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  1. Anonymous on September 15, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Did the city council decide not to vote on the golf carts? It’s not on this week’s agenda. I was hoping it would pass.

    • Anonymous on September 16, 2019 at 3:32 pm

      I thought it was a done deal.

  2. Anonymous on September 14, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Did anyone hear the rumor that someone in town wanted to open a marijuana shop in the building next to the old Bergheger dealership? Is that even allowed?

    • Anonymous on September 16, 2019 at 9:08 am

      That can’t be true. I heard on the news where it was going to cost thousands upon thousands of dollars just to get permission to open one up. That’s just a typical Mascoutah rumor.

  3. Anonymous on September 12, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    If you are going to take your dog to the dog park, READ THE RULES! The park is there for everyone. If your dog is aggressive, if your dog is constantly fighting with the other dogs, THEN LEAVE! You are making it hard for everyone to enjoy such a beautiful place. I’m sorry your dog is aggressive, but it is up to you – the owner – to do something about it. Those of us who are following the rules, WILL START CALLING THE POLICE! If you don’t care, then that’s your problem. Start figuring out how many citations you want to pay.

  4. Anonymous on September 12, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    From what I’ve read, there have not been enough GOOD reasons to support having golf carts. “It would be fun”, “we could cruise the town”, “what’s the big deal?”, “they are economical & convenient”,”I had them on my college campus”, “too many rules”, “I could take my dogs for a ride”, are just a few examples. While I’ve seen some very valid concerns against having them such as the comparison to the Orchards with young kids and careless adults driving carts putting themselves and others at risk. The increased burden on police to enforce the rules. Too many inattentive drivers speeding down city streets causing increased safety risk. Potentially more accidents. Parking and storing issues just to name a few.

  5. Anonymous on September 12, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Please NO GOLF CARTS! I agree with Dan Davis’ letter to the editor… Ride A Bike!

    • Anonymous on September 13, 2019 at 4:10 pm

      A lot of us older people cant ride bikes. Not everyone wants to. I think golf carts are ok.

  6. Anonymous on September 12, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    I do NOT support the use of golf carts in our city! Someone commented they thought it would be fine for residential areas, well, I don’t want them in mine! It’s difficult enough to maneuver down my street with all the vehicles parked on either side. What about parking? Will golf carts now be lining the street as well? No, Mascoutah is not sophisticated enough to pull this off. Police cannot keep up with the current amount of speeders and distracted drivers in this town, lets not add golf carts to the mix!

  7. Anonymous on September 10, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Lets get golf carts in our city. I was transferred to Scott. I have lived in many areas in the USA that had golf carts.

  8. Anonymous on September 9, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    I’m glad the city is allowing golf carts. I think its a good thing.

  9. Anonymous on September 9, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    I think golf carts would be ok. I think they should only be allowed in residential areas. The main roads are too busy with cars and semis. Concerned there would be numerous accidents with drivers speeding and distracted.

  10. Anonymous on September 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    thank you city. Yes I support the use of golf carts.

  11. Anonymous on September 9, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    yes lets have them from a older guy that takes his electrec skooter to Toms store. colf cars would bee much more safer for me and I wont get wet when it rains. I hopeits passes

  12. Anonymous on September 9, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Yes to the golf carts. I take my dogs to the dog park in my car now. A golf cart would be much better.

  13. Anonymous on September 9, 2019 at 10:12 am

    DO PEOPLE IN OTHER TOWNS HAVE HIGHER I.Q.s THAN MASCOUTAHANS The person who committed about golf carts in The Orchards subdivision. Your comment about small children driving them is just simply bad parenting, you cant fix stupid. As i understand you have to conform with state law and be a licensed driver. People who say they are not for allowing carts,are saying the citizens of Mascoutah aren’t as smart or as safe as people in the surrounding cities that allow them. Towns like New Baden, Freeburg, Batelso, Breese,Albers, Aviston,Du Quoin, Pickneyville etc.

  14. Anonymous on September 8, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Allowing golf carts in Mascoutah would be an amazing add. Our small family would enjoy more family time, cruising the town if it were allowed. Of course with a few rules written.

  15. Anonymous on September 8, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    I,m in favor golf carts. I don’t see why Mascoutah hasn’t already allowed them. I won’t own one,but believe its a good thing.

  16. Anonymous on September 8, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    I went to U of I 86,000 people never had an issue with carts.

  17. Anonymous on September 8, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    I’d vote yes for golf carts! They’re economical and convenient.

