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Volume 160 | Number 2

Three nTested
for
Coronavirus
No Positive Test in Franklin County
By Monte Miller

Missourian Staff Writer

Franklin County officials are urging business as
usual for residents despite
three people being tested
for coronavirus in the last
10 days.
At a meeting Tuesday

morning, Presiding Commissioner Tim Brinker,
Emergency Management
Director Abe Cook, and
Health Department Director Angie Hittson confirmed those tested were

very low risk and the county is prepared for any potential cases.
Due to patient privacy
rules and the very low
number of people who have
been tested, limited details

could be released about the
patients.
“We are handling this
just like any other communicable
disease,”
Hittson said. “Investigations were conducted on

all three people tested
and based on those investigations, they were
all classified as very low
risk.”
Hittson confirmed all
three patients have been
tested since the beginning
of March and the negative

• See Tested Page 2A

Plan Board
Supports
Annexation
n Of Meadowlake Farm

By Joe Barker

Assistant Managing Editor

Showing Their Creativity
Young readers were eager to help guest author Peter H. Reynolds illustrate the
value of creativity to the audience at the 20th annual Family Reading Night, held Friday, March 6, at Washington Middle School. The New York Times bestselling author/
illustrator and ambassador of creativity shared his newest book “Be You!” with families
at the annual community event organized by The Missourian in partnership with the
Washington School District and the Washington Optimist Club.
Missourian Photo.

The Meadowlake Farm subdivision is one step closer
to joining the city of Washington.
The city’s planning and zoning commission supported
the subdivision’s voluntary annexation request at Monday’s meeting. The plan board voted unanimously to
welcome the 61 lots located off Pottery Road and south
of Highway 100 into the city limits.
The board’s recommendation will be presented to the
city council at its March 16 meeting. Sal Maniaci, community and economic development director, said a formal vote
on the project will take place at an April council meeting.
On Monday night, Maniaci said the city and the subdivision have talked for years about annexation, but
nothing ever happened.
Most recently, in 2014, voters denied a request to have
the subdivision annexed into the city.
Plan board member Carolyn Witt, a former member
• See Annexation Page 7A

Street
Projects
Progress

Schools
Prepare
For Virus
By Susan Miller

n Work to Start in

Missourian Managing Editor

Summer 2023

By Joe Barker

Assistant Managing Editor

The city of Washington is targeting
the summer of 2023 for two street projects.
The Washington City Council recently approved agreements between
the city and the Missouri Highways
and Transportation Commission. The
agreements were needed to start the
process and get the two projects moving forward.
Last year, the city applied for, and
received, two Surface Transportation
Program (STP) grants. The grants cover Jefferson Street and Westlink Drive
improvements.
The grants are 80-20 cost-share
funding mechanisms funneled through
the East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWGW) utilizing state and
federal dollars.
Under EWGW’s annual Transportation Improvement Program (TIP),
municipalities are responsible for 20
percent of the funds to resurface, build
sidewalks and other upgrades to roadways classified higher than a local
• See Progress Page 2A

INSIDE

Business..................................... 1B
Classified Ads........................1E-5E
Deaths/Obituaries........................ 4B
Editorials, Letters.................. 6C-8C

Sanitary Conditions
Franklin County Election Judge Kelly Schickler showed off
the cleaning supplies available at the polls early Tuesday
morning at Washington City Hall. The presidential preference primary was held throughout Missouri Tuesday, March
10. With fears of the coronavirus and other infectious diseases, hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes were available to
voters and poll workers.  
Missourian Photo.
WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

Entertainment............................ 5C
Pacific....................................... 4S
Public Notices............. 6E & 3F-4F
Real Estate...........................1F-2F

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The Washington School District, St.
Francis Borgia Regional High School
and other parochial grade schools sent
letters to parents Monday assuring
them they are taking preventive measures to provide the safest learning
environment possible for students.
The letter follows news reports over
the weekend that a St. Louis County
woman tested positive for COVID-19.
The symptoms of COVID-19 resemble those of influenza and can include
fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
The school district told parents it
will continue to work with the Franklin County Health Department as it
monitors and manages the current
situation with both the flu and coronavirus.
“Please be assured that our staff
will continue to keep an eye on illness
in our schools, as is our standard practice,” said Superintendent Dr. Lori
VanLeer.
The district does not currently have
any confirmed cases of the coronavirus, she said.
“We would be notified of any such
confirmations by the Department of
Health,” she said. “We are working
within the confines of the CDC (Cen• See Schools Page 2A

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