Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Road Work Pleases Residents, Survey Finds St. Peters

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Road Work Pleases Residents, Survey Finds St. Peters

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Hundreds of St. Peters residents say they are pleased with street and road improvements in the community, a recent city survey found.

But the majority of respondents also said they were unhappy about the length of time involved in developing and fixing those roads.

Aldermen say they will seek ways to speed up road construction.

Written surveys were mailed in December to 957 residents. About 480 people responded. The results were made public earlier this month. Residents were asked about roads, city services, city government and city parks.

Second Ward Alderman Thomas W. Owens said he was pleased with the high response rate.

"I think this shows people want to provide the input to help the city set a direction and tone for the future," he said. "The more we draw upon the expertise and knowledge of our residents, the more we will continue to grow."

The most pressing issue, residents say, is traffic congestion and a need for additional improvements on Interstate 70. Yet barely a majority of those polled said they would support a gasoline tax increase to pay for those types of improvements.

"I'm not sure I understand the answers," said 1st Ward Alderman Matt Weick. "Especially with the gas tax, if people don't support it, we don't have money to fix roads and bridges."

Fourth Ward Alderman Donald L. Aytes said the answers showed residents were unhappy over struggling with repairs and detours, but were satisfied with the end results.

"It cost more to work on roads and allow traffic too," Aytes said.

Owens said the city administrator is studying ways to hasten construction planning and projects. He said Administrator Robert R. Irvin is determining the city's needs for right-of-ways along those sections of roads scheduled for improvement during the next five years.

One issue that was surprising, Weick said, was a strong support for a no-tax increase bond issue for a city government complex. The survey showed 77 percent or 342 residents would support such an issue. Residents defeated a proposal to build such a complex with a no tax-increase bond in August 1986.

"I don't know if people's attitudes have changed or what," Weick said. …

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