing date and time for filing shall be 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.


Kimberlie Clark, City Clerk

City of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri


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Friends & Neighbors,

Here is some news from City Hall as well as a brief report on the Board of Aldermen meetings on 11/4 and 11/5 and the Planning & Zoning meeting on 11/10.

First the News:  Registration for youth baseball and softball will begin in January at Dardenne Prairie City Hall.  More details will be announced in December.  The youth leagues for baseball and softball have been operated in Dardenne Prairie since 1953 by the Dardenne Athletic Association.  For the 2016 season the City will step in for the Dardenne Athletic Association to operate the baseball and softball league running from April to July.  The City expects to develop additional sports programs and activities to complement the April-July season and to add new programs for summer and fall.  Our parks and recreation program will grow in 2016 right before your eyes! 

The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Ceremony will be held at City Hall Park on Saturday, November 21 starting promptly at 6:00 PM.  Bands and choruses from Fort Zumwalt and Wentzville schools will perform as will the Salvation Army Brass Ensemble.  In addition to the tree lighting ceremony, there will be crafts, games, toasted marshmallows, cocoa, and a visit from Santa!  Please bring an new, unwrapped toy to donate to the cause.

The City hosted a family history open house at City Hall on Saturday, November 7.  About 80 people attended throughout the day to learn how to research their family trees using the free website at  Based on the turnout and enthusiasm we expect the City will host another family history open house in a few months.

The City’s contractor is installing sidewalks along Rt. N and Feise Rd.  Work should begin soon along Hanley Rd. north of Feise.  Other work will also be performed near the intersection of Bates, McCluer and Hennings Roads.

Many citizens recently received notice of the publication of new flood hazard maps which may impact your property.  An updated Flood Insurance Study was released by the Dept. of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency relating to the area in and around Dardenne Prairie.  The Study compiled lots of engineering data and applied it to maps and aerial photos.  No houses in Dardenne Prairie are located in a “flood plain” but some properties are located near a “flood zone” where there is a 1% statistical chance of flood damage occurring.  If you want a definitive answer whether your home is at risk call the provider of your homeowners’ insurance.  Ask your insurer to conduct a “RISK ASSESSMENT.”   Your provider can then send an inquiry to FEMA. In response you should receive two documents: FEMA Flood Zone Definitions & a Dept. of Homeland Security “Standard Flood Hazard Determination” specific to your individual property. It is very easy to understand and it is free of charge. Then you can decide if you need flood insurance.

Planning and Zoning received the resignation of long serving Commissioner John Collins who is moving to Florida.  Commissioner Collins devoted years of faithful and valuable service to the community of Dardenne Prairie.  We will miss John!  Citizens who wish to volunteer for service on the Planning & Zoning Commission can find an application form at the City’s website (

 At the BOA meetings on 11/4 the Board passed a resolution adopting the St. Louis Regional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan for 2015-2020.  The Board awarded the Barathaven Trail Relocation & Repair Project to the apparent low bidder, Byrne & Jones Construction.  Although the work will not begin until Spring, we awarded the contract now to assist the Great Rivers Greenway in preparing a decision packet for an upcoming meeting of their board of directors.

The next Municipal Election is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5, 2016.  Candidates for Mayor and for 1 Alderman for each of 3 Wards of the City may file for office at City Hall during normal office hours from 8:00 AM on December 15, 2015 until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

On Thursday, November 5 the BOA met in special workshop session to examine the draft 2016 budget for Dardenne Prairie.  There will be further reviews and discussions at the 11/18 workshop and the 11/19 special workshop.  We hope to pass a final budget on December 2, 2015.  Our estimated revenues are expected to exceed operating expenses by about $700,000.  The BOA is now looking at worthy capital improvement projects to be funded in 2016.

 The next scheduled meeting of the Board of Aldermen is Wednesday, 11/18/2015 beginning at 5:30 PM at City Hall.  Come see your City in action!

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Shine a Light on City Government 10/21/2015

Friends & Neighbors,

Here is a brief summary of the Board of Aldemen’s workshop and regular meetings on 10/21/2015.

The following reports were provided by the Mayor and Staff:

                The Barathaven Trail Relocation and Repair Project must be postponed to spring.  The asphalt and sealing work require warmer weather than we can count on for November.  Meanwhile we await confirmation from Great Rivers Greenway  that their Board of Directors has agreed to the funding arrangement proposed by Dardenne Prairie.

