O'Fallon Weekly December 5, 2018

Wednesday December 5, 2018 Vol. 4, No. 33 Madrigals host annual Christmas dinner and show Page 9 $1.00 Early morning fire engulfs Shiloh home O'Fallon City Council approves food truck ordinance, tax levy Mayor Herb Roach and Mayor for the Day Ryan Lotz presented retiring council members Matthew Smallheer, Richie Meile and Andrew Lopinot with plaques for their service to the O’Fallon community. All three aldermen were elected to St. Clair County positions in last month’s elections. Lopinot has served Ward 5 since May 2017, Smallheer has served Ward 4 since May 2015, Meile has served Ward 1 since May 2011. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Martha Stoffel) By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter (O'Fallon Weekly Photos by Annabelle Knef) By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter SHILOH - A fire engulfed a Shiloh home, 9 Linden Drive, early in the morning on Friday, Nov. 30. Neighbors who witnessed the fire indicated that flames could be seen as early as 4 a.m. Fire fighters arrived to the scene at approximately 4:30 a.m. Witnesses say that the two oc- cupants, the owner Charlotte Edwards and her husband George Edwards, were able to get out safely and no one In This Edition Calendar................................................. 2 News................................................... 3-5 Law & Order........................................... 6 Business.................................................. 7 Education..............................................8-9 Health & Wellness ����������������������������������10 Sports....................................................11 Community........................................ 12-13 Milestones..............................................14 Vantage Point.........................................15 Lifestyle..................................................16 Fun & Games..........................................17 Marketplace...................................... 18-19 Bon Appétit........................................... 20 was injured. Drivers were diverted from Leba- non Avenue on to side streets that had no outlet, frustrating drivers during their morning commute. Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire. O'FALLON - The O’Fallon City Council approved the mobile food vendor ordinance Monday night with a vote of 8-4. Discussions surrounding regulation of food trucks, specifically in downtown O’Fallon, has been ongoing since September. At the last city council meeting, a motion was approved for the ordinance to be sent back to the Community See “City Council” on page 5 Lebanon considering ways to regulate fireworks By Angela Simmons Weekly Reporter Fire Safety Compliance Manager Robert Wetzel explains the permit process pertaining to the Illinois Pyrotechnic Use Act in a presentation to the Lebanon Health and Safety Committee. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Angela Simmons) LEBANON - The Lebanon Health and Safety Committee listened to a presentation from a representative of the State Fire Marshal’s office regarding the future and current use of fire- works in Lebanon. Fire Safety Compliance Manager Robert Wetzel spoke to the committee about current policies, distin- ctions between pyrotechnics, fireworks and consumer produ- cts, and more. Wetzel provides oversight for the state’s sprinkler industry, the fire equipment industry, and the pyrotechnic and fireworks indus- try. “To be clear, I want to make a distinction between fireworks and pyrotechnics. When we talk about pyrotechnics, we’re talking about professionally displayed fireworks, TV and movie special effects, or arena special effects,” Wetzel said. Wetzel went over the different classes covered in the Illinois Pyrotechnics Use Act. Class 1 covers anything that will or might blow up. There are several subcategories. 1.1 covers See “Lebanon Fireworks” on page 5