O'Fallon Weekly March 6, 2019

Wednesday March 6, 2019 Moye PTO raises nearly $25,000 at Glo Bingo event Page 9 Consultants chosen to prepare school consolidation report By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter SHILOH - Smoke could be seen from far and wide coming from a barn fire Tuesday afternoon along the 300 block of North Main Street in Shiloh. The first alarm fire resulted in multiple agen- cies responding, including O'Fallon, Fairview Heights, and Lebanon. No one was injured and the blaze was put down. At one point, live power lines fell and were a concern for first responders. Weekly Editor See “Consolidation” on page 7 In This Edition Calendar..................................................2 News................................................... 3-7 Law & Order............................................8 Education............................................ 9-10 Health & Wellness ���������������������������������� 11 Sports.................................................... 12 Milestones..........................................13-14 Vantage Point......................................... 15 Lifestyle.................................................. 16 Fun & Games.......................................... 17 Marketplace........................................... 18 Bon Appétit............................................ 19 Water Leak Detecting Gas Lines l Back Flow Testing l LEFT: Flames could be seen rising from the barn fire, located behind the white house in the 300 block of North Main Street in Shiloh on Tuesday afternoon. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef) Split council gives early approval to proposed liquor store By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - The O’Fallon City Council was divided but ultimately gave first round approval to a new business, Mirage Liquor and Spirits, located on the west end of town in building previously occupied by Creve Coeur Camera. The applicant, Davuthan Kilic, is requesting the property be rezoned to allow for packaged liquor sales. Residents and business owners near the proposed business location, 2020 West Highway 50, spoke against the rezo- ning citing concerns for safety, density of alcohol sales at that intersection and potential decline in property value. The property is located at the intersection of West Highway 50 and Old Collinsville Road. Currently a Huck’s convenience store operates on the northwest corner of the intersection, with a Motomart to be built on the southwest corner. Dr. Anne Bollmeier operates the neighboring dental office, Bollmeier Dental, and is concerned about incre- ased crime and shared research that included a study from Johns Hopkins University that concluded, “Alcohol outlets that sell for off-premise alcohol consumption have a stronger associa- tion of incidences with violent crime, including homicides, aggravated sexual assaults and robbery.” Bollmeier is particularly concerned about the safety of her staff. “I worry about letting my staff leave at night already with some of what’s going on in that area, and now I feel like this would definitely increase that. I have a lot of younger women wor- king with me and for me, and I try and make sure they don’t even leave alone and it’s sad to me that have to even say that to my staff,” said Bollmeier. A petition signed by 128 residents within the notification buffer zone of the property was presented to the coun- cil by Dr. James Bollmeier. “The 128 represent the residents in the area, and I think we need to take them into consideration,” said James Bollmeier. Property owner Brad McMillin addressed the council saying, “at the end of the day we’re making a lot of assumptions that it’s automatically going to cause trouble.” McMillin indi- cated he wants a decent business there and has talked with the business owner about everything from the aesthetics of the property, to security, lighting, and will work with the city regarding landscaping and any fencing that needs to be done. “The business owner doesn’t want any loitering going on there, and he’s going to keep decent hours,” said Mc- Millin. The proposed business hours Water Heaters l Faucets Garbage Disposals $1.00 Barn catches fire in Shiloh By Nick Miller O'FALLON - During a recent BEST committee meeting, it was reported that the committee assembled to organize a study into the possible consolidation of the four O’Fallon area school districts has chosen consultants to conduct the effort. Dave Hopkins, who represents the committee organized by the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce as an in- dependent party, said the committee has chosen Dr. Nick Osborne and Dr. James Rosborg. Osborne and Rosborg most recently prepared a conso- lidation feasibility study for Freeburg, Smithton, and St. Libory school districts. In that report, the pair did recommend consolidation, however child sex abuse Vol. 4, No. 46 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. 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