Council honors 30-year veteran firefighter at meeting

Pictured from left: Fire Chief Brent Saunders, Mayor Gary Graham, and Craig Schmidt (Submitted Photo)

Pictured from left: Fire Chief Brent Saunders, Mayor Gary Graham, and Craig Schmidt (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – The O’Fallon City Council took a moment to honor one of the city’s most dedicated firemen during their recent meeting, proclaiming January 19 as Craig Schmidt Day.

Mayor Gary Graham read a proclamation recognizing Schmidt for his 30 years of service and dedication to O’Fallon.

“Craig has demonstrated his selfless dedication and willingness to serve the citizens of the O’Fallon community for over 30 years,” said Graham. “We are all very gracious for the many sacrifices that Craig has made through his 30-year career protecting and serving the residents of the City of O’Fallon.”

Schmidt was sworn in as a volunteer firefighter on December 17, 1985. Since joining the department, he has risen through the ranks to become the Assistant Fire Chief. Schmidt also serves full-time as the O’Fallon Fire Department’s Operations Technician.

Additionally, Schmidt has served as the Fire Apparatus Committee Chairman for all fire apparatus design and implementation for more than half of his career. According to the city, he has been a top five percent responder the majority of his time as a firefighter and has volunteered countless hours to community events.

In other business…

During the City Clerk’s report, the following requests were approved:

• A request from Xi Chi Chapter #5456 of Epsilon Sigma Alpha to conduct a roadblock at the intersection of State and Lincoln Street on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 2 – 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 9 – 1 p.m.

• A request from Make-a-Wish Benefit Dance to conduct a raffle at the Regency Conference Center on March 5, 2016 from 6:00 – 10:30 p.m.

• A request from the Metro East Pachyderm Club to conduct a raffle from February 1, 2016 – February 1, 2017

• A request from the Garden Club and Kixx Soccer to sell alcohol at the Katy Cavins Community Center for their Trivia Nights on February 5 and February 6, 2016

The City Council approved a resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement for Family Sport Park Irrigation Controllers to Munie Greencare Professionals for the amount not to exceed $9,675.

Dealing with ordinances on second reading, the council approved an ordinance providing for the issuance of General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2016, providing the details of such bonds and for a levy of taxes to pay the principal of and interest on such bonds, and related matters.

The City Council met on Tuesday instead of it’s normal Monday night due to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The next meeting of the O’Fallon City Council will be on Monday, February 1, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.