Ward 2 Alderman Dr. Gregg Sartorius
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Dr. Gregg S. Sartorius lives in the Country Crossing subdivision and has been a resident for over 25 years. He is married to Paula and they have three children and six grandchildren. They are a Blue Star family, with one son serving in the U.S. Navy. Dr. Sartorius is retired from the Fort Zumwalt School District as an administrator after serving 28 years in education. He received his Doctorate degree from St. Louis University in 1996. He was also granted scholarships to attend the year-long State Leadership Academy and the Character Education Academy. He has taught educational administration courses for the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Lindenwood University for 20 years.
Dr. Sartorius was elected to the Lewis and Clark Discovery Expedition of St. Charles in 2003 and was appointed chairman of the board for the entire Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition from 2004-2006, which traveled the route across the Northwest to the Pacific Ocean and back. Their success on this re-enactment would not have occurred without the policy manual and guidelines he developed prior to the crew leaving St. Charles in May 2004.
He has served the community in a variety of ways over the years. He is currently and has been a Trustee for his neighborhood for eighteen years, has served as the chairman of the Cultural Arts Advisory Board, chairman of the Millennium Commission, and more recently, on the Personnel Review Board and Board of Adjustments for the City until his election to Alderman of Ward 2 in June 2020.
“I look forward to serving the citizens of St. Peters, and more specifically the residents of Ward 2. With the professional staff that the City employs, many initiatives and projects will continue to make St. Peters, Missouri safe and a great place to live, work and play!”
Dr. Gregg Sartorius is an Aldermanic Representative to the Parks, Recreation & Arts Advisory Board (Sustainability Focus Committee)
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Award-Winning Urban Forest and Composting Programs
At our recent Board of Aldermen meeting on Nov. 4, 2021, we welcomed some outside organizations who were excited to recognize the City of St. Peters with some awards. A couple of the awards recognized our community forestry program in the Parks Department. Two other awards honored the work of our Wastewater Treatment Plant personnel, including our biosolids management program that helps produce our GOLD GROW compost.
All of these awards are the result of decades of work by the City of St. Peters and commitment to serving our community.
St. Peters was recognized by the Missouri Department of Conservation for the 23rd consecutive year with a Tree City USA award for its commitment to growing our urban forest. For a 21st consecutive year, we also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating increased levels of tree care and community engagement.
Did you know that St. Peters was the first community in St. Charles County to be recognized with a Tree City USA designation back in 1999?
Why is this important? Because a thriving urban forest has a lot of benefits, including the reduction of home energy costs, higher property values, less noise pollution from traffic, and absorbing carbon dioxide from the air. Trees make us a healthier and more prosperous community, and our Parks Department is a great steward of our community forest.
Our wastewater treatment plant was presented with two awards from the Missouri Water Environment Association: a Treatment Plant Safety Award and an Outstanding Management of Wastewater Biosolids. Congratulations to the amazing staff at our wastewater plant and our Earth Centre facility for working safely and also for being great stewards of our environment.
What does biosolids management mean? Biosolids are organic byproducts from our wastewater treatment system. In many communities, this material goes to the landfill. In St. Peters, we dewater these biosolids and combine them with yard waste in a composting program that creates the amazing GOLD GROW biosolids compost.
During the award presentation, we played this SPTVnow.net video explaining the success of GOLD GROW biosolids compost. If you haven't seen the video, it's definitely worth watching. Professionals use our GOLD GROW product throughout the state, including at vineyards and the St. Louis Arch grounds. And, yes, our Parks Department uses GOLD GROW for our City’s trees and other plants. Even better, as a St. Peters resident, you can get GOLD GROW at amazing low rates for your home and garden when you present your Resident Privilege Card!
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A Favorite Time of Year
The fall and early winter undoubtedly is my favorite time of the year. The opportunities to gather with friends and family are abundant. It begins in September with trips to the apple orchards to select the best apples for making pies and cobblers. This is followed by visits to the pumpkin patch in October to find the right pumpkins for Halloween, and eventually greeting trick-or-treaters from around a firepit with our neighbors in the court where we live. The days and nights become cooler, and we get the chance to use the woodburning fireplace in our great room.
November brings the days of remembrance and thanks with Veteran’s Day and sharing our gratitude with others on Thanksgiving. As we enter December there are many activities that I treasure; writing out Christmas cards to our family and friends; searching for the right gifts for our kids and grandkids; finding the perfect Christmas tree and of course celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. With my wife, Paula, being part Italian, everyone always looks forward to sitting around the table and making homemade spiedini’s.
Throughout the fall and into winter there are many opportunities to engage with others in our community. Mentioned above are just a few. Others include taking a bus tour to Kimmswick on Saturday November 6 or attending the Veterans Day Event at City Hall on November 11 at 9:30 am. On December 3rd St. Peters host the annual tree-lighting at City Hall. On the 11th, you could bring your children or grandchildren to the Rec-Plex and have Breakfast with Santa. Many of the local churches and religious organizations also provide opportunities for giving and celebrating life during this time of year.
I would be amiss if I did not mention ways to be “sustainable” during the fall and early winter. Hopefully, you recycled your pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and bales of straw in your brown yard-waste cart along with the leaves and branches that fall this time of year. Recycle containers and paper in your Blue Cart using the Blue Bags provided by the City when you enroll in the Blue Cart Crew; paper items in one, and plastics and bottles in the other (do not mix). You can also recycle that live Christmas Tree at Earth Centre at 115 Ecology Drive. Please recycle burned out tree lights rather than throwing them in the trash and use LED Holiday lights when possible. Light strands should be recycled in their own Blue Bag and not mixed with other items. These are just a few ways to maintain sustainability in our City.
As I count my blessings this year, you can be assured that beyond my family and friends, I will include my opportunity to serve the citizens in our community this past year and work with some of the most professional and experienced staff one could hope for. I wish all a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and much prosperity in the New Year.
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