The Fenton Board of Aldermen on Feb. 28 adopted a new policy regarding rentals of the city’s RiverChase Recreation Center.

To ensure space is available for residents’ use, no future rentals will be allowed for events, services or programs that are repetitious, or competitive, to those offered by city staffers. Additionally, except for city-sponsored events and activities, facility rentals won’t be permitted for people that desire to use the facility to sell services or products unless permits are approved.

The new policy also stipulates that individuals or groups desiring to rent RiverChase more than two times within a 12-month period must apply for a new permit with Fenton City Administrator Lisa Peck at least 15 days prior to the proposed rental date.

Park Purchases

Also at the same board meeting, aldermen approved the $150,000 purchase of new playground equipment for Valiant Park, 1268 Larkin Williams Road, from Lake Saint Louis-based Hutchinson Recreation & Design, Inc.

Additionally, the $91,640 purchase of a new, underground irrigation system for the Fenton City Park’s ball fields and Heroes’ Memorial, 1215 Larkin Williams Road, was approved at the meeting. The winning bidder among four respondents was Fenton-based Lawn Systems, Inc. The contract calls for completing the installation of the new irrigation system by March 29.

New Parks & Rec Supervisor

Stephanie Mata has been hired as a new supervisor within the Fenton Parks and Recreation Department. She formerly worked in the parks and recreation department in Cape Girardeau.

Mata’s background includes managing softball, basketball and baseball leagues for both youth and adults. She has experience in special event planning, as well as managing facilities, concessions and staffs.

She replaces Adam Bode, the former supervisor for adult/youth sports.

A new parks and recreation director is still being sought for the department.

Uthoff Valley “Sock Crew” Collects For Homeless

A proclamation was presented on Feb. 28 to three Uthoff Valley Elementary fourth grade students by Mayor Josh Voyles for launching a sock drive to donate socks to Rockwood School District families in need, as well as Making A Difference, a regional nonprofit that assists homeless individuals.

Fenton Designated Purple Heart City

Another proclamation was adopted on Feb. 28 to signify Fenton as a Purple Heart city. This designation was given by Missouri’s Military Order of the Purple Heart representatives in appreciation of local veterans and as a reminder to the community regarding the selfless sacrifices made by servicemen and women.

“This is a day that will go down in history,” said Sydney Staton, a Fenton resident and Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service deputy representative, who explained that people have been working to connect cities and establish Purple Heart Trails across the United States for the past 30 years.

He said the Purple Heart originally was called the Military Badge Of Merit in 1782. It was presented for outstanding performance and going above and beyond the call of duty.

“It’s heartwarming to have the appreciation expressed in this meaningful way,” said Staton, who said there was a 240-member American Legion chapter in Fenton.

He encouraged everyone to stop by the American Legion Post 400, 2 Gravois Road, to see the memorial wall and “faces of freedom.”

Military Order of the Purple Heart representatives presented the city with a commemorative plaque, and a purple heart supporter pin was given to all board members.

“No Cents For Each $100”

Like in the past four decades, Fenton residents will not be charged municipal taxes on personal property, residential or commercial real estate.

Fenton aldermen once again established the 2019 municipal tax rate at “no cents for each $100 for all real and personal property” at a Feb. 28 board meeting, a step that eliminates the collection of those select taxes. The city’s residents still pay St. Louis County taxes on their properties.