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O’Fallon Update The Official Quarterly Publication of the City of O’Fallon, Missouri Spring 2018 •

Looking forward to springtime fun O’Fallon launches enhanced emergency notification system With the threat of severe spring and summer weather looming, O’Fallon has launched an improved emergency notification system for residents. With the tool, residents may receive emergency and other important notifications such as boil advisories, road closures and more via phone, text, email or social media. Additionally, the tool, called Swift 9-1-1 allows residents to register for weather alerts or other customized notifications. The City launched the new tool this month. Although every effort was made to transfer all resident contact data from the City’s previous system to Swift 9-1-1, every resident is encouraged to check their personal information and ensure it is up to date at Please take five minutes to click the link on the front page of our website to ensure your information is accurate and that you are receiving messages in the best way possible in the event of an emergency!


inter is in the rear-view mirror, and we are heading into O’Fallon’s beautiful spring season. This is always my favorite time of year as O’Fallon literally blooms from North to South. It is an amazing feeling to walk through one of our parks — or even just drive through my subdivision — and see the colors of spring liven up our City. Spring also means new opportunities for outdoor fun such as the Adult Easter Egg Hunt on March 24. This year’s event will feature live entertainment and food trucks at CarShield Field. Baseball, softball and soccer leagues already are underway at Ozzie Smith Sports Complex and Sports Park. And, on April 27, we will celebrate the start of baseball season with the year’s first Food Truck Frenzy, featuring a River City Rascals Fan Fest at CarShield Field. This season will be a big one for the Rascals as they host the Frontier League Home Run Derby and All-Star Game on July 10–11. Family-friendly outdoor fun continues with Founders’ Day & Garden Expo on May 5, the Public Works Fair on May 23, and the opening of our newly-expanded Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center on Memorial Day weekend. On June 1, the RSC Challenge Run offers side-by-side obstacle courses for kids and adults. Starting June 5, free Tuesday-night Jammin’ outdoor concerts will bring food trucks and live music by top bands to Civic Park. I am proud to say that our City has patriotic ceremonies honoring our soldiers and veterans coming up at the Veterans Memorial Walk with Armed Forces Day on May 19 and the Memorial Day Ceremony on May 28. I cannot wait to see you and your families out and about this spring. And, please remember to shop and dine in O’Fallon when you are out having fun. Keep it in the ’O’ and support your local businesses!

Bill Hennessy, Mayor

In this issue 2 Grants and Assistance 3 O’Fallon Jammin’ 5 Renew O’Fallon 6 Upcoming Events 8 Be Prepared for Floods 9 Roscoe’s Den 10 Police Bulletins 12 Calendar identifies O’Fallon as Missouri’s “Best City to Live” Choosing a “best city” from each of the nation’s 50 states, 247Wall praised O’Fallon as “one of the best places to live in the Midwest and in the country as a whole.” O'Fallon's ranking was based on its affordable living, resident incomes, low poverty rate and a number of other factors.

History is alive in O’Fallon. See page 11.

Elected Officials

Mayor Bill Hennessy 636-379-5500

Ward 1 Councilmembers Dave Hinman 636-379-5581

Rick Lucas 636-379-5582

Ward 2 Councilmembers Tom “Duke” Herweck

Residents can easily assist local charities by donating $1, $3 or $5 per billing cycle when they pay their City water, sewer and trash collection bills. Each year, the O’Fallon City Council designates which charity will receive the funds, and for 2018 it is Meals on Wheels. The nonprofit depends on voluntary donations for the hot, nutritious food delivered to homebound seniors who can’t easily make a meal. To register for the donation program, fill out the form at and include it with your mailed payment. The amount will automatically be added to your bimonthly bill. For more information, call 636-379-5566 or email

Senior Corner


Residents 65+ or disabled may qualify for utility tax rebates

Rose Mack

If you are a resident age 65+ or legally disabled and you would like to recoup some of your phone and City utility taxes, gather your 2017 gas, electric and phone bills, including your cell phone. With those in hand, plus your completed tax return, you may be able to file for O’Fallon’s utility tax rebates. To file, you must be an O’Fallon resident who is 65+, or have been determined totally disabled by the Social Security Administration (legal proof of disability required). And, you must have an annual adjusted gross income of no more than $41,750 for a single head-ofhousehold or $47,700 for a married (two-person) household. Social Security income is not counted. If you qualify, you can file for the rebates at City Hall, 100 North Main St., on weekdays April 2 through May 31.


