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Monday, May 18 – 7:49 p.m.

Looking for a mysterious man in St.Gallen

(tn) A friend named Samuel, kisses on the air and a tattoo with red lines: this is what it says on a piece of paper at the St.Gallen train station. In it, a woman describes a man she is unknown to, whom she met in St. Gallen nightlife. The whole thing already happened on February 8, 2020. But read for yourself:

Monday, May 18 – 5:22 p.m.

The sports office answers a common question in times of the corona virus: what happens to the subscriptions for indoor and outdoor pools?

(sk / vre) What actually happens to subscriptions to the city’s indoor and outdoor pools during the corona lockdown period? Do they just expire? The municipal sports office is often confronted with this question. So often at least that it now creates clarity in a newsletter. And the city of St.Gallen is generous on this topic.

Due to the corona crisis, it is still unclear when the Stadtsanktgaller Freibad – in the picture that in Lerchenfeld – can start the summer season.

Adriana Ortiz Cardozo

Basically, subscriptions that have already been canceled are automatically extended by the time that the systems were closed. The number of days for which this will be the case is calculated from March 17th until the reopening. When this can be done is still open. The Federal Council should communicate more on this at the end of the month. The hope is that the baths will open again on June 8th.

If you have a subscription to an indoor or outdoor swimming pool in the city, you don’t have to do anything. “Existing subscriptions are automatically renewed,” says the newsletter. The city informs the owners. New subscriptions, on the other hand, will only be issued again when the systems are open again. The “Summer (s) pass” for all outdoor pools in the city is priced to reflect the shorter period of validity. More information will be available as soon as it is clear when the Badis can open.

Monday, May 18 – 4:16 p.m.

Schnider AG from Engelburg completes the catchment area and the range of offers with a takeover in Herisau

(pd / vre) The transport and recycling company Schnider AG, based in Engelburg, will take over the local transport services of Frischknecht Transport AG in Herisau on June 1st. Giezendanner Transport AG from Rothrist in turn takes over the silo area of ​​Frischknecht AG. The twelve employees affected will continue to be employed by the new owners. And the Herisau site should also remain in accordance with the notification.

Frischknecht can look back on 138 years of company history. The company, which is known for its blue trucks, is managed by the fourth generation of Thomas and Hans-Peter Frischknecht. You hand over the transport part to two other family businesses. Although the move is not an easy one, it is the right decision for the company and its future, the two brothers are quoted in the message.

A waste separation plant at Schnider AG in Engelburg.

A waste separation plant at Schnider AG in Engelburg.

Picture: Hannes Thalmann

Schnider AG Transporte und Recycling is a well-known provider of services in the transport, recycling and disposal sector in the wider region. The company employs over 60 people. It has 28 trucks. Schnider had been working with Frischknecht AG for years.

With the acquisition of the Frischknecht divider service, recycling gravel, tipper, winter service, horse manure and sewage sludge transports, Schnider AG can strengthen its offer and expand its catchment area in Appenzellerland, as announced on Wednesday. Herisau is the ideal addition to the existing Engelburg and Sulgen TG locations.

Monday, May 18 – 3:59 p.m.

City continues to build on its road network despite A1 renovation: City Councilor Maria Pappa on criticism of the TCS and the trade

(mha / vre) In the event of a traffic jam on the city motorway, many drivers switch to the urban road network. But at peak times, this is already very busy and quickly overloaded. Experience has also shown that traffic jams in the city dissolve more slowly than on the motorway. Road construction sites additionally hinder the flow of traffic.

The TCS regional group St.Gallen and the surrounding area already complained at their annual general meeting in spring that the city was implementing road construction projects during the motorway renovation. The trade also asked the city council on several occasions to refrain from major projects during the renovation of the city motorway.

Dress rehearsal for the renovation of Zürcher Strasse in Lachen: A new district heating pipe was installed in summer 2018. A project to renovate and redesign the street is in preparation. It has been delayed by a lawsuit for some time.

Dress rehearsal for the renovation of Zürcher Strasse in Lachen: A new district heating pipe was installed in summer 2018. A project to renovate and redesign the street is in preparation. It has been delayed by a lawsuit for some time.

