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BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS RESIDENTS FORCED TO FIGHT FIRE IN OWN BACKYARDS

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March 2, 2016 - KMOV By Brian Feldman, Reporter

BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, MO. - On Sunday afternoon, residents in Bellefontaine Neighbors say they heard a loud pop. When they came outside to see what it was, a fire had erupted and was spreading throughout several backyards.

"All the neighbors came out. Everybody had their hoses out. We were all trying to get the fire out. It was really just scary, scary, scary," Barbara DeBerry said.

It turns out, a tree limb fell on power lines which hit a fence. The flames took out yards of at least ten homes, leaving nothing but black grass in its wake. The damage was mostly done to the yards, but the fire did come close to the houses themselves. It's unclear as of yet if there's any structural damage to houses.

"Somebody called the fire department but it seemed like it was taking them forever. It probably wasn't that long but it seemed like it was hours. They finally did come but by that time we had done a lot to keep our homes safe," DeBerry said.

The question now turns to responsibility and who will pay for any damage done. DeBerry says her insurance agent told her to call Ameren.

News 4 called Ameren and was told victims will be asked to file a claim which will then turn into an investigation. Based on a variety of factors, the residents could see some money.

"Somebody needs to take some responsibility for this because I didn't start (the fire)," DeBerry said.

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ELECTION RESULTS FOR ST. LOUIS COUNTY FIRE DISTRICTS

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 -

ST. LOUIS COUNTY -
Source: ST. LOUIS COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTION COMMISSION

DIRECTOR RIVERVIEW FIRE DISTRICT
          (Vote for)  1
              (WITH 15 OF 15  COUNTED)
           PATRICK K. RUSSELL  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       433   48.76
           THEO (TED)  BROWN, SR. .  .  .  .  .  .       104   11.71
           DAVID  SCHMERBER .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        88    9.91
           MIRANDA  AVANT-ELLIOTT .  .  .  .  .  .       259   29.17
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         4     .45




FIRE DISTRICT BALLOT ISSUES FOR THE AUGUST 4th SPECIAL ELECTION

DIRECTOR - RIVERVIEW FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
Vote For: 1 - 6 year term
NONPARTISAN

PATRICK K. RUSSELL
1360 BELGROVE DR
ST LOUIS MO 63137

THEO (TED) BROWN, SR.
9901 LILAC DR
RIVERVIEW MO 63137

DAVID SCHMERBER
7028 IDLEWILD
JENNINGS MO 63136

MIRANDA AVANT-ELLIOTT
1137 JOLENE DR
ST LOUIS MO 63137




RED CROSS, FIRE DEPARTMENTS TEAM UP FOR SMOKE ALARM INSTALLATION BLITZ

April 15, 2015 - KTVI BY ANDY BANKER

ST. LOUIS COUNTY - In the United States, an average of seven people a day die as a result of home fires. The Red Cross is working to change that with their Home Fire Preparedness Program, which wants to reduce fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent in five years.

To do this, they are partnering with local fire departments to install smoke alarms. The Red Cross will install them for free. You can call 314-516-2797 to make an installation appointment.

This weekend, the Red Cross is holding a smoke alarm installation blitz in north St. Louis County.

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BALLOT BLUNDER LEADS TO DELAY OF FIRE DISTRICT ELECTION

March 6, 2015 - KTVI BY ELLIOTT DAVIS

MAPLEWOOD. MO. - A ballot blunder has the Riverview Fire Protection District planning to delay its election after some candidates for the district's board of directors were left off of ballots in Jennings.

The fire district discussed the mistake on Friday, at one point blaming someone inside the court clerk's office. However, the St. Louis County Elections Board is not seeing things the same way.

The board puts the blame squarely on the fire district's shoulders.

Eric Fey, director of the elections board, said the Riverview Fire Protection District did not make sure the appropriate paperwork outlining new boundaries, which included the newly annexed Jennings, made it from the courts to the elections board. Meaning Jennings voters would not be able to participate in the April primary election.

