O'Fallon Weekly October 10, 2018

Wednesday October 10, 2018 OTHS Celebrates Homecoming Week Page 10 Vol. 4, No. 25 $1.00 BEST Committee receives update on school consolidation By Nick Miller Weekly Editor O'FALLON - The effort to commission a study to determine the viability of school district consolidation in O'Fallon and Shiloh is moving forward, but at a slower pace than hoped. Dave Hopkins representing the O'Fallon- -Shiloh Chamber of Commerce gave an update on the struggle to find a qualified group willing to take on studying the impact consolidating as many as four school districts on the area. “We started this process a year ago. I really expected to have this study in my hands by this time, but we can’t do it ourselves and we need professional help,” said Hopkins. According to Hopkins, the Chamber has received some interest from a group based at St. Louis University who would perform the study as part of a research project. “They have four individuals in their group. One would focus on finances and facilities. The other on curriculum and student success. The third on personnel. And the fourth on collaborative activities,” he explained. According to Hopkins, the cost will be approximately $20,000 to $25,000 and the time frame would be approximately six months. The city of O’Fallon has pledged $7,500 and the village of Shiloh has commi- tted $5,000. Hopkins said his committee will be soliciting among chamber members to make up the difference. “We couldn’t begin asking for funds without having an idea what it would cost. Now that we have that we can start our fun- draising efforts,” he said. Hopkins said he also has learned that a consultant who had previously turned the In This Edition Calendar................................................. 2 News................................................... 3-6 Law & Order........................................... 7 Business................................................8-9 Education.......................................... 10-11 Health & Wellness.............................. 12-13 Sports............................................... 14-17 Milestones......................................... 18-19 Vanage Point......................................... 20 Lifestyle..................................................21 Fun & Games......................................... 22 Marketplace.......................................... 23 Bon Appétit........................................... 24 Water Leak Detecting Gas Lines l Back Flow Testing l Dave Hopkins Hopkins said the Chamber has stepped in to lend an impartial voice to the discussion See “Consolidation” on page 6 Community Development hears proposed ordinance regulating use of food trucks By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - Discussions regarding the regulation of mobile food truck vendors within the city of O’Fallon continued at Monday’s Community Development Committee meeting. Regulations for food trucks does not currently exist in the city of O’Fallon. The growing popularity of food trucks and the lack of an ordi- nance prompted the discussions that started last month. City staff brought it to committee in September to recei- ve guidance on how to put together an ordinance for their review. An ordinance would look to define food trucks, establish licensing fees and penalties. Through the feedback at the September 10 committee meeting and a September 27 meeting with downtown business owners, the staff brought forth a proposed ordinance and an administrative policy. Staff is recommending council review of all special event applications involving mobile food vendors for at least one year, since the food truck industry is relatively new. After the first year, a review of the ordinance and policy will be done to determine any chan- ges that may need to be made. The recommended administrative policy would require the applicant of a special event permit involving food trucks submit a notice of intent to surrounding restaurants within 750 feet of the location. The applicant would also be required to receive written consent from any established restaurant within 350 feet that serves like or similar goods that result in the food truck being in direct competition of the existing restaurant. Water Heaters l Faucets Garbage Disposals Chamber group down because he was already involved in a study is now available and possibly interested in O’Fallon. He said that gives the Chamber another option to consider. Hopkins reported that two prior studies are available on the BEST website and that the two studies came to very different conclu- sions. He said the goal of the committee of 13 that has been created is to determine the validity of the idea of consolidation and if it is good for the area. “The O’Fallon Shiloh Chamber of Commerce has begun a school consolidation study. Its not an effort because we’re not leading the charge for consolidation. What our mission is, is to uncover what the benefits and what the weaknesses are of consolidation. We need to find out what the facts are and then disseminate that to the public at large,” Hopkins said. 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 “Food Trucks” on page 6