O'Fallon Update Newsblog

All information posted below and on subsequent pages is provided by the City of O'Fallon's Communications team. Follow @cityofofallon on Twitter for the latest happenings.

O’Fallon names Patrick McKeehan as new Economic Development Director

Mayor Bill Hennessy and O’Fallon City Administrator Bonnie Therrien announced the hiring of Patrick McKeehan as the City’s new Economic Development Director. McKeehan replaces Mike Hurlbert, who recently was appointed as Director of Community Development for St. Charles County.

McKeehan brings 30 years of economic development experience to O’Fallon with roles throughout the St. Louis Metro Area and Metro East. His experience includes leadership and consulting roles with the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, St. Louis Regional Automotive Partnership/Ford Hazelwood Task Force, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, St. Louis County Economic Council and Missouri Department of Economic Development.

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Home security/financial website ranks O’Fallon as one of Missouri’s safest cities based on FBI stats

A new study rates the City of O’Fallon, Missouri, as one of the state’s safest cities in which to live, work or visit in 2016. Created by online home security and financial website CreditDonkey.com, statisticians looked at cities with populations of 5,000 or more and used FBI statistics from 2014 (the latest available) to determine the rate of violent crime (aggravated assault, robbery, rape and murder) and property crime (burglary, larceny or theft, vehicle theft and arson) per 1,000 people.

Of the top 50 safest Missouri cities as determined by CreditDonkey.com, O’Fallon has the second-highest population of cities making the list, yet it also has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the state, 0.7 per 1,000 people, and one of the lowest incidence of robberies, 0.1 per 1,000 people.

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Free O’Fallon Jammin’ concerts bring tropical rock, country, Motown and more to Civic Park this summer

Enjoy a summer evening with friends and coworkers at free O’Fallon Jammin’ concerts in Civic Park, and hear a different band each Tuesday performing from 6:30 – 9 p.m. through August 23rd. During the concert, food trucks and concessionaires will have gourmet cuisine, specialty concessions, icy treats and cold beverages available for purchase, including wine and beer. Civic Park is located at 308 Civic Park Drive in O’Fallon, Missouri 63366.

With O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest bringing national bands to the City on July 3-4, there’s no Jammin’ concert on July 5. Jammin’ resumes on July 12 with the Heart tribute band Magazine, featuring legendary St. Louis vocalist Kelly Wild. Then on July 19, Gentlemen Bandits will play blues, rock and country soul, and on July 26, Groovethang will cover hit songs of the 1970s and ‘80s. On August 2, the O’Fallon Community Concert Band with entertain with vintage standards, music from the movies and pops. On August 9, Memphis Ride will get the party started with tropical rock and country music, followed on August 16 by Retro Boogie’s brand of Motown, disco, pop and rock. The final concert of the month will be My Friend Mike playing Top 40 hits on August 23.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony set for City of O’Fallon’s Justice Center

The City of O’Fallon will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for the O’Fallon Justice Center at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 10. The ceremony will take place at the site, which is located on the west side of Bryan Road, approximately one-quarter mile south of Veterans Memorial Parkway. The public is invited to attend. Limited parking is available at the site and at nearby businesses.

On April 7, 2015, 60 percent of O’Fallon voters approved a $28.6 million bond issue for the construction, furnishing and equipping of a new police station and municipal court building. When the 80,000+ square-foot facility opens in 2017, it will replace cramped quarters in the O’Fallon Municipal Centre for both the O’Fallon Police Department and O’Fallon’s Municipal Court, which is currently held in a meeting room.

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Fireworks are illegal in O’Fallon, Missouri

By City ordinance, in O’Fallon, Missouri, it is illegal for anyone within City limits to:

  • Buy
  • Sell
  • Possess, store
  • Or discharge fireworks

The fireworks ban is set out in City Ordinance 215.690, which prohibits the possession and/or discharging of fireworks. Those found in violation of the ordinance will be ticketed and must appear in court. To report violations of the City’s fireworks ordinance, please call the Police Department’s non-emergency line, 636-240-3200.

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O’Fallon’s three-day Heritage & Freedom Fest has nationally-known bands, fireworks, XPogo stunts, carnival rides, free Kids’ Zone

In celebration of America’s birthday, the City of O’Fallon, Missouri, is holding the City’s biggest festival of the year, the three-day Heritage & Freedom Fest on July 2, 3 and 4. The event will be held at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard (63366), about one mile north of I-70.

