O'Fallon Weekly September 12, 2018

Metro East Marching Classic takes place in spite of poor weather Page 6 Wednesday September 12, 2018 Vol. 4, No. 21 $1.00 Fulton eighth grade Shiloh Homecoming shortened by rain student passes away By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter SHILOH - The Village of Shiloh hosted its 66th annual Shiloh Picnic on Friday, September 7, at the Shiloh Community Park. Unfortunately, the event was can- celled Saturday, September 8, due to poor weather conditions. Village officials have said they are working to reschedule the Smash Band, who was scheduled to play Saturday night, and the fireworks show. However, no dates have been announced. The Cadence Cloggers performed Friday evening. For more photos from the Shiloh Homecoming, visit OFallonWeek- ly.com. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by By Nick Miller Weekly Editor O'FALLON - An eighth grade student at Fulton Junior High School passed away suddenly mid last week. In a letter sent to parents on Thursday morning, Fulton Principal Joi Wills and Assistant Principal Alex Herrell sha- red the news that Darrion Green had died. “It is with great sadness that I share with you the news that Darrion Green, Fulton eighth grader, has died. The details of his death are not known at this time, but we respect the family’s wishes and privacy at this difficult time and ask that you do the same,” the letter stated. Fulton counselors, as well as other area school district counselors, will be available to work with both students and staff for as long as needed. “As a school we will do everything we can support all stu- dents. Our hearts are grieving. We know this event will have a profound effect on everyone who knew this young man but we also know that every student on the Fulton campus and throughout our community will be touched by this news,” the letter continued. Superintendent Carrie Hruby issued the following state- ment. "The District 90 administration was informed Thur- sday morning of the death of Fulton eighth grade student, Darrion Green. School administration notified Fulton staff, who in turn shared this information, in person, with our stu- dents. Out of respect for his family, the information was han- dled very sensitively and no details were provided. District 90 has a crisis team in place, comprised of our social workers and social workers/counselors from area school districts.  They have been available to all students and staff and will continue to be as long as necessary. We are deeply saddened by Darrion's death, and extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends in this time of great sadness.  Hruby said that it is important for the students at Fulton, and within the District, to be able to properly process Green’s passing. “We encourage parents to be near them and available to have a conversation when they are ready. For more support, students and parents can reach out to the Crisis Text Line or Crisis Hot Line. If children ever need to talk to a counselor, they can call the Crisis Hot Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Or if children prefer to text with a counselor, they can text TALK to 741741,” Hruby said. In This Edition Calendar................................................. 2 News................................................... 3-7 Law & Order.........................................8-9 Health & Wellness.............................. 10-11 Sports............................................... 12-14 Milestones..............................................15 Vanage Point..........................................16 Lifestyle..................................................17 Fun & Games..........................................18 Marketplace...........................................19 Bon Appétit........................................... 20 Annabelle Knef) City Council begins discussion to regulate food trucks, outside alcohol consumption downtown By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - Discussion began at the Community Development Commit- tee meeting regarding the regulation of mobile food truck vendors in the city of O’Fallon and outdoor alcohol consumption downtown. The current food transportation or- dinance does not include mobile food trucks. The current policy regarding alcohol downtown does not allow alcohol outside of the restaurants without a special event permit. Both topics of discussion brought several of the downtown business owners to the council chambers. The growing popularity of food trucks and lack of an ordinance has required the discussion. City staff brought it to committee to receive gu- idance on how to put together an or- dinance for their review. An ordinan- ce would look to define food trucks, establish licensing fees and penalties. Right now, food trucks in O’Fallon are either not regulated or are in place via a special events permit. The downtown business owners who spoke to the committee desire to see very limited access for food trucks, or no allowance, in the down- town area. The committee and other council members in attendance re- peatedly emphasized to city staff the desire to protect the city’s brick and mortar businesses that have chosen to invest in our city. The committee believes there is a balance the city can find to allow food trucks with special permits and still protect the local businesses. An ordinance will be presented at a future committee meeting for further discussion. With the potential events generated by the opening of the O’Fallon Stati- on, staff felt a revised alcohol policy may be needed for the downtown area. The proposed options presented to the committee after staff consul- tation with the Illinois State Liquor Commission were a special event liquor license with a defined area that would be barricaded during the event or the city coordinating with the downtown businesses for upco- ming events so they could individu- ally apply for a special event liquor license. Many of the businesses were concerned with the cost associated with purchasing a special event liquor license through the state for each event and the need to turn away patrons that would attempt to bring alcohol purchased from another es- tablishment inside their building. Staff is recommending an ordi- nance be drafted using the option of See “Community Development” on page 6 Candidate petitions available for April elections next week City Council, Village Board, School Board positions up for election By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter Residents interested in candidacy during the April 2, 2019 Consolida- ted Election may take their first steps to appear on the ballot starting next week. Candidate petition information packets will be available starting September 18, 2018 during normal business hours. For city or village positions, packets are distributed from the city/village clerk’s office. School board packets are distributed from the St. Clair County Clerk’s office at the courthouse. Eligible candidates must be 18 ye- ars old and have one-year residency in the municipality/ward/school district preceding the consolidated election. School board candidates, additionally, “shall not be a child sex offender as defined in Section 11-9.3 of the Crimi- nal Code of 2012.” Petition signature requirements will vary based on the position for candidacy. City/village signature requirements are “not less than five See “Petitions” on page 6