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Here I want to inform you of some of my accomplishment’s over the last 8 years 2011-2019 as the Ward 2 Alderwoman of the City of St Ann.

 

  • 2011 Assisted in the Creation of our City Animal Adoption Program. i.e. - Myself and 2 other Alderman Sponsored and pushed the program through the Board of Alderman https://www.facebook.com/St.Animal.Pet.Adoptions
  • And on Sept 10th of 2016 the First Dog Swim at our Pool took place, this satisfied 3 years of pushing.
  • 2018 an Animal Control Board was established
  • 2015/2016 Fought side by side with Municipal Mayors and Police Chiefs at the St Louis County Council Meetings to prevent Government Over reach by St Louis County Council…our own Councilman Sam Page voted to take away your Police Department.  http://www.kmov.com/clip/12043856/st-louis-co-adopts-county-wide-police-standards-over-objections-of-some-mayors
  • Result the Missouri Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional for St Louis County to enforce their standards over municipalities.

As a result of SB5 & SB572 and especially the new court mandates set by the courts, a million dollar loss in revenue to the city, made it clear that if we are to maintain our current level of policing we would have to be willing to pay for it, just as then Senator Schmitt had intended when he wrote and passed SB5. The BOA voted to put that question to you the voters in April 2017. The result of that vote was 61% yes. Thank you for supporting our Police Dept.

