Letter to the Editor

Letter: Proposition Safety

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Dear Editors:

My name is Jeremy Perrien, the Chief of Scott County Rural Fire Protection District. I am eager to begin conversations with the community to express the importance of the upcoming bond referendum, Proposition Safety, on the April 6 ballot. The purpose of this $2.7 million general obligation bond issue is to improve the safety and security of our fire district and the people we serve.

Communication is key to this endeavor, and we want the community to understand the potential positive financial impact on the Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating from the proposed new firehouse and equipment. A new station on the south end of the Fire District can help reduce response times to the areas that experience a greater volume of calls for service. Reduced response times lower the ISO rating which could translate into reduced premiums on homeowner’s insurance. Additionally, we plan to use these funds to replace some of our current apparatus that is not up to safety standards. We will be holding informational sessions where community members are invited to learn about this proposal and provide feedback. My commitment is to let everyone know that their voice has been heard.

Session 1:

When: Friday, Feb. 26

Where: Morley Fire House

910 West Harding St.

Morley, MO 63767

Time: 5 p.m. to 7 pm.

Session 2:

When: Friday, March 5

Where: Blodgett Fire House

220 North Hawkins St.

Blodgett, MO 63824

Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Session 3:

When: Friday, March 12

Where: Vanduser Fire House

1000 Vanduser St.

Vanduser, MO 63784

Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Our goal is simple, to be a model of excellence and maintain the safety and security of the citizens of the Scott County Rural Fire Protection District. All feedback is welcome; the dialogue is healthy and needed to determine how best we can serve our community.

Jeremy Perrien, Chief of Scott County Rural Fire Protection District