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Here I want to inform you of some
accomplishment’s over the last 8 years 2011-2019 as your
Ward 2 Alderwoman of the City of St Ann.
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 was replaced with a Rock Rd TDD, ensuring revenue
for street maintenance but only on roads leading to businesses.
- 2010 Suggested 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
- 1998-Present Actively
involved with the Ritenour School District, thru PTO 13 yrs.
& Volleyball 8 yrs., School Board meetings & the Ritenour
Legislative Advocacy 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
- 2011 – We voted to
Eliminate an entire Ward of the city, so
we went from 5 Wards to 4 Wards by 2013. These efforts were to save
dollars and be able to re-establish a Quarterly Newsletter to better
communicate with the residents again.
- 2011-Present - Analyze and Question the City’s Budget and
- 2011-Present -Pushed to
bring the cities Technology use up to date. Currently we accept credit at
the Community Center, Pool, Cityhall, with Golf to follow.
- 2011-Present - Work with neighboring cities
- 2011 pushed to return the CBD Grant back to the residents
for use in repairing their homes. See my website @ www.amypoelker.com front page.
- 2011-Present I Actively Market Businesses
& all Community
Events on Email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Peach Jar, Nextdoor App… to
get the word out as far as possible.
- 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.
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 homes and a business based on exterior maintenance
- 2011 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 Bank, 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 Kwando, 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, New
Construction 10687 St Charles Rk Rd, new business to locate at 3191 Ashby.
Fought successfully to get St Louis County to add a 2nd Tornado Alarm
Tower to the City of St Ann, as 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/
- 2012 Aside
from walking the business corridor to inform the businesses of the
existence of the St Ann Business Association, I walk the Business Corridor
to ensure they are informed on major events within the city.
- 2012 Fought to allow businesses to participate in St Ann
Days. Parade attendees jumped from 30’s to as high as 52.
- 2013 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, I initiated
a whisper campaign to not shop in nearby QT’s and wrote the CEO of QT and
found a replacement business, in the end we won when our Quik Trip returned
- 2013 Burn Ordinance 2857
- 2013 Pushed
and improved communication between the City and its residents. By Re
Establishing the St Ann Newsletter, 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, Instagram
& Twitter with the residents and maintaining an Email list where I
send out to residents information who are not on Social Media, Post
Cards to the 70+, 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 i.e. - St Ann Neighborhood Watch, St Ann Parks and Recreation,
St Ann Golf Course.
Assisted my partner Aldermen, to push through the repairs of the
Livingston & Wright Park Playground.
- 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 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, currently there is a plan to
Remove the waste up to 20’ and cap. The fight now lies in the Ground
Water contamination issues.
- 2014 Assisted
the St Ann Business Association in establishing their “Food Truck
Events”. Most recently 2016, 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
- 2014 assisted a resident
with a Christmas Caroling project,
about 25 residents sang on 2 evenings.
- YEARLY - Very active member
of our Neighborhood Watch Program.
- 2014 After forcing bids for trash service, 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 2016/2018 Christmas Lighting Contest, yearly 2011- present Christmas Light
Thank you’ s passed out.
Attained the Businesses Benefits
through use of our Community Center, Golf Course and Swimming Pool as
a Corporate Membership
- 2016 Result
the Missouri Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional for St Louis
County to enforce their standards over municipalities.
- 2016 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.
- 2016 Assigned to the Mayors Golf Course Task Force,
to determine its future and/or its needs. Result- Course operates at a
10th of 2016 the First Dog Swim at our Pool took
place, this satisfied 3 years of pushing.
- 2016 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.
received an A2 Moody Rating, praising the
cities sound financial management.
- 2017 Resolution of the City of St Ann against a Statewide
vote on a City/County Merger.
- 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. Outcome-see 2018/2019
- 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
- 2017 Reduction in
Resident Rates at Tiemeyer Pool from $6A/$5C Seniors $3 to $4A/$3C and
Seniors FREE, this resulted in
an 15% increase in use from $86,000/yr. to $102,000 in 2018.
- 2017 Updates to the Animal Code esp. ADA.
- 2017Established - You Tube Meetings so those who could not attend
our Alderman Meetings can still see them.
- 2018 an Animal Control Board was established
- 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, so the residents win as well by paying the bid cost
of cutting only.
- 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 2019
Fall Fishing Derby’s reinstated
- 2018 Solved a 10 Yr hole issue on St Francis.
- 2018- Present, Playground replacements through grants.
Beginning with Tiemeyer by Pavillion 1,2,3 in Fall 2019.
- Fought for but lost the battle to allow residents to
have chickens in the city-14/15. In 2018
assisted Alderman Murphy with a re-initiative on the Chicken Ordinance.
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.
- 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. November 2018 painting began.
- With use of the
media, successfully sped up the repair work of the Water Co. on Ashby, St
Gregory & St. Richard/St. Williams long over due from the water
lateral repairs and sewer lateral damage on Ashby.
- November 2018
created a Budget Spending and
Revenue Chart for the citizens to better be able to understand how
their monies are spent.
- 2018, December – Employee Job Descriptions begun for
- 2018 November – You Tube or Court Reporters to be used in
Planning and Zoning Meetings to protect the city from he said she said
- 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
- 2018 Achieved ground testing
within the city.
- 2018 After a year of working
with a Citizens Street
Committee, achieved an 8-0 vote from the BOA on Dec. 3rd to
attempt a Citywide TDD to end the cities infrastructure needs. Outcome to be
determined by a Vote of the People in November 2019.
- Fundraisers for citizens in need i.e.; 2014
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, 2017
another Ward 3 Fire. 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 like 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
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.
of Federal Grants to Renovate those streets that qualify:
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.
County's Grant dollars by homeowner's we
redirected for the renovation of St Leonard, No worries the 2018 dollars are
still available for use by the homeowners.
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