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By MARK EVANS
STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD
Three intersections got some discussion during last Thursday night’s Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen meeting.
Ward 2 Alderman Eric Bennett, former chief of police, asked City Administrator Happy Welch about the two “no turn on red” intersections in town.
Specifically, he mentioned the Highway 61 and M (Rozier Street) intersection and inquired whether it was a Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) ruling, or a city decision to ban right turns on red.
Welch said they were both MoDOT edicts.
“I think they look at it as the angle of those intersections, and that the view is not, you know, not 90 degrees,” Welch said. “It’s less than that.”
On the M-61 intersection, he noted that it is a five-way stop. In an unusual move, BP convenience mart has a direct path from its parking/fueling area to the stoplight. A white stopping line is even present there.
“Are you looking to get a petition to cancel that five stop?” Welch asked.
“I’ve heard a ton of complaints about that over the years,” Bennett said.
While the subject of intersections was being brought up, Ward 2 Alderman Bob Donovan mentioned the intersection by Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital.
“While we’re talking about traffic flow and stuff like that, I did have a person in my ward and stuff contacted me,” he said. “They were in an accident right there, coming south on 61 right in front of the hospital.”
Donovan elated that the person was rear-ended while entering the left-turn lane. The person said that the responding police officer remarked that there are a lot of people who get rear-ended there.
“I’m just wondering if we could contact MoDOT and have them maybe meet us there and talk about it,” Donovan said. “Something to see if there’s a
little more, you know, especially when the lime kiln is getting out or school gets out, there’s a backlog of traffic there and it’s causing some issues. They ended up getting rear-ended there. Like I said, that was the comment the officer made. There’s a lot of people and that exact lane gets rear-ended right there. There’s other accidents that happen there, I’m sure.”
“We’ll look back and see how many reports we’ve actually done at the intersection,” Welch said. “It may just be perception that we’ve done a lot. If there are, then we’ll see if the area engineer will meet with us and look at that.”
During the meeting Fire Chief Kenny Steiger reported that the fire department finished with 274 calls in 2023. Late in the year, he had estimated that they might hit 275.
The record previously had been 237 in 2019.
Steiger said two members were retiring but that two firefighters had been recruited to take their place. He said they are “holding steady” on the fire roster.
He mentioned that a meeting would be held Jan. 29 in which Insurance Service Office (ISO) representatives would explain what goes into an ISO rating, which helps determine insurance rates for homeowners.
He said when he first became involved with the fire department, the city had an ISO 7 rating. Now it is a much healthier ISO 4 It was noted that the ratings generally are based about 60% on the fire department, its personnel, training and equipment, and about 40% on the city’s water system.
Welch reported that office furniture would be moved into city hall on Jan. 16, ahead of the anticipated Feb. 19 move back into the 165 N. Fourth Street location.
He also noted that the city is advertising for bids for paving N. Fourth Street from Washington to LeCompte.
Assistant City Administrator David Bova reported that 38 occupancy permits had been granted in the past month, four building permits and four chicken permit renewals.
He also said the Comprehensive Plan update had reached the “vision development” stage.
ORDINANCES ARE PASSED
The board passed an ordinance approving an $8,138 change order to the contract with Jokerst, Inc., for the Jefferson Street sidewalk project, on first and second readings.
It also approved the Cortex style restroom bid of $86,818 through the Missouri Cooperative Purchasing Program to replace the restrooms at the Big Pavilion at Pere Marquette Park. Welch noted that the city had set aside $160,000 in American Relief Plan Act (ARPA) funds for the project.
Three ordinances were passed on first reading, only.
One authorized the mayor to enter into a three-year contract with K & J Landscaping of Ste. Genevieve for cemetery mowing and maintenance, for $50,400over the three years. A second one authorized the city administrator to enter into an agreement with McLiney and Company as municipal advisors. Welch explained that the firm would act as the city’s advocate in securing the best bonding for projects. He said the state recommends having a separate entity act in this manner.
The final one amended Ste. Genevieve municipal codes by adding section 20.100, covering the police department’s participation in the Mineral Area Major Case Squad.