Dellwood Focusing on Safety, Homes


The city of Dellwood, like other municipalities, has received a substantial federal grant from the American Relief Act. They have earmarked some of this grant money to provide individual grants for exterior home improvements. According to an announcement by Mayor Reggie Jones, homeowners can use the $1,000 grant for improvements including windows, screen doors, doors, gutters, painting and landscaping. Dellwood residents in owner occupied homes can sign up at a special page on the city website.

The city council also passed two ordinances dealing with quality of life issues in Dellwood. The first ordinance prohibits the use of golf carts, miniature vehicles, ATVs, and other recreational vehicles on city streets. While it seems to us that state law would already prohibit the use of any vehicle which is not “street legal”, at a minimum, the ordinance provides the city with an unambiguous, locally enforceable ordinance. The proliferation of these vehicles, and in particular, mini bikes intended for off-road use, has become a hazard throughout the area, especially on arterial roads.

The second ordinance prohibits outdoor cooking, bounce houses, and swimming pools, in front of houses and apartment buildings. Those who have no back yard may obtain a permit for those activities on designated holidays, subject to a plethora of restrictions. Good news is, if you wanted to have a Super Bowl party, that’s one of the designated holidays. Bad news is, if the Cardinals go to the World Series, there is no exception for baseball. These restrictions may seem petty, but one can hardly miss the difference in appearance between Dellwood, and adjoining unincorporated areas.

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Nick Kasoff
Nick Kasoff, the editor of The Ferguson Observer, is a tax professional, landlord, information systems consultant, Libertarian committeeman, and community activist. A Ferguson resident since 2005, he formed the Observer with the help of a strong crew of fellow volunteers, who shared his belief that a regular record of the events and musings of this community was of great importance.