Chief: Failure to OK a Fire House in Olivette Could Be a Matter of Life or Death

Proposition S is on the ballot August 7 for new fire, police and administrative facilities for the city.

On Aug. 7, voters in the City of Olivette will vote on two propositions to authorize city bonds to acquire and build new public safety and parks and recreation facilities in the City.
Proposition “S” authorizes nearly $9.4 million of City of Olivette General Obligation bonds to relocate the City Hall and Police Station and to build a new fire station in the current City Hall location. The primary focus of this proposition is improving public safety facilities and capacity for Olivette residents and businesses.
Proposition “P” authorizes $3 million of City of Olivette General Obligation bonds to redevelop and rebuild Warson Park for a comprehensive outdoor athletic and recreation complex.
The two bond referendums are separate from each other and require separate majority votes of four-sevenths in order to pass.

Talking about emergency response rates, the fire issue could be a matter of life and death for the 7,500 citizens of the community stated Olivette's Fire Chief John Bailot. "The present fire house lacks any modern systems and should an earth quake hit Olivette, the building could easily collapse with crew and equipment trapped inside," said Bailot.

The bond elections will be held in connection with statewide primaries on August 7. Polls will be open at Olivette voting locations from 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. on that date.

Fire Chief John Bailot went on a walking tour and explained how Prop S will directly impact fire safety in the City of Olivette.

Cornet of Horse July 24, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Olivette citizens should be considering joining/creating a regional fire district rather than building their own facility... The day and age where small municipalities need their own fire stations are long over...they have departed along with the need for your own corner market and local blacksmith. If Olivette residents sign up for a new facility, they are really signing up for layers of unneeded city management and city employees that will ask for decades of pension and other obligations.
Can't wait@ July 24, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Although I would like to see Olivette put up new buildings to give us a facelift, I do have to agree with you. I think the Fire dept's will do what the police did and centralize. If they do centralize what will that mean for the Bond Olivette votes in? will we still be on the hook for it...Will we have to pay for all the pensions?
John Galt July 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM
The amount of government overlap in this region is disgraceful. A merger of services should be the first priority of all taxpayers throughout the city and county. Of course, most are too stupid to realize it. Differences like race cloud the issue. It will not happen until there are no alternatives. As far as issuing bonds to build a fire house, note to Olivette: You couldn't be dumber.
Can't wait@ July 25, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Even St. Louis County and St. Louis City are trying to get back together again and merge into one. Olivette would be best merging into U. City/Ladue/Creve Couer. Why do we need Olivette? It's not in the Center of it All, it's in the Center of nothing. It doesn't even have a grocery store. I do remember there was one little article about it in the Olivette news Life when Mayor Antoine asked people to email him. Who knows what people emailed but he did come back with Great news our citizens want us to continue...let's spend your money and build build build.
Leif Hauser July 31, 2012 at 02:51 AM
I'm curious to hear your explanation of where a fire station should be located that would better be able to provide adequate response times to Olivette residents, even if part of a regional fire district, than 9473 Olive Blvd. Whose home would you suggest burn several minutes longer with a fire station located outside the city?


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