City honors departing aldermen

Mayor Herb Roach presented plaques to outgoing alderman at the beginning of Monday night’s city council meeting. Pictured from left to right: Ward 7 Alderman David Cozad, Ward 4 Alderman John Drolet, Ward 6 Alderman Ned Drolet, Mayor Herb Roach, Ward 1 Alderman John Distler and Ward 2 Alderman Robert Kueker. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Martha Stoffel)

By Martha Stoffel

The Advanced Veterinary Center, LLC, to be located at 706 and 800 East Highway 50 received its final approval at Monday night’s council meeting. 

The applicant, Dr. Jim Bollmeier, addressed the council during public comment requesting a variance from the ordinance requiring the construction of a six-foot, vinyl fence along the south side of the property. The requirement for a fence has been changed a couple times since the filing of the application. Staff’s original recommendation was for a six-foot fence to be installed, per city ordinance. The Planning Commission removed the fence as a condition when they approved the project on March 12. The Community Development Committee later added the fence back in as a condition which was approved by council on first reading on April 1. Dr. Bollmeier spoke at last week’s Community Development Committee meeting, but no action could be taken by the committee due to a lack of quorum. 

Ward 4 Alderman John Drolet made a motion to amend the ordinance removing the fence requirement. A couple of aldermen spoke in favor of removing the fence requirement, citing concern they received from residents south of the property that a fence would create further drainage issues for the ditch between their homes and the proposed development. Clarification was provided that removing the fence requirement along the south of the property line would not affect the fencing Dr. Bollmeier will be installing behind the building at 800 East Highway 50 for dog walking. 

Mayor Herb Roach presented Carriel Jr. High student Delaney Hall with the President’s Volunteer Service Award gold medal at Monday night’s council meeting. This is a civil award bestowed by the President of the United States to individuals for their volunteer service. Roach also read a letter from President Donald Trump commending Hall for her years of volunteer efforts with her birthday donations. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Martha Stoffel)

City Council also approved on second reading the fiscal year 2020 budget. A public hearing was held at the beginning of the meeting. No one from the public came forward for comments regarding the budget. The FY20 budget will begin May 1, 2019 and run through April 30, 2020. The proposed budget reflects a twelve percent increase from the previous year totaling $84,102,168, primarily due to several, planned public works projects

In other council news:

• Approved a contract between the City of O’Fallon EMS and Mediclaims, Inc. The company’s primary responsibility is handling the third-party billing for EMS services. The contract is for five years and included a rate decrease. 

• Approved a resolution between the City of O’Fallon and the Village of Shiloh for dispatch services was approved to send to council. This is an annual contract payable by the village in four installments of $35,000 for dispatch services for the fiscal year 2020.

• Approved an intergovernmental agreement between the City of O’Fallon and the City of Fairview Heights for services provided by the Metro-East Communications Center (MECOMM). An assessment of the previous year’s calls was done to split the costs between the cities. Quarterly billing for fiscal year 2020 will have O’Fallon responsible for fifty-one percent of the costs, and Fairview Heights responsible for forty-nine percent of the costs. 

• Approval of an amendment to an ordinance regarding the administrative hearing procedure to determine eligibility under the public safety employee benefits act of Chapter 32 regulating police and fire. The amendment was adding definition to the ordinance of a “catastrophic injury,” per the recommendation from the Illinois Municipal League. 

•A special event permit approved for Country Lane Produce for flower sales at 1790 W. Highway 50 for multiple dates in April, May and June. 

• A special event permit approved for the business, Eagle TG, located 1728 Corporate Crossing for a weekly food truck through the end of the year, pursuant to the mobile food vendor ordinance set in place late 2018. 

• A special event permit request approved for the Marie Schaefer PTO for the Fun Fest scheduled April 26, 2019 in which they are requesting road closure north of the school on Fifth Street for rides.