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Thursday, September 10, 2020
City Manager Candidate Interviews

The names of the four candidates who will be interviewing for the city’s next city manager have been released. The candidates are Gary Edwards, Doug Gerber, Thomas Hutka and Jeff Pederson. They will be participating in a day-long interview process on Friday, September 11.

The candidates will begin their day being interviewed by a community panel, a staff panel, and meeting with the interim city manager. In the afternoon, City Council members will interview the candidates. City Council will meet next week to discuss the results of the interview process.

A televised question and answer period will be conducted with the candidates at 4:30pm on Friday. It can be viewed on the city’s government access channel (cable channel 19) or streamed on the city’s website and on Facebook.

Taking to the Sky

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a pilot? If you or someone you know is interested in learning to fly, here is a little help to get you started. Before you commit to training, take a demonstration flight. All you need to do is contact Express Flight at Rosecrans Memorial Airport at 233-3444 and they will get you on the schedule. This will give you a sense of what it is like to fly in a small airplane. We are willing to bet once you get in the seat and take the yoke, that’s pilot talk for a steering wheel, you’ll never look back!

The next step will be to get your medical certificate. Getting your medical certificate can be obtained by finding the closest aviation medical examiner and scheduling a physical. Doing so can save time and money in pursuit of your private, student or recreational pilot certificate. Since you must have your medical certificate before you can solo, it is smart to do this first so you can discover early whether you have any health issues that could impact your ability to fly. 

Next will be the book work and once you’ve completed ground school training, you will take the FAA test, which is a computer-based multiple choice exam to assess your knowledge of the theories covered in ground school. You will be required to pass this test with a grade of 70 percent or better. You can study at home with the help of books, videos or computer training programs. 

Many people do the book work and prepare for the test while taking the flight lessons as this will allow you to apply your ground school knowledge in the aircraft. During the flight portion of your training, you will perform takeoffs, landings and performance maneuvers. You will handle radio communications and put your knowledge of airport operations, ground reference and emergency procedures into practice. 

After you have completed the written test and a series of endorsements like: 
  • Solo flights, both on your student pilot certificate (one-time) and in your logbook (every 90 days)
  • Solo cross-countries
  • Written knowledge test
  • Practical test readiness

Your instructor will schedule a checkride. The checkride is a test with an FAA designated examiner and consists of an oral and practical test of your aviation skills which brings together elements from every aspect of your training. After you have passed your checkride, you will be one of the few who can call themselves a pilot.

Howl-A-Palooza is back during this un-fur-gettable year. On Saturday, September 12, from 9am-Noon, at Corby Dog Park, the community is invited to enjoy all things pet related. St. Joseph Animal Control and Friends of the Animal Shelter will be offering on-site pet adoptions, microchipping and Corby Dog Park memberships. If you are interested in purchasing a dog park membership, make sure to bring all the required materials. There will also be vendor booths, dog-friendly games and a raffle. Pet contests will begin at 11am. These include the best trick, tallest and shortest dog, pet/owner look-a-like and the best dressed. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. We are asking participants to please wear a mask for the safety of others when a distance of six feet cannot be maintained.

Moving Forward with Healthier and Safer Rentals

In 2018, the city of St. Joseph started sorting through concepts and ideas from city staff, landlords, tenants and surrounding cities to adopt a rental inspection program. Over the years...read more
Registration Underway

Registration is now underway at the REC Center for adult volleyball and Little Ballers. For the adult volleyball leagues, registration is open now through October 4, with a $225 registration fee per team. This is a ten-week league with games starting October 11. For Little Ballers, registration is open now through October 5, with a $75 registration fee per child. Only individual registration is allowed, no team registrations. This is a seven-week league with games starting November 1. For more questions on how to register, please contact the REC Center at 271-5512.
(816) 271-5300