On August 7, voters will go to the polls in Olivette to decide the future of the city. They will be voting on two bond issues, totaling more than $12 million dollars for Public Safety and for Parks. They are known as propositions "S" and "P."
Mike McDowell, city manager, and Rick Knox, police chief walked through the proposed facility at 1101 Executive Parkway (adjacent to Olive Street) to explain exactly how the space will be used should the voters approve these issues.
The existing City Hall at 9473 Olive Street, just 12,000 square feet and purchased in the 1950s has long outlived its useful purpose. That building is far too small for the existing fire house, does not meet many ADA requirements and is not earth quake proof and sprinklers do not cover the entire building.
Once the new city hall becomes fully operational, the existing structure will come down, making way for a brand new four-bay modernized fire department.
Proposition “S” authorizes $9,365,000 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 $3,020,000 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.
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 pm. on that date.