Summer 2021 Edition
Greetings Chesterfield Residents!
I would like to congratulate incumbent Council Members Barbara McGuinness and Dan Hurt on their re-elections and welcome newly elected Council Members Aaron Wahl and Gary Budoor to the Chesterfield City Council. I would also like to thank the many individuals who worked very hard in support of my re-election, and I am both humbled and honored to continue to serve as your Mayor.
Corona-virus and City Finances
I am happy that we are where we are regarding vaccinations, reduced infection rates, and the relaxation of restrictions in our daily lives! Going back less than a year and a half ago, who would have thought that our Country (and our world) would have experienced the disruption to our lives that has been so frustrating and challenging? I think we all deserve a pat on the back for persevering the pandemic and the resulting fallout! I also encourage you to support our local businesses as much as possible.
As a municipal government, Chesterfield has endured and rolled with the punches as best we could. Along the way, we have received, along with most other municipalities, financial help. That assistance, along with our prior fiscal conservancy, has enabled us to maintain a secure financial posture. Late last year, the City of Chesterfield received $3.265 million in Federal Cares Act funds. This relief was distributed based on population and was intended to partially offset the City’s expenses in responding to the pandemic. The City is anticipating $8.7 million of additional Federal relief from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, should also be received. Suffice it to say that there is no plan or need for the City to consider any tax increase in the near/foreseeable future. That said, we are hopeful that the Missouri Legislature will pass what is generally referred to as “Wayfair Legislation,”. This legislation will help to level the playing field for brick and mortar businesses by closing the loophole that allows online sellers to avoid the sales taxes that are required from our local businesses. If passed by the legislature, it would be put on a local ballot for Chesterfield residents to approve.
The Staenberg Group is still negotiating with Macy’s and Dillard’s as to their intended participation in the future re-development of the Chesterfield Mall property. Until these negotiations are concluded, development progress is in a holding pattern.
Wildhorse Village (surrounding the lake across from the YMCA and library) is progressing at an impressive pace, with the owner occupied residential components leading the way in the northwest and southwest corners of the development. Signs point to continued progress throughout the project, while leasing at Wildhorse Apartments (co-located with Ruth’s Chris Restaurant) is already more than one third complete.
Congratulations to newly appointed Municipal Judge Mark Gaertner and re-appointed Prosecuting Attorney Tim Englemeyer, who, along with retiring Municipal Judge Rick Brunk have served our municipal court admirably over a long period of time. My hat is off too each of these dedicated professionals!
Re-opening of facilities and restaurants
As we move into the summer months, I look forward to seeing you out and about in our parks and on our trails, please feel free to ask questions, make comments, or simply say hello!
Mayor Bob Nation