  18. Anonymous on September 8, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    I am against allowing golf carts in town unless some pretty strict rules are in place. Just take a drive through The Orchards Subdivision and you will see what I mean. On numerous occasions, I have witnessed ypung children and careless adults driving them around. Under such circumstances, they become a hazard to tgise of the golf cart and other drivers ir pedestrians. Will our police be burdened with patrolling violations & enforcing the rules?

    • Anonymous on September 8, 2019 at 9:43 pm

      Just looked at he rules the city is looking at on the city web site. I like the idea . Looks like there are too many rules for a simple issue. Are you for real more cops ? That’s just nuts. I think we already have too many with not a lot to do.

      • Anonymous on September 9, 2019 at 8:24 pm

        There are not too many rules. A golf cart is a vehicle and if it’s going to be driven on the streets of town it should follow the same rules as any car or truck. I don’t have a golf cart but I have no problem with people driving them. However, I do not agree with the age limit being 18 or 21. If the state allows people to drive other vehicles at 16 years old (with a drivers license) then the same 16 year old’s should be allowed to drive a golf cart. Also, who cares if the school doesn’t want them. Again, any licensed driver should be allowed to drive a golf cart to school. It isn’t any more dangerous than driving any other vehicle to school. The school district should not be allowed to have any say in the matter.As far as someone saying it would bring jobs to Mascoutah because it would require someone to sell and repair the carts, I think not. We don’t have anyone in town that can figure out how to properly repair a lawn mower.

  19. Anonymous on September 8, 2019 at 11:35 am

    At a recent council meeting, they said a prayer before the start of the council meeting. Have they always done this or is it recent? I thought you couldn’t combine religion and government.

    • Anonymous on September 8, 2019 at 12:05 pm

      Pretty sure they always have. And nothing wrong with a simple prayer. I am happy they do it

    • Anonymous on September 8, 2019 at 4:00 pm

      I hope the good Lord is listening and leads them down the road to lower electric rates. (That was a joke for those of you that don’t have a sense of humor.)

    • Anonymous on September 9, 2019 at 8:10 pm

      They aren’t combining religion and government. Nobody is forced to say the prayer.

  20. Anonymous on September 8, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Have you noticed the grass at the post office. It’s embarrassingly high. Can’t someone in the government cut it? It makes our town look like a bunch of hicks. Maybe the city should write a ticket to the postmaster for having and eye sore. If it was a resident they would.

  21. Anonymous on September 7, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Attended the first home football game of the season and am very happy with the changes made at Alumni Field. The new bleachers were sorely needed and are a welcome change. However, the scoreboard is a different story. Nothing except for the Huddle House and Chick-Fil-A ads can be seen unless you’re under 25. Guess I’ll have to take binoculars for the next game. Not sure who paid for it (heard a rumor Under Armor paid the tab) but what a waste of money one something that can’t be seen.

    • Anonymous on September 7, 2019 at 10:17 am

      I think it looks very professional. I may not care for the businesses being on the scoreboard, but I understand that advertising in a necessity, and money is money. Still…I like it.

      • Anonymous on September 7, 2019 at 11:05 am

        I wish more money was used to promote teams like golf and tennis, but no one seems to care about them. There is only enthusiasm for football. You don’t see the high school having a pep rally for tennis.

        • Anonymous on September 8, 2019 at 12:07 pm

          Nothing is stopping you from fundraising for tennis and helping. Rather than just complaining. But on the other hand, I do think more needs to be done for all the sports. Such as baseball fields don’t even have a real bathroom

          • Anonymous on September 8, 2019 at 12:58 pm

            Why should we have fundraisers? Our school district taxes are high enough. There should be plenty of money to go around equally if they really wanted to.



        • Anonymous on September 17, 2019 at 7:23 am

          Our school does a phenominal job of promoting all sports and activities. The school had a pep assembly last week that included every fall sport and the band. From my knowledge, when any team makes it to state, those kids get a send off with band , and every student is out int he hallway to wish them well. One thing people refuse to admit is that when 3000 people show up to a football game, it is not just a game, it is a community event. That is not the school’s fault.

    • Anonymous on September 8, 2019 at 8:32 am

      High School sports has almost become semi pro. We now have to have corporate sponsors for everything. Whatever happened to it just being a game?

    • Anonymous on September 8, 2019 at 9:41 pm

      I agree. The scoreboard is terrible. All you can see are the advertising. Could they be any bigger?? Its overkill. Hard to find the actual score. Hopefully also the sound system isn’t finished. That’s horrible also.

