Mayor Robert Koerber has decided not to run for a third term as the town’s mayor.
“A few days ago I decided that I would not file for a third term,” he said. “This was an extremely difficult decision for me.”
He said the decision to run the first time was due to improvements he saw that needed to be made in the town and with his business experience and a willing Board of Aldermen, he knew lots could be accomplished. He now thinks it is time to hand the reins over to someone else.
With the help of elected officials, Hermann City employees, Chamber of Commerce, business owners, along with numerous volunteer groups in town, his administration has been busy. The A-C asked the Mayor to compose a list of accomplishments from the last four years.
“The attitude of the Hermann Community has been changed from we are a city in decline, to we are the prettiest and most progressive small community in Missouri. The operating and infrastructure problems with our utilities were corrected and they are all operating smoothly and profitably, which was not the case before. About 50 new retail businesses have been opened in the last four years. Our retail sales revenue is the highest ever and our tourism, as calculated using the lodging tax paradigm, has broken new records every year.
Hermann City Parks have been improved, the swimming pool has been upgraded, a new kiddie pool was built, newer and safer children’s playground equipment was added, a lighted youth basketball court was installed and the baseball field restrooms and concession stands were completely renovated in partnership with the HHS Booster Club.
Our caboose has been renovated by a volunteer committee and our 1906 fire house renovation was finished in 2017, funded by donations, and is now the proud home of the Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce. A half million dollars of new sidewalks were built downtown with grant money and several new streets have been rebuilt. The Veterans’ Memorial Parkway has been completed by hard working volunteers who solicited donations to build a beautiful tribute to all the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.
Additionally, fiber-optic communication has been installed city wide and is now operating in Hermann and the taxpayers approved an 18 year plan to re-surface all of our city streets, starting in 2020. The Scenic Regional Library has committed to build a state-of-the-art library in the old ALCO building, which will include children’s, teens and adult specific sections. A new AT&T cell tower will be built in the Spring of 2020. Helpful city ordinances have been passed for sign control, city bus regulation and hopefully safety for tourists staying in our lodging establishments.”
As for projects he would like to see the new mayor tackle, Mayor Koerber says a rolling revised action plan must be developed to detail the repairing and rebuilding of our city streets. He says partnerships with local building contractors should be established to construct housing that meets the needs of Hermann’s housing market for future growth.
He would also like to see the City hire a business development director to attract new companies with good paying jobs. He says we should continue the pressure on the Mo. Department of Transportation to replace the Frene Creek bridge on Market Street and to work with the four to five businesses that would be affected from construction, so they could continue to do business without disruption.
“We should also consider lowering our residential electric meter fees and substitute a new rate structure that would make up for the loss while being fairer and cheaper for our residential electric users,” he said. “We should also continue to work closely with our electric co-op partner, MoPEP/MPUA for electric cost reductions in the form of renewable power and cost savings through the removal of our demand cap and translate these changes into savings passed on to our largest commercial customers.”
Mayor Koerber said saying goodbye to the title of “Mayor” was a serious decision.
“I won’t necessarily miss the title but I will miss being able to help people in our great town.”