Thursday, April 18, 2013
Mayor Mike Potter took his final bow to applause and appreciation for seeing his city through a period of incredible growth.
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. READ MORE: Money Magazine Lists Lake Saint Louis in Best Places to Live 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 …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Ralph Sidebottom was sworn in as mayor after winning the April 2 race against incumbent Mike Potter.
Lake Saint Louis has a new mayor and an empty Ward 1 seat on the Board of Aldermen. Ralph Sidebottom was sworn in as mayor after winning the April 2 race against incumbent Mike Potter. READ MORE: Sidebottom Unseats Potter as Lake Saint Louis Mayor by Twelve Votes Also sworn in were Ward 1 Alderman Tony Zito, Ward 2 Alderman Kathy Schweikert and Ward 3 Alderman John Pellerito. Sidebottom began his term with a few notes to the board about procedure and punctuality. "I ask everyone to please use your clicker," he said, referring to a computerized system where the aldermen click a remote to place themselves in a queue to speak. "No cross-talk. Speak when you're recognized, or I will rule you out of order if you speak out of turn." Earlier in…
Friday, April 5, 2013
The Lake Saint Louis Farmers Market, now in its second year at The Meadows, is set to open April 6 at 8 a.m. This year, the market is looking to bring in local wineries and microbreweries.
Spring is here, and the Lake Saint Louis Farmers and Artists Market at The Meadows will open for the season on Saturday. This year, the market is hoping to bring in a new addition: local wineries and microbreweries. Carl Saunders, a director on the board of the nonprofit that organizes the event, attended the Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen work session March 25 to request the board's assistance in allowing liquor sales at the market this year. "I was approached by a couple different wineries interested in coming to the market," Saunders told the board. The market would only include wineries and microbreweries inside a 100-mile radius, keeping the local flavor of the market intact. Saunders estimated there were 10 to 12 wineries and …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Pellerito will return to the board after losing his seat a year ago.
The newcomer to the Ward 3 seat on the Lake Saint Louis board of aldermen is a familiar face—former Ward 3 alderman John Pellerito. Pellerito, who lost his seat on the board to Richard Morris in last year's election, won the election with 255 votes. Incumbent George Rich got 207 votes and challenger Patricia Van Thull got 167 votes. Pellerito has also served on the the Lake Saint Louis Park Board, Tree Board and Environmental committee. He championed the city's smoking ban and the Boulevard Park rain garden and bioretention basin. In Lake Saint Louis Ward 1, incumbent Tony Zito won his race handily, with 409 votes to Larry DeGroodt's 194 votes and Eric Oman's 66 votes. In Ward 2, Kathy Schweikert ran unopposed and retains her seat.
Monday, March 18, 2013
The convenience store would be located in the Schnuck's development west of Lake Saint Louis Boulevard.
A public hearing will be held at Monday night's Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen meeting for a site plan review and special use permit for a Huck's. The gas station and convenience store development, which would be known as Huck's Lake Saint Louis, would be on a 1.99-acre lot located in the Schnuck's development, southeast of Civic Center Drive, west of Lake Saint Louis Boulevard and north of I-64. Also on the agenda for the 7 p.m. regular meeting are public hearings for: The board will hear a second reading on a bill for a new half-cent sales tax that will provide funds for parks improvements. READ MORE: Lake Saint Louis Decides to Put Half Cent Sales Tax on August Ballot On the agenda for the 5:30 p.m. public work session earlier in …
Monday, March 4, 2013
The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen will continue to discuss the new capital improvement sales tax at their work session Monday.
At Monday's night's meeting of the Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen, the board plans another discussion of a proposed capital improvement sales tax at their 5:30 p.m. work session. The ordinance to place the issue on the August ballot will receive a first reading at the 7 p.m. regular meeting. Patch talked to St. Charles County Election Authority Director Rich Chrismer about the potential cost of the election to the city. Chrismer said that if Lake Saint Louis is the only city in St. Charles County with an election, it could cost the city as much as $50,000. "We won't know for sure until May 28—the last day to certify," Chrismer said. "Having more cities involved in the election drops the proportion that each city pays." Chrismer said …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The board of aldermen agreed that the tax needed a sunset clause.
At Tuesday night's public work session, the Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen agreed to ask voters for a half-cent capital improvement sales tax on the August ballot. READ MORE: Lake Saint Louis Considering Capital Improvement Sales Tax for August Ballot Ward 3's Richard Morris said that he didn't think that people would vote for a new half cent sales tax. Vennard said that the last time the city asked for the sales tax, it lost by only 50 votes. "And we only ran one ad," Vennard said. Vennard disagreed with Morris' insistance on cutting property taxes to make up for the new sales tax. "Tell them (the voters) the entire truth. It makes a significant impact on our budget. We have not taxed to our ceiling. Most of the other taxing entities …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen meets on Feb. 19 for a public work session at 5:30 p.m. and a regular meeting at 7 p.m.
The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen will continue a discussion about putting a new capital improvement sales tax on the August ballot. READ MORE: Lake Saint Louis Considering Capital Improvement Sales Tax for August Ballot The board's usual Monday meeting was moved to Tuesday because of the Presidents Day holiday. At 5:30, the board holds a public work session for its administration and finance committees. On the agenda for discussion are the proposed tax, street capital improvement projects and the mid-year budget. At 7 p.m., the board meets for its regular meeting. The board will:
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The board will discuss the levy again at the Feb. 19 work session.
The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen is considering the possibility of putting a new sales tax on the August ballot. The new capital improvement sales tax would help pay for street and parks improvements. Derek Koestel, Public Works Director, talked about the the funding needed to maintain city streets. Under the current budget, an asphalt street in the city can expect maintenance every 37 years. Asphalt streets, however, have an expected life span of about 15 years. With a proposed 1/2 cent tax, Koestel has projected that the same city street will receive maintenance every 17 years, much closer to engineers' recommendations for proper street maintenance. Some of the aldermen are in favor of reducing the real estate tax levy as an …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Larry DeGroodt, Ward 1, and John Pellerito, Ward 3, have both filed their candidacy.
The races are set for the April 2 municipal election in Lake Saint Louis. For mayor, current Ward 1 alderman Ralph Sidebottom will be challenging incumbent mayor Mike Potter, who was first elected to the position in 2001. In Ward 1, Eric Oman will be running against current alderman Tony Zito and former alderman Larry DeGroodt. Ward 2's incumbent Kathy Schweikert will run unopposed. In Ward 3, incumbent alderman George Rich will be challenged by former alderman John Pellerito and newcomer Patricia A. Van Thull. Candidate filing opened on Dec. 11, 2012 and closed on Jan. 15, 2013.