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West Newsmagazine 3-7-18

Local news, local politics and community events for West St. Louis County Missouri.

54 I March 7,

54 I March 7, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE @WESTNEWSMAG WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM Real estate showcase Hibbs Homes offers custom homes close to nature, minutes from anywhere Move-in ready and custom build options available in Eureka 323 Stonewall Drive The Forest at Pevely Farms, a one-of-akind home community in Eureka, provides its residents with an opportunity to be fully immersed in nature and the beauty of the Meramec River Valley. Upon entering the community, visitors and residents make their way through a winding pathway lined by more than 600 towering trees. Deer, owls and other animals often can be found lingering at the sides of this picturesque path. Many of the homesites back to West Tyson County Park, some with bluff views overlooking the river valley. The new home community is located in the Rockwood School District and within close proximity of biking, hiking, golfing, fishing and more. “This community provides homeowners with unparalleled access to nature, incredible scenery and total privacy, all just minutes from Interstate 44 in Eureka,” said Kim Hibbs, president of Hibbs Homes, a custom home builder for the new home community. Hibbs Homes is working to build custom-crafted, lifestyle-inspired homes that allow homeowners to highlight the incredible views the lots offer. The builder recently completed a ranch home, now for sale in the community, that backs to the community pond and is situated to provide sunset views each evening. With large picture windows, a full deck and screened-in porch, homeowners are able to enjoy wildlife watching and nightly sunsets from the comfort of their home. “This home was developed with the community in mind,” said Hibbs. “We’ve given every opportunity for natural light and clear views of the outdoors from nearly every room. We’ve worked to weave nature into the fiber of this home, down to its timber and stone elements.” Hibbs Homes provides future homeowners the opportunity to work with a team of home building experts to develop a design that’s completely customized for their family in every way. The builder offers a variety of floor plans for inspiration and as a starting point for customization; however, they also offer clients the opportunity to create a brand new, custom-crafted designs. “Building a home is one of the most important and personal investments a family will make. We are thrilled to work with the homebuyers at The Forest This recently-completed ranch home by Hibbs Homes is move-in ready and for sale now. at Pevely Farms to help them design customized homes that meet their family’s needs,” Hibbs said. Hibbs Homes is a leading custom home builder in the St. Louis area. Since 2004, the local builder has focused on designing and building custom-crafted, lifestyleinspired homes. Over the years, the team of experts at Hibbs Homes has worked to build new homes falling into a wide range of budgets, to meet a wide range of needs. As a custom home builder, they build to suit the client’s priorities and lifestyle. As a certified green home builder, they also have the expertise to build a home that is more durable, low-impact and energy efficient. Custom homes at The Forest at Pevely Farms start in the $700’s. Buyers may choose from available 1- to 3-acre wooded, private lots. Those who are interested in building a custom home at The Forest at Pevely farms are invited to schedule a visit by calling (314) 392- 9631, ext. 1. Buyers interested in move-in ready are encouraged to contact Jan Hibbs for more information about the recentlycompleted ranch. Jan can be reached at jan@hibbshomes.com or by calling (314) 607-2477. Updates on the community may be obtained by visiting www. HibbsHomes.com. – THIS PROPERTY OFFERED BY – Town & Country Office The #1 office in the #1 company in the state of Missouri Jan Hibbs 314.607.2477 jan@hibbshomes.com 636.394.9300 NEWS BRIEFS, from page 9 WEST COUNTY Fire district extends work schedule plan The Monarch Fire Protection District board has decided it will continue a work schedule plan for its firefighter-paramedics implemented on a trial basis one year ago. Under the plan, the firefighter-paramedics are on duty for 48 consecutive hours followed by being off for 96 hours. Before Monarch started the new scheduling protocol last March, the affected employees worked 24 hours and were off for 48 hours. Board President Rick Gans noted that directors had received a thorough and welldone report from the firefighters’ union evaluating how the 48/96 plan has worked. Although the new scheduling has not received unanimous endorsement from employees, a substantial majority supports it, Gans quoted the report as saying. In light of the report’s findings, Gans initially suggested the board should consider making the plan permanent. But Robin Harris, board treasurer, said because the board still is negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement with the firefighters’ union, a better alternative would be to extend the 48/96 scheduling protocol for another year. That view prevailed in the motion the board approved on a 3-0 vote. Many of the fire protection districts in the St. Louis area already have adopted the 48/96 plan. Monarch to purchases new ambulance The Monarch Fire Protection District has approved the purchase of a new ambulance to replace an older unit. On a 3-0 vote, the district board of directors approved acquiring the ambulance from American Emergency Vehicles of Columbia, Missouri. AEV was the lower of two bidders with a price of $255,500 and also offered a quicker delivery. Delivery of the new vehicle will be in five to seven months. In addition to vehicles used for firefighting, Monarch has six ambulances, two of which are in reserve. An in-house committee of 10 firefighter-paramedics and Deputy Chief Nick Harper prepares ambulance specifications, reviews proposals when they are received and makes the purchase recommendation. Some 65 percent or approximately 5,200 of the nearly 8,000 calls Monarch responded to last year were for emergency medical service. ST. LOUIS Gateway Arch becomes national park The National Park Service has announced that Jefferson National Expansion Memorial now is Gateway Arch National Park, better communicating to the public its status as a national park and home of the internationally recognized Gateway Arch. Legislation to change the park’s name was introduced in the U.S. Senate last summer. It was passed by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 21, 2017, and by the U.S. House of Representatives on February 7, 2018. President Trump signed the bill into law on Feb. 22, 2018. The bipartisan legislation was sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, and in the House by Reps. William Lacy Clay, Ann Wagner and Blaine Luetkemeyer. MISSOURI Ameren files ‘Charge Ahead’ program with PSC Ameren Missouri has filed its “Charge Ahead” program with the Missouri Public Service Commission to encourage electric vehicle [EV] and equipment use among Missouri residents and businesses. The program is focused on helping Ameren Missouri customers use electricity in ways that provide a broad range of benefits, including reduced emissions, lower overall energy costs and improved productivity. If approved, the program would initiate the following: • New incentives for the installation of workplace, multifamily and public EV charging stations, as well as fast-charging EV stations near interstate highways. • Incentives for commercial customers transitioning to efficient electric machinery, such as forklifts and other materialhandling equipment. • Improved energy-grid accessibility and reliability through a revised line-extension policy. Ameren has stated that, in addition to increasing access to EV charging stations, the Charge Ahead program will offer numerous incentives for the company’s commercial customers who are transitioning to electric equipment. In 2017, Ameren Missouri announced a $1 billion investment in alternative energy sources that includes building wind turbines in Missouri and surrounding states, with the goal of generating 700 megawatts of wind power by 2020, and adding 100 megawatts of solar-generated power over the next 10 years, with 50 megawatts expected to come on line by 2025.

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