Image: Reto Voneschen (July 13, 2018)

“We had planned relevant road construction sites in such a way that they would have been completed before the start of the renovation of the city motorway,” Maria Pappa, the city’s construction director, replied when asked. For planning purposes, political processes must first be carried out for cantonal and urban construction projects. This is followed by the public requirements, the objections. And this can lead to delays outside the sphere of influence of the city council and the city administration.

«We were well off with the redesign of Zürcher Strasse in Lachen. Now objections delay the project. And we cannot influence that », Maria Pappa gives a practical example. From a fiscal point of view, too, it would not make sense to postpone necessary road renovations. “If you neglect maintenance, ie renovate too late, the costs increase. If you renovate a street too early, you destroy the existing residual value. »

Monday, May 18 – 12:02 p.m.

Cantonal police prevent motorized courtship rides: branches and decommissioned cars after Poser controls

(kapo / vre) Although they are not exclusively a corona phenomenon, the feeling has increased in number, mostly young car drivers who want to draw attention to themselves with a lot of horsepower and noise. This Sunday, 12.30 to 11.30 p.m., the St.Gallen cantonal police in the regions of Rorschach, Gossau and Wil carried out a focus check against such «courtship rides», as was previously known in police jargon.

Autoposer, as it is called today, was stopped at various locations and checked for vehicles not complying with the regulations and for reckless driving. Police patrols were supported by specialists from the Road Traffic Office. They carried out technical checks and in some cases noise measurements on the vehicles.

Drivers who drive too fast, too loud and too briskly in technically modified vehicles have to expect to be checked by the cantonal police.

Drivers who drive too fast, too loud and too briskly in technically modified vehicles have to expect to be checked by the cantonal police.

Symbolic picture: Cantonal Police SG

A total of 21 people were notified of the campaign (four in the Gossau and Wil region, 17 in the Rorschach region). Technical defects such as faulty and manipulated exhaust systems or painted rear lights and other unauthorized technical changes, such as on chassis, were found in various vehicles. As a result, two cars were shut down.

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Six owners have to remedy defects in their vehicles and have to check again. A 37-year-old man was stopped at one of the Poser controls because he was traveling in the city at 69 instead of the permitted 50 km / h. In addition, his car was too loud: 102 instead of the permitted 90 decibels were measured. The cantonal police announce that they will continue controls against autoposer. Also in Rorschach, where a focus has emerged for courtship rides.

Monday, May 18 – 11:03 a.m.

Daniela Sandmeier has been with the wholesaler for 40 years: saleswoman with body and soul

(pd / vre) An unusual work anniversary can happen these days Daniela Sandmeier celebrate: She has been a sales assistant at the large distributor Coop for 40 years. Since 2002 she has been working in the Gallusmarkt in the east of the city of St.Gallen. However, the 57-year-old is also publicly known from one of her hobbies: she knits small soft toys that give comfort to children, for example during a hospital stay. In addition, she supports the St.Gallen Children’s Hospital on a voluntary basis.

Daniela Sandmeier behind the cash register in the Gallusmarkt.

Daniela Sandmeier behind the cash register in the Gallusmarkt.

Picture: Donato Caspari / PD

Daniela Sandmeier, who lives in Rorschacherberg, completed her training in the former Coop in Staad. She then worked in Rorschach for 22 years. “From flowers to dairies to cash registers, I got to know all the rayons there and was later head of the fruit and vegetable department,” she is quoted in a Coop announcement. Her job has been the Gallusmarkt since 2002 and she appreciates it very much: “I like going to work every day.”

Monday, May 18 – 10:39 a.m.

Traffic obstructions between Winkeln and Herisau: construction work in Winkler Stich is completed

(SK / vre) With the installation of the top layer, the cantons of St.Gallen and Appenzell Ausserrhoden will complete the extensive construction project on Appenzellerstrasse and Heinrichsbadstrasse between St.Gallen-Winkeln and Herisau next and the week after next. There will be various road closures between May 25th and June 9th.

Since summer 2019, Appenzellerstrasse in the so-called Winkler Stich and Heinrichsbadstrasse (picture in summer 2019) on Herisau's municipal area have been extensively renovated and expanded. The project will be completed at the end of May and beginning of June.

