Mayor Len Pagano
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Leonard B. "Len" Pagano lives in Hanover Crossing and has been a resident for over 35 years. He was honorably discharged form both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. He is a high school graduate and took specialty courses at both St. Charles County and Florissant Valley Community Colleges. He is retired from Unilever HPC where he worked as St. Louis Plant Warehouse Coordinator. He and his wife, Joyce, have three children, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Mayor Pagano has served the City of St. Peters as an elected official since 1983. He was a Ward 3 Alderman from 1983-2007. In April 2007, he was elected Mayor of St. Peters to fill a vacancy. In April 2008, he was re-elected to a full, four-year term.
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Message from Mayor Pagano
Proposed County Charter Amendment
On Nov. 4, 2014, voters across St. Charles County will be asked to decide whether to approve Proposition Red Light Camera. This proposition was put on the ballot by a vote of the St. Charles County Council and would impact areas in the unincorporated areas of St. Charles County as well as in the incorporated cities across St. Charles County, including the City of St. Peters.
Whether you agree with the red light cameras or not, please understand that what you will be voting on is much bigger than just red light cameras. This proposed County charter amendment would change established County Charter language that prohibits the County from interfering with the governmental functions of any city in the County. In fact, back in the 1990s when the County Charter was being written, County officials promised elected officials across St. Charles County that they would not try to interfere with the cities if the charter was passed. I know they made these promises. I was there. Now, the County is trying to break those campaign promises.
If this proposed Charter amendment passes, it would give the County power over much more than red light cameras. For example if this ballot issue passes, the County could tell us where stoplights could go or change traffic patterns on St. Peters roads without any input from our City’s businesses, residents, law enforcement or elected officials.
If this proposed Charter amendment passes, the County could decide to interfere in other services like planning and zoning or land use or even control what breed of dog you can own.
The St. Charles County Municipal League is an organization made up of the cities across St. Charles County. The Municipal League has taken a position against this proposed charter amendment. The organization has not taken a position on the use of red light cameras, but they feel that a city’s residents and elected representatives should decide what happens in their city, not the County Council or people who don’t live in the city. I agree.
I plan to vote no on this County Charter amendment because I do not want people who do not live in our City to tell us how to run our City. That right should be reserved for you, the taxpayers of St. Peters and the people you elect to represent you.
Three out of four people living in St. Charles County live in a city like St. Peters, O’Fallon, St. Charles, Dardenne Prairie, Wentzville, Weldon Spring, and many others. Only one out of four people live in the unincorporated part of St. Charles County. Why should a small group of people be able to decide what goes on in the cities, where many more people live? That’s not the American way.
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