O’Fallon presented with two ACEC Illinois merit awards

From left, O’Fallon Public Works Director Jeff Taylor and O’Fallon Engineering Project Manager Jon Nolan with the two ACEC Illinois Merit Awards (Submitted Photo)

From left, O’Fallon Public Works Director Jeff Taylor and O’Fallon Engineering Project Manager Jon Nolan with the two ACEC Illinois Merit Awards (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Illinois recently presented the City of O’Fallon and the engineering firm, Rhutasel and Associates, Inc., with two merit awards for the Madison/Illini Bike Trail Connector, and the Venita Drive Overpass and Intersection projects. The awards were presented during the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Illinois 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards on February 11, 2016.

“The Engineering Excellence Awards Competition recognizes projects of engineering achievement by Illinois consulting engineering firms,” said Mayor Graham. “It is an honor that two projects in O’Fallon received awards at this event.”

During the competition, each project was judged on the basis of engineering excellence, the degree to which the client’s needs were met, and the benefits to the public welfare and private practice of engineering.

The Venita Drive Overpass and Intersection project received a merit award in the transportation category. The project included a bridge on Venita Drive over the CSX Railroad and capacity improvements to the adjacent intersections of Venita Drive at Frontage Road and Highway 50.

The Madison/Illini Bike Trail Connector received a merit award in the small projects category. The project involved the design of a bike/pedestrian bridge, a bike trail along the Madison Street corridor, and the connection of the Madison Street Trail and the Illini Bike Trail by means of a connector ramp. A switchback design was chosen for the connector ramp to minimize the environmental footprint of the project, and to minimize in-stream work in a regulated waterway. This project received the American Public Works Association (APWA) 2015 Illinois Project of the Year Award in the Transportation Category, Less Than $5 Million Division.

For more information about the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Illinois 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards, please go to http://www.acecil.org/exawards.cfm.

For more information about the two O’Fallon projects, please contact O’Fallon Engineering Project Manager, Jon Nolan at jnolan@ofallon.org.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Real Estate Transactions – Feb 24, 2016

Sold Home For Sale Sign in Front of New House

Sold Home For Sale Sign in Front of New House

O’FALLON 

   118 East Third Street; From A & B Property Management of Illinois LLC; To Nicholas and Shanna Buitron; $102,000

   345 Johnson Road; From SSA Investments LLC; To Nathaniel and Lisa Hufker; $95,000

   1108 Hollander Court; From Nathan Higgins and Stacy Barton; To Dennis and Cathrynn Barton; $240,000

207 West Washington Street; From Scott and Nanette Muehlhauser; To Patrophers and Deborah Syano; $110,000

   1045 Woods Way; From Russell and Diana Hart; To Eric and Amy Tschannen; $175,000

   105 West Adams Street; From Mister Residential LLC; To Jeffrey Deutsche; $169,000

   1910 Bowler Road; From John and Ginger Johnson; To Matthew and Olivia Jobes; $120,000

   5013 Bristol Hill Drive; From Joseph and Louise Bonnycastle; To Michael and Colleen Ecker, Colleen O’Brien-Ecker; $264,000

   1337 Stone Creek Drive; From Briann and Shea Poblette; To Rachelle and Devin Knau; $248,000

SHILOH

   2292 Birmingham Drive; From Michael and Jennifer Weise; To Christopher and Faith Spelbring; $232,000

O’Fallon PD reinstates Prescription Drug Drop Box on March 5

OFallon PDO’FALLON – The O’Fallon Public Safety Department will be re-instituting the Prescription Drug Drop-Off Box starting on March 5, 2016. Expired, unwanted, or unused prescriptions or over the counter medication can be dropped off on the first Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the rear of the O’Fallon Public Safety Facility (285 N. Seven Hills Road).

“The collected drugs will be disposed of via incineration,” said Mayor Graham. “This method of destruction helps to keep drugs from entering our water supply and removes medications from homes where they could potentially be abused.”

Liquids of any kind, needles (including Epi Pens), inhalers, or any aerosol medications will not be accepted.

For more information, please contact O’Fallon Police Lieutenant Kirk Brueggeman at 618-624-9538 or kbrueggeman@ofallon.org.

O’Fallon FD: Change smoke alarm batteries when changing clocks Mar. 13

Change batteriesO’FALLON – The O’Fallon Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to remind residents that when you change your clocks for the start of daylight savings time on March 13, 2016, it’s also a great idea to change the batteries in your home smoke detectors.

The O’Fallon Fire Department actively supports the Change Your Clocks/Change Your Batteries program. The program promotes the changing of all household smoke detector batteries twice a year in order to raise awareness of the importance of properly working household smoke detectors. It is proven that working smoke detectors save lives.

Residents with questions and/or concerns about updated smoke alarm requirements should contact the O’Fallon Fire Department at (618) 624-4515.

