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Spring Balloon Glow

Spring Balloon Glow

Friday, March 27, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wildwood Town Center
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Rick Brown

New Director of Public Works/City Engineer Appointed

The City of Wildwood is pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Brown at the City’s new Director of Public Works / City Engineer.
 
Rick holds licenses as both a Professional Engineer (PE) and Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE), and earned a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla and M.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.  Rick is currently employed by the consulting engineering firm, HR Green, and also has prior experience with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).  He has resided in Wildwood with his family for the past 17+ years.
 
Rick will commence his duties as Director of Public Works / City Engineer on March 18th.

Did You Know?

The City of Wildwood wishes to thank you for your interest in receiving the e-Newsletter, and hopes you have found this weekly publication to be very informative and of interest to you.  It has been a major goal of the City to enhance citizen communications and input, and the City 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 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.
 
In a few more weeks, we’ll be sure to report back to our subscribers on the success of these efforts.

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 its second public input session: 
 
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2015 - ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE - WILDWOOD - 7:00 P.M.
 
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 this meeting 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, will be available shortly 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.

Historic Preservation Commission – Do You Have a Story?

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.

RECREATION EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES >>>?

Pavilion Rentals

As spring approaches, families and friends gather to celebrate milestones such a birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries.  Looking for an outdoor venue to hold your celebration?  The City of Wildwood has two 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 days.  Each pavilion will hold up to 30 people.  The parks have playground equipment and are equipped with picnic tables. 
 
For more information, please contact Andrea at 636 458-0440 or andrea@cityofwildwood.com. Dates fill quickly, so make your reservations soon.  The fee is $30.00 for Wildwood residents and $50.00 for non-residents.  

Wildwood Historical Society – March Program

The Wildwood Historical Society’s upcoming program, Oysters to Angus: Three Generations of the St. Louis Faust Family, will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 7:00 p.m., at the Wildwood Historical Society’s Meeting Hall (18750 Highway 100). This program will be presented by Elizabeth Terry. Ms. Terry received a history degree from the University of Nebraska – Kearney and Master’s degree in Public History from James Madison University in Virginia. Her passion for the pioneer spirit was channeled into the publication Oysters for Angus, which is a fascinating read on raw issues that troubled the Faust family and other German-Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries in St. Louis. This must-read book and program will give a wealth of new, well-researched information to everyone from the novice history lover to the experienced history buff. For more information about Elizabeth Terry and her other publications, please visit her website, www.eterryhistory.com. The Society hopes to see you on March 17th for this wonderful program! www.wildwoodhistoricalsociety.org/

2015 Summer Swimming Pool Passes

Summer swimming pool passes will be available beginning March 2, 2015! Residents of Wildwood can spend their summer swimming at the Edge Aquatic Center in the City of Ellisville (Bluebird Park) or the North Pointe Aquatic Center in the City of Ballwin. The details are as follows:
 
The Edge Aquatic Center in the City of Ellisville (Bluebird Park) – 225 Kiefer Creek Road – Passes go on sale beginning March 2, 2015, at the Administration Center Office – 636-591-2398.  Wildwood residents will be able to purchase family season passes at the Ellisville resident rate. If purchased between March 2, 2015 and May 7, 2015, a ten percent (10%) discount will be applied. Purchase before May 7, 2015, and the family pool pass will be $162.00. After May 7, 2015, the family pool pass will be $180.00. It should be noted, there is no deadline date to purchase pool passes (other than the early bird special, which expires on May 7, 2015).
 
The North Pointe Aquatic Center in the City of Ballwin – 335 Holloway Road – Passes go on sale beginning March 2, 2015, at The Pointe, #1 Ballwin Commons Circle – 636-227-8950. Wildwood residents will be able to purchase passes, beginning March 2, 2015, thru April 30, 2015, for $189.00. Please note – there are only a limited number of pool passes available at The North Pointe Aquatic Center!   If there are pool passes still available after April, 30, 2015, they can be purchased at the rate of $210.00. Wildwood residents interested in a pool pass at the North Pointe Aquatic Center should consider purchasing it at their first opportunity! The available passes quickly sell out!
 
You will need to provide proof of residency at both facilities to purchase pool passes. The normal rule of thumb, an unpaid utility bill, a personal property tax receipt, and a picture I.D. Please do not simply try to convince the respective personnel that you are a Wildwood resident – you need to show them these items!
 
