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294 Comments

  1. Anonymous on February 28, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    The Superintendent’s pay continues to go up while the students’ performance goes down! It’s no surprise that our school board continues unanimously to raise Fiegel’s base pay while, nearly across the board, the students’ aptitude levels, particularly in reading and math, continue to proceed lower. His total pay equals his base pay plus performance pay. The performance pay, per his contract, is determined by the board each year. The performance factors are closely held by the board and redacted from any superficial requests for district salary information. The board rates his performance against several performance factors, then determines what additional amount to add to his yearly base. His total pay is currently well over $200,000 per year. If you’re a property owner in the district, this pay comes from your yearly taxes. Of the eight taxing bodies that mutually collect (and receive) our taxes each year, the school district is by far the largest recipient of our money, at 57% of the total take. The second highest is the City of Mascoutah at 17%. Fiegel’s pay literally goes from your bank account to his credit union account (only three accounts in between) when you pay your yearly taxes. Next obvious question for the school board is how much performance pay will they award Fiegel this evaluation period in light of the deteriorating student performance? All of the district’s teachers will also receive pay raises of 3% this period per their union’s current contract with the district…including the full-time, work from home librarian! As the largest employer in the city of Mascoutah, it is no wonder why our property taxes will never go down when the school board has no problem spending other people’s money on exorbitant executive educators’ salaries while permitting the district’s personnel overhead and indirect educational spending to grow, year after year. In addition to annual total pay, Fiegel enjoys over a month of paid vacation time, paid sick time, funded travel, and will receive a very generous public-funded pension once he departs the administration building. Military associated enrollment in the district continues to trend lower, falling short of the district’s public annual projections. This enrollment number is the primary anchor and metric used for expanding nearly all of the district’s account balances, setting the equalized assessments (i.e. tax percentages), and justifying every expense from buildings to buses.

    • Anonymous on February 28, 2021 at 6:38 pm

      The Mascoutah Education Association is having a Meet & Greet on Sunday, March 14. The Mascoutah Herald is hosting an in-person candidates’ forum on Sunday, March 21. Maybe you could prepare your questions and ask them at these events. I can’t imagine there would be a better time.

  2. Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 11:54 am

    My husband and I were talking about the upcoming april election, and we are rather excited. It is the first time in many many years that we will have a new mayor. I have always like mayor Daugherty but it will be interestting to see what new plans the new mayor has.

    • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 6:01 pm

      Both will have unrealistic agenda items, and promises will not be met…….Just like any other politician when campaigning pre election day

      • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 6:11 pm

        Wow! Let your negativity shine there, Buttercup!!! You haven’t even heard their platforms yet.

        • Anonymous on February 28, 2021 at 4:48 am

          How would you know? I have spoken to both of them several times the last 9 months

  3. Anonymous on February 26, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    Why are Mascoutah school bus drivers not required to wear masks while driving our children? I passed six Mascoutah school buses on my way out of town this morning. Only one driver was wearing a mask. Teachers, students, and school personnel are required to wear a mask. Why not bus drivers? As I drove into Belleville, I noted that every driver of the First Student (Belleville district) buses was masked. I’m disappointed in our district.

    • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 9:11 am

      My experience has been the opposite, all school bus drivers I’ve seen had had masks on. Are you sure the buses you saw weren’t empty?

      • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 12:25 pm

        That’s a great point, and something I hadn’t considered. Thanks; I hope you’re right!

  4. Anonymous on February 26, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Maybe the herald needs to hire a proof reader. Sure are good at dates for fundraising dinners

  5. Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    It’s really a shame that the north end of County Road is being used as a place for people to throw their trash out the window. My guess is it’s probably some ignorant kids who don’t have any common sense. Would love to see a security camera that could catch them in the act and then make these culprits not only clean up this area of road but also be forced to pick up trash around the entire city.

  6. Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Does anyone know why Pizza Hut is not allowing dine-in? I can understand not having the lunch buffet, but what would be the purpose of not letting customers enter like the other restaurants?

    • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 4:58 pm

      I read an article some time ago that the Pizza Hut chain had plans to convert many of their stores to carry out/delivery only. My guess is ours will be one of those affected. If I were the owner, I would opt for that rather than spend money to update the current 1970’s decor. Besides, with the push to ramp minimum wage up to $15/hr, eliminating the need for dining room staff only makes good business sense.

  7. Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    Interesting timing on the new Pizza place coming to town. Strategic. Savage. Cold blooded.

    • Anonymous on February 26, 2021 at 10:40 am

      It’s been in the works for months if I am not mistaken. But someone does seem to be trying to take advantage of good timing lol

    • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 9:12 am

      I must be missing something

      • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 6:03 pm

        the new pizza restaurant owners are sons of one of the mayoral candidates.

        • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 6:12 pm

          So what? A new business is a new business. Doesn’t matter who they are related to.

    • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 7:29 pm

      I’ve never thought someone investing money in a new local business could be considered savage and cold blooded…..good grief. I had heard Joe’s Pizza began looking at Mascoutah when the pizza place that used to be where Coffee World is now shut down (next to the visitor center). That was years ago. Feel free to express your disagreement with who I’m sure is a hard working businessman, by not visiting the new restaurant when it ultimately opens. Please stay away so I don’t have to wait in line behind you to get in.

  8. Anonymous on February 24, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    The recent Crime Reform Bill signed into law by Governor Pritzker is the biggest piece of trash I have ever read. I encourage everyone to read it and not a simple summary. It is nothing but pandering and placating to the recent trend of anti-police/pro-criminal movement in this country. It will mean bad news for the law abiding citizens in this state, increase unnecessary burdens on the police to do their jobs and ultimately could be dangerous to not only the public safety of Illinois citizens but, to the public safety infrastructure as a whole. Terrible.

    • Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 3:22 pm

      I agree 100%. The biggest burden for small town Illinois will be the cost of provisioning the necessary equipment to be compliant, I believe that has to be funded locally. Since our fellow Mascoutah residents insisted on paying more than they had to for garbage collection, I’m sure a tax increase to fund the bill requirements won’t be a problem.

  9. Anonymous on February 24, 2021 at 11:11 am

    How many people work at the library?

    • Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 1:27 am

      Shhhh…. Be quiet when you ask that question.

      • Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 3:27 pm

        (whispering very, very softly) Sorry. How many people work at the library?

    • Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 5:08 pm

      During a shift, 3-4 max.

      • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 8:38 pm

        Psst… Keep it down over there

        • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 8:56 pm

          (blinking in code so I don’t make a sound.) Better?

          • Anonymous on February 28, 2021 at 11:39 am

            Well played



  10. Anonymous on February 23, 2021 at 11:39 am

    Just a question after noticing the new Gambling place on main street , how many are enough? Do we want to keep Mascoutah or have Mas Vegas? Is there a limit on the number of gambling license the city issues?

    • Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 3:41 pm

      I believe I am correct is saying the City doesn’t issue gaming license’s, the Illinois Gaming Commission does. The City issues business and liquor licenses, both of which are required by the gaming commission. Personally, I would rather see a gambling place generating tax revenue than an empty store front. The issue you should be voicing is the decrease in revenue of long time established business’s because of these new locations. There are only so many people foolish enough to think they will ever come out ahead on these machines, and the establishment only gets a cut of the revenue generated from the machines they own. The City gets their portion from each machine within the city limits, so it’s a win-win for them. By the way, you can pull up individual machine data through the State of Illinois. It would amaze you to see the amount of money that flows through these machines in a months time.

    • Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 5:13 pm

      Many Illinois towns are looking the same.
      Just going to have to deal with the tackiness.

    • Anonymous on February 28, 2021 at 11:41 am

      I remember a recent council meeting where one of the council members brought up the same concerns. I don’t remember which one. I’d have to go back and read the minutes from the city’s website.

