O'Fallon Weekly November 28, 2018

Wednesday November 28, 2018 Fulton journalists launch video news program Page 8 Lebanon Council sends proposed tow company back to square one Vol. 4, No. 32 $1.00 Christmas arrives in O'Fallon 4 Sells Towing owner Teddy Sells (left) responds to some of the comments from the crowd and questions from Alderwoman Cheri Wright. Property owner J.D. Biel (right) was also present for the meeting. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Angela Simmons) By Angela Simmons Weekly Reporter LEBANON - One Lebanon resident will go back to the drawing board after a city council vote accepted the recommendation of the Lebanon Planning Commission to deny a special use permit to open a towing company lot at 606 McAllister. In a meeting that was heated and confusing at times to attendees and city staff, City Attorney John Long said that a council meeting vote was null and void until a hearing was held and the use was added to an existing list of possible uses for the current zone. The property sits adjacent to Jesus the Living Word Church and is zoned MH1, Manufactured Home. The area sits in a prominently African American neighborhood that residents are hard at work to clean up, taking vacant homes and lot and revamping them into community gardens and new homes, and making sure that a nearby park is clean and safe for the community. Resident Lafarrell Price said that See “Lebanon Council” on page 5 In This Edition Calendar................................................. 2 News................................................... 3-5 Law & Order........................................... 6 Business.................................................. 7 Education..............................................8-9 Health & Wellness ����������������������������������10 Sports....................................................11 Community........................................ 12-13 Milestones..............................................14 Vantage Point.........................................15 Lifestyle..................................................16 Fun & Games..........................................17 Marketplace...................................... 18-19 Bon Appétit........................................... 20 O'FALLON - Christmas arrived in town on Saturday evening with the annual Illuminated Lights Parade. Large crowds lined the streets as the many parade entries rolled by. For more photos, visit OFallonWeekly.com. (O'Fallon Weekly Photos by Nick Miller) Council Committee advances food truck ordinance after lengthy discussion By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - After lengthy discussion with council members, residents and downtown business owners in atten- dance, the Community Development Committee voted to send the ordinance regulating mobile food truck vendors to council for its second reading without any changes. At last week’s city council meeting, a motion was approved for the ordinance to be sent back to the Community Deve- lopment Committee. Ward 6 alderman Ned Drolet indicated the ordinance did not have a second reading in committee, and wanted to make sure that the com- munity had the opportunity to speak or not regarding this ordinance before the final reading during Council. The initial discussion amongst the committee Monday night focused on clarification of the process the ordinan- ce would now require for food trucks to operate within O’Fallon city limits. Currently there are no regulations on food trucks, so conversations began in September to establish an ordinance that would look to define food trucks, establish licensing fees and penalties. Upon approval of the ordinance, each food truck will be required to get an an- nual mobile food truck license through the city that will cost $125, as well as a $25 annual food license. The license will be issued by the City Clerk’s office and will require appropriate permits from the county health department before issuance. The license co- vers from May 1st – April 30th of each fiscal year. A special event permit will be requi- red for a food truck to operate at any time in the city of O’Fallon. The permit will be issued through the Community Development Department, after appro- val by City Council. The council will review each event permit (for at least the first year) and will be able to put in place any specific restrictions (location, time, date etc.) necessary at that time and on a case-by-case basis. The special event permit may be requested by an individual food truck or the event orga- nizer, this will include events organized by the O’Fallon Parks and Recreation Department. It was clarified that multi- See “Food Trucks” on page 5