O'Fallon Weekly April 3, 2019

Chamber of Commerce to honor Salute to Business Award winners Pages 6-8 Council gives first approval to annual budget Early approval granted to proposed veterinary center By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - City Council approved several resolu- tions, the Fiscal Year 2020 budget on first reading, and a development known as Advanced Veterinary Center, LLC at Monday’s meeting. The FY20 budget will begin May 1, 2019 and run through April 30, 2020. The proposed budget reflects a twelve percent increase from the previous year totaling $84,102,168, primarily due to several, planned public works projects. A public hearing and the council’s second reading for the budget will be at the April 15th meeting. A resolution declaring surplus of funds in the city’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) accounts for the 2017 tax year was approved. The surpluses for TIF #3 (Central Park Drive), TIF #4 (Highway 50/Troy-Scott Road – Met- roplex), and TIF #5 (Central City) represent the agreed pass-throughs. The final surplus was for TIF #1 (158/Rasp Farm) which expired June 2018. As part of an agreement for their participation in the property tax abatement incentive in the enterprise zone, the city agreed to declare a surplus for the remaining funds in TIF #1 and distribute the ba- lance proportionally to all taxing bodies instead of using the balance for a sewer project within the TIF area. The balance for TIF #1 is $300,343.06 for the 2017 taxes. Council approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with school districts 90 and 203 for the Mid-America Enterprise Zone. The two districts voted last month to participate in the property tax abatement incentive for the See “Council” on page 4 In This Edition Calendar..................................................2 News................................................... 3-4 Law & Order............................................5 Salute to Business ���������������������������������� 6-8 Education ........................................... 9-10 Health & Wellness ���������������������������������� 11 Sports................................................12-14 Milestones.............................................. 15 Vantage Point......................................... 16 Lifestyle.................................................. 17 Fun & Games.......................................... 18 Marketplace........................................... 19 Bon Appétit............................................20 Wednesday April 3, 2019 Vol. 4, No. 50 $1.00 And the winners are... New faces elected to city councils, school boards By Nick Miller Weekly Editor O'FALLON- Voters took to the polls on Tuesday, April 2, and elected a slate of almost entirely new faces to the City Council. In Ward One, Dennis Muyleart ran unopposed and will join his Ward One counterpart, Ross Rosenberg, on the city council. The contested race in Ward Two was won by challenger Jessica Lotz over incumbent Robert Kueker. Lotz defeated Kueker 330 to 203 according to the unofficial numbers from the St. Clair County Clerk's office late Tuesday evening. In Ward 3, incumbent Kevin Hagarty ran unopposed and will serve another four year term. Todd Roach defeated two challengers to win election in Ward Four. Roach obtained 248 votes to Mary Lynam-Miller's 165 and Sarah Atterberry's 26. Ward Five saw both seats up for election. One seat, to serve a two-year term, was won by Chris Monroe who ran uncontested. The other seat, with a four-year term, was won by Gwendolyn Randolph against Chris Hursey, 71 to 64. See “Election” on page 4 Jessica Lotz - Ward 2 Todd Roach - Ward 4 Tom Vorce - Ward 6 Nathan Parchman - Ward 7 Despite rain, sixth annual 0.1K Fun Run raises money for local veterans By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - The sixth annual 0.1K Fun Run took place on Saturday, March 30, in downtown O’Fallon. VFW Post 805 hosted the 0.1K and gathered a large crowd in their facility following the rainy fun run on First Street. Over $18,000 was raised by the 0.1K race this year for the VFW National Home for Children and the Post 805 Troop Support Fund. The VFW saw an increase of participants in the race this year, 678 total which is 189 more than last year. Racers of all ages walked or ran across the finish line during the Saturday morning event. The start line was near the caboose in downtown O’Fallon. The VFW post is located at 221 West First Street. Runners take off in the rain to start the sixth annual 0.1K (Photo by Harold Rau)