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By MARK EVANS
STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD
Shawn Long, Ste. Genevieve County Library executive director, shared an idea for a summer event with county commissioners last Thursday.
Long would like to hold a “Pages and Putts” event in June, with miniature golf holes set up throughout the library.
He would like to do it June 22-23, which will be the weekend prior to the Honey Festival and two weeks before the county fair.
The main reason for Long’s visit was that the Saturday portion of the event would be age 21 and up and would like to be able to serve alcohol. He would need a special use permit from the county as well as a temporary liquor license from the city.
He said he as already been talking to their insurance agent about the event.
He would approach businesses to sponsor each hole. Putters would be rented.
He indicated that tickets could be given out for drinks, probably with a limit of two per person.
On Sunday, meanwhile, it would be a family event for all ages, with no alcohol.
He stressed that was “only a concept” at this point and that he would be bringing it before the library board and the Friends of the Library.
The commissioners liked the idea.
“I think it’s a good idea,” Presiding Commissioner Randy Ruzicka said.
“It sounds like a fun event for kids and adults,” First District Commissioner Karen Stuppy agreed.
NEW TRUCK TO BE BOUGHT
The commissioners agreed to pay $14,250 for a 1999 Ford F-450 single cab flatbed truck. The truck has only 82,000 miles on it and has a new bed. Ruzicka called it “a good addition to the fleet.” Most of the county trucks make it past the 300,000-mile mark and a new truck of this size would be in the $100,000 range.
A big plus, Ruzicka noted, is that – unlike newer models – there is very little modern electronics to deal with. The road department should be able to make any needed repairs in-house.
“Our shop can keep it running almost indefinitely,” he said.
The commissioners also received two bids for grader blades. Rudd bid $3,215 for 30 blades, while McCoy bid $3,732. However, Schmieder pointed out that McCoy’s price includes the hardware to go with them, while Rudd’s does not. He said he would check with both of them to get their shipping policies before recommending one or the other to the commissioners.
Schmieder reported that Truck 4, a 2010 International, was still in the shop, getting an engine overhaul, but might be done by the end of the week. It is the county’s oldest dump truck.
Schmieder also said he would be hauling off some glass for the recycling center, when weather permitted.
Associate County Clerk Michele Gatzemeyer thanked him for his help in filling out the additional spreadsheet required by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requiring an additional spreadsheet to be filled out for aid for last year’s flooding disaster. She said she wouldn’t have made the deadline without his help.
Spectrum sent requests for right of way permits to bury cable on several county roads. The commissioners and Schmieder, however, will not grant them without on-spite inspections. They are especially concerned about St. Mary Cemetery Road, St. Mary Church Road and Roth Cemetery Road, where space is especially tight.
New Bremen Road and others should not pose a problem.
The county had serious issues with Spectrum contractors in the past, leaving messes, blocking drainage ditches, trespassing and leaving equipment and vehicles on the road without cones or flagmen.
SOLID WASTE GRANTS
They also discussed grants from the Southeast Missouri Solid Waste District. Over the years, the county recycling center has gotten lots of new equipment and repairs from such grants.
This year the commissioners found out about the grant deadline coming up just in time for Gatzemeyer to cobble a grant request together.
The commissioners intend to meet with Vic Brown, who replaced Donna Stuppy as director of Ste. Genevieve Enterprises, which staffs the recycling center, and with Gail Palmer, aboard member. They will encourage them to come up with some things they need grant money for, by August, giving them plenty of time to put together a grant proposal for next year.
• At the Tuesday, Jan. 23 meeting (Monday having been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day), Schmieder presented a list of 20 roads that could use work in 2024.
• Sheriff Gary Stolzer and Chief Deputy Jason Schott discussed the 911 board fund on Tuesday. The county will reach out to attorneys before taking any action.
• Also on Tuesday, County Clerk Sue Wolk conducted a 2024 budget hearing. The general revenue fund balance on Dec. 31 was $1,888,798.86. Estimated revenues for 2024 were $14,502,830.99, with estimated expenditures of $15,770,369.65. Estimated cash on hand for De. 31, 2024 was $621,260.20. The commissioners approved the general revenue fund, as well as the remaining funds in the budget.
• The commissioners approved two requests by Lisa Marschel, interim county collector, to waive interest and penalties for a pair of taxpayers.