Friday, March 15, 2013
George Rich is running for a two-year term on the Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen.
Name: George Rich Age: 74 Family: Linda, wife of 53 yrs., 3 children and 5 grandchildren Education: BS in Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana Occupation: Retired from McDonnell Douglas/Boeing Previous elected offices: Alderman Number of years living in Lake Saint Louis: 16 yrs. CANDIDATE QUESTIONS 1. What is the primary reason you are running for this office? Try to stop knee-jerk planning! Draft city plan to; - Beautify I-70/Dam retail area: trees, sidewalks, benches - Develop existing 35 acre nature Park west of Hawk Ridge; trails & wildlife viewing - Market LSL to attract new home owners & retail shops - Develop western part of the city (to Duello) 2. What will be your single most important priority if you …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
"It’s one of the most idiotic things I’ve seen this board do. I’ll go on record with that," said Ward 2 Alderman Kathy Schweikert.
At the last regular meeting of 2012, Lake Saint Louis Mayor Mike Potter put a slate of appointees for city boards and commissions in front of the board of aldermen for approval. The only appointment that failed to be approved was former alderman John Pellerito. Pellerito, who lost his Ward 3 seat to Richard Morris last year, was one of Potter's choices to sit on the city's Tree Board. When the time came for the motion to be made to approve the appointments, Ward 3 Alderman George Rich moved for all the appointments except for the tree board to be approved. When his omission was pointed out, Rich named the other Tree Board appointment, but left Pellerito out of the motion. "John is very qualified, and we need people," Potter said, but Rich …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Lake Saint Louis Ward 3 Alderman George Rich updates residents on city issues.
George’s Alderman Highlights Real Estate Assessments: A significant part of our city's income is from real estate taxes. The County gives us assessment data several times a year and we just got our latest data. Assessments fell about 1% from the values used in the current city budget. The final number in late September is expected to fall again because of re-assessments requested by owners. We must set the city rate for next year's tax bills in September. The current rate is 59 cents for the General Fund and 42 cents to pay off city bonds. When it was set up years ago, the bond fund assumed assessments would grow about 1 1/2% every year until 2024. Of course that hasn't happened. We have a small reserve in this fund. So, do we keep it at …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Lake Saint Louis Ward 3 Alderman George Rich discusses topics from the May 7 board meeting.
Lakeview Storm Water Proj.: This project will cost about $0.5M and deals with storm water from O'Fallon Hills (St. Charles County) to Newport Terrace, to Blue Cove, across LSL Blvd., down Lakeview, and into the lake. It involves re-routing some utility lines. In the past the utility company paid for any re-routing of lines on city right-of-way. A recent ruling of the Missouri Supreme Court says cities should pay. Cities all over Missouri are unhappy about this ruling. We will have to increase the budget for this project to conform to this ruling. This will require further work and agreements with the utility companies. Freymuth Road Improvement: The utility company wants money from the city; see above. If we don't start work on this …
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Aldermen George Rich posts highlights from the May 2 Lake Saint Louis board of aldermen meeting and work session.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Senior Advisory Committee: The BOA will investigate forming a Senior Advisory Committee. Several seniors have expressed interest in using their talents to help the city. Duties and responsibilities will be drafted and reviewed. What do you think? Liquor license: Lake Saint Louis is the last city in St. Charles County that prohibits convenience stores from selling liquor by the package. Convenience stores include filling stations like QT and Phillips 66. Convenience store owners asked the BOA to change the ordinances to allow sales of package liquor. Now they direct potential buyers to Dardenne Prairie or Wentzville and some stop shopping here. Police told us that selling package liquor in LSL would make no difference in the problems they…
Friday, April 1, 2011
Lake Saint Louis Alderman George Rich recaps the March 21 joint work session and Board of Aldermen meeting.
Friday, April 1, 2011
March 21, 2011 City Bonds & Taxes: Real estate taxes may have to go up to pay off outstanding city bonds. We have a general fund real estate tax rate of about 59 cents that we have talked about keeping constant. We also have been paying an additional bond real estate tax rate of about 40 cents ever since the ‘90s just to retire city bonds. This “bond” money is put in a separate account and can only be used to pay off bonds. The last bond was approved by you in 2006 as a “no bond tax rate increase.” The bond payments were structured under certain assumptions about the growth of total property values that proved too optimistic. So the 40 cents isn’t enough now. Seems like bankers weren’t the only ones wildly optimistic before the …
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The retired Boeing engineer and current alderman incumbent tells of his potential plans for Lake Saint Louis.
George Rich ran for alderman in 2009 due to his family's inspiration. "My grandchildren challenged me to quit complaining and do something to make things better," he explained in an email correspondence with Patch. "So I ran for alderman." He won the election and is running again this year for Ward III against newcomer Charles Koviak. Rich is a retired Boeing engineer who moved to Lake Saint Louis in 1997. He was president of the Hazelwood School District PTA as well as director of his Lake Saint Louis neighborhood's home owners association. Rich also served on the city Parks Board and was a member of the Veteran's Memorial Park committee. He described the campaign for his ward as ". . . very civil and focused on helping the city." Rich …
Monday, March 21, 2011
The Community Association Ambassadors, the Chamber and the City of Lake Saint Louis gave candidates a chance to answer questions.
Right after Newcomers' Night at the C.A. on Monday, March 14, the candidates for seats on the Board of Aldermen had the chance to introduce themselves and answer questions. In attendance was Ward I candidate Harry Slyman, Ward II candidate Kathy Schweikert, and Ward III candidates George Rich and Charles D. Koviak. Ward I candidate Eric Oman was not in attendance, and Kathy Schweikert is running unopposed. Lake Saint Louis Patch has already published a profile of candidate Charles D. Koviak. Look for profiles of the other candidates over the next two weeks.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Aldermen George Rich posts highlights from the Feb. 22 meeting.
Monday, February 28, 2011
February 22, 2011 Page Street Extension: There are plans afoot to “finish” the Page Street Extension by 2014. MODOT has put up half the money and the metropolitan Surface Transportation Program and County Road Board is trying to raise the rest. We will forego asking for $1 M to reconstruct Civic Center Dr. until next year and all St. Charles cities will forego asking for any new road money this year. Some intersections may not live up to Interstate standards but instead have stop lights. We should know by June if money is available to start work. With one side of the Blanchett Bridge closing in 2012 and the westbound Boone Bridge due for reconstruction, Page Street Extension is becoming ever more important to all of us. Property …
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Patch spoke with alderman candidate Charles Koviak to get the run down on his pre-election strategy.
As the first of an ongoing profile feature on the candidates on the April ballot, Lake Saint Louis Patch chose long-time resident Charles Koviak. Koviak is running for Ward 3 alderman against incumbent George Rich, but he's no stranger to the city. "I've been a resident of Lake Saint Louis since the late 1960's," Koviak said. When asked why he's decided to run for Alderman now he said, "It seems like the right time and place. The city's doing well but fresh blood never hurt. I don't want the city to come to a stalemate. I just feel there's always room for improvement." Right now Koviak's strategy is to become familiar with what the Board of Aldermen already faces in terms of challenges and goals, attending meetings with the plan to go …