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Week in Review: Council Approves Raises, Gun Rights Bill Read and More

We know you're busy, so here's a roundup of some of the recent stories featured on O'Fallon Patch from last week.

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In case you missed them, here were some of the top headlines from the O'Fallon Patch from the last few days.

Firehouse Subs Donates Nearly $20K in Equipment to O'Fallon Fire District

  • The O'Fallon Fire Protection District accepted a donation of some much-needed equipment Wednesday at the Firehouse Subs restaurant off Highway K. Firehouse Subs franchisee Brian Collins andFirehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation development manager Meghan Bender made the presentation of the donation of 30 structural firefighters' helmets and a thermal imaging camera. The donation equaled more than $17,800.

Road Improvements Could Draw Developers to Site Abandoned by Menards

  • A project for improvements to the intersection of Route N and Hawk Ridge Trail may make the site more attractive for potential developers, say O'Fallon city staffers. Plans for a new Menards store near that intersection fell through late last year. The defunct Menards development plan straddled the border of Lake Saint Louis and O'Fallon, with the actual store in O'Fallon and the outlots and access road in Lake Saint Louis.

  • O’Fallon Mayoral Candidates fielded questions about economic development, public safety and the Page Avenue Extension at the annual candidate forum hosted by the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) on Tuesday evening. The MYAC is composed of juniors and seniors from local public and private high schools, chosen by their school officials to learn more about local government.

O'Fallon City Council Hears First Reading of Gun Rights Bill

  • Last week, the O'Fallon City Council heard the first reading of a bill supporting the U.S. Constitution's 2nd Amendment, the right of the people to keep and bear arms. According to the bill, laws infringing on gun ownership would be invalid in the City of O'Fallon.

O'Fallon Approves Pay Raises for Mayor and City Council

  • O'Fallon City Council voted 6-4 to approve an increase in compensation for the city's elected officials at the Thursday, March 14 meeting. Voting against the ordinance were Ward 1 Councilmen Bill Gardner and Rick Lucas, Ward 3 Councilman Rick Battelle and Ward 5 Councilman Michael Snowden. Compensation was last set for elected officials in 2001 at $19,500 per year for the mayor and $7,600 per year for council members. The newly passed ordinance increased compensation to $24,000 for the mayor and $12,000 for council members. 

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