The elections board will hold a special election August 4. The fire district will have to foot the bill - up to $20,000.

The big winner in all this? The incumbent who was up for re-election. With the election extended, he's guaranteed of getting his $800 a month check for at least another four months.

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CANDIDATES' NAMES MISSING ON PRIMARY BALLOTS

March 5, 2015 - KTVI BY JEFF BERNTHAL

ST. LOUIS COUNTY - Miranda Avant-Elliott is running for a position on the Riverview Fire Protection Board. The election is scheduled for April 7, but could be delayed because of a mistake.

The names of candidates running for the office have been left off the ballots of Jennings voters. Absentee voters noticed the problem.

"This is a big mistake," said Avant-Elliott.

The St. Louis County Board of Elections confirms the mistake. A spokesman said the board was never notified about a change to the Riverview Fire Protection District. The City of Jennings voted last year to contract services with Riverview. Without proper court notification, the candidates' names never made it on Jennings ballots.

Attorneys representing the City of Jennings, the Riverview Fire Protection District, and the elections board met Thursday to work on a solution. Details about the plan will be announced Friday during a news conference.

The attorney representing the Riverview Fire Protection District characterized the mistake as a, "paperwork glitch."

Part of the plan, pending court approval, is to start over. Absentee ballots already cast would be thrown out. A new election would take place in August.

Avant-Elliott is glad there's a plan to correct the mistake. She's in the process of trying to replace her campaign signs. They all say the election is April 7.

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TIME RUNNING OUT TO FILE FOR FIRE BOARD DIRECTOR

January 6, 2015 -

Those wishing to be a candidate as a Fire Board Director have until January 20th, 2015 to file as a candidate for election at the General Municipal Election to be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

According to RSMo Section 321.130: A person, to be qualified to serve as a director, shall be a voter of the district at least one year before the election or appointment and be over the age of twenty-five years; except as provided in subsections 2 and 3 of this section. The person shall also be a resident of such fire protection district. In the event the person is no longer a resident of the district, the person's office shall be vacated, and the vacancy shall be filled as provided in section 321.200. Nominations and declarations of candidacy shall be filed at the headquarters of the fire protection district by paying a ten dollar filing fee and filing a statement under oath that such person possesses the required qualifications.

The following Fire Protection Districts are requesting candidates to fill openings for Fire Board Director:

FLORISSANT VALLEY
MEHLVILLE
MONARCH
O'FALLON
RIVERVIEW
SPANISH LAKE
WENTZVILLE
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JENNINGS FIRE DEPARTMENT MERGES TO SAVE CITY MONEY

September 1, 2014 - KTVI

JENNINGS - As of September 1st, the city of Jennings no longer has its own fire department.

Last month, residents voted to give up their fire department and join the Riverview Fire Protection District. Jennings' fire house, 11 firefighters and two fire trucks are now part of Riverview.

With a total of 33 firefighters, employees in both districts are pleased with the move, and say it'll provide them with more manpower to better serve the residents. "We have a larger workforce to help spread out our capabilities for doing the job for the citizens," explains Riverview Fire Captain Bill Alexander, who had previously served as a Jennings firefighter for 41 years.

The issue was that the Jennings Fire Department was funded by a sales tax, which barely covered the fire department's expenses. Riverview, on the other hand, is funded through a fire district tax, which Jennings residents will now pay, instead of the sales tax.

Throughout the next few days, firefighters will be easing into their new roles. Riverview Fire Chief Joe Bommarito explains, "We've made some crew transfers to integrate some of their firefighters into our existing fire houses, and some of our firefighters will be going to their firehouse, to start learning the transition, if you will. They have to start learning our streets and businesses, and we'll start learning theirs, as well."

The annexation also frees up roughly $750,000 in the city of Jennings' budget. In a county with 90 municipalities, it's a move that Bommarito feels makes sense. "We hope that this is just the beginning. It's a trend that I think [St. Louis] County needs."