Ward 3 Councilmembers Reid Cranmer 636-379-5585

Dale Kling 636-379-5586

Ward 4 Councilmembers Jeff Kuehn 636-379-5587

Jeff Schwentker 636-379-5580

Ward 5 Councilmembers Debbie Cook 636-379-5588

Mike Pheney 636-379-5584

Helpful Numbers

You can help a local charity when you pay utility bills

Grants and Assistance In addition to our popular Home Improvement Loan and Siding Repair programs, the City of O’Fallon has two unique programs for residents in need. To apply, please contact Public Assistance Specialist Alexis Jaegers at 636-379-5411 or

O’Fallon’s Down Payment Assistance Program For low-to-moderate income, first-time homebuyers, the Down Payment Assistance Program provides zero-interest, forgivable down payment loans of $5,000 to eligible buyers in O’Fallon. Pre-purchase housing counseling is required for eligibility.

Disabled Transportation Program OATS, Inc., provides transportation for eligible O’Fallon residents with disabilities to essential living destinations, including medical appointments, grocery and personal care shopping and banking. Wheelchair-accessible vehicles are available upon request. Due to funding constraints, rides are limited to two round-trip rides per month.

Citizens First Center 636-379-5553

City Hall 636-240-2000

Police (Non-emergency) 636-240-3200

Trash and Recycling 636-272-0477

O’Fallon Water & Sewer 636-281-2858

Veterans Report The Veterans Assistance Office on the 3rd floor at City Hall is staffed by US military veterans who are dedicated to providing assistance to all military veterans and their families regarding eligibility for and/or entitlement to VA Benefits. Any veterans or family members in need of information regarding military benefits are welcome. The office has provided assistance to numerous veterans and/or their families over the past several years and is dedicated to making sure that our veterans receive the benefits they are entitled to. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (except holidays). Volunteers can be reached at 636-379-5577 or

Bring on Spring! Free Admission and Parking at All Events!

Founders’ Day & Garden Expo

O’Fallon Jammin’ concerts

Saturday, May 5 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park

Tuesdays, June 5 – August 21 (no concert July 3) 6:30–9 p.m., Civic Park Bandstand, Civic Park

Watch heritage demonstrations and purchase hand-made heritage items, learn new gardening and lawn care techniques, listen to live acoustic music, get something great for your yard or garden and watch the exciting St. Charles Model Railroad Club’s model railroad in action. Admission and parking are free, but food and drinks will be available for purchase. This year’s entertainment and educational highlights include George Portz & the Friends of Bluegrass and Professor Farquar & Polecat Annie. Self-guided tours of the historic Heald Home and Zumwalt’s Fort will be available at a cost of $5 for ages 11+, with kids 10 and under admitted free.

Energize your summer fun with rock, country, R&B, soul and Motown by some of the region’s best bands performing live at O’Fallon Jammin'. A variety of food trucks and concessionaires will sell favorite foods, cold treats and adult beverages. Bring a chair or blanket for free lawn seating at this weekly familyfriendly event. The ADA-compliant area around the bandstand has restrooms, paved paths and a playground.

RSC Challenge Run • Ages 5+ & Movie in the Park, The LEGO Ninjago Movie Friday, June 1 Race starts at 7 p.m., movie begins at 8 p.m. RSC (Renaud Spirit Center) This family-friendly, one-mile, out-and-back run features parallel obstacle courses, one for kids and the other for adults. Participants will be released in heats to avoid lines at the obstacles, and each runner who crosses the finish line will receive a medal. Registration is required and limited to 300. Early registration ends May 18 and costs $25 for residents and $29 for non-residents. The movie and kids’ activities are free and require no registration. For more details, including run swag and late registration dates and costs, turn to page 10 of the Parks & Rec Guide or visit

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June 5 – Breakdown Shakedown, Top 40 and dance variety June 12 – Blackdog and the Rainmakers, classic mix of hits June 19 – Biscuits and Gravy, variety of hits June 26 – Ladies for Liberty, patriotic, Americana July 3 – No concert; head to Heritage & Freedom Fest July 10 – Whiskey Morning, country July 17 – Vynal Tap Band, 60s to 80s hits July 24 – The Wackness band, 90s hits July 31 – Butch Wax & the Hollywoods, rock ‘n roll August 7 – Orr & Rolens, country August 14 – Platinum Rock Legends, tribute to rock bands August 21 – Accolade, contemporary, disco and funk

For concert and food truck details, check www.ofallon. For weather updates close to the event, call 636-379-5614 or follow “Visit O’Fallon” on Facebook. All pets must be leashed and no glass containers are allowed in the park. Please note, bands are subject to change without notice. Spring 2018


A season of Rascals baseball highlighted by the 2018 Frontier League Home Run Derby and AllStar Game Tuesday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 11 8 p.m., CarShield Field See the best of the Frontier League at the 2018 Frontier League Home Run Derby and All-Star Game. The Home Run Derby will be on Tuesday, July 10, followed by the All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 11. Fans and players from each of the 12 teams will travel to O’Fallon for the two-day event. Visit www. for ticket information. All summer long, enjoy a great night out with your family and friends at CarShield Field and cheer for O’Fallon’s own River City Rascals. CarShield Field offers a great view of the game wherever you are seated. Party suites are available along with an assortment of great food and beverages for purchase. And, the kids will love the playground and a chance to run the bases after every game. For more information or to order tickets call 636-240-2287 or visit Follow them on Twitter @rcrascals and on Facebook and Instagram at RascalsBaseball.