                The Dardenne Greenway Landscaping Maintenance Project will be phased in starting this winter and will proceed over a period of about 6 months.  The contractor will remove invasive species, including honey suckle, Bradford pears and other non-native trees during winter and will be mowing and applying herbicides in spring and summer to remove and stop the spread of lespedeza.

                The  Irrigation system servicing the Barathaven practice fields has been connected to a water main and set up as a city account to better maintain and enhance the fields.  The Bermuda grass has gone dormant and the fields have been over seeded with rye grass to enhance the safety of the playing surface and lengthen the playing season.  Rye grass will permit use of the fields earlier in the spring, before the Bermuda grass revives.

                The City decided to retain the incumbent janitorial service contractor but did decide to change the IT service contractor to GFI Digital, Inc.

                The City Engineer advised the board of an opportunity to obtain federal funding for construction of sidewalks and other infrastructure.  The Board will decide in November which, if any, projects eligible for federal cost sharing are to be pursued.


Four bills were passed in regular session: (1) An amendment to an agreement among the cities of St. Charles County, the County and MODOT to manage traffic flow by connecting traffic lights to a central computer system.  The original agreement was passed in 2012 but has been amended twice.  The program will have very little impact on traffic in Dardenne Prairie; (2) A family living in unincorporated St. Charles County, along Feise Rd, petitioned the city for voluntary annexation.  The Board approved the petition and welcomed the new residents of Dardenne Prairie; (3) The City’s 2015 budget was revised (as required by state law) to authorize more funds for road maintenance and sidewalk construction.  Other accounts were reduced.  Overall, we are projecting to spend less in 2015 than originally estimated; (4) The Board authorized the hiring of a consulting firm to assist in assessing the Uptown Zoning District and other commercial property as part of the City’s review of the Comprehensive Plan and its examination of future residential and commercial development.

                Upcoming events: An open house/seminar on genealogy will be presented at City Hall on Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Come on over to City Hall and learn to search your family tree!  On Saturday, November 21, at 6:00 pm the Salvation Army Tree of Lights Ceremony will be conducted at City Hall Park.  There will be music by local school bands and chorus, reindeer, a visit from Santa Claus, and lots of fun.  Come on out to support a very worthy cause.   See the City website ( for more details on this and other events.

                Baseball!!!  Registration for next spring and summer’s Dardenne Prairie little league will be held in early January at City Hall.  Look for further details soon.  And, finally:  Let not your hearts be troubled, Cardinal fans.  There are only 116 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training.  Go Cards!            

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Family History Open House

  Come and find the nuts in your family tree…

When: Saturday, November 7, 2015, 10 am – 2 pm

Where: Dardenne Prairie City Hall, 2032 Hanley Road

Who: Anyone who is interested in Family History/Genealogy

The City of Dardenne Prairie is sponsoring an Open House to help residents

learn a few fundamentals in searching out their own Family Tree.

WiFi will be available, so bring your own laptop or iPad. Experts in Family

History will be available to help you get online and nd a free Family

History website. Important Note:  Bring with you the name of a deceased

Grandparent or Great-Grandparent and a birth date or death date. This will

help start your search efforts.

The City will provide free refreshments, so come and join us anytime

between 10 am and 2 pm and take a peek at your Family Tree!

If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at

636-561-1718 or visit the website:

We look forward to seeing you there November 7.

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The City Needs Your Help!


An act of vandalism took place at Dardenne Prairie City Hall park on October 8, 2015 between about  4:30 and 5:30 PM.  The vandals caused serious damage to the park fountain equipment in an amount estimated to exceed $2,000.  We thank the citizens who have already contacted the police to assist their investigation.  If you have any tips that may lead to more information in this case, please contact SCCPD’s Detective Hoefle at (636)949-3000 x2510.




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Public Hearing Notice


Notice is hereby given that the City of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, will conduct a Public Hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as same may be heard, at the City of Dardenne Prairie City Hall located at 2032 Hanley Road in Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, and before the Board of Aldermen on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as same may be heard, at the City of Dardenne Prairie City Hall located at 2032 Hanley Road in Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, concerning a Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) that have been completed by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the area in and around the City of Dardenne Prairie and amendments to the Dardenne Prairie Municipal Code pertaining to zoning and land use regulations and flood hazard prevention.  All interested persons will be given an opportunity to review and request copies of the FIS and FIRM, which have been prepared by FEMA and which will become effective on January 20, 2016.  Written or implied flood determinations for private property owners will not be made by the City of Dardenne Prairie nor by any of the City’s contractors.   

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