December 7, 2020 Meeting Highlights

  • The Town Spirit Decorating Contest winners are the Walsh Family in First Place, the Moseley Family in Second Place, and the Bormann Family in Third Place.  Congratulations!
  • Approved a resolution for 3 Board of Trustee positions for 2 year terms for the April 6, 2021 ballot.  It included the associated costs for the Election.  A sign-up sheet for the positions is in the Augusta Library.
  • Public Works Report:  -The check for Cochran Engineering was released for payment.  -A cultural research survey is required by the State of Missouri.  The cost of $3,375 is covered with the contingency plan.                    –Dumpsters by the ball field are only for yard waste and branches.  Trash and rubbish is being thrown in the yardwaste only dumpster.
  • Farm Report:  Backhaus Brothers have prepared the field for planting.
  • Historian/Museum:  -The Certified Local Government (CLG) report was submitted.  -The museum received two benches made in Augusta from Questers.
  • Chamber Report: Ginger Bread House contest was a huge success.  –Winners of the Business Decorating Contest:  First Place is Red Brick Inn and Second Place is Kate’s Coffee.
  • Cemetery Report:  The offer on Highway 94/Jackson Street property was declined.
  • Future road improvements and maintenance update.
  • Barrel Signs received approval for completion with $500 allocated for material and $500 for labor.
  • Police contract was approved.
  • Flood Plain Management was approved.
  • Post Office ten year lease contract expires in August on 2021.
  • Honorable Mention and Special Thanks to Alan Frazier for the new chairs in the Town Hall.
  • Thank you card sent to Mr. and Mrs. Hofer for allowing a food collection point at the Augusta Visitors Center for Cub Scout Pack 359.
  • Thank you to Kathryn Frazier for calling the Warren County Commission concerning the potholes on Augusta Bottom Road.  Warren County has graded and taken care of the ruts and potholes.

November 2, 2020 Meeting Highlights

  • Farm Report:  -Soybeans harvested.  -Backhaus Brothers signed the Farm Contract.
  • Historian/Museum Report: Questers Woodworking delivering two benches for the history museum.         -Greg Nadler has a local person to give an estimate on the Museum addition.
  • Chamber of Commerce:  –Luminary party at the Visitors Center on 11/17.  –Decorate the Town Square on 11/22.  De-corating is scheduled at the Visitors Center for 1/17 at 1 pm.  -A Gingerbread House Contest begins this year before and during the Christmas Walk.  -No ornament being made this year.  -A  website page was added for local artist information.  -The Town is sponsoring a Spirit Decorating Contest for the residents.  Prizes are First Place of $100, Second Place of $75, and Third Place of $50.  The Chamber is sponsoring a contest for the Town businesses.
  • Snow removal bid from Town & Country approved at $70 per hour with salt and chemicals at $0.21 per pound.
  • New and replacements for the 8 Barrel signs was approved for up to $1,200.
  • The bid for the Town Park sign is tabled until the sidewalk plan is finished.
  • Joe Buchheit is in contact with St. Charles County officials.
  • The “Best of Augusta” Photo Contest deadline for adults/teens is November 30.

 

October 5, 2020 Town Board Meeting Highlights

  • Public Works:  School sidewalk grant update includes finishing up the walkway from the street to the playground.  Stop, no parking, and street signs ordered.
  • The monthly Town website cost is $40.91.
  • Kids “Best of Augusta” Photo Contest is cancelled.
  • Farm Report:  Backhaus Brothers have a 3 year contract for $230.00 per tillable acre.
  • Zoning & Planning Report:  Construction permit issued for Ryan Durban on Lower Street.  Discussion about right-of-way between property owners and the Town vacating the property.  Sanitary sewers are the homeowners’ responsibility.  Storm sewers are the Town’s responsibility.
  • Good News Brewery is expressing interest in purchasing Augusta Brewhaus.
  • Cemetery Committe:  They have purchased the property at 94 and Jackson Street.
  • Mark Piontek, the Town lawyer, is reveiewing the 2020-21 Town Budget and the last audit.
  • Museum and Historic Preservation Committees:   The two committtees are being combined and will meet four times per year.  A report to the state is due this fall on the Historic Preservation.  Augusta’s Certified Local Government (CLG) program is for small communities to qualify for grants from Federal and State governments.  Kathryn Frazier is the Augusta representative for aspects of educational, cultural, and historic value.  The Town is researching zoning guidelines for buildings on the historic register for St. Charles County.  There are 13 houses, the winery, and the Walnut Street District currently on the historic register.  The committes with the Town Board are focusing on the educational aspects of the guidelines.  The Museum and Historical Preservation Committees will maintain a separate website.  Centennial Farm is celebrating their bicentennial in September of 2021.   The State of Missouri is also celebrating their bicentennial in August of 2021.  Discussion about combined or separate celebrations.
  • Bill Harrison, who also mows the Town Park, is working on the park erosion project.
  • The Augusta Visitor Center (AVC) needs to be whitewashed and shutters put up.
  • GACC: On October 15, 2020 a Convention Center bus tour will pass through Augusta; they are looking for festivals in wine country that they can possibly support with advertising money.  A discussion will be held on October 16.  GACC meeting is at 6:30 at the Visitors Center.  On Halloween, October 31, the Visitors Center will be open for a maximum of 25 people (kids and adults) in the building.  Halloween candy will be placed in to bowls.  Food will be served.  There will be no street closures.  November date for having a luminary party for the businesses to put together the supplies necessary to make the luminaries for the Christmas Walk.  November 22 at 1 pm will be the day to decorate the Town Square.  The Augusta Visitors Center will host a Gingerbread House contest during the Christmas Walk on Fridays, December 4 and 11.  There will be no horse carriage rides, no trolley, or no Santa.  The bonfire will be going at the Augusta Brewhaus.