O'Fallon Weekly October 3, 2018

Wednesday October 3, 2018 St. Clare hosts 18th annual Oktoberfest Page 5 Vol. 4, No. 24 $1.00 City hears business Marching Panthers named Grand Champions at Bands of America Tennessee Regionals owners concerns with food trucks Assistant City Administrator Grant Litteken speaks with assembled Downtown O'Fallon business owners and interested parties about a proposed ordinance regulating food trucks. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef) By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - City leaders are proposing what they consider to be a restrictive approach to regulating food trucks in the city of O'Fallon, but some local business owners who operate brick and mortar facilities say the restrictions don't go far enough in protecting their interests.  Assistant City Administrator Grant Litteken told business owners at an informal meeting at O’Fallon City Hall on Sept. 27 that there aren't any ordinances currently in place in O’Fallon regulating hours of operation, licensing, fees, sanitary requirements or restrictions on where trucks can operate, but that could soon change. “In reality, a food truck could pull up in front of your busi- ness today - park there and serve and there is nothing the city could do to make them move,” Litteken said.  An ordinance being proposed would set up regulations for how food trucks can operate. Litteken said the way food trucks would operate under the proposed ordinance is by obtaining a special events permit and a mobile food truck license to operate in O’Fallon. “No locations can have food trucks more than one day per See “Food Trucks” on page 6 In This Edition Calendar................................................. 2 News................................................... 3-6 Law & Order........................................... 7 Education..............................................8-9 Health & Wellness.............................. 10-11 Sports............................................... 12-14 Milestones..............................................15 Vanage Point..........................................16 Lifestyle..................................................17 Fun & Games..........................................18 Marketplace...........................................19 Bon Appétit........................................... 20 By Nick Miller Weekly Editor The O’Fallon Marching Panthers took home big wins at the 2018 Bands of America Tennessee Regi- onals, and were ultimately named Grand Champions. The O'Fallon Marching Panthers won First Place Class AAAA, with Caption Awards Music, Visual, and GE. After moving onto the Finals, they won captions for Music and GE and tied for Visual with Franklin High School. The city greeted the returning Mar- ching Panthers on Sunday afternoon at the Smiley campus. For photos from that event, please visit our galle- ry at www.OFallonWeekly.com. Their next competition is on Saturday October 20 at Illinois State University. They are also hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Satur- day October 13. (Photo by Heather Jones) Council approves investment policy, meets new officer By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - City Council approved the final, amended version of the city’s new investment policy Monday night that was approved by the Finance and Administration Committee last week. Discussions regarding the new policy have been ongoing since August. The new policy creates an advisory investment committee consisting of the Treasurer, Mayor, Director of Finance, City Administrator and the chair of the Finance & Administration Committee, as well as identifies the Director of Finance as the chief investment officer. The city will issue Requests for Proposals (RFPs) in the near future for banking/financial services and inves- ting services. The update to the policy aligned it with state statutes and more clearly defined the investment policies and procedures of the city, something that is looked favorably by bond rating companies. In other council news: • The council approved the rezo- Police Chief Eric Van Hook introduced the newest member of the O'Fallon Police Force, Officer Nikki Brown. Brown comes to O'Fallon with 10 years experience at the St. Louis County Police Department. She is excited to begin serving our community. With the addition of Officer Brown, the city now has 48 sworn officers serving the residents. Pictured from left: Police Commissio- ner Gene McKoskey, Chief Van Hook, Officer Brown, Police Commissioner Scott Battoe, Mayor Herb Roach, and Mayor for the Day Edie Hoff. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Martha Stoffel) ning ordinance for the Medical Office Building at Regency Park. Feedback that came out of last week’s Community Development Committee was amended language provided by the applicant for a condition regarding a cross-access ease- ment and connection. Should there be a change in use and ownership of the buil- ding, the city retains the ability to require construction of the cross-access. Council approved the amended language for the See “City Council” on page 6