Monday, March 25, 2013
The Palm Sunday storm caused churches and businesses to close on Sunday and plans for late openings and more closures on Monday.
A spring snow storm dumped a foot of snow on fields, streets and parking lots in the Lake Saint Louis/Wentzville area on Sunday, forcing the cancellation of Palm Sunday church services and causing area businesses to close their doors early. In Wentzville, Mayor Nick Guccione declared a snow emergency and city officials requested that vehicles be removed from the streets and parked within driveways. "Under the declaration of a Snow Emergency, the city has the authority to ticket the owners of vehicles remaining on the roadway and have them removed," the city said. A Facebook post from the Wentzville Police Department asked for residents' cooperation. "Snow plows are reporting difficulty clearing/navigating in subdivisions. Unfortunately, …
Friday, March 1, 2013
The Feb. 21 snow storm that dropped 5 1/2 inches of snow and sleet on Wentzville's streets took 500 man-hours to clear.
At Wednesday night's board of aldermen meeting, Interim Director of Wentzville Public Works Doug Lee recapped the city's response to the Feb. 21 snowstorm. "Overall, the operation was pretty effective," Lee said. "There's a learning curve that goes along with everything." Lee was referring to a new snow plowing policy that called for a new procedure: initially, one pass into a subdivision and one pass out. That allowed snow plow drivers to cover the entire city in one shift. Cul-de-sacs received two passes from plows, one to push snow to the outside and one to push snow to the inside. "By 8 a.m., we were able to hit every street in the city," Lee said. Crews then went back for the second half of the operation, to complete the process of …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Lake Saint Louis plans round-the-clock operations starting at 6 a.m. Thursday.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Beet juice, when added to rock salt or brine, reduces the amount of salt needed to de-ice roadways.
Yesterday's balmy, near-80s temperature prompted a return to shorts and flip-flops for a lot of people. But when it's your job to think ahead, you have to ignore the dandelions blooming in your yard and think about ice and snow. The Lake Saint Louis Department of Public Works recently sent out a press release to let the public know about a new tool in their winter-weather arsenal. The city has completed construction of a beet juice storage tank at the public works facility. Beet juice—a by-product of sugar production—added to rock salt or salt brine lowers the effective temperature of salt, reduces the amount of salt needed, and reduces the corrosive effects of salt. Derek Koestel, Lake Saint Louis' Director of Public Works, told Patch …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
City Administrator also outlined concerns about the bill at the board's public work session.
At Monday night's Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen meeting, Mayor Mike Potter told the board that he had sent a copy of a recently-passed ordinance to the Missouri Attorney General for an opinion on its constitutionality. Potter had spoken out against the bill, which provides snowplowing on private streets, and questioned its constitutionality when it was passed by the board on August 20. He vetoed the bill but his veto was overridden by the board on Sept. 5. The board had directed city staff to address any areas of concern in an amendment to the bill. During Monday night's work session, City Administrator Paul Markworth said that staff had three primary areas of concern: Markworth said that the condition that the city would not plow …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Public Works Director Derek Koestel offered three options for the city to consider.
Even with the temperature outside hovering just below 100 degrees, the Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen were thinking about snow and ice at Monday night's work session. The city is considering some options in order to provide snowplowing services to residents who live on eight miles of private streets in the community. Public Works Director Derek Koestel had several options for the board to consider. In both option #1 and #2, Koestel said, there would be no need for the city to indemnify the services. Because the HOA was hiring its own contractor, that contractor would be responsible for any damages caused by the snowplows. The city would set a minimum amount for snowfall, such as two inches, which would be measured at city hall. The …