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Aldermen Look At Paving, Stormwater In Work Session



During a brief work session last Thursday, the Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen agreed to expand Area 2 for stormwater review and also discussed street repaving.

It was agreed that Area 2, which includes Rozier Subdivision, south, where water collects by Shuh and Sons Heating and Cooling, was the most logical area to expand, to include more of the subdivision.

City Administrator Happy Welch said that an agreement made with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) includes a review of stormwater hydrology for the area south of the south sinkhole along Oakwood Street, which had been part of the hydrology plan the city is having Cochran Engineering do.

Therefore, the board needed to either choose a new area of town as part of its stormwater review, or extend one of the current areas.

The board quickly coalesced around expanding Area 2  of the proposed review. This would include the expanding it to Sycamore Street by Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital.

“These are the areas we’ve had the most feedback on,” Welch said.

“That certainly makes more sense to expand that, than to locate another whole new area,” Ward 1 Alderwoman Susie Johnson said.

“The water that comes to Shuh’s comes from the hospital,” Ward 3 Alderman Jeff Eydmann said, “some of it.”

“So we would take it down Cedar Lane and then over to the cul-de-sac,” Welch said, “that’s kind of where it splits and works its way back toward the hospital and the cul-de-sac (Spruce).”

Welch indicated that if sentiment for addressing another area is expressed, the focus could change,

“We’ll just wait,” he said. “If there’s something somebody else comes forward, let us know and we can add it on.”

The board then moved to the topic of street paving.

One concern facing the city is a section of Fourth Street. It has been determined that it is likely to have ponding issues if steps are not taken to avoid it. This halts that section’s repaving until Cochran gets the city a price quote for addressing the issue.

Ideally, if a similar-sized and priced section of street elsewhere could be found, it could be repaved right away, instead of Fourth Street