O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest Monday, July 2, 4–10 p.m., family night, carnival and midway Tuesday, July 3, 4–11 p.m., country music, fireworks Wednesday, July 4, Noon – 10 p.m., rock music, fireworks Ozzie Smith Sports Complex Free admission and parking! The festival kicks off on Monday with family-friendly activities, carnival rides and a colorful midway with food and games. Then on Tuesday and Wednesday, the festival shifts into high gear with free concerts by nationally-known artists, two nights of spectacular fireworks, free sideshows, kids’ activities and thrilling carnival rides. On July 4, the biggest Independence Day parade in the area steps off at 9:30 a.m. Later this spring, check www. for the announcement of this year’s great musical acts and clips of favorite and famous songs. Vendors: Visit today to apply to be a Heritage & Freedom Fest vendor. Volunteers: Your help is needed! To assist with the festival or parade as a City volunteer, please contact O’Fallon’s Volunteer Services Department at 636-379-5417 or volunteer@ofallon.

Build a float for the 2018 Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade Wednesday, July 4 Starts at 9:30 a.m., downtown O’Fallon









2018 indicates opportunities for volunteers. Please call 636-379-5417.

Let your group shine by building an attention-grabbing, patriotic parade entry for the Fourth of July! Open to clubs, churches, businesses, scout troops, civic organizations, and families. Parade applications (available on April 2), FAQs and pointers to help you create your parade entry are available at Entry forms also can be picked up at the Renaud Spirit Center, City Hall or the Parks and Recreation Administration Office. Applications must be submitted or postmarked no later than noon on May 19.

Festival District Declared Later this spring, residents living near the Heritage & Freedom Fest festival grounds can get information about road closings and other restrictions on the City’s homepage, www.ofallon. For more information, please call the City Clerk at 636379-5555.

New! Follow City of O’Fallon festivals and events on Instagram



O’Fallon Update City of O’Fallon Newsletter

Renew O’Fallon Your Tax Dollars at Work 2018 projects are already underway As our Renew O’Fallon campaign kicks into year two, millions of dollars in road improvements will be coming to main roads and subdivision streets near you. Here is an update on some of the projects:

Bryan Road Pavement Repairs, Phase 2 Currently underway, the project calls for replacement of damaged road slabs, curbs, ramp upgrades and additional improvements for pedestrians. The work is taking place along Bryan Road between Sunview Drive and Norwood Hills Drive.

Highway K Shared Use Path Project This project is underway to build a continuous shared-use path along Highway K from Feise Road to Technology Drive.

I-70 Corridor Improvement Project Designed to relieve traffic congestion and make local businesses more accessible to drivers along the I-70 corridor, construction of the I-70 Corridor Improvement Project from T.R. Hughes Boulevard to Woodlawn Avenue is getting underway this spring. In general, project features include new interstate exits, revised signage to assist drivers, the construction of a new south outer road, designating outer roads as one-way, designated U-turn lanes to keep traffic on the go and fewer traffic signals for drivers to navigate.

Concrete and Asphalt Program The new Krekel Civic Center in Civic Park also is under construction. When it is completed later this year, it will bring Parks and Recreation classes and much-needed meeting, program and banquet space back to the City’s north side.

O’Day Park Construction has begun on our new 57-acre park south of I-64. This spectacular new park will be unlike any in the City, and it promises to become one of our crown jewels. When completed in early 2019, O’Day Park will offer residents an activity/ conference center, an amphitheater, a campground for scout and youth groups, a playground with multiple age-appropriate playground components and miles of paved and natural paths.

Looking back: O’Fallon’s 2017 Renew O’Fallon project wrap-up In just the first year of our Renew O’Fallon campaign, these major City projects were completed:

The Main Street Water Main Project This much-needed water main replacement reached completion on time and under budget. On behalf of the City of O’Fallon and all of our contractors, thank you for your cooperation, especially everyone who drove safely through this area during construction.

