Recent Cape Girardeau City Council Proclamations: Home Repairs on Giboney, World Autism Day

Recently, the Cape Girardeau City Council issued a couple of proclamations, one at a local event and another during the April 4 meeting at City Hall.

Representatives of agencies that assisted during home repairs on Gibboney Street
Representatives of agencies that assisted during home repairs on Giboney Street

A proclamation of recognition was issued to several folks involved with assisting a local couple in need of home repairs on Giboney Street. The proclamation of recognition text is as follows:
Whereas, due to health problems and various poverty issues James King and Lillian Martin’s home on Giboney Street in Cape Girardeau had fallen into significant disrepair. Due to non-compliance with minimum property standards, the couple was forced to move out last year, doubling up with relatives. Lilian is a client in Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri’s Develppmental Disability program; and whereas, Ronnie Phillips, Lilian’s support coordinator at Catholic Charities, brought the condition of the home to the attention of Billy Moses, Catholic Charities Construction Manager; and whereas, due to the size of the project, and with the encouragement of Steve Williams, Housing Assistance Coordinator for the City of Cape Girardeau, a team of volunteers, churches, businesses and nonprofit organizations was assembled; and whereas, under the leadership of Billy Moses, Catholic Charities’ Construction Manager and construction team, the group worked together to make the house safe and habitable once again. The entire home was refurbished top to bottom and front to back; and whereas, Centenary Methodist Church and their Project Coordinator Jerry Siemers donated significant time and money into this project. Window World installed new windows and siding. East Missouri Action Agency provided insulation and appliances. Funding was provided by Missouri Housing Trust Fund, Senior Citizen’s Service Fund of Cape Girardeau, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, Centenary Methodist Church and the First Methodist Church of Jefferson City. Volunteers for this project included Centenary Methodist Church- Cape Girardeau, De Smet Jesuit High School- St. Louis, First Methodist Church- Jefferson City, Mission Alternative Break- University of Missouri-Columbia, and Proctor and Gamble. Businesses and organizations that donated material and or labor included 4 Site Counseling, Advance Pest Control, Drury Southwest, East Missouri Action Agency, Habitat for Humanity, LTRC Committee of Wayne County, Ram Power Service, and Window World; and whereas, many organizations donated their time, energy, and resources to make a difference in our community and enhance both the appearance and character of the entire neighborhood, and it is this type of unquestioned giving and unprompted generosity that sets our community apart from others; and whereas, what began nearly ten months ago with a dilapidated house and little hope transpired into a new beginning for two Cape Girardeau individuals. James King and Lilian Martin received the keys to their refurbished house and moved in on Monday, March 14, 2016 ; and Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that I, Harry E. Rediger, Mayor of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, do hereby recognize Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri and all that made this project a success. In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, this 4th day of April, 2016. Harry E. Rediger, Mayor
Rediger with Easter Seals representative

A proclamation honoring World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 was given by Mayor Rediger to representatives with Easter Seals Midwest during their recent walk event. The proclamation’s text is as follows:
Whereas, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 children in America are diagnosed with autism; and whereas, autism affects millions of individuals in the United States and tens of millions worldwide regardless of race, religion, socio-economic status or geography; and whereas, on December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly aimed to inform the general public about the global health crisis of autism, stress the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention, and to celebrate the unique talents and qualities of individuals with autism; and whereas, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139 by unanimous consent, encouraging UN Member States to take measures to raise awareness about autism throughout society and to promote early diagnosis and early behavioral interventions; and whereas, the resolution designates World Autism Awareness Day as a United Nations Day to be observed every year starting in 2008 to raise global awareness of autism; and whereas, the month of April is nationally recognized as Autism Awareness Month; and whereas, according to Missouri’s leading provider of autism services, Easter Seals Midwest, 2016 marks 52 years of providing help and hope to individuals impacted by autism; Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that I, Harry Rediger, Mayor of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, do hereby honor and recognize April 2, 2016, World Autism Day. In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, this 2nd day of April, 2016. Harry Rediger, Mayor