As the city of St. Clair “celebrates” community pride week later this month, Mayor Ron Blum is asking residents to pitch in and make St. Clair a better community in which to be proud.

During the most recent board of aldermen meeting, Blum received permission for the city to purchase special color-coded trash bags that will be available for citizens to use for a special cleanup project within the city limits.

The project will coincide with the advertised annual spring cleanup during the week of April 21 as well as with the Missouri Department of Transportation’s “No More Trash Bash” the same week.

“I think it’s important for us to show that we have community pride,” Blum said. “Let’s ask people to walk their streets and pick up trash as a matter of that community pride.”

The mayor is hoping city residents fill the bags with trash and either take them to Dumpsters that will be located at the city maintenance shed, 530 Park Ave., or leave them curbside for pickup.

“Let’s also contact our organizations and ask them to participate,” Blum said. “Let’s really make this a communitywide effort. I really would like to have the entire community helping.”

The trash bags can be picked up at city hall and the St. Clair Police Department on Monday through Wednesday, April 21-23. Filled bags left curbside will be picked up on Thursday, April 24.

Individuals need to contact city hall at 636-629-0333, extension 104, to schedule the special pickup.

Items will not be picked up that are not in the designated bags.

During the city’s annual spring cleanup that week, Dumpsters will be placed at the maintenance shed so residents can dispose of larger items. People can bring the items between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday through Saturday.

Tires, batteries, paint and chemicals and other potentially hazardous materials will not be accepted.

No Smoking

Blum also mentioned that he has been approached by several individuals recently about the city considering a no-smoking policy in public places.

“I’ve been asked to make a presentation to the board,” the mayor said.

Ward 1 Alderman Nathan Tate also said he has spoken to citizens and business representatives about the topic.

Tate suggested the discussion wait until new Ward 2 Alderman Greg Talleur is seated so he can be involved in the process from the beginning.

It was decided to bring the issue back up for discussion in the near future.

Currently, the city of Washington has a no-smoking policy in place. It was passed in January 2013 and took effect about a year ago. It prohibits smoking in restaurants, bars, businesses, workplaces and other public places in that city.

The measure approved was unanimously by city council members.

Thanks Extended

Blum and his fellow aldermen also said thank you to interim Ward 2 Alderman Glenn Richard for serving the city.

Richards was appointed in January by Blum after former Alderman Travis Dierker resigned to accept the city’s assistant administrator position. Richards officially will step down during the board’s April 21 meeting when Talleur is sworn in.

“I thank the board for giving me the opportunity to get back in the saddle again,” Richards said.

He also said he believes the city, its administration and the aldermen are “doing a great job.”