  • I Negotiated a 2.5% SAVINGS for the City of St Ann SENIORS on their Trash bill above their 10% Senior Discount, for years 2015-2020.
  • 2017 City received an A2 Moody Rating, praising the cities sound financial management.
  • 2014 Requested and Held a Public Forum on the Westlake Pipeline built thru our cities along St. Charles Rock Road. https://youtu.be/dXfiy7Fn6g4 and introduced my Airport Township Committeeman to the topic which in turn brought Senator Roy Blunts participation and a Bill before the Senate s2306 which passed. Also informed Dawn Chapman that Maria Chappelle Nadal was one of Bridgeton’s Senators and would be a good source for bringing attention to the issues of the Westlake Landfill. These actions led to action by the EPA to remove the waste from Westlake Landfill, on March 6, 2018 I spoke before the EPA, to remove all of the waste to ensure the safety of future ground waters as there were 2 Semi Trucks buried in the 70’s about 50’ down. I initiated the investigation in St Ann on this topic. The landfill in 2018 is under direct authority of the head of the EPA Scott Pruitt, now. https://youtu.be/-OfzM5eiHNc
  • Fundraisers for citizens in need ie; Women whose wrist was broken in a robbery on Ashby, 2015 Christmas Eve Fire on St Ann Ln, 2015 Family run over on the sidewalk by the Heroin overdose driver, 2016 St Damian Fire, another Ward 3 Fire 2017. 2018 a Tablet for the 9 yr old bit by the Pit Bull.
  • Continue to Fight Against the City/County Merger push...They are pushing for One School District similar to Chicago's which is 70 million in the RED, One Police Dept., One Fire Department, One Parks Department, One Streets Dept., One Executive Office/Mayor. They expect us to believe this will be less expensive but have left out information that differs from their agenda as seen here. http://citiesstrong.com/studies/  where 589 Million was left out of their study of Indianapolis versus St. Louis. Have you seen the condition of St Louis Cities infrastructure? Many of the muni’s have Services that St Louis County does not offer those would be lost. Your Government is only as good as the people in place. Current leadership would suggest that costs are unlikely to reduce/remain reduced. When the city took over their police dept. from the State of Missouri they claimed the citizens would see a 6 Million Dollar Savings…Current leadership is also NOT LISTENING to the people, as a matter of fact in one ST Louis County Council meeting they told a gentleman that speaking before the Council was only to be heard…NOT for them to answer his questions. Currently the fight is moving towards bringing the city into the county as another municipality, however all unincorporated  county will become under the city along with their 1% employee tax and the intent is to eliminate the sales tax pool thereby eliminating many smaller munis. This will be done by a statewide vote. http://nocofoshojrvbc.tripod.com/amypoelker/id75.html
  • Had a poll running on Facebook throughout St Louis City and St Louis County to determine whether or not the citizens of these two regions desire to merge or not. Poll result was 57% against. Even after Better Together and St Louis Strong asked their followers to vote in it.
  • Active member of the Economic Development Committee where in 2012 we successfully gained a Developer for Northwest Plaza now called “The Crossings at Northwest”. This project was always intended to be a mix of Business Offices and light Retail, the thought process being that the Business Offices would create a customer base for the retail businesses and help attract retail to the city again. Current new businesses are Menards, Rulers, Regions, Raising Canes-still the busiest Canes in the St Louis Region, Generation 3 QT, Sprint, Here Today, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Starbucks- still the busiest Starbucks in the St Louis Region, Charter Spectrum and their Training Center, Election Board, Work Force Mgmt., and a Satellite Assessor’s Office, Cricket, Cardinal Health Care, 3-4 other Call Centers in the 500 Building, First Watch, Value City Furniture, American Family Insurance, Save A Lot Corporate Office and more to come ___________ and in other areas of St Ann, IE; Aarons Rent to Own, St Vincent Depaul, Family Dollar, Bus Loop Burger, Dollar Plus, SABA Pet Store, Brooks Bible College, Aldi’s, St. Louis Black Belt Academy, ATA Tae Kwondo, Caterer, Vape Shop, Urgent Care, 3-4 Hair/Nail Salons, another Dance Studio, Dollar General, Waffle House, We Rock the Spectrum-Kids Gym, Manhattan Auction Marketplace (MAM), a U-Haul rental service added to one of our businesses off Geraldine.