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2 DEAD IN NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY HOUSE FIRE

June 27, 2014 - KMOV

ST. LOUIS COUNTY - Emergency crews are on the scene of a fatal house fire in north St. Louis County.

Information is limited at the time, but dispatch says two people were killed in a fire at 338 Crawford Road in Glasgow Village.

News 4 has a crew on the way to scene and will provide more information when it becomes available.

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SUSPICIOUS FIRE DAMAGE TO VACANT DUPLEX

June 4, 2014 - KTVI

NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY - Investigators are looking into the cause of a house fire overnight in North County. They're calling the fire suspicious. The fire started around 1a.m. Wednesday in a vacant duplex on Chambers Road at Lilac Drive. The building of a total loss with a large amount of smoke and water damage inside.

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NORTH COUNTY FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT

April 30, 2014 - Riverview Fire Protection District

ST. LOUIS COUNTY - Firefighter Stanly "Mick" Caldwell (third from left in photo) retired today after serving the Riverview Fire Protection District for 42 years.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - FIREFIGHTER/EMT

April 24, 2014 - Riverview Fire Protection District

ST. LOUIS COUNTY - The Riverview Fire Protection District will be accepting applications for the position of entry level Firefighter/EMT.

All interested applicants shall complete an application for employment form at the fire district administration office located at 9933 Diamond Drive, Riverview, Missouri 63137.

Applications will be available for completion from 0900 to 1500 hours on Monday May 5, Wednesday May 7, and Friday May 9, 2014.

Applicants are required to submit proof of a valid driver's license from their state of residence; copy of a current State of Missouri EMT license or above; personal resume; copy of professional firefighter I and II certification from the Greater St. Louis County Fire Academy or proof the applicant is enrolled in a Greater St. Louis County Fire Academy class; copy of a high school diploma, G.E.D., or an official unopened high school transcript; copy of professional firefighter I and II, and hazardous materials awareness and operations level certifications from the State of Missouri Division of Fire Safety. A copy of a valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certification is required by each applicant and will be accepted at the time of application or until the date of the written testing on Thursday May 15, 2014. Minimum age for applicants is 21.

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ELECTION RESULTS FOR ST. LOUIS COUNTY FIRE DISTRICTS

April 9, 2014 -

ST. LOUIS COUNTY -

Source: ST. LOUIS COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTION COMMISSION

BLACK JACK FIRE DISTRICT - PROPOSITION B 
**BONDS - CAPITAL IMPROV (57.15% NEEDED)** 
(Vote for ) 1 
            (WITH 28 OF 28 COUNTED) 
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,349 71.94 
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 916 28.06 

BLACK JACK FIRE DISTRICT - PROPOSITION E 
**OPERATING TAX LEVY** 
(Vote for ) 1 
           (WITH 28 OF 28 COUNTED) 
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,939 59.72 
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,308 40.28 

CREVE COEUR FIRE DISTRICT - PROPOSITION S
 ** OPERATING TAX LEVY** 
(Vote for ) 1 
           (WITH 41 OF 41 COUNTED) 
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,700 61.93 
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,045 38.07 

CREVE COEUR FIRE DISTRICT - PROPOSITION Y 
**BONDS - CAPITAL IMPROV (57.15% NEEDED)** 
(Vote for ) 1 
           (WITH 41 OF 41 COUNTED) 
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,745 64.04 
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 980 35.96 

METRO-NORTH FIRE DISTRICT - PROPOSITION S 
**OPERATING TAX LEVY** 
(Vote for ) 1 
            (WITH 17 OF 17 COUNTED) 
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 642 63.88 
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 363 36.12 

NORTHEAST AMBULANCE AND FIRE DIST - PROPOSITION F 
**BONDS - CAPITAL IMPROV (57.15% NEEDED)** 
(Vote for ) 1 
           (WITH 35 OF 35 COUNTED) 
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,488 60.07 
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 989 39.93 

