City of Sturgeon Newsletter
November/December 2002

Holiday Office Hours: Happy Holidays!!!

Thanksgiving - The City office will be closed November 28th and 29th and will reopen Monday, December 2, 2002.
Christmas - The office will close at NOON on December 24, 2002 and reopen at 7:00 A.M. December 26, 2002.
New Years Day - We will be closed January 1, 2003

Guess who is coming to town????
Hey, moms, dads, and kids young and old mark your calendar -Santa Claus is coming to Sturgeon Sunday, December 15.  Santa will be at the Sturgeon Rec. Center from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.  There will be refreshments, crafts and games for the kids.  See ya there!!

Annual Judging of the Christmas Lights & Decorations
The Chamber of Commerce will be judging homes and businesses December 15th after the visit from Santa Claus.

City Council Schedule:
  • November 25, 2002 7:00 P.M.
  • December 23, 2002 7:00 P.M.
  • January 27, 2003 7:00 P.M.

Court of Common Pleas -
The City is organizing a committee to work on the task of having the Court of Common Pleas restored.
As most of you know this building is located in the city park, has been in existence since the 1860's, and is one of the few "original" remaining buildings since Sturgeon was "laid out" in 1856.  This committee will look into obtaining a grant to help with a portion of some of the costs of the restoration.
If you are interested in being a part of this project, please contact the City Office.  If you have any historical information about the Court of Common Pleas or Sturgeon in general, please share this information.

Down Town Area -
Charles Sullivan with MODOT was present at the October 28th council meeting to discuss with the council and business owners the two options they are presenting to take care of the no curb issue.  Either install stop blocks or "mill" the asphalt from in front of the curbs.
The council discussed the two options and decided that they would prefer that MODOT come in and mill out a section 2 foot wide by 2 inches deep along the east side of Odgen Street in the downtown area.

Park & Tree Board -
The Park & Tree Board is currently applying for re-certification as Tree City U.S.A for the seventh consecutive year. As Tree City U.S.A., we promote the practices of the Arbor Day Foundation along with the International Society of Arborists (ISA) with regard to tree care and proper pruning practices.  Most visible is their campaign against "Tree Topping" which is gradually being eliminated.  The city office has available for your perusal, information regarding proper pruning techniques and choosing an arborist for your tree maintenance.
Many thanks go to Mrs. Amy Truesdell and her art class for all of their efforts in beautifying the "fort" at the city park.  Over the course of the summer and early fall they repainted the "fort" with bright colors and interesting artwork. Please drop by and take a look.
The Park & Tree Board is still two members shy and are seeking interested people with a desire to make a difference in the Sturgeon community to join our efforts.  If you feel this is something for you - please contact the City Office (573) 687-3321 or Mitch Taylor (573) 687-3892.

Prime Development -
There will be a public hearing on 11/25/02 at 7:00 PM to discuss the report that Prime has submitted to the city.  At this time, the city will discuss whether we will provide them with a letter of support regarding the proposed industrial park on Benson Road.
If you have, any questions or concerns feel free to attend this meeting.

Sturgeon Recreation Center:
Calendar of Events:
  • Aerobics - Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday
  • Volleyball -Monday evenings
Personal Training is now available by appointment only.  Kevin Purvis a certified personal trainer will work with individuals at $10.00/per hour.  If you are interested, please sign his appointment book which is located at the Recreation Center and he will contact you.
The Recreation center will also be adding another Treadmill and a set of dumbbells (individual hand weights) in the near future.

An upcoming reminder:
April 8, 2003 will be the next General Municipal Election.
For those individuals that have an interest in Local Government Issues this is your opportunity to run for office.
Sturgeon is a Fourth Class City with a Mayor-Council form of government.
Alderman - You must be 21 or older, be a U.S citizen and an inhabitant and resident of Sturgeon.
Mayor - You must be 25 or older, be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Sturgeon.

The following positions will on this upcoming election:
  • Alderman - Ward I (West)  Two-YearTerm
  • Alderman - Ward II (East)  Two-Year Term
  • Mayor - Two-Year Term
A Friendly Reminder - Refer to the back of your utility card.
  • Water bills are due by the 10th and subject to disconnection after the 20th of each month.
  • If your water is shut-off, there is a $25.00 reconnect fee.
  • If the lock has been tampered with and or broken, there will be an additional charge to cover the cost of replacement.
  • If there are unforeseen circumstances that may prevent you from paying your bill on time, please call the office and let them know of your situation.  Please note that we will not make a practice or policy of extending the cut off date to avoid disconnection.  Delinquent fees will still be assessed to any payment received after the 10th regardless.
  • We do not send out SECOND Notices and we do not phone those that have not paid their bills by the 20th.
Phone Numbers: Please keep these numbers handy in case of problems or emergencies.
Galaxy Cable - (800) 365-6988 - They are usually in town on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Ameren UE - (800) 552-7583
Superior Trash - (800) 778-7652

Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 7: 00 AM - 3:00 PM Friday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
City Office - (573) 687-3321

Sturgeon City Hall
P.O. Box 387
303 Station Dr.
(573) 687-3321

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