Notice of Public Hearing

Notice of Public Hearing

The City of Dardenne Prairie is going to re-examine the usefulness of the Uptown Zoning District over the course of the next several months with the intent to retain, revise, reduce or eliminate it from the City’s Comprehensive Plan.  The City is considering whether to suspend new development within the Uptown Zoning District while the re-examination takes place. The City invites you to share your opinion on this subject.

Notice is hereby given that the City of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, will conduct a Public Hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, August 12, 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, August 19, 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.

You are welcome to attend and be heard at the public hearings.

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Shine a Light on City Government 7/21/2015

Friends & Neighbors

I am very pleased to report that the fountain in City Hall Park has been repaired and is working like new!  Until late last week we were not able to operate the fountain because of a structural leak in the concrete basin which made it impossible to retain water.  Our Building and Grounds Superintendent and crew, assisted by Alderman John Gotway, discovered the leak and repaired it.  By doing the work “in-house” we saved the tax payers about $16,000 in additional costs based on several quotes from contractors.  Many thanks to Bob Easley, John Gotway and the crew!

The Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen met in workshop and regular session on Wednesday, July 17.  Here are the highlights:

The Board enacted an ordinance establishing stop signs and speed limits in BaratHaven.  Police are now empowered to write tickets for violations.  Signs have been posted for years, most likely by the developer, but were never authorized by the City.  An ordinance establishing a no parking zone on Dardenne Woods Drive was enacted as a safety measure for traffic turning north from Feise Road.  An ordinance was passed placing a yield sign at the intersection of Dardenne Landing Court and Dardenne Woods Drive, also for safety.  Some BOA meetings are more exciting than others.

Public Hearing.

The Board held a Public Hearing concerning the proposal to place a moratorium on issuing development and construction permits in the Uptown Zoning District.  The City is taking a look at the Uptown Zoning District and its building restrictions to determine if the Uptown District should be retained, revised, reduced, or eliminated.  While that process is underway it seems desirable to let the world know that changes may be on the way.  People who may otherwise plan to invest lots of money for engineering and architectural work necessary to meet the rigorous standards of the Uptown District may choose to wait to see what changes, if any, the City makes.  One couple who own property in the Uptown Zone objected to any moratorium on the grounds that it might scare off potential buyers of their land.  It was noted that their property had been for sale for 9 or 10 years.  The Uptown Zone has been in place for 8 years and during that period only three projects have been undertaken:  City Hall; St. William Apartments, and the Town Square Apartments being built behind Target and JC Penney’s.  Such lack of development over 8 years suggests the building code and Uptown concept may be a barrier, especially when one sees the growth of new businesses in Wentzville, Lake St. Louis and O’Fallon.  The Public Hearing was continued to August 19th after Planning & Zoning holds its hearing on the same subject.  All citizens are invited to participate.

Meanwhile, the review of the Uptown Zoning District will continue.  We will publish a schedule of informal and formal meetings to be held over the course of the next few months to hear the views of the residents of Dardenne Prairie, property owners in and adjacent to the Uptown Zoning District, developers, realtors, business owners, and other subject matter experts.  While it may be easy to criticize the Uptown Zoning District’s restrictive building code, if the City were to make changes what would take its place?  That is the real challenge facing our residents and City government.  What do we want the City to become or to look like?  I invite all interested citizens to take part in this extended public discussion about the future of Dardenne Prairie.

BaratHaven CID.

Residents of BaratHaven are encouraged to step forward as candidates for appointment to the Board of Directors of the BaratHaven Community Improvement District.  Three of the five seats are available.  If you are a resident or property owner of BaratHaven you are eligible for appointment.  I urge those interested in looking after the interests of BaratHaven residents to contact me at City Hall for more information.  Appointments will be made in August and are subject to approval by the Board of Aldermen.


The Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a Back-to-School Fair at Morningstar Church on Saturday August 1 from 8:00 AM to Noon.

The City has rescinded the policy of charging a security deposit for rental of park pavilions and meeting rooms.  Rental fees still apply but the separate security deposit is history.

The City will accept payment for  rental of facilities by credit card as well as by check or cash;  we will add a convenience fee to credit card charges.

The next Music and Movie event at City Hall Park is scheduled for August 1: Sunset Amusement band will play from 6:00 PM to dusk, followed by the movie, The Lorax.

