Lake Saint Louis officials are close to authorizing the installation of a new water feature at Veterans Memorial Park, 200 Civic Center Drive, as promised to voters in 2013.
The water feature is actually a small stream that will be about 30 feet long and 40 feet wide and will flow over an elevated portion of ground at the memorial, located near city hall.
Darren Noelken, LSL parks and recreation director, said the feature, when installed, will utilize a nearby water detention basin and recirculate water through the stream. The feature is meant to complement the veterans memorial.
“It adds to the aesthetics of the site, perhaps helping people reflect,” Noelken said.
The park, a joint project between the city and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10350, includes a display of flags for each of the country’s armed services. Services are held at the site on Veterans and Memorial days.
Originally, the city had hoped to have the water feature installed by Memorial Day; however, Noelken said the delay in awarding the bid now may make it difficult to have the water feature installed and operating by then.
The fountain is expected to cost about $50,000 and is one of a number of parks projects funded by a half-cent sales tax (Proposition P) approved by voters in August 2013. Voters approved Prop P by a four-vote margin – 476 votes in favor and 472 votes against.
City officials said at the time of the election that the sales tax was expected to generate an extra $1.3 million annually to the city. About $900,000 of that funding each year is being used to supplement the city’s funds for street improvements, including reconstructing a portion of Lake Saint Louis Boulevard and additional paving in other areas of the city.
The remaining funds generated by the sales tax are being used to pay for park improvements including new playground equipment, replacing playing lights at Founder’s Park, and restroom improvements, a parking lot, and the water feature at Veterans Memorial Park.
The proposition included a sunset clause that would cause the increase to expire after 10 years unless voters later agreed to extend the collection of the sales tax.
The city’s Board of Aldermen is likely to discuss the water feature at a work session on April 6, after presstime, and could vote to authorize its installation at the board’s regular meeting immediately following the work session. For updated information, visit this article online at midriversnewsmagazine.com.