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Violet Approved as Ward 3 Replacement Alderman

The St. Peters Board votes unamiously to appoint Terri Violet to fill the vacant seat.

St. Peters Ward 3 once again has two representatives on the Board of Aldermen.

During Thursday's special meeting to appoint a replacement for Gus Elliott, who resigned Sept. 13, the board unanimously approved Mayor Len Pagano's appointment of Terri Violet.

Violet received affirmative votes from all the aldermen present. Fellow Ward 3 Alderman Tommy Roberts was absent from the meeting. Ward 2 Alderman Judy Bateman said she wished the vote could take place when Roberts was at the meeting since he would be working closely with Violet.

Jerry Hollingsworth, Ward 2, said during the discussion portion that while he was planning on voting yes, he would rather the board not fill the seat with an appointment. He made it clear that it had nothing to do with Violet, but rather the process. 

"I have no feelings of disregard to Terri Violet," Hollingsworth said. "I would prefer the voting public in Ward 3 to pick their alderman."

Ward 4 Alderman Don Aytes said he would be voting for Violet because of her record working with commissions and volunteering for various city events. 

"I like to see people that really take an interest in the city," Aytes said. 

Violet's appointment fills Elliott's seat until the next Municipal Election on April 2, 2013. If Violet chooses to run to maintain the seat, she will be participating in her third consecutive April election.

"I want to thank Mayor Pagano, the board, my family and all of those that have confidence in my ability to represent Ward 3," Violet said in a statement. "During most of my life I have been involved in service to my country and this community. Serving as an alderman is an honor and a very humbling opportunity. I look forward to working with my new colleagues and effectively serving both the residents of Ward 3 and the city of St. Peters. I promise to insure that our city's resources, for which I am now a steward, are used wisely and my choices reflect the values of our residents. My door is open and I'm ready to go to work."