Since summer 2019, Appenzellerstrasse in the so-called Winkler Stich and Heinrichsbadstrasse (picture in summer 2019) on Herisau’s municipal area have been extensively renovated and expanded. The project will be completed at the end of May and beginning of June.

The final covering work extends over three weeks. Both the main axis from Winkeln to Herisau and the confluence of Heinrichs- and Schützenstrasse are affected by the necessary closures. There are also restrictions for bus traffic. From May 27th to 29th, pedestrian and bicycle traffic on Appenzellerstrasse and St.Gallerstrasse will also be affected.

  • In the first step, the Einlenker Schützenstrasse is closed to traffic from May 26, 8 a.m. to May 27, 5 a.m. A diversion is signaled.
  • From May 27th to 29th, the surface course will be installed on the Appenzellerstrasse and St.Gallerstrasse footpaths and cycle paths. A diversion via Gübsensee is signaled for pedestrians.
  • There will be construction on Appenzellerstrasse and Heinrichsbadstrasse from Saturday, June 6th, 8pm, to Monday, June 8th, 5am; a full lock is required for this. Cars are diverted via Gossau.
  • From June 8, 7 a.m. to June 9, 5 a.m., the Einlenker Heinrichsbadstrasse remains closed. A diversion via Herisau center is signaled.
  • Interruptions as well as changes to the timetable and route occur temporarily during the construction phase between May 26 and June 9 on bus routes 158 (from Engelburg to Herisau) and 173 (Herisau train station to Herisau-Migros / Spital).

Due to the weather, the closures announced by the cantons may shift. Information on this can be found on the website of the St.Gallen civil engineering office.

Monday, May 18 – 9:49 a.m.

Märlistation on the St.Gallen flower market is open again

(pd / vre) Katy Rohner and Anja Weiss-Gehrer are happy. And the initiators of the Märlistation also have reason to do so: From Monday it will be possible again to hear stories in the old telephone booth on the St.Gallen flower market. The facility, like so many others, has been closed since mid-March due to the corona virus. Now it can only be opened with stricter conditions: So the Märlistation is now cleaned and disinfected twice instead of just once a day.

After a corona-related break (picture), the Märlistation at the St.Gallen flower market will be accessible to children again from Monday.

After a corona-related break (picture), the Märlistation at the St.Gallen flower market will be accessible to children again from Monday.

Picture: Urs Bucher (12/21/2019)

The St.Gallen Märlistation is open from Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, May 18 – 9:33 a.m.

This year’s Swiss reading day will take place online on May 27: Marco Fritsche also reads a story

(pd / vre) The Swiss reading day is mainly taking place on the Internet this year. Over 30 Swiss personalities from all parts of the country support the reading day as ambassadors by reading a story online. The reading day is an initiative of the Swiss Institute for Children’s and Youth Media and many other partners.

Marco Fritsche is known to a wide audience, above all as a moderator of the dome broadcast «Bauer, unmarried, sucht ...».

Marco Fritsche is known to a wide audience, above all as a moderator of the dome broadcast «Bauer, unmarried, sucht …».

Picture: Njazi Nivokazi / 3 + (14.5.2018)

On May 27, starting at 10 a.m., a reading video premieres every half hour on the Internet. The videos can then be viewed until the end of July. The starting signal for the action is given by television man, journalist and author Arthur Honegger with a reading “Jim Knopf and Lukas the engine driver”. The only celebrity from Eastern Switzerland on the reading day is the Appenzeller journalist and moderator Marco Fritsche. He reads from Sunil Mann’s book “Totsch” on May 17, 11:00 am.

Monday, May 18 – 8:33 a.m.

The city parliament is meeting again in the sports hall on Tuesday: Mediterranean nights, standardized slogan and five smaller shops

(vre) On Tuesday, from 4 p.m., the 45th session of the city parliament will take place from 2017 to 2020. Due to the current situation, Parliament is meeting for the second time in the Kreuzbleiche sports hall – without an audience, but with a live broadcast on the Internet. The session takes place with an “open end”. This means that discussions take place regardless of the time until all items on the agenda have been ticked.

For the first time, the St. Gallen city parliament met at the end of April for a corona-compliant meeting in the Kreuzbleiche sports hall.

