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*** A Heartfelt Thank You has been Earned ***

The recent, and on-going, floods in many areas of the region, including Wildwood, have been trying and impactful on numerous people, but this situation proved again that, when the St. Louis Region pulls together, it can tackle any problem that comes our way! Thanks to all the first responders, volunteers, and residents of the region for helping out and working through the issues and problems of flooded homes and businesses, closed roads, and traffic snarls.

If you are a Wildwood resident, business owner, or other and were impacted by the flood and need assistance, please contact Wildwood City Hall at (636) 458-0440.

Electronic Recycling and Shredding Event - Tomorrow, May 6, 2017 @ St. Louis Community College at Wildwood

Electronics Recycling and Shredding Event - May 6, 2017

Plein Air Event - POSTPONED
from May 6, 2017 to October 14, 2017

Due to the flooding of the Meramec River Valley, the Plein Air Event, scheduled for Saturday, May 6th, which was to use this area as the venue location, has been postponed to Saturday, October 14th. Artists will now be able to capture the beautiful river valley with fall colors! Pre-registration is free! More information and a registration link can be found here: www.cityofwildwood.com/pleinair.

Come to the Coffee - They're Educational and Fun!
City Hall - Community Room

Coffee with the Mayor Bowlin - February 2, 2017

Woods Road Bridge Replacement Project
- Monday, May 8, 2017-

The City’s contractor, Gershenson Construction, is about to begin a project to replace the first bridge west of State Route 109, on Woods Road. The project will replace the existing, substandard bridge with a new structure consisting of two (2) 12-foot driving lanes, with an 8 foot sidewalk separated from the driving lanes by concrete barrier wall. Construction was scheduled to begin on April 24, 2017, weather permitting. Woods Road is scheduled to be CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC at the bridge location, beginning at 7:00 a.m., on MAY 8, 2017 (weather permitting), and will remain closed until AUGUST 15, 2017. Detour signs and other advance warning signs will be in place during construction.  
 
Rockwoods Reservation opened the Glencoe Road bridge on Sunday, April 30, 2017. For more information, please click this link: www.cityofwildwood.com/675/Woods-Road-Bridge-Replacement.

Town Center Project Updates

The Town Center Area is changing with the many new projects that are underway within its boundary. In the last addition of the Wildwood Gazette, all of these projects were briefly described and identified on a map in terms of their individual locations in this area. The projects are primarily residential in nature and will offer buyers a range of options in terms of sizes, designs, and locations. Overall, the number of new dwellings that are available at this time already exceeds three hundred (300) in total. Many different developers are also involved in these residential projects, which provides anyone looking for a new home ample choices in Wildwood.
 
The City’s Department of Planning is working on a new section for the City’s website to provide regular, and always available, updates on new projects throughout the whole of Wildwood. While that construction on this section is nearing completion, the Department has been asked by one of its e-news readers to provide more regular updates on these new projects breaking ground in Wildwood. Regardless of the advancements to the City's website, if you should have any questions, please feel free to contact the Department of Planning at (636) 458-0440.  

Stonecrest Senior Center

Stonecrest Senior Center is a privately-operated assisted and memory care facility authorized by the State of Missouri for up to 95 units. The building, which is under construction at this time, will be three  (3) stories in height and have a total square footage of 75,000 square feet. Access to the property is via Plaza Drive. One (1) of the requirements associated with the rezoning of this property was the inclusion of commercial spaces available to the public for the future business that will be located there (on its east side of the building, facing the City’s small public plaza). These commercial spaces will house future businesses that complement the senior care center, but also Wildwood residents and visitors to the area.

The Villages of Bright Leaf

Wildwood's largest residential development to date, in Town Center, has commenced site preparation, which will lead to grading and construction. This development is located between Taylor Road and State Route 109, on the north side of State Route 100. Given its prominent location along this heavily-travelled arterial roadway, the area will change in appearance. For more information about this development, please click on www.cityofwildwood.com/brightleaf.

