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Did You Miss Something Last Week?

If you are reading this week's e-newsletter, you will understand the question. Last week, although prepared and scheduled for delivery, the e-newsletter did not send. It appears the new module that had been provided by the City's website host had a few bugs, so our apologies. 

Recycling Event on May 7, 2016

CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERING ADOPTION OF 
"ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN"

On Monday, May 9, 2016, the Wildwood City Council will be considering the adoption of an Economic Development Plan for the City of Wildwood. This matter is scheduled for discussion at the 6:00 p.m. City Council Work Session, followed by consideration of legislation adopting the Plan at the 7:30 p.m. Regular City Council Meeting.

Over the course of the past year, the City's Economic Development Task Force has been developing this plan, in cooperation with the economic development consulting firm Houseal Lavigne, with the purpose of identifying opportunities to complete the vision for the Town Center and promote economic growth throughout the City.

At its April 12, 2016 Meeting, the City's Economic Development Task Force endorsed the proposed Economic Development Plan, and at its April 19, 2016 Meeting, the City's Planning/Economic Development/Parks Standing Committee endorsed the proposed Economic Development Plan as well.

Please view the following link to review the proposed Economic Development Plan:
http://mo-wildwood.civicplus.com/AgendaCen…/ViewFile/…/6637…

Please send any comments regarding the plan to Ryan S. Thomas, City Administrator, by e-mail to ryan@cityofwildwood.com, or in writing to Wildwood City Hall, 16860 Main Street, Wildwood, MO 63040. You may also provide oral comments at the Regular City Council Meeting, under Public Participation, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2016.


Public Comment Period Extended
for the Proposed Deletion of the Callahan Property from the National Priorities List (NPL)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week that it has extended the public comment period for the proposed deletion of the Callahan Property (a sub-site of the Ellisville Superfund Site) from the National Priorities List (NPL).  Comments will continue to be accepted until Wednesday, May 18, 2016, and should be sent via e-mail to Laura Price at price.laura@epa.gov [note: the online site for posting comments is no longer being used for the extended comment period].
 
The City of Wildwood has gone on record in opposition of any such consideration to delete any sub-site of the Ellisville Superfund Site from the NPL, until such time that the public health risks have been abated. 

2016 Farmers Market in Wildwood Opens on May 21, 2016

The City’s Farmers Market, which is located in the Town Center Plaza (221 Plaza Drive), will officially open its 2016 Season on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The market is every Saturday, through the fall, and opens at 8:30 a.m. and continues through 12:30 p.m. Returning managers of the market, Rene’ and George Sackett, continue to promote a “producers’ only” type of facility, with an emphasis on locally-grown, produced, or made products being offered. The intent of this type of market is to create an atmosphere that caters to the desires and needs of its customers here in Wildwood, with the best varieties available, and products you can trust and feel good about eating or using in your home.
 
As always, the Wildwood Farmers Market continues to be the location where you can obtain the freshest produce, vegetables, baked goods, and other items of interest in west St. Louis County and many of the vendors from past years are here again. Along with those vendors who have served you, and many residents, for the past seven (7) years, new participants are here in 2016 as well. Along with the vendors, there are always refreshments, food, and music to round out the atmosphere and create a great and fun place to visit.
 
So, remember, to visit the Wildwood Farmers Market, every Saturday through the fall, with plenty of convenient parking right next to it. Come on out and meet the market managers and make it a morning in Wildwood. Please feel free to contact the market managers, Rene’ and George Sackett, at marketmaster@wildwoodfarmersmarket.org, with any questions or suggestions, and visit www.wildwoodfarmersmarket.org for updates throughout the season.

PARKS AND RECREATION AND OTHER ACTIVITIES >>>

Bethel UMC - Plant Sale - May 7, 2016

Summer Swimming Pool Passes - FINAL NOTICE

For the summer of 2016, reduced-rate swimming pool passes are available to the residents of Wildwood for the City of Ballwin's North Pointe Aquatic Center and the City of Ellisville's The Edge. The details of the pool pass program are as follows:


The North Pointe Family Aquatic Center, in the City of Ballwin, will make family pool passes available to Wildwood residents this summer.  Arrangements have been made anda limited number of pool passes can be purchased beginning March 21, 2016, at The Pointe at Ballwin Commons Recreation Center, #1 Ballwin Commons Circle, Ballwin, Missouri  63021. The passes will go on sale at 5:15 a.m.  A family pool pass will be available for $189.00 through April 30, 2016, and thereafter $210.00.  Keep in mind, pool passes for the North Pointe Family Aquatic Center are limited and will be available to the first fifty (50) interested Wildwood residents.  Location and contact information concerning the North Pointe Family Aquatic Center is:
 
The North Pointe Aquatic Center
335 Holloway Road
Ballwin, Missouri  63011
636-227-2981
www.ballwin.mo.us
 
The Edge Aquatic Center, in the City of Ellisville, will offer unlimited swimming pool pass availability through the entire summer of 2016. Passes are on sale now and will be available through May 19, 2016 for $148.00. Purchased passes are good for a family of four (4). Add twenty dollars ($20.00) to the cost for each family member over four (4) members. Beginning May 20, 2016, pool passes will cost $165.00. Location and contact information is:
 
The Edge Aquatic Center at Bluebird Park
225 Kiefer Creek Road
Ellisville, MO  63021
636-591-2398
 
*Please note, when purchasing pool passes at the Ellisville or Ballwin facilities, please have identification (Driver’s License and proof of residency - Personal Property Tax Receipt and an unpaid gas, water, electric or sewer bill.

