Red Bud Council approves Eagle Scout project work, visits with Congressman Bost

VISITED WITH COUNCIL–The Red Bud City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday, July 3 to visit with United States Congressman Mike Bost. Bost gave a government update and took a few questions from the council. Pictured at the meeting are: City Clerk Joanne Cowell, Mayor Tim Lowry, City Administrative Assistant Pamela Poetker, Alderman Bill Hanebutt, Bost, Alderwoman Susan Harbaugh, Alderman David Friess, Alderman Glenn Linnertz and City Superintendent Josh Eckart.

Executive sessions and discussion of a Boy Scout project were the biggest parts of the July 2 Red Bud City Council meeting.

Area Boy Scout Austin Schmidt approached the council about getting the city’s help in completing his Eagle Scout project. He proposed taking out the current bridge that crosses the creek by the main pavilion at Ratz Memorial Park and replacing it with a wheelchair accessible bridge.

He is working with Nevois Construction on the new bridge design which would use two ramps with a landing between them. The estimated cost of materials was around $3,200. Schmidt offered to provide the labor for the project, if the city would pay for the materials.

Alderman Glenn Linnertz, who is also the Parks and Recreation Committee liaison, noted that this bridge is in need of replacement. He pointed out that it slants to one side and the metal railing underneath is rotting. “It needs to be replaced or taken out.”

He also added that he felt very good about the project, knowing who was all involved with it.

This sounds like a worthwhile project and would need to be done anyway,” stated Mayor Tim Lowry.

For more from the Red Bud City Council, please see this week’s print edition.