O’Fallon PD to take icy plunge in support of Special Olympics

OFallon PDO’FALLON – Later this month, eleven members of the O’Fallon Police Department will run into the icy waters of Carlyle Lake to show their support of the Special Olympics.

The Plunge into Carlyle Lake will take place on February 27. Local officers, including Chief Van Hook, will once again take part. The department has posted a link to their team page requesting that residents consider donating to the cause. Any donation amount will greatly benefit the athletes.

The department laid out some examples of how a gift can help…

• $10: Covers the cost of a medal for an athlete. Help us put as many medals as we can around the necks of these proud victors.

• $25: Supports local competitions throughout Illinois. These events serve the most – and most in need – athletes.

• $50: Establishes a Player Development Model for athletes on the autism spectrum and/or with sensory considerations.

• $100: Provides a free health screening for an athlete allowing them to compete in one of 19 sports!

• $250: Provides Global Messenger training – a weekend-long course for athletes who want to tell their story!

If you are interested in donating, please visit the O’Fallon Police Department’s facebook page where they have a link to their donation page.

Check Presentation

Rummage Sale makes $2,000 donation to Food Pantry

Check Presentation

Carol Schiebel, chairman of the Rummage Sale presents a check to Angie Breen of the O’Fallon Food Pantry. The O’Fallon Township Rummage Sale donated $2,000 last week to the O’Fallon Food Pantry.  Last year, the O’Fallon Township Rummage Sale donated $6,000 for 2015. A group of ladies and men work very hard every month for this very good cause. The Rummage Sale takes place on the second Saturday of every month, except this March due to the Primary Election Early Voting. (Submitted Photo)

Van Court mine, home 1881

A View of the Past – February 17, 2016

Van Court mine, home 1881

This week’s view is a double feature from 1881.  It’s a drawing of the home of Benjamin Van Court with an inset of the coal mine he operated.  His mine was located along what is now Betty Lane, between Weber Dr. and Seven Hills Rd., in O’Fallon.  His home and farm were close by.  A native of Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, Van Court came to O’Fallon from St. Louis in 1856 with his wife Amelia. They moved back to St. Louis in 1883.  The Van Court mine closed in 1890 and the property, including the farm, was bought soon after by William G. Willard who would build a stove foundry there.
(Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society.)
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Dice – Goebel Engagement

dice goebel engagementJames and Kathleen Dice of O’Fallon announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Elizabeth Dice, to William Zachary Goebel, son of David and Veronica Goebel of Mount Zion, IL.

Megan is a 2010 graduate of O’Fallon Township High School. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. in December of 2014, receiving bachelor’s degrees in Theater and English. She also completed the undergraduate pre-Education program and is currently working on Master’s Degrees at Truman State in English and Secondary Education in English. Megan also is a Graduate Teaching assistant at Truman and teaches an after school Drama program at Knox County High School in Edina, Mo.

Will is a 2010 graduate of Mount Zion High School and a December 2014 graduate of Truman State University. He was Vice President of his fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon. Will graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and is employed by Cerner in Kansas City working in health care technology. Megan and Will met while they were both preceptors for the Joseph Baldwin Academy held at Truman State University for outstanding 7-9th graders during the summer of 2012.

The wedding is planned for June 4th, 2016 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fairview Heights, IL. Father Nathan Goebel, brother of the groom, will officiate. The couple will live in Kansas City.

Boil Water Order Lifted

drops-of-water-578897_1280Belleville, Ill. (Feb. 19, 2016) – Illinois American Water has lifted the boil water order issued on Feb. 18, 2016 for Belleville, Swansea and Shiloh area customers. Water quality tests have confirmed the water continues to meet all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Safe Drinking Water Act standards and regulations. It is no longer necessary for customers to boil their water before drinking or cooking.

During this boil water order, Illinois American Water performed a series of tests to determine if the water met regulatory drinking water standards. Samples were taken from sites in the affected area and tests confirmed that the water meets all state and federal requirements.

The boil water order was issued after a water main break in the area caused a drop in water pressure. Anytime water pressure drops below 20 pounds per square inch in any part of a community’s distribution system, a boil water order must be issued as a precaution to protect customers.

“Our team wants to thank our customers for their patience,” said Grant Evitts, Sr. Manager of Field Operations and Production. “There is always a sense of urgency when water service to our customers is affected; we also want to ensure water quality is the highest possible. We appreciate our customers’ understanding.”

Boil Water Order Issued for Shiloh

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** Update: Boil Water Order Lifted **

Belleville, Ill. (Feb. 18, 2016) – Due to a water main break, customers in Illinois American Water’s Belleville, Swansea and Shiloh service areas are experiencing an interruption to water service or low water pressure. Vehicular impact to a fire hydrant in the Dutch Hollow neighborhood of Belleville caused a spike in water pressure, resulting in a break on a 24-inch transmission main. Crews are working to make repairs to the water main as quickly and as safely as possible.

Belleville, Swansea and Shiloh residents are under a boil water order and should bring their water to a rolling boil for 5 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. Any water to be used for drinking or cooking should be brought to a rolling boil for 5 minutes prior to consumption. Water is OK for bathing, washing and other common uses.

