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NEW OR TIME-SENSITIVE TOPICS >>>
Coffee with the Mayor - November 3, 2016 @ City Hall
Election Information for Upcoming April 2017 Municipal Offices
Dine Out for Officer Snyder - Big Chief Restaurant - November 1, 2016
Dine Out to Honor Fallen Officer Daniel Snyder - Sunny Street Cafe - November 1, 2016

Al Foster Memorial Trailhead Improvements

The City of Wildwood, and its contractor and park designer, have completed most of the improvements associated with the new location of the Al Foster Memorial Trailhead. Several shelters are to be installed within the next few weeks, with the permanent restroom facility to follow at the beginning of next year. The types of improvements are the result of a survey of Wildwood residents and users of the facility, which was taken across the City and at the former trailhead parking area. Based upon this input, the number of parking spaces has nearly tripled, rest areas with shade will be provided, and a permanent restroom facility installed. All of these improvements were priorities in the survey results. 

It is the hope of the City Council and City staff the improvements will make the experience at this popular trailhead better for everyone and accommodate the growing use of the facility and associated trail system.If you should have questions or comments regarding this project or other matters relating to the City of Wildwood's park and trail facilities, please feel free to contact Joe Vujnich, Director of Planning and Parks, at joe@cityofwildwood.com. Your input is appreciated in this regard.


RECREATION EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES >>>


Wildwood Route 66 5K Run/Walk

&
Kids 1/2 mile Costume Fun Run
- TOMORROW -
Still Time to Register

The 15th Annual Wildwood Route 66 5K Run/Walk/Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2016. The start/finish of the event is at Wildwood Middle School, 17401 Manchester Road. There are many 5K Runs to choose from at this time of the year, but the Route 66 5K has lots to offer!!! It is a competitive and challenging 5K run for the speedsters, a wonderful course for casual runners looking for a great way to start a Saturday morning, and a refreshing brisk walk for those looking to catch up with friends!!! And, it is a great family event!! It all takes place on Historic Route 66!!

There are refreshments before and after the run, shirts to all registered 5K runners, awards to the top three (3) overall male and female finishers and the top three (3) in each ten (10) year age group!! This year, the half mile Kids Fun Run will take place on Historic Route 66 also!! They will start and finish at the same places mom and dad did! All Kids Fun Run participants will get a medal, as they cross the finish line. Oh, don’t forget, the kids can wear their Halloween costume during the fun run! Finally, the Wildwood Route 66 5K will also benefit the YMCA Annual Campaign! 

The run starts promptly at 8:00 a.m. You can register at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/23350, or at the Big River Running Company Website, or submit a paper application to Wildwood City Hall, 16860 Main Street, Wildwood, Missouri 63040. Please remember, you need to have registered by October 17, 2016, to be guaranteed a shirt size of your choice!! Your packet can be picked up at Wildwood City Hall on Friday, October 28, 2016, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. or on race morning, between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. There is race day registration, but remember, a shirt in your size cannot be guaranteed. We really want you to be part of the event! Questions?? Call Gary at 636-458-0440.


Writing Workshop for Senior Citizens

The City of Wildwood will be holding a free, six-week course on creative writing for senior citizens at the City of Wildwood Municipal Building, in the Community Room, which is located at 16860 Main Street, Wildwood, Missouri 63040. This program will be presented by Life Time Writing Services and sponsored by the City of Wildwood. These classes are free and are a great way for seniors to have fun, while learning.

