Wednesday, April 4, 2012
It is to be another two years for longtime Ward 4 Councilman Steve Moore.
Moore, who has served on the Fulton City Council for 28 years, barely edged out challenger Kathy Segerson in Tuesday’s election with 74 votes to her 69.
“I figured it would be somewhat close, but with her being the challenger the low turnout probably didn’t help her,” Moore said. “I thought she ran a clean campaign, and I don’t discourage her ... to try running again.”
As for returning to a council he has served for the better part of three decades, Moore simply said he wants to thank his constituents for sending him back for another term and that he hopes to continue working on progress with the city’s new park.
Incumbent Ward 1 Councilman Mike West said he is looking forward to another term on the council, and mentioned several concerns the city faces over the next two years.
“We’ve got some challenges ahead of us with the economy,” West said, making note of slow sales tax revenue. “What we’re going to do with utilities is a big concern; we try to keep those down as much as possible, but that’s getting more and more difficult to do.”
He said he also would like to “get more into crime prevention, in particular DWIs.” West said there is a program in Webster Groves in which the city works with its local college “to try to keep people from even getting on the road” after they’ve been drinking.
“I’d like to see us work toward that too,” West said.
Incumbent Ward 2 Councilwoman Mary Rehklau said she also has a number of projects she wants to work on over her next term, specifically mentioning following through on completion of renovations at the new police station and fundraising for a new animal shelter.
“We also need a warehouse — the city warehouse is a mess, it’s just old,” Rehklau added.
She said she is pleased with all the city has accomplished over the past year — citing building the new fire station and starting installation of the smart grid — and is looking forward to more.