Well, here it is … in just a few days I will no longer be an alderman for the city of St. Peters. After serving for 30 years, my retirement happens on April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Peters Justice Center. I loved doing this and I hope I pleased you.
We moved to St. Peters in 1982 when the city had about 18,000 residents – now we have 58,000. I said many times that being an alderman has been good for me and I hope I have been good for St. Peters. Thank you all for your support. In one race, when there were three of us on the ballot for Ward 4, I received 82% of the vote. Folks, you just can’t do any better than that.
The Route 370 area is under development now, and I think you will be pleased with the tax base this area will continue to bring to the city. I worked long and hard with our recycling efforts, and our city has a nice nest egg for future expansion. Last year, the city sold $780,000 of recyclables – all that money went into the recycle account. If you take into account the weight of articles that were sold, instead of earning $780,000, we would have paid 1.5 cents per pound to the landfill. That difference would have meant increased trash pickup costs for our residents. So you can see that the recycling pays off. No matter where you live you can use our containers.
I could go on and on with stories that happened, but I just want to thank everyone for the support they have given me through the years. I have always been proud to say that I was an alderman for the city of St. Peters. God has already blessed us by letting us live in St. Peters. So thank you again.
I have been told that after my retirement the St. Peters Recycle Center will be renamed the Aytes Community Recycling Center. Keep on recycling.