O'Fallon Progress

O’Fallon City Hall will have power if the lights go out

O’Fallon Fire Chief Brent Saunders talks about National Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 9-15.
O’Fallon Fire Chief Brent Saunders talks about National Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 9-15. jforsythe1@bnd.com

O’Fallon City Hall will be getting a generator.

The City Council unanimously approved the $78,500 purchase during its meeting Monday night. The generator will be supplied and installed by Belleville-based K&F Electric Inc., which had the lowest bid on the project.

Bids for the project were also submitted by O’Fallon Electric, Co., Guarantee Electric Construction in Granite City and MAC Electric Inc. in O’Fallon.

The council also approved an agreement with Flinn Engineering LLC to study the current water customer base and demand along with a 15-year projection at a cost of $15,600.

The study will allow the city to “anticipate future revenues, upgrades to the water system and the potential addition of water lines,” according to a memo to the council from city staff.

The City Council also approved spending Motor Fuel Tax funds: $8,000 to Geotechnology Inc. for material testing services related to the Seven Hills Road sidewalk project, and $14,232 to Thouvenot, Wade and Moerchen Inc., for the construction of engineering related to the Seven Hills sidewalk project. Construction is anticipated to begin late this year or in early 2017, depending on the weather.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, O’Fallon resident Vern Malare expressed concern about the amount of money the city spent to send elected officials to the Illinois Municipal League conference last month in Chicago.

According to city documents, City Attorney Dale Funk was reimbursed $869.95 for the conference; Alderman Matthew Gilreath was reimbursed $1,405.12, and City Clerk Phil Goodwin was reimbursed $1,798.02.

The conference was held at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.

“The cost of that is interesting in my book,” Malare said.

O’Fallon Mayor Gary Graham defended the expense. “We learn more than it costs to go to that meeting,” he said. “We come up with ideas, sometimes that’s made the city hundreds and thousands of dollars.”

In other business, the council approved the following:

▪  appointment of Ryan Kemper to the Planning Commission

▪  Re-appointment of the following to the Historic Preservation Committee: Steve Brown, Susan Hertich, Brian Keller, Robert Jordan, Mark Kampen and Julie Spengler, as well as the appointment of Andrea Fohne and Timi McMillin.

▪  A proclamation declaring Oct. 22 as Wine, Witches and Walk Day in support of the American Cancer Society and their work with cancer research.

Pam Funk with the city of O’Fallon said teams are still needed for the Oct. 22 walk at Rock Springs Park.

Locally, Funk said the cancer society provides wigs for cancer survivors and a ride share program where volunteers drive cancer patients to treatments. “The Cancer Society is doing great things in our region,” she said.

O’Fallon Fire Chief Brent Saunders announced fire station #4 off Taylor Road will host open houses from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 9-15.

“There will be multiple things for the kids to do to learn about fire prevention,” Saunders said.

The national slogan for this year is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date: Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”

The council went into executive session for more than 30 minutes. However, no action was taken following the closed session.

Jamie Forsythe: 618-239-2562, @BND_JForsythe