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Federal Funding Available for Flood Damage

President Barack Obama recently declared the Great Flash Flood of 2015 a major disaster. This announcement made federal funding available to those affected by the flood event in Wildwood.
 
Individuals and business owners can apply for grants and low-interest loans to cover costs for temporary housing, home repairs, uninsured property losses, unemployment payments and a variety of other needs like medical, dental, funeral or transportation services.
 
Individuals can also take advantage of federal relief programs like crisis counseling, income tax assistance and advisory assistance for legal, veterans' benefits and Social Security issues.
 
Anyone who was affected by the floods can apply for aid at www.disasterassistance.gov/ or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA.


Curbside Pick-Up of Flood Debris

For those residents and others that experienced flood damage in their homes or other structures, the City is providing curbside pickup of flood debris. All debris must be placed at the curb or by the edge of the street to be eligible for pickup. Residents wanting to arrange for curbside pickup should call the City of Wildwood at (636) 458-0440.


April 5, 2016 Municipal Election – Filing Has Closed

Filing for the office of Councilperson closed on January 19, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. Below is a list of those individuals that have filed and will be on the April 5, 2016 Ballot for the City of Wildwood. Thanks to all for participating and being willing to serve this great City. If you should have any comments or questions regarding municipal elections in the City of Wildwood, please contact City Clerk Liz Weiss at 636-458-0440.

Mayor:                 Jim Bowlin
Ward One:          Glen DeHart

Ward Two:          Ray Manton and Joe Pirrello

Ward Three:       Jim Baugus

Ward Four:         Marc Cox

Ward Five:          Debra Smith McCutchen and Debbie Sinden

Ward Six:            Jerry W. Porter

Ward Seven:      Jeffrey S. Levitt

Ward Seven:      Greg Stine

Ward Eight:        Larry Goodson


Seven (7) of the City Council candidates are running unopposed, along with the Office of Mayor. Please remember to vote!

Great Rivers Greenway Seeking Citizen Input on Regional Plan Update at February 17 and 18, 2016 Open Houses

Great Rivers Greenway, the St. Louis Area’s regional greenway district, is seeking citizen input, as part of the organization’s effort to update its strategic plan, which will help guide efforts to build, promote, and sustain greenways over the next five years. All residents in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County are invited to provide feedback at one of two open house events in February. The first open house will be held Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at the Bridgeton Trails Branch Library, located at 3455 McKelvey Road. A second open house will be held Thursday, February 18, 2016, at Great Rivers Greenway’s Office, which is located in the Delmar Loop at 6178 Delmar Boulevard (intersection of Delmar and Skinker). Citizens are encouraged to drop by anytime between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., on both nights to review displays and talk with staff. Duplicate 45-minute presentations will take place at 4:30 p.m.and 6:00 p.m.

For those unable to attend either open house, an online survey will be made available February 17, 2016 through March 9, 2016. For more information, including directions by car, transit, biking, or walking, or any questions about accessibility for persons with disabilities, contact Great Rivers Greenway at (314) 436-7009 or info@grgstl.org.

RECREATION EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES >>>

Maple Sugar Festival - Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. - ALL AGES!

It’s maple sugar time! Venture outdoors to Rockwoods Reservation and experience conservation success and forest resources at their finest - and sweetest! Visit the Sugar Bush to see trees tapped and collect the precious sap. Boil the sap down like Colonial Americans at the Three Kettle Station and see a more modern method at the Sugar Shed. Taste delicious syrup, sugar on snow taffy, and pure maple sugar. Learn to do all of this right in your own backyard. It’s a day your whole family will enjoy. No reservations necessary. Parking will be available at Rockwoods Reservation and off-site via a shuttle bus.)


February Early Childhood Recreation Program - Starring Babaloo - One of Wildwood's Favorites - A Few Spaces Remain, So Don't Delay and Register Now!

The Wildwood Early Childhood Recreation Programs begin on February 10 and 11, 2016! Babaloo will be in the house!!! Two classes will be offered each day at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and they will be held at Wildwood City Hall, in the Community Room. Registration is open NOW through the City of Wildwood website - http://cityofwildwood.com/Activities/Activity/Detail/ECRP-Babaloo-at-Wildwood-City-Hall-28 ! Register at your first opportunity to make sure you can secure the date and time you wish!! If you have questions, please call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440.