Hawk Ridge Trail and Route N Intersection Improvements

More than 1,000 aging or damaged concrete slabs in neighborhoods will be replaced in 2018. And, many of the City’s asphalt roads will be repaved this year. The total cost of these repairs will exceed $2 million.

The successful installation of additional turn lanes, sidewalks and pedestrian facilities will make the area safer and more accessible for everyone.

O’Fallon’s two major parks projects are underway

This major project concluded with intersection improvements at Lake St. Louis Boulevard and Highway N, the extension of Lake St. Louis Boulevard from Highway N to Paul Renaud Boulevard and construction of a multi-use path on the east side of Lake St. Louis Boulevard.

As promised, the Renew O’Fallon campaign is extending to our parks as well. The O’Day and Civic Park projects, which were overwhelmingly approved by voters, will bring great new amenities and a whole new park to O’Fallon.

Civic Park O’Fallon’s oldest park is undergoing a transformation. The expansion of the Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center will double the pool’s capacity and add a new bathhouse, concession stand, longer lazy river and a spray pad, all of which are expected to be completed in time for the Memorial Day opening weekend.

Lake St. Louis Boulevard Extension

Please, do not post signs on public property Please remember that the City of O’Fallon has ordinances prohibiting the placement of private signs, even temporary ones, on public property or infrastructure. This includes signs for missing pets and garage sales. In addition to being illegal, posting signs can cause unsightly damage to sign posts and lamp posts from tape residue and peeling paint.

Upcoming Events An Exhibit of Illustrations by Sam White

Adult Easter Egg Hunt • Ages 21+

Through April 13 Cultural Arts Gallery, Renaud Spirit Center

Saturday, March 24 6:30–10 p.m., CarShield Field

Freelance illustrator Sam White’s artwork combines digital imagery with traditional elements, creating a surreal alternate world reminiscent of the classic sci-fi and fantasy illustrations of the 1960s and ’70s. Gallery admission is free and artwork is available for viewing during regular business hours: 5:15 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 5:15 a.m. – p.m. on Fridays, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 636-474-2732 or visit parks&rec/cultural-arts-gallery.

Live music, food trucks and adult beverages are highlights of the Adult Easter Egg Hunt for ages 21+ only. This year’s event is being held at CarShield Field. Advance registration includes a prize pack and a commemorative glass. Please bring a flashlight and an Easter basket for collecting eggs. Prizes will be awarded! Advanced registration is $20 per person. Food and adult beverages will be available for an additional charge. You can register with your email for the Adult Easter Egg Hunt (program 410202-A) at Or, sign up at the Renaud Spirit Center or the Parks and Rec Administration Office, 400 Civic Park Drive. Last year’s event sold out, so be sure to register to secure your spot.

Food Truck Frenzy & Rascals’ Fan Fest Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 16–18 and 23–25 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall) Based on the classic American novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the O’FallonTheatreWorks’ production brings the glamour, decadence and music of the Jazz Age to life in this saga of self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby, who passionately pursues Daisy Buchanan, the wife of another wealthy man. Tickets are available in advance at parks&rec or by calling the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC) staff at 636-474-2732.

Ticket information

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$10 general admission $8 seniors (ages 55+), children and students (ages 6–17) $2 children (ages 2–5) No charge for children under age 2 (and held on lap)

Friday, April 27 5:30–8:30 p.m., CarShield Field Celebrate the start of baseball season with this free, familyfriendly rally at CarShield Field featuring a variety of food trucks with delicious food and desserts for sale, and free activities, including inflatables and a baseball clinic on the field. The Rascals will have cold drinks on tap. Visit www. for information about the Rascals’ upcoming season and a game schedule.

Founders’ Day & Garden Expo Saturday, May 5 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park Celebrate spring at this great little festival with something for everyone. Held in one of O’Fallon’s most historic parks, you’ll learn about O’Fallon’s past, see heritage demonstrations and be able purchase live plants, flowers and more from vendors. Turn to page 3 for more details.

Discount rate for groups of 10 or more $2 additional charge for tickets purchased at the box office (opens an hour before each show).

indicates opportunities for volunteers. Contact Volunteer Services at 636-3795417 or


O’Fallon Update City of O’Fallon Newsletter

Public Works Fair Wednesday, May 23 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Ozzie Smith Sports Complex O’Fallon’s Public Works Fair allows kids a chance to sit in the driver’s seat of some of the working equipment the City uses to provide City services, such as a street sweeper, recycling truck (with kids getting a chance to operate the mechanical arm), snow plow, paint striper and many more. Both kids and adults will enjoy the working models of the City’s water treatment plant and the Enviroscape water pollution model. Additional activities include free rides on the City train, safety awareness games, giveaways, and departmental booths with emergency preparedness handouts and information, and the chance to talk to City staff. A free hotdog lunch with chips and water will be available.

