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Yapp To Share Expertise, Passion At Workshops


Windows are to be repaired, not replaced, says historic preservationist Bob Yapp.

“In 160-plus properties I’ve been involved in restoring, I’ve never replaced a window,” Yapp told the Herald. “The big lie in America today is that you should replace your windows.”

Yapp will share his passion and expertise on window repair, as well as wood siding repair, during special workshops in Ste. Genevieve this weekend.

The historic preservation workshops will be held May 14-16, sponsored by the Ste. Genevieve Heritage Commission.

The May 14 workshop will be a classroom session and will be 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

The May 15 activity will be a hands-on workshop on repairing wood windows and will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This session is limited to 15 participants.

On May 16, it will also be a hands-on workshop on repairing wooden siding and will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This session is also limited to 15 participants.

All sessions/workshops are free of charge but require registration. Register by visiting City Hall or calling 883-5400.

Both hands-on sessions will include lunch.

Participants in the hands-on workshops must provide their own safety glasses and a two-filter half-face respirator with lead paint cartridges – this is available for purchase at local hardware stores.

All skill levels are welcome.

“What we’re practicing is preservation, preserving and maintaining our built environment,” Yapp said. “So, when we do presrvation-oriented rehab work, we’re doing work that saves as much of the original material as possible.

“As a result, in all my 160-plus projects, about 72.3% went into labor and the rest into material, whereas in new labor, about 40 percent goes into labor and 60 percent materials on average. So we’re saving all that material from going into a landfill and things can be repaired. That’s the message I want to get across.”

Yapp runs the Belvedere School For Historic Preservation in historic Hannibal, Missouri. In the early years, Yapp taught all the classes himself. Over the intervening 13 years, though, he has been able to bring in more and more experts to teach, since he has accumulated “so many colleagues at the top of their fields across the country.”

He believes locals will enjoy the two workshops.

The wood siding will include using architectural epoxies to make minor repairs.

“Its a day of showing people how exterior wood character-defining features on a building can be retained and repaired,” Yapp said.

The window workshop will be even more hands-on.

“We’ll be taking a window out of a historic house and restoring it and weatherizing it and putting it back in, all in one day,” he said. “So, people will get a  chance to try their hand at doing all the different steps.”

Yapp explained why he has never replaced a window during his many projects.

“One, I want  my buildings to be energy efficient and they won’t be if I replace the windows because I can make old windows as energy-efficient, if not more so  for less money than a replacement window,” he said. “Two, I believe in free markets and I want to make a profit on my projects, so if I replace the windows, it would add to the slim profit margins I have on my restorations.”

He will pass along that knowledge this weekend.

“I’ll show everybody how that works,” Yapp said. “That’s the beauty of it. We’ll take a window that’s all painted shut and we’ll get them out and we’ll fix them all and put them back and weather strip them. It’ll be fun. It’s a fun class.”

Yapp said he is excited to come to Ste. Genevieve, calling it a “wildly historic town.” He noted that coming down river from historic Hannibal is especially fun for “river rats” like himself.

Call Ste. Genevieve City Hall at 673-883-5400 to register. Ask for David Bova.

no insurance company would be willing to state that the  vehicles are street-legal in a policy. The flag requirements fit  Missouri Department of Conservation regulations.

Early on the meeting agenda, St. Mary resident Mark Vogt was scheduled to speak to the board, giving his concerns about changes to the ordinance.

Vogt said he had spoken to Ste. Genevieve police chief Eric Bennett, Bloomsdale Mayor Paul Monia and a member of the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department concerning their experience with and enforcement of UTV ordinances.

He noted that while turn signals are required on UTVs in Ste . Genevieve, it is “not strictly enforced.”

He  mentioned following a UTV on Highway 61 with no signal lights.

“He made the old traditional hand signal,” Vogt aid. “I knew he was making a right-hand turn. To ne, I don’t think it’s a big issue during day time to have turn signals. It’s a big expense on a UTV. If you get one with all the bells and whistles on it, you’re talking expensive machinery.”

Wyatt interrupted to tell Vogt that he would like to go through the proposed changes and let Vogt and others comment on it afterward. Wyatt added that they were merely taking an ordinance passed by a previous board and tweaking it a little.

“Three or four changes” were all they were making, he said.

“You don’t need a turn signal if you’re only driving in the daytime,” the mayor said. “Hand signals are still legal.”

He added that one thing that was changing required children age 8 and weighing 80 pounds or less has to be buckled in and wearing a helmet if a passenger on a UTV.

Wyatt said signal lights could be ignored if the proposed changes passed, since it would ban nighttime driving in the city, anyway.

Loudenback then suggested that Wyatt’s family was not following safe UTV practices.

“I want to say one thing right now,” Loudenback shouted. “That your grand kids riding that four-wheeler … they go across the street, not wearing a helmet or seat belt.”

He then left the meeting, saying he was “done with this,” and slamming the door.

Debate later took place over the hours of operation allowed for UTVs.

Alderwoman Jennifer Schwartz favored doing away with the daylight-only restriction.