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Thursday, March 18, 2021
Spring Clean Sweep

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Clean Sweep April 1-7. Clean Sweep is a program to assist St. Joseph residents in maintaining their property, however, it is not a substitute for regular solid waste (trash) collection. All yard waste, trash and appliances will be accepted from St. Joseph residents for two full days a year, free of charge. Some guidelines and restrictions apply.

Construction Season

Spring is just a few days away and many homeowners have been planning outdoor projects for months. This scenario is no different for those who plan, design, manage and oversee construction activities for the city. Staff have been working toward these same goals for years during the winter months like planning to replace culverts, resurfacing roadways, constructing new bridges or simply repairing damage caused by the harsh winter. Unfortunately, all types of projects are inconvenient and disrupt our daily lives, whether it is a bathroom remodel, sewer main repair or a roadway reconstruction. However, enduring the hardships are well worth the satisfaction experienced upon completion.

Some work can be completed in a matter of days while other larger projects can require many weeks or months to be finalized. City staff continues to work hard in communicating intentions and schedules to the public through many media outlets while working with contractors and citizens to minimize impacts to normalcy. We ask all to have patience and respect construction zones to keep everyone safe until each project is completed.
Baby Animals and Spring

As spring approaches, so does baby animal season. At the Remington Nature Center, staff receive several inquiries each year concerning baby wildlife found in homeowners’ yards or in other unexpected places. These animals often appear abandoned or in need of assistance. However, this is usually not the case.

The animals in question are usually baby birds and bunnies. Baby birds fledge once they have outgrown their nest. These fledglings bounce around on the ground for a few days before taking flight. It is at this time humans encounter them and mistakenly think they are orphaned or injured. This is likely not the case as these babies are being looked after by their parents who are keeping a watchful eye nearby.

Baby bunnies are usually found when the nest is uncovered by mowing or when a dog gently carries a baby bunny and drops it at your feet. Bunnies are born in depressions in the ground covered by debris and mom’s fur. Mama rabbit will return to the nest twice a day to feed her young. If you spot an adult rabbit sitting for a prolonged period in your yard, she may be sitting atop a nest nursing. Bunnies are fully weaned at two to three weeks old and are about the size of a tennis ball.

If you encounter a wild animal, please leave it where you find it. If you have pets, you might restrain them or bring them inside until the baby bird or bunny leaves. Taking wildlife into your home, even with the best of intentions, is not only unethical, but also illegal. If you have questions about whether an animal is truly in need or not, please contact Shelly Cox at the Remington Nature Center at 271-5499.
When the Water Rises

Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters as it often occurs following a hurricane, thawing snow or several days of sustained rain. It’s important to know the difference between common terminology used with flooding. A flood/flash flood watch means a flood or flash flood is possible. A flood/flash flood warning means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon.

If a flood should happen, there are several things to keep in mind:
  • Turn off your power and water mains if instructed by local authorities.
  • Avoid getting in contact with floodwater as it could be contaminated with sewage or dangerous chemicals. Also, keep children and pets away from the hazardous conditions.
  • Don’t use any gas or electric appliances that have been flooded.
  • Remember, just six inches of fast flowing water can knock you over and two feet can sweep away a car, so avoid walking or driving through standing water.
  • Stay clear of areas subject to flooding easily such as underpasses, low spots and canyons.

Lifeguards Wanted

Are you looking for a summer job? Become a lifeguard with the city of St. Joseph. Training will be provided for free to all candidates who join the team. Visit stjoemo.org to apply or call 271-5500 for more information.
(816) 271-5300