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2016 Farmers Market in Wildwood
*** Opens Tomorrow 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 tomorrow 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.


<<< 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 working …. 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.

WILDWOOD AND OTHER ST. LOUIS COUNTY MUNICIPALITIES
POTENTIALLY IMPACTED BY NEW SALES TAX LEGISLATION

At the end of the Missouri Legislative Session, which concluded last Friday, new legislation passed both the Senate and House, altering the distribution of the 1% St. Louis County Sales Tax to the benefit of only seven (7) municipalities in St. Louis County, based upon those municipalities receiving more of the sales tax revenue collected from businesses in their respective jurisdictions.  Wildwood, along with sixty-five (65) other municipalities would see a decrease in sales tax revenue from this legislation.  It has been heavily driven by Senator Dave Schatz, who represents Wildwood, Chesterfield, Eureka and Pacific, but who supports Chesterfield receiving more sales tax revenue at the expense of the other St. Louis County municipalities he represents.

The Bill now awaits Governor Nixon’s approval, and many area municipalities are preparing for the worst. "It would be a disappointing day for the citizens of Wildwood and many other municipalities in St. Louis area," said Wildwood Mayor Jim Bowlin. He went on to say “The act will deprive St. Louis County municipalities of the ability to have predictability in their budgeting.”  If approved, the legislation would go into effect on January 1, 2017, and is estimated to result in a loss of revenue to the City of Wildwood in excess of $125,000 annually.

Legislation for changes to the St. Louis County sales tax distribution formula have been proposed for many years, but until this year have not reached the Governor’s desk.  With the passage of legislation this session, many State legislators have stated that they won’t revisit the issue again in the foreseeable future.  However, “the fact is no one can guarantee Wildwood and all the cities affected by this action that we won’t be right back here in a year or so,” Bowlin added.

Recreation Events and Activities >>>

Junior Trailblazer


Junior Trailblazer Program

 Know any kids in the 5 to 13 year age range who would love to get out and enjoy some of Wildwood's trails? Then check out the City's Junior Trailblazer Program! This fun program will have kids (and their families) getting out and getting fit (don't tell them they will learn some things as well).

Check it out here: http://cityofwildwood.com/580/4802/Junior-Trailblazer-Program

Wildwood Early Childhood Recreation Program

The May Early Childhood Recreation Program is open for registration and has several spots remaining!  This month’s program is The Little Gym!  This program will take place at The Little Gym, which is located at 15825 Manchester Road, Suite 219, in Ellisville, Missouri  63011, on May 25 and 26, 2016.  There will be two (2) classes each day at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., each lasting about 45 minutes and then followed by a snack. Register at the following link: www.cityofwildwood.com/activities.  Look for the Early Childhood Recreation Program for May 25 and 26, 2016 (The Little Gym) and click on the register button! A parent or guardian must stay with the child during the session. Questions?  Call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440.

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.

Photography Contest for 2017 Wildwood Calendar

The Photography Contest for the 2017 Wildwood Calendar is quickly approaching, so it’s time to get out those cameras or start gathering photographs you’ve taken recently!  Photographs will be accepted from 8:00 a.m., on July 1, 2016, through 4:00 p.m., on July 22, 2016 in digital form only, on the Wildwood website at www.cityofwildwood.com.  More details and the contest rules can be found at http://www.cityofwildwood.com/458/Calendar-Contest.  On-line public voting will be from August 3, 2016 to August 25, 2016, followed by professional judging and the winners being announced in the fall. The winning photographs will be featured in the 2017 Wildwood Calendar! More details to follow soon!

Car Enthusiasts - We Have Something For YOU!


1) 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.

2) The St. Alban Roe Knights of Columbus is holding its 2nd Annual St. Alban Roe KofC Car Show on Sunday, July 3, 2016, in the Wildwood Town Center Plaza parking lot. The show is open to early and late model muscle cars, classics, hot rods, imports, customs, trucks, and rat rods. Registration starts at 9:00 AM.  Awards are at 4:00 PM.  Food and beverages will be available, so bring the family. The net proceeds from the show will benefit the St. Louis VA Medical Center Fisher House. Fisher House is a non-profit organization established to provide a "home away from home," where veteran's families can stay at no cost, while their loved one is receiving inpatient medical care at the St. Louis VA Medical Center.  If you have any questions, please call Gary Lewis at 314-598-0824 or e-mail carshow@kofc12022.org.

3) 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. 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS >>>

Upcoming Wildwood CERT Training

The City of Wildwood will be offering a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Program during the month of June, in cooperation with the Metro-West Fire Protection District, Monarch Fire Protection DistrictEureka Fire Protection District, St. Louis County Police – Wildwood Precinct, and the St. Louis County Office of Emergency Management. CERT Training covers Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Medical Operations, Search & Rescue, Terrorism, Fire Suppression & HAZMAT, and Disaster Psychology. Following these courses they put their knowledge to the test at a full-scale disaster exercise.  This is as result of recent interest from the City’s Board of Public Safety who has been working to increase the safety and preparedness of citizens within their community.

The Program accepts anyone over the age of 15 into the training. One must complete all courses to successfully graduate the FEMA program. All classes with exception of the June 16 course will be held at the Wildwood City Hall (Wildwood, MO).

Schedule: 

June 2 – 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Welcome & Overview, Disaster Psychology
All Agencies for welcome, each agency will have 10mins to introduce themselves and their involvement in the training. Metro West will present the Disaster Psychology lecture.
 
June 6 – 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm 
Disaster Preparedness & Terrorism 
St. Louis Count OEM and Precinct will present the Disaster Preparedness & Terrorism Presentation. If OEM cannot we have other options and can accommodate.
 
June 9 – 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm 
Disaster Medical Operations
Eureka FPD 
 
June 16 – 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm 
Disaster Fire Suppression & Live Fire Exercise
Metro West FPD 
 
June 23 – 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm 
Light Search & Rescue Lecture & Incident Command Overview
Monarch FPD 
 
June 25 – 8:30 am – 12:00 (noon) pm 


Review & Full Scale Disaster Exercise
All agencies will assist in coordination of the final exercise.
 
Registration: Here is the link to register:
http://golamacinc.formstack.com/forms/cert_course_registration


BLOOD DRIVE @ Woodlawn Chapel Presbyterian Church 

An American Red Cross Blood Drive is being hosted by Woodlawn Chapel Presbyterian Church, 16520 Clayton Road, Wildwood, Missouri 63011 on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To make an appointment, please visit redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code “Woodlawnchapel” or call the church at 636-458-3009. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments will take priority. Photo ID is required.


<<< 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/.

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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