Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Both new councilors jumped into the workload during Monday night's meeting.
Ward 3 Councilman Joe Eagan and Ward 6 Councilman Pat Stinnett took their seats behind the council podium on Monday night for their first Florissant City Council meeting as elected officials. After their wins on Aug. 2 in the special election, Mayor Tom Schneider swore in Eagan and Stinnett at the beginning of the meeting and put them right to work. Stinnett had two agenda items from his ward, including a request from Steve Purgahn to keep three American chickens and an amendment to authorize an outdoor dining area to Gettemeier’s Bar. The council approved both measures in the meeting. “The process begins,” he said following the meeting. “Nothing like getting thrown right into the wolves.” Stinnett said that he’d already received three …
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Ward 3 and Ward 6 have new council representatives.
It's been a long, hot summer of campaigning, and it's come down to Tuesday night. Joe Eagan won the seat in Ward 3, while Pat Stinnett, after a tied vote in April, has won in Ward 6. Here's the results being reported by St. Louis County Board of Elections: Check back with Florissant Patch in the morning for comments from the candidates.
Despite the high temperatures for Tuesday, candidates continue to spread their messages at the polls.
Although the National Weather Service forecasted a temperature of 103°F in the St. Louis metro area, that didn’t stop the candidates of Ward 3 and Ward 6 from a last ditch effort to give their message to the voters. At Lutheran Church of the Atonement, Ward 6 candidate Pat Stinnett and a small group of volunteers sat under a tent in the parking lot of the church, while Steve Purgahn and his family stood beneath the trees. Each thanked residents for their votes and kept high spirits despite the blazing weather. “I’m feeling very good,” Stinnett said. “It’s been a good day.” At close to noon, Stinnett and Purgahn estimated that a little more than 200 had come to vote, which was higher than both had expected. Both were also pleased that the …
Florissant residents will decide the councilmen of Wards 3 and 6.
On Tuesday, starting at 6 a.m., Florissant registered voters of Wards 3 and 6 will head to the polls to decide their next council representative. Residents will choose either Joe Eagan, Elizabeth O’Fallon or Mark Behlmann in Ward 3, and in Ward 6, residents will choose either Pat Stinnett or Steve Purgahn. There are only two polling places open for each ward, which includes: Polls close at 7 p.m. Florissant Patch will keep you updated on election coverage throughout the day.
Monday, August 1, 2011
In our final installment, Florissant residents question communications, trash haulers.
How do you plan to get feedback from your residents before voting on issues that affect us? Mark Behlmann, Ward 3: I will have set up an email blast system. When an issue is coming before the council that affects Ward 3, all registered email addresses I have in my database will be contacted, posing the question I would be voting on behalf of Ward 3. Based on feedback from registered citizens’ emails and the follow-up dialogue, the majority of the answers will cultivate my decision process. I am a firm believer of majority rules. Joe Eagan, Ward 3: I have visited every street both residential and commercial in Ward 3, and by Aug. 2, I will have visited them twice. I have talked to a large number of the good citizens of Ward 3 and have …
Friday, July 29, 2011
The candidates answered questions about the relations between councilors and administration.
What should Florissant do to attract more high-level commercial businesses? Mark Behlmann, Ward 3: The City of Florissant has a stigma hanging over it. The perception related to businesses coming into the city is negative. This perception is due to the uncertainty of its previous and current leadership. This perception needs to be changed starting with the city council's ability to work together. Communication and hard work within the council itself starts the healing process. Joe Eagan, Ward 3: All cities throughout the nation have experienced tough times due to the recession. This recession is one of the worst economic periods that this country has ever endured. This recession has had a devastating effect on many of our lives. Many have …
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Florissant candidates discuss how they plan to deal with relations and money of council and administration.
What are your thoughts on both mayor and council salaries? Too high? Just right? Not enough? Mark Behlmann, Ward 3: I have stated publicly during the mayor's race--“any new mayor should start at a apprentice position. I am on record supporting a decrease in the mayor's salary of 30 percent or $90,000 per year.” As a business owner, there were times in order to make payroll for the week I did not receive a check. I always made sure employees were paid first. I still live under that philosophy. If employees take a pay cut, handed down by the council or administration, both entities should realize a pay cut as well. Joe Eagan, Ward 3: I think we need to study the salaries of both the mayor and council and compare them with those of similar …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The candidates continue their input on Florissant's top issues.
Residents wanted to know how they could continued to be informed on what's happening with city issues, and each candidate has a plan. They also have thoughts on the sewer lateral tax, and here's what they had to say: How do you plan to keep residents informed about what decisions are being made? Mark Behlmann, Ward 3: I plan on sending a yearly newsletter, listing two prescheduled town hall Ward 3 meeting times and dates. I also plan to provide a website address that will be updated biweekly announcing all current events and community schedules along with the council agenda. I also promise to return calls within 48 hours. I also promise to schedule appointments at residents request at a mutual time. Also, I can be reached by email on a …
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
City Council reorganizes during Monday's meeting following April 5 election.
After more than 30 years, Tom Schneider entered the Florissant council chambers on Monday night as the Ward 3 Councilman and left as the new mayor. More than 30 people, including Florissant Police Chief William Karabas, Greater North County Chamber President Carolyn Marty and former mayoral opponents Mark Behlmann and Robert Garrett, looked on as elected city councilors and the mayor-elect took their oath of office. City Clerk Karen Goodwin swore in Wards 2, 4 and 8 city council members–John Grib, Keith English and Mark Schmidt, respectively--at the beginning of the meeting. Following immediately afterward, Mayor Robert Lowery read the oath to mayor-elect Schneider, which he quickly accepted. “I’m grateful for this honor,” Schneider said …
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Pat Stinnett and Steve Purgahn are deadlocked at 470 votes, and Ward 6 remains without a new councilman.
UPDATED: Thursday at 9:30 a.m. The official April 5 municipal election results have been calculated, and Ward 6 remains without a new city councilman. According to City Clerk Karen Goodwin, Pat Stinnett and Steve Purgahn are tied at 470 votes a piece. Third candidate Ben Eye received 336 votes. Goodwin said that this is a first for the city of Florissant. There are two options for candidates that must be decided by Thursday. The winners can opt to flip a coin or participate in some sort of drawing, or they will be put on the Aug. 2 election ballot alongside candidates for the Ward 3 City Council seat, which is being vacated by mayor-elect Tom Schneider. If the candidates opt for a run-off election, current Ward 6 Councilman Andrew …