  11. Anonymous on February 22, 2021 at 5:47 am

    The Chamber of Commerce wants me to shop in Mascoutah.
    The least they can do then is clean the downtown sidewalks after a snowfall.

    • Anonymous on February 22, 2021 at 7:05 pm

      If you are 65 or older there are available appointments for the covid vaccination at Belleville Memorial Hospital.

      • Anonymous on February 22, 2021 at 11:28 pm

        My aunt just got divorced. What’s that got to do with anything?

      • Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 5:15 pm

        Yes, all the old timers should be vaccinated by now. Pretty easy.

    • Anonymous on February 22, 2021 at 11:29 pm

      Right. It’s the Chamber’s responsibility to shovel snow now. If they did, people would complain that the city didn’t do it

  12. Anonymous on February 21, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Let me see. You put a contract up for bid. The city council unanimously chooses the less expensive option for the same level of service. A few people start going nuts on facebook and two councilmen and the mayor’s spines turn to jelly. Now in addition to paying sky high property taxes and utility rates, I have to pay more for trash service! Thank you to Councilmen Battas and Baker. The only two adults in the room!

    • Anonymous on February 21, 2021 at 8:24 pm

      I wholeheartedly second this opinion.

      • Anonymous on February 22, 2021 at 11:30 pm

        Remember the votes at election time. That’s the only advice I can offer

    • Anonymous on February 24, 2021 at 12:19 pm

      Mascoutah was a Union Town forever, now since the City Manager took over, they use nothing but SCAB labor. Sad that the City workers are union and they don’t complain about using SCAB Contractors. NEVER WAS LIKE THAT WHEN DICK SITTON WAS MANAGER.

  13. Anonymous on February 21, 2021 at 10:22 am

    THANK YOU. My trash bill was $45.30 my its going up to $58.04 .

    • Anonymous on February 21, 2021 at 5:49 pm

      Quarterly. $12 more. Or about $50 more a year. Ooooooo no god forbid $4 more a month! Figure it out.

  14. Anonymous on February 19, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    I have always wondered if the auto insurance industry is regulated in any way, shape, or form? The reason I ponder this is because I was wondering the following: when a teenager turns 16 and gets a drivers license, the auto insurance increase is astronomical. Why? The teenager hasn’t done anything wrong yet to justify such a massive increase. It seems to me this is nothing more than price gouging. When my son turned 16 ten years ago, yet our rates when sky high. Why? For those 10 years he didn’t have any accidents, tickets, or claims, yet the rates stayed high. I think it’s nothing more than a money grab by the insurance companies. They target a specific group, say they are high risk and then stick it to them. This should be illegal. The rates should be much more modest starting out. Then, if they get a speeding ticket or cause a wreck then the rates go up accordingly. Another scam is charging us for uninsured motorist coverage. Why? The law states that all motorists will have auto insurance. So if all motorists are required to have auto insurance then there shouldn’t be any “uninsured motorists”, therefore, no “uninsured motorist “ coverage to pay for.

    • Anonymous on February 20, 2021 at 2:37 am

      I’m not defending the insurance industry or you but you hit it on the head. It’s a risk analysis, plain and simple. They play by the same rules as the rest of us, the insurance companies hedge their bets based on their risk assessment for having to pay money out. In the meantime, they invest our premiums and that’s where it changes. If the market returns favorable results, we see that in our premiums. If the market takes a slide, we’ll see that as well. It’ll be interesting to see how the market turns with the new administration in office.

  15. Anonymous on February 19, 2021 at 1:13 am

    I want to thank the real heroes in light of garbage gate. It’s not the mayor, or the council members regardless of their vote. In my opinion, the real people to be commended are the ones running for council now. Who in their right mind would be willing to subject theirself to the idiocy that the trash issue has become? We should be thankful that anyone at all would be interested in even trying to help at this point. I appreciate the current and the future council members, whomever you may be.

    • Anonymous on February 20, 2021 at 8:32 am

      Now that trash gate is over. How about those chickens or maybe geese and goats. Geese are great alarms ,no one will rob your house. Goats are eco friendly. They will cut your lawn and fertilize it at the same time. See people life is all good in Mascoutah once again.

  16. Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Several takeaways: A lot of vocal people on Facebook & Sound Off, do not pay property taxes, they are renters. Moreover, a lot of the other vocal people are transient military, with no Illinois state issued license, & do not vote in local elections. Furthermore, a lot of the retired military that are “disabled”, do not pay property taxes either. I do not value their opinions whatsoever. Facts.

    • Anonymous on February 19, 2021 at 11:14 am

      It amazes me the “100% disabled” retired military can even take their trash to the street being in that condition.

      • Anonymous on February 19, 2021 at 12:47 pm

        shoveling large driveways too in -2 degrees

    • Anonymous on February 20, 2021 at 4:03 am

      Wow, that’s a lot of moreover’s and furthermore’s. I’m sure some people are impressed with your five-dollar words. So let me hit you with some of my own…The audacity you claim to own which allows you to ascertain the identity and socio-economic demographics of the anonymous posters on Sound Off is if nothing, by it’s very nature, untenable speculation. I think it’s sick to imply that because you don’t pay property taxes due to a government-mandated exception, you somehow don’t have an opinion on local politics. The “disabled” vets that you overtly abhor have sacrificed and dedicated their lives to afford you the opportunity to complain about them. I hope you take gratitude in that freedom, because I think they sure as hell do. Shame on you for even insinuating that anyone other than someone who puts their round peg into your round hole doesn’t have a say. We’ll wait for the next time you get out the thesaurus…

      • Anonymous on February 20, 2021 at 10:31 pm

        How wizened to think that only those who pay property taxes has the right and intelligence to have an opinion. Really?

      • Anonymous on February 21, 2021 at 5:56 am

        I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels that way. No one forced them to join the armed forces. I know many civilians who have “sacrificed/dedicated” alot more, so don’t get all high & mighty. Terrible job by the lawmakers & their disability definitions. I would take advantage of the idiocy as well though haha.

        • Anonymous on February 22, 2021 at 11:32 pm

          Agree 100%. It’s not the service members’ fault the law is what the law is. Maybe those votes for congress and senate actually mean something?

          • Anonymous on February 23, 2021 at 10:23 am

            Typical St Clair County & Illinois!
            Top 5 worst overall counties/states in America. Facts



    • Anonymous on February 21, 2021 at 10:41 am

      I promise there are a lot of disabled vets in this community who do not qualify for the tax break and I bet my property tax bill is more than yours. There are also several vets in this community who have no disability at all who pay taxes. Also, since when is “tax” the only way a person has a voice? So narrow minded. I am glad you don’t value our opinion because it would probably melt what ever little brain cells you have to even comprehend what the base less than 5 miles away contributes to your community daily.

  17. Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 10:20 am

    On February 16th, I listened to the City Council meeting on ZOOM. The council seemed to express the opinion that the citizens were in favor of retaining Waste Management’s service. If this is true, I wonder why Mr. Baker and Mr. Battas voted against it. It seems like they’re not listening to their constituents.

    • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 3:16 pm

      I’m one of a number of constituents who communicated a preference for Republic. It appears to me that Mr. Baker and Mr. Battas did listen.

      • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 7:37 pm

        The 80 & 90 year olds, with one small bag of trash a week, wanted Republic. Simple as that.

        • Anonymous on February 19, 2021 at 10:22 am

          the new subdivision folk that pay large property taxes helped move the dial to WM. And that makes complete sense

          • Anonymous on February 19, 2021 at 5:06 pm

            Blah. Because you pay more property taxes, doesn’t mean your voice is more important. Anyone who pays property taxes are just as important. What kind of snobby people are you??



      • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 11:17 pm

        I also was OK with the proposed change but I couldn’t call in. I think all fo the council members did what they could to listen to all of us as best they could. That’s just me though

    • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 9:31 pm

      If you listened closely on zoom Mr Baker stated he had no problem personally with Waste Management. it seemed his issues was with the process. I may miss something but he stated the city advertised for bids in December last year as required by ordnance or law and was on the cities Website in January like any other bid;. Bids were publicly opened and Republic was the lower bidder and the council voted 5-0 in favor of Republic I have talked to him personally about the issue His response to me was .He was glad Waste Management was going to continue to pick up trash in Mascoutah but couldn’t vote to reverse a legal bid . Although I’m a fan Of WM some one who likes my driver and service I can’t find fault with someone with a spine how isn’t wishy washy. If allowing social media /FB to rule we are doomed as a free republic. Battas and Baker good job.

    • Anonymous on February 20, 2021 at 4:55 pm

      They DID listen to their constituents. The ones that were for the cheaper option and didn’t care what company it was. Unfortunately too many people all over social media throwing a temper tantrum to get their way. Baker and Battas listened to constituents as well.

  18. Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Forget about the trash stuff for a minute. The council did what the council did. My trash will be picked up and I’ll have an extra $2.00 a month to blow now. Fantastic. I think the most interesting point about last night’s meeting is that one council member ( I dont remember which one) asked for the city attorney to advice and wait for it…he was not even on the line! How does that happen. The mayor asks for this issue to be put back on the agenda, facebook and the general public go crazy and somehow the city attorney didn;t call in. I’m confused.

    • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 3:23 pm

      maybe they wanted to know if the city was gonna get sued for breech of contract

      • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 11:18 pm

        Would have been nice maybe to here from the city attorney on this. Or maybe it doesn’t matter, I don’t know

  19. Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    An elected official is supposed to listen to their constituents. That is what the Mayor, councilmen McMahan and Battas did last night. I applaud them for their actions. I also know that as of right now, I will be voting for McMahan for mayor.

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 2:59 pm

      Something is wrong with your listening or reading skills . It was Mayor Pat Mac Mahn Ad Wyant

      • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 3:03 pm

        You are right. My bad. Sorry. Stil voting for Pat.

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 4:00 pm

      Yeah, you’re the very reason elections are a toss-up. So quick to point out the flaws and act so informed but, you dont even know the names of the people. Do everyone a favor and stay home on election day.

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 5:36 pm

      Now that wastegate is over,i really didn’t care which company got my trash BUT i can’t fault the ones that voted for a change and a little cheaper prices for the individuals that have to make every penny count,having said that, and i’ll probably get bashed, i’ll have to wait and see what the candidates visions are for the future of Mascoutah other than trash.

    • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 9:08 am

      I think it is interesting that in the facebook posts, Pat McMahan blasted the residents for not getting involved sooner and that he didn’t care about the trash service. Well a week later, let me change my vote so that i can pander to all the folks complaining to try to make me look good. Pandering for Votes. Shameful!

      • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 1:59 pm

        Pat McMahan here, I didn’t “blast” anyone for not getting involved tho i did mention it’d be nice if people expressed their opinion before the votes actually takes place. And I certainly didn’t say i don’t care about this issue, you are sorely mistaken. ~ Pat

        • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 11:21 pm

          I don’t know Mr McMahon, but I looked at his Facebook page and he is correct. I think if you are going to call him out on his posts

  20. Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    In the past few years I have had a negative opinion of the snow plowing. I have voiced my opinion on the negative. Opinions change. After the last big snowfall the streets was cleaned in a very professionally way. Thanks Brad and Crew

  21. Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    based on the fact he listens to the citizens, I am voting for Pat McMahan

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 4:04 pm

      By citizens, I guess you mean the 5 people who spoke up at the meeting? Not that I’m against Pat for Mayor, Pat is a great guy and will be a good Mayor if elected but, on what scale are measuring this thing? Last night’s meeting was a circus with Mayor Jerry playing the part of PT Barnum.

    • Anonymous on February 19, 2021 at 11:21 am

      Also good to know that if a few citizens, some out of town folks, and company employees Pat will reverse his NO vote.

  22. Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 11:48 am

    So I wonder if the WM employees and spouses that got you all riled up on FB with their “I’ve heard” and “I wonder” comments, get some of that bonus $$$ in that new contract? Which the city hasn’t signed yet. I wonder if WM will make some changes to up the price now that they know they have no competition? Republic will certainly never bid again. WM can raise their prices however they want now and we have to take it. Glad there were a couple city officials who saw the blunder in this reversal.

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 2:52 pm

      The Three Amigos joined forces once again. The good old boys club at its best. Free trash service for Jerry, Pat and Jack ?

      • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 7:43 am

        What a moronic statement!

  23. Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 6:57 am

    To the gentleman on Facebook that starts every comment off with “when I was on the city council” we get it. You were on the council. But we the adults of Mascoutah do not need a babysitter telling us how and when to view items on the council agenda. Some of us just don’t choose to. If you want to monitor it, then kudos to you. We don’t need your feedback. And for the love of God, shut up about being a former council man!!!!

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 12:33 pm

      You are cracking me up. I know exactly who you are talking about. He comes across as big wig in town as if he is our avenging hero. He tries that’s all I can say.

      • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 4:05 pm

        When I was a council member, people wouldn’t mock us like this!

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 10:36 pm

      At least he still cares about the city and stays involved. (Assuming talking about who I think you are). And also good to learn from the past. What have you done to serve this city? Willing to bet nothing except spouting off on here

      • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 9:10 am

        And yet you knew exactly who I was talking about. Interesting.

        • Anonymous on February 19, 2021 at 8:35 pm

          It is not hard to figure out if one reads the daily soap opera mascoutah Facebook groups lol. Funny you never answered my question just.

  24. Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 1:51 am

    Why even have a city council? Let’s just turn the control of the city over to the mindless rabble on Facebook and Sound Off. Population 8,800…5 people complained about the trash issue. I think the city is setting a bad precedent.

  25. Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 1:36 am

    Thank you Councilmen Battas and Baker for standing up for what is right. I listened to the council meeting tonight and in my opinion, I heard only two of our decision-makers voice their opinion as to what should be done. I don’t know either of them but, I heard Baker is running for Mayor. Based on what I heard tonight, give or take the trash issue, Mike Baker has my vote for Mayor.

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 8:44 am

      So much was botched during this trash debacle.
      1. City Manager recommended Waste Management, all 5 elected officials voted against recommendation. Why do we pay him $100,000+ if we don’t have confidence in his recommendations. Remember it was 5-0

      2. Waste Management raised our bills by $5 a month from current contract to awarded contract, maybe we should have asked them to “sharpen the pencil” a term used in the meeting last night when we put re-bid out and awarded to non original bidder.

      3. Mayor and City Manager stated we put out trash bid to get competitive pricing. We didn’t award lower bid. Good luck getting another company to put a bid out at the end of this contract. Waste Management just fell into a lifetime contract. No chance republic wants to deal with the city now. Never will have completion again.
      In the end, terrible look for city leadership. No one could win on this one because of how it was handled. But at least we can go back to talking about electric, another citizen paid utility.

      • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 4:08 pm

        Couldn’t agree more. If I were a company looking to do business with the City of Mascoutah, I’m certainly waiting until the next election. And, depending on how that turns out, I’d stay far away from getting an “agreement” from the City. I give credit to all who serve, though.

      • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 9:05 am

        The precedent that this set for the city is unbelievable. I love how the mayor says we did not have to go out for bids, then why did you? This is the reason the city of Mascoutah is where it is, leadership. The mayor is only worried about shaking hands and kissing babies. Sure, he has been on every committee under the sun, but thats all he does. Meet about things but never get anything done. Look at the 22 years he has been mayor, how has Mascoutah prospered? Okay, we do have a few new businesses (O’Reilly’s, Daycare, Senior Living Facitily) but the quality of life in Mascoutah has not improved. His leadership is terrible. He will not even condone one of his own council members that violates numerous city codes and epa laws. Look at the property directly behind Jeffersons. Yes, thats a council members “business”. The mayor and city manager will not make him clean that mess up because they want his vote. How embarrassing!

        • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 9:27 am

          Embarrassing? Your statement is embarrassing. During the past 22 years, this man has devoted his life to the City of Mascoutah. And in the past 22 years, he has been re-elected after each term. Do you know what a normal day for him is like? Have you ever just talked to him and expressed your concerns like a normal individual? You shout out your criticisms of his leadership, but have you ever thanked him for the good things he has done? Basically you are saying that for the last 22 years, this man has wasted his time, effort and energy for the residents…all for nothing? He is not perfect; no one is. But he has tried to do more for this city than you can ever imagine.

        • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 1:55 pm

          Just another Truck Stop town

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      I understand both sides of the Waste Management issue, but I do respect the principles that Mike Baker and Wally Battas demonstrated at the city council meeting. I truly feel they both were listening to the residents but Mike indicated that he had some difficulty with the ethics of trying to reverse the decision. He stood up for what he felt what was the right thing to do. And I feel that Wally Battas was listening to the residents too, but he didn’t feel comfortable voting yes on the decision until seeking legal counsel (The city attorney wasn’t in attendance due to illness). He wanted the vote to be delayed until they could get the attorney’s opinion. I respect both of them for having the courage to stand up for what they thought was the right thing to do, and not succumbing to pressure. I’m not saying the council made the wrong decision, but I do admire these two men for having the courage to resist agreeing to something they didn’t feel comfortable with.

  26. Anonymous on February 16, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    I’m curious, why the school district currently has snow days? The schools did a good job by implementing remote learning during the pandemic, it seems like they could have had a system in place to have remote learning instead of giving kids and teachers a snow day. I would think that everyone is already set up for it.

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 7:42 am

      I agree , curious as well.

  27. Anonymous on February 16, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    City Plows did a real good job Monday & Tuesday. Kudos. Grade of A-. Well done guys.

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks mom! We’ll be sure to clean our plate next time and maybe we can get that A we’ve been trying for.

  28. Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Y’all do realize that trash pick-up prices are going up either way. Republic was the less of the increase that’s why the council chose them. $2 vs $4 increase…that’s what the difference will probably be. We’re paying more regardless of who gets the contract. Now let the griping begin.

    • Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 9:39 pm

      Don’t know if anyone else checked out Fb threads about waste removal in the city. Well to my surprise when I pulled up the profiles of the authors posting . What I found, a good share of who I checked out were not Mascoutah residents. I found comments from Belleville, Freeburg, O’Fallon ,Shiloh, New Baden Lebanon and Arizona. There were Waste Management drivers and wives pleading to residents to attend the next council meeting to change the minds of the five councilmen who voted in favor. Please disregard the medaling of others with no say so in the matter to influence your thought process. I’m a conservative life long republican. Don’t use fake news to overturn a legal vote and award.

      • Anonymous on February 16, 2021 at 11:16 pm

        Like Russian interference?

      • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 1:45 pm

        No way you could track Waste Management employees and wives. This is not true. And from knowing the individuals, the vast majority of FB Residents pages who commented were Mascoutah residents.

  29. Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 9:25 am

    I go to the city cemetery several times a year to visit my father’s grave. I’ve noticed some older gravesites nearest to the high school that are in desperate need of repair. Tombstones need to be leveled, when it rains the graves are flooded, some tombstones are broken, things like that. Why aren’t these sites being taken care of? It makes me sad, like they’ve been forgotten.

    • Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 11:18 am

      That’s every cemetery. Fix it yourself then or hire somebody. Do you really think one worker fixes old family’s tombstones? Do you think a small cemetery employs ten workers? Call them then. I want my tax dollars & manpower applied 99.9% other places

      • Anonymous on February 16, 2021 at 1:11 pm

        It’s a city cemetery. The city owns it, it’s not an old, abandoned cemetery out in the middle of nowhere. If you feel that way, why don’t you fix all the potholes around town or hire someone to do it?

        • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 10:40 pm

          Why don’t you go talk to the city? Things get prioritized. I would love to have turf at the park on football field and ballfields but probably not going to happen

  30. Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Seriously. Can we drop the Patriot Party 2024 stuff for at least a couple years? I get it, Trump was a good president and didn’t deserve the constant disrespect from those that claimed to call for unity. He was public enemy number one since inauguration day 2017. But sometimes things just are what they are. I don’t think the answer is to make continuous promises of a new political party in 4 years. Personally, I think that both parties need to reevaluate their positions well in advance of the mid-term elections. I’m a conservative by nature but have voted for several candidates on the other side of the political aisle over the years. They both need to regroup or we lose.

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 11:41 am

      You mean the Orange Party?? They can call it anything they want. Just though its not a Republican party. True Reps know trumps is useless.

  31. Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Patriot Party in 2024.

    • Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 8:39 pm

      I do not think so. Trump will get what is do. He is guilty.

      • Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 9:25 pm

        He was acquitted today. Justice perseveres.

      • Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 10:26 pm

        You’re correct. Trump got what he was due. He was acquitted. So he’s not guilty.

        • Anonymous on February 14, 2021 at 9:02 am

          We will get him. He is GUILTY

          • Anonymous on February 14, 2021 at 11:38 am

            Please describe in detail the exact things he did that broke the law? Not saying not guilty just curious



          • Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 3:21 pm

            Maybe Trump and Hunter Biden can utilize the same legal team



      • Anonymous on February 21, 2021 at 5:14 pm

        “Due”, not “do”.

  32. Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 8:05 am

    If a person wants to raise chickens then buy a farm.

    • Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 11:24 am

      These out of towner transients do not realize where the city limits end, and that the open spaces bordering town is the unincorporated county. The city limits is not a farm, there is infrastructure & tens of millions of dollars in new houses, and those folks that live in them, the silent majority, do not want chickens in or near their affluent subdivisions. Pure ignorance by non local transients & their young social media offspring.

  33. Anonymous on February 12, 2021 at 1:26 am

    Seriously?! The mayor and council are going to revisit the trash thing because of a bunch of morons on Facebook?! Can’t wait to hear the chicken argument next year. Not a super great trend to set, Mascoutah.

    • Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 8:25 am

      Why do you feel the need to refer to people voicing their opinions as morons?

      • Anonymous on February 14, 2021 at 10:27 pm

        I agree with both of you. Just because someone’s opinion is incorrect and makes zero sense doesn’t mean they’re a moron. But, I think his/her point is well-taken. If the council folds on this because of a handful of people who complained the loudest, it certainly sets a bad precedent as to when they will revisit other decisions.

    • Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 2:37 pm

      I dont wat to pay more for trash pick up. Why would I ? its trash. Please stay with the lower rates.

    • Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 2:49 pm

      Reading all the trash talk on this page. If I were looking to locate in the area would I want to locate here , where the most important issue is Trash. Trashy talk will make for a trashy city. Wish i knew the level of importance before i moved here. SAVE THE MONEY.

      • Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 12:32 am

        Great point! I can’t even imagine what people thinking of moving to Mascoutah think about all of this. Or if they even look for the information or know that it’s out there. I like liv9in Mascoutah the Las few years but based on what I’ve seen on Facebook and on this column, I don’t think I’d choose to move here.

      • Anonymous on February 16, 2021 at 11:21 pm

        If trash is the biggest problem then I think Mascoutah is doing alright.