For the first time, the St. Gallen city parliament met at the end of April for a corona-compliant meeting in the Kreuzbleiche sports hall.

Picture: Gian Ehrenzeller / KEY
(04/28/2020)

There are seven businesses on the agenda; the submission on the reorganization of participation and the postulate on the bicycle city have been postponed. The main chunk is the consolidation of the four Spitex organizations in the city to date in a single organization, Spitex St.Gallen AG. Added to this are the choice of the ombudsman, the renovation of lines in Rorschacher Strasse and three advances.

At the beginning, the city parliament discussed a stimulus topic, although it is less so for parliament, but certainly for residents of the old town. It is about the urgent interpellation for Mediterranean nights. Four out of five parliamentary groups originally asked for a trial with extended opening hours for garden stains this summer. In view of the corona crisis, this will probably not be possible, it says in the response of the city council.

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The meeting of the St.Gallen city parliament in the Kreuzbleiche sports hall will be streamed online and, as usual, accompanied by a live ticker from the city chancellery. Click here for these offers.

Sunday, May 17 – 3:33 p.m.

Garden stain on public soil: 15 applications were approved in the city

(sab) Four seats per table, two meters away from the next table. Since Monday, restaurants and bars can reopen with these rules. For some restaurateurs, this is not enough to make a profit. The city therefore announced at the beginning of the week that hosts with an application can also use public land and thus expand their garden stain.

Back to the garden bar: People enjoy life outside in St.Gallen on Saturday.

Back to the garden bar: People enjoy life outside in St.Gallen on Saturday.

Image: Benjamin Manser

«So far, 15 concerns regarding the expanded use of public space by restaurants have been reported to us. All issues were examined on site and immediately approved, »says Roman Kohler, spokesman for the St.Gallen city police on request.

Roman Kohler, spokesman for the St.Gallen city police

Roman Kohler, spokesman for the St.Gallen city police

Picture: PD

The “Nacht Gallen” association, which is committed to a lively nightlife in St.Gallen, is pleased with the quick and unbureaucratic measures taken by the St.Gallen city council regarding the expansion of the outdoor terraces.

“Nacht Gallen” also writes on Facebook: “However, we would have liked to have seen the city council a bit more courageously, so that even catering establishments could sit out generously without a building permit for outside seating or limited space.”

“Those companies are now punished twice for the summer.”

Numerous restaurateurs also wanted to use parking spaces in front of the bars and pubs. However, the parking lots would be denied to the hosts and instead kept free for craftsmen. «Nacht Gallen» sees a contradiction in this.

It will be seen at the beginning of the week whether the city council will continue to accommodate the innkeepers. Because on Saturday the city council met for an extraordinary meeting. One of the items on the agenda: The demands of the restaurateurs.

Saturday, May 16 – 5:33 p.m.

A Saturday almost like in pre-Corona times: Many St.Gallen people go shopping in the city center

(vre) There is something similar to normal again, at least it did on Saturday in the streets and squares in the center of St.Gallen. After the city center was pretty much deserted on weekends from mid-March, it filled up again this Saturday. There have not been so many St.Galleners in a long time.

View up Marktgasse on Saturday morning. The crowds are not as dense as before the corona lockdown, but so many have not been to the city center for weeks.

Picture: Benjamin Manser (May 16, 2020)

Many retailers should have been pleased with the rush. Customers were also crowded on the weekly market, which was loosely set up because of the current situation, and on the stands of the permanent market – in most cases with the proper two-meter distance.

Saturday, May 16 – 12:04 p.m.

Two slightly injured in an accident on Zürcher Strasse

View of the accident site at the junction Zürcherstrasse and Lerchenfeldstrasse.

View of the accident site at the junction Zürcherstrasse and Lerchenfeldstrasse.

Image: City police St.Gallen
(May 15, 2020)

(stapo / dwa) On Friday, shortly after 2.30 p.m., a traffic accident occurred on the junction Zürcherstrasse and Lerchenfeldstrasse. A driver wanted to turn left from Lerchenfeldstrasse onto Zürcher Strasse. The 73-year-old man overlooked a car approaching from the left on the main street. There was a frontal-side collision in which, according to the city police, the driver and driver of the turning car, who had the right to step in, injured themselves slightly.

