New Melle Fire Rescue Requests Your Help With Hydrants

Every year, the New Melle Fire Protection District’s paid firefighters inspect and flush all of the fire hydrants that are located within the district. There are 760 fire hydrants located in the St. Charles County portion of the fire district, and additional ones located in Warren County (Warren County inspects and flushes them annually). Three years ago, the firefighters went to every hydrant in the fire district (both St. Charles and Warren counties) and obtained exact GPS locations so that they could be added to our response software.

nmfpdhydrantWhile GPS codes make it easier for the firefighters to find the hydrants while responding on fires, there have been additional hurdles that they have to overcome. This year while testing hydrants, the firefighters found multiple hydrants that were not easily visible or accessible. Multiple hydrants were blocked by ornamental grasses and bushes so that they were not visible from the road. One hydrant had a brick mailbox installed in front of it so close that the wrench used to open the hydrant wasn’t able to be used. In prior years, we have had hydrants that were painted by the homeowners to match their landscaping. While this may seem like a harmless act, it does put you and your neighbors in danger. Fire hydrants are painted bright colors so that we can find them quickly in an emergency, and they can also sometimes be color-coded to indicate available water pressure.

For a home that is 2400 square feet, it is estimated that it will take 800 gallons of water per minute to extinguish. When a fire truck pulls up to a house, it is equipped with 750 gallons of on-board water, and in this area of the county it takes additional trucks longer to arrive due to the terrain and the manpower. Once those 750 gallons of water is expelled, we are waiting on additional units to arrive with more water. We rely heavily on fire hydrants, and when they are not visible or they are blocked, this puts not only the public in danger, but also the firefighters that are attempting to extinguish the fire.

While the fire hydrants are located on the property of your home, they are not owned by the homeowner. Most fire hydrants in this area are painted bright yellow, which makes them much more visible. But if they are covered by landscape, painted brown to match mulch, or blocked by objects, the firefighters are spending critical minutes trying to locate them. We ask that if you have a fire hydrant located on your property that you keep it completely visible from the road and clear of all objects. No one ever plans on their house catching on fire, but if it does, we will be there and we will need that water, and quickly. Thank you for your compliance.

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New Melle Fire Rescue Firefighters Announce 2017 Scholarship Winners

The New Melle Fire Rescue firefighters have a private account, the Firefighters Fund, which is funded from time to time with donations from the public or from small fundraisers of their own.  This account is in no way funded from any tax dollars.

The New Melle Fire Rescue volunteer and paid firefighters decided for the thirteenth year in a row that they wished to offer a scholarship opportunity from their Firefighters Fund, which could be applied for by any resident within the geographic district covered by NMFPD.  The opportunity was open to anyone, regardless of age, who was applying for any higher education program.  While this scholarship could be applied to a full-time college education program, it could just as well be applied to a technical school curriculum or an EMT course, etc.

In addition, the full-time paid firefighters of New Melle FPD decided to chip in and offer an additional donation from their own separate fund, again a private account that is in no way funded from tax dollars.  They were motivated to do this based on the significant public response to the program in previous years, and their additional donation enabled the department to match last year’s scholarship total of $1,000.  This year, the $1,000 will again be offered as two (2) $500 scholarships, benefiting two (2) recipients.

This year, a firefighter-based committee reviewed the eligible applications received.  The review process this year was a significant challenge, as always.  The applicants had outstanding records of academic achievement, along with profiles of numerous extracurricular and volunteer activities.  Many accomplished all that while working part time as well.  But after deliberation, the committee determined that the recipients of the two $500 scholarships offered this year are Madison Skambraks of New Melle Oaks in Wentzville, and Delaney Schmidt of Highway F in Defiance.

 

NMFR Firefighter Josh Ellis presents check to Madison Skambraks

NMFR Firefighter Josh Ellis presents check to Madison Skambraks

Madison plans to attend the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg in the fall, in pursuit of a bachelors degree in Secondary English Education. She hopes to use that education to teach high school English. Madison has participated in many local volunteer roles in our community, such as helping Daniel Boone teachers and volunteering at the community club. She has held various local jobs, while also working hard in high school to achieve honor roll and participate in FCCLA, FBLA, and FCA. She lists a fundraising program to help a young girl in our community with Cystic Fibrosis as one of her most satisfying accomplishments.

NMFR Firefighter Josh Ellis presents check to Delaney Schmidt

NMFR Firefighter Josh Ellis presents check to Delaney Schmidt

Delaney has been a life-long resident of the New Melle area, living on a local farm, and plans to attend Tarleton State in Texas to pursue a degree in Agriculture Communications. Very active at Francis Howell on Student Council, FBLA, and NHS, she has also found time to work and volunteer extensively in the community. A major part of her time spent has been in various 4-H Club roles, including those of officer slots in the local club, and as state and national 4-H Congress delegate.

