City of O'Fallon, Illinois Online Newsletter - February 6, 2017
Volume #2, Issue #13
A Weekly Note from Mayor Gary L. Graham
The City of O'Fallon is making a major investment in downtown O'Fallon as part of the larger economic development initiative called  Destination O'Fallon.

Investments through Destination O'Fallon will improve infrastructure and parking, and will provide a place to hold unique community events in downtown O'Fallon.
Read the rest of the Mayor's Column
Destination O'Fallon
Request for Proposals - 200 S. Lincoln
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.

Illini Bike Trail and Sidewalk Improvements:  Most of the sidewalk along the west side of Lincoln Avenue has been installed. Due to the weather, the planned shoulder improvements on Lincoln, south of Highway 50, will be delayed until spring, 2017. 

Good News Feed
Library Celebrates Chinese New Year

The O'Fallon Public Library held a celebration for the Chinese New Year. Celebrating the year of the rooster, the children's department welcomed children and their families for the special event.

O'Fallon Couple has Shipped Over 15,000 Care Packages to Troops Overseas
When their son was wounded overseas, the  Hope for Heroes program became even more of a fervent mission for Chip and Fran Shaffer.

Remembering and recognizing active military, wounded warriors and veterans is a major part of their lives.

Bowling has Made OTHS Sophomore 'Better Person On and Off the Lanes'

Putting up big numbers has been commonplace for this week's top athlete, Lauren Tomaszewski.

The OTHS kegler began the campaign as one of the Lady Panthers' top three bowlers and has maintained a high average throughout the season and was a key contributor in the O'Fallon girls' drive to the Southwestern Conference championship, which they were able to nail down in the final match of the league schedule this past week.
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: 
Small Business Open House at the O'Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce 

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in partnership with the O'Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting an Open House for Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs at the O'Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room (200 S. Lincoln Avenue, O'Fallon, Illinois) on Friday, March 24, 2017. The SBDC Day in O'Fallon runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a one-hour "How to Hire and Keep Good Employees" workshop, presented by Mark Voegele, owner of Express Employment Professionals, starting at 12 p.m.

Read the rest of the Press Release here  
O'Fallon Public Safety Personnel Receive Awards at SILEC/SIPCA Awards Banquet  

Four members of the O'Fallon Public Safety Department received awards from the Southwestern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission (SILEC) and the Southern Illinois Police Chief's Association (SIPCA) at the 25th Annual SILEC/SIPCA Awards Banquet on January 18, 2017.

At the awards banquet, O'Fallon Public Safety Director Eric Van Hook was sworn in as the new President of the Southern Illinois Police Chief's Association.

Read the rest of the Press Release here  
Inside O'Fallon Update from the City Administrator
Last November, the City Council approved an increase in the Hotel/Motel Tax to fund a comprehensive economic development initiative to bring visitors to O'Fallon and increase economic activity in O'Fallon. Called "Destination O'Fallon," the initiative includes a state-of-the-art sports complex at the Family Sports Park, a Downtown Plaza event center, and targeted economic development recruitment strategies.

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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. 

If you have any questions or comments about the newsletter, please email  INSIDEOFALLON@OFALLON.ORG
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Grant Litteken
City of O'Fallon, Illinois
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