O'Fallon Weekly March 27, 2019

Election 2019 Check out our 2019 Voter Guide Page 21 Wednesday March 27, 2019 Vol. 4, No. 49 $1.00 Aldermen given first O’Fallon area Special Olympian takes look at proposed home gold in Dubai World Games $84.1 million budget By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - The Finance Department provided an overview of the entire city budget to the Finance & Ad- ministration Committee Monday night. The FY20 budget will begin May 1, 2019 and run through April 30, 2020. The proposed budget reflects a twelve percent increase from the previous year totaling $84,102,168, primari- ly due to several, planned public works projects. City Council will vote on the FY20 budget at their April 1 and April 15 meetings, with a public hearing at the April 15th meeting. Public Works projects represent 50.5 percent of the total proposed FY20 city budget. The largest item being upgra- des and additions to the waste water treatment plan that were included in the city’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan. The project will include the installation of a sludge dewatering facility and the installation of filters to reduce phosphorus effluent levels. Approximately $4 million from the waste water reserve account will be transferred to help fund the $9 million project. The Finance Department also recommended each department add a line item for capital reserves as a way to plan for long-term projects. As an example, the Communi- ty Development Department placed $25,000 in the capital reserves line for a future comprehensive plan that will likely cost $100,000 when completed in the future and the Fire Department placed $135,000 in capital reserves for a future engine replacement. A resolution declaring surplus of funds in the city’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) accounts for the 2017 tax year was presented. The surpluses for TIF #3 (Central Park Drive), TIF #4 (Highway 50/Troy-Scott Road – Met- roplex), and TIF #5 (Central City) represent the agreed pass-throughs. See “Budget” on page 10 In This Edition Calendar............................................... 2-3 News................................................. 4-10 Law & Order.......................................... 11 Business................................................. 12 Education ..........................................13-15 Health & Wellness ���������������������������������� 17 Sports............................................... 18-20 Voter Guide 2019.............................. 21-24 Milestones......................................... 25-26 Vantage Point......................................... 27 Lifestyle..................................................28 Fun & Games..........................................29 Marketplace...........................................30 Bon Appétit............................................ 31 O'FALLON - Competing on a world stage might have been unthin- kable just a few short years ago for an O'Fallon young woman who recently brought home several medals in gym- nastics at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, Dubai.  Saneatha Trice, a student at the O’Fallon Township High School Transition House, said when she first took up gymnastics in eighth grade, she didn’t know if she would like it or not.  “I was kind of scared and nervous,” Trice said. “My teacher wanted to see if I would try it.” Tara Edwards, Trice’s mother and director of Parent Teacher Organizati- on for Exceptional Children (PTO- EC), said when Trice was at her first gymnastics practice, she surprised many with her abilities on the vault.  “Coaches still talk about it today how she just walked in and gave them their first heart attack,” Edwards said.  Before gymnastics, Trice said she was nervous just talking to people. But with a little help from friends she calls her heroes, she has become a fearless competitor. “They helped me,” Trice said.  Edwards said her daughter benefits more from just the athletic aspect of the PTOEC program. “Saneatha would never go up to somebody she didn’t know and just talk,” Edwards OTHS student Saneatha Trice won a gold medal in vault, a bronze medal in said. “Now, she talks to everybody.” uneven bars, floor and all around, and fourth in balance beam at the Special After realizing her natural abilities Olympics World Games in Dubai earlier this month. (Submitted Photo) with gymnastics, Trice has taken an games in Seattle. in her sport of choice are five gold interest in other sports as well, such After that competition, she kept the medals in vault, uneven bars, floor, as bowling and basketball. beam and all around earned last Among her crowning achievements summer in Special Olympics USA See “Olympian” on page 10 Sign up for our E-Newsletter at OFallonWeekly.com