Sunrise Rotary Club expresses desire to hold its weekly meetings at Township Building

Township Office

Township Office

O’FALLON – Representatives of the O’Fallon Sunrise Rotary Club began formal discussions with the O’Fallon Township Board of Trustees about holding their weekly meetings at the Township Building during the board’s monthly meeting.

The Sunrise Rotary Club currently meets from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. every Wednesday morning at First United Methodist Church, however, due to a growing day care service and club roster, the service organization is looking for a larger meeting place.  Club President Joe McKay expressed  a desire to work with the township to serve both of their needs.

“We’re also looking for a place where we can form a partnership. If you look at what we’ve done at the Methodist Church over the past 12 years, we’ve brought in new equipment, done some painting, and performed other capital improvements. Part of what we do is take care of those that are hosting us,” McKay said.

McKay indicated the proximity and access to the Food Pantry was another reason the club became interested in the township building.

None of the township trustees expressed any major objections to the proposal but did have some questions about logistics, such as how the club would access the building at 6:30 a.m. and where the club could store its banners and other materials.

McKay indicated he planned on talking to his club’s board and that discussions with the township would be ongoing.

In other business…

• The new garage door opener was installed on December 8 and township office staff are pleased. The opener was installed as a way to prevent theft of items being left for the township’s monthly rummage sale. Supervisor Gary Ahle did indicate donations were down a bit over December, leading up to the January rummage sale, but he did not believe the new procedure of having to come inside the building and request the garage door be opened had anything to do with it.

“Between the holidays and three solid days of constant rain and flooding, donations were bound to be down at this time,” Ahle indicated. “It has cut down on items that we didn’t want and has provided some security as well.”

• Regarding the December rummage sale, the township began using a company that would pay for any unsold items and haul it all away. Savers paid the township $234.50 for the unsold items in December.

• Highway Commissioner Mark Downs reported about flooding that took place after Christmas. Additionally, he indicated he has prepared his crews and equipment for upcoming snow removal when its necessary. Downs has pretreated salt with a beet juice compound so that its immediately ready to be spread on roads.

• Township Clerk Dave Witter gave his monthly report on township website traffic.  He reported there were 528 hits on the website, with 92 percent of traffic coming from the United States. Witter did indicate three-percent can be attributed to visitors from Brazil. Locally, he said most viewers were from the O’Fallon area.