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Mid Rivers Newsmagazine 5-24-17

Local news, local politics and community events for St. Charles County Missouri.

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8 I NEWS I May 24, 2017 MID RIVERS NEWSMAGAZINE Fitness with Friends www.stpetersmo.net/rec-plex 636-939-2386 @MIDRIVERSNEWS MIDRIVERSNEWSMAGAZINE.COM Rec-Plex Activities Camps Rec-Plex Sports Camps Art Experience Camps Sign Up Now at the St. Peters Rec-Plex MRN-Header05.24.17.indd 1 5/17/17 11:56 AM news briefs O’FALLON New Ward 3 councilmember sworn in At its May 11 meeting, the O’Fallon City Council approved the appointment of Dale Kling to fill a vacancy created last month after Rick Battelle [Ward 3] resigned his seat. Kling was sworn into office following the council’s approval. He will serve a term expiring in April 2019. A resident of Winghaven, Kling has lived in O’Fallon for five years and previously resided in Innsbrook, Missouri. Kling served in the U.S. Air Force and is retired from Boeing. He is president of the Winghaven Residential Owners’ Association. He listed quality of life and economic growth as two issues important to him in council work. “The residents of Ward 3, please know this: my responsibility is to advocate your interests. I know that I’m responsible and accountable to you,” Kling said after taking the oath of office. Over the next 60 days, Kling said he plans to reach out and introduce himself to the residents of his ward. Kling added that he looks forward to the opportunity to work with a city council that has the best interest of O’Fallon residents as its focus. “I’m enthused and I’m anxious to partner and join in their quest to do what’s right for the future of this great city,” he said. “We all have that as a common goal.” Battelle announced his resignation at the council’s April 20 meeting, citing family reasons and the need to devote himself “more fully to the other parts of my life at this time.” His resignation was effective April 27. “I’m proud of what has been accomplished during the six years of my service,” Battelle said at the April 20 meeting. “I deeply appreciate the trust placed in me.” ST. PETERS Interior construction to begin at The Shoppes at Mid Rivers Exterior construction of the $54 million The Shoppes at Mid Rivers in St. Peters is nearly complete, with concrete block and tilt-up walls in place despite weeks of rainy weather. Vertical construction began in February and is on schedule, despite inclement weather throughout the spring. Crews install outer walls at The Shoppes at Mid Rivers in St. Peters earlier this year. [Knoebel Construction photo] The mall buildings will be under roof by June 1, with interior construction and build-out of all tenant stores scheduled to begin in early June. The 270,000-square-foot shopping center, developed by GBT Realty Corp. of Brentwood, Tenn., includes 14 buildings on 28 acres just north of Interstate 70, across from Mid Rivers Mall. Confirmed tenants include Academy Sports + Outdoors, Burlington Coat Factory, Ross, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Ulta Beauty, Five Below and Famous Footwear. Aspen Dental will be located on one of the site’s four outparcels. Knoebel Construction, Inc., of Chesterfield, is the project’s general contractor, the largest mall to be built in St. Charles County since 2008. Knoebel divided the work into several sub-projects with separate management teams to meet an expedited schedule. GBT’s goal is to complete the mall by fall, in time for the holiday shopping season. St. Peters invites more input on construction projects The city of St. Peters will host an open house on June 1 to allow the public to view designs for two projects to be financed by a $12 million bond issue that city voters approved last August. The open house will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Peters Golf Course, 200 Salt Lick Road, just south of Interstate 70. The bond issue included $3.5 million to build the aquatic center on an athletic field just south of the city’s Rec-Plex complex off Mexico Road, and $5.7 million for a new St. Peters Golf and Banquet Center at the course’s present location on Salt Lick Road. City voters approved the bond issue on Aug. 2 with 7,241 votes in favor or 65.82 percent and 3,761 votes against or 34.18 percent. The bond issue required 57.14 percent majority vote to pass. Residents of nearby subdivisions Carrington Place and Dardenne Estates questioned whether the city informed them properly about the impact of park improvements on their homes. They also said they had no input into planning for the project. City officials said they would include more resident input in specific plans for the center and golf course improvements. Earlier studies suggested an aquatic center with an eight-lane completion pool, “lazy river,” splash pad and other improvements. Proposed golf course and banquet center improvements included new banquet facilities, expanded parking, more space for storing golf carts, kitchen improvements and covered space for golf events. The present facility would be demolished, according to previous plans. ST. CHARLES COUNTY Extreme sports enthusiasts gather for skateboarding event The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Go Skateboarding Day event on Wednesday, June 21 from noon-5 p.m. at the Youth Activity Park in Dardenne Prairie. Over the years, this event has developed into one of the region’s largest national Go Skateboarding Day celebrations, set in the state’s largest outdoor skate park. It features competitions, demonstrations and product giveaways.

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