City of Cape Girardeau

City of Cape Girardeau

Last week, Cape Girardeau’s Ward 6 councilman Wayne Bowen attended his last city council meeting. Mayor Harry Rediger recognized Dr. Bowen for his dedication to Ward 6, and the work he’s done in support of public safety. We spoke with Mayor Rediger about Dr. Bowen’s run as councilman, and their priorities in filling the vacancy.


Grojean: First, go ahead and tell me about Wayne and what he did for Cape Girardeau as a councilman, sort of his legacy to the city.


A software glitch in the City of Cape Girardeau’s sewer billing system has caused customers to be charged incorrectly for the month of July. The city of Cape Girardeau recently converted its billing software to a new system causing some sewer customers to be overcharged due to a glitch.


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Cape Girardeau city development officials have issued a request for proposals from developers for three blighted properties in the city’s downtown. If selected, developers have the opportunity to have properties 631, 633, and 635 on Good Hope Street donated to them at no cost, and also a tax lien waived, if they complete the project.


Director of development for the city of Cape Girardeau, Alex McElroy, says the buildings were slated for condemnation, but were given a second chance.


Parks and Recreation Department, City of Cape Girardeau

This Saturday is Earth Day, and the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting its annual Friends of the Parks Day and Great Cape Cleanup. Parks Division Manager, Brock Davis, says they’ll be beautifying the entire city, come rain or shine.


Brock explained, “Our central location is Capaha Park; that’s where a lot of our projects will be hosted. We do projects on Broadway, downtown, we’ll be scattered all the way to the Jaycee golf course, the Osage Center, Cape Splash, pretty much all over.”


Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

Starting this month downtown Cape Girardeau will see more police officers patrolling the streets, thanks to a partnership between the Downtown Cape Girardeau Community Improvement District and the city of Cape Girardeau. KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson, spoke with Cape Girardeau police Chief, Wes Blair, about the impact this will have on the community.

Lewis-Thompson: So why did you all put additional policing on the streets in downtown Cape?