  • 8/2018 When County Councilman Sam Page stopped our Sav A Lot Corporate Office from coming to St Ann, simply because he did not get a copy of their Private Lease with the Crossings Developer, our Board of Alderman stepped in to ensure we did not lose this Corporate Office. This project was begun by the Mo. Economic Dev Dept., and Mr Page thought it had begun by the St Louis County Econo Dev Dept. he played politics with 328 Million Dollars of our Economic Development, for his own purposes. He believes that when he passed the County Election Board to come to St Ann that he was duped on the cost. To me this tells me two things: 1. He must not have read his paperwork. 2. As he did not have a concern till 2yrs later, this is simply a political move to remove Stenger during his election year.
  • 2012 Fought successfully to get St Louis County to add a 2nd Tornado Alarm Tower to the City of St Ann, we could not hear the one alarm placed on the east side of St. Ann. http://fox2now.com/2012/03/01/demand-for-weather-radios-spike-after-recent-storms/
  • 2012 Created the St. Ann Business Association, and found a President for it.  https://www.facebook.com/St-Ann-Business-Association-202804379876362/
  • Assisted citizen Maurice Gayden in his fight to Save our St. Ann Quik Trip, at Wright/St Charles Rk Rd. though we lost this battle originally, we won in the end when our Quik Trip returned shortly after.
  • Before I got in office in 2010, I assisted Alderwoman Sherry Hoffman in her fight to prevent Prop S, a street prop that would have had St Ann residents paying to fix city streets for 20 years, so that by the time they were paid off…they would need to be fixed again. We successfully defeated this Prop. It has recently been replaced with a Rock Rd TDD, ensuring revenue for street maintenance into the next 40 years in our business district and is not a property tax.
  • In 2017 the residents decided NOT to do a City-wide TDD to solve all the Street, Sidewalk, Trees maintenance issues into the future. We must seek alternative methods to fix our roads.
  • 2017 Suggested and BOA agreed to Create a Street Committee to review our Budget for areas to cut, to move towards street work. I was given Lead on this, requested 2 residents per ward. 8/28/17 On April 23rd, 2018 we had our 1st meeting. After 3 meetings the Committee established that there was not money in the Budget to repair and maintain streets and that no cuts we could make would be enough to get the work done, so some sort of tax would be necessary. After speaking with residents in their prospective Wards the Committee determined a Property Tax would not pass but a quarter cent Sales Tax was preferred, through this method everyone who shops in St Ann would assist in a Dedicated Street Fund for the next 40 years.
  • Assisted the St Ann Business Association in establishing their “Food Truck Events”. Most recently attained City Sponsorship for the Event. and here in 2017 the Parks Department has adopted the Event to combine it with their Party in the Park Events in Tiemeyer Park for a Grander event plus of course Combining it with their Halloween Event in October. https://www.facebook.com/events/474164286127957/
  • Actively involved with the Ritenour School District, thru PTO 13 yrs & Volleyball 8 yrs, School Board meetings & the Ritenour Legislative Advocacy Committee 5 yrs. http://www.ritenour.k12.mo.us/pages/Ritenour_School_District/Community/Legislative_Advocacy_Committee and the Ritenour Parent Advocacy Committee in 2018, https://sites.google.com/ritenour.k12.mo.us/ritenourparentadvocacy/home
  • Pushed and improved communication between the City and its residents. By Re Establishing the St Ann Newsletter, Establishing - You Tube Meetings which began 8/7/17, Pushing information out to the residents through self-paid articles in the Localite Newspaper since 2011, which hits every household in St Ann, engaging in Facebook, Nextdoor App & Twitter with the residents and maintaining an Email list where I send out to residents information who are not on Social Media, pushed and continue to push for City Website improvements, pushed successfully to get the city to create or improve use of Facebook Pages to reach out to residents for better communication with them ie - St Ann Neighborhood Watch, St Ann Parks and Recreation, St Ann Golf Course. Moved to have the residents view the Entire Agenda Packet for our meetings so they could see expenses, revenues and bids etc. just as the BOA sees them.
