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St. Martins Receives Award - The Midwestern Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, which represents Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota, has 

presented the City of St. Martins with Harry J. Banker Gold Leaf Award for outstanding Arbor Day activities.  Mayor Eugene Strobel and City Administrator Doug Reece were guests at an ISA luncheon held in Overland Park, Kansas on February 1 where Mayor Strobel was presented with a plaque commemorating the honor.


Snow Removal - Winter is now officially here and St. Martins snow plow drivers are standing by.  Please help them out by:


1.  Removing your car from the road if snow is predicted.  This will allow them to get your road cleaned quicker and more thoroughly.  If you live on a snow route, a city ordinance restricts parking on the street during or after a snowfall.  As a last resort only, vehicles parked on designated snow routes will be towed if they are hindering or preventing snow plow drivers from clearing the street.


2.  Please allow plenty of room for the snow plows.  Drivers try to remove the snow overnight if possible, but this is not always possible.  


Thanks for your help in keeping the streets of St. Martins safe and clear.



BUCKLE UP PHONE DOWN Challenge -  The St. Martins Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to support the Buckle Up Phone Down Challenge proposed jointly by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and the Missouri Dept of Transportation.  Missouri currently ranks 41st nationally in seat belt usage.  The following percentages explain why many Missouri leaders are supporting this challenge:


In a crash, unbelted drivers have a 1 in 30 chance of being killed.  Drivers wearing a seat belt have a 1 in 1,237 chance of being killed.


If you text and drive, you have a 50% greater chance of being involved in a crash and are 23 times more likely to be involved in a critical incident.  Crashes involving cellphone usage increased 16% in 2015 according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.


St. Martins elected officials urge all St. Martins residents to buckle up and put your cell phone down.