The O’Fallon City Council passed the budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 at Monday night’s meeting.
The exact budget figure is $76,001,065, up approximately $12 million from last year.
A large part of that increase is for the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) at the proposed future St. Elizabeth Hospital location.
Various members of the community also spoke Monday about different topics.
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JoAnn Fischer expressed general concerns regarding the city’s Strategic Plan.
“I believe the people have spoke in the last election,” she said. “Many citizens want their tax money used more prudently on infrastructure needs. Some TIF’s are successful; some are not. Every square inch of O’Fallon does not need to be developed immediately. Businesses want to be here...”
Terry Lysakowski later spoke regarding prevailing wage.
“We’re in bad shape but not bankrupt yet,” he said. “Skilled labor isn’t cheap. And cheap labor isn’t skilled. Less wages means less revenue for the state and the city.”
Mayor Gary Graham wrapped things up after Lysakowski, “We’re assigning new committees in two weeks. We will put the total budget back to the council. This is how this has to be done. All proposals will come from the council. It’ll be interesting to see how we balance the budget and move forward.”
In between, John Busch with Gateway Classic Cars thanked the council for their support regarding the Midwest Motorcycle Expo that took place April 17-18.
“We appreciate your support and considered the event a success,” he said. “Thank you all.”
Also of note, toward the end of the meeting, the council voted 7-5 in favor of the water-sewer matter being a discussion topic at the next Public Works Committee meeting.
During the April 7 election, O’Fallon residents voted on two referendums dealing with whether the city should sell or lease its water department and wastewater treatment plant, both of which failed. These were advisory referendums, meaning city leaders are not bound by their outcome.
Per the city’s website, this committee is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 27, at the Public Safety Building, 285 North Seven Hills Road, O’Fallon.
In the Clerk’s Report, the following motion was passed:
• A roadblock request from the Alzheimer Association from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 13, at the intersections of State/Lincoln and State/Smiley. Applicant operates out of O’Fallon home.
In the Mayor’s Report:
During this portion of the meeting, a proclamation was read declaring April 16, 2015, Arthur Melvin and Ethel Louise Hinrichs day in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary.
The Hinrichs’ celebrated their 60th anniversary Thursday, April 16. The couple received a hearty ovation from those in attendance.
“You’ve been great residents,” Graham said.
The following resolutions were passed:
• Authorizing the Mayor to sign an annexation agreement with Michael R. Kombrink, representing MRK Land Trust, for a path of annexation to the Reserves of Timber Ridge Subdivision;
• Authorizing the Mayor to sign an annexation agreement with Denny Blumberg, representing Reserves of Timber Ridge, LLC for the Reserves of Timber Ridge Subdivision.
The following ordinance was passed in 1st reading:
• Amending Ord. 623, Zoning, development known as Green Mount Professional Park located at 1405 N. Green Mount Road.
The following ordinances were passed in 2nd reading:
• Budgeting for all corporate purposes of the City of O’Fallon for the fiscal year beginning May 1, 2015, and ending April 30, 2016, as amended;
• Amending 623, Zoning, Planned Use Development Gateway Classic Cars at 1237 Central Park Drive;
• Amending Ordinance 623, Zoning, development known as Four Points Center located at the northwest corner of Scott-Troy Road and US Hwy 50;
• Approving the 2015 amendment to the City of O’Fallon TIF Redevelopment Project Area No. 1;
• Authorizing the Execution of Intergovernmental Agreement with O’Fallon Community School District 90 and O’Fallon Township High School 203;
• Approving the Tax Increment Redevelopment Plan and Project for the Route 50/Scott Troy Road Redevelopment Project Area;
• Designating the Route 50/Scott-Troy Road Redevelopment Project Area;
• Adopting the Tax Increment Financing for the Route 50/Scott Troy Redevelopment Project Area;
• Authorizing the execution of the redevelopment agreement with S.I. Strategy, LLC, as amended;
• Proposing the approval of a Business District Plan for the proposed Route 50/Scott-Troy Road Business District and Fixing the time and place for a Public Hearing date on the Plan and designating the Business District;
• Annexing Certain Territory to be named Reserves of Timber Ridge containing approximately 111.57 acres;
• Amending Ordinance 623, Zoning, Development known as the Reserves of Timber Ridge Subdivision;
• Approving the transfer of the Volume Cap in connection with private activity bond issues and related matters;
• These all may be found on the April 6 agenda at http://www.ofallon.org/city-council/agenda/city-council-27.
Under standing committees:
• Community Development—A motion was passed to approve the Special Event request for the Happy Day Tropical Sno Huts at 600 Southview and 6000 Old Collinsville Road, with conditions; a motion was passed to approve the Special Event request at their location for the Global Brew Crawfish Bowl to move the date from Saturday, June 20, to Saturday, June 27, and the Big Woody Comes to Town which includes alcohol sales, for Wednesday, April 29; a motion was passed to approve the Special Event request for the Soul to Sole 5K Run/Walk, set for 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26, with conditions; a motion was passed to approve the Enjoy Church, Alternative Parking Plan.
This committee is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month at the Public Safety Building, 285 N. Seven Hills Road;
• Public Safety—This committee is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Public Safety Building;
• Finance and Administration—Warrant 323 in the amount of $1,173,509.43 was passed. This committee is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at the Public Safety Building;
• Parks/Environment—This committee is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Public Safety Building.
The next city council meeting is slated for 7 p.m. Monday, May 4.