Water Boil Advisory

Due to a water main break on Donnelly Street, the City is required to issue a precautionary boil water advisory to the affected residents who lost pressure. You will be notified when the Boil Water advisory is lifted. If you have any questions, please call 636-586-2499 or 314-985-8197. We appreciate your patience while we do this work.

Flood Management Plan – Corps of Engineers Update

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Corps of Engineers to host public meeting for Upper Joachim Creek Floodplain Management Plan

ST. LOUIS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, will host a public meeting to present the draft findings of the Upper Joachim Creek Floodplain Management Plan on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at De Soto High School, 815 Amvets Drive, De Soto, MO 63020, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

The meeting will include an overview of the Upper Joachim Creek Floodplain Management Plan, including preliminary findings and recommendations. After the presentations, subject-matter experts from the National Weather Service, United States Geological Survey, State Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, and the Corps of Engineers will be available to answer your questions.

“The Corps of Engineers and our partners are committed to enhancing public safety,” said Col. Bryan Sizemore, St. Louis District commander. “This floodplain management plan will provide the community with flood damage reduction strategies that consider a wide variety of mitigation alternatives.”

The floodplain management plan considers primary strategies to modify human susceptibility to flood damage and disruption through floodplain and floodwater management recommendations such as land use regulations, flood risk awareness and communication, flood damage reduction measures informed by a partial nonstructural assessment, as well as potential funding sources for implementing the recommendations.

When comparing FEMA’s 2006 Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and the draft 2019 updated FIRMs, the overall watershed shows a nearly 30% increase in the 1-percent Annual Chance of Exceedance (ACE) floodplain.  Of the total 2,127 acres (2019 FIRMs), 375 acres (17.6%) are within the De Soto city limits. 

To view the Upper Joachim Creek Floodplain Management Plan, please visit https://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/Missions/Programs-Project-Management/Joachim-Creek/

Occupancy Inspections starting January 1st , 2019

Starting January 1st, anytime a structure changes occupancy the owner/authorized representative will be required to apply for an occupancy inspection. The Occupancy fee for the City of De Soto is $30, this fee includes up to three inspections, thereafter a fee of $30 will be charged for each additional inspection to be paid prior to the time of re-inspection.

Additional information will be available soon concerning the processes and forms that will be required.

Identity Theft, Don’t be a victim

More and more our office encounters citizens who have become a victim of identity theft.  We want this year and into the next to become identity theft free so here is some information that we think you will find useful and help prevent you from being the next victim.

Identity theft is the crime of misusing someone’s personal information to fraudulently set up bank accounts and credit facilities without that person’s knowledge. Someone else pretends to be you to obtain credit, take out a loan, open an account, set up services or obtain identification.

Identity thieves can obtain your personal information in several ways:

  • “Dumpster diving” – going through your trash looking for information
  • Stealing your mail
  • Stealing your wallet or purse
  • “Skimming” your debit or credit card numbers – stealing through a data storage device like an ATM or actual transaction
  • “Phishing” – sending an email or calling on the telephone falsely claiming to be a legitimate company, agency, bank or organization in order to entice potential victims to divulge personal information
  • Obtaining your credit report – posing as an employer or landlord
  • “Business record theft” – stealing hard files, hacking into electronic files or bribing an employee for access to files
  • Diverting your mail to another location – filling out a “change of address” form
  • “Pharming” – rerouting you to a copycat website when you type in a legitimate bank or e-commerce website in order to obtain your personal information

Most people discover their identifying information has been stolen when they apply for credit, such as a loan or credit card, and get denied. Some discover charges on their credit card or debit card they don’t remember making. Other red flags may be your credit card bills or other mail stops coming, you find something incorrect on your credit report, a debt collector calls about a debt you don’t owe and didn’t know about or you are wrongly accused of a crime.

There are several things you can do to prevent having your identity stolen:

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You also can email (consumer@ago.mo.gov) the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division if you have questions.

  • Use a paper shredder to destroy financial documents or other documents with personal information
  • Don’t carry your social security card with you or write it on a check. Place the card in a safe place, only give it out when absolutely necessary and ask to use another identifier for accounts
  • Change your passwords every 60 days and make them “strong” (more difficult to “crack”) by using a combination of uppercase, lower case, numbers and symbols. Avoid using your birthdate, mother’s maiden name, last four digits of your social security number or other obvious identifying words or numbers
  • Order a free copy of your credit report from each of the three credit bureaus each year: Experian, Transunion and Equifax. It contains information about what credit accounts have been opened in your name, as well as where you live and work, how you pay your bills, if you’ve been sued, arrested or filed for bankruptcy. You are entitled to one free report each year from each of the three major bureaus
  • Watch your billing cycles closely. If a bill is late, check with your creditors to see why it has not arrived; and watch for any unauthorized charges or unexpected account statements
  • Have your mail sent to a post office box or get a locking mailbox. Also take outgoing mail to the post office
  • Only use a secure connection on the internet when sending credit card numbers or other personal information. The cite should begin with “https” with “s” meaning “secure”
  • Use virus protection and a firewall program to prevent your computer from being accessed by others, and keep them up to date. Don’t download files or click on links from unknown sources; instead type in a web address you know. Also, unplug your Internet when you’re not using it
  • Keep your personal information in a secure place at home, especially if you have roommates, employ outside help or are having work done at your house
  • Opt out of pre-approved credit card offers and receive fewer solicitations at home by calling 888-567-8688 or visiting www.optoutprescreen.com

If you believe you are a victim of identity theft, here are the steps initially you should follow;

Contact your banking institutions and credit card companies, inform them that you believe your identity has been compromised.

Print these two forms   1. Identity Theft Incident Report  &  2.  Identity Theft Complaint Form

Go to Annual Credit Report Website and print your credit reports

Bring all the above listed forms with you to the Police Department to file the report.

The Police Officer will provide you with additional information from there.

The most important thing to remember is that “if it sounds too good to be true, most likely it is too good to be true”.

Also check FTC for more info and resources…

City Clerk and faithful employee of 47 years says Farewell

Arlene Burt, City Clerk for the City of De Soto and faithful employee for more than 47 years is saying farewell to the City of De Soto and Hello to retirement.  You will be missed, enjoy!!

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June 30, 2014 is Arlene’s last day before she begins her new journey into retirement.  Congrats Arlene on your retirement and hears to many more. Taking Arlene’s place as the City Clerk is Ann Baker. Photos taken by Ted Howell