Cancellations For Early April Include Municipal Meetings, Local Elections
The city of St. Mary has canceled its monthly Board of Aldermen meeting, which was scheduled for Thursday, April 9, to observe social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The city of Bloomsdale canceled its Board of Aldermen meeting, which was scheduled for Tuesday, April 14.
The city of Ste. Genevieve last month decided to suspend its Board of Aldermen meetings until at least the month of May. The board did have a meeting by teleconference with only the mayor and three city officials gathered in the City Hall meeting room while a quorum dialed in via phone.
That was before Governor Mike Parson issued a stay at home order which went into effect on Monday, April 6, and remains in effect through Friday, April 24.
Local schools are closed at least until that date.
The governor earlier had delayed the April 7 Municipal Election until Tuesday, June 2.
If that election still looks to be on track to take place at that time, the Herald and Ste. Genevieve Community Access Television will conduct candidate forums in the month of May for contested races.
The city of St. Mary has three candidates for mayor — incumbent Gloria Bader, former mayor Carl Wyatt, and former alderman Paul Franklin, whose wife served as mayor.
St. Mary also has a race for Ward 1 alderman with incumbent Clyde Cassoutt and challenger Adam Bequette, and a referendum on whether utility vehicles and golf carts should be allowed on city streets.
The city of Ste. Genevieve has one contested race with three people running for Ward 1 alderman — incumbent Gary Smith, Sam Ewing and Jerry “Lemon” Klein.
Three people are vying for a seat on the Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital board. Kevin Schaaf, Cynthia Glassey and Bruce Giesler are seeking the seat being vacated by Nicholas Wehner.
In the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District, four people are seeking three seats. Incumbents Martha Resinger, James Kirchner and Eric Basler will be on the ballot along with challenger Joshua Carlisle.
(Information from Bloomsdale, St. Mary city clerks; Ste. Genevieve, election information from Herald archives.