O'Fallon Weekly August 22, 2018

St. Elizabeth's Hospital demonstrates TeleHealth system Page 6 Local nursery vandalized in borad daylight Wednesday August 22, 2018 Vol. 4, No. 18 $1.00 O'Fallon celebrates at inaugural City Fest By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS - On Friday, Aug. 17, an individual vandalized the Creative Landsca- pes and Garden Center office building during regular business hours. “Somebody came in during our business hours while nobody was over there and created havoc,” owner of the business Josh Martie said. Martie said that “no one really broke in” be- cause the building stays unlocked while the business is operating. The vandalism occurred between 9:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. while two of Martie’s employees were on staff. “They didn’t steal anything. They tore up the house - knocked over shelves, spray painted computer monitors and dumped transmission fluid all over the floor,” he said. Martie said that he thinks it’s bizarre that the vandalism took place in the morning. Martie said that he notified Fairview Heights Police Department after his landscape manager discovered the vandalism. “There’s not much they could do for us because the per- son didn’t steal anything,” he said. “They said it would be impossible to take finger prints because there are so many See “Vandalism” on page 8 In This Edition Calendar................................................. 2 News................................................... 2-8 Law & Order........................................... 9 Health & Wellness.............................. 10-11 Sports............................................... 12-14 Milestones..............................................15 Vanage Point..........................................16 Lifestyle..................................................17 Fun & Games..........................................18 Marketplace...........................................19 Bon Appétit........................................... 20 O'Fallon residents enjoyed pleasant weather and took part in the inaugural City Fest, a revival of the city's homecoming festival. The event took place over Friday evening and all day Saturday, and included rides, games, local food and drinks, a car show, live music, a biathalon, and a parade on Saturday evening. For hundreds more scenes from City Fest, visit our website, OFallonWeekly.com. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef) Downtown O'Fallon to receive more parking By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - It was announced at Monday evening's City Council mee- ting that Downtown O’Fallon will see the addition of twelve parking spots by month-end. The downtown Metro bus lane was recently turned over to the city after being deemed unnecessary. Remo- val of the bus lane began last week and will be converted into parking spaces on either side of the Chamber of Commerce building on East First Street. After a public hearing, the council approved an annexation agreement for 2081 Borchers Lane allowing the owners to tie into the city water line. Council also approved on first reading the annexation ordinance for 8478 East US Highway 50 and the adjacent 26.396 acres of State of Illinois right-of-way. The petitioner is proposing construction of a contractor building and storage on the proper- ty after annexation. The requested parcel will remain zoned for general business district, as well as the ad- jacent property remaining zoned for agriculture. The mayor took time at Monday’s City Council meeting to praise the See “City Council” on page 8