Cat Smith for Ward 1
Cat Smith for Ward 1
This has been a topic of conversation around town this week.
As a family that moved to St. Charles from out of state many positive factors contributed to selecting downtown St. Charles. The walkability, great restaurants and shops, on the river, proximity to high school, police, fire, churches and hospital (just missing a post office), and how Main St and surrounding area is really the heart of the city with all of the festivals and events. It saddens me that many of the things that make downtown a wonderful place to live, work and play seem to not be valued.
https://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/health/ssm-ends-labor-and-delivery-and-trauma-services-at-st-joseph-hospital-in-st-charles/article_fd6d2c1f-1cbb-59bf-a88e-594a8e9ef2e3.htm
Cat Smith for Ward 1
Cat Smith for Ward 1
Please give a warm welcome to these NEW additions to Ward 1!
#supportlocal visit or order take out, like their pages, react & comment on posts, check in, tag in pictures, leave positive reviews!

🍳La Belle Vie Cafe in Frenchtown (2nd Street)
https://m.facebook.com/LaBelleVieFrenchtown/

🍴Novellus on Main St.
https://m.facebook.com/TheNovellus/

☕Upshot Coffee on Kingshighway
https://m.facebook.com/weareupshotcoffeebrakeshop/

Soon to open:
🍹The Mocktail Lounge on Main St.
https://m.facebook.com/pages/category/Lounge/The-Mocktail-Lounge-100146841812896/
Cat Smith for Ward 1
Cat Smith for Ward 1
Update: There is a protest. Same group as Sunday. Streets of St. Charles and possibility of the police station on Zumbehl. Please be aware if in the area.

There seems to be another protest forming for tonight (9/17) at 6PM in the same location. Protesting the “militarization and over policing” of our St Charles Police. Which gives me the impression the organizers do not live here.
Stay safe and please continue to #supportlocal
Cat Smith for Ward 1
Cat Smith for Ward 1
📣 Save The Date
Open House
Topic: Evaluating Options for an Aging City Hall
Date: Tuesday, September 29
Time: 4:00 – 7:00PM
Place: Foundry Art Center
Cat Smith for Ward 1
Cat Smith for Ward 1
I was just forwarded this email update! Re: Homeless Forum

Good Afternoon Community Leaders:

On Thursday September 10, 2020 the City of St. Charles in collaboration with the Shelter Task Force, held a community informational meeting regarding neighbors experiencing homelessness. Over 120 community members attended including churches, citizens, agencies and community leaders. A presentation was made on who is homeless within the City of St Charles as well as a profile of those specifically living under the 370 bridge. As part of the community discussion, we talked about some general presumptions of homelessness, public safety and a number of creative ideas.

MODOT will begin regular cleaning of their properties beginning later is September. Cleaning dates will be communicated to Sts Joachim and Ann Care Service Street Outreach who in turn will communicate with our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

Suggestions included:

Consider employing our neighbors experiencing homelessness with the Parks Department and/or MODOT in monitoring activity and keeping trash picked up
Donation of a trash container along with Johnny On The Spots to help with basic human needs
Meet with local and county governments to discuss tax credits/incentives for landlords allowing monthly rents to be in line with what agencies can provide ie; average apartment rent in St Charles County is $962 for 2 bedroom but many agencies are only allowed up to $500 per month based upon grant that covers rent.
Employers receive a tax credit for hiring neighbors experiencing homelessness
Free water/sewer in place of a tax credit to landlords
On property tax bill, allow donation of funds to help homeless (City of St Charles looking at a “check here” box for homelessness – effort to increase knowledge of the County Assistance Board which helps agencies providing resources)
Affordable housing programs including “pocket or tiny homes” that would serve not only neighbors experiencing homelessness but those living around the poverty level.
Robust informational campaign through the City of St Charles about the needs – Who, What, Where, Why, When and How. Agencies provide information with the City broadcasting this info and how to help. Next Steps:
Coordinated Entry provides means to assess along with resources to the most vulnerable men needing housed. Come to the table with resources and authority to act. This would be a higher level of “case conferencing” than is currently happening.
Share with community members, agencies, and leaders not currently involved with Coordinated Entry on the resource needs – who can step into the gap?
Engage the St. Charles Housing Authority to a higher level of connection with Coordinated Entry and local agencies providing housing
House 6 neighbors experiencing homelessness who are men by year end.
Add a series of Town Halls for community input and status updates by the Task Force


Looking forward to moving in a productive manner as we work towards safe, secure and attainable housing for our neighbors in a collaborative effort within our community. Feel free to share this email with those in attendance at the Forum or other interested parties. Reach out to me at anytime with suggestions or comments.



Regards:



Todd A Barnes

Executive Director Community Council
Cat Smith for Ward 1
Cat Smith for Ward 1
Tonight is the 3rd Tuesday of the month! Regular City Council Meeting at 7PM.
Of quite the importance:
Resolutions
👉B. A RESOLUTION DETERMINING THE INTENT OF THE CITY OF ST.
CHARLES, MISSOURI TO REIMBURSE ITSELF FOR CERTAIN CAPITAL
EXPENDITURES IN CONNECTION WITH THE ACQUISITION OF LAND,
BUILDINGS, FURNITURE, FIXTURES, AND EQUIPMENT (SPONSOR:
BRIDGET OHMES)

Bills for Introduction:
👉Bill 13148
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NUMBER 19-256 BY AMENDING
CERTAIN REVENUE, EXPENDITURE, AND FUND BALANCE ACCOUNTS FOR
THE BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2020 (BUDGET AMENDMENT #11)
(SPONSOR: BRIDGET OHMES)
👉Bill 13149
AN ORDINANCE APPROVING THE PURCHASE OF PROPERTY LOCATED AT 400
FOUNTAIN LAKES BOULEVARD FOR $6,000,000 AND CLOSING COSTS NOT TO
EXCEED $50,000 FOR A TOTAL AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $6,050,000 AND
GRANTING CONTINUING AUTHORITY TO EXECUTE DOCUMENTS
NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE INTENT OF THIS ORDINANCE (SPONSOR:
BRIDGET OHMES)

The thought is these have to do with moving city hall. Council members have not provided confirmation, additional information or clarification as this “pertains to a closed Council session”.

Full agenda can be downloaded here:
https://www.stcharlescitymo.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=1989

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