Possible Fire Districts Considered

By Editor | October 21, 2020

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com Representatives of Wolf Creek and Ozora Fire Departments visited with the Ste. Genevieve County Commissioners last Thursday, to discuss the possibility of incorporating fire districts. Currently various entities such as Ozora, Wolf Creek and Weingarten have fire associations. Ozora fire chief Allen Schilli stressed that they were just looking to take…

Sheriff Praises Officers Involved In Oct. 6 Bloomsdale Standoff

By Editor | October 21, 2020

From Staff Reports Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff Gary Stolzer recently praised the actions of sheriff’s department personnel, who, in conjunction with Missouri Highway Patrol personnel, ended an Oct. 6 armed standoff in Bloomsdale without injury. That day, 64-year-old Leonard Herman Burst locked himself in a relative’s home with a gun.  A four to four and…

Ambulance Board Sets Special Meeting To Finish Budget

By Editor | October 21, 2020

By Mark Evans mevans@stegenherald.com After taking nearly an hour to hear a pair of insurance presentations, the Ste. Genevieve County Ambulance Board began work on a 2021 budget last Thursday night. The process only got so far, though, and a special meeting was set for this Thursday (4:45 p.m.) to finish the budget. District director…

Bloomsdale Addresses Treatment Plant Issue, Water Access

By Editor | October 21, 2020

By Mark Evans mevans@stegenherald.com “We had a little issue at the treatment plant,” Mayor Paul Monia told the Bloomsdale Board of Aldermen at the Oct. 13 meeting. “The little issue turned into a bigger issue.” The problem stemmed from personnel not being able to shut a set of aging valves. From what plant manager Ron…

Mystery Of Buchholz Road Spelling Is Finally Cleared Up

By Editor | October 13, 2020

By Mark Evans mevans@stegenherald.com One of history’s mysteries has been unraveled. Back in 1941, the year of Pearl Harbor, Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak and FDR’s third inaugural, Henry Shaw bought a piece of land in Ste. Genevieve County. The land was purchased from Otto Buchholz. Later “Buchholz” or “Buchholtz” Road was constructed on the…

New Bourbon Port Facing Going Up

By Editor | October 13, 2020

By Mark Evans mevans@stegenherald.com With Mississippi River water levels finally low enough, J.S. Alberici Construction Company of St. Louis has been able to attach protective sheeting to the New Bourbon Regional Port Authority dock. Alberici had the lowest of five bids on March 8, 2019, when five bids for the job were opened. The firm…

Second Half Of October Heats Up With Fall Activities Around Town

By Editor | October 13, 2020

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD After many of Ste. Genevieve signature events were canceled by COVID-19 in 2020, the year is beginning to take on a little normality. The second half of October sees several activities taking place that give the fall a more normal feel. This Thursday, drive-by flu shots are available at…

Park Board Intensifies Work On Master Plan

By Editor | October 13, 2020

By ERIC X. VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com The Ste. Genevieve Park and Recreation Board agreed recently to have meetings every two weeks surrounding the Pere Marquette Park master plan. “We need to have the mindset we can do anything,” said park board member Lauren Smothers during discussions at a special planning meeting on Oct. 6. Ward 4…

St. Mary Approves Police Software Purchase

By Editor | October 13, 2020

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com St. Mary aldermen voted to spend $3,357 for national incident-based reporting system software for the police department and up to $350 to repair the effluent box at the wastewater plant at last Thursday’s meeting. However, the aldermen tabled two other big purchases, in hopes of obtaining additional bids. Mayor Carlton Wyatt…

By Editor | October 13, 2020

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com Kandye and Dale Mahurin were granted a special use permit to allow guest lodging in an R-2 General Residential District at 311 St. Mary’s Road at a special Planning and Zoning Commisison meeting, Oct. 7. Kandye Mahurin had previously gotten a certificate of appropriateness from the city’s Heritage Commission to reconstruct…

Heritage Commission Grants Certificates

By Editor | October 7, 2020

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com All four requests for certificates of appropriateness were granted by the Ste Genevieve Heritage Commission on Sept. 21, but not without some discussion and debate. DOOR, TRANSOM LIGHT CHANGES APPROVED First, Carl Kinsky and Susie Johnson requested a certificate of appropriateness to replace screen doors and the frame on the front doors…

Museum Opens October 16

By Editor | October 7, 2020

It’s been quite a journey, but the Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center is set to open its doors.  The architect on the project was Bacon Commercial Design, and general contractor was Jim Donze along with a host of local subcontractors. The museum is opening up in phases, with the first floor set to open to…

Memorial Service Set October 10 For Rhinehart

By Editor | October 7, 2020

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 10 in honor of the late M. Charles Rhinehart. Rhinehart, who died Sept. 24, less than a month before his 90th birthday, was a renowned self-taught artist. Born near St. Louis, his family moved to Ste. Genevieve in 1938. Rhinehart left high school in his teens to…

Park Board Continues Discussions On Master Plan

By Editor | October 7, 2020

By Eric X. Viccaro EVICCARO@STEGENHERALD.COM The Ste. Genevieve Parks and Recreation Board continued discussions on the master plan for Pere Marquette Park at its regular meeting on Sept. 22. The master plan was put together by the husband-and-wife team of Nick and Mary Donze, of Donze Planning, LLC. A portable document file (PDF) version of…

Commissioners, Schmieder Discuss Roads As Fall Approaches

By Editor | September 29, 2020

By Mark Evans mevans@stegenherald.com Scott Schmieder, county road and bridge foreman, discussed the county’s fleet of dump trucks and the remaining summer road projects with the Ste. Genevieve County Commission last Thursday. Truck No. 11, a 2005 International with more than 228,000 miles on it, will be scrapped to claim a second Diesel Emission Reduction…