 "Current Developments and Zoning Reviews"
New Section on City's Website

Using the new Current Developments and Zoning Reviews Section of the City’s website, you can now follow along with all of the proposed projects being considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. This page allows you access to the latest information regarding a proposed project, from the beginning of the process to its completion. In this one convenient location, you can now access information about the status of different projects, descriptions of them, the maps of where they are located, the dates of past and future meetings, and meeting materials and minutes. You can also determine the City Council Ward where a project is located, along with the contact information for the appropriate elected officials representing it. This information will be regularly updated, with the most recent information, and always available for you to view. If you can’t find the information you are looking for in this section, this page also provides you with the email address and telephone number of the City Team Member who can assist you. You can find the Current Developments and Zoning Reviews Section on the City's website at: www.cityofwildwood.com/zoningreviews.

2017 Farmers Market in Wildwood
*** Opens on May 13, 2017 ***

The City’s Farmers Market, which is located in the Town Center Plaza (16860 Main Street  in front of City Hall), will officially open its 2017 Season next Saturday, May 13, 2017. 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. These products you can trust using in your home and produce you can feel good about eating! 
 
As always, the Wildwood Farmers Market continues to be the location where you can obtain the freshest produce, 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 eight (8) years, new participants are here in 2017 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.

Bethel United Methodist Church - May 6, 2017
Benedetto's - Mother's Day Brunch - Enjoy

RECREATION EVENTS AND OTHER FUN ACTIVITIES >>>

May 2017 Pop Up Events by the City of Wildwood

Swimming Pool Passes for the 2017 Season

The summer and its wonderful warm weather will be here before we know it! Suddenly, you will be looking for the opportunity to spend the day at the pool. Residents of Wildwood have two (2) wonderful prospects at their fingertips!! The Cities of Ballwin and Ellisville have again agreed to provide family memberships to their pool facilities at their resident rates! The details are:
 
City of Ballwin:
North Pointe Family Aquatic Center
335 Holloway Road
Ballwin, MO  63011
 
Family Membership Rate:      
$190.00 (if purchased prior to April 30, 2017)
$210.00 (if purchased May 1, 2017 or after)
 
Memberships available as of February 1, 2017 at:
 
The Pointe at Ballwin Commons
#1 Ballwin Commons Circle
Ballwin, MO 63021
636-227-8950
 
Please note, there are only a limited number of family pool memberships available
at the North Pointe Aquatic Center. Purchase your family membership early, if you
wish to use their facility this summer.
 
City of Ellisville:
The Edge Aquatic Center
At Blue Bird Park
225 Kiefer Creek Road
Ellisville, MO  63021
636-227-7508
 
Family Membership Rate:
$148.00 (if purchased February 27, 2017 through May 26, 2017)
$165.00 (if purchased after May 26, 2017)
 
There are unlimited Family Memberships available at the Edge Aquatic Center. As noted, memberships  at The Edge Aquatic Center will be available beginning on February 27, 2017.

 
Proof of residency will be required at the time you purchase your family pool memberships. If you have questions about the proof of residency requirements, please call the respective facility at the telephone numbers provided above.

If you have general questions, feel free to call the Department of Planning and Parks at 636-458-0440.

2017 Wildwood Concert Series
A New Name and Place for this Year - "Music on Main"

The 2017 concert season is almost here!!! There are some great music groups scheduled this summer, and it all begins on May 19, 2017, with the Fabulous Motown Revue!!! The Fabulous Motown Revue will play all your favorites and take listeners through the history of its unique sounds. The music starts at 6:45 p.m. on Main Street (in front of City Hall)! The music will be enjoyable along with the complementary snacks and drinks!! So mark May 19, 2017 on your calendar to spend an evening with the best of rock and roll!! For more information, call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440.

Bike Rodeo - May 20, 2017 @ B&B Theater

WILDWOOD CAR CLUB - UPCOMING EVENTS

This warm weather of late has me itching to drive the old Fords. Wildwood Car Club has a busy year ahead. The club's next event is:

  • Sunday May 21, 2017, 12:00 p.m. (noon) - Picnic in Glencoe, with the WF&P Narrow-Gauge Railway, at Glencoe City Park.

