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Fredericktown Volunteer Fire Fighter Paul Brown passes out information about Proposition P during the monthly Madison County Chamber of Commerce luncheon at The Depot.

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce met for its monthly luncheon Monday at The Depot. The guest this month was Paul Brown of the Fredericktown Volunteer Fire Department.

Brown took a moment to discuss and answer questions about Proposition P with the group.

“Prop P is for protection,” Brown said.  “It is used for protection only and is to go to the police and fire departments.”

Brown said Prop P will fund the construction of a new police and fire station which would include a spot for the municipal court and a multi-use room.

“We need the building for our equipment,” Brown said. “Our equipment has changed since the building was built, and improving our engine house and the addition of two bays will allow us to care for the equipment we have.”

Brown said attracting and maintaining firefighters and police officers has been a challenge.

“Our police officers start at under $12 an hour,” Brown said. “We have a hard time maintaining officers and our fire department is volunteer. I am too old to be running into burning buildings. I will continue to do it for the rest of my life, but the engine house and new equipment will help draw in new guys.”

Brown said regardless of if the proposition passes, the coverage will remain reliable.

“I don’t like to pay taxes any more than you do,” Brown said. “We structured this to go straight to police and fire so that you would know specifically where your money is going.”

A public forum on Proposition P will be at 6:30 p.m., July 24 at the Fire House on 202 W. College Ave. Plans for the new Community Public Safety Complex will be available. If you have any questions call Fredericktown Police Chief Eric Hovis at 573-573-6984 or Fredericktown Fire Chief John Clark at 573-783-9338.

In regular business, Chamber Vice President Allison Boyer thanked everyone for their participation in the Fourth of July Celebration.

Boyer said there were 24 booths set up and that Chamber President Tessa Rehkop did an amazing job with the face painting, manning the booth the entire evening.

“We had a great turn out for the concerts in June,” Boyer said. “The last event saw a smaller crowd due to the heat.”

Boyer then announced Freakytown will be Oct. 27. She said the chamber, along with the MU Extension Office, have taken over the event from the city and are looking to form a committee.

The FSP/TBM Golf Tourney will be Sept. 13 for more information contact Beaver Valley Golf Club.

Boyer said she has taken several horseback rides out to Crane Lake and encouraged members to explore all the beautiful places around the area.

The chamber will have a Perk Before Work event at 7:30 a.m., July 17 at BREC, sponsored by MO Job Center.

The next monthly chamber luncheon meeting will be 11:30 a.m., Aug. 2 with the location to be announced.

Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Democrat News. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at vkemper@democratnewsonline.com

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