The New Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center opens Memorial Day weekend Saturday through Monday, May 26–28 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday Civic Park, 405 Civic Park Drive Thanks to O’Fallon voters, Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center has expanded with a comfortable new bathhouse and fantastic features. Slide three water slides, float the new, longer lazy river, and splash on the water playground and the new poolside splash pad. If you get hungry, purchase tasty food at the new concession stand. See pages 8–9 of the Parks & Rec Guide for admission, summer passes, pool party information and special events. The pool will remain open daily through August 12, then weekends through Labor Day. Learn more about the upgrades and get directions at parks&rec/acac.

Food Truck Frenzy Fridays, June 1 and August 3 5:30–8:30 p.m., Sports Park

Tour our Historic Sites

Start the weekend off with a food truck picnic and free concert. Free kids’ activities and inflatables, too! Bring funds to purchase food truck fare and adult beverages, and a blanket or chairs for seating. Get more details on which trucks will be present at food-truck-frenzy.

Historic Heald Home and Zumwalt’s Fort tours Open the 2nd and 4th Sundays, May 20 – September 23 12–3 p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park This summer, come see O’Fallon’s historic treasures! Admission is $5 per person to see both attractions, and children 10 and under are admitted free. Also open, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, for Founders’ Day. For private and/ or group tours of 10 or more, please call 636-379-5614.

O’Fallon Historical Society’s Log Cabin Museum Open the 2nd and 4th Sundays, May 20 – September 23 12–3 p.m., Civic Park See vintage O’Fallon photos, business items, furnishings and curiosities from bygone years. Tours also are available by appointment; contact

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Attend patriotic ceremonies at O’Fallon’s Veterans Memorial Walk With a reflecting pool flanked by the great seals of all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, an eternal flame and a unique platoon of bronze boots on the march, Veterans Memorial Walk is a distinctive site for honoring our soldiers, veterans and those who have given their lives in the service of our country. The Walk is located just south of I-70 at Belleau Creek Road and Veterans Memorial Parkway. Spring events at the Walk, include:

Armed Forces Day Ceremony Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.

Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 28, 11 a.m. Spring 2018


Get the most out of spring as a community volunteer!

Mission: Clean Stream

Sign up to become a volunteer at volunteer or call 636-379-5417.

Spend the morning cleaning our creeks with Volunteer Services! Help clear litter and debris from local streams before it has a chance to move downstream and clog waterways. To join the fun, pre-register by March 30.

Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m. – noon

National Volunteer Appreciation Week Sunday – Saturday, April 15–21 The City of O’Fallon will celebrate its legion of volunteers with a full week of appreciation. Over the past year, 2,303 volunteers collectively donated 15,822 hours to assist at O’Fallon events, City programs, assist with City projects, sit on boards and commissions and staff O’Fallon’s all-volunteer Veteran’s Assistance Office. Thank you, O’Fallon volunteers!

O’Fallon Earth Day Saturday, April 21, 9–11 a.m. Your assistance is needed! Become a major participant in the community by volunteering for projects at roadsides, creeks, parks and military memorial sites. Families, individuals and organizations are welcome. Register by Friday, April 13.

Severe spring weather can cause flooded roads, homes and businesses Torrential spring rains, tornadoes, hail and flooding are some of the severe weather conditions that occur in our area. Through drills at work and school, many people are aware of the need to take shelter when tornado weather threatens. But when it comes to flooding, drivers can get into trouble by thinking it is all right to drive through water rising over the road. In our area, one of the most important safety tips during severe weather is this: If you encounter water over the road, turn around and do not drown!

Prepare before a flood Because flooding can damage your home and put your family at risk, you want to be prepared. Here are a few helpful tips:

Make a family communication plan so you can stay in touch during an emergency. Choose a friend or relative living out of your area who can be contacted to let family members know they are safe. Create and practice a family disaster plan. Learn the safest spots to shelter and determine the best escape routes from your home at disasters/index.html. Finally, agree on safe places to meet up outside your home. Assemble a disaster preparedness kit for your family and pets, plus a second kit to keep in your car. For tips and instructions, visit www.ready. gov/build-a-kit. Insure your property for a flood hazard. Ask your insurance agent if you are covered for flood damage. You may be able to take advantage of a low-cost preferred risk policy. Renters can buy flood insurance for their possessions, as well.

If you have a question about your property in relation to the floodplain, contact the City of O’Fallon’s Floodplain Administrator Jeannie Greenlee at 636-379-5557 or Check to see if your home is in a flood plain at www.ofallon.

