Mayor Mike Potter presided over his final meeting of the Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen Monday night.
In attendance were O'Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy and St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano. Both men presented Potter with plaques commending his 12 years of service to the city of Lake Saint Louis.
Pagano commented that Lake Saint Louis had seen a 50 percent population growth during Potter's tenure. Also during that time, Lake Saint Louis was recognized by Money Magazine as one of top places to live in America.
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During his 12 years of outstanding service, Potter "earned the admiration and respect of his fellow leaders," Pagano said.
Hennessy said that Potter "took me under his wing." Hennessy said that Potter's impact on St. Charles County would reach "far beyond the term of his office."
"He will be missed, both professional and as a friend," Hennessy said.
Several Lake Saint Louis Aldermen also expressed their appreciation.
"I learned a lot from Mayor Potter," Kathy Schweikert said. She said that Potter had taken Lake Saint Louis from being just a bedroom community to having the thriving business community it has today. Because of that, she said, the property tax rate is actually lower in Lake Saint Louis than it was when Potter took office 12 years ago.
With Potter's departure, Alderman John Pellerito had some advice for the entire board.
"It’s all about compromise—what’s good for the entire city. Not individual people, or neighborhoods," Pellerito said. "We will miss Mike Potter. He kept the board on task and presented advice when needed without exerting mayoral power."
"Mike Potter was always looking to the future. We should take a lesson from that," Pellerito said.