NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the City of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, will conduct a Public Hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, July 8, 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, July 15, 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 moratorium on the City’s acceptance and issuance of development or construction permits and approvals for the development of property within the area of the Uptown Zoning District.

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Happy Fourth of July

The CIty of Dardenne Prairie wishes everyone a wonderful Fourth of July. Please note that City Hall will be closed on Friday July 3rd.

The Fourth of July is a time for bar-be- ques, parades,  family gatherings, and fireworks.  As you plan your celebrations, please be aware that the Municipal Code of Dardenne Prairie outlines specific times and dates when fireworks are allowed, in addition to types of fireworks allowed and ages and supervision required for discharging.  The code, SECTION 210.205: DISCHARGE OF FIREWORKS LIMITED, is listed at the bottom of this page.
If you are disturbed by fireworks that are being discharged and are not in compliance with code, please call the St. Charles County Police non-emergency number, (636) 949-3020.

Please be safe and courteous with your celebrating.  Be aware of your surroundings and the people nearby before discharging. and clean up all debris after discharging. It may be helpful to your neighbors if you let them know when you are planning your celebration and try to be consider of their specific needs, such as sleeping babies, ill residents, or veterans.

Please follow these safety tips when using fireworks:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

SECTION 210.205:     DISCHARGE OF FIREWORKS LIMITED

A.     The discharge of fireworks within the City shall be limited to between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 11:00 P.M. on July second (2nd), third (3rd), fourth (4th) and fifth (5th) of any year.

B.     Persons fifteen (15) years of age and younger shall not discharge fireworks except under the supervision of an adult.  Supervision shall be adequate where the adult is within sight and sound of the children during the discharge of the fireworks.

C.     It shall be unlawful for any parent, guardian or other adult person having custody or control of any minor fifteen (15) years of age or less to knowingly allow such minor to discharge fireworks in violation of the preceding Subsection.

D.     Except as provided herein, it shall be unlawful for any person to willfully set off, use, burn, explode or fire off any firecrackers, fireworks, torpedoes, bombs, pin wheels, fire balloons, Roman candles, toy cannons, toy missile or aerial fireworks containing a stick or fin, or other fireworks of a like kind within the City; provided however, that this Section shall not apply to parks or other public places when in the charge of competent persons and under a permit issued by the City.  (Ord. No. 1071 §1, 10-18-06; Ord. No. 1319 §1, 6-18-08)

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Shine a Light on City Government 06/18/2015

Friends & Neighbors,

The Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen met in Workshop, Special, and Regular meetings on Wednesday, June 17th.   Here is a brief summary of those meetings.

In the Workshop meeting the City’s outside auditor, Botz Deal & Company, presented the results of their audit of the City’s financial statements and records for 2014.  The City’s financial condition was reported as excellent.  Building and Grounds Superintendent Bob Easley briefed the Board on the condition of sod in City Hall Park and at Bluebird Park soccer fields.  Alderman Dan Koch reported on his meeting with representatives of the Dardenne Athletic Association who are running the little league baseball program.  The Board agreed to an informal request from the DAA to help out by trimming some tree limbs near a light pole and spraying for weeds in the outfield.  At my request, City Clerk/Treasurer Kim Clark delivered the first of several tutorials to the Board regarding the City’s finances and budget.  The City’s current debt stands at $4.2 million and annual debt service runs about $430,000.  Stay tuned for more information about the City’s finances over the next two months.

In the Special meeting the Board unanimously approved the appointment of Elliott Stipes to be Ward 1 Alderman, thereby filling the vacancy created when I was elected Mayor last month.  I offer congratulations to Elliott Stipes and a sincere thank you for stepping forward to volunteer his time and energy in service to the people of Dardenne Prairie.

In the Regular meeting the Board approved the appointment of Jim Mutz and Tom Shea to the Planning & Zoning Commission.  I also offer congratulations to Jim and Tom and my sincere thanks to them for volunteering to work on Planning & Zoning.  This is very valuable public service, free of glamour but fraught with challenges and occasional controversy.  I urge all citizens to commend those who are willing to step forward and pull on the laboring oars that make our City Government work.  I express thanks to Garth Owens who completed four years as a member of Planning & Zoning, most recently as the Commission’s Chairman.  Garth has decided not to re-up for another 4 year hitch.

The Board did hold a hearing after which it determined to remove Robert Courson from the Planning & Zoning Commission for failing to attend meetings since January 2014.

The Board heard from Norm Nieder, the President of the BaratHaven Home Owners Association, regarding two traffic safety issues involving Toussaint Landing and BaratHaven Blvd.  Mr. Nieder made a thoughtful presentation analyzing the conditions at both locations and proposing remedies.  Both matters were referred to the Public Safety Subcommittee, chaired by Alderman Doug Santos,  for review in consultation with the City Engineer.  In due course the matters will be brought to the full Board.