For information or to reserve a spot, please contact: Liz Weiss, City Clerk, at 636-458-0440, Ext. 136, or liz@cityofwildwood.com. For more information and dates, please see the flyer below:

Free Creative Writing Workshops for Seniors
Wildwood Historical Society's Bus Tour - November 5, 2016

Winning Photographs for the
2017 City of Wildwood Calendar Contest

As usual, selecting thirteen (13) photographs from one hundred and sixty-three (163) incredible submittals is not an easy task! But, as it happens every year, the final selections are going to make a wonderful 2017 City of Wildwood Calendar!! All submitted photographs were posted on the City of Wildwood Website for three (3) weeks allowing review and interested parties to vote for their favorite pictures! Then, professional additionalphotographers reviewed each submitted photograph individually, providing skilled critique and suggestion. The end result was the selection of thirteen (13) final photographs (front cover and each month of the calendar). New for 2017 is the composition of the rear cover of the calendar! The rear cover will be composed of a collage of nine (9) photographs the professional photographers felt deserving of an Honorable Mention. The winning photographs for the 2017 City of Wildwood Calendar are:


January: Photograph submitted by Lisa Steinhoff
February: Photograph submitted by Kim Murphy
March: Photograph submitted by Beth Williams
April: Photograph submitted by Craig Bidner
May: Photograph submitted by Stephanie Pipes
June: Photograph submitted by Steve Buneta
July: Photograph submitted by Randy Hoffmann
August: Photograph submitted by Alejandra Reinhardt
September: Photograph submitted by Christopher Hammond
October: Photograph submitted by Wendy Han
November: Photograph submitted by Lynn Schmader
December: Photograph submitted by Bobbie Millham
Front Cover: Photograph submitted by George Bolhafner


Rear Cover Honorable Mentions: Craig Bidner; Linda Paddock; Mark Bromeier; David Pierce; Rachel Ferguson; Stephanie Pipes; Becca Newton; Carol Simpson.
 
All the selected photographs can be seen at http://www.cityofwildwood.com/458/Calendar-Contest.
 
Thanks to all who submitted photographs!!! Please start snapping photographs for the 2018 Calendar Contest!!!


Wildwood Early Childhood Recreation Program

November 2016 Edition 

The November Early Childhood Recreation Program, featuring the World Bird Sanctuary, opened for registration on Monday, October 10, 2016! You can register your child at www.cityofwildwood.com/activities for the 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. sessions on either November 9th or 10th!  Come join us to learn about some really interesting birds and get to see them up close! This program will be held in the Community Room, at Wildwood City Hall (16860 Main Street, Wildwood, Missouri 63040), and each session will last about 45 minutes, followed by a snack. The sessions are sure to fill up quick, so go to www.cityofwildwood.com/activities!  Look for the “Early Childhood – World Bird Sanctuary” Program banner and click the "Register" button by the session you would like to attend!  A parent or guardian must stay with the child during the session.  Questions?  Call Gary at 636-458-0440.

Wildwood Scrapbooking is Back  

Come enjoy six hours of crop time on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. The last session for 2016 will be held on Tuesday, November 15th. Registrations are completed online and information on the next program can be found here: http://wildwoodmo.recdesk.com//recdeskportal/wildwoodmo/ProgramDetail/tabid/9615/default.aspx?ProgramID=58&mode=1. Contact Kathy Arnett at Kathy@cityofwildwood.com, if you have any questions. We hope to see you all soon and invite a friend!!!

Fall Colors Cruise This Weekend
 Sunday October 30, 2016 

The Wildwood Car Club will be hosting a Fall Colors Cruise on October 30, 2016. The Cruise will start at Wildwood Town Center Plaza (221 Plaza Drive) at 1:00 p.m. and leave from there by caravan to arrive at Hawthorne Inn in Labadie, Missouri by 2:30 p.m. Reservations are already made for us at Hawthorne Inn for 2:30 p.m.

The proposed route would be to travel west on State Route 100 to State Route 109, north on State Route 109 to Wild Horse Creek Road, then west on Wild Horse Creek Road to Ossenfort Road to Route T, then south on Route T to Labadie, Missouri. The return route would be Route T to Route M, then across Route M, passing Purina Farms into Gray Summit and then back north to Wildwood on State Route 100.  Colors should be at peak. Hopefully the weather will cooperate, so we can drive the old iron.  Please RSVP to John Gragnani at jgrag@sbcglobal.net as the Hawthorne Inn needs a relative head count. 