  • I Actively Market all Community Events on Email, Facebook, Twitter, Peach Jar, Nextdoor App… to get the word out as far as possible
  • With the aid of my partner Aldermen, pushed through the repairs of the Livingston & Wright Park Playground.
  • 2011-Present - Analyze and Question the City’s Budget and Financials monthly.
  • Pushed to bring the cities Technology use up to date. Currently we accept credit at the Community Center with Golf, Pool and City hall to follow.
  • Assigned to the Mayors Golf Course Task Force, to determine its future and/or its needs.
  • Work with neighboring cities
  • 2011 pushed to return the CBD Grant back to the residents for use in repairing their homes.
  • 2011 reopened the cities swimming pool, summer camp, St Ann Days and put the Easter Egg Hunt back in place after they had been stopped due to budget restraints in 2010, which were solved through fundraising efforts like Trivia, Mouse Races, and Glow Golf. (Thinking outside the Box)
  • 2011 the BOA at the Mayor’s request established the Beautification Committee – its goals to assist those who have no one to help them maintain their homes. This committee also reviews housing March-September and awards per ward 2-3 homes and a business based on exterior maintenance each season.
  • Aside from the St Ann Business Association, I walk the Business Corridor to ensure they are informed on major events within the city.
  • Attained the Businesses Benefits through use of our Community Center, Golf Course and Swimming Pool as a Corporate Membership
  • 2014 assisted a resident with a Christmas Caroling project, about 25 residents sang on 2 evenings.
  • Very active member of our Neighborhood Watch Program.
  • Fought for but lost the battle to allow residents to have chickens in the city. In 2018 assisted Alderman Murphy with a re-initiative on the Chicken Ordinance. On 8/6/18 the Chicken Ordinance passed with a 4-4 vote and the Mayor saying yes. It was signed into law on 8/30/18.
  • 9/4/18 worked with residents to maintain our Private Property Rights- when the Chicken Ordinance suddenly took a turn that would have required your neighbors to decide if you could have chickens on your private property or not. Outcome- It was sent back to committee where it was decided to not bring it back for a vote.
  • Fought successfully to add a Hamm Radio system to our community Emergency response systems. Because as of 3/1/16 after 2 tornadoes we still had NONE.
  • Assisted my partner Alderman in her fight for a Sidewalk along Wright Ave for public safety. Yet to be installed, but on the list for Federal Grant Streets.
  • 2010 Camera’s in the Parks, structured to reduce damages caused to our parks like the 2 pavillion fires, graffiti and holes cut into slides on the playgrounds, destruction of park benches, to protect our children.
  • 2016 assisted in securing the future of our Parks Dept. thru Prop R the results of which may also be tracked through the Parks Board notes and the City Budgets. http://stannmo.org/130/Parks-Recreation
  • 2011 Fought to get the street St Gregory Court properly named on the St Louis County mapping system, as residents had trouble receiving mail, packages and even pizza delivery.
  • 2016 Christmas Lighting Contest, yearly 2011 Christmas Light Thank you’s passed out.
  • 2017 Resolution of the City of St Ann against a Statewide vote on a City/County Merger.
  • Reduced unemployment in St Ann from 9.2% in 2012 to 6% in 2016 to 3.02% in 2017.
  • 2017 Solved a Street Light issue on St Francis, through Ameren Rep.
  • 2017 Reduction in Resident Rates at Tiemeyer Pool from $6A/$5C Seniors $3 to $4A/$3C and Seniors FREE
  • 2017 Updates to the Animal Code esp ADA.
  • 2018 Outsourcing of Grass Cutting of residential violations, which allows city to accomplish the cutting faster and at the Bid Price vs a $500 fine.
  • 2013 Burn Ordinance 2857
  • 2018 Trash receptacle responsibility converted to Owner of property vs resident of occupancy. 3120
  • 2018 City use of Blip Advertising – Electric Bill Boards
  • 2018 Lake Renovation and Fishing Derbys reinstated
  • 2018- Present, Playground replacements through grants.
  • 2018 – Figured out American Water Co is responsible for painting Fire Hydrants and checking them, located contact person and began the process of getting our Hydrants painted in St Ann.
  • 2018, December – Employee Job Descriptions authorized for creation.
  • 15/16 Sent entire City Code to Constitutional Lawyers to review and update Constitutionally and to ensure matches State Codes.

