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Thursday, June 18, 2020
Still Doing Your Part

Though the city has reopened, it's important to note the coronavirus is still in our community and efforts must continue to fight COVID-19. A mayoral advisory has been issued with suggestions to employ measures to protect public life, health, safety and property. This advisory is in effect June 16 through June 30. Some of these suggestions include:
  • Practice social distancing by maintaining six feet between you and others
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer
  • Cough or sneeze in a tissue or your elbow
  • Consider using face coverings while in public
  • If you feel sick, stay home

Sewer Rehabilitation

Recently, the city has undertaken two large diameter sewer rehabilitation projects: one planned, the Missouri Avenue outfall, while the other, Charles Street outfall, was unplanned and required emergency repairs. Both of these projects utilized a fairly new and innovative process to increase the structural integrity of the structures while increasing the flow by reducing the friction coefficient of the pipe itself. This process is called quadex lining with fiber reinforced geopolymer. 

The quadex lining system is a robotic application where the geopolymer is broadcast by an axial motion applicator that articulates in a conical pattern inside of the existing pipe. This robot is then navigated back through the pipe leaving a new fully structural, corrosion resistant monolith lining. The method of application allows the lining of round, oval and arched pipe that may also have bend and other penetrations or obstruction in the composition of the original pipe materials. 

The GeoKrete Geopolymer is a formulated mortar comprised of aluminosilicate powder with an alkaline activator to form a monolithic mineral polymer with ceramic properties. Geopolymer cures through a process of polycondensation and possesses proven, high early and long-term compressive strength. The chemical composition of GeoKrete Geopolymer makes it inherently resistant to the microbial induced corrosion prevalent in many sewer environments.

So, what does that all mean in terms we can understand? Basically, this system spins casts a liquid material inside of an aging pipe. This material is as strong, if not stronger, than the pipe itself once it has cured or set up giving it a ceramic-like coating. Because of this coating, it is much smoother even with the reduction in pipe diameter, we are able to move more water more efficiently due to surface friction being lower. Furthermore, all of this is done quickly without the heavy costs of pipe removal and reconstruction. 
Reopening Heritage Park

May 23, 2019 was the last day games were played at Bill McKinney Softball Complex at Heritage Park. This date was days before the second flood of 2019 moved in. The first flood in 2019 closed the complex in March for a few months until reopening weeks before the second flood would later arrive. Arrangements were made to move leagues, tournaments and other events from Heritage Park to other locations around town. Just months before the planned re-opening of Heritage Park in 2020 came yet another obstacle in the form of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 virus delayed the complex from ultimately opening until June 6, when the first rental softball tournament of the year took place. Typically, softball games and tournaments at the complex begin in March. Extra precautions were taken while preparing for the season to help enforce social distancing. Distance markers on the floor in the concessions area, caution tape on the bleachers to eliminate spectators sitting too close, no water jugs in the dugouts to eliminate the spread and no gatekeeper to handle money for a contactless entry are a few guidelines in place. Normal operations may not be in the near future, but allowing for youth and adults to begin playing softball again at Heritage Park has been very fulfilling. It has been a long last 16 months, but during the entire process the safety of all players and participants has been the number one priority.
Staying Hydrated Through the Summer

As warmer weather is upon us, it is important to stay hydrated whether you are exercising, traveling or just hanging out in the sun. There are many reasons... read more
Photo credit: Allied Arts Council
Sculpture Walk

Explore new pieces of downtown art during the inaugural Sculpture Walk of the season on Thursday, June 25. This year's event will offer two social distancing tours with limited space on each tour. The Sculpture Walk brings contemporary outdoor public art to historic downtown St. Joseph. The walk is a year-long exhibit including a mix of sculptures from artists nationwide. For more information, visit the  Allied Arts Council Facebook page .
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