Admission, parking and shuttles, live concerts by nationally-known entertainers, two nights of fireworks, shows by professional stunt artists and Kids’ Zone activities are free. FAQS, parking directions, entertainment schedules and song samples by headline entertainers are posted on www.heritageandfreedomfest.com.

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O’Fallon, Missouri’s 2016 Independence Holiday Schedule

In observance of Independence Day on Monday, July 4, the following schedule will apply for the City of O’Fallon, Missouri:

  • Several City facilities will be closed on Monday, July 4: the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall/Police Department), the Parks and Recreation Office, and the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC)
  • Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center in Civic Park will be open Monday, July 4, from noon - 5 p.m. Admission for residents is $4 for ages 3 -18 and 55+, and $5 for ages 19-54; non-resident admission is $6 for ages 3 -18 and 55+, and $7 for ages 19-54.
  • The City of O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest will be held July 2-4 at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon 63366. Free admission, parking and shuttles, spectacular live concerts on the Main Stage presented by OneMain Financial, two nights of fireworks, shows by professional stunt artists and Kids’ Zone activities. The festival grounds will be open:
    • Saturday, July 2, 2 -10 p.m.; Family Night with carnival rides, midway and family activities
    • Sunday, July 3, 2 -11 p.m.; Country Music Night with free concerts by Love & Theft and Chase Bryant.
    • Monday, noon -10 p.m.; Rock Music Night with free concerts by KONGOS and Sister Hazel.
    • For FAQs, parking, entertainment schedules, song samples, etc., go to www.heritageandfreedomfest.com.
  • Also on Monday, July 4, the Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade will get underway at 9:30 a.m. from the corner of North Main and East Third Streets, then proceed north on Main Street, turn east on Tom Ginnever Avenue, and finish at the corner of Tom Ginnever and T.R. Hughes Boulevard near the festival entrance.
  • No O’Fallon Jammin’ Concert will be held on Tuesday, July 5; Jammin’ resumes on July 12.
  • There will be no change in trash and recycling collection this week for O’Fallon residents. Please put your trash, recycling and yard waste at the curb on your regularly-scheduled day. For more information visit call 636-272-0477 weekdays.
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Electronics & Appliance Recycling Event set for June 18

If you have unwanted appliances and electronics – basically anything that has an electric cord or takes a battery - recycle them at O’Fallon’s convenient Electronics & Appliance Recycling Event on Saturday, June 18, from 8 a.m. to noon.

The drop-off is free except for certain televisions (see the fee chart below) and available to all including schools, churches and businesses. Bring items to the CarShield Field (formerly T.R, Hughes Ballpark) west parking lot at the corner of Tom Ginnever Ave. and T.R. Hughes Blvd., O’Fallon 63366.

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Free O’Fallon Jammin’ concerts on Tuesday nights brings the party to Civic Park

Thrill to the sound of Theo “The Voice” Peoples and St. Louis party band Butch Wax & the Hollywoods performing Motown, R & B and oldies at the first O’Fallon Jammin’ concert of the season on Tuesday, June 7. Peoples is the lead singer for the Four Tops and formerly the Temptations. Mel’s Food Truck, Zia’s, Sorelle, Yo! Salsa, Kona Ice, Rendezvous Café & Wine Bar and Missouri Kettle Corn will be on hand with great food and beverages for sale. (Food trucks and vendors are subject to change.)

Back for another summer of free concerts in Civic Park, O’Fallon Jammin’ is held from 6:30 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday nights from June 7 to August 23 (except July 5), with food trucks and concessionaires selling a variety of food and beverages. Civic Park is located at 308 Civic Park Drive in O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. In addition to Butch Wax & the Hollywoods, June’s musical lineup features Petty Cash Junction on June 14, Big Rain on June 21, and the O’Fallon Community Concert Band on June 28.

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Free Senior Citizens Police Academy presentations start June 7 at the O’Fallon Senior Center

Seniors who are interested in law enforcement discussions and topics geared to seniors are invited to attend the Senior Citizen Police Academy 2016, free, at the O’Fallon Senior Center, 106 North Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Beginning Tuesday, June 7, classes will meet from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the month. No registration is required. Attendance is encouraged but not required at every session to complete the program.

Taught by the O’Fallon Police Department, the topics for the Senior Citizen Police Academy are:

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