RIVERVIEW FIRE DISTRICT - PROPOSITION A 
**OPERATING TAX LEVY** 
(Vote for ) 1 
           (WITH 16 OF 16 COUNTED) 
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 561 58.99 
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 390 41.01 



FIRE DISTRICT BALLOT ISSUES FOR THE APRIL 8th ELECTION

BLACK JACK FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT PROPOSITION B

Four-sevenths majority required

Ballot wording: Shall the Black Jack Fire Protection District of St. Louis County, Missouri, incur an indebtedness of the District in the amount of Five Million Three Hundred and Sixty-Five Thousand Dollars ($5,365,000) and issue the bonds of said District in evidence thereof for the purpose of purchasing real property, constructing, equipping and maintaining fire stations and purchasing and maintaining emergency medical equipment and fire protection and fire-fighting apparatus and auxiliary equipment thereof?

Summary: The district wants to borrow $5.365 million, which is within the $12 million debt ceiling approved by voters in 2001. District officials say the money would be used to buy and maintain emergency medical and fire protection equipment and apparatus and to upgrade fire houses. The bonds would be paid off by 2034. This proposal does not involve a tax increase. Supporters said aging equipment needs to be replaced with items that employ up-to-date technology.


BLACK JACK FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT PROPOSITION E

Simple majority required

Ballot wording: Shall the board of directors of the Black Jack Fire Protection District be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than forty cents per one hundred dollars assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of an ambulance service or partial or complete support of an emergency medical technician defibrillator program or partial or complete support of an emergency medical technician paramedic first responder program?

Summary: The district wants to increase its property tax rate by up to 40 cents per $100 assessed valuation. If passed, the owner of a home valued at $75,000 will pay $57 more a year in taxes. The district says the money would be used to train more firefighters as paramedics and to buy related equipment, supplementing ambulance service provided by Christian Hospital.

Supporters say the proposition is needed to avoid slower emergency medical response times. Opponents are critical of tax increases.


CREVE COEUR FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT PROPOSITION S

Simple majority required.

Ballot wording: Shall the Board of Directors of the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than twenty five cents per one hundred dollar assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of the ambulance service?

Summary: The district wants to increase the property tax by 25 cents per $100 assessed valuation to support ambulance operations. Under this proposition, the annual tax on a home valued at $200,000 could increase by about $95. Some extra revenue would be used to add three employees to staff an additional ambulance the district plans to buy. Officials say the increase also is needed to expand training and maintain quality service without continuing to tap reserve funds.


CREVE COEUR FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT PROPOSITION Y

Four-sevenths majority required.

Ballot wording: Shall the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District issue bonds in the amount of Nineteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($19,500,000) for the purpose of purchasing of real property, constructing, equipping and maintaining fire stations and purchasing and equipping ambulances and fire protection and fire fighting apparatus and auxiliary equipment therefore to carry out the objects and purposes of the District?

Summary: The district wants to borrow as much as $19.5 million over the next 20 years to pay for various improvements. A property tax increase of as much as 11.7 cents per $100 assessed valuation would be involved if the entire amount of bonds were sold. The owner of a home valued at $200,000 could pay about $44 more a year if the entire amount of bonds were sold. The work includes either building a new fire station or renovating and upgrading the district's existing fire house #2. Plans also call for a new disaster shelter and administrative center and replacing ladder trucks, fire engines, ambulances, cardiac monitors and other equipment.


METRO-NORTH FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT PROPOSITION S

Simple majority required

Ballot wording: Shall the Board of Directors of the Metro-North Fire Protection District of St. Louis County, Missouri, be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than thirty-nine cents per one hundred dollars assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of the district?

