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Parks bond issue to be on St. Peters’ ballot in August

St. Peters voters will be asked to approve a $12 million no-tax increase bond issue this August to fund a new city aquatic park, a golf course clubhouse and other park improvements.

The city’s Board of Aldermen voted 8-0 at its April 28 meeting to place the bond issue on the Aug. 2 ballot.  Once there, state law will require more than a simple majority vote for approval. Missouri law requires a “supermajority” vote to approve general obligation bond issues.  Either a two-thirds [66.67 percent] or four-sevenths [57.14 percent] majority vote is required for passage depending on when the election is held.

The St. Peters bond issue will require a four-sevenths majority vote to pass.

The two major projects the bond issue would fund, if approved by voters, include:

• a $3.5 million aquatic center on a former athletic field just south and almost directly across Mexico Road from the city’s Rec-Plex complex

• a $5.7 million golf and banquet center to be located at 200 Salt Lick Road, just south of Interstate 70.

The board has been discussing the proposals since January and approved a resolution on Feb. 11 stating that the city planned to reimburse itself from the sale of the bonds for capital expenditures and studies needed to develop a $10 million bond issue. Since the resolution was passed, the project’s description was altered and bonds to be issued increased to $12 million.

In recent months, city officials have looked at two separate studies – one for the aquatic center, the other for the golf course.

The aquatic center study, conducted by Westport Pools, includes a design that features an eight-lane competition pool, a “lazy river,” a splash pad for children, a one-meter diving board, two deck slides and a beach in addition to shade areas, a party pavilion and a bathhouse. The center has been likened to an outdoor “community center,” city officials have said. If voters approve the bond issue, the aquatic center project could be completed in 2018.

The golf and banquet center study, by Powers Bowersox Associates, Inc., would provide a state-of-the-art facility to support golf course operations as well as recreational and community events.  The proposal would include space for storing golf carts, new banquet facilities with seating 350 people, expanded parking, kitchen improvements, covered space for golf events, and patio and deck space.  The present facility, located at 200 Salt Lick Road, would be demolished to make way for the new facilities.

The bond issue comes after heavy rain in December caused Dardenne Creek that borders the golf course to flood.  Floodwaters left at least $450,000 in damages to holes.  The city has conducted repairs and the course is open.

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