By MARK EVANS
Masks are no longer required to enter the Ste. Genevieve County Courthouse.
The County Commission voted last Thursday to reascend the mandate from last fall that face masks had to be worn to enter the building.
With some 27 percent of the county vaccinated and numbers of confirmed active cases down, the commission decided to relax the entry requirement.
Visitors will still have to get their temperature taken and certain offices within the building require masks – including the circuit court and circuit court clerk’s office.
“You don’t have to have one to enter the building or to walk down the hall,” First District Commissioner Karen Stuppy said.
“Things are going in the right direction,” Second District Commissioner Randy Ruzicka said. “Every office has its own protocol.”
“I think it was right at the time,” Presiding Commissioner Garry Nelson said of the initial requirement, when cases were spiking. “Things have changed.”
He also noted that no one is banning anyone from wearing a mask anywhere in the courthouse.
SCHMIEDER PRAISED FOR PREP WORK
With the exception of brooming off parts of the road, the job of prepping Lawrenceton Cutoff Road and the adjoining Roth Road, to the Highway Y intersection is complete. It is now ready for Vern Bauman Contracting to put down asphalt.
The commissioners and others were full of praise for Schmieder and his men – especially on building up the nasty Roth-Road Y intersection, where a big drop-off and sharp turn made it dangerous and inconvenient.
“Your men did a fantastic job,” Stuppy told Schmieder.
“It was a very professional job,” Nelson agreed. “We have some of the best backhoe people in the county.”
“I was very impressed,” Ruzicka said. “You worked like a well-oiled machine and made it look easy.”
Schmieder said it took some 1,200 tons of rock just on the intersection.
Travis and Heather Carron, who came to discuss another matter, also complimented Schmieder.
“You guys are doing fine work,” Heather Carron said. “I’m excited for it.”
“It was a beautiful job,” Ruzicka said, “a well-coordinated job.”
CARRONS TELL ABOUT MEETING
The reason the Carrons came was to announce that a public forum was being held to discuss the 19k-volt power line being proposed by Wabash Valley Power and Citizens Electric Corporation along a 19-mile path in the northern and western parts of the county.
They attended a previous meeting and aired grievances about a virtual forum put on by Wabash, in which questions were pre-screened and speakers were muted by the moderators.
She said a meeting will be held at 6 p.m., May 7 at the Bloomsdale Knights of Columbus Hall. She is expecting state sepresentatives Dale Wright and Cyndi Buchheit-Courtway (who represents the Kinsey area) to be there.
She said she also expects all three commissioners to come. She said she also invited Citizens Electric board members.
An eminent domain lawyer will also be there and will give an hour-long Power Point presentation at the start of the three-hour or so meeting.
Nelson advised her to keep the meeting moving briskly by limiting speaking time and by not allowing the same point to be made over and over.
He also suggested Carron see about having a deputy or two there, to make sure nothing gets out of hand.