Summary: The district wants voters to approve an additional property tax of up to 39 cents per $100 assessed valuation. The district says the increase is needed because of a decrease in property values since 2007 and the scheduled end of a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant next year. Because of this shortfall, the district has made cuts and dipped into its reserves, which fell from $800,000 in 2010 to about $200,000. If passed, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay about $74 more a year in property tax. Proponents say without more revenue, further cuts will have to be made which could spur insurance companies to raise rates for property owners. They also say that the reserve fund should be replenished. Opponents criticize increasing taxes.


NORTHEAST AMBULANCE AND FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT PROPOSITION

Four-sevenths majority required

Ballot wording: Shall the Northeast Ambulance and Fire Protection District issue bonds in the amount of Nine Million Dollars 9,000,000 for the purpose of purchasing of 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?

Summary: The district wants to borrow $9 million to replace the current firehouse with a new facility and to replace ambulances and other emergency equipment and vehicles. If passed, owners of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $64.98 in property tax annually. Officials said the new facility also would serve as a natural disaster relief center for residents. The building would be able to resist seismic and high wind events and have 72-hour independent power operation. Proponents said the current facility, built in 1949 and expanded in 1984, is too small and has a cracked floor in a vehicle bay. That prevents the district from housing heavy equipment there. Ambulances are currently parked outside, requiring medications to be reloaded for each run. There also isn't enough space for training and community classes. Officials said insurance rates in the district would decrease if the upgrades are carried out.


RIVERVIEW FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT PROPOSITION A

Simple majority required

Ballot wording: Shall the Board of Directors of the Riverview Fire Protection District be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than fifty cents on the one hundred dollars assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of the District?

Summary: The district wants voters to approve an increase of the annual tax rate of up to 50 cents per $100 assessed valuation. The last tax increase was in 2002. This increase will be used to maintain the present level of service, officials said.

The district says its revenue has dropped approximately $350,000 just in the last budget year due to decreased property values while operating costs have increased. Officials also say call volume has increased by 20 to 25 percent over the last three years. If passed, the owner of a home valued at $50,000 - the average in the district - would pay about $47 more a year in tax.


ST. CHARLES COUNTY AMBULANCE DISTRICT PROPOSITION E

Simple majority required.

Ballot wording: In order to remove cuts both in paramedic staffing and the number of available ambulances, as well as reduce delays in response times to 911 calls that have occurred due to budget cuts, shall the Board of Directors of St. Charles County Ambulance District be authorized to levy an additional general tax of not more than eleven cents per one hundred dollars assessed valuation?

Summary: The district wants to increase its property tax rate by 11 cents per $100 assessed valuation. The annual tax on a home valued at $100,000 would increase by $20.90. District officials say reduced property values have limited district revenue and forced its board to make various cuts, including the shutdown of one ambulance base and putting two ambulances out of service.

Proponents say that the proposition is needed to provide quality service to the district.

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FIRE DISTRICTS SEEKING TAX INCREASES IN ST. LOUIS COUNTY - APRIL 8th ELECTION

February 26, 2014 -

ST. LOUIS COUNTY - Several St. Louis County Fire Protection Districts have filed ballot propositions with the St. Louis County Board of Elections, seeking tax increases in the April 8, 2014 General Municipal Elections.

The following is a list of Fire District Propositions that have been filed:

BLACK JACK FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT - BOND ELECTION
FOUR-SEVENTHS MAJORITY REQUIRED
PROPOSITION B Shall the Black Jack Fire Protection District of St. Louis County, Missouri, incur an indebtedness of the District in the amount of Five Million Three Hundred and Sixty-Five Thousand Dollars ($5,365,000) and issue the bonds of said District in evidence thereof for the purpose of purchasing real property, constructing, equipping and maintaining fire stations and purchasing and maintaining emergency medical equipment and fire protection and fire-fighting apparatus and auxiliary equipment thereof?

BLACK JACK FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
SIMPLE MAJORITY REQUIRED
PROPOSITION E Shall the board of directors of the Black Jack Fire Protection District be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than forty cents per one hundred dollars assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of an ambulance service or partial or complete support of an emergency medical technician defibrillator program or partial or complete support of an emergency medical technician paramedic first responder program?