BE BRAVE 5K - Benefitting the Special Olympics

The BE BRAVE 5K is scheduled on November 19, 2016! This 5K will start and finish at LaSalle Springs Middle School, 3300 State Route 109, Wildwood, Missouri  63038. The course follows  a series of trails in the City of Wildwood, which includes the Hamilton-Carr Greenway and the Al Foster Memorial Trail. It is an incredibly flat and fast trail run for those who are being competitive and a wonderfully pleasant walk for those wanting to enjoy nature! The best part about the BE BRAVE 5K is that it benefits the Special Olympics! All proceeds will go towards that wonderful event. This is a great time of  year to be  outside …. especially for a brisk run!!

You can register on-line at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/23307 or go the Big River Running website. Paper registrations are also available and can be mailed to Aaron Dilks, 625 New Smizer Mill Road, Fenton, Missouri  63026. Packet Pick-up will be at Wildwood City Hall, 16860 Main Street, Wildwood, Missouri  63040, on November 17, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and November 18, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Questions? Call Officer Aaron Dilks at 636-349-8210.


Wildwood Frozen Feet Half Marathon Trail Run   

OK Readers - Pay Attention to this One!!

The 7th Annual Wildwood Frozen Feet Half Marathon Trail Run is scheduled for January 21, 2017. This popular run starts and finishes at LaSalle Springs Middle School and covers 13.1 miles of beautiful Wildwood trails! This run has become one of the top rated trail runs in the St. Louis Metro Area and has filled to capacity the last three years. The  race is capped at three hundred (300) participants at the present time and over 150 runners have registered already. You will not find a better trail running value than the Wildwood Frozen Feet Trail Run!! Organizers wanted to put on a quality trail running event that was challenging, fun, and affordable ….. and that has been accomplished. 

An unbelievable trail run, plenty of food and drink, finisher medals for everyone crossing the finish line, a wonderfully warm and comfortable hooded sweatshirt, and awards to the top three finishers in each of the five year age groups!! The run is doable by runners of any experience level, but will  present a subtle challenge to those wanting to be competitive! Runners will pass aid stations seven (7) times on the course, where water will be available, but if you want/require special needs, come self-contained! January 21, 2017 seems to be a long way off, but registration recently opened and a large number of veteran Frozen Feet runners immediately registered!! Needless to say, the event will likely fill long before 2017 even arrives!!!

So, if you are interested, register at your first opportunity. Registration can be done online at http://register.chronotrack.com/r/23865 or go to the Big River Running Company Website. Paper applications are also available and can be mailed to Wildwood City Hall, 16860 Main Street, Wildwood, Missouri 63040. The Wildwood Frozen Feet Half Marathon Trail Run is a great event for those just breaking into trail running or doing their first half marathon. On the flip side, it is a fast, challenging course for the veteran trail runners wanting to be competitive. Put Frozen Feet on your calendar and register now! Questions? Call Gary at 636-458-0440.  


Pavilion Rentals @ City Park Facilities

This Fall Season offers many delights for outdoor events and to enjoy the colors and cooler temperatures! Looking for an outdoor venue to hold your family reunion or homecoming event this fall? 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 family 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 Gary at 636 458-0440 or via e-mail at gary@cityofwildwood.com. Additionally, pavilion reservations can be completed online at: www.cityofwildwood.com/pavilions.


Park and Trail Memorial Program

The City of Wildwood is pleased to offer a Park and Trail Memorial Program intended for residents to honor and commemorate the memory of a loved one or close friend. The City is offering three (3) different options that can be placed in a number of different active or passive park/trail locations in the City. Please click on the link for more information: http://www.cityofwildwood.com/551/Park-and-Trail-Memorial-Program.