Wildwood Family Snow Sports Day - 1st Notice

The 2016 Wildwood Family Snow Sports Day, at Hidden Valley Ski Resort, is scheduled for February 20, 2016. Interested Wildwood Residents will have a choice to select all day ski lift passes or a three (3) hour tubing hill session!! Passes for the Wildwood Family Snow Sports Day will be made available on Thursday, February 11, 2016, beginning at 8:00 a.m.at Wildwood City Hall.  Each family, upon proof of residency, will have the opportunity to select up to four (4) passes to the Wildwood Snow Sports Day Event, in any combination (Ski Lift Tickets or Tubing Hill Passes). A limited number of passes will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. This event is extremely popular, and the available passes go fast!! Please note, those interested in the Family Snow Sports Day passes are asked to enter City Hall from the upper parking lot (behind City Hall) on February 11, 2016. Questions? Call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440, or via e-mail to or amanda@cityofwildwood.com or gary@cityofwildwood.com.


18th Annual Taste of West County @ Lafayette High School

18th Annual Taste of West County will be held Monday, February 22nd from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Lafayette High School, 17050 Clayton Road, Wildwood. This event features culinary samples from more than 30 different area restaurants. Featuring a live auction from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., a silent auction, and a raffle for a free deep freeze full of meat from C&C Butcher. Tickets are $12.00 each, $5.00 for children - 5 & younger, $45.00 for family of 4. Proceeds to benefit the Class of 2017 graduation activities.  Ticket sales at the door are not guaranteed. E-mail questions to LHSTOWC@gmail.com. Form is provided at the end of this e-newsletter.

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Cabin Fever Hike - 2016 - Along the Meramec River

The 2016 City of Wildwood Cabin Fever Hike is scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 2016. Mother Nature can sometimes exert influence over this event, but when she allows us to proceed, it is a great way to spend a Saturday morning!! Several hiking options can be chosen by registrants on the morning of the hike, sharing routes up to nine (9) miles, or explore the area on your own and trek any distance you wish! It is a great opportunity to gain some perspective on the recent flooding, realizing the trails you will be exploring were 12 to 15 feet underwater a few short weeks ago! Or how about the fact the 194 foot bridge crossing the Hamilton-Carr Creek was COMPLETELY submerged! 

REGISTRATION FOR THE CABIN FEVER IS NOW OPEN and can be accessed through the City of Wildwood's website. Please note the event is free, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. The event will have a rolling check-in/start time. You may check-in and start your hike any time between 8:15 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., at the Al Foster Memorial Trailhead. Warm drinks, water, and snacks available/provided from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Questions? Call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440.

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The Shoeman Water Project Shoe Drive Continues at City Hall

Thanks to everyone who has donated shoes, boots, and sandals to the Shoeman Water Project.  The donation boxes are located at City Hall, 16860 Main Street, in the 1st Floor Foyer.  We appreciate everyone’s support of this worthwhile organization.  To learn more about the Shoeman Water Project, visit www.shoemanwater.org/.

Recycling Grant Provides Optional Larger Recycling Carts

If you find the 65 gallon cart to be too small for your weekly recyclables, please call Meridian Waste Services, at (314) 291-3131, and request one of the larger recycling carts.  Meridian will replace your 65 gallon recycling cart, with a new 95 gallon recycle cart, AT NO CHARGE (the old carts cannot be utilized for anything, but recycling, and will be redistributed to those needing the smaller carts).  Since quantities are limited, the larger carts will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Holiday Light Recycling

The City of Wildwood is pleased to once again partner with Meridian Waste Services’ holiday light recycling program.  No longer wanted strands of holiday lights may be placed in the dumpster supplied for this specific purpose at the end of Wildwood Avenue, which is located just to the east of the Wildwood Municipal Building.  Please do not place light strands in your regular trash, as they become tangled in the equipment at the landfills.  Please do not place them in the curbside recycling containers, since they will not be accepted in the weekly pickup.  Please help keep the City of Wildwood the eco-friendly city we are known to be by placing those unwanted light strands in the appropriate dumpster on Wildwood Avenue. This service is available through the end of February.

American Flag Disposal

The City of Wildwood accepts retired American flags for dignified disposal.  Please bring worn flags to City Hall, 16860 Main Street, and leave them with the receptionist.  All flags collected will be relinquished to the Boy Scouts of America for proper disposal.  US Flags should never be placed in the trash. 