CREVE COEUR FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
SIMPLE MAJORITY REQUIRED
PROPOSITION S Shall the Board of Directors of the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than twenty five cents per one hundred dollar assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of the ambulance service?

CREVE COEUR FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT - BOND ELECTION
FOUR-SEVENTHS MAJORITY REQUIRED
PROPOSITION Y Shall the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District issue bonds in the amount of Nineteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($19,500,000) for the purpose of purchasing of real property, constructing, equipping and maintaining fire stations and purchasing and equipping ambulances and fire protection and fire fighting apparatus and auxiliary equipment therefore to carry out the objects and purposes of the District?

METRO-NORTH FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
SIMPLE MAJORITY REQUIRED
PROPOSITION S Shall the Board of Directors of the Metro-North Fire Protection District of St. Louis County, Missouri, be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than thirty-nine cents per one hundred dollars assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of the district?

NORTHEAST AMBULANCE AND FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT - BOND ELECTION
FOUR-SEVENTHS MAJORITY REQUIRED
PROPOSITION F Shall the Northeast Ambulance and Fire Protection District issue bonds in the amount of Nine Million Dollars 9,000,000 for the purpose of purchasing of 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?

RIVERVIEW FIRE DISTRICT
SIMPLE MAJORITY REQUIRED
PROPOSITION A Shall the Board of Directors of the Riverview Fire Protection District be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than fifty cents on the one hundred dollars assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of the District?

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FIRE DISTRICT REACHED AGREEMENT ON REPAIRS TO CONDEMNED 10 STORY BUILDING

January 20, 2014 - St. Louis Post Dispatch

MOLINE ACRES - Residents of the condemned Lewis & Clark Tower may have passed the worst of the crisis now that the condo board has entered into an agreement for a timetable of repairs.

Mayor Michele DeShay, aldermen and fire and other officials met Monday evening with residents of the 10-story, 96-unit building to try to find a way to get what officials have called unsafe and life-threatening building conditions fixed.

Although the nearly 90-minute meeting was often rancorous, with lots of finger-pointing, near the end of it Aldermanic President Shonte Young read a proposed agreement between the condo board of directors and the city and Riverview Fire Protection District.

The sole condo board member, Gloria Hardin, signed the agreement and said she would call a meeting to elect two other board members. She also said that the tower's management company had resigned and that she had hired a certified accounting firm to oversee finances.

Hardin said she believed the first deadline, to have an elevator repaired in two days, could be met. The last of a series of deadlines is in 60 days. For at least one repair, of balcony railings, a structural engineer will have to be hired.

The city also is requiring that it receive a list of all property owners and that all tenants obtain occupancy permits.

"I think it's better," DeShay said. "We're moving forward."

The St. Louis County Department of Public Works posted violation notices last week on the elevators, and the city condemned the building. The city also had ordered residents to vacate the premises within 48 hours, citing dangers, especially to children and people in wheelchairs. The mayor on Monday said that the city wasn't strictly enforcing the evacuation and that the order was meant to draw attention to urgent dangers.

"We don't want to have anyone displaced," DeShay said. "We just want everybody in this building to be safe, to have elevators that work, and so first responders can make it to floors they need to to assist when called." In addition to broken elevators, the tower has had burst water pipes, substandard plumbing, broken light bulbs in halls and electrical outages. From time to time, power is cut off because bills are not paid.

It's even unclear how many people live in the building.

The building at 9935 Lewis and Clark Boulevard is a North County landmark.

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TRACTOR-TRAILER ACCIDENT BLOCKED HWY I-270 FOR HOURS

(Photo credit - Riverview Firefighters)

January 09, 2014 - St. Louis Post Dispatch

NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY - Riverview Fire District on the scene of a tractor-trailer accident on east bound Highway I-270 over Highway 367. The east bound tractor-trailer struck the median wall in the fast lane at approximately 9:00 a.m. which caused the east bound lanes to be closed for several hours.