 

 We used Federal Grants to Renovate:
Industrial Drive - 2010
Ashby Rd Bridge - 2011
Breckenridge - 2012/13ish
Adie-2015
Ashby 2019
Old St Charles Rock Road - 2019
And the next and Last available Federal Grant to apply for is for
Wright Ave.
These were all typically Million Dollar streets which the Federal Grant pays for 80% of, leaving the city to pay it's 200,000.00.
Also with $150,000. unused in St Louis County's CBD Grant by homeowner's where we dedicated the money for the last 7 years, we have
redirected those dollars for the renovation of St Shawn, St Linus, St Matthias, St Leonard over the next 4 years. No worries the $150,000 is still available and if the monies get used up we can redirect back to homeowners yearly.

 

My Letter Example I send to Businesses......


Dear _______________,

Have you thought about the benefits of expanding near the St Louis International Airport?

St Ann would be a great location in-between both St Charles County and St Louis City and just across the street from Lambert International Airport, located within St Louis County.

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With our renovation of our mall, businesses are finding it has been well worth their time and money to invest here.

Starbucks opened with its strongest open on June 2017, to date it is their best performing location in St Louis after only signing a 1 year lease to start, 14 months later they are still here and running strong and Raising Canes now open 2 years, still toting its highest volume restaurant in the region, at The Crossings at Northwest, which has been renovated to entertain 2/3 business and 1/3 retail. Even Aeneas Williams (Previous Rams Player) opened his church in the old Toys R Us building and Charter Spectrum (600ees), the St Louis County Election Board+smaller County offices (300 ees), American Family Insurance 2018 (600 ees), Save A Lot Corporate Office 2018 (400+ees), Cardinal Healthcare plus other call centers are located right here. First Watch opened in May 2018, I asked the Manager how they were doing on 7/29/18 and they are quite happy with their location. This model promotes success as the business employees tend to supply the retail/food businesses, we have found that our anchor store, Menards-attracts from a 20-mile radius. The traffic counts on our main strip, St Charles Rock Road (Mo180) are up, up, up! Just in the immediate trade area we have a pool of 50,000 to attract to your location. We have two great school districts Ritenour and Pattonville - (Pattonville is rated top 20 in the State). We have seen interest in our out lying business property’s as well, with a Dollar General, We Rock the Spectrum-Kids Gym and a Waffle House opening in 2018 as well and an Aldi’s that opened in 2017, an Urgent Care and the Manhattan Antique Mall will be opening 2018. Our State has recognized our increased traffic counts and between 2019-2021 have scheduled a complete renovation with ADA updates to our main strip St Charles Rock Road.

St Ann, is a Gem in a Central Location of the region. Located just off Highway 70 at Cypress Rd or Lindbergh exits and just 5 min from the Airport we are literally just 20 minutes from anywhere in the St Louis/St Charles Region. St Ann was built in the early 40’s right after WWII by the Vatterott’s and the Schraeder’s. Many of our original home owners still reside here in St Ann. In 2018, we are celebrating our 70th Anniversary. Our city hosts many events, including in September the St Ann Days and Parade. We find the Parade is a great way to promote FREE Advertising for our Businesses to the residents…

  • Six Beautiful parks well maintained,

  • A strong police force in place to ensure safety and security with a 2-minute average response time. Here in St Ann you will often see people walking for exercise or walking their dogs.

  • Our own St Animal Pets Adoption Program, with a large group of volunteers which prides itself in maintaining our no kill shelter.

  • Just elected as Missouri’s 4th POW-MIA city.

  • Both of our School Districts have strong teachers doing great work and are seeing an influx of kindergartners at the start each year, requiring them to get creative in adding classrooms.

  • Our Board of Alderman are innovative and regional thinkers ready to take on your project with an open mind and assist you through the process quickly.

  • With the rebuild of our mall, jobs, places to eat, places to shop are on the rise again within the city and home values have gone up over the last 2 assessments.

  • Our residents have proven over and over that they support their community recently passing a Parks Prop and a Police Prop to maintain their wonderful services. St Ann takes pride in their community.

  • St Ann residents understand that they must keep their Businesses interests in mind as well, they refused to allow a USE Tax to be passed within our borders.

  • St Ann also hosts Food Truck Events in our Parks for the last 5 years now. We have 9-13 Trucks in May, June, July August, October and other than a rainy day the Food Trucks are very happy with their results and typically sell out. One of your employees told me, are the best event you serve.

A _________________ addition to this region could also assist in the Economic Recovery of an area that St Louis has forgotten-it’s Northwest County, and our residents have fought hard to return to its old glory days when Northwest Plaza was the biggest mall in the country, the marketing ideas alone are flowing

_________________ would be a great fit in this area being in the center of this region yet just 5 minutes from the Airport could be a great advantage for your Company, while ensuring convenience for your employees in distance to and from work. Your price points would work well in the area, especially with the number of business employee’s we have located in the Crossings, with the addition of American Family Insurance and Sav A Lot’s Corporate Offices we will have close to 3500 jobs up there and that doesn’t even include the Pattonville Office and Junior High right across the street. Many of the residents I speak with would like to see a business like ______________, as they __________________________________________________

 

I sincerely hope you consider our beautiful city for your future location. Our location would benefit many of possible future employees of your company with our ease of getting to for those with and without transportation due to its central location.

 

St Ann is best described as being like living in a small town, where your neighbors will say Hi and give you a hand if you ask them, but located in a larger Suburban Area.