We have some talented, hard-working people in our community, and Madison and Delaney are surely two of them.  The New Melle Fire Rescue firefighters congratulate them on their commendable successes to date, and wish them all the best in future collegiate work.  They also wish to thank all of the other scholarship applicants for their submissions, and wish them the best in their future endeavors as well.

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New Melle Firefighters Ready to Offer 2017 Scholarships

The New Melle FPD firefighters (paid and volunteer) have a private account, the Firefighters Fund, which is funded from time to time with donations from the public or from small fundraisers of their own.  This account is in no way funded from any tax dollars.

For the thirteenth year in a row, the New Melle FPD firefighters are offering a scholarship opportunity to area students.  This scholarship award may be applied for by any resident within the geographic district covered by NMFPD, and is open to anyone, regardless of age, sex, or race, who is applying for any higher education program.  While this scholarship could be applied to a full-time college education program, it could just as well be applied to a technical school curriculum or an EMT course, etc.

In addition to monies from the Firefighters Fund, the full-time paid firefighters of New Melle FPD have decided to chip in with additional funds from their own separate account, again a private account that is in no way funded from tax dollars. Consequently, the total scholarship amount being offered by all NMFPD firefighters this year is again $1,000, matching last year’s award.  The $1,000 will be offered as two $500 scholarships, benefiting two recipients.

One-page applications will be available for pickup at New Melle FPD’s Station #1 at 3705 Mill Street in New Melle, starting on April 3, 2017.  Or you can access and print an application from our website at www.newmellefire.org.  All applications must be hand-delivered to that same station no later than April 28, 2017.  The NMFPD Scholarship Committee will review all applications and select the recipients of the scholarship.  The recipients will be announced on New Melle FPD’s website, www.newmellefire.org, under the News tab, on our Facebook page, and in the next available issue of the Boone Country Connection.  Payment of the scholarship proceeds will be made directly from the Firefighters Fund to the educational institution at time of the recipient’s enrollment.

Any questions regarding this scholarship opportunity may be directed to Firefighter Josh Ellis at 636-387-3379.

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Accepting Bids on Pickup

Now accepting sealed bids for this 1992 Dodge pickup. 4 wheel drive and manual transmission. 94,584 miles. Bids accepted until September 9th.

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New Melle Firefighters Collect For MDA

Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, we hit the streets to collect for MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association). We collected a total of $3,732.82. This is a new record for us, so we want to sincerely thank everyone who lives in (or drove through) our district and stopped to donate!

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New Melle Fire Rescue Firefighters Announce 2016 Scholarship Winners

The New Melle Fire Rescue firefighters have a private account, the Firefighters Fund, which is funded from time to time with donations from the public or from small fundraisers of their own.  This account is in no way funded from any tax dollars.

The New Melle Fire Rescue volunteer and paid firefighters decided for the twelfth year in a row that they wished to offer a scholarship opportunity from their Firefighters Fund, which could be applied for by any resident within the geographic district covered by NMFPD.  The opportunity was open to anyone, regardless of age, who was applying for any higher education program.  While this scholarship could be applied to a full-time college education program, it could just as well be applied to a technical school curriculum or an EMT course, etc.

In addition, the full-time paid firefighters of New Melle FPD decided to chip in and offer an additional donation from their own separate fund, again a private account that is in no way funded from tax dollars.  They were motivated to do this based on the significant public response to the program in previous years, and their additional donation enabled the department to match last year’s scholarship total of $1,000.  This year, the $1,000 will again be offered as two (2) $500 scholarships, benefiting two (2) recipients.

This year, an ambulance department-based committee reviewed the eligible applications received.  The review process this year was a significant challenge, as always.  The applicants had outstanding records of academic achievement, along with profiles of numerous extracurricular and volunteer activities.  Many accomplished all that while working part time as well.  But after deliberation, the committee determined that the recipients of the two $500 scholarships offered this year are Darby Joerling who lives on Highway F in Defiance, and Louis Wildschuetz who lives on Windflower Lane in Foristell.

Darby Joerling plans to enroll in the physical therapy program at Missouri State University in Springfield, with the goal of becoming a pediatric physical therapist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She will graduate from Francis Howell High where she has been an All Conference athlete in softball and track, and been distinguished with honors such as 2015 Track and Field Performance of the Year, Golden Helmet Award, and serving as team captain in softball. Darby has been part of organizations such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), NHS, HOSA, and Flagship, and was also elected 2015 New Melle Festival Queen. While working various part time jobs in the area, she still found time to actively volunteer in church vacation bible schools, high school concessions and softball camps, and Friends of Kids with Cancer. She views one of her greatest and most satisfying accomplishments as having put on the Kickin’ It For Cancer Kickball Tournament to raise money and awareness in the community in honor of her brother and for childhood cancer.