PUBLIC SERVICE ITEMS >>>


City Council Activity – January 25, 2016 

  • Approved the appointments of members to the Pond-Grover Loop Road Extension Committee, as recommended by the Mayor.  The following individuals were appointed: Ed Marshall (Council Member Ward 2); Jim Baugus (Council Member Ward 3); Joe Garritano (Council Member Ward 8); Paul Pohlers (Sandalwood Creek Subdivision); Christy Pitney (Hickory Manor Subdivision); and Debbie Sinden (Evergreen Subdivision). (Ward Five)

  • A public hearing was postponed regarding a response to a communication from Drew Bextermueller, Director of Real Estate for Dierbergs Markets, Inc., regarding P.Z. 14-98 Dierbergs Wildwood Town Center; relative to the uses permitted on Outlots G and H, as well as the addition of a drive-thru facility, as part of Outlot G.  (Ward Eight)
  • Approved Amended Bill #2145 (P.Z. 12 and 13-15 The Villages at Bright Leaf) - an ordinance by the City Council of the City of Wildwood, Missouri that authorizes the change in zoning of nine (9) properties that total 78.7 acres of area, which are located on the northwest corner of Taylor Road and State Route 100, which will allow this site’s use for one hundred ninety four (194), single family detached dwellings on individual lots, with public space and common ground. (Ward Five)
  • Postponed Bill #2146 - an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute on behalf of the City a real estate contract for the purchase of real property located at 4285 Fox Creek Road within the City of Wildwood. (Ward Six)
  • Approved Bill #2147 - authorizing a right-of-way dedication plat for Fox Creek Road, to be obtained from land area owned by the Conservation Commission of the State of Missouri, being part of Rockwoods Range, and a portion of privately-held property owned by Fox Creek Tree Farm LLC, located on the east and west sides of Fox Creek Road, south of State Route 100, inclusive of additional area on the east side of Fox Creek Road to accommodate a temporary construction easement, for the purpose of roadway improvements, including a bridge replacement. (Ward Six)
  • Approved Bill #2148 - an ordinance authorizing the Mayor of the City of Wildwood, Missouri to execute a contract on behalf of the City of Wildwood with Cochran Engineering, Inc. for engineering services for the development of a salt storage facility to be located adjacent to the intersection of Manchester Road and St. Albans Road. (Ward One)
  • Approved Resolution #2016-02 authorizing an agreement with Lochmueller Group, Inc. for the completion of a traffic study for the proposed extension of Pond-Grover Loop Road within the City of Wildwood. (Ward Five)
  • Approved Resolution #2016-03 authorizing the City of Wildwood, together with other St. Louis County Municipalities, to jointly engage R.J. Scherr & Associates for certain legislative lobbying services. (Wards – All)            
  • Approved Resolution #2016-04 authorizing an agreement with accord building services for custodial services at the Wildwood Municipal Building, including the Wildwood Police Precinct, and Old Pond School. (Wards One and Eight)
  • Approved Resolution #2016-05 authorizing an agreement with Murphy Company for preventive maintenance of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at the Wildwood Municipal building, including the Wildwood Police Precinct. (Ward Eight)
  • Approved expenditures from the City of Wildwood’s General Operating Account pursuant to Chapter 140, Section 140.050 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Wildwood.

Metro Transit to Expand MetroBus Service to State Route 109/New College Avenue

In response to requests made by both the St. Louis Community College and City of Wildwood, Metro Transit has developed a solution to extend the Maplewood-Wildwood Bus Route #57 to the intersection of State Route 109 and New College Avenue to provide better access for students and faculty at St. Louis Community College, as well as others in the area, which is set to begin on Monday, March 14, 2016.  The new route schedule would provide service to the intersection of State Route 109 and New College Avenue on weekdays only from approximately 6:15 a.m. to 10:43 p.m. Service would operate every 30 minutes during rush hour, and hourly during mid-day and evening.  The bus stop will be located along the west side of State Route 109, just north of New College Avenue.
 
Please visit the Metro Transit website for maps, schedules and other information:  www.metrostlouis.org

Taste of West County
Trivia Hoedown at Sundown - YMCA

Trivia Hoedown @ Sundown - Wildwood Family YMCA

This fun event supports the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, which provides direct financial assistance to individuals and families in need. Your support has a meaningful, lasting impact right in your own neighborhood.

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