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Start up Member of Parent Advocacy Committee with Ritenour School District
Here I want to inform you of some
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
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
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
- 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.
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.
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
and found a President for it. https://www.facebook.com/St-Ann-Business-Association-202804379876362/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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
Question the City’s Budget and Financials monthly.
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.
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)
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
- Attained the
Businesses Benefits through
use of our Community Center, Golf Course and Swimming Pool as a
- 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
- 2018 City use of Blip Advertising – Electric Bill
- 2018 Lake Renovation and Fishing Derbys reinstated
- 2018- Present, Playground replacements through
- 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
- 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
Old St Charles Rock Road - 2019
And the next and Last available Federal Grant to apply for is for
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......
you thought about the benefits of expanding near the
St Louis International Airport?
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.
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.
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
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
large group of volunteers which prides itself in maintaining our no kill
Just elected as Missouri’s 4th
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.
_________________ 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
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 __________________________________________________
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
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.
see the link below for our Business Packet.
Please take a moment to contact
Matt Conley our City Administrator 314-427-8009 Ext 1226. We can find you the necessary space for
Our developer at
The Crossings at Northwest is Bob Glarner he can be reached at 314-865-5700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a great
spot right in between First Watch and Sprint… which is next to Starbucks.
You can also
contact Dave at email@example.com
for one of the many Vatterott properties within the city.
Administrator can assist you with information for any of our other local
You for your consideration,
Alderman Amy Poelker
3459 Mary Ann Ct.
St. Ann, Mo. 63074