Louis Wildschuetz has always been interested in how things get put together. He will be enrolling at Missouri Science and Technology in Rolla in the field of engineering, and with some time spent there, will elect which specific engineering program he wishes to pursue. Louis will be a Francis Howell grad who has maintained a 3.85 accumulative GPA over his four years there. He has also received the Golden Helmet Award, and been an active member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and National Honor Society (NHS). In addition to working on the family farm, he has also worked several other part time jobs, and currently has his own small business of creating and marketing string art on boards, which combines his interests of construction and art.

We have some talented, hard-working people in our community, and Darby Joerling and Louis Wildschuetz are surely two of them.  The New Melle Fire Rescue firefighters congratulate Darby and Louis on their commendable successes to date, and wish them all the best in future collegiate work.  They also wish to thank all of the other scholarship applicants for their submissions, and wish them the best in their future endeavors as well.

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New Melle Animal Hospital Fire

Around 4:30 am on Tuesday morning, March 29th, a fire started in the mulch along the side of New Melle Animal Hospital.  The fire then spread and began to burn up the siding on the outside of the building.  Luckily, someone driving by saw the fire and called 911.  Our firefighters arrived very quickly after that and extinguished the fire just as it was beginning to spread into the attic of the structure.

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New Melle Firefighters Offer Scholarships

The New Melle FPD firefighters (paid and volunteer) have a private account, the Firefighters Fund, which is funded from time to time with donations from the public or from small fundraisers of their own.  This account is in no way funded from any tax dollars.

For the twelfth year in a row, the New Melle FPD firefighters are offering a scholarship opportunity to area students.  This scholarship award may be applied for by any resident within the geographic district covered by NMFPD, and is open to anyone, regardless of age, sex, or race, who is applying for any higher education program.  While this scholarship could be applied to a full-time college education program, it could just as well be applied to a technical school curriculum or an EMT course, etc.

In addition to monies from the Firefighters Fund, the full-time paid firefighters of New Melle FPD have decided to chip in with additional funds from their own separate account, again a private account that is in no way funded from tax dollars. Consequently, the total scholarship amount being offered by all NMFPD firefighters this year is again $1,000, matching last year’s award.  The $1,000 will be offered as two $500 scholarships, benefiting two recipients.

One-page applications will be available for pickup at New Melle FPD’s Station #1 at 3705 Mill Street in New Melle, starting on March 7, 2016.  Or you can access and print an application from our website at www.newmellefire.org.  All applications must be hand-delivered to that same station no later than March 31, 2016.  The NMFPD Scholarship Committee will review all applications and select the recipients of the  scholarship during the first week of April.  The recipient will be announced on New Melle FPD’s website, www.newmellefire.org, under the News tab, and in the next available issue of the Boone Country Connection.  Payment of the scholarship proceeds will be made directly from the Firefighters Fund to the educational institution at time of the recipient’s enrollment.

Any questions regarding this scholarship opportunity may be directed to Firefighter Jeff Capstick at 636-262-6974.

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Pictures With Santa On December 6th!

On Sunday, December 6th from 10 AM until 2 PM, get your picture taken with Santa Claus at Station 1 in New Melle to benefit those in need! All it costs is a donation of personal care items, liquid soaps, paper products, cleaning supplies, trash bags, condiments, sugar, flour, pet supplies (kitty litter, cat food, dog food), or cash. All donations go to the New Melle Food Pantry.

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Notice of Public Hearing

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

A Public Hearing will be held at 12:00 p.m., September 11, 2015 at the NEW MELLE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT. STATION #1, in New Melle, MO. at which citizens may be heard on the property tax rates proposed to be set by the NEW MELLE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT, a political subdivision. The rates shall be set to produce the revenues which the budget for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2016, shows to be required from the property tax. Each tax rate is determined by dividing the amount of revenue required by current assessed valuation. The result is multiplied by 100 so the tax rate will be expressed in cents per $100 valuation.

 

Assessed Valuation                 Current Tax Year                                Prior Tax Year

(by categories)                                                                                    2014

Real Estate                              $189,528,489                                      $173,825,525

Personal Property                    $31,726,627                                        $ 29,223,652

Total                                        $221,255,116                                      $203,046,177

 

Amount of Property                            Proposed Tax

Tax Revenues                                     Rate for 2015

Budgeted for 2016                            (per $100)

FUND

General Operating                   $ 1,527,987.84                                    $.6906

 

*These tax rates are subject to the approval of the State Auditor

NEW MELLE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

BY: Mark Shell, Board Secretary/Treasurer

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September 8, 2015

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