Please see the link below for our Business Packet.

http://stannmo.org/174/Opening-a-Business

Please take a moment to contact Matt Conley our City Administrator 314-427-8009 Ext 1226. We can find you the necessary space for your location.

http://stannmo.org/directory.aspx?EID=1

Our developer at The Crossings at Northwest is Bob Glarner he can be reached at 314-865-5700 or bob@glarnerstl.com

There is a great spot right in between First Watch and Sprint… which is next to Starbucks.

You can also contact Dave at daves@cfvatterott.com for one of the many Vatterott properties within the city.

Our City Administrator can assist you with information for any of our other local developers.

Thank You for your consideration,

Sincerely,

Alderman Amy Poelker

casjpoelker@msn.com

314-517-2378

3459 Mary Ann Ct.

St. Ann, Mo. 63074

www.amypoelker.com

Property 5 in St Louis Area
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Listen for yourselves
Starting as close as possible at 17:30 min into this Council Meeting. Hear the discussion that centers around the Election Board moving to the Crossings.
If indeed they were duped? It is only because they never read the Contract. As 2 years later they suddenly decide they need to change their minds.

Then go to 44:00 min to hear beginning of voting on it.

https://youtu.be/BGv5ZYFdGw4


Our County Councilman Sam Page Stops the Sav A Lot Corporate Office from coming to St Ann. Hear it for yourself here. https://youtu.be/GT6ol9ps4oc?t=1h17m16s
Bill 190

Understand that his problem with this project is that the developer and Sav A Lot will not share their lease agreement with him, so he can compare it to the County's lease agreement on the Election Board at the Crossings.

Understand that it is NOT OUR GOVERNMENTS JOB, to MANDATE that businesses and developers share their PRIVATE LEASE AGREEMENTS with them.
Understand that SAM PAGE THINKS IT IS WITHIN HIS POWERS TO STOP ECONONMIC DEVELOPMENT, simply because he did not get his way...….

Better Together has been trying to tell the public that it is the Muni's that slow down the Economic Process....This attests that the REAL PROBLEM LIES IN BIG GOVERNMENT....as SAM PAGE has STOPPED THIS PROJECT FROM MOVING FORWARD FOR NOW 8 MONTHS & NOW HE HAS STOPPED IT COMPLETELY FROM HIS END.

AS SEEN IN THIS VIDEO, NONE OF THE REST OF THE COUNCIL EVEN GOT TO VOTE ON IT....HE TOOK THIS ON HIMSELF.

and yes St Ann BOA will move this forward.
When the Sav A Lot Corp was bought out, a Nationwide Search was put out to relocate the Headquarters from St Louis County and our Developer provided the deal that kept Sav A Lot in St Louis County.... Sam Page it is not your job to TURN AWAY Economic Development because you are not privy to the details of a Private Business Contract.

I ask the rest of the Businesses and Developers out there... Is this what you expect when you are deciding to spend your money here in St Louis County???

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Chicken Ordinance passed 8/6/18
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When an Event becomes worthy of City involvement
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Thank you SABA for all your hard work for ST ANN

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Here I spoke out against Metro Link Expansion

Neighbor's helping Neighbors

KMOV.com 

http://www.kmov.com/story/30825351/2-transported-to-hospital-following-fire-at-st-ann-home-thursday

Missouri Senator and House of Representatives Emails click here

Drive like your kids live here...link

EMAIL Amy click here

St Animal Pet Adoptions (St Animal Pet Adopciones)

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 Zoo Member, American Disabled Veterans, USO, WW1 Memorial Fund, NRA Life Member, MUNY, KCU, St Ann Alderman, MDA, USAV, AAU V, Operation Graduation, Pride & Promise Contributor, SAPA, SABA, Ran as a Candidate for St Louis County Council-got 41% of vote. RLAC & Ritenour Parent Advocacy Committee

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