O'Fallon Weekly January 16, 2019

Wednesday January 16, 2019 Eagle Scouts project helps local pre-school Page 10 White settling into role as new fire chief By Kate Crutcher Weekly Reporter O’FALLON - For the past month, Brad White has been settling into his new position as the city’s fire chief, following the retirement of former-Chief Brent Saunders. White, who has been with the O’Fallon Fire De- partment since 2006, was made official on December 13, 2018, and introduced to the city at the city council meeting the following Monday evening. Before his career as a fire fighter, White served our country by being a part of the military, recently retiring after 28 years with the United States Department of Defense, including 13 of those years with the United States Marine Corps.. “I have been with NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigating Service) for quite a while before joining the O’Fallon Fire Department. I was a liaison for the Navy and [Scott] Air Force Base. I worked with the local FBI as well, for quite a bit.” White said. White is a graduate of the American Military Universi- ty and holds his Fire Officer I and II Certifications from Southwestern Illinois College’s Fire Science Program. Over his career with the O’Fallon Fire Department and Department of Defense, Chief White has received numerous awards including the 2010 US Transportation See “Fire Chief” on page 6 In This Edition Calendar..................................................2 News................................................... 3-6 Law & Order............................................7 Education.............................................. 8-9 Community............................................. 10 Health & Wellness ���������������������������������� 11 Sports................................................12-13 Milestones..........................................14-15 Vantage Point......................................... 16 Lifestyle.................................................. 17 Fun & Games.......................................... 18 Marketplace........................................... 19 Bon Appétit............................................20 Vol. 4, No. 39 $1.00 Area digs out after "Snowmageddon" O'FALLON - The local area was hit with a massive snowstorm beginning Friday afternoon and continuing off and on until Sunday. By Saturday morning, more than eight and a half inches of heavy, wet snow had fallen on O'Fallon. Storm crews began working early Friday pre-treating roads and worked to plow roads all through the night, ensuring that main roads were clear and usable on Saturday morning. Another winter storm is predicted to hit the metro-east area this Friday and possibly continue until end of day Saturday. The O'Fallon Weekly will have updates on this weekend's weather on its Facebook page and website, OFallonWeekly.com, as the situation becomes more clear. (O'Fallon Weekly Photos by Nick Miller) Council committee gives early approval to carwash project, Seven Hills Road development By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - The Community Development Committee went against the Planning Commission’s re- commendation and approved to send to council plans for a development to be located at the northwest corner of Hartman Lane and Frank-Scott Parkway that will include a Rainstorm tunnel car wash and office buildings. The Planning Commission met last week and voted 2-7 against the proposed development. During public comment at the Community Deve- lopment Committee, the real estate broker for the property addressed concerns brought up by the Planning Commission regarding the necessity for another car wash in O’Fallon, traffic flow on Hartman Lane and the plan for the remainder of the land. Community Development Director Ted Shekell let the committee know Conceptual artwork for the proposed Rainstorm Car Wash. (Submitted Photo) the petitioner has been very reasona- ble to work with, and has gone above and beyond to accommodate requests of the city and county regarding traffic flow and future development proposals. The development has a single entrance located on Hartman Lane. It was recommended by the county the entrance be in-line with the entrance for the Circle K located across the street. To accommodate the request, the petitioner has made plans to pur- chase the parcel of land north of the original parcel to place the entrance in the desired location and provide more development opportunities. See “Community Development” on page 3