The Board also revisited the matter of completing the purchase of a new pickup truck for use by the Code Enforcement/Building Inspection Department.   The truck was delivered to the City by the dealer before the Board had acted to approve the purchase and payment.   At the June 3rd meeting the ordinance authorizing the Mayor to sign a purchase order and pay for the truck  did not obtain the 4 votes necessary to pass.  Last evening, upon further consideration, the ordinance was approved unanimously.  In connection with this matter I am revising the City’s written purchasing policies to ensure the staff has clear guidance as to when the Board of Aldermen must authorize a purchase in advance of the transaction.

Finally,  Alderman Klingerman announced that the City of Dardenne Prairie will be undertaking a careful review of the City’s Comprehensive Plan in general and the Uptown Zoning District in particular.  There has been almost no development in the Uptown Zoning District since its creation in 2007 and it is time for the City to examine the reasons.  Over the course of the next 12 months we will be seeking input from citizens, property owners, business owners, developers, real estate professionals and other subject matter experts to help the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Board of Aldermen to craft a revised Comprehensive Plan and to determine what, if any, changes should be made to zoning classifications and building codes.

The next Board of Aldermen meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 1, 2015.  The Workshop begins at 5:30 and the Regular meeting begins at 7:00.  Please come over to City Hall on July 1 and watch your City Government in action!

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Renaud Spirit Center Membership

Dardenne Prairie residents can now enjoy membership at the Renaud Spirit Center at drastically lower rates.  Recent discussions between the City of O’Fallon and the City of Dardenne Prairie have resulted in an agreement that will allow Dardenne Prairie residents the same rate O’Fallon residents receive for their RSC memberships.

The Renaud Spirit Center is a recreation and aquatic center located off of Hwy K in O’Fallon.  The facility has a gym, large fitness area, aerobics room, rental space and indoor leisure pool.  They also provide programming for all ages and abilities.  Check out their website for more information.  www.RenaudSpiritCenter.com.

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Announcing the Summer 2015 Music and Movie Schedule

2015 Summer Music and Movie Schedule

We are excited to present another fun summer of music and movies in the park.  Whatever your tastes, this year’s lineup will have something for everyone.  The season opens with Rickie Lee Tanner, a Nashville recording artist with Missouri roots.  Any country fan will surely enjoy his high energy show.  Several local favorites, such as Fresh Rain, Charlie Mann, Trilogy and Sunset Amusement will be hitting the Dardenne Prairie stage.  Their performances will include a variety of music including your classic oldies, popular covers and top 40.  Our big summer finale will include music by Plastic, an 80’s cover band.  The evening will include an 80’s costume contest with prizes awarded to the best dressed.

For the movie lovers, we have family favorites, Annie, Big Hero 6 and the Lorax.  Another fun addition this year will be our “Throw Back Thursday” movie nights featuring Parts 1 and 2 of the Back to the Future Series.  We hope you join us to see how our 2015 compares to Marty McFly’s 2015 in Back to the Future Part II.

Once again, the Knights of Columbus Council #2273 will run the concession stand at all events.  Proceeds from all concession sales will benefit local charities.  Various food trucks may also be available during some events. We encourage everyone to purchase concessions from our vendors, but if any food is brought in, please keep in mind that no glass bottles of any kind are allowed in the park.

We would like to thank our sponsor, Renewal Windows by Andersen.

 

June 6                         Rickie Lee Tanner (country)                  7 – 10 p.m.

June 20                       Fresh Rain  (Variety, Top 40)                 6 p.m. -  Dusk

Movie:  Annie(2014)                               Dusk

July 11                        Charlie Mann Band with City Lights   7 – 10 p.m.

(Classic Golden Oldies/Contemporary Style Duo)

July 18                        Trilogy (Variety)                                         6 p.m. – Dusk

Movie:  Big Hero 6                                     Dusk

August 1             Sunset Amusement (Popular Covers)    6 p.m. – Dusk

Movie:  The Lorax                                      Dusk

August 15           Plastic (80’s Cover Band)                              7 – 10 p.m.

#tbt (Throw Back Thursday) Movie Nights

July  9                          Back to the Future                                     Dusk

August  6             Back to the Future Part II                              Dusk

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The Mayor of Dardenne Prairie

Mayor Pam Fogarty resigned from the office of Mayor of Dardenne Prairie on May 8, 2015. In compliance with municipal code,  the President of the Board of Aldermen, Alderman David Zucker, stepped in as Acting Mayor until the Board of Aldermen could meet.

In a Special Board of Alderman Meeting, held May 20, 2015, the Board of Alderman unanimously appointed Alderman Zucker to the office of Mayor.

Mayor Zucker will remain in office until the April 5, 2016 election. The winner of the 2016 election will hold office until April 2017, which would have been the end of Mayor Fogarty’s term. In the April 2017 municipal election the office of Mayor will be on the ballot for a 4 year term, in keeping with the Municipal Codes of the City.

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Senior Events Offered by the City of Dardenne Prairie

The City of Dardenne Prairie will be offering several senior events this summer.  Events include on site and off site activities.  For more information on any of the following events, please contact the Parks and Recreation office at (636)755-5308.

Lunch & Games

Thursday, June 18th 

Door open at 11 a.m., Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.

$4 resident/$5 non-resident

 Join us for lunch with your friends, and then stay for games.  We have a few board games and cards on hand, or you can bring one of your favorites from home.  Fee includes, lunch, drinks and dessert.

