Council committee given update on proposed vet clinic, special events

By Martha Stoffel

O’FALLON – The Community Development Committee met Monday night, but was unable to take any action due to a lack of quorum. 

The committee received information about three special event permits and the second reading for the development known as Advanced Veterinary Center. 

A special event permit was submitted by Country Lane Produce for flower sales at 1790 W. Highway 50 for multiple dates in April, May and June. The business, Eagle TG, located 1728 Corporate Crossing submitted a special event permit for a weekly food truck through the end of the year, pursuant to the mobile food vendor ordinance set in place late 2018. The third special event permit request was from 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. 

No changes were made regarding the Advanced Veterinary Center due to a lack of quorum, but the applicant, Dr. Jim Bollmeier, addressed the committee asking for the council to consider changing the sign and fence requirement. The development will be located at 706 and 800 East Highway 50. The signage for the property at 706 no longer meets the city ordinance. Since the sign has been vacant for over twelve months, it must now meet ordinance requirements. Dr. Bollmeier is requesting an exception to allow the old sign to be used. 

The requirement for a six-foot, vinyl fence along the south side of the property 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. 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 is requesting the fence requirement be removed, citing concerns for placement, erosion it may cause and cost. He did indicate a fence will be installed behind the property at 800 East Highway 50 because of dog walking area for the clinic.