Mary Morak September 28, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Congratulations Terri. I know you will be an asset to the board and will serve your Ward well.
Fred Oompahloompah September 28, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Yes Mr. Mayor, Yes Mr. Mayor, Yes Mr. Mayor Yes, Yes, Yes,......... :)
will September 28, 2012 at 05:53 PM
So; you may have believed that your vote really mattered. Turns out that even though voters in ward 3 have twice rejected Violet as their alderman, she is now their "official" representative. It appears that political connections and cronyism are far more influential than voter opinion, at least in St. Peters. Really isn't much of a surprise and probably the reason for the extreme voter apathy.
Fred Oompahloompah September 28, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Who will Pagano plant in the 3rd ward if Roberts drops out????? I am sure there are many more yes men/women standing by to fill the gap! Sweet deal eh Mayor? I smell another St. Peters Dynasty if the residence do not wake up and smell the stench!
Jim Frain September 28, 2012 at 06:43 PM
A reminder that I live in O'Fallon, but as a resident of St. Charles County I maintain an interest in what is happening in all of our closely knit cities.....all local governments make a difference in our lives... I believe that Terri Violet will do a fine job in this position as alderwoman and it will be the decision of all the residents of St. Peters who register and vote to make a long term decision in April 2013 on her tenure. I appreciate all interested residents who care about their city and have ideas on how it should be improved. Might I suggest that "will" and "Fred Oompahloompah" and any other bloggers with concerns and ideas to run for office as an alderman in St. Peters to give their concerns a venue for the changes they believe need to be made.
Joe Barker September 28, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Just curious, what would you and "Fred" have done? Did you have someone in mind to fill the seat, or would just like it to be vacant until April?
will September 29, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Thanks for asking; I wish Pagano had rendered the same courtesy to voters. Sorry but I can't speak for Fred. I would have solicited the residents of ward 3 for interest in filling the vacancy. Pagano has plenty of access to many avenues of communication including but not limited to; city website, city press releases, and various media including your own publication, even during mayoral comments at board meetings(he was not bashful about soliciting support for tax increases then). The taxpayers are graciously providing him with a fulltime communications director and he had no trouble finding an outlet when he announced the special prosecutor. When Mr. Holt resigned in 2007, 10-12 residents were interested enough to pick up the prepared application package. Of those, 4-5 completed all the elaborate requirements(please refer to one of my previous posts). At least 1 other resident has expressed interest in this position according to your own publication; who knows how many there may have been. My thoughts are that a short application period of 7-10 days to allow interested residents to respond would be appropriate. They could submit basic information such as name, address, sudivision etc. and optionally a short(1 page limit) essay/resume outlining their qualifications and/or vision/goals for the city and for ward 3 residents.
will September 29, 2012 at 01:44 AM
At the end of the application period, the city could publish all of the submitted info to the city's website and solicit input/feedback from the residents of ward 3 as to their preference. This would run for an additional 7-10 day period. This could be done via e-resident or web survey. The city has run web surveys before and all the necessary programming should still be available to assure each respondant was a resident of ward 3 and could respond only once. At the end of the response period, tallies could be posted for all residents to see and the mayor could then submit his choice to the board for approval based on actual resident input. Pagano's appointment of a previously endorsed and TWICE rejected candidate clearly shows no regard for the preference of voters and has the appearance of cronyism. Sorry for 2 posts but it took more than the alloted # of characters to convey my idea.
Fred Oompahloompah September 29, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Unfortunately, Will's suggestions are very good but they would not fit Pagano's agenda and we can all be sure they will be ignored wihen Roberts bails! And for the outsider here most likely JIM has a thumb in a pie here somewhere in St. Peters!
Jim Frain September 29, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Thanks Will and Fred Oompahloompah for your responses on this issue. I hope to see your names listed in running for office, or becoming involved in any of the various City of St. Peters Commissions or Committees. Much more can be accomplished by becoming involved in the solutions to problems, instead of just pointing them out.... And No Fred, Jim Frain is my real name and I have no finger in a pie in St. Peters. Actually I have a St. Peters mailing address at 63376 even though I am just across the line into O'Fallon. My children went to FZS (in St.Peters), my daughter in law teaches school in St. Peters and I do a great deal of shopping and business in St. Peters. Outsider? Not really. I am just interested in the city in which I live and the cities surrounding me.
Fred Oompahloompah September 29, 2012 at 05:48 PM
JIM, since you do not live in the third ward or even in St. Peters your comments on this issue are moot no matter how many family members you have working, going to school, shopping here or whatever! Your concern should be with your own city's issues not ours!
Jeff Violet September 29, 2012 at 08:17 PM
God Bless you Jim for standing up as a character witness and attesting to Terri's ability to lead with integrity. I am glad to see that Terri has so many honorable friends to stand beside her as she represents St. Peters and St. Charles County. I am like you, I see us as all in this together to succeed as a whole community regardless of city borders. I would love to see all the cities in our county prosper together. We prosper when our city leaders uphold their oath of office and represent the people of their respective district/ward with honor and dignity. I have a new "Patch" policy implemented to not feed the trolls - it is kind of like going to the zoo with my grandchildren, where we don't feed the animals!
Michael A Shea September 29, 2012 at 11:35 PM
"Fred" and "Will" should get together and mash their sour grapes. Why don't you let the city heal from this embarassment episode brought on by a ruthless individual? The residents of Ward 3 will have their say in April, and hopefully without the dishonest interference of individuals.
will September 30, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Really Jeff, so those who's political opinion differs from yours are to be considered "trolls (animals)" and deserve to be simply ignored; what a "refreshing" vision of democracy. Does alderman Violet also share your viewpoint? If so, she should fit very comfortably with the current crew of "yes-men" at city hall as they regularly ignore alternate citizen input in favor of their own agenda.
Fred Oompahloompah September 30, 2012 at 04:04 PM
There still is a ruthless element in our city government as shown by the elimination of Elliott and the 3rd ward plant of Violet! "Hopefully without the DISHONEST interference of individuals" I assume that refers to any individual who does not support your views or choice of candidate Mike? Let us also add that hopefully without interference from outsiders from the city of O'Fallon who think they somehow have a say in our city government! As Jeff wrote "GOD bless you Jim", I say God bless you Jim but the devil may have you! Jim needs to find a thread on his city's problems and keep his nose out of ours. The "trolls" will be at the poles in April and unfortunately for Jeff (oh and Terri since she is the one who really is running for office) they will most likely will hand "them" another defeat once a viable candidate challenges "them" no mater whom/who ever they may be! Who knows it could be one of us "Trolls", Jeff!
will September 30, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Don't panic Fred. You'll probably never receive Jim's "approval" of your political views. You may curry a little favor if you purchase a photo he is(was) selling to promote a veteran's park. If you wish to receive his full endorsement, you'll probably be required to join a veteran's commission. If you do this you will likely be afforded the "privilege" of having any political opinion you wish, including one that would trample the very rights for which these veterans so valiantly fought and/or died. So; get out there Fred, join a veteran's commission, and remember to utter all of the "correct" flag-waving, patriot rhetoric at all the "appropriate" ceremonies and soon you too will have the "freedom" to any voice political philosophy you desire, AND receive Jim's "official" endorsement and blessing.
will October 01, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Well Jim, the best analogy I can give you is that of "man's best friend"; inside dogs tend to be lapdogs while outside dogs tend to be watchdogs. I personally believe that we need a lot more watchdogs who will make noise when something alarms them and a lot fewer lapdogs(politicians). We as citizen's SHOULD already have a venue for our ideas and concerns through our elected representatives; trouble is, they remain unresponsive to these ideas as they continue to pursue their own agendas; hence the need for more watchdogs. These outspoken residents may well be the ones who MOST care about their communities because they take the time to stay informed and voice their opinions without seeking the recognition and publicity that politicians so desire.

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