O'Fallon Weekly July 18, 2018

O'Fallon community remembers Jennifer Mueller at memorial 5k run Page 5 Wednesday July 18, 2018 Vol. 4, No. 13 $1.00 Bost calls for Shiloh Mayor Jim Vernier delivers review of NGA upbeat State of the Village address site selection By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter NGA St. Louis developer accused of keeping tax credits and not following through on promises By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter Congressman Mike Bost (IL-12) has given local leaders renewed hope for recapturing one of the biggest develop- ment projects the region has ever seen - the National Geosptial-Inte- lligece Agency (NGA) - that was lost to north St. Louis in a bidding war in 2016. On July 9, Bost indi- cated he had raised con- Mike Bost (IL-12) cerns with NGA director Robert Cardillo regar- ding the integrity of the site selection for the new western headquarters "amid allegations that a key developer of the North St. Louis site engaged in tax credit fraud and other misdeeds in securing the property," a press release from his office states. According to the St. Louis Post-Disptatch, last month Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley sued developer Paul McKee’s NorthSide Regeneration LLC, accusing it of keeping $4.5 million in state tax credits "despite failing to complete the purchase of more than $5 million worth See “NGA” on page 9 In This Edition Calendar.................................................. 2 News.................................................... 3-9 Law & Order.......................................... 10 Business..................................................11 Health & Wellness............................... 12-13 Sports................................................ 14-16 Community......................................... 17-18 Milestones...............................................19 Vantage Point......................................... 20 Lifestyles..................................................21 Fun & Games.......................................... 22 Marketplace........................................... 23 Recipes.................................................. 24 SHILOH - Shiloh Mayor Jim Vernier delivered an upbeat report at last Wed- nesday's State of the Village address, saying "things are going well."  He said the village continues to operate on a fiscally sound footing, made possible in part by the growth of new medical-related businesses that supply healthy tax revenue. “We’re experiencing growth in our sales tax numbers brought on by all the new employees at these medical facilities both in O’Fallon and Shiloh," Vernier said.  Vernier said that sales tax receipts are up 20 percent over last year.  He acknowledged the success of Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh and recognized that it will soon be one year since the opening of its first additional medical building.   “That facility houses all types of health services from minor surgeries to therapy, X-ray and MRI services, it’s all in that facility,” Vernier said.  He noted that the Memorial medical building with its approximate 200 em- ployees "are also spending money in our community.”  "The best thing" he said for future de- velopment is a Siteman Cancer facility. “Siteman Cancer Center is a nationa- lly recognized facility. Their oncologists and doctors are known throughout the country- and the world for that that matter. They have submitted their site plan and their grading permit, and that is with our engineers for review,” Vernier said.  The center is estimated to cost $45 million, according to Vernier.  “I’ll add that I had little to do with BJC deciding to build the Siteman Can- cer facility in Shiloh, I just happened to be the mayor. I thank God I don’t need their services but I know so many people who do,” he said.  “This I truly believe is the greatest addition to overall healthcare in our re- gion in decades and I for one couldn’t be happier for the Siteman Cancer coming to our area in Shiloh- but it’s going to be here for all of us. It will treat people Jim Vernier, Shiloh Mayor from Springfield to Southern Illinois and it will save a lot of families a lot of grief.”  Vernier said that the facility “should be going under construction very soon.”  See “Village Address” on page 9 Mayor encourages community to get involved as council openings approach Other discussion focuses on city road projects, economic development By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - Mayor Herb Roach said that the City of O’Fallon will need to fill between five and seven city council positions in the coming months and encouraged the involve- ment of community members interes- ted in continuing their growth "and the operations of our community.”  At a town hall meeting on July 11 at the O’Fallon Fire Department where Roach announced vacancies would open in the next five to eight months, he said the forum was for the community to ask city officials any questions they may have regarding Mayor Herb Roach encouraged those interested in running for City Council city projects. “This is your meeting and the idea in April to begin to get involved in the community and its affairs now, if they is to give you information and answer aren't already. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef) the questions that you may have,” focused on road projects.  that a consultant hired by the city Roach said.  Director of Public Works Jeff See “O'Fallon Townhall” on page 9 Discussion at the town hall mostly Taylor informed those who gathered