O'Fallon Weekly June 6, 2018

O'Fallon Woman's Club celebrates 50 years of flag ceremonies Page 7 Lion's Choice returning to O'Fallon area at old Tim Horton's site Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - What would have been a brief special meeting for the O’Fallon District 90 Board about security upgrades and selling off retired technology turned into a four hour meeting with hours of public comment about about Board Member Steve Springer. For the second month in a row, parents, community mem- bers, and district staff spoke out for and against Springer. A series of emails from 2016 By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - Lion’s Choice, a fast- food chain restaurant with its headquarters based in St. Louis, is opening a branch in O’Fallon. The new restaurant is set to open July 17, according to the Lion’s Choice corporate office. Despite a previous O’Fallon branch of Lion’s Choice located on East Highway 50 closing, community development director Ted Shekell said he thinks the new restaurant located off Green Mount Road at 450 Regency Park will be successful. “We’re very excited to have them back here in town,” Shekell said. Shekell said that Lion’s Choice now has a new owner, Mike Kupstas, who has had previous executive positions at Panera Bread, Red Lobster and Long John Silver’s. The O’Fallon- based Lion’s Choice will be located in the previous location of Tim Horton’s, Canadian- based coffee and donut shop, which closed in December of 2017. Along with new management, Lion’s Choice will now offer a breakfast menu. Water Leak Detecting Gas Lines l Back Flow Testing l $1.00 between Springer and Superintendent Carrie Hruby regarding a transgen- der District 90 student and poten- tial Muslim students have caused O’Fallon community members, local civil rights advocacy groups and even Illinois state officials, to request Springer’s resignation. “A child with serious ‘confusion’ issues needs professional assistan- ce, and not at taxpayer expense,” the email read, discussing a male transgender student who had been See "District 90" on page 9 Council gives early approval to O'Fallon theater expansion By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter O'FALLON -A proposal from Marcus Theatre Corporation to construct a 13,583 square foot addition has been approved on first reading. The addition would remove 55 of the current parking spaces and add two, premium-format auditoriums, known as Ultrascreens, to the east end of the existing facility. Chad Philhour with TK Architects for Marcus Theatre stated during a recent pla- nning commission meeting that the two new theaters will include increased thea- ter speakers from 20 to 38, heated seats, 3-story tall screens (larger than Ronnie’s IMAX) and laser projection. They are an- ticipating construction to begin mid-June, and be open by Thanksgiving. A planned use proposal for the parcel at 131 East First Street was approved on first reading for the construction of a 3,250 square foot building with two tenant spaces to be known as First Street Exchange. One tenant will contain a café that will serve coffee, lunch and desserts and may offer a couple sidewalk dining tables. The other space is expected to be an office or retail-type tenant. The spaces will have shared restroom facilities within a common area. The property was the old EMS building owned by the City. In 2016, the City issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the development of the lot. The City Council selected a proposal from Brad McMillin to construct a commercial buil- ding on the property. Due to the proximity of residential parcels to the south of the property, the parcel needed a planned use to construct the building. This property is within the Downtown TIF District, and would be eligible for TIF funds for eligible expenses. There were no public comments made regarding the planned use proposal, de- spite concerns raised during the planning commission meeting regarding parking. Water Heaters l Faucets Garbage Disposals Vol. 4, No. 7 Springer refuses to step down amidst public pressure By Angela Simmons The Lion's Choice sign near the road was installed on Friday, May 31, signaling the fast food chain's return to O'Fallon. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller) Wednesday June 6, 2018 l l Toilets Sump Pumps Video Camera Inspection Tankless Water Heaters l Drain Cleaning High-Velocity Water Jetting $50 OFF ANY SERVICE Save Time and Money 618-624-1700 With a minimum of $200 purchase. Coupon must be presented at time of service. Cannot be used with any other offer. This coupon does not expire. (OFW) 5903 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights, IL 62208 See "City Council" on page 8