City requesting CSX release $153,000 that was to be used for pedestrian signal

IMG_7356O’FALLON – During his report at Monday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Gary Graham announced that the city has requested that CSX release $153,000 they are currently in possession of for the development of a pedestrian signal at State Street.

“We still have $153,000 that the railroad is holding that we would like to get released. The railroad does not want to release this money because they aren’t sure whether they’re going to need a pedestrian signal or not. What that means is they haven’t decided if this is a permanent closure. So we have asked them to go ahead and release the money and we have agreed that if they reopen to put up a pedestrian crossing. We’re talking specifically at State Street,” Graham explained.

Graham went on to say that he thinks its interesting that CSX doesn’t seem to know what they plan to do with the rail line.  The line was closed in August 2015.

The O’Fallon Weekly has reached out to both the City of O’Fallon and CSX for further information and explanation on this development and will have more to come soon.

In other business…  

  •    The City Council approved an ordinance allowing for the development of a Tim Horton’s Cafe and Bake Shop and Reliance Bank.

The 0.80 acre development will be located on the north side of Regency Park, in front of the Regency Conference Center, across the street from PNC Bank and The Egg and I.  According to the application, the majority of the building will be occupied by Tim Hortons and with only about a third used by Reliance Bank. There will be a drive-thru for the Tim Hortons and an ATM drive-thru for Reliance Bank.

Tim Horton’s is a Canadian based company, who merged with Burger King last year.  Since then, the chain specializing in donuts and other breakfast items has been steadily opening stores in the St. Louis area, with at least one location partnered with Reliance Bank near Plaza Frontenac Mall.

  •    The Council approved the final plat for the subdivision known as Bethel Farms.  This plat was approved on second reading and is now finalized.
  •    During the portion for citizen comments, resident Vern Malare inquired about the status of the Presidential Streets Project.  Malare said he experienced three inches of seep water in his basement during the recent rainstorms, as well as sewer back up issues.  Mayor Graham indicated that one of the two residents remaining has agreed to provide easements to the city for work to be done.  The final family is meeting with the city and the mayor hopes the situation can be resolved soon.