The two accident cars were badly damaged.

The two accident cars were badly damaged.

Image: City police St.Gallen
(May 15, 2020)

Considerable damage to property occurred on both vehicles. The cars had to be towed.

Friday, May 15th – 6:45 p.m.

Live stream from Rotmonten: Peter Lenzin in the concert service, Melanie Adami and Claire Pasquier in the cheerful Sunday concert

(pd / vre) They are slowly becoming a habit of the concert services from the Protestant church of Rotmonten. And after the Federal Council has provisionally rejected a relaxation of the anti-corona assembly ban for church services, they will probably stay with us in the livestream on YouTube. Saxophonist Peter Lenzin will play this Sunday, 10.30 a.m. The sermon deals with how to speak to God.

On Sunday, 5 p.m., a further «cheerful Sunday concert» will be offered in a YouTube livestream. It will again be possible via live chat to express musical wishes played by Melanie Adami and Claire Pasquier. So far, so it says in the announcement of the event, the two “could have practically fulfilled all wishes”.

Friday, May 15th – 5:21 p.m.

The Grabenhalle will reopen next Thursday: As a temporary pickling, Halle is to become a social meeting point

(pd / vre) Like many other cultural establishments, the St.Gallen Grabenhalle is affected by the corona virus and had to close its doors at the end of March. Now these should open again, albeit for an unusual purpose: the collective that runs the Grabenhalle wants to apply the Federal Council’s guidelines for the gradual opening of restaurants and pubs. The hall is ideal in terms of size and infrastructure “for a partial and responsible opening”, according to a message.

The Grabenhalle collective has decided to temporarily operate the hall as a pickle. “We’re not primarily concerned with making money quickly. We would rather like to create a social meeting point with the pickling company, where you can meet again in compliance with the hygiene and clearance rules », says collective members Matthias Fässler.

The entrance to the Grabenhalle with the parking lot in front of it.

The entrance to the Grabenhalle with the parking lot in front of it.

Image: Reto Voneschen (June 14, 2016)

For the operation as a pickle, the Grabenhalle has developed a protection concept that provides for the cleaning of surfaces and everyday objects, as well as the option of voluntarily entering personal data. In addition, the guest capacity is limited. Visiting the Beiz in the Grabenhalle is also subject to clear rules: Consumption is only allowed when sitting with a maximum of four people per table. In addition, distance and hygiene rules must be observed.

The Grabenhalle will be open again next Thursday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Friday there will be food from 6 p.m. to midnight and on Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight. The operation is currently running on a trial basis. Depending on demand, it is also planned to adjust the opening hours. Incidentally, Corona skeptics, conspiracy theorists and “aluminum hats” are expressly not welcome in the bar.

Friday, May 15th – 4:54 p.m.

Rallies remain prohibited: police want to crack down on vigils and other protests this weekend

(vre) On the last two Saturdays, the so-called Corona rebels also demonstrated in the city of St.Gallen for a quicker lifting of the lockdown. Two weeks ago, a dozen people had gathered on Kornhausplatz near the main train station. A week ago, around 80 people protested at the Vadian monument, then again at Kornhausplatz.

Social media are calling for a new vigil at the main train station tomorrow Saturday. People who respond to the call must expect the intervention of the city police. The federal government’s ban on assembly continues to apply, police spokesman Dionys Widmer said on request. This would not allow rallies to be approved. The police must and will enforce the ban.

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Final phase of the rally against the anti-corona lockdown last Saturday at the Vadian monument.

Final phase of the rally against the anti-corona lockdown last Saturday at the Vadian monument.

Photo: Reto Voneschen (9.5.2020)

Anyone who demonstrates despite the ban on the meeting must expect a fine of CHF 100 and a signpost. Anyone who violates this order by participating in a demo again shortly afterwards will be shown by the police to the public prosecutor’s office. Organizers of rallies must also expect an advertisement.

According to the city police, a total of 33 participants in the St.Gallen protests by the Corona rebels had to identify themselves to the police last Saturday. You are now threatened with a fine and, if you can prove that you have been violated, also an advertisement.

Friday, May 15th – 4:10 p.m.