Gather emergency supplies and follow local radio or TV updates.

Recognize Flood Risk • Identify floodprone or landslide-prone areas near you.

Unplug appliances to prevent electrical shock when power comes back on.

• Know your community’s warning signals, evacuation routes, and emergency shelter locations. • Know flood evacuation routes near you.

Do NOT drive or walk across flooded roads. Cars and people can be swept away.

When power lines are down, water is in your home, or before you evacuate, TURN OFF gas, power, and water.

Throw away items that cannot be disinfected, like wall coverings, cloth, rugs, and drywall.

Tie down or bring outdoor items inside. practice safe hygiene Wash hands with soap and water to help prevent germs. Listen for information from your local officials on how to safely use water to drink, cook, or clean.

Use fans, air conditioning units, and dehumidifiers for drying.

For cleanup, wear rubber boots and plastic gloves.

For more information visit

Clean walls, hard floors, and other surfaces with soap and water. Use a mixture of 1 cup bleach and 1 gallon water to disinfect.

Caution! Flood water may contain trash.

Roscoe’s Den Trash, Recycling and Yard Waste Announcements O’Fallon’s weekly yard waste disposal resumes With spring’s official arrival this month, lawns and shrubs are greening up and growing. If you already have yard waste service, you know what a convenience it is to be able to neatly dispose of limbs, yard trimmings and grass clippings at the curb each week. If you are not yet enrolled in yard waste collection, you can sign up at any time. The cost is $5.62 per month, or $11.25 per bi-monthly trash bill. A one-year commitment is required. To sign up or for more information contact staff at 636-272-0477 or

Free twice-a-year yard waste collection Residents enrolled in the City’s trash and recycling service, but who do not have year-round yard waste service, may request two free yard waste collections for up to 10 units. A unit is one yard waste bag, or one yard waste container or one bundle of sticks and limbs. See for more information. If you are currently enrolled in year-round yard waste service, twice a year you may request collection for up to two times the number of allowed units (up to 20 bags, yard waste receptacles or bundles instead of ten).

Keep O’Fallon clean by bagging your trash and recycling O’Fallon’s Municipal Code requires dumpsters and trash containers to be properly closed and secured in an enclosure. If you see trash along O’Fallon’s streets and sidewalks, or if you see trash containers or dumpsters that are left open or unsecured, please contact O’Fallon’s Citizens First Center at 636-379-5553 to alert our Code Enforcement officers.

O’Fallon’s bi-monthly Free Electronics & Appliance Recycling Events You can bring outdated or broken electronics and appliances to O’Fallon’s free Electronics & Appliance Recycling Events from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 14 or Saturday, June 9. The drop-off will be held in the west parking lot at CarShield Field, located at the corner of Tom Ginnever Avenue and T.R. Hughes Boulevard. Free, except for the following:

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LED/LCD/Plasma televisions – $20 CRT monitors – $5 CRT TVs 26” or less – $30 CRT TVs 27” or greater – $50 Wood console and true big screen/projection TVs – $50 Appliances or units that contain Freon – $10

For a detailed list of items that can be recycled and future event dates, visit Or call Environmental Services at 636-272-0477.

Free bi-monthly bulk waste drop-off This spring’s free bulk waste drop-offs are scheduled for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 and Saturday, June 16. During these events, O’Fallon trash customers can drop off certain items that are too large to fit in the trash container, such as carpeting or furniture, at the City’s waste transfer station. The transfer station is located at 1572 Progress West Lane. For a list of acceptable items, please visit www.ofallon.

ROSCOE says: Protect your back yard and neighborhood from erosion by disposing of grass clippings and leaves with O’Fallon’s weekly yard waste service.


Police Bulletins O’Fallon Police Department’s Spring Open House

Senior Citizens Police Academy starts June 5

Saturday, May 5 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., O’Fallon Justice Center

Seniors who are interested in law enforcement issues geared to their interests are invited to attend the O’Fallon Police Department’s Senior Citizens Police Academy, free. Beginning June 5, classes meet from 1–2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the month. The first class on Tuesday, June 5, will meet at the O’Fallon Justice Center, 1019 Bryan Road, for an introduction and tour. The remainder of the classes, June 7 through 28, will meet at the O’Fallon Senior Center, 106 North Main Street. All seniors are welcome to attend as many classes as they can. No registration is necessary. Topics include: Justice Center Tour; Fraud, Scams and Identity Theft; SWAT Demo; O’Fallon K-9 Demo; Drug Take-back, Crisis Intervention, Social Media and Police Dispatch; EMS Response; Elder Abuse and Neglect; Home Safety and Emergency Preparation. For questions, email Officer Jill Bloomfield at jbloomfield@ If email is not possible, please contact the O’Fallon Police Department at 636-240-3200.