The next Board of Aldermen meeting is Wednesday, August 5, 2015, starting at 5:30 PM.  Come see your City Government at work.

“Shine a Light on City Government”

Mayor, City of Dardenne Prairie, MO

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Shine a Light on City Government 07/05/2015

Friends & Neighbors,

Happy Independence Day to All!

The Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen met in Workshop and Regular Meetings on July 1, 2015.  Here are the highlights of those meetings.

The New Ward 1 Alderman, Elliott Stipes attended his first meeting and took his oath of office in front of family and friends.  Welcome, Elliott, to City Government!

The BOA re-enacted an ordinance requiring public officials to file a financial disclosure document to help guard against financial conflicts of interest.  The ordinance was first enacted in 2013 and must be renewed every two years, according to Missouri law.

Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Bob Easley reported on the progress of repairing the fountain at City Hall Park.  Last year the fountain was shut down because the electrical and mechanical parts of the water pump had become corroded and inoperable.  The BOA authorized repairs to the pump system this spring.  Once those repairs were completed the fountain was filled with water and the pump was activated.  Water drained out of the fountain in a matter of hours.  After some investigation we discovered the original construction of the fountain was defective, shortening the useful life of the waterproof barrier installed to seal the concrete structure.  That barrier sprung a leak this spring.  Our crew removed the barrier (not an easy task!), discovered the structural flaw and proceeded to seal the crack in the concrete.  Our next step is to apply a new waterproof barrier.  The City has received multiple quotes to perform the work ranging from about $24,000 to about $10,000.  The cost of the material, if purchased directly is about $3500.  With the consent of the BOA the City will undertake to apply the waterproof barrier using City employees and volunteer help.  In that regard I want to commend Alderman John Gotway for lending his experience and time and labor to fix the fountain and to save the taxpayers several thousand dollars in the process.

Some people have asked if we intend to sue for damages for the structural defects in the fountain.  I made the decision, in consultation with the BOA, not to pursue legal action.  Our damages are modest and the cost of legal fees would equal or exceed any recovery.  The passage of time since the construction was completed is problematic.  Finally, in order to preserve our strongest case we would need to delay the repair of the fountain until much later this year.  In my judgment, the need to restore the fountain to use this summer outweighed the possibility of some monetary recovery in the distant future.

The BOA received a report from the City Engineer regarding some construction projects previously approved by the Board.  One project in particular illustrates the importance of citizen involvement in City Government.  The BOA authorized a project to install a pedestrian crosswalk, with a light signal, at the intersection of Feise Road and Dardenne Landing to enhance safety for children walking to Prairie View Elementary School.  When the City Engineer drafted plans he noticed a problem with the intersection created by a slight rise and a guard rail along the north side of Feise.  Cars exiting Dardenne Landing must pull to a stop line several feet past the stop sign in order to see east bound traffic on Feise.   Placing a crosswalk at that point would compound the problem.  The Board and the City Engineer discussed several alternatives for placement of the crosswalk.  Fortunately, there were three people in attendance who walk or drive their children to Prairie View Elementary School.  Their observations were very helpful to the Board in coming to a decision as to which location to select.  Citizen input is very valuable to us!

Our Parks and Recreation Specialist, Melissa Nordmann reported on the Salvation Army Tree of Lights program.  The City is exploring the possibility of conducting the TOL ceremony at Town Square instead of at City Park.  There are a lot of people who need to sign off on that change, so we won’t know for a while if the change is going to be made.

Over the next 10-12 months, the City is going to undertake a review of the Uptown Zoning District and the building code that goes along with it.  Since the Uptown District was created in 2007 only three projects have been approved:  City Hall; St. Williams Apartments; and the Town Square Apartments being built behind Target and JC Penney’s.  We will be looking at whether the Uptown Zoning District and building code ought to be retained, modified, or repealed.   Watch for further news on this review.

Planning & Zoning meets on July 8, at 7:00 PM.  The Board of Aldermen meet on July 15, starting at 5:30.  Please come to City Hall and watch your City Government in action.

“Shine a Light on City Government”

Mayor,   City of Dardenne Prairie, MO

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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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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.

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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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Shine a Light on City Government 06/17/15

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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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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