O'Fallon Weekly April 17, 2019

Wednesday April 17, 2019 Area churches host Easter Egg hunts Page 14 Congressman Bost gives update to area Rotarians Congressman Mike Bost spoke to the Rotary Club of O'Fallon at their Monday meeting and provided an update on a variety of topics. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef) By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter Congressman Mike Bost visited the O’Fallon Rotary Club on Monday, April 15, to discuss multiple challenges facing the state and nation - pointing particularly to a strained political climate and rancor over an immigration crisis.  He said that security at the border is a “very big pro- blem.”  “I voted twice to fully fund the security at the border,” he said. “Not only the security as some form of structure, I don’t care if you call it a wall or a fence — but we have See “Bost Update” on page 6 In This Edition Calendar..................................................3 News................................................... 4-6 Law & Order............................................7 Business...................................................8 Education ........................................... 9-10 Health & Wellness ���������������������������������� 11 Sports................................................12-13 Community............................................. 14 Milestones.............................................. 15 Vantage Point......................................... 16 Lifestyle.................................................. 17 Fun & Games.......................................... 18 Marketplace........................................... 19 Bon Appétit............................................20 Vol. 4, No. 52 $1.00 City honors departing aldermen By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter The Advanced Veterinary Center, LLC, to be located at 706 and 800 East Highway 50 received its final approval at Monday night’s council meeting. The applicant, Dr. Jim Bollmeier, addressed the council during public comment requesting a variance from the ordinance requiring the con- struction of a six-foot, vinyl fence along the south side of the property. The requirement for a fence has been changed a couple times since the filing of the application. Staff’s original recommendation was for a six-foot fence to be installed, per city ordinance. The Planning Commissi- on removed the fence as a condition when they approved the project on March 12. The Community Develop- ment Committee later added the fence back in as a condition which was approved by council on first reading on April 1. Dr. Bollmeier spoke at last week’s Community Development Committee meeting, but no action could be taken by the committee due Mayor Herb Roach presented plaques to outgoing alderman at the beginning of Monday night's city council meeting. Pictured from left to right: Ward 7 Alderman David Cozad, Ward 4 Alderman John Drolet, Ward 6 Alderman Ned Drolet, Mayor Herb Roach, Ward 1 Alderman John Distler and Ward 2 Alderman Robert Kueker. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Martha Stoffel) to a lack of quorum. Ward 4 Alderman John Drolet See “Council" on page 6 Ground breaking held for area cancer center For the O’Fallon Weekly O’FALLON - HSHS St. Eliza- beth’s Hospital and Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois held a ceremo- nial groundbreaking to highlight the future site of a new cancer care center that will offer comprehensive cancer services to patients in the metro east region. The radiation oncology center is expected to open in early 2020. The 31,000 square foot comprehensive cancer care center, located at 321 Re- gency Park in O’Fallon, will be con- structed by Green Mount Enterprises, LLC, with space being leased to both HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois. Green Mount Enterprises Presi- dent, Mark Walshauser, M.D., FACP noted “Green Mount Enterprises is excited to be developing the Cancer Care Center of O’Fallon that will be a staple of the community for deca- des to come. The cancer center was designed in a patient-centric manner truly making the needs of each patient a priority.” Walshauser continued, “We are certain with Cancer Care Specialists and St. Elizabeth’s now operating under one roof a synergy of Ground was officially broken for Cancer Care Specialists of Southern Illinois and HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s comprehensive cancer care center in O’Fallon, Illinois on April 12, 2019. Pictured from left to right are James Dover, president and CEO of HSHS Southern Illinois Division, Dr. Justin Floyd, Sid LeGrand, president of the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce, City of O’Fallon Mayor Herb Roach, Patti Fischer, president and CEO of HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Dr. Mark Walshauser, Dr. Mary Ann de Paz, Dr. Bassam Maalouf and Dr. Benjamin Esparaz. (Submitted Photo) state-of-the- art and compassionate services will be available to local residents.” St. Elizabeth’s Hospital President and CEO Patti Fischer stated, “St. Elizabeth’s delivers high- quality Franciscan health care, and we conti- nue to develop plans to bring needed health care services to patients in our region. With the addition of this radi- ation oncology clinic, cancer patients will have the opportunity to receive the excellent care they deserve in a See “Cancer Center” on page 6