  34. Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 11:23 am

    I feel bad for the folks in town whose house or apartments Heat, is Electric, rather than Ameren Gas. Their going to have a massive City electric bill next month.

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 7:49 pm

      Back peddling there Mayor and Council ? If I was Republic, I’d sue the city if you guys overturn your vote.

      • Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 2:42 pm

        Payton Place is here. Really TRASH? People

      • Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 2:52 pm

        TRASH TRASH TRASH TRASH TRASH TRASH TRASH iTS JUST GARBAGE.GET OVER IT!!!!!!

      • Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 3:24 pm

        Nothing said a contract has been signed with Republic. The article stated that the council decided to go with Republic. If no contract yet, then no lawsuit.

    • Anonymous on February 12, 2021 at 12:36 am

      I assume you’re trying to say that you feel bad for the folks who live in less energy-efficient homes. I do as well. There are outlets for those in need and they should take advantage of that.

  35. Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Besides me, does anyone else wonder what the kids are learning in the high school english class? So far, my child has had to watch the movie Argo (about the Iranians overrunning the US embassy in the 1970’s); Hotel Rwanda , and now human rights around the world. I really don’t see what any of these have to do with an English class. The questions posed as homework for these subjects are very difficult even for me. And I majored in English in college. In one scene on Argo the camera was close up. What was the director conveying? What was the director conveying with low lighting in one scene and bright lighting in another scene? Who was the main protagonist? What parts of the movie were exaggerated as compared to what happened in real life? These are the types of questions they have to answer about these assignments. Do you really think a high schooler actually understands any movie to that depth? Also, I personally think the remote learning isn’t helping much. Too many times my child gets a message at the last minute stating there isn’t going to be a zoom class. Or the video comes in but the audio doesn’t. Or the zoom class is only a few minutes because the teacher has something else to do.

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 9:42 pm

      I think those questions are exactly the type that high school students should be challenged with. Perhaps they don’t currently understand the movie at that depth, but they can be taught to. Or, at least taught to think critically. After all, they do go to school to learn.

  36. Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 9:20 am

    I thought the City Council voted 5-0 to have Republic provide trash service for the next 3 years. Now it sounds as if the vote meant nothing. Good to know if we as citizens don’t agree with our elected officials and don’t do any research prior to a council meeting and vote we can cry and complain enough to get it changed.

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 3:26 pm

      So if we can reverse the the Trash vendor can we do the same for the chickens? Asking for a friend !

      • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm

        I agree. So if we reverse the vote on trash, how about those chickens? Or better yet, get rid of the city assistant manager. Just saying. It only takes about 20 people to complain and cry.

      • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 8:00 pm

        . Something really stinks about revisiting the trash issue. Who
        is getting the kick back for this one from Waste Trash Co.? Watch out the skunks are about to spray !

        • Anonymous on February 14, 2021 at 9:57 pm

          More than 20 have complained. We stikk have an assistant manager.

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 3:59 pm

      Before the meeting I stated the opinion to keep Waste Management. I am willing to pay $2.00 more a month because of the service. In my neighborhood, the gabage man runs a bin back up to a house because the family is disabled. I think that is great. Our trash service was working.
      Make it a go for the chickens.

      • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 5:33 pm

        I read the article that the mayor put in the Herald. It sounds like to me that he’s already got in place the 3-5 votes he needs to over turn this vote. Hum…
        So do we only listen to the cry’s of a few people and not look at the positive we may get of switching to republic.

        • Anonymous on February 14, 2021 at 11:57 pm

          I smell something. And it’s it not trash. It smells like books cooking. I’m particularly interested in how the mayoral candidates feel about the revisiting of the decision. Personally I think it’s a bad decision to even invite the option to change the decision but, I am confident in our elected officials that ultimately the right decision will be made.

      • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 9:43 pm

        How do you know the person that will be on the Republic truck won’t take your neighbors bin back up to the house?

        • Anonymous on February 12, 2021 at 9:23 am

          I’m sure they’re going to give everyone that needs special service the service they need. But on that note, if your able to bring your own can to your property, then just do it.

      • Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 9:24 pm

        Just a thought, but if the family is disabled, how does the trash get from inside the house to the bin outside? Also, how does the full trash bin get from the house to the curbside?

        • Anonymous on February 14, 2021 at 11:54 pm

          Ha. I agree. Should disabled residents expect the electric dept to change their light bulbs, the water dept to set their bath temperature?

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 8:10 pm

      My trash pick up driver told me last week they lost the contract with the city and ask if i would contact the city and tell them to change their mind so he could keep his job. Will these drivers loose their jobs or just go to another towm?

      • Anonymous on February 14, 2021 at 11:40 am

        Probably go to another town or changed companies

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 9:51 pm

      What happens if they reverse their 5-0 decision and go with Waste and then enough residents complain because they want the savings and want Republic? Will there be another flip flop? We may need chickens and goats to eat our trash.

      • Anonymous on February 12, 2021 at 9:26 am

        There you go!!

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 9:56 pm

      If the council over turns this trash vote due to Facebook poles and complaints they are setting quite the precedent.

  37. Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Amazing. I don’t even know who Shannon Sharpe is. I think I spelled the name right. Is it a he or she, I don’t know. Non-binary, probably. Afterall, it is 2021. I barely know who Tom Brady is but who can avoid at least hearing about him? However, apparently, something happened at the Super Bowl where Brady got into it with an opponent. That opponent is not white (I guess I’m still allowed to refer to a human being as being not Caucasian?) From what I read there were words exchanged between the two of them. Brady issued an apology and later on, Shannon Sharpe criticized Brady’s apology. The theory of the criticism was that the apology was reverberated verbatim in the news and the “insult” was not. So this is what it has come to, people. In this day and age, you can’t even apologize correctly! I hope you folks that claimed to have cast your vote for equality and inclusiveness are taking note. It’s unfathomable that those who preach tolerance have seemingly become the least tolerant of them all. This isn’t simply an observation of a Super Bowl faux pas but, more of one person’s opinion as to where the current socio-policital trend is heading. I’m at the age where I probably will not have to experience the ultimate demise of what I remember to be societal norms but, I deeply regret that our future generations will have to endure the impact of the ever-appeasing culture in which we find ourselves in.

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 4:01 pm

      Insults do not need to be repeated. Apologies show remorse

  38. Anonymous on February 10, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Global Warming?

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 1:32 am

      Yes please!

    • Anonymous on February 12, 2021 at 3:33 am

      There is a difference between weather and climate. Look it up. Global warming is real and is killing ng this planet.

  39. Anonymous on February 9, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Snow Plowing & Salt, I rate the State, County, and City, a grade of B- . Maybe C+ . Or 3 stars out of 5.

    • Anonymous on February 10, 2021 at 9:18 am

      D+ wednesday morning. however I’m sure itll be better in afternoon but not good right now

      • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 7:43 am

        State A-, County B-, City D-

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 7:27 am

      we need some sand or small rock for traction they can spread in neighborhood intersections, subdivision cross streets

  40. Anonymous on February 8, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Some Mascoutah City Staff salaries
    not including benefits:
    Assistant City Manager $76,000.
    City Clerk $65,000.
    City Manager $94k.
    PW Director $70k. Finance Director $76k. Engineer $89k. Secretary $49k. Part Time Secretary $22k. Fleet Foreman $74k, Street Foreman $65k, Parks Foreman $68k, Water Sewer Foreman $71k. Wowzers. Citizens should be outraged & disgusted. The towns population is barely 8000. Not even close to 15,000-40,000 population. Absolutely despicable. Multiple cuts need occur this Spring.