This boil water order is being issued in accordance with Illinois Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Any time water pressure drops below 20 pounds per square inch in any part of a community’s distribution system, a boil water order must be issued as a precaution to protect customers.

It is standard procedure for a boil water order to be in effect for 36 to 48 hours after water service is restored. Customers are being notified of this boil water order via media outreach, customer calls, social media and Illinois American Water website updates at www.illinoisamwater.com. Information is also provided to our customer service center representatives. Notification will be completed in the same manner when the boil water order is lifted.

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Weekly Traveller – The Weekly heads south to the Virgin Islands

IMG_1101 2   Sheri Heil and Bobbie Verts escape the cold, soak in the sun, and catch up on the O’Fallon Weekly down in the Tortola British Virgin Islands.  They sure picked a good week to get away and go someplace warm!

Are you going on a trip? Take the O’Fallon Weekly along with you! Just take a photo of the Weekly while away from home and email it to us for the Weekly Traveller.  Please include who is pictured and where the photo was taken.  Email photos to Nick@OFallonWeekly.com and please mark them “Weekly Traveller.”

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Recent Real Estate Transactions – Feb 17, 2017

Sold Home For Sale Sign in Front of New House

Sold Home For Sale Sign in Front of New House

O’FALLON 

   656 Shamrock Drive; From Ara Eghigian and Kathleen Baca; To Patrick and Andrea Gray; $204,000

   731 Bassett Street; From Chung and Beth Huang; To Ryan Arnold and Diana Watkins; $202,000

   515 Aladar Drive; From Thomas and Gearline Gross; To Neville and Sherrie Hardy; $192,500

   932 Natasha Circle; From Martin and Yoko Dominguez; To Gary and Aurea McNeely; $152,000

   1329 Haps Lane; From John and Elena Baggett; To Scott and Danielle Nelson; $264,000

   114 E. Adams; From Michael and Jane Fitzpatrick; To Sarah Gabriel and Garret Krumeich; $133,500

   1320 Merriam Parkway; From D and F Contracting, Inc.; To Ellie Cade Custom Homes, LLC; $40,000

   513 Jeffery Pine Court; From Charles Kirk; To David Hagelstein; $154,000

   903 Reiss; From Jonathan and Sherri Hertzler; To Frank D’Angelo; $193,000

SHILOH

   2667 London Lane; From TTW, LLC; To Peter and Elizabeth Dearmond; $247,900

   1274 Baybrook Court; From Dwain and Karen Stevens; To Kenneth and Charisse Montgomery; $200,000

Lanie Goldberg

Senior Lanie Goldberg is leading the Panthers the right way

Lanie Goldberg

Lanie Goldberg

The pieces of a successful season have all fallen into place for Lady Panthers bowling captain Lanie Goldberg.
Goldberg, the daughter of Kris and Aaron Goldberg, has been a part of the OTHS bowling team since her freshman year and has spent the last three seasons as a member of the varsity squad. Last weekend Goldberg played a vital part of keeping her team’s state dream alive with a huge performance at the regional tournament.
O’Fallon claimed the first place title last weekend, large in part to Goldberg’s 1214 contribution. Her 1214 not only helped her team win, but it also earned her an eighth place individual finish. Goldberg finished one pin ahead of the ninth place finisher and 22 pins ahead of 10th place.
Head Coach Garrett Spencer says that Goldberg’s ability to lead the team has helped her perform on the lanes.
“Both on and off the lanes she’s been a fantastic leader for the team this year,” said Spencer. “Lanie is a very vocal leader that truly knows the culture of winning. She has done everything she could to help spread that culture to her teammates.”
In past years Goldberg has struggled making adjustments to the lane, but this year has made huge strides in her ability to adapt on the fly.
“This year I have been able to sit back a lot more and just let her bowl. She is very smart, coachable, and knows what to do. It’s really been a great year for her,” said Spencer.
Goldberg, who has bowled for six years, has nothing but praise to say of her team.
“This is the best team we have had in my four years,” said Goldberg. “It’s a very talented and deep team that has been fun to compete with.”
Goldberg also says that her favorite part about bowling is bonding with her teammates and the close relationships she has formed. When she is not helping lead the team on the lanes, Goldberg hosts a majority of the team’s events and hang outs.
Next fall Goldberg hopes to study communications and bowl for either Maryville University or McKendree University.

Joseph Arthur Middle School January Students of the Month

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Joseph Arthur Middle School has named their January Students of the Month. The theme for January was self-control.  Pictured, front row, from left: Lily Kassing, Liberty Henry, Kourtnie Macon, Michaela Monroe. Middle left to right: Evan Bair, Tamera Lee, Jazell Russell, David Kline, Tristen Krumenauer. Back left to right: Kenny McCallum, Alisha Poe, Hennah Reehle, Kyler Adams. (Submitted Photo)