O'Fallon Progress

Shiloh Village Board buys mobile home near school, citing safety concerns

Shiloh Mayor Jim Vernier
Shiloh Mayor Jim Vernier

Removing a potential safety hazard is the reason behind the Shiloh Village Board’s approval Monday to purchase an unoccupied mobile home located near Shiloh Elementary School.

Once demolished, the village will turn the property over to Shiloh District 85, pending school board approval.

In a 4-2 vote, with Trustees Mark Kurtz and Greg O’Neil not in favor, the board agreed to purchase the property at 209 Kay Street for a cost not to exceed $29,500 plus normal closing costs and title insurance.

The 480-square-foot mobile home has been located there since 1972.

“It is 30 feet from classrooms. It’s very close to their property. Once it’s torn down, the district will open it up for green space,” Mayor Jim Vernier said. “Personally, there is a safety thing in my mind as well.”

Vernier said TIF funds are being used for the purchase.

“The school district doesn’t have the money,” he said.

The property is in the TIF district, and TIF funds are currently more than $700,000.

District 85 Superintendent Dale Sauer could not be reached for comment.

“Verbally, they would like to have it transferred over to them,” the mayor said.

The village expects to close on the property within the next two weeks, by Oct. 14. The cost to demolish the property was not yet available.

In other action, the board approved the Shiloh Planning Commission’s recommendation to proceed with the Phase 5 Final Plat portion of the Villages at Wingate.

This includes about 80 units of the total 268. Wingate is located on 170 acres off Green Mount Road.

The development, which began in 2007, has three more phases to go. Approval for the project was given then, but the construction has been in different phases.

The mayor also announced that the groundbreaking on the BJC medical office building at Memorial Hospital East will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11.