- Written by: Bryan Hunt - Breese Journal Editor
The Breese City Council, at its Sept. 19 meeting, approved an agreement for improvements
at the 12th Street extension.
That is between Clinton County and the city of Breese, of County Highway 11 (North Walnut Street) at the intersection of North 12th Street.
The area in question is the 12th Street extension where Scooter's Coffee and CC Food Mart are located.
Breese Mayor Kevin Timmermann said, if you look at the area, traffic is starting to pile up at the intersection.
In the summer, congestion is not so bad. But when school starts, "you have a lot of traffic there, and it is backing up onto 12th Street," Timmermann said.
Breese officials have met with county officials on this more than once.
They've come to an agreement on this, and Timmermann said they are thinking about installing another roundabout at that location, "which keeps the flow of traffic going."
There is a lot of success with Breese's first roundabout, just north at Holy Cross Lane.
"Traffic flows quite nicely, and we never have to worry about anything backing up there," Timmermann said.
The roundabout at 12th Street would be a smaller one, Timmermann said. It is something Breese officials have been trying to plan with the county for some time.
But this won't happen until they can get federal money for the project. Timmermann said funding would be 80 percent federal and 20 percent local (a 10 percent split between Breese and the county).
Timmerman said they are looking at engineering now for the project, so they are ready when federal money becomes available.
Breese is awaiting a review of the materials by the county state's attorney, Alderman Carl Ratermann said.
Then the agreement would go before the Clinton County Board, possibly their meeting in October.
A group of Vossclare neighborhood homeowners, who have issues with standing water in a swale parallel to the Lake View Drive on the east part of that roadway, addressed the council.
Homeowner Ken Schonhoff was the group's spokesman.
The standing water is a place where mosquitoes, snakes and vermin tend to populate.
- Written by: Bryan Hunt - Breese Journal Editor
Former Breese Mayor Donald L. Maue died on Sept. 22, at HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital Breese. He was 83.
A funeral Mass was held Tuesday at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese, with interment at St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery, also in Breese.
Scores of heartfelt condolences continued to be added throughout the week to the Facebook page of the Moss Funeral Home, which handled arrangements for the Maue family.
Breese Mayor Kevin Timmermann, who was a next-door neighbor to Maue, called the man "a great mayor."
Timmermann said, "you'd never seen an era where the city grew so much," citing Maue as being instrumental with the development of Bent Oak Golf Course (constructed in 1994) and the Breese water plant, among other accomplishments.
"Everything he touched turned to gold," Timmermann said of Maue's influence.
Maue was well-known throughout the state, Timmermann said, and he was one of the reasons Timmermann got to serve as a Breese alderman.
Some of Maue's connections included U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin; former Congressman John Shimkus, who represented the 20th, 19th and 15th Congressional Districts; former Sen. John O. Jones, who served the 54th District; and former Sen. Frank Watson, who served the 51st District.
"He always surrounded himself with a lot of good people," Timmermann said of Maue.
Timmermann said if there was someone who needed a political science lesson today, "it should be given by Don Maue."
Timmermann said he was fortunate to be a friend, a neighbor and a colleague of Maue's.
Maue was a dedicated public servant and community leader. He retired as the plant manager at PET Dairy in O'Fallon, leaving a lasting impact on the local industry.
- Written by: Jeremy Chawgo - Breese Journal Sports Editor
The Mater Dei football team kept up their winning ways on Friday night in Breese with a 38-18 win over visiting Macomb, who came into the game with a 3-1 record, as did MD.
Mater Dei is now 4-1 on the season. They will host Alton Marquette on homecoming Friday night at 7 p.m. Macomb will host a talented Farmington squad on Friday.
As for Friday’s win, the Knights set the tone early with a score on their opening possession of the game where they never trailed the Bombers.
“We executed our game play real well,” said Mater Dei head coach Jim Stiebel. “With what they do defensively, we wanted to keep it in between the tackles and use the passing game on play action and that’s what we did.”
Mater Dei needed just four plays to get the scoring going on their opening possession of the contest. Two positive runs from senior tailback Markus Kehrer set up the Knights at midfield.
Senior quarterback Trenton Zeeb connected with a streaking Nick Lampe for a 48-yard touchdown down the middle of the field with Kehrer adding the PAT for a 7-0 lead just 99 seconds into the contest.
“We really wanted to set the tone and that touchdown was really big right off the bat,” added Stiebel. “We thought that we could handle them up front, but you never know. But that score early was big.”
The score stayed the same throughout the quarter before the Bombers got on the board on their first possession of the second half.
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