There now is a way to recognize people responsible for random acts of kindness in St. Peters.
City residents and individuals who own a business in the city are now eligible for a program designed to recognize those for “going above and beyond with demonstrations of acts of kindness in our community,” according to eligibility requirements developed by the city.
The city’s “Random Acts of Kindness” program will recognize individuals quarterly with award certificates, signed by the mayor, which will be presented at a regularly scheduled Board of Aldermen meeting
The nomination forms are available at city hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd. or by sending an email request to email@example.com. The application also is online at the city’s website at www.stpetersmo.net under the “I want to” heading at the top of the first page.
The form asks for specific examples of what the nominee did to demonstrate kindness to benefit the community or individuals outside of the nominee’s own family. For more information, call (636) 477-6600.
The nominations will be accepted on an ongoing basis but must be submitted at least 30 days before the presentation date before the board for consideration that quarter. The nominations will be reviewed by a committee of city staff appointed by the city administrator, which will forward their recommendations to the board. The honorees also will be featured in city publications.
Alderman Judy Bateman [Ward 2] presented the idea for the awards program to other board members at a work session on Feb. 23. Bateman told aldermen that there are individuals in the community that are doing things, sometimes for years, without some recognition.
Her idea is to keep politics and government out of the selection, perhaps not opening the program up to people who are government employees or whose profession involves working with residents.
“It’s our residents recognizing other residents that they are under the radar, so to speak,” Bateman said. City officials say the program not only recognizes people that make the city a better place to live but may motivate residents to see the good happening in their community.
Aldermen said they liked the idea. However, Alderman Jerry Hollingsworth [Ward 2] said that Bateman needed to sit down with city officials to figure out the program’s details, including how it would be structured, how people would be selected and how they would be recognized.
Honorees could be recognized with a certificate of appreciation at a board meeting and plaques or photos of honorees might be hung in a special place at city hall, she said.
The board gave voice approval to the idea and no bill is expected to be drafted to put any recognition program. Since then, Bateman and city staff began developing details. Those details, including eligibility requirements, were released in April.
To be eligible, nominees must be city residents or own a business in St. Peters. Groups are also eligible. There is no age limit. The mayor and aldermen, as well as their immediate families, are not eligible to make nominations or receive awards. Also not eligible for an award are people who have specific jobs or volunteer duties, matters of controversy, ideological or religious issues and issues that are contrary to city policies.