City of Cape Girardeau

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Over a month ago, the city of Cape Girardeau suffered a cyberattack. 

The city was forced to bring in experts to tackle the aftermath of the attack and get their systems up and running again, says City Manager Scott Meyer. 

Since then, city administrators have taken steps to now secure their servers.

At the first March council meeting, the city council will talk about what comes next.

Courtesy of Stan Polivick

For roughly seven weeks now, the city of Cape Girardeau has been testing out a new treatment process for turning “bio-solids” in residents' wastewater into a substance that could benefit the region in the long term. 

Sewage sludge is being dried out in an oven by public works personnel and turned into pellets, which are also being trialled with select local farmers as a potential fertilizer. Public works director Stan Polivick says it all started with the development of a new water treatment plant. 

City of Cape Girardeau

St. Francis Hospital physical therapist Nate Thomas has been selected to fill the Ward 3 vacancy on the Cape Girardeau city council.

Six council members were split in a tie Monday evening about who would fill their seventh seat. It was a toss-up between hopefuls Thomas and Christina Mershon of Southeast Missouri State University, much to the surprise of Mayor Bob Fox, who said he never thought they would be in such a position.

Ultimately, a motion was made to choose Thomas by Robbie Guard of Ward 4. 

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Before a meeting on Monday, ten Cape Girardeau residents were angling to fill a ward 3 vacancy on the city council. That number has now been whittled down to three applicants: Tom Roy, Nate Thomas, and Christina Mershon.

Roy, a medical practice manager at SoutheastHEALTH, is an alumni of Southeast Missouri State University, and has called Cape Girardeau home for the last 19 years. 

“[I] don’t have any special interests, don’t have any special agendas,” he said. “Just hoping the skills I've accumulated over the last 30 years can help.”

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A discussion is underway on how to save Cape Girardeau’s historic Common Pleas Courthouse and simultaneously provide a new headquarters for city government.

During their Monday meeting, the city council discussed a new proposal to move City Hall into an expanded Common Pleas and Annex facility. This move would nearly halve the $20 million cost of a previous plan to raze and rebuild city hall, currently housed in the historic Lorimier school building.