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  1. SOUND OFF on April 17, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Electric rates are way too high in this town. I don’t care if we have our own linemen. The argument that were not down like Ameren is doesn’t make sense. Ameren isn’t down any more than we are… Ameren covers a lot more area so they are going to have more outages overall. Plus, don’t we buy a lot of our electric from Ameren. Does the city then mark it up? It seems to me the city makes a lot of profit and then uses it to fund other departments through loans. I think Mascoutah’s electric rates should be comparable to the towns around us, not higher. How are we ever going to attract businesses if our rates are higher.

    • Anonymous on April 29, 2019 at 11:27 am

      The city does not buy power from Ameren. Actually Ameren does not generate any electricity. They are only a distribution company. The city (rate payers) do pay a small portion to Ameren as distribution charge since the power is transported to mascoutah substations by Ameren transmission lines. Even Ameren customers don’t buy from Ameren. A lot have a choice of who the supplier is or Ameren is just a pass through cost

  2. Anonymous on April 18, 2019 at 11:52 am

    I don’t know if the school district will read this stuff but I was at the high school picking up my daughter. There was a girl student walking by wearing a t-shirt and pajama pants. I don’t want the school to go to uniforms but isn’t there some kind of rule against stuff like that? How can they take school seriously if they are wearing stuff that makes them look like that are ready for a nap?

  3. Anonymous on April 18, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Chip and Oil : how many chip and oils (C&O) equals one street asphalt paving? Is it really that much cheaper? My street, Concord Circle, is on it’s second, maybe third C&O. The loose gravel is very dangerous to bike and motorcycle riders. I myself fell when my front wheel slipped out from underneath me and the bike and I went down. God forbid this would happen on a motorcycle! C’mon Mascoutah, let’s stop the Chip and Oil program!

  4. Anonymous on April 19, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    The city has been pretty good in recent years paving the main roads in Mascoutah, but I sure would like to see them accelerate it and get rid of the chip & oil completely. It gets all over your car.

  5. Anonymous on April 21, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    I wish the chronic complainers on Mascoutah facebook pages would take a tour of Shriners Hospital or Childrens Hospital just to see how trivial some of the complaints are

  6. Anonymous on April 23, 2019 at 9:56 am

    I don’t understand why the Community Walk of the Cross was canceled. I heard it was because of cold weather but if Jesus was nailed to a cross, can’t we take a little cold weather? Doesn’t sound very Christian to me!

  7. Anonymous on April 23, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Electric rates in the town are so high. When your electric payment is higher than your car payment, it is time to take a stand. I do not care that Mascoutah has its own electric workers. I would rather take a chance on Ameren.

  8. Anonymous on April 25, 2019 at 8:15 am

    If you don’t like the Mascoutah government, but you didn’t vote in the last election, then SHUT UP! If you have a complaint, but you haven’t attended a council meeting to talk to city leaders, then SHUT UP! If you haven’t made an appointment to talk to the city manager, then SHUT UP!
    You can rant, rave, and b**** all you want on Facebook but it is not going to make a bit of difference. Facebook is not the city government. You had an opportunity to make a change in the election and you blew it. You have several options to solve your problems, but you are too lazy to take them.
    Don’t like Mascoutah? Then move. That’s an option too.

  9. Anonymous on April 25, 2019 at 9:36 am

    I saw in the paper where Mascoutah was looking for Miss Mascoutah Homecoming candidates. Why just girls? Why can’t we have a Mr. Mascoutah also? Maybe even little kids princess and prince? It would be more fun. And while on the topic of homecoming, we need to jazz it up more. Our family likes it but it is the same thing every year. We should have something different like a demo derby instead of tractors, maybe a “Mascoutah’s Got Talent” competition, just something different for a change.

    • Anonymous on April 26, 2019 at 4:36 am

      The Homecoming is a much anticipated annual event. Most people appreciate the tradition of it being the way it is. Tradition can be a great thing. However, I personally think that a Homecoming Queen should win based on talent, intelligence, etc. and not because she (or her family) sold the most tickets.

    • Anonymous on April 26, 2019 at 4:39 am

      I would like to see the police enforce the speed limit on Route 4 near Dollar General. They lowered it but most fo not slow down.

    • Anonymous on April 29, 2019 at 8:22 am

      I agree, why isn’t this a talent show? Or, if it’s only about a being a raffle, why not let anyone sell the tickets. Why discriminate against guys. Why can only girls sell them?