Guests are invited to take self-guided tours through the state-of-the-art facility to see the court division, corrections, gun range, the Vir-Tra interactive training system, detective bureau and more. A vehicle display outside the Justice Center may include the Mobile Command Vehicle, SWAT vehicle, a helicopter and patrol vehicles. Other attractions include, food trucks, giveaways and kids’ activities: a bounce house, balloon twisting, a petting zoo and an obstacle course.

O’Fallon Safety Town teaches young children how to play safe Registration opens at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 2, online at or in-person at the RSC (Renaud Spirit Center) O’Fallon Safety Town is a nationally-accredited program to teach children ages 4½ through 6½ how to play safe and stay safe. The course is presented in a kid-sized, simulated city layout and classroom and includes an off-campus field trip. Under the guidance of police officers, a certified teacher, paramedics and firefighters, children experience “real life” situations and are taught to evaluate “safe from unsafe” and how to react safely. Space is limited, so early enrollment is encouraged. The cost for the two-week session is $60 per child; each additional child from the same family is $40. Fees must be paid in full when children are enrolled.

Safely dispose of old prescription medications with O’Fallon’s Drug Take-Back program To help keep unused prescription medications out of the hands of those who should not have them, the O’Fallon Police Department has a drug take-back receptacle for easily disposing of unwanted prescription meds. The receptacle is located inside the O’Fallon Justice Center, 1019 Bryan Rd., and available for use 24/7. 1.

As required by state law, bring your medications to the Police Department in the original pharmaceutical containers.


If you have liquid prescriptions to drop off, please keep them in their containers with lids securely tightened, put them in a plastic bag and then dispose of them in the drop-off slot.

2018 O’Fallon Safety Town schedule For your preferred session date, choose either morning (9– 11:30 a.m.) or afternoon (12:30–3 p.m.) classes by selecting the corresponding course code. All sessions are held at Progress South Elementary, 201 Knaust Road.

Session I: June 4–15

Session III: July 9–20

141412-A (morning) 141412-B (afternoon)

141412-E (morning) 141412-F (afternoon)

Session II: June 18–29 141412-C (morning) 141412-D (afternoon)

Communications Director • Tom Drabelle

Staff Writer • Peggy Bradbury •


O’Fallon Update City of O’Fallon Newsletter

Web and Design Administrator • Bryan Wieczorek

O’Fallon’s Historic Preservation Commission ave you ever driven down Main Street in O’Fallon and wondered about the history of some of the buildings that line the street? If so, you are not alone in your curiosity. Many of the older buildings that go quietly unnoticed on the City’s landscape have some great stories that go along with the architecture. Although most people think of O’Fallon as a newer City, there is a lot of history here, and the O’Fallon Historic Preservation Commission’s goal is to make sure it is preserved for future generations to enjoy. Detach and return this page with your payment. Please complete a separate form for each brick ordered. A printable form is also available at


In 2012, the City Council recognized the need for the City to be an active voice for its history and established the appointed Commission. In 2014, O’Fallon formalized the process even further by taking steps to become a Certified Local Government (CLG) through the State of Missouri. As one of only 59 CLGs in Missouri, the O’Fallon Historic Preservation Commission is able to expand local preservation efforts to the state level, including receiving technical training on preservation techniques as well as grant opportunities from the Department of Natural Resources’ State Historic Preservation Office. Today, the Commission is working to expand knowledge of the City’s history and preserve and protect our historic properties through numerous activities. They are developing an O’Fallon Historic Preservation Commission Facebook page, supporting the efforts to nominate Sage Chapel Cemetery for the National Register of Historic Places, promoting educational outreach efforts through photo displays at City events and submitting various grant applications for consideration.

Three buildings have been designated as local historic properties by the Historic Preservation Commission: (From top) The Krekel Home was the first home in O’Fallon. Restored in 2017, the building recently reopened as Cleo Bridal; Sisters of the Most Precious Blood Convent is now partly occupied by O’Fallon Municipal Centre; the Heald Home renovated in the early 2000s, it is now open for tours during the spring and summer (see page 7).