INJURIES REPORTED AFTER VEHICLE COLLISION, FIRE IN NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY

December 26, 2013 - KMOV

ST. LOUIS COUNTY - Emergency crews were called to the scene of a multiple vehicle wreck in north St. Louis County Thursday afternoon.

Authorities say at least one vehicle was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived to St. Cyr Road and Route 367 at 1:30 p.m.

Multiple injuries were reported after at least two vehicles collided. The extent of those injuries were not immediately known.

A News 4 crew is at the scene now working to learn more for News 4 at 5 and KMOV.com.

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RIVERVIEW GARDENS STUDENT HONORED AS A HERO

December 03, 2013 - The St. Louis American

RIVERVIEW - Jesse Dixon, a third grader at Highland Elementary, walked into school this morning (Tuesday, Dec. 3) to find a surprise school assembly honoring his bravery last night, when he saved his uncle from a potential house fire.

Had Dixon not sought help so quickly, his uncle could have died, said Riverview Fire Protection District Fire Chief Joe Bommarito (far right in photo) at the assembly.

"That's the main thing I was glad about because I would be homeless, and my favorite uncle could have been gone," Dixon said.

The incident occurred after school let out at 3:05 p.m. on Monday. Dixon had walked a few blocks to his home in the Glasgow Village neighborhood. His mother had told him the back door would be unlocked, but when he got there, it wasn't. He said he banged on the door but got no response. He knew his uncle, who is in his early 20s, was supposed to be at home.

"All of the sudden I smelled smoke," he said. "I looked in the window, and I could barely see because it was all smoky. And I heard the fire alarm going off."

Dixon ran back to school and found his sister, fifth grader Ayanna Dixon, in cheer club practice. They went to the school office and told the secretary about the fire. The school staff then called the fire district.

"That's when superhero number two came along," he said pointing to Principal Jeannie Roberts. "She drove us home".

"You're going to make me cry," said Roberts, who was sitting next to Dixon in the interview with the St. Louis American.

When they arrived at the house, the firefighters were already there and getting to work.

"They had to kick in the door, and I thought, 'My mom is going to be so upset,'" Dixon said.

The firefighters looked around the house and found his uncle asleep in the playroom. He had accidently fallen asleep while cooking chicken nuggets, Dixon said.

"Once they came out, they said if I didn't get help in time, he could have died," said Dixon, frowning. "When I need him, my uncle is always there for me. We play games together. We do everything together."

Before the firefighters left, Roberts asked the fire team to attend their school assembly on Friday, but they only worked on Monday and Tuesdays. So Roberts asked if they would come the next morning, and she got to work on planning a surprise assembly.

"We really emphasize safety, respect and responsibility," Roberts said. "We really wanted to take this opportunity to show all of our students just what it means to be safe - not only in the school but also in the community."

Dixon said he was completely surprised.

"Once they announced my name, I had tears coming down from my eyes," he said. "I never felt like that ever in my life."

He said he is inspired to continue making a difference and changing lives.

"I just don't want to make Highland a better place," he said. "I want to make the whole entire world a better place. Any person can do this - no matter how old, how tall, or how short."

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North St. Louis County Residence Destroyed by Fire

July 31, 2013 - Riverview Firefighters Local 2665 - St. Louis, Mo.

RIVERVIEW - 4910-4920-4610-5110-3017-4900-5103-4600 responded to a house fire at 315 Fork. 1st in companies had a 11/2 story frame with heavy fire showing. Crews were out appx. 3 hours

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Pickup truck crashes into Bellefontaine Neighbors home

May 1, 2013 - St. Louis Post Dispatch

BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS - Firefighters responded to a home in the 9200 block of Bellefontaine Road on Wednesday May 1, 2013, after a pickup truck crashed into it. Photo by Denise Hollinshed, dhollinshed@post-dispatch.com

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