O'Fallon Weekly October 31, 2018

O'Fallon Fire Chief Brent Saunders announces his retirement Page 5 O'Fallon Council receives update on five year Capital Improvement Plan Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - The O’Fallon City Council received a pre- sentation from city staff of the five-year Capital Improve- ments Plan (CIP) at Monday’s Committee of the Whole. The presented CIP is for the period of May 1, 2019 through April 30, 2024, fiscal years 2020 – 2024. Council receives a presentation and approves the CIP on an annual basis. Each city department includes projects and funding sources. Implementation of projects are based on availab- le revenue when the budget is put in place each year and approved by council, so listed projects may or may not occur in the fiscal year presented. The 2020-2024 Capital Improvements Plan totals $66,596,423 worth of projects, with $25,607,823 for FY2020. Almost eighty-eight percent of the CIP projects are for public infrastructure, with vehicles (6.6%) and equipment (5.7%) representing the next two largest project categories. Public works projects for FY2020 total $22,294,000. The largest project for public works is phase two of the waste water treatment plant at $9 million. There are several sewer projects projected for 2020 and watermain replace- ments for Mark Drive and phase two of the Southview Wa- termain replacement project. Phase four of the presidential streets stormwater remediation is planned for FY2020, as well as Holliday Drive drainage improvements. The pave- ment management program is planned at $1.755 million each year to repair and maintain city streets. Most of the public safety needs projected were for vehicle replacements. A third ambulance is planned for FY2020, with a replacement of the ladder fire truck in FY2023 and a fire engine replacement in FY2024. Patrol car replacement and other CID administration vehicle See “Council” on page 6 In This Edition Calendar................................................. 2 News................................................... 3-6 Law & Order........................................... 7 Business.................................................. 8 Education................................................ 9 Health & Wellness.............................. 10-11 Sports............................................... 12-13 Community.............................................14 Milestones..............................................15 Vantage Point.........................................16 Lifestyle..................................................17 Fun & Games..........................................18 Marketplace...........................................19 Bon Appétit........................................... 20 Vol. 4, No. 28 $1.00 Former baseball coach placed on leave during investigation By Nick Miller Weekly Editor By Martha Stoffel Wednesday October 31, 2018 O’FALLON - Former O’Fallon Township High School Baseball Coach and current PE instructor Jason Portz has been placed on paid administrative leave while the school conducts an investigation into his handling of funds, according to a letter obtained by the O’Fallon Week- ly through the Freedom of Informati- on Act. The letter, which was sent to Portz from Superintendent Dr. Darcy Ben- way and dated October 23, states that Portz was placed on paid administra- tive leave as of October 22. “You remain on paid administrative leave until further notice, pending the outcome of an investigation into your handling of District funds and assets as part of the OTHS Baseball program and as an employee of the District,” the letter goes on to say. Portz is still an employee of the District and the letter stated he is still subject to the Dis- trict’s rules, regulations, and directi- ves. Portz resigned his positions as the OTHS Jason Portz (File Photo) baseball coach and Board of Education President Lynda the Health, Physical Education, and Cozad. At the time, he cited personal Driver Safety Department Chairman reasons. on June 25 in a letter to District 203 O'Fallon Rotary Clubs celebrate Halloween with annual parade By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - Hundreds of local residents gathered downtown on Saturday, Oct. 27 for the O’Fallon Rotary children’s Halloween parade and costume contest. The parade began at 12:30 p.m. at the corner of State and Vine street and ended at the corner of East First and Vine street. The costume contest prize awards were given following the parade at the corner of East First and Vine street. The costume contest categories were: decorated bicycles/ wagons, super heroes and villains, cartoons and movies, children under three, scariest, floats, family and pets. There were first, second and third place medals in each category and an additional first, second, third and fourth places for the overall best costume. There was also trick-or-treating downtown at over 30 merchants and businesses. The parade event was organized by O’Fallon’s three Rotary clubs: Rotary Sunrise Club, Rotary Noon Club and Rotary Sunset Club as well as down- town businesses. For more photos, visit our gallery on OFallonWeekly.com