10 Aim for Five Aldermanic Seats on St. Charles City Council
A guide to the April 2013 aldermanic races in St. Charles.
But there are contests for the other four seats, and the issues that have been shaping up in the race are diverse. Several are spinoffs from the City Council’s narrow 6-5 vote in January to approve the controversial Lexington Club, as well as anger related to efforts to push through the addition of apartments at the Corporate Reserve, a business park, and simmering tension over over the city’s use of tax-increment financing districts for the First Street Development and other projects, like Lexington.
The bitterness over the Lexington decision has been well-represented in the comments sections on related online news stories and blogs. Much of that has been related to what some have called a lack of responsiveness by the council to the voters. But the bitterness also has fueled discussion of what some say is a lack of transparency in city government and a need for better communication between the city administration and the City Council.
Combined, these issues have created an anti-incumbent sentiment that could work against those aldermen who supported Lexington — 1st Ward Alderman Jon E. Monken and 2nd Ward Aldermen Clifford Carrignan.
The key question these incumbents face is whether the anti-incumbent sentiment is as widespread as the City Council’s critics say it it. The answer to that question may not be evident until the ballots are counted on April 9.
Krieger and 3rd Ward Alderman William Turner and 5th Ward Alderwoman Maureen Lewis voted against Lexington Club and may be less susceptible to anti-incumbent leanings. Turner faces Mario J. VanDerHeyden on April 9, and Lewis faces community activist Kimberly Malay.
The incumbents’ challengers say there is a general dissatisfaction with St. Charles city government that can be remedied only by greater transparency and increased communication between the city staff and the aldermen, there are other issues.
Certainly one that has received prominent council attention is the alcohol-related problems in the downtown area — street brawling, public drunkenness and public urination. Bar and tavern owners are cooperating, but efforts to resolve the problem since the council raised the issue in May 2012 came in fits and starts, and the council has been skeptical of the most recent efforts.
But another issue that sometimes gets collateral attention in the alcohol debate is economic development. There are a lot of empty storefronts in the city, and filling those up would generate tax dollars the city needs.
Candidate Bios, Issues
Jon E. Monken (i)
Jo K. Krieger (i)
No other candidate
Maureen Lewis (i)
- Sept. 24, 2012: Malay Runs for St. Charles’ 5th Ward Seat
The ‘Must-Read’ Stories
Downtown alcohol-related problems
- Aug. 21, 2012:St. Charles Mayor Targets Drunken Street Brawls
- Sept. 4, 2012:St. Charles Bars, Restaurants Win Reprieve
- Sept. 6, 2012:Taser Used: Violence May Fuel Debate on St. Charles Bar Hours
- Sept. 25, 2012: Taverns, City Near Accord on St. Charles Bar Hours
- Oct. 29, 2012:St. Charles Fines Two Bars Over Liquor Violations
- Nov. 6, 2012: St. Charles Council Casts Jaundiced Eye on Downtown Bars
- Feb. 6, 2013:Will DUI Crash Fuel Fire for St. Charles Tavern Association?
- Feb. 7, 2013: Blog —Downtown St. Charles Drinking Issue a Thorny One
- Feb. 8, 2013: Blog —City Considers Changes to Liquor License Rules
- Jan. 7, 2013: St. Charles Shocker: Council OKs Lexington Club
- Jan. 8, 2013: Lexington Club Vote Sparks Anger
- Jan. 29, 2013: St. Charles Aldermen Still Skeptical of Downtown Bars
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