    • Anonymous on February 8, 2021 at 11:10 am

      yes trim the fat! That’s crazy, mascoutah is tiny. Assistants and secretaries? Thanks for posting.

    • Anonymous on February 8, 2021 at 12:19 pm

      Talented people make above-average salaries. It’s that simple. Would you suggest that we have minimum wage workers running city hall? I don’t think the salaries are out of line.

      • Anonymous on February 9, 2021 at 3:25 pm

        not necessarily the salaries, but lower headcount of workforce

      • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 4:10 pm

        I am all for competant people to be paid for their competance

      • Anonymous on February 22, 2021 at 9:44 am

        Minimum wage would be more than what they deserve, there all a bunch of lazy workers, especially the city manager. POINT BLANK

    • Anonymous on February 8, 2021 at 6:10 pm

      Probably can try to trim some but mascoutah operates their own utilities so need workers for that. So please keep that in mind

      • Anonymous on February 8, 2021 at 7:47 pm

        Can you trim though? I’d be concerned about getting good help if the pay isn’t competitive. Just because someone works for the government doesn’t mean they can’t make (or aren’t worth) good money. I get it’s taxpayer money but, the government is a business at its basic core. It takes money and employees to run a business.

    • Anonymous on February 9, 2021 at 11:33 am

      R u serious??? For such a small town tiny population, that is grotesque…….typical government waste.

      • Anonymous on February 9, 2021 at 6:18 pm

        Well, I haven’t taken a survey of all similarly-sized communities like you clearly have but, assuming you’re correct that it’s grotesque…get used to it. What do you think will happen when minimum wage increases? That cost is simply not absorbed by the employer (in this case, the city). It’s passed on to consumer (in this case, you). Then, you’re lucky enough to get hit over the head with it at the gas station, grocery store, doctor’s office, etc. So, I guess this is what the majority of the voters wanted, right?

      • Anonymous on February 9, 2021 at 6:31 pm

        An assistant city manager and a city manager together pulling in that much when they seem one in the same, can’t work independently, and have not been positive for Mascoutah? Yikes.

        • Anonymous on February 9, 2021 at 8:24 pm

          Haven’t been positive for Mascoutah? Do tell!

    • Anonymous on February 9, 2021 at 8:31 pm

      Yes. City management should be left to volunteers harvested from Sound Off and Facebook!

      • Anonymous on February 10, 2021 at 9:42 pm

        them workers only care about themselves & gettin paid. they don’t genuinely care about mascoutah. just going thru the motions collecting checks paid by us!!!

  41. Anonymous on February 6, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Garbage Gate…what a joke. I’ve had quite the laugh this week reading the moronic comments from people who are more concerned about who picks up their smelly trash than what is going on in Washington. Both the city council and our beloved country running codger are in place due to the democratic process. They are there to represent our best interests, or that’s the idea anyway. It’s hilarious that you choose to question a decision made by local council pertaining to a quite meaningless issue, then quietly sit motionless when our President shuts down pipeline construction and feels now is the time to send out face masks to everyone. Does President Joe or any other State or Federal politician poll any of you people prior to voting on ANY issue? Y’all need to modify your wokeness and focus on whats important to your future as Americans. Garbage collection in Mascoutah Illinois isn’t one of them. Maybe when you’re back to paying $3 a gallon for gas, you’ll find something new to complain about.

    • Anonymous on February 6, 2021 at 2:27 pm

      WOWZERS just can’t believe people are making such a fuss over trash. I read on Fb that little Johnny and Suzy’s highlight of the week is waving to the garbage man . Give me a break. What WM employee wrote that one ? What I’m reading the new company is cheaper and if the keep the contract as long as Wm had it I’ll save over $ 1500.00 and with compound interest when I’m 65 I’ll over $2000.00 for my first retirement trip. Thank you council for doing your jobs correctly .

    • Anonymous on February 7, 2021 at 12:18 pm

      I agree. Why would the city want to poll the citizens on something as simple as a contract between two trash services? Imagine if there were 3 or 4 to choose from? The residents would go crazy. No decision would ever be made. For goodness sake, let officials do their job. That’s why they were elected. Don’t like it? Don’t vote for them next time. Or better yet, run for office yourself.

      • Anonymous on February 7, 2021 at 1:54 pm

        I guess this is how it works now? The city council is going to poll Facebook trolls every time they have to make a decision? If I were a contractor looking to do business with Mascoutah, I would stay far away. Good luck getting competitive bids from anyone (including Waste Management in the future), if this agreement is rescinded.

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      Biden is working for America, not for his own gratification. We have been oil efficient for years, our planet needs help. We are asked about our concerns by our ability to contact Congress, and the power of our vote.

  42. Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    I am like most of the people in town. I have not had any problems with Waste Management they are easy to pay. I don’t see how the city can arbitrarily change waste companies without input of the community that does not seem fair.

    • Anonymous on February 6, 2021 at 4:01 am

      I don’t think you’re like most people in town, as you claim. Maybe you haven’t had any problems with Waste Management…to be fair, I haven’t either. It’s a fine company that does a fine job. However, if you can’t see how the city can change garbage companies without polling every citizen in town, then you my friend, are not like most people in town. Most people get it…the city council enters into contracts with vendors. That’s what the city council does. It amazes me that some people don’t get that. So, no, you’re not like most people in town.

  43. Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    I don’t care who hauls off my moldy leftovers, dirty diapers, and cat litter.

  44. Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 11:56 am

    We’ve had Waste Management since we moved here and have never had an issue. I don’t know anything about Republic so I can’t say which is best. Both are probably good. people just like to complain.

    • Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 2:11 pm

      I don’t know anything about Republic, so I too can’t complain about the change, but I do have one concern. I heard that instead of the nice big recycling bins with a lid we have now, we will be getting those basket like containers. If this is true, I am so disappointed. Can’t put much recycling in there, and can’t put it out if it’s raining. I would happily pay a few more dollars to keep my big recycling can!

      • Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 8:55 pm

        The cans will be the same size!!! Geez people. Get the facts before freaking out!!!

    • Anonymous on February 7, 2021 at 9:17 am

      We have not had any issues with Waste Management. However, I do know people that have Republic and they have issues. Including not picking up trash, picking up some neighbors & not others (yes the bill was paid). Just from what I have heard about Republic service, I’m not excited to be forced to start using them.

  45. Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 11:42 am

    Why did they vote to give up a company that does bulk 1 item a week for a company that does 2 bulk a year!?!?!? Ridiculous. Keep WM!

  46. Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 10:26 am

    My sister has Republic Service in Belleville and hates it. They have a tendency to switch days without notice, never care about how they leave the trash cans after emptying them. She says their trucks are so loud the next community could hear them.

    • Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 11:16 am

      I’m not a big believer in rumors, but I’m afraid I heard the same thing about their trucks.

    • Anonymous on February 6, 2021 at 3:20 am

      Well, by all means, let’s freak out over Karen’s sister hating Republic in Belleville. It’s funny, we are the next community from Belleville and I can’t hear their garbage trucks at all. Unless those booms that everyone complains about are the same noise that the neighboring communities hear while getting their trash collected.

  47. Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Quit writing paragraphs people. 99% of us do not care. Weird.

    • Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 7:57 am

      You polled 99% of the people here?

    • Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 9:52 pm

      was the poll on this site? didn’t see it

      • Anonymous on February 7, 2021 at 1:55 pm

        Can someone post the link to the above-mentioned poll?

        • Anonymous on February 7, 2021 at 4:31 pm

          There is no actual “poll.” They mean if someone went around and asked or “polled” the residents on what they wanted.

  48. Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Am I missing something about waste removal? I see several comments about switching from Waste Management to Republic for trash and recycling. I haven’t read anything from the city about this switch. Is there a newspaper article or some type of council meeting minutes that address the issue?

    • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 10:44 am

      I was on the Council when Mascoutah had BFI as our contract hauler of trash. We put it out for bid and Waste management won the bid. Residents complained back then the same as they are now. You can’t expect the council to not go with the lower contract when it went out for bid. That would be irresponsible and possibly illegal.

  49. Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Name the only US President that has been impeached twice, has been married three times and has told more than 30,000 lies. Any guesses? Give up? The answer is Donald Trump.

    • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 11:29 am

      Name the only person that can’t let it go? Or, name the only person who voted for “unity” and “togetherness” but, yet constantly makes comments to divide. Give up? Any guesses?

      • Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 7:59 am

        Actually you could be referring to three people..Obama, Hillary or Biden. Speaking of trash, are we getting a new trash disposal company?

  50. Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    The end of days. It’s not often we, in the general expediency of our daily lives, stop to appreciate the fleeting nature of our existence. As one ages, I suppose it’s more common to reflect upon the wake one leaves behind. Personally, the finality of life is not something I have generally I dwelled upon however, today I found myself contemplative in the analysis of my life and the lives of others around me. It was early in the morning, 6:59 a.m., to be exact. I found myself on a leisurely stroll down the driveway, as I routinely do in the mornings of Wednesdays. There, as I seek to undertake what I had usually considered the most menial of tasks, it dawned upon me…the end is near. I became surprisingly emotional. Not sobbing and weeping but, appreciative of the times past and, almost in a strange optimistic way, hopeful for the times ahead. Nonetheless, the certain definitiveness was palpable on the morning air and there was no denying that the leisurely strolls will soon be with a trash can of a different color. While it is undoubtedly a difficult endeavor on which to embark, I maintain faith that I have the strength to continue my march through time without my faithful green can. Fairwell old friend. Fairwell indeed.

    • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 12:12 pm

      A trash can by any other name would smell as sweet.

  51. Anonymous on February 2, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Who knew saving money on trash collection was such a hot button topic. You people crack me up.

    • Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 10:08 am

      The same people saying they would pay more for such great service from waste management are the same ones that complain about paying a little more for great service from Mascoutah’s electric department.
      It’s trash. Literally. Who cares who hauls it away? The world won’t end with a different company’s trash container in front of your house.

      • Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 10:46 am

        IT DOES MATTER because Republic’s service is terrible. We have friends who have them in other communities and they all complain about being missed, dirty trucks, unresponsive customer service. Waste Management has done a terrific job in this community — and everyone’s recycling costs are going to go up because the market for recycled material has almost dried up, so WM (and Republic and others) have to pay more for that. The question is whether $2 or $3 a month less (Republic’s bid) is worth the terrible service that company provides. In addition, they have had a bad history with their landfills, including the one in Earth City. This is a case of being “penny wise and pound foolish” by our City Council. Shame on them for ignoring the recommendations of the City Manager as well. Sounds like a bit of “we’re for the people” political decision-making that really is NOT “for the people.”

        • Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 11:01 am

          “I have a friend who has a friend who had Republic and they told another guy they are awful”. Why not just give it a chance and maybe things will be just fine? And, as a senior citizen on an extremely fixed budget, a few dollars a month extra just to have the trash guy wave when they come in town is not worth it when every single dollar matters in my budget.

          • Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 10:27 am

            i have friends who have Republic trash with no problems



        • Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 11:22 am

          Of all the things in the world you could complain about, TRASH is what you came up with? Friend, please, I beg of you. Seek professional help…immediately!!!

          • Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 12:45 pm

            I’d rather wait and judge their performance than stage a coup of the city council over opinions from Karen’s “friends in other communities”. The complaint about the trash is only the second most unbelievable comment in her rant. The first is that she alleges to have friends.



          • Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 12:50 pm

            Now that was funny!!!!! It won’t work, but it was funny!



          • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 11:38 am

            Trash?? you mean like the orange party??



        • Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 1:11 pm

          It’s funny, I have friends in other communities that have Republic. Not one of them has mentioned their trash service. Why? THEY DON’T CARE AS LONG AS THE TRASH IS HAULED OFF. Not once have we had an in-depth discussion about trash service. Maybe your friends need to find other things in life to concern themselves with. Life is too short to cry about trash service.

          • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 2:02 am

            Imagine that! Their trash cans get dumped… Did you hear that, Mascoutah residents?!



        • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 2:13 am

          –“everyone’s recycling costs are going to go up because the market for recycled material has almost dried up, so WM (and Republic and others) have to pay more for that.”

          I didn’t realize we had an expert on garbagenomics in town. Enlighten us…

          • Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 8:21 am

            I can tell you this…I have a friend in another state that works in upper management for another waste disposal company. He told me that they no longer perform any recycling because the waste companies can’t get rid of the material anymore because nobody is buying it. So they just have everything put into the regular trash. Maybe since Amazon has inundated the world with boxes they should step up and figure out a way to recycle all of that cardboard.



      • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 2:07 am

        100% agree. If the complainers got a bill $2.00 higher than last month’s, they’d be crying for a change and to vote out the entire council. Thank you, Mayor, Manager and council for doing what you think is best for the city.

    • Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 4:06 pm

      Anyone wishing to know what goes on during the city council meetings has only to show up at a meeting, or attend on-line and pay attention. It makes no sense to poll the community for every decision needing to me made. Representing our interests is why the council members were put into office. Do you think any other form of government consults your individual opinion before proceeding with passing anything??? Give me a break. If you’re b****ing because you found out about a decision after the fact, that impacted something important to you (like who picks up your trash), you have only yourself to blame. Step up and take ownership of your own education, I assume you’re over 18 and considered an adult. Every single council meeting is open to the public along with full copies of the minutes. If you’re too lazy to seek out information and stay informed, that’s on you.

    • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 7:19 am

      I would chime in on this subject but I would probably just get trashed

    • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 10:47 am

      I guess these people who don’t like or want change most likely have stock in WM .

  52. Anonymous on February 2, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    2021, the year of the ‘battling groundhogs’! With so many prognosticators out there, who knows which one is correct? Punxsutawney Phil is predicting 6 more weeks of winter, Buckeye Chuck (Ohio) and Buffalo Bert (New York) are saying an early spring……the only one that’s a guarantee lock is Groundhog Joe (Washington DC) forecasting massive spending, job loss, small business bankruptcy due to COVID shut downs, and countless executive orders.

  53. Anonymous on January 31, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    Who is the strange man over at the corner by Moto Mart selling signs?

    • Anonymous on January 31, 2021 at 4:28 pm

      His name is Klaus. He might look strange but, he’s a nice guy. Interesting, for sure.

      • Anonymous on February 1, 2021 at 1:03 pm

        Why is he selling signs?

        • Anonymous on February 1, 2021 at 9:50 pm

          He has too many? I don’t know, stop and ask him, maybe?

  54. Anonymous on January 30, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    i read James Saffel’s letter last week in the Herald. Is that man honestly running for council? OMG!

    • Anonymous on January 31, 2021 at 3:20 pm

      If he wins, I’m leaving.

      • Anonymous on January 31, 2021 at 9:17 pm

        I doubt you would leave. So many celebrities promised to leave America if Trump were to be elected in 2016. He was elected and all that trash stayed.

        • Anonymous on February 1, 2021 at 1:04 pm

          True…but it made me feel better just to say it.

          • Anonymous on February 1, 2021 at 1:12 pm

            Who else is running for council? Is it for one seat only or are there others?



  55. Anonymous on January 28, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    No more Democrats. No more Republicans. Patriot Party in 2024.

    • Anonymous on January 30, 2021 at 1:07 pm

      Hell no

      • Anonymous on January 30, 2021 at 2:20 pm

        Why do we HAVE to vote for parties? Why can’t we just vote for the person? Not all Republicans are good. Not all Democrats are good. Just pick the person that you feel would do the best job.