These costs are very generous offers from the Cities of Ballwin and Ellisville, which allows Wildwood residents to take advantage of their incredible facilities all summer long. Thanks to our neighboring cities for their gracious offers in this regard. 


Pavilion Rentals in Wildwood Parks

With Spring here, families and friends gather to celebrate milestones such as birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries. Looking for an outdoor venue to hold your celebration?  The City of Wildwood has three (3) beautiful park pavilions available for your upcoming events. 
 
Anniversary Park and Old Pond School Park have great outdoor pavilions available for your families and friends to join you on your special celebrations. The pavilions at Anniversary Park and Old Pond School hold up to thirty (30) people. The parks have playground equipment and also provide picnic tables.

The City's new Community Park has a pavilion, with convenient restrooms a part of it, that seats over one hundred (100). Nearby is the all-inclusive playground and the great outdoors!
 
For more information, please contact Amanda or Gary at 636 458-0440 or via e-mail at amanda@cityofwildwood.com or gary@cityofwildwood.com. Additionally, pavilion reservations can be completed online at: www.cityofwildwood.com/facilities/.


                        2016 Wildwood Concert Series

The 2016 concert season is almost here!!! There are some great music groups scheduled this summer and it all begins on May 20, 2016, with the Fabulous Motown Revue. THIS CONCERT WILL BE HELD AT WILDWOOD SQUARE, which is located at 17237 New College Avenue, adjacent to the Wildwood Campus of St. Louis Community College. The music starts at 6:45 p.m.! The music will be enjoyable, along with the complementary snacks and drinks!! So mark May 20, 2016 on your calendar to spend an evening with the Motown HITS!! For more information, call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440.

14th Annual Greenrock Trail Challenge Hike

The 14th Annual Green Rock Trail Challenge Hike is scheduled for June 4, 2016. Registration opened today for the Green Rock Trail Challenge Hike - May 6, 2016. 

This Annual National Trails Day Event is extremely popular and will fill quickly, so please, register at your first opportunity! The Greenrock Trail Challenge is capped at 150 participants. The event starts/finishes at the Muckerman Shelter, in Greensfelder Park, 4515 Hencken Road, Wildwood, MO  63069. Participants are asked to arrive at 7:30 a.m. (or earlier) for a light breakfast, t-shirt pickup, and preparation for the hike. Hikers will be bussed to the start of the hike at Rockwoods Reservation. The buses will leave the Muckerman Shelter promptly at 8:00 a.m.!! This hike is approximately 6.5 miles long and it covers some very beautiful terrain. The hike can be enjoyed by anyone, of any age, but please keep in mind, it does require a reasonable fitness level. Please note, this hike is not a causal stroll on an asphalt path!! Weather/temperature and a varying terrain have great influence over the level of difficulty that might be encountered during this event. Dogs are not allowed to be part of the hike for various reasons, such as the bus ride and food heading up the list of explanations. Also, while parents are the best judge, we do not encourage carrying infants on the hike. This event can be a strenuous for some, but there is a great lunch at the end, which makes it all worth the effort!! There is no cost to participate in the Greenrock Trail Challenge, but you must register!! 

Questions? Call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440.

!!! Founders Day Parade - Float Competition !!!  

This year’s Founders’ Day Parade will have the Lafayette High School Marching Band and other great participants. Want to be a part of this event? Please consider participating in this year's Float Competition. Here are some ideas for parade entries…

  • Clubs and organizations

  • Neighborhoods – create a friendly rivalry between friends in other neighborhoods. Bragging rights and prizes are on the line!

  • Sports teams

  • Individuals/families – do some type of anniversary theme, since this year is the City’s 21st Anniversary

Prizes will be awarded to the top three (3) floats, as determined by the judges. A total of $300.00 of awards will be provided. This year's parade theme is "Get Your Kicks in Wildwood on Route 66."

Prefer to be a spectator? Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 27, 2016, at 9:00 a.m., along Manchester Road and Taylor Road. More details can be found here: www.cityofwildwood.com/570/Parade/.

Wildwood Plein Air Art Event - June 11, 2016

Plein Air Art Event - June 11, 2016 - Saturday

The 2nd Annual Plein Air Art Event is planned for artists and photographers, as part of the Celebrate Wildwood Event. This event, which is a duration of twelve (12) hours on this Saturday, highlights nine (9) Town Center sites. Artists and photographers can paint or photograph any or all of the sites and then turn them into the judges for cash awards (courtesy Wildwood B&B Theaters), which will be announced at an artists' reception in July. No pre-registration is required, but if you have questions, please e-mail  joe@cityofwildwood.com.

