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Extending Des Peres Park Sales Tax To Be On April Ballot

Current tax set to expire February 2020

January 12, 2018
The Des Peres Board of Aldermen on Monday approved putting a measure on the April 3 ballot to extend the one-half of one percent sales tax for the parks and recreation department.

The tax is due to expire in February 2020 when the last outstanding bonds for The Lodge Des Peres are retired.

"Everybody would agree that the Lodge has been a huge success," said Mayor Rick Lahr. "It opened in 2003 and is still going strong."

Besides maintaining the Lodge, the tax would be used for operations and maintenance of the other city parks.

Rules For Overhanging Vegetation

The board also unanimously passed a bill establishing minimum clearances for vegetation obstructing public rights of way.

Trees, bushes, plants, vines or other vegetation must be 7 feet above sidewalks and 16 feet above streets.

Public Works Director Steve Meyer said the existing ordinance dated back to 1992 and required a minimum clearance of 10 feet above the street.

"Over the years, trucks have gotten taller," he said. "Waste Connections' trash trucks are 14 feet tall.

"The biggest U-Haul trucks are 11 feet tall and semi-trailers are 13 feet tall," he said, "Even school buses are 10 to 11 feet tall, so the present clearance of 10 feet isn't enough."

While the city trims city-owned street trees to a higher clearance, this ordinance also applies to privately-owned trees that extend over the road.

"This allows our staff to trim them, making it safe for trucks to get through," Meyer said.

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