O'Fallon Weekly June 13, 2018

Pastor Don Wagner celebrates 25 years of service in Lebanon Page 16 New Lebanon grocery store development could stop before the ground breaks Wednesday June 13, 2018 Vol. 4, No. 8 $1.00 Hit and run takes place in front of Gia's restaurant By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - A presumed hit and run took place on Satur- day, June 9 in O’Fallon on the intersection of State Street and Lincoln Avenue at approxima- tely 10 p.m. O’Fallon Police Sgt. Patrick Feldhake said that the incident was caused due to a woman experiencing a symptom of a medical condition. Gia’s employee Kaylynd Lyman said that the restaurant was about to close when they heard a loud bang outside and saw police sirens. “A cop happened to be right See "Hit and Run" on page 3 The driver of the struck vehicle is prepared for transport to an area hospital by O'Fallon EMS following Saturday night's hit and run accident. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Jeff Egbert) Property owner Mike Elbe says “If I have to stop, I’ll stop,” as he asks city council to pay for a culvert and road to be put in front of the store. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Angela Simmons) Misty Valley residents may soon see a solution to water drainage issues By Angela Simmons By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter Weekly Reporter LEABNON - Mike Elbe may be putting the brakes on bringing a grocery store to Lebanon. He addressed city council at their first full June meeting about hitting road blocks in building infrastructure for the new Don’s IGA. “There’s a couple problems going on, and the mayor has done a tremendous job. Right now, we’re waiting on some engineers to hear back from IDOT, so that’s one problem and why we haven’t started. The other is, I don’t know if anybody knows Russ Stroot, we have a problem with him. There’s some land behind the store that I need that I was told a price at one time, eight or nine months ago, and now for a half acre, he wants $40,000. For farmland. So that’s two things,” Elbe said. He continued to talk about an East to West road that also needs to be placed next to the store. The structure is existing, but the surface needs to be added, and Christ brothers has already been in contact about it, as well as a culvert in the area. Elbe estimates the culvert to cost around $17,000. “I can’t incur the costs, so I’m going to need the city to do it. I can’t pay for the road, I can’t pay for the culvert, I can’t pay for the lot. It keeps adding up, and adding up. The money is gone. For all intents and purposes, there’s going to be three million dollars inves- ted into this, and I can’t spend any more money. If I have to quit, I have to quit,” he said. The road is also owned by Stroot, who Mayor Rich Wilken negotiated with to lease the road for $1.00 yearly, and Wilken said he would be sure to get a long-term contract signed. Wilken also reminded Elbe that the money for the land, road, and culvert are all reimbursable costs under the TIF district since they will be used See "Lebanon Council" on page 7 A drainage issue that has plagued the Misty Valley subdivision for years looks to receive some potential resolution from the city. Ground water drainage issues cause sump pumps to run almost constantly in the subdivision. The city requires the property owner to drain the water from sump pumps into the rear of their properties, but the nei- ghborhood does not drain well causing the excess water to saturate back yards. When this happens, some residents run their sump pump hoses directly to the curb and gutter of the street. This is causing deterioration of the city’s road infrastructure in that sub- division. It also creates a safety issue in the winter when the water begins to freeze. After an engineering consultant evalua- ted the neighborhood drainage issues, plans were designed to resolve the issues for three specific parts of the neighborhood. The recommendation from Public Works is to install a storm sewer system in the rear easement of the properties. The system would be 12 inch pipe with storm grates placed along the line. The bid for the project was divided into three sections: 818-838 Misty Valley Road, 621-637 Wintergreen Drive, and 846-886 Misty Valley Road. The lowest bid from DMS Contracting, Inc for each section respectively were $51,052, $44,816.50 and $72,390. Backyard installation creates additional costs with fences and other existing utilities. Most of the cost in the bids were associated with restoring the backyards upon completion of drain insta- llation. This project was not included in the FY19 budget, so the costs would likely See "Misty Valley" on page 7 Sign up today for our E-Newsletter at OFallonWeekly.com