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By MARK EVANS
STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD
Steve Wilson, local manager for Alliance Water Resources, reported that Ninth Street waterline project was complete during the Sept. 28 board of aldermen meting.
Wilson also informed the aldermen that the crews had moved to Rozier Street, where just some yard repairs remained to complete. They then moved on to Claymont Street. There, a valve wasn’t functioning, so they had to “hot tap” it to get it working. The pipe had been laid there and crews were working on Oak Wood at that time.
“We do stay on them every day to make sure they’re doing exactly what they’re supposed to do, with the assistance of Cochran’s inspector.”
He also reported that more parts received for the ultraviolet system at the water treatment plant. He said normal operations were underway.
All computers at the plant, meanwhile, had received updates and were operating properly. Wilson said.
“There’s a detached building for line pumping at the water plant,” Wilson said. “They did get that one tied in. Citizens came in, shut down the power to the facility for a few hours. So we are running power through that building now. And they’ve started moving individual components over to that new system. I think they got a long way to go, but it’s progress.”
Patrick Fahey, new Ward 1 alderman, asked about Christmas decorations. He said he heard Citizens Electric was reconsidering its ban on putting decorations on their poles. He asked about inflatables, which City Administrator Happy Welch said the city no longer uses.
“So, we’re not celebrating Christmas?” Fahey asked.
“It’s the cost, and it’s the time to put stuff up,” Welch said. “It just depends on where we want to put our priorities.”
Welch said other ideas about decorating could be hashed out during a work session.
Ryan Pollack, assistant police chief, gave the police report in place of Chief Jasen Crump. The report listed August stats for the new drug dog.
There were three narcotics detection deployments, one assist to another agency and two arrests. There were three methamphetamine finds and two items of paraphernalia. There were also five public relations contacts.
Assistant City Administrator David Bova reported that the historic preservation workshop was that weekend at 167 S. Gabouri.
He reported that the city was not selected for a Paul Bruhn historic Revitalization Grant. However, the city is applying for a 2024 grant get a walking tour mobile app. He said various local groups have expressed interest.
A resolution to pursue the grant was in the consent agenda, which was passed later in the meeting. There would be a cost of $21,747, which would be in the fiscal year 2025 budget.
He said a late October public meeting would be held to get more input on the city’s Comprehensive Plan, which is being updated.
He said that 17 of the 18 sidewalks that needed replacing or repairing have been taken care of.
The final property will be fixed in October.
He mentioned the proposed city-county project to upgrade the Ste. Genevieve-Modoc Ferry landing.
He also reported that all abatement work was done on 42 S. Main.