        • Anonymous on February 1, 2021 at 10:36 am

          Luckily our City Council is non partisan, just pick the person you think would best represent Mascoutah, but, agreed, saffel isn’t all there

    • Anonymous on January 30, 2021 at 8:36 pm

      I agree

    • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 11:43 am

      Orange party rulz

  56. Anonymous on January 28, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Where are the City Bills at, usually get mine at middle of month, and still don’t have it.

  57. Anonymous on January 27, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    i find it odd how if you die before you get the vaccine its covid but after you get the shot and then die its natural causes Hank Arron died days after he got vaccinated??

    • Anonymous on January 28, 2021 at 9:12 am

      Man, you people sure love your conspiracy theories lol

  58. Anonymous on January 25, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    To the people who do burnouts at the park and donuts I respect you

  59. Anonymous on January 23, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    And so it begins!!! Look out you 74+ million American citizens that voted incorrectly this past November. Katie Couric is coming for you! According to her higher level of intelligence, deprogramming is required so your brain is able to think the way the left feels you should. There goes her chances of being Alex Trebeks replacement on Jeopardy. Never a good idea alienating half of your audience before you make to the set. Hey Katie, maybe you need to try ‘The View’. You’d fit right in with Whoopi, Joy, and the other insane liberal whack jobs on that program. When will Hollywood and those working in the music industry figure out that we watch programs and buy their music to be entertained, not for their political views. Freedom of speech you say? Yes, they have the right to speak their mind, we then have the right to not watch their programs or play their music. Tell you what, I’ll exercise my right to think how I wish and cast my vote based on policies and results rather than my like or dislike of someones personality.

    • Anonymous on January 24, 2021 at 8:01 am

      Are you drunk, high or just plain crazy? What the hell is wrong with you? This is hodge podge of nonsense.

      • Anonymous on January 24, 2021 at 7:17 pm

        I say all three.

      • Anonymous on January 24, 2021 at 8:58 pm

        Probably drunk lol. However, there is truth in the incoherent rambling. Couric did say in an interview last week with Bill Maher that she thinks anyone supporting Trump needs to be de-programmed. She also is being considered as a replacement for Trebek on Jeopardy. It’s also hard to argue with the fact that hosts of the The View are indeed whack jobs.

    • Anonymous on January 25, 2021 at 7:41 am

      Well, trump is a raging malignant narcissist, a failed (how many times over?) “businessman”/russian $ money launderer (allegedly?), a NY conman, a reality tv conman, a self promoting grifter, a self-admitted p*ssy grabber, a “Christian” that doesn’t step foot in a church and holds the bible upside down yet PRETENDS to be conservative/antiabortion (because that’s where the votes were), tried to extort a foreign gov’t (twice) to support his re-election, told his people (you) to overthrow our very government so he could stay in power, and such a narcissistic child that he couldn’t offer a peaceful transfer of power when his strong-armed coup failed. And this man, he is your messiah?!? sounds like you could indeed use some deprogramming… hahahahaha

    • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 11:42 am

      The ole copy and paste. Get a thought of your own .

  60. Anonymous on January 21, 2021 at 9:28 am

    Hours after signing a mandate to wear masks on federal property, Joe Biden is filmed and photographed at the Lincoln Memorial without a mask. Inauguration night there was an insurrection of Antifa members in Portland and BLM in Seattle. In Portland they damaged a federal building, but of course it will be labeled a “peaceful protest” by the left. Such hypocrisy. How much money was wasted sending 25,000 troops and military equipment to the inauguration? I never thought anything would happen at the inauguration. Who would attack when it’s expected?

    • Anonymous on January 23, 2021 at 8:53 am

      Grow up. Did you really think he is working for the people? He made it clear during the campaign that he is not working for us. Luckily, the media will control that perception for him and us.

    • Anonymous on January 24, 2021 at 5:55 am

      After what happened at the Capitol, what did you expect them to do? Sit around and wait to see if there would be violent protests at the inauguration? They were being proactive. If they did not send in troops, and people were hurt, the new administration would have been ridiculed. When they did send in troops, and everything went peacefully, they were ridiculed. It was a no win situation.

      • Anonymous on January 24, 2021 at 8:52 am

        Maybe some of the thousands of troops in D.C. could be sent to Portland. They are still having riots and insurrection so I assume the residents would like some help ending the violence.

        • Anonymous on January 28, 2021 at 10:06 am

          If and when Portland or the state of Oregon make the request, troops will be available. Voters there have the ability to initiate change. It is not your concern, as you neither live nor vote there.

          • Anonymous on January 28, 2021 at 9:14 pm

            Well Barney, since I don’t live near the capitol and I don’t vote there I can assume that what happened there is also none of my concern?



  61. Anonymous on January 20, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Flipping through the channels and came across the movie ‘White Chicks’. A classic from 2004 where Shawn and Marlon Wayans dress themselves up like white females. Is it just me, or is this yet another double standard that has to be put up with? I mean, come on ‘woke folk’, are you not offended by this movie? I am!! Let’s be consistent with the application of cancel culture. If a white person is no longer allowed to dress up as a black person, then it ought to work both ways. It’s sickening how biased Hollywood and the rest of the left has become as to what is considered okay, and what isn’t. A line in the movie is actually, ‘finally, a white girl with a black girls a$$’ (spoken by a black character). Imagine a movie being allowed to air called ‘Black Girls’, where 2 white male actors are dressed up as black women. The outrage would fill the national media for years. Please, someone out there in the new ‘woke America’ help me understand where this is something to be tolerated?

    • Anonymous on January 21, 2021 at 9:40 am

      The double standard exists because in reality, blacks do not want any type of equality or unity with Whites. Want examples of black separatism: black only colleges, businesses, television networks and channels, “safe spaces” for blacks at colleges that have White students, federal and state level black caucuses, black miss America pageant, black national anthem. I could go on and on. They want to stay separate just like in the earlier part of the 20th century.

  62. Anonymous on January 20, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    The Hall of Presidents was listed as being “closed for refurbishment” on the Walt Disney World Resort website today, which coincided with Biden’s inauguration. A park spokesperson said the refurbishment will include the addition of a Joe Biden “Audio-Animatronics” character to the attraction. I wonder if the left have plans to eventually replace the real Joe Biden with the animatronic one? How would we ever know the difference?? Come on man!! That was funny! lol

  63. Anonymous on January 20, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    Oh, good, the city is hiring workers for the pool this year! Now all the people that complained it was closed can finally start complaining that we spend too much to operate it!

    • Anonymous on January 24, 2021 at 5:58 am

      The only people complaining last year were the ones that needed the city to babysit their precious children during the summer. You would be surprised at how many parents drop off their kids at the pool in the morning and then pick them up at night.

      • Anonymous on January 24, 2021 at 11:49 am

        Oh I’m aware. I don’t think I’d be surprised knowing exactly how many people do that.

  64. Anonymous on January 20, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    To the letter to the editor writer whose name I’m not allowed to mention, are you for real? Do you actually believe that fertilizer you are spreading? And worse…are you serious about running for city council? Please tell me this is a huge joke and no one is that clueless and uninformed.

    • Anonymous on January 20, 2021 at 2:52 pm

      Of course people are that clueless and uniformed. Look who they just put in the White House.

    • Anonymous on January 24, 2021 at 11:42 pm

      The name you’re not allowed to mention? Voldemort?

  65. Anonymous on January 20, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Does anybody know if we are having football this year? The school won’t tell me sh*t.

    • Anonymous on January 20, 2021 at 2:05 pm

      Maybe the school isn’t sure yet. I would like to see football come back but I realize it’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t.

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