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IMG9158   Breese residents 62 and older are eligible for discounted rates with Waste Management, it was shared at the Nov. 15 Breese City Council meeting. 
   But they will need to sign up to get that reduced rate.
   On July 1, the City of Breese approved a one-year extension with waste hauler Waste Management, effective Jan. 1, 2023, through Dec. 31, 2023, according to the extension agreement. Part of that extension was keeping existing rates the same, Alderman Bryan Eversgerd said.
   The one thing added was, for senior citizens over age 62, they would receive a discounted rate: instead of $15.15 per month for mandatory trash service, the rate drops to $12.88 per month.
   For subscription recycling service, the regular rate is the same for seniors,  $7.50.
   On Tuesday, Dec. 6, seniors who want the discounted rate need to go to Breese City Hall, between 3-5 p.m., to apply for that.
   They will need to show a form of identification for anyone in a household, age 62 and older, to receive that discount, Eversgerd said.
   The council approved the eighth pay estimate for Hank's Excavating and Landscaping of Belleville, for $85,121.88, for the North Cherry Street reconstruction project.
   Public Works Manager Don Voss did not have a schedule  on completion of the next phase of the project, having not been able to talk with the Hank's project superintendent.
   Alderman Carl Ratermann also mentioned concrete work on Main Street, part of the downtown revitalization project, has been finished for the season.
   Alderman Bob Berndsen mentioned a no-parking sign on Main Street by Turf Bar and Banquet that had been taken down and has since been replaced, but motorists are parking in the right-hand turn lane at the corner entering North Fourth Street.
   Alderman Terry Fields mentioned he thought a no-parking zone extended from North Fourth Street to the alley south of Turf.
   City attorney Joanne Stevenson said it has been suggested to paint the curb yellow to highlight the no-parking zone, which Fields also mentioned.
   In other action, Bob Berndsen presented the motion, which was unanimously approved, to grant a $25 utility credit for homeowners who erect an outside Christmas light display.
   The credit is for residential properties only.
   Police Chief Mark Berndsen noted that, on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 23, Breese Police Officer April Decker was to have taken part in the 34th annual Budweiser Guns 'N Hoses boxing benefit for The BackStoppers organization. 
   The event was held at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.
   Becker was the fourth scheduled fight, Berndsen said, and the event (bouts 1-6, from 5:30-7 p.m.) was carried live on Fite TV, "and we look for her to win," he said.
 
   Bouts 7-12, from 7-9 p.m., were carried on Fox 2 News and Fite TV.
   Berndsen said Decker boxed a police officer from the City of Ladue, Missouri.
   The Breese Chamber of Commerce's Lighted Christmas parade is scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 26, at 6 p.m.
   The parade route will follow Main Street from Broadway to Northside Park, where a fireworks display will take place following the parade's conclusion.
   Businesses, organizations and families are welcome to place entries in the parade, as usual. Contact Michele Maue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up or call (618) 954-8459.
   Breese Mayor Kevin Timmermann reminded all to support local businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving — Small Business Saturday.
   "They need the revenue too," he said, and to remember businesses throughout the city when doing your shopping.
   In other news the council:
   •Approved the hire of Adam Pollmann of Breese as a paramedic for Breese EMS, with a starting date of Nov. 21. 
   Alderman Tim Schleper, who made the motion to approve Pollmann's hire, said the public safety committee did have a couple of good interviews in filling the position.
   •Authorized the execution of the Risk Management Agency minimum/maximum contribution agreement for 2023.
   •Approved payment of bills and reports from City Treasurer Robert Venhaus and City Collector Sandy Hemann.