St. Clair Board of Aldermen and officials reflected positively on the solar eclipse festivities Aug. 18-21.
Mayor Ron Blum said the hospitality toward visitors was “outstanding.” He said he read editorials and reports of visitors thanking St. Clair for being a gracious host.
“I would also like to thank the community itself for the hospitality that they’ve shown to all the visitors in our community,” he said. “It was a true testament to who we are and where we’re going.”
Alderman Art Viehland commended the police, fire and emergency personnel for their work and keeping traffic moving after the eclipse.
Blum said he was extremely pleased and happy that there were no reported incidents during the eclipse festivities, as noted by Police Chief Bill Hammack.
“That is truly amazing and it’s a testament to our community,” Blum said.
Additionally, the mayor said he was impressed with how clean visitors and residents left the town of St. Clair.
“I was totally amazed, there was no trash anywhere,” Blum said. “I want to thank the visitors and the residents for making that happen.”
The mayor also recognized police, fire and emergency personnel for their work.
Fire Protection Report
With the thousands of people that poured into the St. Clair area for the solar eclipse, Fire Protection District Chief Craig Sullivan said there were minimal calls for service and no serious issues.
“The St. Clair Fire Protection District, because of the commitment and dedication of our firefighters, were able to provide standby crews for all the events during the eclipse weekend,” Sullivan said in a statement.
“During the morning hours of the eclipse on Monday, the fire district divided the city of St. Clair into zones and were able to deploy crews in brush trucks and UTVs to those zones with the tasks of quick response for fire suppression and possible EMs issues due to the heat and humidity,” he said.
Sullivan noted the district had two engine company crews standing by at Station 1 in St. Clair, one engine company crew at Station 2 in Lonedell, and two personnel at Meramec Golf Course because of the large crowds.
“I am pleased to report the fire district responded to a minimal amount of incidents throughout the weekend including Monday, before, during and after the eclipse,” he said.
Sullivan thanked several area businesses for providing food and water to the firefighters, police officers, ambulance personnel, Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
“All of these first responders worked countless hours during the weekend and on Monday,” he said. “It was a big relief to know there was food and drinks for them during this time.”
Sullivan thanked Wagner’s Store, O’Reilly’s, Dollar Plus, Health Mart, Subway, Budget Lodging, Sinks Pharmacy, Burger King, Super 8 Motel, Ranch House, Lewis Cafe, Blondie’s, Midwest Enterprises, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Save-A-Lot, Roots Church, K’s Quik Corner, Country Mart, McDonald’s, Pepsi of New Haven, Union and Washington Wal-Mart, Schroeder Insurance, Domino’s, Jim Trenary Motorsports, Friendship Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Church, New Hope Baptist Church, St. Clair Methodist Church and Real Life Church.
“Thank you to Ellen Sullivan for organizing and implementing the support branch of the Eclipse Emergency Response Plan the fire district used during the eclipse weekend,” he said.