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Thursday, November 7, 2019
New Fire Station #8

City Council recently authorized the issuance of a work order with Snyder and Associates for site design and construction observation services for the new Fire Station #8. The station will be located on approximately 10 acres of land leased from Missouri Western State University along the south side of Mitchell Avenue across from Southwest University Drive. As part of the 99-year lease agreement, the city will construct a campus police station next to the fire station which will provide garage space for their vehicles, a locker room, conference room and evidence storage. The university plans to maintain a police office on campus in the Blum Union building.
 
Design of the new station will be similar to Fire Station #9, located between Jules and Faraon east of 32nd Street. The location will provide a second fire station on the east side of town and will enable the fire department to improve response times in two industrial parks and the Deer Park area. The leased acreage will also allow the fire department to pursue future plans for an emergency operations center, maintenance building and a training facility.
Know the Phases

While the weather has returned to more fall-like conditions, remember Phase I of the Emergency Snow Ordinance is still in effect until the end of the winter season. So, what does it exactly mean when a phase of the Emergency Snow Ordinance is declared?

Phase I: Declared during the first snowfall and stays in effect through the end of winter. All season/snow tires or chains are required on your vehicle. If you do not have snow tires or chains and you become stalled on any street, you could be ticketed.

Phase II: Declared when 2+ inches of snow has fallen and/or a significant amount is expected. All vehicles parked on Emergency Snow Routes must be removed within two hours or they may be subject to ticketing and towing. This allows for street crews to efficiently and effectively conduct plowing operations. Notification of Phase II will be announced through local media, the city's Facebook and Twitter, cable channel 19 and stjoemo.org.

Vehicle Winter Preps

The little taste of winter weather we have already received this fall acts as good reminder to make sure your car is ready for the cold days and even colder nights. Missouri roads in winter can get dangerous fast. It's important to be prepared in case you get stuck on the road in the cold weather. There are many simple tips and tricks to make sure you are ready for the cold months to come. 
  • Consider your tires. Make sure to check the tread, keep your tires full and consider even getting new tires.
  • Change your oil regularly and add antifreeze.
  • Make sure your heater is working properly as it may not matter for those short drives but being prepared means to prepare for the worst, for example being stuck and stranded until help arrives.
  • Inspect your battery as vehicle batteries become less effective during colder weather. 

For longer trips or even back and forth to work, you need to keep some travel considerations in mind.
  • Always account for extra travel time.
  • Remove all snow and ice from your vehicle, especially windows.
  • Drive slower than normal as there is a possibility of black ice when the weather gets bad.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving in bad weather conditions.

If you become stranded in your vehicle, these are some necessities to keep in your trunk. 
  • Heavy coats, hats, gloves
  • Blankets
  • Rock salt or kitty litter as this will help you get unstuck
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Jumper cables 
  • Cell phone charger 
  • Water
  • Non-perishable foods like granola bars, peanut butter and canned food with a pop tab opener.

With more snowy winter weather coming our way in the coming months, the best thing you can do is be as prepared as much as possible.

Content provided by Hanna Kennedy, city of St. Joseph Emergency Manager Intern
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Veterans Day

This Veterans Day we would like to thank the dedicated men and women who have served our country. In observance of Veterans Day, city offices will be closed on Monday, November 11, with the exception of:

  • Landfill - 7am-2pm
  • Remington Nature Center - Open
  • REC Center - Open

The Veterans Day Parade, presented by the Joint Veterans Committee, will take place at 1pm, starting at 10th and Francis streets.
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