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
One of the Best Places to Live
On the Monday morning right after a fun, active and long weekend at Celebrate St. Peters 2017, I received an email from Money Magazine telling me that St. Peters was one of the publication’s Top 100 Best Places to Live in America. Not only that, our City made No. 15 on this esteemed list for 2017—the highest rating in Missouri. This was St. Peters’ fourth time on Money’s Top 100 list in the past decade. Talk about a great way to start the week and get reenergized after a long Celebrate St. Peters weekend!
In the release from Money Magazine, the editor, Adam Auriemma, writes about the publication’s search for the Top 100 Best Places to Live: "Where you choose to live is an important decision, one that influences your life in every way. So we had to make sure to consider as many factors as possible. This year, our methodology is as robust as ever. We’ve gathered 170,000 data points about 2,400 places … . Our final list … represents the best of America's towns and cities: places that offer economic opportunity, a sense of community, and access to amenities that make life more enjoyable."
For those of us who have called St. Peters “My Hometown” for years, we might be a little spoiled, and we might forget that we truly do have a special community. I often hear from newer residents and visitors who are impressed and sometimes surprised about all of the great things we offer. Money Magazine said that St. Peters is “an ideal place to start a family in the greater St. Louis area … ” and goes on about our great schools and our community’s many cultural opportunities, noting the many programs at the Cultural Arts Centre, the Celebrate St. Peters festival at 370 Lakeside Park, our 1,200-plus acres of parkland, and the one-of-a-kind St. Peters Rec-Plex recreation and fitness center.
This is all true. All of these things help make St. Peters great and help create a sense of community. But, if you think about it, it’s you, our residents, who really make our City great. If you look at that list of cultural opportunities and amenities, they all are possible because the residents in our community support them. You passed bond issues to help pay for them. You help support the Rec-Plex and Arts Centre. Many of you put in numerous volunteer hours for City programs and services. Your input helped design many of our park facilities, including the 300-acre 370 Lakeside Park, the county’s largest municipal park, and its popular new RV Campgrounds.
In building a strong community, we built a strong local economy, too. This year, we’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of Mid Rivers Mall while also opening several major retail stores at Mid Rivers Mall Drive north of I-70 at Shoppes of Mid Rivers. The longevity of the regional mall and the addition of a new, exciting retail center point to the steady growth of our community’s economic base through the decades. Back when Mid Rivers Mall opened, our community was exploding with new homes and businesses. Today, we’re experiencing a new economic boom, with more than 2 million square feet of commercial space opening in 2017. Premier 370 Business Park is growing with huge new projects, and that’s because you, our residents, approved a bond issue to provide the infrastructure for this growth.
Economic growth equals jobs and also tax revenue to help pay for those amenities that make St. Peters such a great community. Please remember to Shop St. Peters when possible to keep those tax dollars at home working for you and our community.
Thank you for supporting your community through the years. Congratulations on being No. 15 in the nation, St. Peters—you deserve it!
Our national motto, “In God We Trust.”
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Celebrate St. Peters 2017
Hard to believe this year will be the seventh time we’ve hosted the Celebrate St. Peters event out at 370 Lakeside Park and eighth time overall. We hosted our first Celebrate St. Peters event at City Centre Park in 2010 for St. Peters’ centennial celebration. With 370 Lakeside Park completed, we moved the event out to our new 300-acre park in 2011. The park gets more beautiful each year, and our Celebrate event gets more and more popular with tens of thousands of people expected to attend!
This year, on Sept. 15-16, we’re going to have four national acts entertaining on the Main Stage: Pablo Cruise and Ambrosia will get the party started on Friday evening, and Firefall and Orleans will put on two more great shows on Saturday evening! These are bands with great musicians who really know how to entertain—don’t miss the fun!
The music starts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, with Blues Plus with the Sliders warming up the Main Stage. On Saturday, Butch Wax and the Hollywoods will perform with Theo Peoples on the Celebrate Stage at the Corporate Pavilion from 2:30-5:30 p.m. The Main Stage headliners will begin playing at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. In between the Main Stage acts on Saturday, you can enjoy a beautiful fireworks display over the lake!
And, I haven’t even talked about all of the family entertainment, yet! Bring the kids out to the Community News Family Area, where BJC St. Charles County Fun at the Fair Stage will have FREE entertainment both Friday night and Saturday. Abra-Kid-Abra will perform three times on Saturday (noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.). The Home Depot Kids’ Workshop will provide fun and FREE projects for kids from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. Plus, your kids can enjoy affordable carnival games and inflatables, run by local non-profit organizations, on Friday night and all day on Saturday.
The Carnival will also be back at the festival with a variety of fun rides over three sessions—Friday evening, a Saturday matinee and again on Saturday evening. You can purchase carnival ride wristbands for unlimited rides during the Friday evening and Saturday matinee sessions. Tickets for rides will be on sale at the carnival midway during all three sessions.
We have three options for parking this year at Celebrate St. Peters. Reserved Parking Passes ($20 for St. Peters residents and $25 for the general public) provide the most convenient access to Celebrate St. Peters. General Parking is available for FREE at the festival grounds. And, NEW THIS YEAR, Satellite Parking is available FREE at Mid Rivers Mall! We’ll have FREE shuttle service at all of our parking areas. Dedicated shuttle buses will run to and from two locations at Mid Rivers Mall so you won’t have a long wait there. Parking at Mid Rivers Mall is a great new option if you want to avoid traffic into and out of the festival!
You can prepare for the festival ahead of time and save some money, as well. Discounted carnival ride wristband vouchers are available for purchase in advance. Reserved Parking Passes are also on sale now. You can take advantage of a Celebrate St. Peters Family Special that will get you a Reserved Parking Pass and two discounted carnival ride wristband vouchers at a savings of up to 33%—just $39 with your St. Peters Resident Privilege Card, and $44 for the general public. All advance sales are available at City Hall and the St. Peters Rec-Plex during regular business hours. Please keep in mind that sales end Sept. 14 for discounted carnival ride wristband vouchers and the Celebrate St. Peters Family Special. Reserved Parking Passes are sold in advance through Sept. 15, but are not available at the festival.
Learn more about Celebrate St. Peters at www.stpetersmo.net/Celebrate.
Our national motto, “In God We Trust.”
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