City of O'Fallon, Illinois Online Newsletter - August 22, 2018
Volume #3, Issue #18
A Weekly Note from Mayor Herb Roach
What a great weekend for O'Fallon! An excellent group of volunteers put in over a year of work to start the inaugural City Fest. The weather cooperated, attendance was great, all-in-all a very successful event. We look forward to celebrating City Fest with the O'Fallon community for years to come! I was very proud to see this event come together. When I was campaigning for Mayor, one of the top recommendations I received was to bring back a city picnic. As I walked around Community Park and in the parade this past weekend, I was proud to see that O'Fallon was able to once again come together and throw a community picnic we all can be proud of.

Read the rest of the Mayor's Column.
Construction Updates
Green Mount Road And Central Park Intersection Improvement Project: On Tuesday, July 10, 2018, construction began on the Green Mount Road and Central Park intersection improvement project. The intersection will remain open during construction, but lane restrictions will be in place periodically. The contractor is required to have all lanes open from 4 - 6 p.m., each day. It is anticipated construction will be substantially complete in November 2018, weather permitting.

Annual Concrete Program: Work on the annual concrete contract is ongoing throughout the City on various pavement, curb and sidewalk locations.

Annual Street Resurfacing:  Work will occur in various areas.  Click here for map locations.

Old Collinsville Road & Milburn School Road Intersection: The intersection of Old Collinsville Road and Milburn School Road has been reopened to traffic. Construction of the roundabout at this location is substantially complete.      

Scenes from Saturday at City Fest

The inaugural City Fest continued on Saturday, August 18, with a car show and a biathlon both starting at 8 a.m. Rides, games, and food opened by noon, and a variety of musical acts played through the day. The parade took place at 5 p.m.  

Crowds were larger on the second day, especially following the conclusion of the parade.
 
Here's Why O'Fallon Township High School's Colors are Blue and Gold
 
Blue and gold are the colors of O'Fallon Township High School, but how did they come about?

It goes back to the early days of the high school before 1912 when the entire student body met in Room 10 in the old grade school building that once stood on Fifth Street between Cherry and Oak. The end of the school year featured a picnic preceded by a parade of Board of Education members, teachers and pupils, marching behind the city band.

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: 
City Hall Closed on Monday, September 3, 2018 in Observance of Labor Day

In observance of Labor Day, City Hall will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2018. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, September 4. The O'Fallon City Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 7 p.m. at O'Fallon City Hall. 

Due to the holiday, Waste Management's pick-up schedule will be delayed by one day.  Monday routes will be picked up on Tuesday, Tuesday routes on Wednesday, Wednesday routes on Thursday, Thursday routes on Friday, and Friday routes on Saturday. 

Read the rest of the Press Release here.
O'Fallon Township High School Girls Bowling Team Day - August 20, 2018

Mayor Herb Roach and the O'Fallon City Council issued a Proclamation at the City Council Meeting recognizing August 20, 2018 as O'Fallon Township High School Girls Bowling Team Day in O'Fallon, Illinois. The Proclamation further acknowledges the 2018 OTHS Girls Bowling team's great season.

"This great group of ladies had a great season finishing 11-1 in their conference play. They proceeded to win their Regional Tournament and Sectional Tournament, and placed fourth in the Illinois State Tournament," said Mayor Herb Roach. "If that wasn't enough, they then took second place in the women's 2018 National High School Bowling Championships, setting three new U.S. records on their way!" 

Annual Water System Treatment Begins on August 21, 2018
 
Illinois-American Water Company will begin the annual treatment of their water system on August 21, 2018. Illinois-American Water will be temporarily changing the type of disinfectant used in the water as they always do this time of year. Instead of combining the chlorine in the water with ammonia, they will be adding chlorine only. We will be notified when they go back to the normal type of disinfectant in approximately four to five weeks.
The safety of the water will not be affected by this temporary change. Many water plants use chlorine in the free, uncombined form on a regular basis. Illinois-American Water will continue to supply high-quality water that meets the requirements of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Nominating Petitions Available for the Office of Alderman

O'Fallon City Clerk, Jerry Mouser, announced that nominating petitions will be available in his office during normal business hours Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. beginning September 18, 2018 for those interested in running for the office of Alderman in the April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election.

Inside O'Fallon Update from the City Administrator
If you have visited downtown O'Fallon over the past few weeks, you likely noticed an extraordinary amount of construction. While I cannot prove it, this may be the most construction in the downtown area at one time since the big fire on First Street in the 1950's.

Here are some of the exciting things going on around downtown O'Fallon:

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Sincerely, 

Grant Litteken
City of O'Fallon, Illinois
 
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