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A Publication of St. Charles County Government - March 2019

Top Five
Things to Know About St. Charles County This Month

1. Election Preparation is a Year-Round Effort

Voting
The St. Charles County Election Authority is preparing for the General Municipal Election on April 2. Are you ready to vote? Visit the Election Authority website to view your sample ballot, candidates and issues, and more before hitting the polls. 

What does it take to plan an election? While elections only occur during certain times of the year, staff at the Election Authority work year-round to be prepared for them. They make certain all voter records are up-to-date, all voter registration cards have been scanned to capture voter signatures for petition verification, ballots are accurate and printed on time, equipment is in working order and tabulation of the machines has been verified through mandated public testing, election judges and volunteers are trained, and much more.  

“The work behind the scenes is important and complex, and accuracy is critical,” says Kurt Bahr, Director of Elections. “The Election Authority puts attention to detail at the top of our priority list, and it is our goal to make each election day seamless and easy for voters.”

There are 272,000 registered voters in St. Charles County and the Election Authority’s department of 15 is tasked with keeping track of all of them. Elections are costly and taxpayers foot the bill through sales tax paid to the County and property taxes paid to other jurisdictions like school, fire, ambulance and library districts throughout the county.

The Election Authority is still in need of election judges for April 2. Election judges work at polling locations and help sign in registered voters, explain procedures, provide ballots, and monitor the election. If you are interested, please download and submit an application online or visit the Election Authority by March 29.

2. IMPACT Highlights County Successes, Challenges

IMPACT Annual Report

From opening the new Emergency Operations Center and three County parks to improving U.S. 61 and the Page Extension, St. Charles County Government continuously works to make a positive impact on the community. While we are making great progress, the growth of e-commerce and erosion of sales tax dollars threaten our ability to expand and sustain services. Because the County collects no property tax for the General Fund, 60 percent of revenues supporting general operations come from sales tax. While your County Government continues to budget conservatively, this situation is becoming more and more of an issue as the population has continued to grow.

Learn more about these successes, challenges, and more in IMPACT, the County’s Report to the Community. The report is scheduled to hit mailboxes soon and is available to view online.


3. Major League Baseball Exhibit Opens at Museum April 6

Buehrle Gold Glove Award
Baseball season is approaching, and St. Charles County Parks will usher it in with a brand-new exhibit at the Heritage Museum in St. Peters. “Locally Grown: The Major League Baseball Players of St. Charles County” will be revealed at a special public reception from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 6. Free admission includes hot dogs, popcorn and a chance to win a pair of St. Louis Cardinals baseball tickets! Attendees also can watch the baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres on the museum’s big screen starting at 1:15 p.m.

This new exhibit features 21 professional players from St. Charles County and a variety of their personal memorabilia, including items from former baseball pitcher Mark Buehrle. The baseball exhibit is the final sports installation at the museum, which is currently home to the “Our Sporting Heritage: The History of Hunting and Fishing in St. Charles County” exhibit, the St. Charles County Amateur Sports Hall of Fame, and the "Root for the Home Team! The History of High School Athletics in St. Charles County" exhibit.

The St. Charles County Parks Department was created in 1997 after voters approved a local use tax with the sole purpose of park land acquisition, development, operations and maintenance. The Heritage Museum is conveniently located near the Page Avenue Extension at 1630 Heritage Landing and is open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday–Saturday, and 12 to 5 p.m., Sunday. The new baseball exhibit is located on the second floor and is not accessible for wheelchairs. For more information about the museum, call 636-255-6000 or visit the Parks Department online.

4. Save the Date: Speaker Series Public Health Panel on May 8

Speaker Series Public Health

Get to know your Public Health Department during a panel discussion at the St. Charles County Speaker Series! Join us for “Public Health in Action: People. Pets. Planet.” from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, in the Community Commons at the St. Charles City-County Library Spencer Road Branch, 427 Spencer Road in St. Peters. An information fair with representatives from other County departments will take place before the event from 6 to 7 p.m.

For the 10th consecutive year, St. Charles County placed at the top of Missouri’s ‘Healthiest Counties’ list, and the Public Health Department plays an integral role in this ranking. Committed to protecting and enhancing the health and quality of life of all members of the community, the department responds through three divisions: Health Services, Environmental Health and Protection, and Humane Services. The panel will discuss programs and services and how the divisions coordinate with other agencies to serve the county. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.

The Speaker Series is designed to encourage residents to learn more about programs and services provided by St. Charles County Government. Events are free to attend, but registration is requested. Sign up online today!




5. GGL Spotlight: Traffic Signal Optimization

I-70 and Zumbehl Road

Every year, St. Charles County, along with the Missouri Department of Transportation and local municipalities, identify corridors with congestion issues that can be addressed though Gateway Green Light (GGL) Traffic Signal Optimization Projects. Signals along the routes are re-programmed with updated timing plans that better fit traffic patterns. These improvements reduce delays and congestion, save drivers time and money, and lower fuel consumption and harmful emissions.

Between October 2018 and February 2019, GGL adjusted signals along Zumbehl Road (above), Muegge Road, Elm Street, Fifth Street, Route 94 from Elm Street to West Clay in St. Charles, and Mid Rivers Mall Drive from I-70 to St. Peters Howell Road in St. Peters. Traffic improvements show the new timings reduced midday travel times by 28 percent for southbound traffic on Fifth Street, and reduced both morning and evening peak travel times in the southbound direction around 15 percent on Muegge Road.

The GGL program, a cooperative traffic control initiative between St. Charles County Government, local municipalities, and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), coordinates and synchronizes more than 300 traffic signals and other traffic control devices throughout the county. GGL operators monitor traffic conditions, identify problems, and implement changes when necessary to improve traffic flow. GGL is funded by the voter-approved half-percent Transportation Sales Tax. Visit the GGL website for more information.


On SCCMO-TV in March...


Click on the images below, visit the SCCMO-TV YouTube channel, tv.sccmo.org, or download our Roku Channel (search for SCCMO-TV) to watch recent County Council meetings, hear the latest local news and helpful information on County News Updates, see what's happening in County Parks, and more.

In the latest edition of myCounty, meet Colonel Robert Pecoraro, award-winning interpreter of more than 30 years at The Historic Daniel Boone Home. He portrays John Filson, Boone's biographer, Revolutionary War veteran, surveyor, and the first official historian for the Commonwealth of Kentucky at the Boone Home throughout the year. 

To view agendas and minutes from Council meetings, visit sccmo.org.

County News Update
County Council Meetings
MyCounty Bob Pecoraro

County Executive Steve Ehlmann

A Look Back with the County Executive


After the United States went to war against Germany in 1917, Prohibition began and the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department was expected to enforce this unpopular law. The new highways throughout the county quickly became a conduit of alcohol and other illegal commerce. This period and the following Great Depression were challenging times for law enforcement...MORE                 


Council Comments

Joe Cronin

Joe Cronin, District 1

Since 2016, the St. Charles County Parks and Police departments have hosted an Easter egg hunt for children of all ages and abilities at the Youth Activity Park in Dardenne Prairie. This Eggstravaganza is a unique and wonderful event, and a great example of the County and community working together to make special memories for children and their families...MORE




Calendar

Calendar, Reminders and Directory

Reminders
  • April 2 is the General Municipal Election. Visit the Election Authority website for more information. 

  • It's not too late to take the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) survey to help the Department of Public Health and other area agencies identify public health issues and develop strategies to address those concerns. Read more and take the survey online.


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