Alderman Barclay Comments
December 2023 UpFront newsletter
Many subdivisions in St. Peters have a Homeowner’s Association (HOA). Ward 4 happens to have the most when compared to other areas of the City. Alderman Trupiano and I have an excellent relationship with the trustees and residents living in those neighborhoods. They’ve even allowed us to become members of their Facebook pages.
Almost all our HOA meetings occur at City Hall. But, some take place at other locations such as the McClay, Kisker and Spencer Road Libraries. Sometimes, we’ll also get invited to Fairmount and Independence schools. Wherever your group meets, Nick and I are always available to attend. Just let us know and we’ll be happy to come join you.
If you want us to give you updates on road projects, events or developments, all you need to do is ask. Otherwise, we’ll stay until the end of the meeting and be available to answer your questions and file any concerns you may have.
Alderman Trupiano and I have always tried to remain accessible to everyone who wants to talk or needs our help to resolve an issue. I encourage those who don’t attend the HOA meetings to try and come. There’s a wealth of good information that is shared by the trustees including your annual budget and other things happening in your subdivision. It’s also a good time to get to know your neighbors better.
As we come to the end of 2023, I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. May next year be filled with happiness and blessings for you and your family.
Training & Serving
November 2023 UpFront Newsletter
First, I’d like to say something to everyone who has ever put on a uniform to defend our country. That includes those who are retired military or currently serving. You are all heroes. We honor you on Veterans Day for all the sacrifices you and your family have made to keep us safe. Next, I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving to all those who reside in our community.
Now, the main part of this month’s article. For those who didn’t know, I earned a BA in Political Science when I graduated college. I thought I’d actually be working some day for a local, county or state government. Instead, my family and I moved to St. Peters and it was then that I thought maybe I could use my education as an elected official. During my time in office I’ve tried to continue learning more and more. I believe this makes me a better Alderman in order to help the residents who live in our City.
Dealing with agendas, budgets, meetings and a whole host of other things has taught me the basics of the responsibilities I need. However, I’ve been taking extra training from other sources to improve my skills. This includes the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Missouri Municipal League (MML).
The NLC is an organization that many cities throughout the entire United States belong to. From them I received a Bronze Certificate after completing training for a wide range of subjects that many newly elected officials sign up for.
Next was several years of training offered by the MML which consists of most of the cities in our state. We work together for the benefit of all our members. Since St. Peters is part of the MML, the Mayor and Aldermen can train to get the designated title of “Certified Municipal Official”. Over the years, I believe that only about 150 people in Missouri have completed this training. Just some of the subjects we were required to learn more about included ethics, economics, budgeting, public works, parliamentary procedures and zoning.
Recently, I was able to finish up the advanced certification. Some topics listed above were looked at more in depth. Others included media relations, comprehensive plans, financial statements, fraud, community relations, code enforcement and working with the full council to conduct City business.
The advanced training also dealt with three major areas. One was Community Service in our local City or something at the state level. My project was when I helped find sponsors, testified and lobbied the Missouri Legislature to finally pass a Stillborn Tax Exemption. It took a long time but for my wife and me it was something very close to our hearts. The second area is Advocacy and working with legislators on issues facing St. Peters. As President of the St. Charles County Municipal League, I’ve met with both Senators and Representatives to talk about things that could help or hurt our City and neighboring communities. Finally, we had to take multiple seminars on enhancing our leadership skills. In all, only about 60 people have completed this advanced certification. I’m proud to count myself as one of the few who have done this.
I’ll never stop learning while serving as your representative on the Board of Aldermen. The more training I receive allows me to serve you better. I continue to learn from the organizations listed above. But I also learn from staff, employees, residents, trustees and my fellow elected officials on a daily basis. Feel free to contact me anytime. You can call, email, text or send a message on Facebook. Thank you for the privilege of being your Ward 4 Alderman in the City of St. Peters.