Change in the board of the trade association: Bollhalder leaves, Bärlocher comes – and Gian Bazzi becomes LPK president

Christoph Bärlocher is a new member of the board of the cantonal trade association St.Gallen.

Christoph Bärlocher is a new member of the board of the cantonal trade association St.Gallen.

Picture: Urs Bucher (January 22, 2018)

(pd / vre) At this year’s delegate assembly of the Cantonal Trade Association (KGV) St.Gallen there was a personnel castling among the representatives from the city on the board. Markus Bollhalder (St.Gallen) had announced his resignation after the general renewal elections 2020 to 2024. For this was CVP canton council Christoph Bärlocher (Eggersriet), who heads the construction company of the same name in the city of St.Gallen, was newly elected to the KGV board. The successor of Bruno Schneider (Mosnang), who also resigned from the Executive Board as President of the Commission of the Final Examinations (LPK), is announced Gian Bazzi (St.Gallen).

Friday, May 15th – 3:40 p.m.

Floorball club Waldkirch-St.Gallen loses further team support: Jeanot Eschbach turns his back on top-class sport

(pd / vre) At the floorball club (UHC) Waldkirch-St.Gallen (WaSa) another long-time player puts his stick aside. Jeanot Eschbach resigns from top sport. Also no longer appear for the UHC WaSa in the coming season Noel Possag, Joel Conzett and Joel Untersander. For this, two talents from their own offspring move up to the NLA team: Server Moser and Rohit chip hopper.

Jeanot Eschbach in action.

Jeanot Eschbach in action.

Picture: UHC WaSa / PD

With the departure of Jeanot Eschbach leaves next Stefan Meier and Nicolas Jordan another longtime player the club. Eschbach wanted to concentrate on his professional career in the future and therefore decided to retire from top sport. The 30-year-old played in the WaSa U21 from 2006 to 2010, in 2011/12 and since 2015 he has been part of the WaSa NLA team. After 145 NLA games with 75 scorer points, the nimble offensive defender ends his floorball career.

Friday, May 15th – 2:43 p.m.

St.Gallen city council elections: On Tuesday, the SP

(vre) With which of your previous city council members will the SP try this autumn to conquer the St.Gallen city council? The question will be answered on Tuesday: The SP has invited to a media orientation at which the party executive wants to inform about the nomination proposals for the city council and city council. The SP members will then make the nominations by letter.

Peter Jans has been a member of the St. Gallen city council for SP since spring 2015, Maria Pappa since early 2017.

Peter Jans has been a member of the St. Gallen city council for SP since spring 2015, Maria Pappa since early 2017.

Images: PD / Benjamin Manser

That Peter Jans and Maria Pappa will run again for the city council is already clear. It is also no longer a secret that the SP as the strongest city party after the resignation of Thomas Scheitlin wants to get involved in the march around the presidential chair. The only question now is who the party prefers – the experienced politician and former court president or the young woman who has clearly increased in political stature at the head of the building management.

The statements of SVP, CVP and Greens will be open after the SP’s speech on Tuesday. All three parties want to take part in the city council elections on September 27. The SVP only wants to make public statements on or after June 8th. The CVP and Greens have not yet completed the search for a candidate. The FDP has already nominated: For them should Mathias Gabathuler defend the presidium and the city council seat.

Friday, May 15th – 2:08 p.m.
S-Bahn trains in St.Gallen main station.

S-Bahn trains in St.Gallen main station.

Picture: Urs Jaudas (16.12.2013)

Broadside against neglecting the S-Bahn in the city of St.Gallen: Public transport lobby demands immediate measures for the S-Bahn

(pd / vre) The public transport interest group (IGöV) of the city of St.Gallen is responding to statements from the canton regarding the further development of the S-Bahn in the city of St.Gallen. Since the timetable change in 2019, the public transport network of the St.Gallen metropolitan region has become increasingly difficult, says a message from Friday. And recent statements by the cantonal public transport office were disturbing.

Under no circumstances should it become a reality that the inner-city S-Bahn connection to the east will also be devalued, writes the IGöV. The association has long criticized the situation of the S-Bahn connections to the west. For him – like the St.Gallen city council – the timetable for Bruggen and Winkeln is completely insufficient. The lack of offers makes it impossible to develop areas with high potential.

