Ward 2 Alderman Dr. Gregg Sartorius
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Dr. Gregg S. Sartorius lives in the Country Crossing subdivision and has been a resident for over 25 years. He is married to Paula and they have three children and six grandchildren. They are a Blue Star family, with one son serving in the U.S. Navy. Dr. Sartorius is retired from the Fort Zumwalt School District as an administrator after serving 28 years in education. He received his Doctorate degree from St. Louis University in 1996. He was also granted scholarships to attend the year-long State Leadership Academy and the Character Education Academy. He has taught educational administration courses for the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Lindenwood University for 20 years.
Dr. Sartorius was elected to the Lewis and Clark Discovery Expedition of St. Charles in 2003 and was appointed chairman of the board for the entire Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition from 2004-2006, which traveled the route across the Northwest to the Pacific Ocean and back. Their success on this re-enactment would not have occurred without the policy manual and guidelines he developed prior to the crew leaving St. Charles in May 2004.
He has served the community in a variety of ways over the years. He is currently and has been a Trustee for his neighborhood for eighteen years, has served as the chairman of the Cultural Arts Advisory Board, chairman of the Millennium Commission, and more recently, on the Personnel Review Board and Board of Adjustments for the City until his election to Alderman of Ward 2 in June 2020.
“I look forward to serving the citizens of St. Peters, and more specifically the residents of Ward 2. With the professional staff that the City employs, many initiatives and projects will continue to make St. Peters, Missouri safe and a great place to live, work and play!”
Dr. Gregg Sartorius is an Aldermanic Representative to the Parks, Recreation & Arts Advisory Board (Sustainability Focus Committee)
Message from Alderman Sartorius
A Favorite Time of Year
The fall and early winter undoubtedly is my favorite time of the year. The opportunities to gather with friends and family are abundant. It begins in September with trips to the apple orchards to select the best apples for making pies and cobblers. This is followed by visits to the pumpkin patch in October to find the right pumpkins for Halloween, and eventually greeting trick-or-treaters from around a firepit with our neighbors in the court where we live. The days and nights become cooler, and we get the chance to use the woodburning fireplace in our great room.
November brings the days of remembrance and thanks with Veteran’s Day and sharing our gratitude with others on Thanksgiving. As we enter December there are many activities that I treasure; writing out Christmas cards to our family and friends; searching for the right gifts for our kids and grandkids; finding the perfect Christmas tree and of course celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. With my wife, Paula, being part Italian, everyone always looks forward to sitting around the table and making homemade spiedini’s.
Throughout the fall and into winter there are many opportunities to engage with others in our community. Mentioned above are just a few. Others include taking a bus tour to Kimmswick on Saturday November 6 or attending the Veterans Day Event at City Hall on November 11 at 9:30 am. On December 3rd St. Peters host the annual tree-lighting at City Hall. On the 11th, you could bring your children or grandchildren to the Rec-Plex and have Breakfast with Santa. Many of the local churches and religious organizations also provide opportunities for giving and celebrating life during this time of year.
I would be amiss if I did not mention ways to be “sustainable” during the fall and early winter. Hopefully, you recycled your pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and bales of straw in your brown yard-waste cart along with the leaves and branches that fall this time of year. Recycle containers and paper in your Blue Cart using the Blue Bags provided by the City when you enroll in the Blue Cart Crew; paper items in one, and plastics and bottles in the other (do not mix). You can also recycle that live Christmas Tree at Earth Centre at 115 Ecology Drive. Please recycle burned out tree lights rather than throwing them in the trash and use LED Holiday lights when possible. Light strands should be recycled in their own Blue Bag and not mixed with other items. These are just a few ways to maintain sustainability in our City.
As I count my blessings this year, you can be assured that beyond my family and friends, I will include my opportunity to serve the citizens in our community this past year and work with some of the most professional and experienced staff one could hope for. I wish all a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and much prosperity in the New Year.
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Sustainability is the ability to sustain something. Webster’s dictionary defines sustain as: “to keep in existence; maintain or prolong.” The City of St. Peters has recognized the need for sustainability for many years and practices sustainability in many ways. The most obvious is the Blue Cart Crew recycling program which is free to residents who sign-up. Another is the Brown Cart Brigade for yard-waste, limited to grass clippings, weeds, leaves and small branches. These items are then processed and recycled into Gold Grow biosolids compost. Nine out of ten Missouri wineries use the Gold Grow product for their vineyards to grow their grapes. St. Peters also has two community gardens that allow for residents to plant and grow their own vegetables and flowers.
Another effort to improve sustainability is the switching from incandescent or CFL lighting to LED lighting. As streetlights go out, they are being replaced by energy efficient LED lights. Also, in the many facilities throughout the City, bulbs are being replaced with LED bulbs and in all remodeling projects, LED lighting is being installed. Currently, staff is in discussions with Ameren UE regarding establishing solar panel sites on City property, installing recharging station at City facilities for electric cars and the possibility of switching over fleet vehicle to electric vehicles.
In an effort to do more, our Focus Group is providing our residents with a FREE workshop on Solar Energy on Tuesday, September 7, at 5:00 pm at the St. Peters City Hall. All are welcome to come learn about the energy efficient use of Solar energy and the savings it can bring over the years.
As the Sustainability Focus Group recognizes the efforts of the City we also encourage our residents to become more familiar with sustainability habits they can practice in their own homes (see the list under the Sustainability Focus Group on the City’s website).
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