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.