Alderman Jerry Mouser leaving City Council after 19 years

Council Meeting

Alderman Mouser

Council approves study related to proposed stoplight at Scott-Troy Road, Old Vincennes Trail

O’FALLON – Alderman Jerry Mouser announced he would be stepping down from his position following the April 18 meeting during last Monday night’s O’Fallon City Council meeting.

Mouser, who has served on the council for 19 years, said he has moved to a different residence located outside of his current ward and will be stepping down. He said he’s been thinking about leaving his position for about a month now and that its pretty well sunk in.

“I loved every minute of it. It’s been a great experience and its been a very happy and rewarding thing for me,” Mouser said. “I really enjoy this and it’s really hard for me to walk away.”

Mouser said is toying with the idea of a run for City Treasurer next April.

“That’s an area of city government that really interests me. I don’t have anything against anybody, but I really want to be involved,” Mouser said.

Mouser served as Mayor Pro Tem during Monday’s meeting due to Mayor Gary Graham’s absence.

The City Council approved a resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement with George L. Crawford & Associates for to conduct an intersection study at Old Vincennes Trail, Scott Troy Road, and Borchers Lane. The study is related to the ongoing effort to place a stoplight at that intersection. The study cost is not to exceed $7,250.00.

Residents from Borchers Lane were present at the meeting and urged the council to support placing a stoplight at that intersection during the public comment portion of the meeting.

The Council also read the 2016-17 City Budget for the first time, which prompted some discussion.

Alderman Kevin Hagarty said he had spoken to residents of his ward and they indicated to him that they would like to see revenue from video gaming put into specific areas of the budget, specifically to help cover unfunded mandates on the police department and public works department.  Hagarty said the revenue from video gaming totals nearly $50,000 and its currently slated to go into the strategic planning fund. However, Aldermen Gene McCoskey and Jerry Albrecht spoke out against the motion, saying it set a dangerous precedent where the council members were micromanaging the staff as to how to craft a budget. Alderman Mike Bennett, who chairs the Finance Committee, said his committee has been working on the budget for a while now and that he’s pleased with the results.

Hagarty’s motion to allocate the gaming revenue failed due to a tie vote. Aldermen Hagarty, Herb Roach, Jerry Mouser, Robert Kueker, Richie Meile, Matt Smallheer, and Ned Drolet voted in favor of the idea. Aldermen McCoskey, Albrecht, Bennett, Courtney Marsh, Ray Holden, David Cozad, and Harlan Garish voted against the motion.

When the motion for the first reading of the budget then came up, it was unanimously approved.

In other business, Mayor Pro Tem Mouser issued a proclamation declaring the week of April 11, 2016 as National Telecommunicator Week.