Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick, Public Safety Administrator Chris Sichra, Dan St. Peters and the staff of St. Peters Hardware & Rental pose for the event kickoff.
GODFREY — Mayor Mike McCormick announces a new collaborative effort between the village public safety administrator and St. Peters Hardware & Rental, designed to assist seniors, disabled and veterans obtain address markings for homes where the markings or numbers are missing or weathered at no cost to the participant or the taxpayer.
The Be Found! – Stay safe & Sound! program is for Godfrey residents and will be launched by Public Safety Administrator Chris Sichra this spring. It is designed to provide assistance to senior citizens, disabled residents and military veterans by providing address numbering on homes that either don’t have proper address numbers or markings defined by local ordinance (whether by resident request or in response to a code violation letter from the village).
The program is designed to be at no cost to the qualifying resident or village taxpayers; all labor is to be donated by Sichra (on his own time), and 50 percent of the material cost will be shared between Sichra and St. Peters Hardware & Rental.
Sichra said he set aside one month of his salary to put toward the material costs for this program. He’ll also be doing the installation of the markings on his own time. He said he believes this sends a message that inspires others to do the same for their community or cause.
Local business owner Dan St. Peters, who for years has invested in and looked out for the welfare of his community, said he looks forward to working with the village on this public safety initiative.
There will be a limited selection of the style, size and type of markings selected, but Sichra plans to work with the affected resident to help them select the best option for what they need and want.
McCormick recognizes his community has a large population of residents older than 65 and agrees with Sichra’s concern for safety and the need for additional care to be taken of older residents.
“I was motivated out of concern for those in my community, especially seniors and disabled, to see homes not properly marked or that numbers have fallen off due to weathering so that they can be clearly seen by our first responders, with the idea that fire, police and emergency medical services may find those residences faster,” Sichra said. “One thing I’ve learned working as a St Louis city firefighter for nearly the past 20 years, when people are in medical crisis and in need of assistance, every single second counts, and I want to do whatever I can to improve the odds of a successful outcome for that resident.”
Sichra will be working closely with Building and Zoning Director Laura Dixon to find homes most in need of markings, and will reach out to owners to assess whether or not they are eligible for assistance.
The requirements will be that the applicant must be a Godfrey resident, a homeowner (or have written permission from the homeowner to participate), must be older than 55, or must either be disabled or a U.S. military veteran. Other special cases will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and as funds are available.
For questions on eligibility or request for assistance, contact the village public safety administrator by email at email@example.com; or contact Building and Zoning Administrator Laura Dixon at either her office, (618) 466-1206, or her email, firstname.lastname@example.org.