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Thursday, January 10, 2019
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City code requires vacant structures or vacant portions of structures to be secured against entry by trespassers or animals and put in a safe, stable condition. Exterior doors and windows must be locked and secured at all times. Vacant structures can attract vandals along with homeless persons and animals seeking shelter, especially during the cold weather months. Small fires used by trespassers for heating, light and cooking may be left unattended and spread resulting in large destructive fires. If you see unsecured vacant structures or observe suspicious entry into vacant structures, please contact the property maintenance division at 271-5342 during normal business hours or contact the police department after hours at 271-4777. For more information about property maintenance programs and related city codes, click here.
Tree Removal in Krug Park

The parks department was awarded a $1,700 Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant this past fall to help in the removal of five dead, diseased, and/or damaged trees in Krug Park. These trees are located over the tunnel in the park. It is important that these trees are removed soon as if they fall on their own, they could damage the tunnel structure. They are scheduled to be removed sometime this winter, and new trees will be replaced in other areas of the park later this year. The parks department is grateful to the Department of Conservation for this grant to help preserve the Krug Park tunnel. 
National Birth Defects Prevention Month

I n the United States, a baby is born with a birth defect every 4½ minutes leading to 120,000 babies affected each year. Birth defects are the most common cause of death in the first year of life and the second most common cause of death in children aged one to four years. Although not all birth defects can be prevented, steps can be taken to increase a woman’s chance of having a healthy baby.  Here are some helpful tips for pregnant women or women who may become pregnant:
 
Get vaccinated 
  • Get the flu shot and whooping cough vaccine. 
  • Become up-to-date with all vaccines before getting pregnant. 
Prevent insect bites
  • Use insect repellent. 
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outside. 
  • Consider avoiding travel to areas with Zika virus. 
Practice good hygiene 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. 
  • Avoid putting a young child’s cup or pacifier in your mouth. 
Talk to your healthcare provider 
  • Ask about how you can prevent infections, such as Zika virus.
  • Discuss how to prevent sexually transmitted infections. 

Tackling the Winter Weather

As most residents are aware, the city experienced a severe winter storm on November 25, 2018, when eight inches of snow blanketed the area and blizzard-like conditions ensued. St. Joseph’s street division crews went into emergency operations which split them into two twelve-hour shifts. Snow removal operations began... read more
Time To Dance

Put on your dancing shoes and join the Joyce Raye Patterson Senior Center for fun and dancing. Open to those 50 years old and older, these dances are sure to get you moving and grooving. The dances cost $5 at the door. Make sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming dances in January. Dances are subject to change without notice.

Tuesdays
January 15, 22 & 29
Down Home Country Band
7pm

Saturdays
January 12
Dancing Clark's Mega Tunes
7:30pm

January 19
Klasik Kuntry Musik Band
7pm

January 26
Wayne Hoover & Countrysiders
7pm
(816) 271-5300