    • Anonymous on April 29, 2019 at 11:29 am

      There used to be a prince and princess competition that was put on my the lions club I think. Was same concept as the homecoming competition. Not sure why it was stopped but it was many many years ago. My mascoutah is also around at the high school. Finally started it back up recently

  10. Anonymous on April 28, 2019 at 9:30 am

    There should be a class or something teaching people how to keep their pets from getting loose and running wild,then if something happens to them it’s always the other persons fault

    • Anonymous on May 5, 2019 at 7:24 am

      People should be fined if pets are running loose. Look at the number of pets on Mascoutah community on Facebook who are constantly posting pictures of a dog or cat running loose. Too many in such a small town. Fix your fence or put up a fence or be more responsible.

  11. Anonymous on April 28, 2019 at 9:45 am

    The Deacon Coordinator for the Catholic Diocese of Belleville was arraigned Friday on criminal sexual assault charges. How can you hold the Bible in one hand and sexually assault a person with the other? Don’t tell me it is a mental illness. If that were the case, then the hundreds of names of priests/officials recently released by the Catholic Church would have to all be mentally ill…each and every one. Don’t pray for them; pray for legal justice for the victims.

  12. Anonymous on April 29, 2019 at 9:04 am

    I want to thank the Mascoutah Police Department for ticketing drivers using cellphones during April. I would love to see it throughout the year. I find it humorous to see my oh so prim and proper neighbors’ names in the police report. You know who you are! Best laugh I have had in many years. Keep up the good work!

  13. Anonymous on April 29, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Kudos to the MPD regarding cracking down on cell phone usage in the car.

  14. Anonymous on April 29, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    I was at St. Clair Square today and it is so depressing. Sears is completely closed up. There was a little store on the upper level by JCPenney’s that is empty. Payless Shoe Store has huge signs saying 75 percent off-going out of business. There is a clothing store on the bottom level that also has a sign saying going out of business. How is this mall going to survive? I guess we’ll all be forced to buy online.

  15. Anonymous on April 30, 2019 at 11:40 am

    OMG! How hard is it to safely drop off your child at Mascoutah Elementary! Do you not know how to drive? One of these days some kid is going to be hit by a car. This is ridiculous.

  16. Anonymous on May 1, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    I find it amazing that you try and post something on Facebook and everyone throws it back in your face. I tried to point out some bad driving by teenagers and you would have thought I was asking for them to be chained and thrown in prison. Trying to be a good resident is hard now days.

  17. Anonymous on May 1, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Every time it rains, Bel Air Subdivision becomes a lake! Its been like that for years. Can’t the city do anything about it or do they just ignore it?

    • Anonymous on May 2, 2019 at 7:50 pm

      Most likely ignore…or act like there is nothing they can do.

  18. Anonymous on May 2, 2019 at 7:22 am

    I’m always amazed at how many comments are shared about how we need this store and that restaurant in town. But when I’m at the post office I see how many Amazon boxes are stacked up ready for delivery. Do these people not understand that you won’t have any stores if people keep ordering on line. That means the local tax base will drop to fix the streets or pay for services in this town, there will be no stores to donate or businesses to sponsor the ball clubs, and miscellaneous fund raisers in town. Heck, we don’t have hardly any stores left now. I doubt Jeff Bezos or Mark Zuckerberg is going to sponsor anything in Mascoutah.

    • Anonymous on May 17, 2019 at 5:37 am

      I would do ALL of my grocery shopping & get my prescriptions in town if we got a Schnucks. Instead of a Huddle House, a Cracker Barrel would be nice. We simply do not have enough of a anything in Mascoutah in regards to shopping. What we do have is way too expensive or limited on what is available. Give us value & variety & we will shop here. Otherwise, our business will be taken elsewhere.

  19. Anonymous on May 2, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    The Mascoutah Assistant City Manager should be eliminated. I don’t feel that we are big enough to support two positions.

  20. Anonymous on May 2, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    I am sad/ sorry to hear of Mike Bolt resining.
    I feel they shouldn’t hire a replacement and make the city manager be more involved. In the past, When concerns needed to be addressed it always went through mike which seemed to handle all of the work, enabling the City manager to be less involved in our community. As a life citizen of Mascoutah In my opinion there is no need to be paying two city managers. We are a small enough community where our city manager can handle the responsibility and be actively involved with our Mascoutah residents.

  21. Anonymous on May 2, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    The city council made the wrong choice in hiring the current city manager. It is all about him and an ego driven leader. He has forced one good city worker to leave (assistant city manager), how many more. This is squarely placed on the city council. Thank you for your service to this community Mr. Bolt. You will be missed.

  22. Anonymous on May 2, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Mike Bolt is irreplaceable! He was tremendous! Major loss to Mascoutah.

