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My Campaign Platform

February 10, 2013 0 Comments

trash service, david caldwell, creve city city councilMy campaign platform:

As editor of since 2007, I have worked to improve the interface between the Council and the residents of Creve Coeur. I have participated in many deliberations of the Council as a citizen spokesman. I have documented positions on many issues coming before the Council on the public record and through editorial comment. Following is a summary of positions on current and potential issues:

-          The residential character of Ladue Road should be affirmed and protected.

-          A new zoning ordinance for the east Olive corridor should be developed which encourages development and provides greater protections for adjoining residential properties than the gradual conversion to General Commercial which is occurring.

-          A “downtown” plan should be adopted which is flexible enough to attract development but not so intense as to create additional traffic problems.

-          Standards for medians, sidewalks, lighting, and landscaping on Olive should be developed and implemented. Any widening of Olive should be for turn lanes, bus stops, and other congestion reducing improvements- not for through traffic lanes.

-          Building codes should include reasonable, common-sense regulations to improve the integration of teardown-rebuild projects into the neighborhood and minimize stormwater problems.

-          Neither new construction nor home improvement projects should be required to install expensive rain gardens; the city should encourage and support (subsidize) the use of rain barrels.

-          No changes should be made to the Comprehensive (Land Use) Plan without full vetting by residents, particularly those in affected areas.

-          The property tax should be eliminated.

-          In the event revenues continue to exceed expenditures, sales taxes or utility taxes should be reduced

-          In the unlikely event that future revenues and cost reduction efforts fall short of a balanced budget, the range of options considered for submission to the voters should include reinstating the property tax, a parks tax, and a hotel tax. Generation of tax revenue should never be used as a rationale for approving retail projects.

-          The city surplus (reserves) should be reduced by debt reduction (retiring the MillenniumPark bonds) and by reducing the unfunded pension liability.

-          No Transportation Development Districts (TDD’s) should be approved without meeting higher standards (shorter term, lower tax rate, etc.) than those allowed by state law. TDD’s should provide guarantees of financing before approval. A provision for denial by voter petition should also be considered

-          Project accounting practices, including “after-action” reporting should be adopted to increase accountability and transparency.

-          Full-service (valet) trash pick-up should be continued city-wide. Leaf and limb services should not be reduced.

-          The golf course and ice rink should be maintained, but the subsidy should not exceed an amount commensurate with resident discounts provided.

-          The city should not pursue building a recreation center

-          FountainPark should be restored or sold.

-          The landscaping of the I-270 overpass should be transitioned to native species which require much less maintenance cost, with the savings earmarked for park maintenance.

-          The red-light camera program should be discontinued. The use of recurrent radar enforcement should be reevaluated.

-          The deer mitigation program should be amended to require unanimous concurrence of all property owners within 300 feet of the sponsoring property.

-          The city should not adopt a single family home inspection program.

-          A community foundation should be established for the purpose of fund-raising for public art, historic preservation, and other cultural projects.