Additionally, one of the primary goals of the Commission is to research local historic properties for local nomination to the City’s Historic Designation Program. To date, the Krekel Home on Civic Park Drive, the Heald Home in Fort Zumwalt Park and the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood Convent on Main Street have all been designated as local historic properties and presented with plaques. The mound at Dames Park and the Audrain Mill Homestead also have been given this designation. The O’Fallon Historic Preservation Commission consists of eight voting members and up to three non-voting members. There is a representative from each of the City’s Wards and three additional members serve the committee at large. Currently, the Commission has a vacancy in Ward 4. If you are someone who enjoys local history and may be interested in serving on the Commission, contact Melinda Bostic at The Commission (pictured) meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 pm. The public is welcome to attend meetings in person or view them on O’Fallon TV through the City’s website, Charter Spectrum TV Channel 991 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99. You can learn more about the Commission’s activities on the O’FallonTV YouTube channel. Spring 2018


Calendar March

Unless otherwise noted, public meetings are held at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street. Municipal Court is held at the O’Fallon Justice Center, 1019 Bryan Road. Meeting times and dates are subject to change; for the most current information, please refer to


16–17 OTW presents The Great Gatsby, 8 p.m.


Historic Preservation Commission, 6 p.m.

18 OTW presents The Great Gatsby, 2 p.m.


Cultural Arts Commission, 6:30 p.m.

19 Municipal Court, 5 p.m.


Planning and Zoning Commission, 7 p.m.


National Join Hands Day, 9–11 a.m.

20 Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission, 5:30 p.m.

Founders’ Day & Garden Expo, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

21 Senior Resident Advisory Committee, 2:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Police Department Open House, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Municipal Court, 5 p.m.

22 City Council, 7:30 p.m., workshop, 5:30 p.m.


Parks Advisory Board, 7 p.m.

23–24 OTW presents The Great Gatsby, 8 p.m.


Municipal Court, 9 a.m.

25 OTW presents The Great Gatsby, 2 p.m.

Board of Adjustment, 5:30 p.m.

26 Municipal Court, 5 p.m.

10 City Council, 7:30 p.m., workshop, 5:30 p.m.

28 Municipal Court, 9 a.m.

14 Municipal Court, 5 p.m.

15 Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, 5:30 p.m.

Veterans Commission, 7 p.m.

Public Works Advisory Committee, 7 p.m.

O’Fallon Convention & Visitors Bureau, 3 p.m.

16 Senior Resident Advisory Committee, 2:30 p.m.


Public Works Advisory Committee, 7 p.m.

19 Armed Forces Day Ceremony, 11 a.m.


Easter – Renaud Spirit Center CLOSED



Safety Town registration opens, 8 a.m.

21 Veterans Commission, 7 p.m.

Utility Tax Rebate filing begins, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

23 Public Works Fair, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Municipal Court, 5 p.m.


Historic Preservation Commission, 6 p.m.

24 City Council, 7:30 p.m., workshop, 5:30 p.m.


Cultural Arts Commission, 6:30 p.m.

26–28 Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center opens for the season


Planning and Zoning Commission, 7 p.m.

28 City Hall CLOSED for Memorial Day


Mission: Clean Stream, 9 a.m. – noon

10 Parks Advisory Board, 7 p.m.

Tour historic sites, see page 7

Convention & Visitors Bureau, 3 p.m.

Memorial Day Ceremony, 11 a.m.

29 Municipal Court, 5 p.m.

11 Municipal Court, 9 a.m.


Board of Adjustment, 5:30 p.m.

12 City Council, 7:30 p.m., workshop, 5:30 p.m. 14 Electronics & Appliance Recycling Event, 8 a.m. – Noon CarShield Field west parking lot


Food Truck Frenzy, 5:30–8:30 p.m., Sports Park

RSC Challenge Run 7 p.m.; Movie in the Park, 8 p.m.


Municipal Court, 5 p.m.


Municipal Court, 5 p.m.

Veterans Commission, 7 p.m.


Historic Preservation Commission, 6 p.m.

17 Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, 5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Jammin’ concert, 6:30–9 p.m.

18 Senior Resident Advisory Committee, 2:30 p.m.


Cultural Arts Commission, 6:30 p.m.

Public Works Advisory Committee, 7 p.m.


Planning and Zoning Commission, 7 p.m.

21 Large item drop-off, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Electronics & Appliance Recycling Event, 8 a.m. – Noon

12 O’Fallon Jammin’ concert, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

O’Fallon Earth Day, 9–11 a.m.

25 Municipal Court, 9 a.m.

26 City Council, 7:30 p.m., workshop, 5:30 p.m.

13 Municipal Court, 9 a.m.

27 Food Truck Frenzy & Rascals Fan Fest, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

30 Municipal Court, 5 p.m.

14 City Council, 7:30 p.m., workshop, 5:30 p.m.


Parks Advisory Board, 7 p.m. Board of Adjustment, 5:30 p.m.

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O'Fallon Update newsletter – Spring 2018  
O'Fallon Update newsletter – Spring 2018  

Quarterly newsletter mailed to O'Fallon, MO, residents.