    • Anonymous on May 18, 2019 at 12:51 pm

      I have not heard anything positive about the new City Manager. Most people who have had interactions with him state that he is pompous, arrogant and aggressive when speaking. How does this makes a good fit for our city?
      Isn’t the point of a manager in general to not only oversee the goings on but also to smooth over and work out issues that arise?
      What do we do as a community when the city manager is part of the problem, not the solution?

      • Anonymous on May 18, 2019 at 5:05 pm

        You probably do not even know him, and are just talking to hear yourself talk. I think YOU and people like you are the real problem. Leave him alone and let him do his job.

  23. Anonymous on May 3, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I don’t think it’s a matter of whether we, the residents, think the job (assit city manager) should be filled or not. I think it should be up to the city manager. If he feels he has enough support from current city managers/employees, then don’t fill it. But…if he needs help, then fill it. The decision should be entirely his. He is the one running the city.

  24. Anonymous on May 3, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    I thought he did a pretty good job as Assistant City Manager. However, he DID NOT RESPOND TO MY EMAIL from a couple years ago. I had some real good ideas. Maybe the new guy can institute them.

  25. Anonymous on May 3, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    It’s silly for a town this size to have an assistant city manger. Save the tax payers some money. We’ve got more people in city hall already than towns twice our size. Mike Bolt was a decent guy, but we don’t need another person. Of course I’d bet there’s no way the city council will give up that position. The city manager already has two secretaries upstairs. What’s he need an assistant for?

  26. Anonymous on May 4, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    We do not need an assistant city manager in Mascoutah. Our town is not that big.

  27. Anonymous on May 5, 2019 at 9:15 am

    My sister and I were Mascoutah yard sale shopping on Saturday. We were having such a good time buying stuff we really didn’t need. While we were shopping we saw a lady take two shirts roll them up and stuff them under her shirt. Then she left. We both saw it but everything happened so fast and we were so shocked that she was gone before we could say anything. The shirts were only one dollar each. We thought that maybe she was poor and needed them but what if that was not true? What if she just stole them for the sake of stealing them? Anyway, it sort of put a damper on our shopping trip, and we went home. We are still not sure what to think.

  28. Anonymous on May 5, 2019 at 9:18 am

    What is with all the lost dogs in town? How hard is it to keep them in the house, the yard, or on a leash? You can take time to post your “fur baby” on Facebook telling everyone to be on the look out for it, but what you should really do is take the time to keep them safe at home.

  29. Anonymous on May 5, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Many thanks to retired councilman Paul Schorr for his years of service.
    I particularly appreciate him spearheading the move to get the yard waste dropoff site up and running.
    Because of previous abusers, it had to be shut down, but Paul presented an idea where we could have more regular access with camera security paid for by those of us who use it. There is no more abuse going on now, and we have access to it every day. Thanks, Paul, for this and everything else you did on Council.

  30. Anonymous on May 5, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Perhaps people should find out what it is that the City Manager and the Assistant City Manager do before they venture an opinion over whether the position is needed.
    Too many opinions, too little knowledge. Not a good combination.

  31. Anonymous on May 6, 2019 at 11:26 am

    This is regarding the post office. They need to have set, clear, and available guidelines when shipping. I have shipped a lot of packages in the last few years and haven’t had an issue until the last week or so. The last few times I have shipped a new rule or regulation pops up that was never a rule/regulation in the past. And it only happens with certain inside personnel. This certain personnel could also use some training in customer service as this person seems to always have an attitude. Just don’t understand why there are issues now if it was always a rule/regulation but it wasn’t an issue the last few years.

  32. Anonymous on May 10, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    I’ve never been so glad to see someone leave! It cost $65,000 for the Assistant City Manager to stand around nagging all the city employees to work harder when all he did was sit in his office on Facebook or texting on his cellphone. $65,000 for nothing! That money could have been used for many projects.

    • Anonymous on May 12, 2019 at 10:43 am

      Agreed! Should have never been hired!

    • Anonymous on May 12, 2019 at 12:40 pm

      Sounds like some lazy disgruntled jealous City employees are posting here. What a circus!

  33. Anonymous on May 11, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Signatures are being taken to open a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Mascoutah. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people. Please sign the petition to help the young people of Mascoutah.

    • Anonymous on May 13, 2019 at 10:57 am

      So does your primary doctor. Go there.

  34. Anonymous on May 11, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    I thought there was a limit to the number of yard sales one family could have. There is a house down the street from me that has one every other weekend. At first I didn’t mind but now its getting ridiculous.

