Thursday, October 27, 2011
Members vote to slash overtime budgets and add money for health department management.
Update as of Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. The Florissant City Council voted on two changes to the proposed 2012 budget in its final budget public work session. The council approved—by narrow margins—a $3,250 increase for two foremen in the health department. Members approved a 50 percent cut to most departments' overtime. Two heads instead of one Mayor Tom Schneider brought to the council’s attention at the beginning of the meeting that the $3,250 would be used to promote the two foremen to co-foremen who would assist in managing the health department. There’s no health department superintendent; the position was vacated approximately one year ago, Schneider said. Since then Street Superintendent Gary Meyer has overseen health and streets. Schneider …
Monday, June 6, 2011
Mayor Schneider believes the city should wait to address redistricting until a full council is seated.
Florissant, like other municipalities, will be required to realign its ward boundaries in keeping with the 2010 Census results. Florissant grew by 3 percent since 2000, but its population also shifted due to some annexations. Each council member will appoint a ward representative to the commission who would recommend boundary changes. Those changes could affect future elections. This round of realignments could bring some significant changes. “Because of the annexations since 2001, boundaries in every ward may change,” said Ward 7 Councilwoman Karen McKay. She’s said she’s not sure that’s happened before. Ward 7 was changed in 2000 to include an area near McCluer High School that had been part of Ward 5, she said. But due to annexations, …
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tom Schneider captures mayoral seat in hotly contested six-person race.
Tom Schneider defeated five other candidates in the Florissant municipal election to become the third mayor in more than 40 years. Schneider captured 37 percent of the vote against his opponents to gain the title of chief administrator of the city. Fellow candidates Susan Geerling and Mark Behlmann followed closely behind with 24 and 23 percent of the vote respectively. “Democracy is not perfection," he said. "Just because something isn’t perfect does not mean it’s rotten, or corrupt. The press and people in the community have the right to made their voice heard when they believe something is wrong.” Schneider has served the past 32 years as the Ward 3 City Councilman. Once votes have been certified by the city of Florissant, Schneider …
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Tom Schneider comes out ahead in the six-way race.
UPDATE 10:50 p.m. After a long two months of campaigns, forums and meet-and-greets, the April 5 municipal election comes down to these results. Florissant Patch will be keeping you posted throughout the night as results come in. This is the final unofficial votes coming in from the St. Louis County Board of Elections. *The St. Louis County Board of Elections said votes are being manually re-counted for the Ward 6 race.
The real work begins as votes begin to be tabulated in municipal races.
As of 7 p.m., the polls in Florissant and throughout St. Louis County have closed. Now starts the real work as votes are counted and, soon, winners are announced. Throughout the night, we’ll be updating our election results article as St. Louis County posts them. For information on all of the involved candidates in Florissant, make sure to check out our election guide. You can also stay tuned to our Facebook or Twitter from election night watch parties.
Florissant Patch has a comprehensive election guide to help with your voting choices.
After weeks of campaigning, studying and forums, the time has come for Florissant residents to decide the city and county’s future. It’s Election Day. On Tuesday, registered Florissant voters will decide the third mayor in more than four decades, a new Ward 6 City Councilman and, for the first time, the St. Louis County assessor. Before you head to the polls, Florissant Patch has prepared an election guide. Throughout the up-to-date guide, you’ll find a list of all of the candidates from the mayor’s race to the Ferguson-Florissant and Hazelwood school boards. You can also find a link to your polling places and an outline of all of the wards of the city for the city councilman races. Throughout Election Day, Florissant Patch will be at …
Friday, April 1, 2011
Andrew Podleski attempts his second run at mayoral seat.
The 2011 Florissant mayoral race isn’t the first rodeo for Ward 6 City Councilman and candidate Andrew Podleski. In the 2007 election, Podleski challenged incumbent Mayor Robert Lowery for his seat and earned more than 40 percent of the vote. Although he lost the race, Podleski kept his aspirations alive by running and winning the Ward 6 city council seat in 2008. Now in the midst of a six-person race for office, Podleski said his opponents are riding on his coattails of topics such as transparency in government, balancing the budget and keeping funds separate. These are all issues, which, Podleski said, are issues he brought up four years ago. “I brought this up four years ago, and none of these other candidates, who have all been in …
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Former representative Michael Spreng wants to make some changes in Florissant’s administration.
Former state representative Michael Spreng had only jokingly discussed running for the Florissant mayor’s office in past years. He got serious when Mayor Robert Lowery decided to not to run for another term this past December. “It was one of those things that the present Mayor Lowery and I did not always see eye to eye. He would say at that time, ‘What are you going to do, run against me?’” Spreng said. “And I would jokingly say, ‘Yeah, that’s what I’m going to do, I’m going to run against you.’ But I really thought about running straight up against him because of our beliefs in politics, or changes in politics.” Spreng had no idea he would be thrown into a six-person race for the office, though, and the competition has posed challenges …
With less than a week, we take a look at who your possible next representatives for Florissant could be.
For the past two months, Florissant residents have waited for the opportunity to vote for its third mayor in more than four decades. Although the mayoral race has been closely followed, we have several other races and candidates to consider for the next elected officials. We take a look at all of the candidates that could be our next representatives in this week's Viewfinder. For a complete rundown of next week's election, make sure to check out our comprehensive election guide, which will continue to be updated through election day. Plus, make sure to follow our coverage on election day up until all votes have been counted.
We're unveiling a guide to the April 5 municipal election for the most comprehensive information.
Florissant’s registered voters have a huge responsibility on their shoulders when the April 5 municipal election begins. Voters will be selecting the first St. Louis County Assessor as well as choosing only the third mayor to serve in four decades. Florissant Patch hopes to make your life easier. We’ve prepared a thorough and comprehensive election guide for Florissant’s registered voters. Throughout the guide, you’ll find a list of all of the candidates from the mayor’s race to the Ferguson-Florissant and Hazelwood school boards. You can also find a link to your polling places and an outline of all of the wards of the city for the city councilman races. Of course, you’ll be able to find links to all of the candidates’ profiles that we’ve …