Questions? Call Gary at 636-458-0440 or e-mail at gary@cityofwildwood.com. If you have specific questions about either of the facilities, call the telephone numbers provided above! This pool pass program is a great opportunity to plan your summer fun!! 

St. Louis Children’s Hospital Presents Home Alone and Babysitting 101 Programs

Home Alone Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wildwood City Hall
16860 Main Street
Wildwood, Missouri   63040
 
Is your child ready to be home without adult supervision?  This program will help parents and children determine the child’s readiness—physically, mentally, socially and emotionally—to stay home alone and help prepare the child for this experience.  Workbooks are provided.  The cost is $25 per family.
 
Babysitting 101, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  (Lunch provided)
Wildwood City Hall
16860 Main Street
Wildwood, Missouri   63040
 
Is your child considering becoming a babysitter?  Enroll him or her in this class to encourage the best care for a child.  This class is a great introduction to the basics of babysitting.  A workbook is provided.
 
Topics include:
The business of babysitting
Child development
Safety and first aid
Fun and Games
 
The cost is $30 per person.  No specific age requirement.  Any child considering babysitting may attend. 
 
Both programs are instructed by nurses from St. Louis Children’s Hospital. 
 
To enroll, please call 314-454-KIDS or 800-678-5437

Rockwood Hero 5K & 1 Mile Walk

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 at the Big River Running website (https://register.chronotrack.com/reg/form?eventID=12018), pick up a race form for the event at Wildwood City Hall, or on the City of Wildwood website (www.cityofwildwood.com). Believe 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.

PUBLIC SERVICE TOPICS >>> 

Depression Awareness: What You Need to Know!

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Lafayette High School Theater, 17050 Clayton Road, Wildwood, Missouri 63011
 
Depression can affect anyone; half of all lifetime mental illnesses begin by age 14.  It's crucial to recognize the signs of depression in ourselves and our families, and know how to get help navigating the mental health care system.  CHADS Coalition for Mental Health (an organization that saves young lives by advancing the awareness & prevention of depression) and Dr. Shair Sevier (Lafayette counselor) will host a discussion that addresses the questions:

  • Are you able to recognize the signs of depression and warning signs of suicide?
  • If you see those signs, do you know what steps to take?

We hope you can join our discussion on March 9th. This event is open to the public.
 
For more information contact Lori Rasmussen, lorirasmussen@yahoo.com, or Dr. Sheri Sevier, seviersharon@rockwood.k12.mo.us.

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

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 >>>

MoDOT to Close Center Turn Lane Along a Portion of Manchester Road

http://www.modot.org/stlouis/news_and_information/District6Release.shtml?action=displaySSI&newsId=200597
 
ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor, Krupp Construction, will close the center turn lane along a portion of Manchester Road in West St. Louis County starting Monday, March 9.
 
Crews will be removing the existing center median and replacing it with a raised median, beginning at the Ellisville City Limits and heading east. Crews will close about 300 feet of the left turn lane at a time to remove and replace the median.  Crews will remove a length of the median one night and replace it the next, weather permitting.  Once the raised median is installed, drivers will no longer be able to make left turns in that area.
 
To complete this work, crews will have one lane closed in each direction between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. the following morning. 
 
This work is part of the Manchester Road Great Streets Project. The project will build medians, with some left turn bays and U-turns, sidewalk improvements, and enhancements to Manchester Road, such as wayfinding signage, illuminated street name signs, and landscaping. It also includes a multi-use trail extension from Wildwood into Ellisville. The work is being done in conjunction with an on-going resurfacing project on Manchester Road from Route 141 to Westglen Farms Drive.
 
The Great Streets Initiative is a process to use the available land to build a transportation network that supports the local community’s vision. This project is implementing components that were set forth in the East West Gateway Council of Government's Manchester Road Great Streets Master Plan, which completed in January 2011.

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 Streetscape Phase 3 – Second Open House Scheduled – Let Us Know Your Thoughts!

The City of Wildwood will be holding its second public informational meeting for the Manchester Streetscape Phase 3 Improvement Project on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Wildwood City Hall, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The City has begun preliminary engineering of the project, and this meeting will allow the public to see more detailed conceptual plans and discuss any concerns regarding the planned improvements with the project engineers. Phase 3 includes 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.
 
Final design is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015. The City is currently seeking grant funding for this project and the start of construction will be determined based on any funding received.

You may email Mike Hartwig with comments or questions.
 
Follow the link below to see details of the Conceptual Plans that were presented at the first public informational meeting.
 
Click here to view the Conceptual Plans.

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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