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News Briefs: DWI enforcement up in September


Development Block Grant hearing scheduled

The city of O’Fallon will conduct a public hearing at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, concerning the Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Plan for the O’Fallon Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The hearing will be held at the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board office, 1025 Country Club Road in St. Charles.

For more information, contant Public Assistance Specialist Jessica Hawkins at 379-5411.


Applications now being accepted for forgivable loan

Applications are being accepted through Oct. 20 at St. Peters City Hall for the St. Peters Urban County Home Improvement Loan Program, which provides funding for low-income homeowners to complete certain home rehabilitation projects.

Eligible applicants can receive up to $5,000 through a no-interest, 5-year forgivable loan through the St. Peters Urban County Home Improvement Loan Program. The program can help with projects such as new windows, furnaces and air conditioners, roof replacement, driveway replacement or repair. To be considered eligible for the program, applicants must be homeowners and residents of the city who have not previously participated in the program. Applicants must have lived in the home for at least one year, and cannot exceed household income guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Proposed funding for this St. Peters program covers 32 spots, 10 of which are for residents meeting the very low-income qualifications; the remaining spots may be filled by those meeting low- or very low-income qualifications. Qualified participants will be selected based on a random lottery drawing.

This program is made possible through Community Development Block Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. For more information, call 279-8279 and select Option 2.


DWI enforcement up in September

St. Peters Police Department will be working with the St. Charles County DWI Task Force for entire month of September, at undisclosed locations within the city, setting up checkpoints in an attempt to deter, educate and remove impaired drivers from roadways.

Impaired driving contributes to nearly 30 percent of all Missouri traffic fatalities. In 2013, 198 people were killed and 583 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver.

Consequences of drunk driving can include jail time, loss of driver’s license, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks, among others. Missouri also has a zero tolerance law. Drivers under the age of 21 caught driving with even a trace of alcohol in their system will have their license suspended.


AMVETS Post 106 to host flag retirement ceremony

To honorably dispose of worn U.S. flags, AMVETS Post 106 will hold its annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the post, located at 360 Brown Road in St. Peters.

The event, which welcomes the public, is held with the assistance of St. Charles County veterans’ organizations and local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America troops. Free parking is available.

Throwing a flag into the trash is not the correct way to dispose of an American flag.

“We’d rather they gave us their worn flags so we can dispose of them properly,” said Sheldon Hartsfield, AMVETS Commander for the State of Missouri. “We like to have families bring their kids to the ceremony so we can explain how and why it’s done.”

About 5,000 flags are ceremonially retired each year by the post. Worn flags are collected in drop boxes outside veterans organizations. The colorful ceremony is conducted in a regimented military style, with the flags inspected three times and verified to be unserviceable before being incinerated. After the ashes are cooled, they are buried in a marked gravesite.

For more information about the ceremony, call AMVETS Post 106 at (636) 397-1660.




City Hall parking garage to reopen

The St. Charles City Hall parking garage, located at 200 North Second Street, which closed in March for reconstruction, will officially reopen at noon on Sept. 29. During that first week, the garage will be open and free of charge.

Parking fees will resume Monday through Friday starting on Monday, Oct. 6. The cost for parking will be $2; however, on weekday afternoons starting at 3:30 p.m. and on weekends, the garage will be open to the general public and parking will be free of charge.

As it has during the recent construction, a daily shuttle service will continue to run from the Boat House parking lot through 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3.

Additional garage construction will continue until approximately mid-November and include the northwest stairwell off Second Street, and central beam rework within the parking facility.


Construction continues on Pitman Hill Road 

Work on Pitman Hill Road between Windcastle Drive/Summit Ridge Place and Greens Bottom Road is advancing to the next phase.

The closed section of roadway between Windcastle Drive/Summit Ridge Place and Pitman Trails is now re-opened, but the next phase of work requires the closure of the road between Pitman Trails and Austin Manor until early October. Once work is completed in this phase, the entire roadway will be open to two-way traffic for the remainder of the work. All work on the project should be completed by the end of the year.

Traffic will be required to use the signed detour route for approximately five weeks while the new road section is being built. Local traffic can access either side of the closure location, but no through traffic will be permitted. Motorists can access Pitman Hill Road using Towers Road to Caulks Hill Road to Greens Bottom Road. Signs notifying motorists of the closure and the necessary detours will be posted. The County will be using changeable message boards to notify residents of any date changes of the closure and opening.


Route 364 opens Phase 3 in October

The public will get a chance to walk, run or ride their bike on the first section of Route 364/Page Phase 3 before it opens to traffic next month. The new Route 364 will be open to the public between Interstate 64 and Route K from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Access to the road will be free of charge during that time, but people are asked to bring a canned food donation for Operation Food Search, which distributes 2.75 million pounds of food monthly to 25 counties in Missouri and Illinois.

In addition to the public event, running enthusiasts can sign up to participate in the One Shot and Done 5K run at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 4 sponsored by St. Charles Kiwanis and Fleet Feet. Register online at www.phase3run.itsyourrace.com.

When the entire stretch of the new $118 million Route 364/Page Phase 3 is open, it will be nine miles of four-lane, divided highway from Interstate 64 in Lake St. Louis to Route 94/Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters. The second stretch of Phase 3, from Route K to Mid Rivers Mall Drive, is set to open later this fall.

Funding for the new road is a cost-share project with the Missouri Department of Transportation, St. Charles County and local municipalities. For more information on the project or the opening events, visitmodot.org or sccmo.org.


Paws in the park

Support local animal shelters by participating in the County’s largest off-leash dog festival of the year. The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate its annual Paws in the Park program from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Broemmelsiek Park in Wentzville.

The event will be packed with contests, prizes, sponsor giveaways, and K-9 and obedience skills demonstrations. Admission is free with a dog food or pet supply donation.

The program kicks off at 10:15 a.m. with an agility course demonstration from Infinite Pawsibilities trainer Lynsey Fuegner, followed by Gateway DockDogs at 11 a.m., St. Charles County Sheriff K-9’s at noon and the Canine Search and Rescue Association at 1 p.m.

Free games with prizes will be available for dogs to play throughout the day.

There will also be food at the event for pet owners to purchase. Lady Bug Snow Cones and Papa John’s Pizza will host the food tent with a portion of the proceeds donated to the parks department.

Contests, including “Best Costume,” “Best Trick,” “Fastest Ball Retrieval From Pond,” “Best Dog/Owner Look-Alike” and “Best Kisser,” begin at 12:30 p.m. Winners will be awarded a commemorative medal and a $20 gift card courtesy of First State Bank.

All donations benefit the St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center and Five Acres Animal Shelter. The St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center also will have a booth with several animals available for adoption.

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