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News Briefs: O’Fallon ranks 17th on ‘Safest Cities’ list


O’Fallon ranks 17th on ‘Safest Cities’ list

The SafeWise Report released its “50 Safest Cities in Missouri” report this week and O’Fallon is listed as number 17.

To compile this report, SafeWise used the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report from 2012 to analyze and rank these cities, which all have a minimum population of 4,000 people. O’Fallon was the second largest city on the list.


City celebrates ‘Days of Service’

Volunteers are needed for O’Fallon’s National Days of Service and Remembrance, held from Sept. 11-13. The event features community service projects that honor the heroes and victims of the attacks from Sept. 11, 2001.

Community service projects include:

• The Support Our Troops Supply Drive, which continues through Sept. 11 and is a drop-off for personal care items, batteries and small packages of snacks for troops. Drop-off sites can be found at ofallon.mo.us/volunteer. Donations of $15 are also needed to cover mailing costs, and can be dropped off at O’Fallon City Hall, 100 North Main Street, with checks made payable to H.E.R.O.E.S. Care.

• The Patriot Blood Drive held on Friday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at City Hall.

• Citizens United in Service held on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9-11 a.m. at various locations around O’Fallon. Projects are designed to support first responders and military personnel. To register, visit ofallon.mo.us.

The public is also invited to attend the annual Patriot Day ceremony, “A Tribute to First Responders,” on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 8:30 a.m. at the O’Fallon 9/11 memorial. Visit ofallon.mo.us/volunteer to register or for more information




St. Peters asks legislators  to sustain Nixon’s veto

St. Peters has joined Lake Saint Louis in asking state legislators to vote against an override of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of legislation that provides sales tax exemptions that may cut into city coffers.

The St. Peters Board of Aldermen approved a resolution by a 7-0 vote at their Aug. 14 meeting asking that Nixon’s veto be sustained. Alderman Tommy Roberts (Ward 3) was absent.

There was no discussion before the vote. Mayor Len Pagano said afterward that the resolution was jointly sponsored by him and the entire board. The resolution was introduced at a board meeting on June 26 with the board agreeing to take it up in August.

The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen approved a similar resolution at their July 21 meeting.

The St. Peters resolution states that the bills provide tax breaks to “special interests” and could have “a severe impact on the city of St. Peters operating budget.”

Special exemptions were inserted in the bills at the last minute and local government officials had no chance to make their voices heard, the resolution adds.

The resolution also states that the bills could leave “residents, businesses and taxpayers with reduced services or cuts in services.”

City officials say St. Peters might lose at least $500,000 in sales tax revenue with an override. At presstime, county government officials were still gathering information on the bill’s impact.

Lake Saint Louis officials are holding back on about $500,000 in purchases and other expenditures, including hiring a part-time code enforcement officer and police record clerk, until action on the vetoes. Sales tax provides about 30 percent of the city’s revenue.



Construction begins on campus park

The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department and St. Charles Community College broke ground on Aug. 18 to make way for College Meadows Park, an 80-acre development situated on the college campus.

“Together, we’re breaking new ground to offer the community something different and unique on the undeveloped college property,” said Parks Director Bettie Yahn-Kramer.

The new park will be designed to accommodate citizens of all ages and abilities. An outdoor fitness trail and a nine-hole disc golf course will be the featured amenities in the park.

The fitness trail will encompass 10 pieces of exercise equipment and a fitness machine that is accessible for wheelchairs. The fitness trail will connect to the existing paved walkway on campus as well as nearby greenways and schools.

A disc golf course will wind through park meadows and feature concrete tee pads and professional Mach V Disc Golf Baskets.

College Meadows Park is expected to open by the end of 2014.

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