want to take a moment to THANK ALL OF THE MUNICIPAL MAYORS AND COUNCILMEN…for
allowing me to sit in on their meetings. I have learned SO MUCH FROM ALL OF YOU, on the various ways we all run our Cities.
I have truly enjoyed my time Campaigning and getting to know part of the County Better.
For those whose doors I was unable to make it to, please give me a call if you would like me to stop by still before
The job of the St Louis County Councilman
is no different than the job of our Municipal Councils,
just a larger population to serve. Approximately 1,000,000 people “to serve.” That is a lot of people’s
lives to affect without asking their opinions or taking them into consideration when they do - give them to you.
My Opponent is not Engaged in his Communities…
even Mayors and Councilmen have told me of their
concerns that he has either never been to a meeting before or they haven’t seen him since he announced he was their
Maybe if my opponent
had taken the time to get to know and understand
how Municipalities work, and maybe if he had listened to his Constituents when they came to meetings, or at minimum returned
a phone call or email when sent…. he could have made better choices….
My Opponent voted YES on Stengers Police Bill without investigating the facts of the Municipal Departments.
Without listening to the people say NO! we DO NOT like your bill DO NOT pass it. Please see my website at www.amypoelker2.com for the details and facts on this bill. Stengers Police Bill
was meant to take away your Police Department and replace it with the County Police.
I have spoken to many of you while knocking on doors in the Municipalities, I have not run across any residents who do not
like their Police Departments. Though the court has deemed this bill UNCONSTITUTIONAL, my opponent still voted to fight it
through the Missouri Supreme Court.
My Opponent also voted YES on the Landlord Bill, which when designed literally made YOU
THE PARENT- A LANDLORD WHEN YOUR KIDS MOVED BACK IN WITH YOU, requiring a NEW OCCUPANCY INSPECTION, thus the requirement
to UPDATE YOUR HOMES TO 2016 CODES…imagine how much that would cost YOU in your more Senior Years, when you are trying
to save for retirement!!! Yet another bill deemed UNCONSTITUTIONAL by the court that my opponent voted to continue to fight
at the Supreme Court level.
My opponent also voted for the Senior Tax that we will be voting on in Nov.
I want you to look into this tax thoroughly,
as it has no defined method by which the money will be spent. I emailed a representative of the organization sponsoring the
tax and she could not find out how it would be spent. Personally I would never
put through a tax if I did not know how it would be used.
My opponent has made the decision to cut public speaking time from 3 minutes to 1 minute on more than one occasion after
determining there were too many speakers to listen to during Council sessions. Their Charter states you will get 3 minutes
to speak. One session
when they seemed tired of listening to a gentleman who is deaf, they made the
decision to cut him off at the 2 minutes that was allowed during that session. ADA
requires the Council to give extra time in these circumstances. My opponent remained
silent on this you would think since he is a Dr. that he would have stepped in to defend this seemingly wrong action.
If you review the meeting from Oct 4 on You Tube you will see me speaking out against their silencing of the people after I discovered a PDF
on their website that stated people would get 5 minutes to speak.
The Council held a public meeting on the April Voting Debacle, however again
a week before the meeting the Council Announced they would not be hearing public
comments during this meeting…One time the Council actually told a man that they are not here to answer his questions but only to allow him to speak. When my residents tried to contact Sam about
the Police Bill Sam never returned their emails or calls and for me to get a
reply in my 2nd request I had to threaten to tell 13,000 residents in the City Newsletter that hits every door
in St Ann that he would not respond to their Alderman either.
Too often I find that Politicians think it's so important to have some new law that they can tell
their constituents that they are responsible for in order to feel like they have accomplished something while they are in
My opponent just created a new law (T21) that sounds good on the outside yet if
you see through the limelight, literally becomes just another law to JAIL people
and FINE them to make more Revenue for the County, on the backs of
the residents and businesses. How will the County Prosecutor ever be able to Prosecute a 16-20-year-old as an adult for a
crime, when his County Council – spearheaded by My Opponent, just created a law which basically states 18-20-year old’s are not adults and are not old enough to be allowed to make a decision for themselves.
But most importantly we have to ask ourselves...Since those 7 members on the Council represent a million
people...instead of presuming they know better, for the people---Shouldn't they have asked their constituents what we want
on this matter before bringing it to a Vote of 7? or better yet this one was big enough to at minimum put to a vote of the
population. At least through a population vote, we would know that the people wanted this and not just the council.
I believe we need to rebuild and restructure the County’s budget so that wasteful spending is eliminated and
the County’s infrastructure and personnel are reinvested in.
You see in my own City of
St Ann, I have already seen and been through many of the things that are happening in the County today. The County’s revenue is declining as businesses choose elsewhere to locate like St Charles or Jefferson
They may or may not see this coming – But this is what we
experienced with the loss of Northwest Plaza, they say History Repeats itself if we are not watching - instead of Thinking Outside the Box to do something about it, they
cover it up with Grandiose Spending - Millions of Dollars on a Soccer Field, 3 Million for a Metro Link Study which if
built would again take Millions if not Billions of our tax payer dollars. Etc., etc.…
Money is being spent like there is no tomorrow, NO ONE is accounting for
the future Maintenance and Repairs of what we have now more or less new things.
How will these items be paid for? What are their plans to maintain and repair the
infrastructures? Grants? That is not a solid plan, it’s a plan to take
more of our tax dollars because that’s what Grants are, like the Arch tax, currently our Municipalities get grants for
parks through the Arch tax. The County seems to pass many Grants…
You do not
buy a home or a car without realizing you have to set aside money for the furnace, a/c, water heater/water pump, driveway,
exhaust or brakes which will all need replacement or repairs someday…but this is what our County Government is doing,
all the while the County Streets are in desperate need of repair, Employees have gone for 8 years, 7 years, 5 years without a raise while other higher level positions are seeing
huge increases and positions that are not needed are being created.
So they are
losing Employees, in the news on 9/19 Chief Belmar said he was losing officers
on the average of one/week. Trust me I worked as a Fast Food General Manager for 23 years…Training is very expensive, MORE expensive than giving the employee the raise they deserve to keep them and let
them know their work is appreciated. Government fails to hold itself to the same standards businesses are held to.
I wish to serve the people as their St Louis County Councilman because I believe that those who govern over us, should be listening to us. This is NOT what I or quite a few of my residents have experienced
from MY OPPONENT.
Sometimes we are not thinking about politics and need our politicians
to push information out to us, I for one did and it wasn’t happening - so while I was not concentrating on the very
reasons I moved to St Ann, my mall fell apart and the city around it went into a steady decline.
Today you will see we have turned St Ann towards success again….
Jobs are the answer to St Louis County’s future success,
people need to feel independent to have hope, a reason to go to school, Jobs in North County have been neglected for 3 decades
by the Council, it’s time to change that, while working on the whole, as well.
***** Running our County should be about
FOR THE PEOPLE, to make St. Louis County a strong and business friendly environment, thus providing JOBS for the people of St
Louis County -N, S, E, W while assisting in keeping our County Schools Strong, our citizens Safe, our infrastructure
strong, and providing necessary services to the People.” *****
ELECT AMY POELKER NOVEMBER 8th for County Council to show Sam Page you did not Appreciate his
your Voices to the County Council!
clear, I am AGAINST the City/County Merger so if that is something you would like to see happen MY OPPONENT would be a better choice for you.