  22. Anonymous on September 6, 2019 at 8:38 am

    I think driving golf carts around town would be fun. I understand the need for rules, but still I would vote for them.

    • Anonymous on September 6, 2019 at 1:30 pm

      I agree. I don’t understand what the big deal. It really isn’t any different than riding bikes just a lot more expensive because of the rules. I see lots of pros and very few cons.

    • Anonymous on September 7, 2019 at 7:42 pm

      I don’t think there will be many on the road so nothing to worry about. I am more worried about the idiot drivers in regular cars.

    • Anonymous on September 8, 2019 at 12:06 pm

      I hope they allow golf carts. It is way over due

  23. Anonymous on September 2, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    This is so funny. Residents put out items on their front lawn and then post it on Facebook that they are free and welcome to anyone who wants them. That is nice because I’m sure there are those that could use an extra coffee table or desk for the child, etc etc. However, and this is the funny part, they get upset when a bicycle is stolen off their porch. You can’t have it both ways. You are sending mixed messages. Dont want the the bike stolen? PUT IT AWAY.

  24. Anonymous on August 29, 2019 at 10:22 am

    New Baden got rid of their administrator problem fast. Too bad Mascoutah didn’t act that way when he was here. At least we traded up.

  25. Anonymous on August 29, 2019 at 8:08 am

    To the gentleman who is always writing letters to the editor – and you know who i am talking about – what the heck are your trying to say? Spit it out. I will give you kudos for putting your name with your opinion but stop trying to be creative. You do not have a column. Straight out say what you want to say. Your way is annoying.

    • Anonymous on August 29, 2019 at 9:56 am

      He’s a hoot!! Although I heard he wrote a book.

  26. Anonymous on August 29, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Is there no Pool Party for Dogs this year? Why not. Surely our Assistant City Manager, or maybe the assistant to the assistant city manager could organize it. It was a great event. What a shame we don’t have enough people to put it on.

    • Anonymous on August 29, 2019 at 8:11 am

      That’s a shame. We always loved the dog party.

    • Anonymous on August 29, 2019 at 9:58 am

      Oh no!!!! Why? It’s not like they have to clean it for humans the next day. It was always so much fun and seemed real popular. I hope the city changes their mind.

      • Anonymous on August 30, 2019 at 9:32 am

        Maybe if we all call up to the City Hall today, there would still be time to change their minds.

  27. Anonymous on August 27, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    I would like to know why the City is entertaining a the idea of another subdivision on Brickyard Road by Mr. Stukenberg. The others are not finished. There are no sidwalks. Our children have to walk on the streets to the bus stops.

  28. Anonymous on August 24, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Do I live in Hoosierville . For years the old grain mill in the center of town has been slowly being torn down . Aren’t there permits and regulation in place that control how long you have to remove a structure? Isn’t anyone concerned about safety? City inspectors will write up for a hole in a screen and you’ll get cited for your weeds or how many hours your RTV in in your drive. Something is wrong with this picture. I was born here over 70 years ago. I am proud of my city . I know of the owner of the property . He is one of the most godly and giving guys you will ever meet. I just think this eyesore should be removed in a timely manor.

    • Anonymous on August 24, 2019 at 6:07 pm

      You should be less concerned about a historic building being taken down piece by piece, and more concerned about all the empty businesses in town. How long before the old auto building starts looking like a homeless shack? What about the other businesses where no one is making sure they are not falling apart?

      • Anonymous on August 25, 2019 at 1:30 pm

        Historic or not, you would think there would be a time limit. I wonder what the future plans are for the property?

        • Anonymous on August 26, 2019 at 11:55 am

          I agree with all of the above comments. The mill was an eyesore in the middle of town. If it wasn’t being removed , no matter how long it takes, it would still be a rusty monument to the past. I would venture to say the majority of residences have no clue of the structures past. I hope something good will replace the mill. I agree its taken a long time. does it really matter?

      • Anonymous on August 25, 2019 at 6:20 pm

        I think the only available store front in Mascoutah is the former car dealership building.

        • Anonymous on August 26, 2019 at 6:42 am

          What about RUE2 Photography that is now empty? Bee Hollow closed. The location that was formerly Attic Corner and then a karate place is closed. There was a floor place down the road that is now closed. Pioneer Seed left.

          • Anonymous on August 26, 2019 at 8:12 am

            Bee Hollow is open. The RUE@ is rented to a church. Pioneer isn’t downtown or even in Mascoutah . Heard the Attic was rented.



