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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8/19/15 Lake Sherwood House Fire

Wednesday morning, August 19th, units were dispatched to a house on fire in the area of Sugar Hollow Ct. in Lake Sherwood. The exact address wasn’t known by the caller because they were seeing it from a distance. The truck from Station 3, at the entrance to Lake Sherwood, arrived first and found fire coming from the side of the house. The fire was knocked down by the first two New Melle trucks on scene, then our crews (plus those of the arriving neighboring departments) went to work pulling down the ceiling to make sure the fire that had made it into the attic space was extinguished completely. Nobody was home at the time of the fire and it is believed by the fire marshal that a lightning strike nearby had traveled through the propane line into the kitchen and ignited behind the stove. We were assisted on-scene by Augusta, Marthasville, Wentzville, and Wright City Fire Protection Districts, and Lake St. Louis Fire covered our Station 1.

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5/13/15 Highway T Motor Vehicle Accident

You may have seen this incident on the news. Back on May 13th, two vehicles hit head-on near Lippold Lane on Highway T. The two occupants of the black car both climbed from their vehicle and had moderate injuries. The two occupants of the white car were trapped in their vehicle with serious injuries. They were extricated by New Melle Firefighters and both flown to a trauma center by helicopter. Multiple St. Charles County Ambulance District units were on scene treating the patients. We were assisted by a crew from Wright City Fire Protection District and personnel from Marthasville Volunteer Fire Department who were in the area at the time of the crash. We are happy to report both occupants of the white car are improving during their long hospital stays.

 

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5/29/15 Lightning Strike to House

At the height of Friday night’s downpours, our crews were sent to a fire alarm at a residence off of Highway T. They found that the house had been struck by lightning. The power of the strike actually blew the drywall down off the ceiling in the master bedroom and started a small fire in the attic. The fire was quickly extinguished.

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New Melle Fire Rescue Firefighters Announce 2015 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 eleventh 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.

A firefighter-based committee recently 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 Schmidt who lives on Highway F in Defiance, and Dava Hummel who lives on Old Log Cabin Trail in Marthasville.

Darby Schmidt receives New Melle Fire Rescue 2015 Scholarship Award from Firefighter Jeff Capstick

Darby Schmidt is enrolled to attend Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS in the field of agribusiness with a minor in marketing; she then has plans to pursue her masters degree in Agricultural and Consumer Sciences, with hopes of having a career in marketing for an agricultural firm.  She is a graduate of Francis Howell where she was very active in DECA, FBLA, cheerleading and student council, with many special recognitions.  She was also very active in 4-H, having been raised and working on the local family farm.  In addition to various 4-H awards, she also served as the 2010 4-H St. Charles County Queen.  Even while working hard in school and extracurricular activities, and at the farm, Darby found time to volunteer her time to many places in the area such as her church, Our Lady’s Inn, kids’ day camps, etc.  Darby views her greatest academic achievement to date as having been selected as a delegate for the Missouri Agribusiness Academy.

Dava Hummel receives New Melle Fire Rescue 2015 Scholarship Award from Firefighter Jeff Capstick

Dava Hummel is a junior at Southeast Missouri State, enrolled in the biology field, Pre-Physician Assistant Program.  It is her goal to use that bachelor’s degree as a base to become a Physician Assistant.  Dava’s passion for providing value to patients in the healthcare field began in her junior year of high school when she participated in the St. Luke’s hospital career program for students.  Now she pursues her goal with a strong college grade point average, and as a member in college honors societies, while she also finds time to volunteer through the Student Medical Society to help with blood drives, bone marrow donation programs, etc.  She also volunteers in the ER department at Southeast Hospital.  If that’s not enough, she is currently pursuing her EMT certification in order to get a job at an ambulance station and get better firsthand experience in emergency healthcare provision.

We have some talented, hard-working people in our community, and Darby Schmidt and Dava Hummel are surely two of them.  The New Melle Fire Rescue firefighters congratulate Darby and Dava 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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