Mayor Pagano Comments
St. Peters Drives Economic Boom
February 2024 UpFront newsletter
Our City of St. Peters makes up 4% of St. Charles County by size, and 14% by population. With nearly 60,000 residents, we're the third-largest City in the County.
Which is why this next statistic is really amazing: 7.2 million square feet of major development projects were underway in St. Charles County in 2023. And MORE THAN HALF of that total is on the FasTrac to success in St. Peters: 4 million square feet in our City alone!
Those numbers were reported recently by the Economic Development Council (EDC) of St. Charles County. The EDC says that our County has experienced a record number for major economic development projects for three straight years. In this report, the EDC counted major development projects of 20,000 square feet or larger that were either in process or opened during 2023.
Our City obviously stands out as a major reason for this economic boom. Only in St. Peters!
One of our major drivers for development in St. Peters is Premier 370 Business Park—huge projects totaling 2.7 million square feet were underway in 2023. But, we had a lot of other development throughout the City—another 1.3 million square feet of projects. New major development included uses for warehouse, logistics, institutional, storage, medical, hospitality, recreation, and retail.
This kind of success takes vision and teamwork, and I can say that we’ve been lucky to have Difference Makers working at our City who help get businesses on the FasTrac to success! St. Peters is a wonderful location, but it’s our people who make us great! Our entire City team deserves credit, because we need all of our City services to provide the roads, parks, trails, water and wastewater treatment, police protection, waste collection, recreational and cultural activities, and all of the great amenities we have here that attract and retain businesses.
Our team does it all for YOU—our residents. We want a successful City to live, work, play, and visit. The more jobs we have here, the more options to work close to home. What better way to beat the traffic than never having to get on the highway?
Our National Motto: “In God We Trust!”
How You Can Help Prevent Sewer Backups
January 2024 UpFront newsletter
I’m sure you’ll agree with me that you never want to see your wastewater again after it goes down your drain or toilet. But, you might be doing some things right now that will come back to haunt you. Sewer pipes can get blocked, and many times those blockages are the result of the things we flush or wash down the drain.
Let’s start with the food we make. Sometimes, we’re left with a lot of fatty foods, oil, or grease (FOG) after a meal. Now, you might think the easy way to get rid of this “FOG” is to send it down your drain. If it’s still hot, grease and oil can go down the drain easily. You might also put fatty food down your drain with the help of your garbage disposal. Those fats, oils and greasy items will harden and coat your pipes and public water mains—the result can be a disastrous sewer backup into your home or your neighbors’ homes, or both!
Another thing to remember: the only product you want to put down your toilet is toilet paper.
Those wipes that say they’re “flushable”? They don’t break down in our wastewater system. Baby wipes and household cleaning wipes should always go into the trash, never the toilet.
Wipes are like cloth and will not break down in water. They can clog your sewer pipe, block the sewer lateral that leads to our sewer main, or clog pumps and other equipment in our wastewater treatment process.
Keep the wastewater flowing AWAY from your home! Throw wipes in the trash NOT THE TOILET. And, keep fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from clogging pipes with these disposal tips:
- Scrape food scraps into a can or the trash for disposal. Put baskets or strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids. Empty the drain baskets or strainers into the trash for disposal.
- Do not put fatty foods down garbage disposals or toilets or floor drains.
- For small amounts of oil or grease, soak it up with paper towels and throw them in the trash. Remember that no liquid waste can be disposed of as solid waste (trash).
- For amounts ranging from a cup to a pint, you can pour the grease or oil into a container and freeze it. Put the frozen grease into the trash the day your trash is collected.
- For moderate amounts from a pint to a gallon, you can use cat litter to solidify the grease or oil. Put the cat litter in a double-lined plastic bag and pour the grease into the bag. Be sure there is no free liquid before tying the bag shut.
- For larger amounts of oil, such as from a turkey fryer or deep fat fryer of more than 1 gallon, bring the used cooking oil to St. Peters Recycle City’s drop-off center, 131 Ecology Drive, and empty the cooking oil into the designated receptacle, or leave the container with the cooking oil (container will not be returned).
I hope you have a great 2024 (with no unwanted surprises). Happy New Year!
Our National Motto: “In God We Trust”