City of O'Fallon, Illinois Online Newsletter - April 14, 2017
Volume #2, Issue #16
A Weekly Note from Mayor Gary L. Graham
For the first time in twenty years, a mayoral election took place in O'Fallon, and my name did not appear on the ballot. It was a very bittersweet moment for me as I cast my vote. I am going to enjoy my retirement, but I would not trade my twenty years serving as your Mayor for anything.

One of my very favorite quotes is by Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the World Scouting Movement. It is very simple, very short, and very true advice:

"Leave this world a little better than you found it."

Wear the Badge

Construction Updates
Green Mount Road:  The Green Mount Road project has officially started! This improvement between Regency Park and Highway 50 will include 4-lanes with a planted median and intermediate turn lanes. The project will also consist of a new signalized intersection at Cambridge Boulevard, which will serve as the main entrance to the new St. Elizabeth's Medical Campus. In addition to the street improvements, a ten-foot wide bicycle/walking path will be installed on the west side of Green Mount Road -- providing a continuous pedestrian access route from Regency Park to the Family Sports Park and the Illini Bike Trail. Two-way traffic on Green Mount Road is expected to be maintained throughout construction. The project is scheduled to be completed on November 1, 2017, weather permitting.

Cambridge Boulevard: Cambridge Boulevard, between North Green Mount Road and Indian Creek Drive, is closed to through traffic until May 2017 for construction related to the entrance to the new St. Elizabeth's Medical Campus. Access will be maintained to all businesses with entrances on Cambridge during the closure.

Seven Hills Road Sidewalk: Construction on the sidewalk, between Wildwood Drive and Carriel Junior High School started on February 20 and is expected to last until June 30, weather permitting. Lane restrictions will occur at times during construction. 

Illini Bike Trail and Sidewalk Improvements:  Most of the sidewalk along the west side of Lincoln Avenue has been installed. The planned shoulder improvements on Lincoln, south of Highway 50, are now under construction. 

Good News Feed
Community-minded Businesses to be Honored

The O'Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce, along with the O'Fallon Progress, will co-host the 41st Annual Salute to Business Awards honoring businesses that have made a particularly positive impact in the community at a luncheon April 19 at the Regency Conference Center in O'Fallon. Registration starts at 11:15 a.m., and the program begins promptly at 11:45 a.m.

O'Fallon City Council Approves FY2018 Budget

The City Council approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2018 at their regular meeting Monday evening.

The budget, which begins May 1, 2017, and covers through April 30, 2018, is worth $81,266,735. 
What's Going on in O'Fallon City Government? 
O'Fallon City Council Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at City Hall on the first and third Monday of each month. 
O'Fallon Press Releases: 
O'Fallon Panthers Ice Hockey Club Week 

Mayor Gary L. Graham and the City Council have issued a Proclamation declaring the week of March 6, 2017 as O'Fallon Panthers Ice Hockey Club Week in O'Fallon.

The O'Fallon Panthers Ice Hockey Club Varsity Team completed a magnificent season with a record of 15-6, and an amazing 6-1 record in the playoffs.

  Read the rest of the Press Release here
Arbor Day in O'Fallon - April 28, 2017 

Mayor Gary L. Graham and the City Council have issued a Proclamation declaring April 28, 2017 as Arbor Day in the City of O'Fallon, and urge all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day by supporting local efforts to protect O'Fallon's trees and woodlands. O'Fallon residents are invited to celebrate Arbor Day with the O'Fallon Garden Club on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 12 - 2 p.m. at Rock Springs Park (1428 E. 3
rd Street). Two Arbor Day trees will be planted at 1 p.m.
Read the rest of the Press Release here 
Carriel Junior High Boys Basketball Team Day in O'Fallon

Mayor Gary L. Graham and the City Council have issued a Proclamation declaring April 3, 2017 as Amelia Carriel Junior High Boys Basketball Team Day in O'Fallon. The Proclamation is in honor of the outstanding athletes on the 2017 Carriel Junior High Boys Basketball Team.

Read the rest of the Press Release here
Inside O'Fallon Update from the City Administrator
In previous blogs, I discussed the budget structure and revenues, now I can move on to proposed expenditures in the annual budget. Unlike the federal government, cities cannot budget in a deficit and revenues must meet expenses. Therefore, we are required by law to have a balanced budget. This is more difficult in some years than others, depending on how your revenues are structured.

Read the rest of the City Administrator's BLOG
The purpose of the " Inside O'Fallon" newsletter is to keep everyone updated on what is happening in and around O'Fallon.  Inside O'Fallon will be issued on the second and fourth Monday of every month. 

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Grant Litteken
City of O'Fallon, Illinois
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