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS >>>


City Council Activity from its Meeting on 10/24/16

  • Candidate Stephen Eagleton (D), Missouri State Senate, District 15, introduced himself to the City Council Members and those in attendance.
  • Recognition was given to  Matt and Jessica Hardecke – Selected as the St. Louis County Farm Family and Honored during Missouri Farm Family Day on August 15, 2016 at the Missouri State Fair.
  • Acknowledgement was given to Abel Carrier for Completing the Junior Trailblazer Program of the City of Wildwood.
  • Recognition was given of the Annual Woodchopper’s Ball Competition and Host, Bill Ballard.
  • Recognition was given to Michele R. Bauer, Former Planning and Zoning Commissioner.
  • Greg Barth was reappointed to the Historic Preservation Commission for a three (3) year term.
  • APPROVED BILL # 2216 - Authorizing the approval of a second replacement deposit agreement for “The Estates at Deer Hollow” Subdivision, situated on the south side of State Route 100, west of Hencken road. (Ward - Six)
  • APPROVED BILL # 2217 - Authorizing the Mayor of the City to negotiate and execute a sublicense agreement with Bays-ET High Speed, LLC, and Wisper ISP., Inc., for the purpose of providing continuous internet services for City residents. (Wards – All)
  • APPROVED BILL #2214 - A - Authorizing the re-approval of a Minor Subdivision Plat, to be known as 2461 Eatherton Rd Subdivision [formerly approved as Schneider Subdivision], for a thirty-four (34) acre tract of land, situated between State Route 109 to the west and Eatherton Road to the east, all being north of Viola Gill Lane, for the purposes of creating three (3) lots for future development and dedication of a portion of public right-of-way for the extension of Main Street. (Ward - Eight)
  • APPROVED RESOLUTION # 2016-32 - Authorizing the City Administrator to execute a purchase order for payment to Mitchell, Inc. d/b/a Mitchell Lawn & Landscape for landscape improvements at the entrance of Pine Creek Subdivision. (Ward – One)
  • APPROVED RESOLUTION #2016-33 - Consenting to the Mayor’s appointment of Stephen C. Cross to the Board of Directors of the Crossings Community Improvement District. (Wards – All)
  • Receive and File of a Recommendation Report for the Payne Family Homes Appeal Process regarding P.Z. 19-15 1971 Pond Road, Payne Family Homes L.L.C., 10407 Baur Boulevard, Suite B, St. Louis, Missouri 63132 – A request for the application of a Planned Residential Development Overlay District (PRD), within the NU Non-Urban Residence District for a 78.0 acre tract of land that is located on the north side of State Route 100, west of Pond Road (Locator Number: 23W520053/Street Address: 1971 Pond Road). Proposed Use: A total of twenty-six (26) individual lots, with common ground, and required public space areas. Lots would range in size from one (1) acre to four and one-half (4.5) acres. (Ward - One)

Fox Creek Road Bridge Replacement Project
ROAD CLOSURE Information

The City’s contractor, Krupp Construction, is making good progress on the bridge replacement project that is located on Fox Creek Road, south of State Route 100. The project will replace the existing one lane, substandard bridge, with a new structure consisting of two 11’ driving lanes and 4’ shoulders. Fox Creek Road was CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC at the bridge location, as of SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 and will remain closed for the duration of construction. Detour signs and other advance warning signs will be in place during construction. For the detour route, motorists will be directed to use State Route 100 to Melrose Road and Allenton Road. The closure is expected to be in place until December 2016. For more information, please contact the Department of Public Works by calling (636) 458-0440.


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.


Warner's Warm Up - Coat Drive

Sixteen years after its inception, and over 200,000 coats later, the Warners’ Warm-Up Coat Drive has become a dependable resource for impoverished men, women, and children in the Bi-State Region. The Gateway Region YMCA is proud to team up with the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation and Operation Food Search for the 16th Annual Warners’ Warm-Up Coat Drive.  From November 1st through 14th, you are encouraged to donate new and gently-used winter coats at any of the 24 locations to help keep our neighbors warm during the cold winter months.  Operation Food Search will ensure the coats get to those individuals who need them most! For more information on Warners’ Warm-Up, please visit www.kurtwarner.org.


SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS AND OPPORTUNITIES >>>


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 over the years.  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/.


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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