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
City of Dardenne Prairie, MO