Car Enthusiasts - We Have Something For YOU!

1) The Lafayette Car Show, at Lafayette High School, May 7, 2016, starting 9:00 a.m.

2) The Wildwood Car Club Cruise to Wildwood's Glencoe Park, May 15, 2016, as a combined event with WF&P Railroad. Meet at Glencoe Park, off Grand Avenue, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) and bring your classic and a picnic basket and a chair. Be sure to bring a few dollars to ride the rail with WF&P.

3) The fund raiser Display Car Show at the Wildwood Historical Society, off Highway 100, just west of Stovall's Grove, on Saturday June 4, 2016, 12:00 (noon) to 4:00 p.m. Barbecue to be sold and museum open for tours. Funds go directly to the Wildwood Historic Society (not affiliated with the City of Wildwood). People's Choice award will be offered. Please come and enjoy a fun afternoon and visit the Wildwood Historical Society and help them with its museum.

4) The St. Alban Knights of Columbus Car Show, Sunday, July 3, 2016, in Wildwood Town Center. Registration starts 9:00 a.m.

5) The Wildwood Founders' Day Car Show, on Main Street in Town Center, Saturday August 27, 2016. Registration starts at 10:00 a.m., at Main Street and Eastgate Lane. If you have a classic and you would like to drive it in the City's Founders' Day Parade, contact John Gragnani, at jgrag@sbcglobal.net, or Gary Crews at 636-458-0440. Parade line-up is no later 8:30 a.m., with its start at 9:00 a.m. (sharp). Meet at Schnucks Wildwood Crossing Lot - 16580 Manchester Road. 

<<< Bicycle Recycling Event >>> 

It’s that time of the year again! Garages and basements are getting cleaned out and you find that bicycle that no one rides any longer! What should I do with it you ask? Well, on May 21, 2016, at Wildwood City Hall (16860 Main Street), between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (noon), the City of Wildwood and BicycleWorks will take that bicycle off your hands! BicycleWorks  is a great organization to work with! They take bicycles and bicycle parts that you might consider worthless or junk and turn them back into working bicycles! The organization provides an area for “at risk” youths to develop skills, interact with peers and caring adults, and safely challenge the limits of their abilities. They learn how to repair bicycles and, at the same time, earn a bicycle for themselves!! I’m sure you are going to find a bicycle that is simply taking up space, tires have gone flat, the chain might be broken, the gears are no longer work …. WHATEVER!! Bring the bicycle to Wildwood City Hall, on May 21, 2016, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 (noon), and give it a second life!!!  It doesn’t matter how old it is or what brand!! Questions? Call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS >>>

<<< Concrete Street Slab Replacement Program >>>
2016 Work Season

Since the incorporation of the City, each year, the City has been replacing concrete slabs in many of the residential subdivisions. This program provides preventative maintenance and helps to maintain property values in these locations. The locations of work for the 2016 Work Season can be found at this link: http://www.cityofwildwood.com/576/2016-Street-Slab-Replacement/.

Meridian Waste Service – Reminder

If you had canceled your yard waste pick up service during the winter months, and wish to resume it, please contact Meridian Waste directly at 314-291-3131.  

E-Newsletter – An Excellent Way To Be ‘In the Know’

The City of Wildwood would like to thank all of the subscribers to the e-newsletter for your interest in receiving it and hopes you find this weekly publication to be very informative and interesting.  It has been a major goal of the City to enhance citizen communications and input, and it hopes the e-newsletter has been an effective communication tool. However, the City is only reaching a small portion of the population and would like to reach many more of our citizens.  While not everyone wishes to receive yet another weekly e-mail, it is likely many citizens are unaware that the City’s weekly e-newsletter exists. Therefore, the City is asking for your assistance in sharing this opportunity to stay informed about Wildwood.  The following link will take you directly to the Subscription Section of the City Website: http://www.cityofwildwood.com/list.aspx. Through this link, not only can you subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter, but you can also sign up for Traffic & Weather Alerts, News Flashes, and many other City notifications.
 
The City would also ask that you forward this notice to friends and family, or share through social media sites, and let’s see if we can grow our subscriber base and keep the citizens of our great community well-informed.

SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS AND OPPORTUNITIES >>>


Ameren Missouri
New Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Residential programs are available again to customers and can be viewed by clicking on the following link: www.ameren.com/energy-efficiency/residential/hvac/.

The Shoeman Water Project Shoe Drive Continues 
at Wildwood City Hall

Thanks to everyone who has donated shoes, boots, and sandals to the Shoeman Water Project.  Donation boxes are located at City Hall, 16860 Main Street, both on the 1st and 2nd Floor Foyers.  We appreciate everyone’s support of this worthwhile organization.  To learn more about the Shoeman Water Project, visit www.shoemanwater.org/.

 

Larger Recycling Carts Are Available to Residents
"Still Some Available"

If you find the 65 gallon cart to be too small for your weekly recyclables, please call Meridian Waste Services, at (314) 291-3131, to request a larger recycling cart.  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).


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. 

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