Sidewalk work on Seven Hills Road to begin soon

Members of Cub Scout Pack 49 from Moye Elementary School led the City Council in the Pledge of Allegiance. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Members of Cub Scout Pack 49 from Moye Elementary School led the City Council in the Pledge of Allegiance. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

O’FALLON – Sidewalk construction work along Seven Hills Road moved forward following action at Monday night’s City Council meeting.

During the passage of resolutions, Mayor Gary Graham was given approval to enter into an agreement with Thouvenot, Wade and Moerchen, Inc. for the construction of engineering related to the Seven Hills Road Sidewalk Project. The council authorized the use of $14,232 in MFT funds to pay for the work.

Additionally, the Mayor has received authorization to enter into an agreement with Geotechnology, Inc. for material testing required by IDOT. Funds from local Motor Fuel Tax allotments will be used to cover the $8,000 cost of the consultant’s work.

The Seven Hills Road Sidewalk Project construction is anticipated to begin late 2016, or early 2017, weather dependent.

In other business…

  • The council approved a resolution authorizing the city clerk to sign an IDOT resolution for use of Motor Fuel Tax by the City of O’Fallon’s employees for road maintenance in fiscal year 2017. IDOT requires the council pass a resolution in order to use the funds to maintain streets and highways. As designated in the budget, $50,000 will be funded from local, O’Fallon MFT funds.
  • The council also approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute an agreement with Flinn Engineering, LLC for the water customer and demand projections at a cost of $15,600. According to a staff report, the city has been continuing to grow at a steady rate and in order to better equip itself for future growth and the demand on the water system, the city has a need to conduct a study of the current water customer base and demand along with a 15-year projection. This study will allow us to anticipate future revenues, upgrades to the water system and the potential addition of water lines.
  • Aldermen approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute an agreement with K & F Electric, Inc., for the supply and installation of a generator at the O’Fallon City Hall. Currently,there is no back up power to the O’Fallon City Hall in the event of a power failure. The new generator has a price tag of $78,550.
  •  The council approved the appointment of Ryan Kemper to the Planning Commission. Additionally, they approved the re-appointment of Steve Brown, Susan Hertich, Brian Keller, Robert Jordan, Mark Kampen and Julie Spengler to the Historic Preservation Commission.  Andrea Fohne and Timi McMillin were appointed as new members to the commission.
  • Mayor Graham issued a proclamation declaring October 22 as Wine,Witches and Walk Day in support the American Cancer Society and their work with cancer research. Jessica Lotz and Pam Funk were on hand representing the American Cancer Society to accept the honor.

During the Clerk’s report, the council approved the following requests:

  • A request from O’Fallon Rotary Club to conduct a Children’s Halloween Costume Parade on Saturday, October 29, starting at noon at the corner of State and Vine and ending at 2 p.m. in the same location.
  • A request from Sgt. Charles A. Fricke, VFW Post 805 to conduct a Veteran’s Parade on November 11 starting at O’Fallon Community Park and ending at the VFW on West 1st Street
  • A request from Hands to Help to conduct a raffle for a cooler and a Split the Pot at the KC Hall on October 22.
  • A request from the American Cancer Society to conduct a raffle on October 21 for alcohol and a Split the Pot
  • A request from Parks and Recreation to sell alcohol at the O’Fallon Family Sports Park on October 28 for a kickball tournament
  • A request from the VFW 805/O’Fallon Homecoming to conduct an Illuminated Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 26 from 6 – 7 p.m. with a rain date of Saturday, December 3 starting at Hilgard and 5th and ending at Cherry Street