The IG Verkehrs Verkehr Stadt St.Gallen has also been criticizing the insufficient timetable situation in the Bruggen urban railway stations (picture) and Winkeln for some time.

The IG Verkehrs Verkehr Stadt St.Gallen has also been criticizing the insufficient timetable situation in the Bruggen urban railway stations (picture) and Winkeln for some time.

Picture: Ralph Ribi (3 September 2018)

In der aktuellen Mitteilung kritisiert die IGöV Stadt St.Gallen, dass seit 2014 politische Entscheide zur S-Bahn St.Gallen, die unter anderem einen Viertelstundentakt vorgesehen hatten, missachtet werden. Ursache dafür sei eine einseitige Anpassung des Fernverkehrsplans der Eisenbahn. Mit der damit verbundenen Verschiebung von Prioritäten zulasten der Stadt St.Gallen werde ganz klar der Volkswille missachtet, kritisiert die IGöV.

FDP-Stadtparlamentarier Remo Daguati ist einer der Köpfe hinter der IGöV Stadt St.Gallen.

FDP-Stadtparlamentarier Remo Daguati ist einer der Köpfe hinter der IGöV Stadt St.Gallen.

Die IGöV unterstützt die Forderungen des St.Galler Stadtrats, wonach wichtige städtische Entwicklungsgebiete künftig durch die S-Bahn mit einem Viertelstundentakt bedient werden müssen. Die IGöV erneuert ihre Forderung, dass Stadt und Kanton Sofortmassnahmen schon für den Fahrplan 2021 sowie ein Massnahmenpaket 2023 für den nationalen ÖV-Ausbauschritt 2045 erarbeiten müssen. Die IGöV will sich auch an der vom 10. bis 28. Juni laufenden Vernehmlassung zum Fahrplan 2021 beteiligen.

Konkret verlangt die IGöV für die S-Bahn auf St.Galler Stadtgebiet die schrittweise Einführung eines «vernünftigen» Halbstundentakts bereits ab Fahrplan 2021. Im Gegensatz zu SBB und Bundesbehörden glaubt die IGöV, dass dies durch kleine Entlastungen und betriebliche Lösungen auf dem bestehenden Schienennetz möglich ist, ohne teure und langwierige Infrastrukturausbauten.

Freitag, 15. Mai – 11:39 Uhr

Die St.Galler Stadtwerke führen Kurzabrechnungen ein

(pd/sab) Neu erhalten die Kunden der St.Galler Stadtwerke ihre jährliche Abrechnung in Kurzform. Dadurch können pro Jahr rund 130’000 Blatt Papier eingespart werden. Dies entspricht rund 650 Kilogramm oder rund eineinhalb Paletten.

Andreas Berglas, Leiter Kundendienst der St.Galler Stadtwerke.

Andreas Berglas, Leiter Kundendienst der St.Galler Stadtwerke.

Picture: PD

Die Kurzabrechnung besteht noch aus einer A4-Seite plus dem Einzahlungsschein. Der Hauptgrund für die Umstellung liegt laut Andreas Berglas, Leiter Kundendienst, auf der Hand: «Wir sparen so natürliche Ressourcen ein.» Umweltfreundlich zu sein und die natürlichen Ressourcen zu schonen, seien Vorsätze, die bei den St.Galler Stadtwerken auf alle Tätigkeitsbereiche angewendet würden. «Dementsprechend versuchen wir auch in diesem Bereich, Schritt für Schritt die Umwelt zu entlasten.»

Wer weiterhin die gesamte Abrechnung ansehen möchte, könne dies auf dem Online-Kundenportal der Stadtwerke einsehen. Dort liessen sich mit wenigen Klicks Zählerstände melden und neue Strom- oder Gasprodukte bestellen. Zudem biete das Portal eine Übersicht über den persönlichen Energieverbrauch, teilen die Stadtwerke mit.

Freitag, 15. Mai – 11:11 Uhr

Erster Bauernmarkt nach dem Corona-Lockdown

(vre) Offensichtlich haben viele darauf gewartet: Am Freitagmorgen hat erstmals in diesem Jahr der St.Galler Bauernmarkt stattgefunden. Der eigentliche Saisonstart am 3. April war durch die Anti-Corona-Regeln des Bundesrats verhindert worden.