  35. Anonymous on May 13, 2019 at 7:29 am

    I can’t believe how many people allow their dogs to poop on other people’s property!! It’s gross and disgusting! If you are going to walk your dog around town, CLEAN UP ITS’ MESS!!!!

  36. Anonymous on May 13, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    If you’re going to take the time to complain about an unsafe driver as well as take the vehicle’s photo, don’t scratch out the license plate. What is the point of taking the photo then? Will the be embarrassed? Yes, but isn’t that the idea of throwing it on Facebook? Either do it all the way or not at all.

  37. Anonymous on May 13, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Does the city have a time limit on how long you can take to demolish something in the city? Talk about an eyesore. the grain elevator downtown has been being taken down for how many years now? What an eyesore for the community. We have all kinds of rules and regulations on building, but nothing on taking that hazard down.

  38. Anonymous on May 13, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    I saw on the citys website that they are looking for a new assistant city manager. Apparently our opinions do not matter. Figures.

    • Anonymous on May 14, 2019 at 1:04 pm

      Are you kidding? We don’t need an Assistant City Manger. We’ve already got half a dozen secretaries at City Hall. There are more people in the office than there are workers.

  39. Anonymous on May 13, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    I heard that the park people were having trouble finding candidates for Miss Mascoutah. Open it up to the guys! It would be fun and something different! Tradition doesn’t have to be written in concrete. Get a little creative, homecoming people!

  40. Anonymous on May 16, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Texting and riding/walking: While parked near the Mascoutah Middle School one sunny afternoon to pick up my child after school, I noticed many of the kids were totally focused on their smart phone screens, both walkers and bike riders. This is a very congested traffic area during school dismissal. Parents, please remind your children to stay off of their phones and to pay full attention to the traffic around them. Stay safe out there!

  41. Anonymous on May 16, 2019 at 7:21 am

    I agree w/ the Mayor’s comments about posting in Sound Off without having all of the facts correct first. But one thing you can’t deny, the loose gravel from the Chip n Oil on our streets is a danger to both bike riders and motorcycle riders. Is cost more important than safety? thanks for listening ,…

  42. Anonymous on May 16, 2019 at 7:57 am

    I would like the mayor to please show us that Ameren electric is only 1 cent cheaper than mascoutah. I have reviewed several bills and not even close. Ameren was about 40 percent lower.

  43. Anonymous on May 17, 2019 at 5:27 am

    It was fantastic to see the high school administrators and resource officer attending the Senior Sunrise breakfast yesterday. The students seemed to enjoy their involvement and shared a lot of laughs with them . I also give a shout out to the Class of 2019 for choosing a Senior Prank that was non-destructive, funny, and preapproved by administrators. In case you were wondering, the seniors took over the teacher’s parking lot for the day. Lol

  44. Anonymous on May 17, 2019 at 6:43 am

    Congratulations MHS Class of 2019! A dream can come true, but like anything else, it is not free. You must work to attain it. It may be hard and sometimes disheartening, but it will come true. To the Class of 2019, may all your dreams come true!

  45. Anonymous on May 17, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Our future is now in your young hands, Mascoutah High School Class of 2019. Please be kind.

  46. Anonymous on May 17, 2019 at 9:12 am

    I have to respectfully disagree with the Mayor’s statement in his column about the MIA welcoming suggestions. It has been suggested many times that either a Mr. Mascoutah or Little Miss & Mr. Mascoutah be added to the homecoming event, and they have always been shot down. It’s not a talent contest. It is there to raise money so what difference does it make if boys and kids join the fun?

  47. Anonymous on May 18, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    First of all, thank you to MPD for all you do!

    But can we not do something about the drug problem in this town? I have kids in all 3 schools in town. My MHS student gets offered stuff in the bathrooms, and says it’s common knowledge who to get it from. My MMS student says that everyone knows who to get stuff from and to stay away from the teens at the park.My MES student knows that they cant go to the park because that’s where the teenagers are doing “bad things”

    I can walk through the park after khoury league games and see people , smoking, handing off etc. We have a drug dog that goes through the high school to sniff, but my MHS student says they are notified beforehand that hes coming. Come on now.

    What is it going to take, for this problem to be taken seriously!

  48. Anonymous on May 19, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    I don’t think small children should be brought to graduation ceremonies. Sunday’s high school ceremony was interrupted constantly by kids crying. I certainly understand it is not the child’s fault. They are bored. But I feel a strong effort should be made by the adults attending to find the child a babysitter. It’s only for a couple of hours. It can’t be that hard or that expensive.

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