BY SAM SCINTA WEEKLY REPORTER
O’FALLON – The O’Fallon City Council swore in its newest member, Alderman Matthew Gilreath of the 3rd Ward, at O’Fallon City Hall on Monday night. Gilreath fills the vacancy left by Jerry Mouser.
“I’m just excited, I’ve been a part of the chamber for a number of years. I’ve really stepped up with an ambassador role and that really opened up my eyes to the city and how it runs. I’m from O’Fallon. I’m an OTHS grad, along with my mom. My grandfather was president of Bank of O’Fallon for a long time, so there is a lot of legacy in my family,” Gilreath said. “I’m willing to learn and I’m energetic about the opportunity to serve my community.”
O’Fallon Mayor Gary Graham is also looking forward to the opportunity to work side by side with one of the younger members of the City Council.
“I’m excited. We had another great applicant, and it was a tough decision. These aren’t easy. The thing I liked about [Alderman Gilreath] was all his community involvement. He’s very active in the Chamber already. He’s also a very young man, and when you look at the council, we’re not all ‘Spring Chickens’,” Mayor Graham said.
Gilreath is the General Manager for the Chick-Fil-A Green Mount Commons location and during his first full year in charge of the restaurant, the location achieved the three highest awards the company offers. The awards celebrate business growth, profitability, and lowering expenses, all of which are skills Gilreath believes he can apply to his new role on the council. Additionally, Gilreath was named the recipient of the Ambassador Impact Award for the O’Fallon Shiloh Chamber.
Gilreath is very active at First Baptist Church O’Fallon, leading Bible studies and acting as emcee for larger activities like the Christmas show. He is also an avid golfer and expresses his love for O’Fallon and sports by coaching football at OTHS.
“He’s a go-getter, and we are looking down the road. I’ve been Mayor for 20 years, and I can’t stay here forever. So we need more people on this board that know the government to become mayor,” Graham told the Weekly. “I’d be tickled to death if some 30 year old ran for mayor and beat me,” he joked.
Alderman Gilreath’s appointment was met with unanimous approval from the City Council.
In other business…
- The Council approved a request from the O’Fallon Kiwanis Club to conduct a roadblock on Friday, October 21st from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, October 22 from 8 a.m. to noon at the intersection of State and Lincoln, as well as the intersection of State and Smiley.
- During the Clerk’s report, the Council approved a request from the O’Fallon Kiwanis Club to conduct a raffle for alcohol from June 15 – August 20, 2016. Additionally, they approved a second request from Hearts ‘n’ Hands Quilt Guild to conduct a raffle for a quilt from June 7 – December 13, 2016.
- Mayor Graham issued a proclamation declaring June 11, 2016 as Salute to Scott Appreciation Day, ahead of this Saturday’s Salute to Scott event to be held at O’Fallon City Park.
- The Council approved an annexation agreement with Randolph L. and Tammi R. Patterson for land Parcel 04-22.0-400.011, measuring approximately 5.23 acres, located at 8717 Oak Hill School Road, Lebanon.
- The intersection of Milburn/Fairwood Hills and Simmons Road is scheduled to reopen on August 29, according to Mayor Graham.
- The council approved a resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement with Ehret, Inc. for the Green Mount Road water main relocation in an amount of $126,208.20, based on the unit prices bid.
- The council also approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute agreements Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, Inc. (TWM) for the design of the Simmons and Bethel Road water main extension in an amount of $61,500.00.
- Aldermen approved a resolution ascertaining the Prevailing Rate of Wages for laborers, workmen, and mechanics employed by contractors or subcontractors in the performance of Public Works contracts from June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017. Every unit of government must approve the prevailing wage under Illinois law.
- The Council approved an ordinance updating truck routes through O’Fallon. The routes had not been reviewed/modified in 20 years. The Truck Routes, have been revised in order to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the residents of the City of O’Fallon.