Big developments; no fire protection

Monday, April 18, 2011 - 4:59pm

The St. George Fire District is moving in a new direction.

“Development has been a big part of our department or our community our district forever - for 40 years,” says Fire Chief Gerard Tarleton.

One area burning up with big development deals is River Road, all the way from campus to the Parish line. But fire protection stops at the railroad tracks on Nicholson and there’s no designated first responder for biggest construction project in the city right now, Pinnacle Casino.

A proposal written by Councilman Chandler Loupe suggests expanding the St. George District, to include that stretch of road.

If it passes, and that area grows as fast as expected, Chief Tarleton sees it having a big impact on his independent district. “20 years from now, if it is successfully annexed into the District, there'll be a station somewhere on River Road,” says Tarleton.

The proposal goes before the Metro Council’s Finance and Executive Committee Wednesday.  If it passes through the Council, there is still another bigger hurdle to clear – taxes.

All of the residents who currently own property in the new annex would have to sign a petition agreeing to pay the St. George Fire District mileage, or vote on it in the fall.

No alternative plans for fire protection have been presented to the Metro Council yet.

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