Nelson Hopes To See Gazebo, Landscaping Finished – Ste. Genevieve Herald

By Mark Evans

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Garry Nelson wishes another project to be completed soon.

The Ste. The Genevieve County chairman hopes the pavilion and landscaping at the south end of the new county parking lot will be completed as soon as the weather permits.

In April 2019, local historian Bob Mueller and local business owner Lawrence Myers, who is also an architect, planned a bicentenary square for the property’s edge of Market Street with a memorial to John Scott, Missouri’s first congressman, and landscaping with a lawn, one Bench and various plants. The plants would include Hicks yew trees, European hornbeam, and Johnson Crabapple.

It would not only be attractive, but also instructive, suggested Müller at the time.

The parking lot was completed in 2020. That winter, the place where the pavilion or pavilion is located was excavated and prepared.

Nelson said during the commission meeting last Thursday that the Ste. Genevieve Rotary Club has offered to assemble that Pavilion when the weather gets warmer.

Around the time Mueller and Myers announced their plan, the county received a demolition permit from the city for the County Services building. The building, which was built as the Stanton Ford Showroom and Garage in 1953, was in disrepair. The asbestos removal, demolition and cleanup work took most of the summer of 2019, after which the gravel was spread before paving began in 2020.

Nelson said he wanted to see this final step in completing the project.

“It’s incomplete,” he said. “I hate seeing things incompletely. I want to put the gazebo up once it warms up enough and the bushes have been planted this spring. “


During his regular report to the commissioners, Road and Bridge Master Scott Schmieder informed them that another 37 traffic signs had been stolen. He said his crew was busy building new ones and would put them up.

The Commissioners have repeatedly stressed the risk of traffic signs being stolen. Even stop signs have been stolen before, with obvious dangers. However, road sign disappearance can delay emergency personnel and cost critical minutes in medical, fire, or criminal emergencies that have stressed them.

Various means of containing thefts were tried, including skewering special grease that would not wash out of clothing and placing cameras in different locations.

“We tried everything,” said Nelson. “I don’t know what the answer is.”

Schmieder also reported that his crew dragged stones, sorted and cut limbs.

He said he could pre-treat the streets on Friday as forecasts called for it Rain and possibly light snow with temperatures well below freezing on the weekend.

He also reported that Scott Boyer would be coming from Viking-Cives in Morley, Missouri, to adjust the hydraulics on the two new Western Star dump trucks. He said it was “too fast” to move the blades too fast and too hard. A slight adjustment should fix the problem.

Schmieder also said he bought an additional 5 gallons of cleaner for cleaning and protecting equipment for about $ 400. It cleans litter beds and other objects that, in addition to stones and other materials, often come into contact with salt, and prevents rust. He said this should be a two or two three year delivery.

Assistant District Clerk Michele Gatzemeyer added that Don Heil Oil Company made and received the lowest bid for road and bridge fuel.


The Wabash Valley Power Alliance, which plans to build a 30 km transmission line and towers through the northwestern portion of the county, will hold a virtual forum on February 17 at 12:00 p.m. to allow owners to raise concerns.

Last year the Commission received several complaints, mostly about “strong” tactics used by a company contracted by Wabash Valley to get residents to sign easements.

According to a press release, Wabash is “taking a fresh look at the routing process”.

To register to participate in the virtual forum, go to or call 408-418-9388 with the access code 146 511 9166.

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