Ward 1 Alderman Joyce Townsend
Board of Aldermen President
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Alderman Joyce Townsend has lived in Ward One St. Peters for more than 30 years, and has been married to Keith for more than 35 years. She graduated from St. Charles High School, has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UMSL, and has owned and operated three successful home-based businesses.
She served as Alderman Ward One from 1996-2000, and then chose to stay home to raise her family's four children. During this time she and her husband were both very involved in Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting, and she served as a Leave No Trace trainer, teaching environmentally sound camping and backpacking practices to both groups of Scouts.
In her private life, Alderman Townsend is a member of the Saint Charles Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, one of the country’s premier Veterans’ service organizations. Her interests include genealogy research, public speaking and historical storytelling, gardening, and needlework. She is now the proud grandmother of three beautiful grandchildren.
Alderman Townsend currently serves as Board of Aldermen President.
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Message from Alderman Townsend
Have a Happy Summer!
Wow, it’s getting hot outside again! It happens every year, and still it seems to creep up on me each time. Our garden is taking off and will hopefully produce abundantly again this year. The grandkids are enjoying the backyard sprinkler, and I’m making iced tea by the gallon.
With all its fun, summer also brings its own dangers. A few reminders of Summer Safety:
- Be vigilant around pools, and make sure yours is secure and safe for your neighborhood.
- Use the appropriate sunscreen and stay hydrated.
- Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses – and don’t forget that your children’s eyes need protection, too.
- Consider staying inside during the hottest part of the day, from 11am to 3pm.
- Wear light colored, light textured clothing when you do go outside.
- Please don’t leave your children or pets in the car EVER.
- Be sure to have shade and fresh cool water available for your outside pets.
- Don’t walk your pets on the pavement, as their paw pads can burn.
- Check on your elderly relatives and neighbors often. They sometimes don’t realize how heated or dehydrated they are getting.
With just a little extra planning and purpose, we can all have a wonderful time during this special season. As always, it is my privilege to serve as your Alderman in Ward One. Call me anytime I can be of assistance with City questions or concerns. Stay safe out there and have a great summer!
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Progress and Plans
A few weeks ago I was invited to join Mayor Pagano and City Administrator Batzel in a meeting with Mr. Tom Blair, the St. Louis District Director for MoDOT. He explained the timeline for the I-70 project between Cave Springs and Fairgrounds. The City does agree with the goals of the project, which includes improving traffic flow and the efficiency of that movement. I was encouraged to see how MoDOT has taken so many comments from the public over the last several months and seems to have that knowledge of their concerns being considered as they move forward. And I’m glad to see that MoDOT is including us in some of these discussions, even though only one end of the project, right at the Cave Springs interchange, is in our City limits.
The project will now be put out for design bids, where several companies will come up with their own versions of how to spend the $62M that has been earmarked for this project. Then they hope to award the project design to one of them this coming fall. Only then will we actually know what MoDOT thinks is the best way to handle our traffic snarls along that route. Their plans are to begin construction of that design in the Spring of 2022. We’ll do our best to keep you informed of the progress of this County-, State-, and Federally-funded joint project.
I wish you all a happy and safe summer! Call me anytime I can assist you with City questions or concerns at 636-357-2789, or email me at Alderman.Townsend@stpetersmo.net. It is indeed a privilege to serve the residents of Ward One.
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