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Approvals sought for fire station in western county

A new, modern fire station in Lake Saint Louis that would serve portions of that city and Dardenne Prairie could become a reality a year from now.

Wentzville Fire Protection District Chief Michael Marlo told the Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen on Jan. 20 that the district is poised to seek approvals for the new station adjacent to its present station at 8200 Orf Road near Hwy. N. The station is just inside the Lake Saint Louis city limits.

Marlo said the district is submitting plans for the station to Lake Saint Louis city officials within a few weeks for their review. Construction may begin about six months from now with completion in about a year, although schedule may not be exactly precise, he said.

The new station will be built on property adjacent to the present station and the district will sell the old station site once the new station is operational, Marlo said. He noted that the station will house the district’s 100-foot ladder truck, which is needed to reach high floors of taller buildings. The presence of that truck so close to the city will help lower insurance rates for residents in the area, Marlo added.

Additional advantages for residents include not only the expansion of stations from three to five but the cross training of new firefighters as paramedics. The city’s fire trucks will have advance life support equipment to go along with that training.

The new station is being funded from a $30 million bond issue and a property tax increase approved by district voters in August 2014. The revenue will allow the district to build two new firehouses, add 24 firefighters and equipment.

The area the district serves continues to grow, Marlo said. Population is booming with major residential development on the rise.

“You’ve seen it in the Dardenne Prairie area,” Marlo said. “We’ve seen it throughout the whole western St. Charles County area.”

The district covers 88 square miles and stretches to the Warren County line to the west, the Lincoln County line to the north, and areas south of Interstate 70. Marlo said its boundaries generally follow the same boundaries as the Wentzville School District and include Wentzville and unincorporated area along with portions of O’Fallon, Lake Saint Louis, Dardenne Prairie and the villages of Flint Hill and Josephville.

 

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