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Once again our “representatives” in Jefferson City have taken it upon themselves to file bills that directly impact you and your neighbors.  I’ve written you before about the Sales Tax Pooling System that we operate under in Wildwood and across St. Louis County. 

You know as well that in the past that legislators that represent other areas of the St. Louis County have introduced bills that propose changes to the Pooling system that would reduce the amount distributed from the “pool” to Wildwood and other cities. 

This year we are already facing three bills in Jefferson City.  Each is basically identical to the other.  Two have been filed in the House (HB 768 and HB 812).  These bills are sponsored by Representatives Sue Allen and Mike Leara

However what is most disturbing is the bill (SB379) filed by our new State Senator Dave Schatz.  His bill is also identical to the one filed by Reps. Allen and Leara.  The bill would essential cap the amount any city would contribute to the Pool Tax system to 50% of what is collected in that municipality.  Sounds harmless on the surface but the estimate of the impacts would be significant. 

Wildwood would see a decrease in the distribution from the Pool by about $250,000 annually.  That would be close to a five percent decrease over what was distributed to Wildwood in 2014.  Impacts for other cities would be worse and is not justified.

We are very concerned that Senator Schatz did not have a complete understanding of the impact on Wildwood residents when he puts forward legislation such as this.  His district covers more than 90 percent of Wildwood, however this bill was filed at the request of Chesterfield who is also part of his district.

I am asking you to contact Senator Schatz office today to voice your serious concern with this bill and ask that he withdraw SB379 immediately.  His contact information is as follows:

                              Senator Dave Schatz (26th District)

                              201 West Capital Ave.  Room 433

                              Jefferson City, Missouri 65101

                              Phone Number (573) 751-3678

Email is possible as well through the Missouri Senate web site.  Consider reaching out to Representatives Allen and Leara as well if you have the opportunity.  I’ve linked to their Missouri House web pages on both their names above.

Let me leave you with a final note about this. 

Part of the argument used by those that want a greater amount from the Pool Tax system is that they as a municipality “generate” more sales tax, therefore they should receive a greater share.  That fails on the fact that it’s not municipalities that “generate” sales tax.   

It’s you when you purchase goods and services that generates the sales tax. 

Municipalities (including Wildwood) only collect a portion of that sales tax and are charged with using those funds to provide specific services.  What we have here is one municipality wanting more of your money even though you don’t reside there.  I for one have a problem with that and perhaps you do as well.

I hope you take the time to make contact and express your feelings on this subject.  I would also be happy to get into this further if you want to reach me directly at twoerther@cityofwildwood.com

Until next week…Mayor Tim Woerther

Manchester Road Streetscape Phase 3 – Information Still Available – Let Us Know Your Thoughts!

The City of Wildwood held a public information meeting for the Manchester Road Streetscape Phase 3 Improvement Project at Wildwood City Hall on January 21, 2015. The City has begun preliminary engineering of the project and this meeting allowed the public to see the conceptual plans and discuss any concerns regarding the planned improvements with the project engineers. Phase 3 will include the section of Manchester Road between Taylor Road and Eatherton Road and will incorporate similar improvements to those recently constructed during Phases 1 and 2 to the east and west of this project. The project will incorporate vehicular lanes, bike lanes, sidewalks, street lighting, street trees, and some on-street parking lanes along both sides of Manchester Road. You may email Mike Hartwig with comments or questions. Follow the link below to see details of both of the conceptual plans that were presented: Manchester Road Streetscape Phase 3

Nominating Petitions for the April 7, 2015 Municipal Election – Filing Has Closed and Candidates Are Listed Below

Filing for the office of Councilperson closed on January 20, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Below is a list of those individuals that have filed and will be on the April 7, 2015 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 Deputy City Administrator/City Clerk Lynne Greene-Beldner at 636-458-0440.

Ward One:          Larry McGowen

Ward Two:          Ed Marshall

Ward Two:          Ray Manton

Ward Three:       Sue Cullinane

Ward Four:         Katie Dodwell

Ward Five:          Dave Bertolino

Ward Six:            James R. Bowlin

Ward Seven:      Jeffrey S. Levitt

Ward Seven:      Greg Stine

Ward Eight:        Joe Garritano

RECREATION EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES >>>

Pond Elementary School Trivia Night and Auction

Please join us Friday, February 6 2015, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., for a night full of fun and games at Pond Elementary School Trivia Night and Auction.  This event will be held at Mungenast Lexus in Manchester, Missouri. The traditional trivia game will be elementary school-themed, and other features of the night include a 50/50 and an outstanding array of auction items from local and out of state venues.  It is an opportunity to support your community, while having a great time, with amazing people!  The cost is $25.00 per person or $200.00 per table of eight.  Please register at www.pondtrivia.weebly.com.  Thank you for your support of these young minds - they are our future! 

