New aldermen sworn into office

By Martha Stoffel

O’FALLON – O’Fallon’s new aldermen were sworn in at the beginning of Monday’s meeting by City Clerk Jerry Mouser. 

Five of the newly-elected officials, Ward 1 Dennis Muyleart, Ward 2 Jessica Lotz, Ward 4 Todd Roach, Ward 6 Tom Vorce and Ward 7 Nathan Parchman, are serving their first term as aldermen. Both Ward 5 aldermen, Christopher Monroe and Gwendolyn Randolph, were appointed prior to the election due to the resignation of the prior aldermen during their terms, but were elected to continue their positions. Monroe was elected to fulfill the remainder of a two-year term, and Randolph was elected to a full, four-year term. Ward 3 alderman Kevin Hagarty is the veteran alderman returning to the dais after running unopposed in the April election. 

The council and public received a presentation from Director of Parks & Recreation, Mary Jeanne Hutchison, regarding the May 11th opening and on-going marketing of the Vine Street Market, to be located at O’Fallon Station downtown. The market will include thirty-five vendors each Saturday from May 11 – October 19 from 8:00 a.m. – noon. Hutchison indicated the vendors will change throughout the season. A sponsorship from Avenue Realty Associates will also bring live music to each market day, a performance schedule is located on the O’Fallon Station website. 

Council approved a senior living facility, a new development for the property formerly Vetta Sports and final plat additions for the Illini Trails and Milburn Estates subdivisions. Keystone Place at Richland Creek is a proposed senior living facility to be located at 1050 Fountain Lakes Drive. The proposed development will have fifty-three independent living units, seventy-five assisted living units and twenty-four memory care units. Community Bible Church has filed an application to change the planned use at the old Vetta Sports building located at 590 Hartman Lane. The church will use the existing facility and parking lot for church services, offices and meetings. Their plans include interior changes to create a 7,000 square foot sanctuary, classrooms, and 7,000 square foot fellowship room. They are also planning to make alterations to the exterior, including the addition of a steeple. 

Five resolutions for contracts related to upcoming road projects were also approved Monday night. A contract with Geotechnology for $25,000 and a contract with Rhutasel and Associates, Inc. for $28,000 were approved for engineering services related to the upcoming, summer project for Simmons Road between the Milburn School Road and Porter Road roundabouts. A contract with Lake Contracting, Inc. for $234,852 was approved for various curb and sidewalk replacements to be done throughout the city as part of the 2019 concrete replacement program. A contract with Christ Brothers Asphalt, Inc. for $1,119,941.80 was approved for the 2019 street resurfacing program. The final contract approved was with Sonnenberg Asphalt Co. for $145,740 for parking lot sealing and striping of sixteen different city properties. 

There was some confusion during the April 15th meeting after an amendment was made and approved by council regarding the development known as Advanced Veterinary Center, LLC, to be located at 706 and 800 East Highway 50. It was determined an additional vote was needed at this week’s council meeting to finalize approval of the project. There was some discussion prior to the vote as a sign indicating one of the properties was for lease went up after the April 15th meeting. City Administrator Walter Denton clarified that the property still meets the proposed ordinance, as it will be leased for office space. Denton indicated the applicant was still planning on using the larger property on the east end of the lot as a veterinary clinic. Alderman Jerry Albrecht, Mark Morton, Todd Roach and Dan Witt voted no to approve the project but did not indicate why.