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Monarch Seeks Voter Approval For Bond Issue
Monarch Fire Protection District 13725 Olive Blvd. Chesterfield, Missouri 63017 (314) 514-0900 (314) 514-0696 Fax
Board of Directors Robin Harris, President Jean Millner, Secretary Rick Gans, Treasurer
Chesterfield, MO-The Monarch Fire Protection District Board of Directors voted unanimously to seek voter approval for a bond issue to appear on the April 7, 2020 ballot for residents of the District. This is the culmination of a six-month process that assessed the condition of the District’s facilities and emergency vehicles to meet the current and future needs of the District.
Considerations included the age of two original fire and EMS stations that are, respectively, more than 46 and 50 years old. Despite the fact that each has been extensively renovated and updated over the years, structural issues are causing significant maintenance costs with short term solutions to ongoing problems. Additional issues include the fact that today’s firetrucks and ambulances are significantly larger than those which existed when these stations were built, causing clearance and fit issues in these older stations. Finally, the number of EMS and fire/rescue calls has more than doubled since 2009 from about 4,000 annual calls to more than 8,000 calls in 2019, causing substantially more wear and tear on front line response trucks.
Fire Chief and 40-year Monarch veteran, Cary Spiegel, informed the Board in 2018 that these costs would need to be addressed in the near future. While the Board sought temporary solutions, they determined the time has come to address them before they can have a negative impact on providing life-saving responses in the District.
Plans include replacing Fire Station #2 and Fire Station #3 over the coming years with modern structures that will meet the District’s needs in those areas for several decades. Funds will also go to replace two aging fire trucks, starting with a 2002 ladder truck that is years past its recommended and ordinary lifespan.
The District last sought approval for a bond issue in 2004, which passed by a wide margin. That bond issue was repaid in 2012. The estimated cost for the owner of a $300,000 home will be a little more than $3.00 per month. The bond will have a 10-year payoff.
The Monarch Fire Protection District covers most of Chesterfield and parts of Wildwood, Creve Coeur, Clarkson Valley, St. Louis County, Maryland Heights and Ballwin.