Maple Sugar Festival – Missouri Department of Conservation

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Rockwoods Reservation on 2751 Glencoe Road. It’s Maple Sugar time! 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 using a more modern method at the Sugar Shack. Taste delicious syrup, sugar on snow taffy, and pure maple sugar. More importantly, 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 shuttle bus.) Any questions just call 636-458-2236.

Sing and Dance with Babaloo - Six (6) Openings Remain for the February 19th Program, at 1:00 p.m., Still Time to Register for the Fun

There is still space available for the Wildwood Early Childhood Program – Sing and Dance with Babaloo, on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., and Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Enroll your preschooler, ages 2 through 5 years, for a fun-filled hour of Babaloo and his crazy antics.  The event is free, but registration is required.  An adult caregiver must remain with the child for the duration of the program.  Don’t delay.  These always fill to capacity.  Looking forward to singing and dancing with Babaloo!  Babaloo Registration

Wildwood Family Snow Sports Day

The 2015 Wildwood Family Snow Sports Day, at Hidden Valley Ski Resort, is scheduled for February 21, 2015. 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 February 12, 2015, 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 12, 2015. Questions? Call Andrea or Gary at 636-458-0440, or via e-mail to andrea@cityofwildwood.com or gary@cityofwildwood.com.

Lafayette High School - Taste of West County

Please join us for the 17th Annual Taste of West County on Monday, February 23, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., in the Lafayette High School Commons Area. Come and enjoy culinary delights from over 30 local restaurants, plus check out our silent auction and meat raffle.  Funds from this event will benefit the Lafayette High School Class of 2016. For additional details regarding this event, please email LHSTOWC@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/TasteofWestCounty2015 . We hope to see you there!

Cabin Fever Hike 2015 – Along the Beautiful Meramec River – February 28, 2015

Are you ready to shake those winter blues? Put on your hiking shoes, dress for the weather, and join the City of Wildwood and the Open Space Council (OSC) for the 13th Annual Cabin Fever Hike! The 2015 Cabin Fever Hike offers two (2) standard options for your hiking enjoyment. Hikers can choose a nine (9) mile, round trip hike, or enjoy a six (6) mile round trip on a group of the most beautiful trails in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region! Of course, participants may hike any distance they desire and be rewarded with the scenery and solitude of a remarkable and engaging environment. This event has 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 breakfast snacks are available/provided from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Limited space is available! This event is free, but registration is required. Reserve your spot today by making reservations on-line. Just visit the City’s website, at www.cityofwildwood.com., to register for this great event.

Wildwood Spring Egg Hunt

The 2015 Wildwood Spring Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2015!! This always exciting event is once again taking place at Fairway Elementary School (480 Old Fairway Drive, Wildwood, Missouri 63040). Age groups for the hunt will be as follows: 3 years of age and under; 4 to 6 year olds; and 7 to 11 year olds.  The horn will blow at 10:00 a.m. sharp!! So please be at the correct field for your child’s age, BEFORE 10:00 a.m. There will be thousands of eggs to be hunted, but they will disappear in minutes!!! After the Egg Hunt, there will be hot dogs, popcorn, and drinks for all!! Also, there will be Bounce Houses, Babaloo, a Bubble Bus, Clowns, and Face Painters!!! St. Louis Children’s Hospital will be on-site with bicycle helmets available for purchase (fittings will be provided)!! This event draws a crowd!! So allow yourself enough time to find a parking space and make your way to the appropriate egg hunt field!!! Participants need to bring their own baskets. This is a fast two (2) hours!!! Don’t miss it!! Questions? Call Andrea or Gary at 636-458-0440 or via e-mail andrea@cityofwildwood.com or gary@cityofwildwood.com.

Arbor Day Tree Hugger Run/Walk

We know this announcement is early, but we want to make sure EVERYONE has the opportunity to put this new event on his or her calendar!! Friday evening, April 24, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., be part of the inaugural Arbor Day - Tree Hugger 5K Run/Walk! Participants will start out on one of Wildwood’s most popular asphalt trails (the Hamilton-Carr Greenway)! Runners/walkers will go through a tunnel, run/walk on a regular roadway, run/walk along the Meramec River on a chat trail, and cross a 194 ft. bridge!!! What better way is there to start a great April weekend!! There will be refreshments, T-Shirts, and A WHOLE LOT OF FUN! The run/walk will start and finish at LaSalle Springs Middle School (3300 Highway 109). Participants can register on-line, pick up a race form for the event at Wildwood City Hall, or on the City of Wildwood website (www.cityofwildwood.com). Believe it or not, we already have runners/walkers signed up!! So don’t delay. Register right away!!! Runners can compete for awards and walkers can relax and enjoy the scenery!!  Questions? Call Andrea or Gary at 636-458-0440 or via e-mail andrea@cityofwildwood.com or gary@cityofwildwood.com.