 

 Lunch & Bingo

Thursday, July 23

Door open at 11 a.m., Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.

$4 resident/$5 non-resident

Enjoy lunch and Bingo with your friends at City Hall.  Catered lunch, drink, dessert, and Bingo prizes will be provided.

SPECIAL EVENTS AND BUS TRIPS 

Senior Fair

Friday, July 17, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 12 noon

FREE

Dardenne Prairie City Hall

 

Drop by City Hall on Friday morning, July 17th and visit with a variety of vendors featuring services for seniors and Baby Boomers.  This event is free and does not require reservations.

 

 

 

August Winery Adventure

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Depart at 10:15 a.m.

$45

(Pick-Up/Drop off will be at Shop-N-Save, Dardenne Prairie)

Enjoy a drive through the countryside along Highway 94 as we visit a couple of Missouri’s fine wineries near Augusta, Missouri.  This day trip will include transportation by Mid American coaches and some food.  Additional drinks or food must be purchased by attendees.

To reserve your space, please contact Melissa at the Parks office by calling, 636-755-5308 or by e-mailing, Melissa@dardenneprairie.org

Please make checks payable to City of Dardenne Prairie and mail to Dardenne Prairie City Hall, 2032 Hanley Road, Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368 by Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

 

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Local Participants Advance to the Sectional Pitch, Hit and Run Competition

It was a beautiful night for baseball at the Dardenne Athletic fields on Friday, April 17th, 2015.  We had a great group of boys come out and take advantage of the weather and compete in the Pitch, Hit and Run Competition.  The competition consists of 3 skill competitions.  The hitting is based on distance and accuracy off a tee.  The pitching scores are based on the number of times the child hits a target.  For running, the kids are timed from 2nd base to home plate.  Winners in each category for their age group and an overall top scorer for each age group will advance to the Sectional Competition in Chesterfield, MO on Saturday, May 9th.  Winners at the Sectional level have the opportunity to compete at Busch Stadium in early summer.

A special thanks to the Dardenne Athletic Association and our volunteers for making this event a success.

Boys Division Age 7/8

Name                       Pitching                  Hitting                  Running                      Overall

Jackson D.               75                                  102                          101                                278

Leo H.                     225                                 50                           192                               467

Levi P.                    50                                    50                           52                                    152

 

Boys Division Age 9/10

Name                    Pitching                      Hitting                  Running                    Overall

Cameron G.                    75                         156                          148                                   379

Jared H.                            225                         50                           153                                 428

Christopher H.                150                          106                          50                                   306

Austin M.                         150                           134                         118                                  402

Bradley W.                      75                              50                           102                                 227

 

Boys Division 11/12 

Name                        Pitching                     Hitting                Running                  Overall

Grady H.                          150                               50                           196                            396

Victor Q.                         375                            136                       442                           953

 

Boys Division  13/14

Name                       Pitching                       Hitting                Running                 Overall

Justin B.                      75                                     368                       145                                585

Nick M.                     150                                     110                         290                              550

 

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Scam Artist Warning!

Ameren would like to warn customers in Missouri and Illinois to be aware of scam artists who are using Ameren’s name illegally. 

Last year an estimated 1,400 Ameren customers were affected by phone scams totaling more than $23,000. The majority of scams reported to Ameren threatened disconnection of utility service unless a payment was made immediately from a pre-paid money card over the phone. Some thieves have even come right to customer doors. Ameren’s director of corporate security, Tim Reagan, told us “We’ve received reports of scam artists coming to homes and businesses suggesting that there are problems with electrical equipment. Scammers will demand payment for repairs that don’t exist. We never demand payment at a customer’s home or business.”

Ameren offers these tips against scammers:

  • Ameren never demands personal, account or financial information for immediate payment. Never give your credit card, debit card, Social Security, ATM, checking or saving account numbers to anyone who comes to your home, calls or sends an email requesting this information.
  • Ameren field employees do not accept payments.
  • Never let anyone into your home claiming to be from the utility unless they show proper Ameren badge identification.
  • Ameren never sends emails that include attachments, unless you’ve contacted us to specifically request information. Never open attachments unless you’ve contacted Ameren and are expecting to receive information.

Ameren continues to work with federal, state and local authorities to investigate utility scams. “We know how important it is to keep customers’ information safe and secure, and we appreciate any information they can provide to help eliminate these scams altogether,” said Reagan.

If you suspect someone is impersonating an Ameren employee, end the conversation and immediately call Ameren Missouri at 1.800.552.7583.

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Street Light Issues

If you would like to report a street light outage in your neighborhood, please note the number on the light and/or the address where the light is located. You will call either Ameren Missouri or Cuivre River Electric cooperative, depending on which covers your neighborhood.

Cuivre River
Call:  636-695-4700, Press “8” then press “4”, then you will speak with employee of Cuivre River
OR  636-695-4700 extension 220 and speak with Ronda

 

Ameren Missouri
Call:  1-800-552-7583, Press “2”, then press “4”, you will be connected with a “Customer Care Advisor”

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