Walking Trail Atop Park Board List

By Editor | September 24, 2020

By ERIC X. VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com The Ste. Genevieve Parks and Recreation Board conducted a special meeting on Sept. 15 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. At the conclusion of the meeting, the board agreed to break up a master plan for Pere Marquette Park – put together by Nick and Mary Donze with Donze Park…

COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise

By Editor | September 24, 2020

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com Jeanette Wood, provisional director of the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department, informed the County Commission that there were 24 active COVID-19 cases in the county at last Thursday’s commission meeting, with one new case. That moved the county’s total to 185. An additional four individuals were considered “probable,” Wood said. Wood…

Ambulance Board About To Start On FY 2021 Budget

By Editor | September 24, 2020

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Ste. Genevieve County Ambulance Board members will soon be addressing the Fiscal Year 2021 budget. District executive director Kendall Shrum suggested that two October meetings may be required to hammer out a budget, during last Thursday night’s monthly board meeting. “I’m working on it now.,” Shrum said. We’ve got…

Bloomsdale Looks Into Water Line Replacement, Street Repair

By Editor | September 16, 2020

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com Bloomsdale Mayor Paul Monia suggested at the Sept. 8 Board of Aldermen meeting that the city look into updating water lines and streets in a phase by phase approach. “I really want to dive into talking to Sappy and John (Ward 2 Alderman Chris “Sappy” Basler and water superintendent John Lurk)…

Levee District No. 3 Projects Are Underway

By Editor | September 16, 2020

By ERIC X. VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com The culvert expansion and ditch diversion construction projects are underway. That was learned during the Levee District No. 3 meeting, which took place Sept. 8, in the Ste. Genevieve City Hall board room. “Some of the pipes are already in,” levee superintendent Norm Gallup reported. Levee District No. 3 president…

Special Road District A Tries To Wrap Up Projects

By Editor | September 16, 2020

By Mark Evans mevans@stegenherald.com Special Road District A will try to get a little more work accomplished before the weather changes this fall. Road foreman Paul Bauman reported that Vern Bauman Contracting was about to begin work on two of the overlay projects – short sections of Kreitler Road and Eisenbeis Road. What else can…

Schmieder, Commissioners Discuss Road Maintenance Issues

By Editor | September 16, 2020

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com Some residents of Saddle Creek would like to see the road become a maintained county road. The Ste. Genevieve County Commission and road and bridge foreman Scott Schmieder agreed last Thursday, that the road would need a tremendous amount of work done to it before the county could agree to take…

St. Mary Aldermen Table 2021 Budget; Introduce Bequette

By Editor | September 16, 2020

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com St. Mary aldermen tabled a Fiscal Year 2021 budget and officially introduced Adam Bequette as police chief during last Thursday night’s meeting. The adoption of the proposed budget was tabled until the special meeting on Sept. 24, to give the board a chance to look through it thoroughly. The proposed budget…

Port Authority Projects Are Making Progress

By Editor | September 8, 2020

By Mark Evans mevans@stegenherald.com Some of the projects the New Bourbon Port Authority has been long pursuing are getting closer to becoming reality. J.S. Alberici Construction Company of St. Louis was about to finally begin work on putting a protective metal skin over the wooden dock piers at the port. The firm had won the…

County Road Department Getting Patching Work Done Before Fall

By Editor | September 8, 2020

By Mark Evans Ste. Genevieve Herald As Summer begins to give way to Fall, the Ste. Genevieve County  Road and Bridge Department is getting close to finishing the patching and repair jobs it wanted to get done in 2020. The expectation of reduced fuel and sales tax revenue had led the County Commission to abandon…

Chart Shows How New COVID-19 Cases Have Spiked In County

By Editor | September 8, 2020

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com During the first 17 weeks that cases were reported, a total of 29 positive cases were recorded. That broke down to just 1.7 new cases per week. The high for one week for some time was four cases, while there were five weeks in April and May, in which there were…

SG R-II Releases Third Version Of Reopening Plan

By Editor | September 8, 2020

By ERIC X. VICCARO EVICCARO@STEGENHERALD.COM The Ste. Genevieve R-II School District on Aug. 28 released the third version of its reopening plan. Mainly two sections were updated, with new information on Page 10 under the heading for “communications for positive cases” and Page 11 covering essential employees. “I want to share a heartfelt thank you…

Donzes Unveil Master Plan For Pere Marquette Park To Park Board

By Editor | September 2, 2020

By Eric X. Viccaro EVICCARO@STEGENHERALD.COM The master plan has arrived. Nick Donze and Mary Donze of Donze Park Planning, LLC, released the final master plan for Pere Marquette Park during the Ste. Genevieve Parks and Recreation board meeting on Aug. 25. “I was happy with the process,” Nick Donze said in a telephone interview with…

Commission OKs CARES Act Purchase For Ambulance District

By Editor | September 2, 2020

By Mark Evans Ste. Genevieve Herald After watching a demonstration by Stryker Corporation’s Christina Elias, the Ste. Genevieve County Commission approved a $52,132 purchase for the Ste. Genevieve County Ambulance District to come out of the county’s  federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security [CARES] Act money last Thursday. The purchase includes four Lucas 3.1…

Levee 2 Board Looks At Old, New Projects; Picks JLC Members

By Editor | August 25, 2020

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Members of the Levee District No. 2 board reviewed accomplishments of the past year and looked at goals for the coming year, during the board’s annual meeting on August 18. They also selected two members to serve on a new Joint Levee Commission LEVEE REPAIR ‘MOVING FORWARD’ Repair to the…