 Further Down the Road (pun intended):

Fund Raiser - Display Car Show on July 16, 2017, at the Wildwood Historical Society. The museum will be open that day and food will be available for purchase. More details to follow shortly!


Wildwood Founder’s Day Car Show, Parade, and Cruise in Town Center, Saturday, August 26, 2017. More details to follow shortly!

There are other events in planning and coming this year and I will send more information, flyers, etc. as they become available. Please mark these above events on your calendar. Spring is near! For more information, please contact Dr. John Gragnani at jgrag@sbcglobl.net.

May 2017 Early Childhood Recreation Program

Registration is open for the May Early Childhood Recreation Program, which will be a Petting Zoo!  On May 24, 2107, Cindy’s Zoo will be bringing several kinds of animals for the kids to pet and learn about! This program will be held in the Wildwood Dog Park, which is on the opposite side of the parking lot of the playground and pavilion, at the new Community Park (the current entrance to Community Park is off of Highway 100). As you are driving west on State Route 100, the entrance is immediately on the right, just to the west the State Route 109 overpass. This program is for 2-5 year olds and will take place on May 24th. Although the 10:00 a.m. session is full at this time, the 1:00 p.m session still has availability, so please register soon!. Both sessions will be the same in terms of content. A parent or guardian must stay with the child during the program. Please register online at:  www.cityofwildwood.com/programs

Story Telling through Paint & Pen - City of Wildwood - First Session - June 13, 2017

Celebrate Wildwood - August 25 and 26, 2017 

The 2017 Celebrate Wildwood Event will be here before we know it! This year, all of your favorite features of years past will take place in an action-packed two (2) days: Friday, August 25th and Saturday, August 26th! The location of the event has changed slightly this year due to construction in Town Center. The entire two-day event will take place on Main Street  - as a street festival!  Of course, look for your favorite parts of the event to be back – the Founders’ Day Parade, Founders' Car Show, Art Festival, concerts, children’s activities, and an abundance of delicious food and drinks!  So come out and celebrate our City with us!  We hope to see you there!

Pavilion Rentals - It Is Time to
Get 'Into' the Great Outdoors

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/pavilions.


The Garden Society of Wildwood - Come and Join the Fun

The Garden Society of Wildwood (GSW) is comprised of members from the West County Area interested in sharing and increasing their knowledge of gardening, both flowering and vegetable. Members typically meet in the morning on the second Monday of the month. Meetings can be comprised of outside presenters, site visits, or member speakers, some of whom have reached Master Gardener status.

The objectives of the GSW are three fold: (1.) to protect, beautify and learn about the environment, (2.) to enjoy the friendship of fellow gardeners, and (3.) to collectively provide charitable support to local non-profit organization(s) involved in gardening. New members and guests are always welcome.

If you would like more information, or would like to see our list of meeting activities for 2017, please visit our Facebook Page "The Garden Society of Wildwood" or contact Fran Komar at fkomar@wildblue.net.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS >>>

Wildwood Historical Society - Giving is in the Bag

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION
Asks Public Not to Plant Invasive Bradford Pear Trees
The invasive Bradford Pear Tree can cause problems for Missouri native plants and animals.

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri  – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages homeowners and landscapers to avoid planting Callery pear trees this spring.

Better known as Bradford pears, the Callery pear tree is an invasive species known to multiply quickly and crowd out Missouri native plants. While it’s been a popular landscaping tree for decades, cultivated forms have spread aggressively throughout the state. “Different varieties of Bradford pear trees were planted close to each other, which allowed them to cross pollinate and take over natural areas,” said Forestry Field Program Supervisor Russell Hinnah. “But they’re also a poor landscaping choice because they don’t do well in storms, often losing limbs or splitting apart.”