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Job Opportunity in Wildwood

Optometry practice in Wildwood is looking for an enthusiastic, friendly front desk staff member to add to our team. We are seeking an energetic and dependable team player, who is well organized and has excellent communication skills. Duties include scheduling appointments, answering the telephones, authorizing and billing insurance, checking in patients, and basic organization.  Some evening hours, Saturdays required.  No experience is necessary - as we are willing to train the perfect candidate!  Please respond with resume and/or letter, including experience, and salary requirements to: Wildwood Vision Specialists LLC, 2751 Fountain Place, Suite 2, Wildwood, Missouri 63040.

Historic Preservation Commission

The Historic Preservation Commission recently updated the ordinance that governs its activities, as well as all of the preservation efforts undertaken by this community. As part of this update process, the Commission has identified a number of new initiatives relating to documenting the interesting and diverse history of the area that became the City of Wildwood. This history will be the centerpiece of a commemorative booklet that is to be published, as part of the City’s twentieth anniversary celebration. The Commission is seeking volunteers that may be long-time residents of the area to provide any oral, photographic, or artifact to it, so they may be recorded, copied, or photographed and used as part of this book. All photographs and artifacts will be returned to the lender promptly, if requested.  Anyone interested in helping the Commission in this effort is asked to please contact the Department of Planning at (636) 458-0440 or by e-mailing Joe Vujnich at joe@cityofwildwood.com to discuss your contribution to this important project. Thank you for any consideration in this regard. The members of the Commission want to ensure that the role of you and your family in the development of this area that is now known as Wildwood is not lost to future generations.

Rotary Club Event at Wildwood Hotel

Doug Rasmussen, Senior Vice President of Business Development for the St. Louis Economic Partnership speaks to a major meeting of the Rotary Club of West St. Louis County at noon on February 17, 2015 - and you're invited!

The meeting is scheduled for the Wildwood Hotel, 2801 Fountain Place in Wildwood, Missouri. The cost is $20 a ticket ($10 for lunch non-pay Rotary Club members) if you pre-register, or $25 at the door. You must register to attend the event.

Mr. Rasmussen will present an overview of St. Louis City and County regional economic development.

Register Here

Master Plan Update Process – 2015 - Public Input Session 

The City is beginning the update of its Master Plan, which was first adopted in 1996, and then updated in 2006. This plan is updated every ten (10) years to keep it germane to residents, reflect changing conditions, and address new trends. This planned update is also taking place during the City's 20th Anniversary Celebration. One of the first steps in this update process is to obtain the opinions, ideas, and input from the City's residents. Your comments are essential to ensure this document remains reflective of its residents and desired character. To this end, the City will be conducting two (2) public input sessions:

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2015 - ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE - WILDWOOD - 7:00 P.M.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2015* - ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE - WILDWOOD - 7:00 P.M.

*PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE

Both of these sessions will be identical in format, so please attend the one that fits best with your schedule.  At this public input session, you will be given an opportunity to talk about the Master Plan and all things Wildwood, which will help the committee of resident volunteers appointed by Mayor Timothy Woerther to lead this update process.  The format of these meetings is planned to create a fun atmosphere and will be led by the resident volunteers associated with this process. Your attendance will guarantee the update of the Master Plan is based upon resident input. If you cannot attend this date, a web-based survey, with questions regarding the Master Plan, is available for you to complete at www.cityofwildwood.com. Thank you for helping in this process and taking your important time to participate in it as well.

Questions? Please feel free to contact the Department of Planning at (636) 458-0440 or by e-mail to joe@cityofwildwood.com. Thank you for your consideration of this invitation and helping to keep Wildwood a great place to live, work, and play.

Shop, Dine, and Relax in Wildwood – A Resolution for All Year

With so many options for shopping, dining, and personal needs, please consider Wildwood first. The City is home to a large number of businesses and professionals, who offer a range of products, dining and services, that are the best in the region. Local owners are at these businesses and provide a personal touch to all they do and invest in Wildwood each and every day. For a listing of these businesses, please visit the City’s website at www.cityofwildwood.com and click on the drop-down menu for ‘Business Resources’ and then click on “Business Directory.’ Information on Wildwood businesses is provided, including contact numbers and their respective specialties. Shop Here – All Year.

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.

Holiday Tree Pick-up

Meridian Waste Services will dispose of holiday trees until March 1, 2015.  Please place the tree at the curb on recycle OR trash day.  Residents need not participate in the yard waste service for this complimentary, one-time service.  Please remove all decorations, before placing the tree at the curb. 

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.

ROAD AND BRIDGE INFORMATION >>>

State Route 109 Project Updates

Click here to view the latest progress on the State Route 109 Project.

The Ins and Outs of Two-Lane Roundabouts

With several new roundabouts set to open in the near future in the City of Wildwood, please take a moment to look at this informational brochure provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT).

Click here to learn about “The Ins and Outs of Two-Lane Roundabouts.”

Manchester Road Great Streets Project Updates

Click here to view the latest progress on the Manchester Road Great Streets Project.

Streetscape Extension at Wildwood Crossing Updates

Click here to view the latest progress on the Streetscape Extension at Wildwood Crossing Project.

SUSTAINABILITY TOPICS >>>

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/.

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