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O'Fallon Is a Great Place to Live, But it Could Be Better

It is hard for me to understand why we bother with these ordinances if they are never to be enforced.

It would certainly be nice if the would enforce its ban on fireworks this year. 

It seems a shame that there is an ordinance in place to protect the tax payers of the city yet there is little done to utilize it. 

I realize that the days surrounding the holiday are a busy time for the police department and that they cannot be everywhere all of the time. But I do believe that if citations were issued, the word would spread that fireworks are not going to be tolerated any longer.

As it is now, the word is "Yah it is illegal, but they never do anything." There is constant talk of the economy and how everyone is strapped for cash—this would seem to me to be a perfect opportunity to raise some money and keep the city a bit safer at the same time.

Oh and before someone wants to call me unpatriotic for not wanting fireworks going off at all hours of the night for a week, there is nothing patriotic about keeping your neighbors up all night, catching their house on fire or depositing your litter over the entire neighborhood.  

While on the subject of ignored ordinances, I would also like to bring up the ordinance banning street parking during inclimate weather.

This is another great ordinance that is ignored due to a limited number of available police during bad weather. Once again, I believe that if O'Fallon decided to enforce the ordinance, it would soon become a non-issue.

But as it is, people just choose to ignore it because it is of no cost to them. I would think that in the case of snow, the plow drivers should be able to radio in and report problem areas leaving the police to take care of accidents. 

It is hard for me to understand why we bother with these ordinances if they are never to be enforced. Did it not occur to anyone that these would be unusually busy times for the PD or has it not occurred to anyone that this would generate revenue and make the city safer?

Both of these issues being enforced would pertain to a small percentage of the population, yet impact a large percentage for the better.

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Rich Pope May 16, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Carmen, you're absolutely right. In addition, if it's illegal to shoot fireworks off in O'Fallon, it should be illegal to sell them in O'Fallon as well.
Carmen Sida May 16, 2012 at 02:31 PM
To my knowledge the firework stands are on little pockets of land that are considered unincorporated, so that land is technically St. Charles county. Those land owners are not going to change that because the firework companies are paying some of them over ten thousand dollars to rent that property for a few weeks a year. St. Charles County is not going to ban the sale because they want the revenue generated by the stands verse's the safety of their citizens. I have even recommended just banning the sale of projectile fireworks but was ignored. Seems if it does not endanger others or litter someones else property they are not any fun.
Kathy Miller May 16, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Our neighborhood is fireworks central, BUT we are not in city limits. Unless you studied the maps you would think we're part of O'Fallon, but we are not. So that may explain some of what you're seeing and hearing.
Carmen Sida May 16, 2012 at 08:33 PM
No Kathy my neighborhood is in the city limits and it is my neighbors that I am seeing and hearing plus I am sure a few other neighborhoods. There have been time the smoke was so thick you could barely see the houses across the street. I have also seen the police come thru and before their tail lights were out of sight they were setting them off again. Sometimes I thing the police are handing out lighters instead of citations. I also have friends spanning from Tom ginnever to Hyw N in a multitude of subdivisions that have the same issues. It is not isolated to one area of O'fallon it is from one end to the other.
Rich Pope May 17, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Carmen, the other day I got on Highway 70 at Bryan road. I was driving towards the airport and counted 10 police cars sitting in a line on the shoulder of the highway as part of a speed trap. I guess our police department feels this is the best use of the city's manpower. Maybe enforcing city ordinances doesn't generate enough income. It seems giving speeding tickets brings in the big bucks.
Jim Frain May 17, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Rich, is there anything that you like about O'Fallon?
Marie May 17, 2012 at 01:03 PM
One of our apartment buildings burned down in my neighborhood not too long ago so this 4th is going to make me nervous. No one should have to feel unsafe : (
Carmen Sida May 18, 2012 at 01:29 AM
So sorry to hear that Marie. A couple of years back there was a shed that caught fire close to me. The fire dept said it was probably a bottle rocket that landed in the mulch and eventually ignited the whole shed. Another friend had the same thing happen at his house luckily all he lost were his plants but it was by his deck and it started while he was at work. I just thing it is horrible that a small percentage of the population ruins it for everyone. By the way I would like to add that I am not opposed to the local jurisdictions having fireworks displays conducted by professionals. It is the private individuals that I don't believe should be allowed to set them off within the city.
Rich Pope May 18, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Jim, I like the fact that you live here. It makes O'Fallon warm and fuzzy.
Tracy June 28, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Does anyone remember what it felt like to be a kid on the fourth of July? we'll I do. Family members coming together and enjoying the evening with some fireworks. me being the kid saying ooh ahh. Yes I do agree, that there are people out there that ruin it for everyone, but there are ones that do them in a reasonable time and do clean up after themselves. O’Fallon should think of all the revenue that they would receive during this time, and for the ones that call the police, I say get a life. There's more out there, then you wasting a police officer time by calling and complaining. Your right they don’t care, but they have to respond because someone made that call and God forbid if something serious would happen to someone and it took them a little longer to respond to that call, because someone called about a firework. I'm so tired of hearing people complain about the fireworks. Do people actually sit by the phone and say ooh there goes one, I better call. I believe they do, and we know who are the ones that call. We've been told we don't care, but that person over there does and points to the house. I really do feel sorry for those people that do nothing but complain. Life is already short as it is so enjoy it while your here.
CJ June 29, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Spoken like a true renter. Nice to know you think it is alright to teach your children to break the law as long as it is fun for you!
janine June 30, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I agree with Tracy. This is a celebration of freedom. The irony is it's against the law.

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