JEFFERSON CITY, MO. - The Missouri Ethics Commission ruled that a mailer distributed just ahead of a vote on a $19 million bond for Maryland Heights Fire Protection District violated Missouri election laws.
Last August, Maryland Heights voters were asked to consider a $19 million bond issue for their fire protection district. The money was set to fund new equipment like air tanks, fire trucks, ambulances and, most predominantly, a new engine house on Dorsett Ave.
Just ahead of the election, a mailer was circulated claiming the measure would cost taxpayers "hundreds" over the next five years, and the mailer suggested that many of the proposed improvements were unnecessary. When the measure narrowly lost on the primary ballot, the board of the Maryland Heights Fire Protection District filed a complaint with the MEC, because the mailer had no "paid for by" disclosure, which Missouri law requires.
"House 2 was built in the early 1970's, newer than most of the houses in Maryland Heights," the flyer said on the issue of a new engine house. "Would you have a new house if someone else paid for it?"
Local firefighters believe that the malicious mailer swayed the close election and caused voters to question the necessity of the bond. There is also speculation that the mailer, which was printed by Printing Center LLC on behalf of Ronda Weiss, was designed as revenge aimed at the fire district and the local fire fighters for not supporting Weiss' husband in his recently failed campaign for a seat on the Fire District's Board of Directors.
The Maryland Heights Fire District was confident that they could show voters that the bond issue was necessary and appropriate after moving against Weiss' mailer, and moved to once again place it on the ballot.
In November, Prop B passed, and the fire district got their bond. The MEC did not level any fines or penalties against either party, but sent an official letter to Printing Center and cataloged the violation for the public record.
FIRE DISTRICT BALLOT ISSUES - NOVEMBER 4th ELECTION
FLORISSANT VALLEY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
SIMPLE MAJORITY REQUIRED PROPOSITION A Shall the Board of Directors of the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than forty cents on the one hundred dollars of assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of the district and to maintain the present level of ambulance and fire services?
MARYLAND HEIGHTS FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT - BOND ELECTION
FOUR-SEVENTHS MAJORITY REQUIRED
PROPOSITION B Shall the Maryland Heights Fire Protection District issue bonds in the amount of Nineteen Million Dollars ($19,000,000) for the purpose of purchasing real property, constructing, equipping and maintaining fire stations and purchasing and equipping ambulances and fire protection and fire-fighting apparatus and auxiliary equipment therefor to carry out the objects and purposes of the District?
FIREFIGHTERS TREAT YOUNG PATIENT TO A RIDE
August 2, 2014 - KSDK
MARYLAND HEIGHTS - Maryland Heights Firefighters treated a little boy to quite a lunch date today.
Jack McNaughton is from Scotland. He's been undergoing surgery and treatments for Cerebral Palsy at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
During their time in the U-S, Jack and his family has forged a friendship with the Maryland Heights Fire District.
Today, the firefighters surprised Jack with a ride in a fire truck, sirens and all.
Jack had a great time and after the ride, they treated him to lunch at the firehouse.
We're told Jack really thinks firefighters are cool, and spending the afternoon with them is the perfect therapy.
FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE MAN, DOG FROM CREVE COEUR LAKE
January 19, 2014 - KSDK
MARYLAND HEIGHTS - A man and his dog are both safe after falling through the ice on Creve Coeur Lake.
It happened early Sunday afternoon. Police say the man fell through the ice because he was trying to save his dog, which prompted a response from both the Maryland Heights and Pattonville Fire Departments.
Ice-suit clad firefighters pulled the man and his dog out of the freezing water in a matter of minutes.
The dog is back with his owner, and both are safe.
No additional information was immediately available.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT ISSUES ICE SAFETY TIPS
DO NOT GO OUT ON THE ICE.
APPEARANCES CAN BE MISLEADING
WEATHER AND TEMPERATURE CHANGES CAN CREATE WEAK ICE
ALWAYS USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM WHEN AROUND WATER
NEVER GO OUT ON THE ICE TO RESCUE A PET OR ANIMAL
IF YOU FALL THROUGH THE ICE
-CONTROL YOUR BREATHING
-POSITION YOURSELF BACK TO WHERE THE ICE BROKE (Remember: The
ice just before you broke through held your weight)
-KICK YOUR LEGS STRONGLY CREATING LIFT AND BUOYANCY AND TRY
TO ROLL UP ONTO THE ICE.
-DO NOT TRY TO STAND UP, LAY FLAT WITH SLOW PURPOSEFUL MOVEMENT
-IF YOU CANT GET OUT, GET INTO A POSITION TO HOLD ONTO THE ICE
SHELF KEEP AS MUCH OF YOUR BODY OUT OF THE WATER AS POSSIBLE
-BE PREPARED FOR LOSS OF STRENGTH AND DEXTERITY
-WHEN THE RESCUE TEAM ARRIVES LISTEN AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS
IF YOU FIND A VICTIM THROUGH THE ICE
-DO NOT GO OUT ON THE ICE TO GET THEM (The ice has already failed)
-CALL 911 AND GIVE THEM AN ACCURATE LOCATION
-GATHER INFORMATION; NAME, ARE THEY THE ONLY VICTIM, ETC
-REASSURE THEM HELP IS ON THE WAY
-COACH THEM TO KICK AND ROLL UP ONTO THE ICE
-REACH - USE ITEMS AROUND OR IN THE CAR TO REACH OUT TO THEM
-LONG ICE SCRAPER
-THROW - THROW THEM SOMETHING THAT THEY CAN GRAB ONTO
-BLANKETS OR CLOTHING TIED TOGETHER
-STAY AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
-WATCH FOR THE RESCUERS AND PASS ALONG ANY VITAL INFORMATION
St. Charles Man Steals From Grandfather's House, Sets Fire to Home
August 21, 2013 - St. Charles Patch
MARYLAND HEIGHTS - A St. Charles man stole his grandfather's firearms and car and then set fire to his grandfather's Maryland Heights home Saturday.
Kyle S. Ronan, 28, of Santa Rosa Court in St. Charles, was charged Wednesday with second-degree arson, stealing firearms and stealing a motor vehicle.
Maryland Heights Police said Ronan stole three firearms, a .38 cal Smith and Wesson revolver, a Savage .22 cal long rifle and a Ruger .22 cal rifle owned by his grandfather.
Ronan then set fire to the home on Grand Circle Drive in Maryland Heights and stole his grandfather's 2000 Chevrolet Malibu.
Warrants were issued Wednesday for Ronan's arrest. Bail was set at $75,000.
SAFETY EXPO!! Presented by the Maryland Heights CERT Team
July 29, 2013 - MarylandHeights Patch
MARYLAND HEIGHTS - The Maryland Heights CERT Team presents our annual SAFETY EXPO!
Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 8:00 PM
Maryland Heights Community Center
FREE BIKE HELMETS (while supplies last)!
FREE CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECKS!
Participants include: MH CERT Team, Maryland Heights Fire Protection District, Maryland Heights Police, Mercy St. Louis, St. Louis Urban Search and Rescue, Mid America Teen CERT, St. Louis County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service), Bridgeton Trails Library and others.