Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Jackie Bond Pagano as well as councilors in Wards 1, 3, 5 and 9 took their oaths of office Monday.
City Clerk Karen Goodwin swore in Florissant City Councilors for Wards 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9, including Jackie Bond Pagano who’s the newest member of the council. Pagano defeated incumbent Karen McKay earlier this month in the municipal election. Several family members and friends gathered in the council chambers for the swearing-in ceremony. Following the ceremony, the council elected new officers for the next year. Ward 5 Councilman Keith Schildroth and Ward 6 Councilman Pat Stinnett both were nominated and elected to the positions of president and vice president, respectively. After a short break, the new council got right to work with a public hearing and approving a bill for an electronic reader board outside of 504-512 N. New Florissant …
Karen McKay stepped down Monday night, but not before receiving high praise from others.
After 12 years on Florissant City Council as Ward 7 councilwoman, Karen McKay received a number of warm wishes and words as she stepped down from the council table. McKay lost her seat to Jackie Bond Pagano during the April 3 election. Monday night, the council honored her with a resolution for her 12 years of hard work and dedication to the City of Florissant. In her last official statement, McKay said she learned and experienced a lot as a council member for the past 12 years and credited city employees, residents and councilors for all of the support and wonderful experiences she has had. In addition, she gave special credit to the city attorney, city clerk and assistant city clerk for serving as her mentors. “I have the utmost respect …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Ward 7 Councilwoman Karen McKay will be celebrated for her dedication during Monday night's meeting.
Karen McKay will sit in her final meeting as Ward 7 Councilwoman Monday night. Newly elected Jackie Bond Pagano will take her seat at the table following the swearing-in ceremony. “Right now, I want to look at the next 15 years,” she said in a previous interview with Patch. “I think I’ve done a good job and learned a great deal.” But McKay assures residents that she’ll be far out of the public eye. “I’m not going anywhere,” she said. “I’m looking forward to helping with other campaigns.” McKay served on the council for 12 years. In the Independent News last week, her fellow council members had nothing but positive words to say about her leadership and experience. “I’ve been on the council for six years,” said Councilman Ben Hernandez. “…
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
She ousts 12-year councilwoman Karen McKay, who's considering a possible mayoral campaign, in tight race.
Ward 7 will have a new councilwoman by the end of the month as Jackie Bond Pagano defeated incumbent Karen McKay Tuesday night. Pagano won with 322 votes to McKay’s 252. “I was a winner before the votes came in because of all of the people I got to meet,” she said. “If we all work together, especially Ward 7, we can make it great.” Pagano unseated 12-year incumbent Karen McKay in a tight race, but the newly elected councilwoman has nothing but gracious words for her predecessor. “I wish her the best,” she said. “She did good. She put her heart into it.” For the Councilwoman McKay, she considers this a time to reassess and move forward. “Right now, I want to look at the next 15 years,” she said Tuesday night. “I think I’ve done a good job …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Ward 7 Councilwoman Karen McKay seeks re-election on the April 3 ballot. She sees public safety, economic development, streets and communication as critical issues.
Ward 7 Councilwoman Karen McKay said nothing beats experience when it comes to serving on the Florissant City Council. McKay, who's served the ward for 12 years, is running for re-election against challenger Jackie Pagano on the April 3 ballot. Experience is critical now, she said. “I really believe that our future will be based on the decisions we make today,” McKay said. For instance, while economic development is critical, she said cities often use tax incentives needlessly. McKay did not support tax increment financing (TIF) or a CID (capital improvement district) for Walmart. She said she’s studied the issue “and other states have not overused incentives the way we have in Missouri.” McKay said cities follow guidelines, but much is …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Jackie Bond Pagano looks to unseat incumbent Karen McKay in Florissant's Ward 7 City Council race.
Jackie Pagano isn’t the first in her family to run for Florissant’s Ward 7 city council seat. Her father, Donald Bond served in the same Ward 7 seat that Pagano seeks, and he later was elected to the St. Louis County Council. Her brother, Ken Bond, also was elected to the city council. Pagano is running against incumbent Karen McKay for city council on the April 3 ballot. “I’m pretty passionate about the city. I take great pride in it and I’d like others to do the same,” Pagano said. “I have a positive outlook for Florissant. I’m not into the negative.” She and her husband Joe have owned and operate Joe’s Auto Mart and Appearance Center on Dunn Road for about 12 years. Pagano’s experience includes: She said that she has thought about …
Friday, March 2, 2012
City Council, school board and board of trustees candidates each gave a five-minute presentation regarding their candidacy.
More than 25 Florissant residents and members of the Florissant Township Open Democratic Club heard from candidates of April’s municipal election. One by one, Florissant City Council, Ferguson-Florissant and Hazelwood Boards of Education and St. Louis Community College (SLCC) Board of Trustees candidates spoke for five minutes about who they are and their plans if elected to their position. City Council candidates show Florissant love Ward 7 and Ward 9 candidates each spoke about their passion for Florissant and how they would like to see the city in the future. Ward 9 candidate Michael Bober said that he would like to focus on keeping young families in Florissant and in the North St. Louis County area. He also said that being in his …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Councilwoman Karen McKay and Councilman Ben Hernandez will have to campaign for the upcoming municipal election.
Of the five Florissant council seats up for election in April, only two of them will be contested. Pending verification of signatures and petitions, Ward 7 and Ward 9 will be the only contested seats in April's Florissant municipal election. Current incumbents Ward 7 Councilwoman Karen McKay and Ward 9 Councilman Ben Hernandez have filed for their seats, City Clerk Karen Goodwin said. In Ward 7, as previously reported, Jackie Pagano will challenge the 11-year incumbent. In Ward 9, Michael Bober will challenge Hernandez. Goodwin said that Ward 1 Councilman Tim Lee, Ward 3 Councilman Joe Eagan and Ward 5 Councilman Keith Schildroth had filed with no opponents. Filling for the election closed Tuesday at 5 p.m. The municipal election will be …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
All Florissant residents are invited to attend the Wednesday night meeting.
If you’re looking to speak to a council representative, then you might have an opportunity to do so on Wednesday night. Ward 7 Councilwoman Karen McKay hosts a townhall meeting for residents to get updates about their community as well as ask questions to city officials. McKay said that representatives of neighborhood watch, Mayor Tom Schneider and others will be on hand for a 60 to 90 minute meeting. The meeting will be held at the James J. Eagan Community Center at 7 p.m.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Council members also talk about refinancing bonds, charter review during Monday's work session.
- Joe Scott
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Florissant City Council members received good financial news and discussed reducing one a tax as a result. During a Monday work session, Finance Director Randy McDaniel told the council that projected for the rest of the year, Florissant would come about $760,000 ahead of its budgeted utility tax receipts. While putting together the 2011 budget, McDaniel projected the city would receive $5.7 million from the revenue. On Monday, he said Florissant likely would wind up with $6.4 million from utility taxes. Through July, tax collection is $600,000 ahead of projections due to utility rate hikes and higher bills, he said. The city raised the utility tax from 5 percent to 7 percent last year as the council struggled to balance its budget. “I …