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’s Historic Preservation Commission sponsors Black History Month display

In honor of Black History Month, O’Fallon’s Historic Preservation Commission has set up a display honoring the history of African Americans in the City of O’Fallon. The display of photos – some more than 75 years old – features portraits of some of O’Fallon’s earliest African American residents. The photos are on display in the Rotunda and Lobby on the first floor of the O’Fallon Municipal Center (City Hall). The display is free to view and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. throughout the month of February.

“Today, we know O’Fallon as a diverse suburban community with grand subdivisions and bustling restaurants and stores, but this City has a long history that stretches more than 160 years,” said Jim Frain, who put the display together and is a member of the Historic Preservation Commission. “O’Fallon – like many Midwestern towns of the early 20th Century – was once a largely segregated town where a strong African-American community grew on several blocks in the City, known as ‘The Hill.’ The area included churches and schools and a ‘blacks-only’ cemetery called Sage Chapel Cemetery. The Cemetery was founded in 1881 as a burial site for former slaves and their descendants. Many of the original tombstones still stand at the site along Veterans Memorial Parkway.

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Important information from FEMA for those impacted by recent flooding

 

FEMA News Release  

Commonly Asked Questions About Federal Disaster Aid

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2016 City of O'Fallon Projects (Video)

2015 was a big year for O'Fallon, and 2016 is shaping up to be even bigger! Watch this video to see the civic growth and improvement coming to our community.


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O’Fallon, Missouri receives $10K for tree planting and education from the Missouri Department of Conservation

 The City of O’Fallon’s plan to buffer the impact of the tree-killing emerald ash borer just got a shot in the arm with a $10,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant program. O’Fallon was one of 42 cities to receive the grant, which O’Fallon has earmarked for education and tree planting.

“TRIM grants help recipients accomplish activities that keep their neighborhood trees healthy and thriving, including [taking] inventory, pruning, planting and educational programs,” said MDC Forestry Management Chief Justine Gartner. The grants offer cost-share funding for government agencies, public schools and nonprofit groups to manage, improve or conserve trees on public lands.

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New FEMA Flood Maps (Video)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is issuing new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) that all municipalities, including O’Fallon, must adopt. These new maps become effective on January 20, 2016, and some O’Fallon homes may be impacted. Click on this video to find out more.


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ALERT: Rainy weather causes flooding, multiple road closures in O'Fallon and surrounding areas

Updated at 3:15 p.m., Tuesday, December 29, 2015:

Open to traffic, Again

  • I-70 is open in both directions; however, the EB ramp at Salt Lick/Hwy. 79 is closed.
  • Hwy P at Dames Park/Park Ridge and Koch Road is open.
  • Hwy N at Wheatfield Farms is now open to traffic.
  • The RSC pool is open.
  • Celebrations of Lights is open to drive-through traffic on Tuesday night from 6–9 p.m.

Road Closures

  • Weldon Springs Road at Fieldstone Farms is closed. .

Other Important Information

  • The Wind Advisory from the National Weather Service ended at 3 p.m. on Monday.
  • The Flash Flood Watch was lifted at 3:27 p.m. on Monday.
  • Both the State of Missouri and St. Charles County have declared a State of Emergency for this area.
  • Please check with other municipalites, including St. Charles County, for flood information about areas beyond O'Fallon city limits.

Closures (and re-openings) will be updated as information becomes available.

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Candidate filing opens December 15 for O’Fallon’s April 2016 municipal election

The first day of filing “Declarations of Candidacy” for the City of O’Fallon’s April 5, 2016, municipal election will open on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366.

Declarations of Candidacy will be accepted at the West City Hall entrance, only, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the first day of filing. After that date, filing will be held in the City Clerk’s office on the third floor of City Hall. Declarations of Candidacy will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

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Celebration of Lights (Video)

Don't miss out on this year's Celebration of Lights display in Fort Zumwalt Park. Watch this video and find out more!


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FRAUD ALERT from the O'Fallon Police Department

FRAUD ALERT - 11/15/2015 - We have gotten two reports tonight from residents of St. Charles County stating someone called them purporting to be a Lt. Johnson with the O'Fallon Police. The caller stated they we calling the victim to collect money for a bench warrant for their arrest. The caller informed them they could pay off their warrant through PayPal.

This is absolutely a fraudulent request and a scam. We have no Lt. Johnson and we would never call requesting payment for a warrant over the phone. If you get a similar call hang up immediately. If you are able to gain a call back number please contact your local police department.

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Get the holidays off to a joyful start at O’Fallon’s free Tree Lighting Ceremony

Treat your family to a night of fun and holiday magic at O’Fallon’s Tree Lighting Ceremony from 6 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18. The event will be held at O’Fallon’s Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Admission and parking are free.

The highlight of the event is the countdown to the lighting of a huge Christmas tree, a City tradition led by Mayor Bill Hennessy, launching the official start of the holiday season. The evening’s entertainment is free and includes live choral and instrumental music throughout City Hall, visits with Santa, face painting, holiday games and crafts, and rides on the City Train (weather permitting). Vendors will have hand-crafted gifts and decorations for sale, and concessions will be available for purchase.

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