O'Fallon Weekly January 23, 2019

Wednesday January 23, 2019 O'Fallon Station to host farmers markets starting in May Page 3 Troy-O’Fallon Bike Trail expected this summer Vol. 4, No. 40 $1.00 Local community commemorates MLK Jr. at annual church breakfast By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - A bike trail development along Troy- O’Fallon Road can be expected around the beginning to mid- summer, according to Metro East Parks and Recrea- tion District Executive Director Bryan Werner. The development is a seven mile trail that will extend from Troy south to O’Fallon. The trail will go past the intersection of Simmons and Witte Road. While there was a previous delay in construction due to the need of steel for bridges, Werner said that construction is now “well underway.” Werner said that the need for steel “is no longer an issue” and that it should be delivered and installed on necessary bridges in coming months. While Madison County Transit is overseeing constructi- on of the trail, Metro East Parks and Recreation District is providing the necessary funding for the project. “As far as we know as an organization, it is still antici- pated to be completed in the early summer,” Werner said. “Just like any project that continues through the winter time, mother nature and snow plays a part.” Werner said that there is a high probability of bike trails to be connected throughout neighboring communities. O’Fallon assistant city administrator Grant Litteken See “Bike Trail” on page 5 In This Edition Calendar..................................................2 News................................................... 3-6 Law & Order............................................7 Education............................................ 8-10 Health & Wellness ���������������������������������� 11 Sports................................................12-13 Milestones..........................................14-15 Vantage Point......................................... 16 Lifestyle.................................................. 17 Fun & Games.......................................... 18 Marketplace........................................... 19 Bon Appétit............................................20 O'FALLON - The tenth annual O’Fallon Metro East Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast took place at New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church on Monday, with a keynote speech on injustice delivered by the first African American woman elected judge in St. Clair County. The breakfast event commemora- ting the late civil rights leader was hosted and sponsored by the chu- rch, in partnership with the city of O’Fallon and the local NAACP Metro East chapter.  Around 150 people attended the Jan. 21 program. Attendees included local community leaders and dignita- ries.  Bishop Geoffrey V. Dudley St., pastor of New Life Church, welcomed those gathered at the commemorative event.  “God is growing us, growing our campus, growing our influence and we are so thankful but we cannot do it on our own,” Dudley said. “We stand on the shoulders of all of you who are in this community, who are serving God.” After breakfast was served, Community members gather at New Life in Christ Church to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 21 (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef) O’Fallon Mayor Herb Roach addre- ssed the audience.   “Dr. King was noted for a state- ment that he made in Washington D.C., ‘I have a dream.’ Dr. King was more than a dreamer — he was not just a dreamer, he was a doer. He was involved, he was a man of action. He was a man of the people and for the people,” Roach said.  See “MLK Event” on page 6 Lots of development on agenda at City Council By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - The O’Fallon City Council approved on first reading mul- tiple development projects at Tuesday’s meeting. Public comments were made regarding a mixed-use project on N. Seven Hills Road and a tunnel car wash with office buildings at the intersection of Frank Scott Parkway and Hartman Lane. Both projects have received several public comments over the course of the planning commission and community development committee meetings. The mixed-use project being proposed is for approximately 27-acres that sits just north of Wesley Drive on the east side N. Seven Hills Road, and will consists of office, senior living and residential land uses. Closest to the road will be three office buildings, totaling 25,300 square feet, to be known as The Seven Hills Professi- onal Center. Behind the office buildings will be 3-phased senior living center to be known as Vantage Pointe at O’Fallon. This will include a 92-bed assisted living and memory care facility, a 30-unit inde- pendent care building and 18 independent living cottages. Finally, the remaining 14-acres will be used for development of a 23-lot, two-family home subdivision to be known as Patio Homes North. This subdivision will be complimentary to the Patio Homes at Seven Hills subdivision planned and approved off Wesley just south of the proposed development which was originally zoned for commercial buildings. Two residents of the Prairie Crossing subdivision, located on the west side of N. Seven Hills Road, addressed the council during the public hearing for the parcel. Dale Huegen said he moved to O’Fallon a couple of years ago from Clinton County and specifically asked his realtor about the farm land on the east side of N. Seven Hills that he can see out of his back windows. According to Hue- gen, his realtor told him that property was zoned as single-family homes. Huegen See “City Council” on page 6 Prairie Crossing resident Dale Huegen addresses the council regarding a proposed mixed-use development on N. Seven Hills Road across the street from his subdivision. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Martha Stoffel)