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News Briefs – O’Fallon Public Hearing Scheduled Oct. 25


Public hearing scheduled 

The city of O’Fallon will conduct a public hearing beginning at 3 pm. on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre [City Hall], 100 North Main Street, concerning the Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Action Plan for O’Fallon’s Community Development Block Grant Program.  The hearing will be held in the Multi-purpose Room on the first floor.

Those who need assistance or auxiliary aids for the meeting should contact Public Assistance Specialist Alexis Jaegers at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting by calling (636) 379-5511 or by email at

Following the hearing, there will be a 30-day public comment period regarding the plan. The comment period will end at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 28.

The plans will be available for review at city hall and on the city’s website at The public is invited to submit written comments to Public Assistance Specialist Alexis Jaegers at or mail comments to:

CDBG Program, O’Fallon Municipal Centre, 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, MO 63366


City swears in new chiefs

The city of Saint Charles has appointed Craig Dodson as fire chief and Michael Grzyb as deputy fire chief.

Dodson has spent his entire career with the city of Saint Charles, serving the department for 32 years. Nineteen of those years were spent as a firefighter/paramedic, five years as a captain, seven years as a battalion chief and one year as the deputy chief.

“I welcome the opportunity to work with other Saint Charles city leaders, both internally and externally, in order to take the next steps to further position the city of Saint Charles and the fire department in a positive and dynamic direction,” Dodson said. “I look forward to leading the department in a direction that continues serving the public safety needs of our citizens in a forward thinking and progressive manner.”

Dodson received his bachelor’s degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University.

“We are excited to welcome Craig to this role,” said Saint Charles Mayor Sally Faith said. “He has shown his dedication to the city and its citizens for many years, and we know he is the right person to continue to lead the fire department into the future, and help the city of Saint Charles continue to deliver superior services to its citizens for many years to come.”

Grzyb has been with the city’s fire department for 33 years. Three of those years were spent as a firefighter, two years as a firefighter/engineer, 15 years as a captain and 13 years as a battalion chief.

Grzyb received his bachelor’s degree in fire service management from Maryville University.

Both Dodson and Grzyb were officially welcomed into their new roles at a swearing-in ceremony held at Saint Charles City Hall on Oct. 4.


Local malls to close on Thanksgiving 

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., owner of Mid Rivers Mall, South County Center, St. Clair Square and West County Center, announced Oct. 12 that those shopping centers will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

The centers will reopen at 6 a.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 25.

“We want to bring back the excitement of Black Friday shopping as the true start of the holiday shopping season and allow our employees, retailers and shoppers to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families,” said Stephen Lebovitz, president and CEO of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. “After evaluating feedback from our mall employees, retail partners and input from our shoppers, we determined that this was the best decision for our properties.”

Department stores, movie theaters and retailers with exterior mall entrances will have the option to open their stores on Thursday. However, access to mall common areas will be restricted until 6 a.m. on Friday.

Shoppers should check,, or for more center-specific information.

Poinsettias on sale

The holidays are right around the corner and Community Living, Inc. is getting in the spirit by selling poinsettias again this year.

Funds raised will help to enrich the lives of people with disabilities. The plants are priced at $12 each,  or $10 each for orders of five or more. Each plant has an average height of 10 inches.

Ordering can be completed online at or by calling (636) 970-2800, ext. 3022. Orders and payments must be received no later than Friday, Nov. 18.

Poinsettias can be picked up at Community Living’s Administrative office, 1040 St. Peters Howell Road, from noon-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 and from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8.

Delivery is available for a $5 charge per location in St. Charles County only. Deliveries will be made between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Large orders may be delivered outside St. Charles County; call (636) 970-2800 for details.


National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Area police departments will host the 12th annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to bring expired and unwanted medications to one of the police departments below for safe and appropriate disposal. Prohibited items include liquids, inhalers, patches and syringes.

• Lake Saint Louis Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive

• St. Charles County Police Department, 101 Sheriff Dierker Court

• St. Peters Police Department, 1020 Grand Teton Drive

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Food pantry for pets 

One Saturday each month, qualifying St. Charles County pet owners can receive free food for their dog or cat through the Division of Humane Services’ Pet Food Pantry.

The program distributes dry pet food to registered families on an as-available basis at the Pet Adoption Center, located at 4850 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters.

“Pets are an important part of our lives and can boost spirits when times are tough,” said Division of Humane Services Veterinary Technician Katie Willis. “The Pet Food Pantry helps the dogs and cats in our community receive the responsible care they deserve. Thanks to contributions like a 10,000 pound donation of food from Purina Farms and routine gifts from members of our community, this program continues to enhance the lives of the animals we love.”

The free program is open to qualifying St. Charles County residents. To qualify, pet owners must:

• Register with the Division of Humane Services at least one week prior to the giveaway, showing proof of residency in St. Charles County [government-issued identification or utility bill].

• Show proof of need.

• Show proof of current rabies vaccination for each animal covered or update the animal’s shot record at the time of registration.

• Show proof that the animal is spayed or neutered or make arrangements to do so at the time of registration.

• Bring a container large enough to carry at least three pounds of food.

The next Pet Food Pantry will open from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Oct. 29. Additional 2016 programs will be offered on Nov. 12 and Dec. 3.

To learn more about this program or to donate goods, call (636) 949-7387.

Meet the candidates

A Meet the Candidate Night is from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 at Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service, 4116 McClay Road in St. Charles.

All St. Charles County voters are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to meet and speak with the 2016 candidates for federal, state and county offices. Each candidate will have their own table and will be available to meet with voters to answer their questions.

Refreshments will be served.

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