    • Anonymous on August 29, 2019 at 1:57 pm

      One old building doesn’t make us Hoosierville. Pick any town in any county, state or country and you will find old and decrepit buildings. Most people never notice the building, but rather the giant mural. I don’t think it’s an issue that the building is coming down slowly. In my neighborhood we have people with boats, rv’s, utility tailers, non-running cars, campers, mopeds, broken down barbecue grills, and a ton of other junk sitting in their yards and driveways and nothing is said and no citations issued so I doubt anyone gets a citation for a hole in a screen. Just drive around the Bel Air Terrace neighborhood. Two words to describe it: trailer trash. People have no respect for their homes and property and no respect for their neighbors that have to live next door to these dumps.

  29. Anonymous on August 22, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Every week I see many “uninsured vehicles” written up in the Mascoutah Police Report Section. Maybe police checkpoints can be setup to enforce the insurance laws? Scares the daylights out of me that I’ll be hit by one of the “uninsured” drivers.

  30. Anonymous on August 20, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Its that time of year again to start dousing the streets with tar and gravel. Before one drop of tar and one piece of gravel hits the surface the city needs to get out and sweep up all the excess gravel left over from previous years. We need initiative, not excuses and cost figures from the mayor. He doesn’t have to put up with rocks in his shoes, kids with bloody knees and elbows, dust storms and trying to push a stroller through piles of rock.

  31. Anonymous on August 19, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    I recently found out that a church is using the high school auditorium for its services. How is that possible? What right does the school district have to open our building up to a religious service? Does that mean it is open to any religious group? This is ridiculous. Can anyone rent the auditorium?

  32. Anonymous on August 13, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    CRIME IN MASCOUTAH AREA
    We have lived in the Mascoutah area for 50+ years. The little town atmosphere of no crime attracted us. Things have changed. We’ve been burglarized twice in the last 1 1/2 years. The first burglary was a mustang car and a trailer used to haul it. Now, a green with blue seat Kawasaki KX 125 dirt bike (1980-1990) has been stolen. This bike belonged to our 48 year old son who died three months ago. Besides dealing with the loss of property, we are dealing with the loss of property that had a connection to our son.
    Why is it that people think they can help themselves to someone else’s property? Where is the law enforcement and court system that should protect our rights?

  33. Anonymous on August 8, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    I try to support my local businesses here in town, but sometimes it’s hard. I recently took my children for eye exams and back to school glasses. The staff here in Mascoutah was incredible, very friendly and informative. But I hate to admit that I almost had a heart attack when I saw the final bill. It was a far cry from Walmart or All About Eyes.
    It’s just not about glasses. How can you pass up a gallon of milk at Walmart for $1.50, but here is in town it’s over $3.00?
    I do want to support our community but my paycheck is not agreeing with me. This is nothing personal. I’m just not sure my budget will allow it. Hopefully, my paycheck get on board.

    • Anonymous on August 12, 2019 at 10:46 am

      I under stand your take. at all about eyes on Hwy 15 in Belleville i to was shocked when I paid exam and progressive lend $465.00 . Guess i should shop around .Maybe Mascoutah isn’t out of line. Living in Mascoutah most of my 65 years I have noticed the changes in our business’s . When i was younger we had 2 main grocery stores with some smaller cover ones. Downtown at lunch time people were shopping and eating lunch. what happened to my town. The Walmart’s and other large businesses opened not so far away. The 1.50 gallon of milk is a hook to get you into their stores . July 2019 the cost a farmer gets paid was approx. 2.24 per gallon for raw milk. My point . When you treat local businesses like a convenience store and don’t shopping town businesses go out of business. A man once said a loaf of bread is 5 cents cheeper in the neighboring town , I’m not going to buy it here ill go there. A year later he went to where he shopped in the past only to find out they closed. The 5 cents more closed the small town down. Now he has to drive out of town for even the small things. Question was 5 Cents too much??????

      • Anonymous on August 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm

        The stores in town are treated like convenience stores because their pricing is basically the same as convenience store. And gas? No way, after 20 years, do I buy gas in town. On some days I have seen the price of gas 25 cents cheaper in Belleville than in Mascoutah. Whether it’s New Baden, Belleville, Breese, Trenton, O’Fallon, Shiloh, etc., gas is always cheaper in all of these other towns. One convenience store owner in town told me gas costs more here than Belleville because the trucks have to drive further to deliver gas here. What a crock. Keep going further east of us and the price still gets cheaper. And to the people that say buying everything in town keeps your taxes lower…well that’s a crock to.

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