O'Fallon Weekly April 18, 2018

Deck collapse sends five to hospital, one critical Page 4 O'Fallon Council approves FY19 Budget totaling $74,515,583 Wednesday April 18, 2018 Vol. 3, No. 52 $1.00 Gander Mountain to return to O'Fallon in new location Mayor Herb Roach, with help from Alderman Mark Morton, declared April 16 as National Service Recognition Day in O’Fallon, urging the residents to acknowledge the important contributions of national service to the community. Pictured from left: Charla Morton, Carla Boswell, Alderman Mark Morton, and Mayor Herb Roach (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller) By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter By Nick Miller O’FALLON - Monday night the Council approved, on second reading, the Fiscal Year 19 budget of $74,515,583 for the City of O’Fallon. Since the first reading, at the April 2 council meeting, the library board amended their proposed budget to include $62,000 for a HVAC unit replacement. The proposed budget was adjusted accordingly to reflect the change. Increases in specific budget areas from the FY18 budget year included added personnel, street projects and water/sewer projects. The FY19 budget year will be effective May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019. A surplus of funds in the Special Tax Allocation Fund for the City’s TIF districts of $183,966.79 required Council resolution for the County Collector to distribute those funds to the respective tax- ing districts in those areas. The largest surplus of $181,792.52 rep- resents the past-through amounts from Menards, Gander Mountain and Central Park retail redevelopment agreements. Some of the recipients of those pass-through funds are: Central District #104 - $70,274.48, O’Fallon High School District #203 - $49,966.24, St. Clair County - $23,493.30, City of O’Fallon - $18,844.37 and SWIC District #522 - $10,268.72. In other Council news: l Revisions to the Crime Free Rental Housing Program ordinance were approved by Council on first reading. Most of the changes were minor, either updating old language or adding clarification. One added item to the ordinance relates to short-term rentals (AirBnB, HomeAway, VRBO). Current city code does not permit these types of rentals in residential zone districts, so the pro- vision was added to the Crime Free ordinance as well. The council also approved some fee schedule changes for the Crime Free Rental Housing Program, as well as a revised inspection checklist. l During the public comment, two residents spoke about an event held at the O’Fallon Library on March 24. The event was for children 5-years-old and up, facilitated by a community social activist and advertised on the library marquee as “Social Justice for See “City Council” on page 8 Weekly Editor O'FALLON - Gander Mountain may be making a comeback to O'Fallon soon, but not in the same location as before. Sources at City Hall have told the Weekly that Gander Outdoors, as it has been re-branded following its purchase by parent company Camping World, is com- ing back to O'Fallon but will build a new location on Central Park Drive on other land the company owns. The new Gander Outdoors will be built next to a Camping World dealership, al- lowing the company room to sell trailers, something they didn't have at the old loca- tion, also located on Central Park Drive. The old location, which is currently for lease or sale, will not be used by Gander Outdoors and will continue to sit empty until a new tenant can be located. Back on January 2, Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis announced the O'Fallon Gander Mountain location would return. The original 61,000-square foot store located on Central Park Drive opened in May 2015. While the store's future had been in question following Gander Mountain’s bankruptcy and acquisition by Camping World Holdings Inc., the Weekly reported earlier this year that it was expected to reopen in June, re-brand- ed as Gander Outdoors. At that time the store was expected to employ around 70 people when it reopened. Lemonis announced O’Fallon’s re- opening as part of a Facebook video posted on January 2. “Inside these stores is something a little different. Rather than just opening up a big-box we’ve decided to change it up a little bit. What you’ll see is very distinct departments with very distinct special- ties and brands. Great leadership team, great product, and more importantly great prices and great service,” Lemons said. When asked, O'Fallon Community De- velopment Director Ted Shekell stated he had no comment on this story at this time. District 85 celebrates young authors and IPA recognition nominees By Angela Simmons Weekly Reporter SHILOH - The April board meeting for Shiloh District 85 was packed full of celebration. Eight students were on hand to be recognized by their principals and board members for their achievements, and the students will also participate in upcoming events in St. Clair County. Both Shiloh Elementary School and Shiloh Middle School will send three students to represent the schools at the St. Clair County Young Authors Conference on Saturday, April 21. The students representing SES are Vivian Streit, Kylie Sullivan, and Noah Yates. The students representing SMS are Bella Durbin, Tabitha Moore, and Simeon Talley. SES Principal Tiana Montgomery thanked the district’s Young Authors Coordinator, Sarah Wehrle. “She helped get this going, get the word out, and get the kids excited about writing. I know several teachers helped with the judging to get down to our final three, so we’re very proud of them in their extra efforts,” she said. She also men- tioned that students won gift cards to Barnes & Noble and Baskin Robbins. One student from each school will also be attending the Illinois Principals Association Student Recognition Breakfast with their Shiloh IPA Student Recognition nominees third grader Sean Malone and eighth grader Bridget Hill (O'Fallon Weekl y Photo by Angela Simmons) See “District 85” on page 8