Verspäteter Saisonstart zu Zeiten des Coronavirus: Klar markierte Eingänge mit Desinfektionsstation sowie Ansteh- und Wartebereiche am St.Galler Bauernmarkt.

Verspäteter Saisonstart zu Zeiten des Coronavirus: Klar markierte Eingänge mit Desinfektionsstation sowie Ansteh- und Wartebereiche am St.Galler Bauernmarkt.

Bild: Reto Voneschen (15.5.2020)

Der Andrang am Freitagmorgen war gross, wobei das durchgehend nasse Wetter vielleicht gar nicht so schlecht war: Bei blauem Himmel und Sonnenschein wären die Stände der regionalen Anbieter zwischen Marktplatz und Marktgass-Brunnen vermutlich von Kundinnen und Kunden im ersten Moment überrannt worden.

Der überschaubare Andrang war sicher hilfreich zur Gewöhnung ein Einhaltung der Anti-Corona-Massnahmen auf dem beliebten Markt: Dessen Stände stehen weiter auseinander als üblich, dazu sind Warte- und Anstehbereiche mit klar markierten Ein- und Ausgängen signalisiert. Die Anti-Corona-Massnahmen, insbesondere die Abstandsregeln und Hygienemassnahmen, gelten nämlich weiter.

Der Bauernmarkt ist aufgrund der Anti-Corona-Abstandsregeln mit viel Abstand zwischen den Ständen vom Marktplatz bis zum Marktgass-Brunnen verteilt.

Der Bauernmarkt ist aufgrund der Anti-Corona-Abstandsregeln mit viel Abstand zwischen den Ständen vom Marktplatz bis zum Marktgass-Brunnen verteilt.

Bild: Sandro Büchler (15.5.2020)

Rolf Bischofberger, Präsident des Trägervereins des Bauernmarktes, zeigte sich nach 10 Uhr befriedigt von der Situation auf dem Markt. Bäuerinnen und Bauern seien froh, dass sie ihre Produkte wieder im St.Galler Stadtzentrum feilbieten dürften. Die Kundenfrequenzen hielten sich im üblichen Rahmen und die Anti-Corona-Massnahmen würden gut eingehalten, zog Bischofberger eine positive erste Zwischenbilanz.

Freitag, 15. Mai – 10:09 Uhr

Der HC Bruggen stösst zur Ostschweizer Handball-Akademie

(pd/sab) Die Ostschweizer Handball-Akademie (OHA) erhält Zuwachs: Der St.Galler Handballclub HC Bruggen wird als vierter Verein Teil der Nachwuchsförderung. OHA-Präsident Domenic Klement sagt: «Wir sind froh, mit dem HC Bruggen und seiner tollen Nachwuchsabteilung einen wichtigen Partner in der Handballregion St.Gallen für uns gewonnen zu haben».

Der HC Bruggen beim Training in der Sporthalle Kreuzbleiche in St.Gallen.

Der HC Bruggen beim Training in der Sporthalle Kreuzbleiche in St.Gallen.

Bild: Benjamin Manser (11.3.2015)

Für den HC Bruggen biete die Partnerschaft mit der Handball-Akademie die Möglichkeit, seinen talentierten Junioren eine sportliche Perspektive zu bieten, ohne den Verein wechseln zu müssen. «Eine echte Win-Win-Win Situation für die Spieler, den HC Bruggen und die OHA», sagt Patrick Münger, Präsident des HC Bruggen.

Patrick Münger, Präsident des Handballclubs Bruggen.

Patrick Münger, Präsident des Handballclubs Bruggen.

Picture: PD

Laut der Mitteilung habe sich die Ostschweizer Handball-Akademie vor gut einem Jahr zum Ziel gesetzt, den ambitioniertesten jungen Handballern in der Region in einem gemeinsamen Gefäss eine neue sportliche Heimat zu bieten. Seit letzter Saison spielen die talentierten Handballer der drei Trägervereine TSV St.Otmar, SV Fides und HC GoRo unter dem Dach der neuen Handball Akademie in gemeinsamen Teams. Die einzelnen Spieler bleiben dabei aber immer Mitglieder der jeweiligen Trägervereine.

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