WHO: Mayor Faith and the St. Charles leadership team are reviewing plans to ensure the safety and security of residents before, during and after the July 4th holiday. Currently on tap are issues related to fireworks, water conservation and cooling centers.
WHAT: The city's current position on all three areas of emphasis are as follows:
FIREWORKS - the city intends to retain its fireworks schedule for Riverfest (Wed., July 4 @ 9:20p) given the professional show is initiated from a barge on the Missouri River. Fire Chief Ernie Rhodes will continue to monitor the weather forecast going into next week, to determine whether any type of fireworks ban needs to be implemented in neighborhoods citywide. Given we are in an "abnormally dry" condition and not under a Red Flag warning, at this time city residents may shoot off fireworks on Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday July 4. Updates will be provided if there's any change to this plan.
NOTE: According to City Ordinance (Section 215.1090) the city of St. Charles currently allows fireworks to be discharged within the municipal limits only on July 3 and 4 and only from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
WATER CONSERVATION - Public Works staff continue to monitor and anticipate water usage issues that can arise from excessive heat and abnormally dry conditions. The City's water system is functioning properly and water storage tanks levels are acceptable at this time.
There are situations that could occur which alters the ability to provide adequate water supply for fire protection. A major water main break, significant fire, or power outage, or a combination of the prior in addition to higher than normal consumption could potentially result in the need to issue a request for voluntary water conservation. If positive results would not be achieved from voluntary conservation, a mandatory conservation request would be issued.
Steps the City has taken, include:
restricting usage from contractors working for the City on improvement projects
restricting issuance of fire hydrant permits for new construction
restricting fire hydrant flow testing
restricting use of water hauling unit at 3 p.m. this afternoon
requesting city-operated facilities to limit water usage
In the case of a power outage, the City's water facilities, with exception of one, have emergency generators in place. The fuel reservoirs for the generators are being topped off today and the vendor is on standby for fueling if necessary. We have arrangements in place for a temporary emergency generator, if the need arises for the one facility.
COOLING CENTERS - there are currently two cooling sites available for area residents in St. Charles, including:
Mid East Area Agency on Aging - St. Charles Senior Center, 1455 Fairgrounds (63301) - 636-949-0658
Salvation Army - St. Charles Emergency Social Services, 2140 North 4th St. (63301) - 636-946-7966
Here's a link to a more complete listing of cooling sites in the area for your easy reference:
WHERE & St. Charles, MO - staff will monitor heat-related needs and conditions on an ongoing basis.
WHEN: Tracking will continue thru the weekend and the July 4th holiday as necessary.
ALSO: For more information, contact Michael Spurgeon at 314-808-0917, Ernie Rhodes at 636-949-3250 or Carol Felzien at 636-578-6933.