Stopping the spread means selecting alternate trees for yards and forested property. “The best plan is to select a native species to Missouri, and there are several great options,” said Hinnah. “Serviceberry trees produce similar showy white blooms in the spring and have small red fruits that attract wildlife.” Eastern Redbuds and Missouri’s state tree, the Flowering Dogwood, are also good alternatives. The Redbud Tree grows quickly with eye-catching lavender flowers in the spring. Dogwoods do best in shady areas, but can be somewhat difficult to grow.

To learn more about native trees that are great for landscaping, visit MDC’s website at https://mdc.mo.gov/trees-plants/tree-care. “Missouri’s Urban Trees” booklet (http://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZwB) is a great guide for finding the right tree for the right place.


The American Heart Association's Heartsaver CPR AED

This course provides the knowledge and skills that may help save a life. The skills learned in this course will help you recognize cardiac arrest, get emergency care on the way quickly, and help the person until more advanced care arrives to take over. 

 

COURSE COVERS • Adult CPR and AED Use • Adult Choking • Child CPR and AED Use • Child Choking
 
The Heartsaver course is intended for anyone with little or no medical training who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting. This course also fulfills the requirements for lay persons who are required to take CPR training as a job or regulatory requirement. 
 
To register for an upcoming City of Wildwood CPR/AED course please go to our website @ www.cpr-n-more.com/calendar and complete the online registration and make your payment via PayPal's secure payment site. You do not need a PayPal account to make a payment. The cost of this CPR class is $25 per participant.

The 1st Annual Little Saint Nick Foundation Book Drive

The Little Saint Nick Foundation is collecting books for children and teenagers in the St. Louis Area. Please place all book donations in the book donation box in the lower level vestibule at Wildwood City Hall, 16860 Main Street. (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or in the evening, when the building is open for public meetings). *Note*: Only new and gently used books will be distributed to the children and teenagers.
 
For questions or any inquiries please email aghalittlestnick@gmail.com or call (636) 891-4531. Check out our website at littlestnick.org!
 
The books will be distributed to children and teenagers at: Progress West Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Mercy, St. Luke's Hospital, Crisis Nursery - St. Louis, Kingdom House, Ready to Learn, Kids Smart, Covenant House, The Little Bit Foundation Missouri, Children's Home Society of St. Louis.

Spring Storm Preparedness Tips from Ameren Missouri

April began the spring storm season, so preparedness is on everyone's priority list. At Ameren Missouri, when severe weather threatens, Ameren relies on Quantum Weather, a unique weather forecasting system in partnership with Saint Louis University's (SLU) Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.  Quantum Weather, another part of Ameren Missouri's reliability initiative, can pinpoint severe weather activity on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis. The detailed information from this pioneering system improves reliability for customers. It enables Ameren Missouri to respond and restore power more quickly following damaging storms, and improves efficiencies through better utilization of its restoration crews. Quantum Weather is the first-of-its-kind weather monitoring and response system in the country.  
 
Add storm preparedness to your priority list, and please visit AmerenMissouri.com to check out the detailed tips on Ameren’s Outage Center pages:

  • Report an outage and sign up for Ameren Alerts to receive updates, after you've reported your outage to Ameren
  • Check out the Outage Map to see how many customers systemwide are experiencing outages, and where   
  • Items to include in assembling your Storm Kit
  • Tips for being prepared at home, outside the home, and at work
  • What to do During an Outage
  • Learn how Ameren works to restore your power

 Concrete Street Slab Replacement Program
2017 Work Season

Since the incorporation of the City, each year, Wildwood 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 2017 Work Season can be found at this link: http://www.cityofwildwood.com/676/2017-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: www.cityofwildwood.com/list.aspx. Through this link, you can subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter, as well as 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 >>>


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.  


Save Gasoline by Shopping and Dining Locally

With so many options for shopping, dining, and personal needs, please think of Wildwood first. The City is home to a large number of businesses and professionals, who offer a range of products, dining, and services, which 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 and everyone wins.


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. 

Editor's Note: Thanks to all our subscribers for your patronage of the e-newsletter. If there are topics or information the City can add to the e-newsletter, or is missing something at this time you would like to see, please let me know by e-mailing joe@cityofwildwood.com

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