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Recycle That Bicycle - TOMORROW

Is there a bicycle in your garage that is just taking up space? Have the tires gone flat, the chain broken, the gears no longer working? Think Green! Recycle that bike at Wildwood’s “Recycle That Bicycle” Event, which is being held at Wildwood City Hall (16860 Main Street), on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon). No matter the condition, donate your no-longer-wanted bicycle to this worthwhile cause. The bikes will be reconditioned by individuals working and training to make positive changes in their lives. The bikes will then be donated to this region’s residents, who are in need.
 
Items Accepted Include:

  • Bicycles
  • Tricycles
  • Bicycle Parts

 
Donations are tax deductible.
 
Hope to see you at Wildwood City Hall on Saturday, April 11, 2015, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (noon).
 
Please note: this event will end promptly at 12:00 pm. (noon)
 
This “Green” event is brought to you by the City of Wildwood and BicycleWORKS, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, founded in 1988 to give area “at-risk” youths a place to develop skills, interact with peers and caring adults, and safely challenge the limits of their abilities.
 
Questions? Please contact Andrea Kuhnert-Heyer — Andrea@cityofwildwood.com or 636-458-0440   

Arbor Day Tree Hugger 5K Run/Walk

This event is only two weeks away! 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, food, T-Shirts, music, 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:  http://www.cityofwildwood.com/calendar.aspx?eid=875 . 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

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 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.

Historic Preservation Commission – Do You Have a Story?

The Historic Preservation Commission recently updated the ordinance that governs all of its activities, as well as its preservation efforts here in the 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. 

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.

Solicitation in Wildwood

For many people, the return of warm weather means cook-outs with the family, catching fireflies with the children, and having an excuse to eat ice cream regularly. But the warm weather also means the return of door-to-door salespeople and solicitors. It is important that citizens to be vigilant in protecting themselves and their family members from fraud.
 
According to the City of Wildwood Municipal Code, soliciting includes any one (1) or more of the following activities: seeking for commercial and/or for profit purpose or gain the obtaining of orders for the purchase of goods, wares, merchandise, foodstuffs or services of any kind or description whatsoever; attempting to sell goods, wares, merchandise, foodstuffs, or services; or obtaining subscriptions to books, magazines, periodicals, newspapers and every other type or kind of publication.
 
Please keep the following in mind:

  1. Make sure the person at your door has a permit. All solicitors within the City of Wildwood must carry a city-issued permit with them at all times. If they are unable to show you the permit, do not engage in business with them. If you are uncomfortable with asking for proof of a permit, call the police and report solicitors in the neighborhood.
  2. Be cautious about letting strangers into your home. Never invite a stranger into your home, unless someone is there with you.
  3. Get it in writing. Before you make any payments for goods, services, or subscriptions, be sure you understand the terms and conditions. Legitimate companies will give you all the details you need to know in writing.
  4. Don’t be pressured. If something is a good deal today, it will still be a good deal tomorrow. If you don’t feel comfortable making a commitment to purchase goods, services, or subscriptions, get contact information from the solicitor, so that you can reach them, once you’ve made up your mind.
  5. Trust, but verify. Just because the solicitor has a permit, doesn’t mean their business is endorsed by the City. Ask the seller for a business card and information about the company they represent. Check out the company with the Better Business Bureau. Call any telephone numbers listed to make sure you can reach a live person before handing over any money.
  6. Check in with elderly family, friends, and neighbors. For a variety of complex reasons, older people tend to be easier to scam than younger people. Communicating regularly with any senior citizens in your life is generally a good idea regardless.
  7. Consider posting a “No Solicitors” window cling on your storm door or a front window. For many residents, a good option is to place a “No Solicitors” sign on the home. The City of Wildwood provides “No Solicitors” window clings to residents free of charge. To make a request for one, please call City Hall at (636) 458-0440 or send an email to melanie@cityofwildwood.com.
  8. The police advise caution with uninitiated contacts. Police departments recommend avoiding any purchases from companies or individuals, where the contact is initiated by the seller.
  9. Report any suspicious activity or unlicensed door-to-door sales. If you are uncomfortable about any interaction with a solicitor, call the St. Louis County Police – Wildwood Precinct immediately - (636) 458-9194. 

Wildwood One of Six Missouri Cities to Take on the Challenge of Safer Streets for Bicycling and Walking

The City of Wildwood is one of only six Missouri cities to accept the USDOT's Mayors Challenge for Safer Streets for bicycling and walking.
 
Click here for more details on this challenge

Spring Storm Preparedness Tips from Ameren Missouri

April marks the beginning of 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. 

RECREATION EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES >>>

Early Childhood Recreation Program – April 2015 – Abra-Kid-Abra – ONLY A FEW SPOTS REMAIN

The City of Wildwood Early Childhood Recreation Program is pleased to present the magicians from Abra-Kid-Abra who will present a one-hour Magic Show for pre-school age children, 2 through 5 years of age.  The programs are scheduled for Wednesday, April 15th and Thursday, April 16th, at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. each day.  A few spots in the 1:00 p.m. programs remain available.  Click here to register online.
 
A caregiver must remain with the child for the duration of the program.  If you have any questions, please call Andrea at 636-458-0440.  

Wildwood Car Club Events

The Wildwood Car Club has two upcoming cruises scheduled:

  1. Breakfast run to Letty Lou's Café at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, April 25th, State Route 109 and New College Avenue
  2. Picnic run to Babler State Park’s Alta Shelter 12:00 p.m. (noon), Saturday May 16th. Bring your picnic basket and hot dogs, and drive your metal or glass baby to the park.  If you don't have a motorized baby, drive a regular metal monster.

Please contact John Gragnani at jgrag@sbcglobal.net for more information regarding the Wildwood Car Club and these events.

Garden Buddies at the Wildwood Farms Community Garden

A children’s gardening program – sign up required – class size limited!

Children (ages 4-9) and a parent or relative are invited to register for the Garden Buddies Education Program.  The goal is to provide a light-hearted, educational program that offers a complete, age appropriate gardening experience.  The Buddies will meet for one hour every week or two, totaling 8 classes, and have a party to close out their gardening season.  Be prepared to dig, plant, make mud pies, explore, and more!  Class size will be limited.  If you are interested in receiving more information, please contact Cindy Wright, Zadiecreek@aol.com, subject line: Garden Buddies or visit cityofwildwood.com/gardenbuddies for details.
 
We are extremely fortunate to have a beautiful community garden that now accommodates over 100 gardeners and offers a communal garden area as well.  The Garden Buddies Education Program is an additional use of the community garden to facilitate gardening education and experience, thus enriching our community overall.  All residents of the City of Wildwood are invited to register; you don’t have to be a community gardener to participate in Buddies. 
 
Below is an excerpt from a great little article describing the value of introducing gardening to children. 

“Everything beneficial that we know about gardening pretty much transfers (to a child) the same way as it does in an adult,” said Donald Frisch, coordinator of therapeutic horticulture programs at the Missouri Botanical Garden. It engages both mind and body and improves the environment.

“Starting with something outdoors and plant related gets their brains going. It is good to start when they are small,” he added.

Nurturing may be a new skill for a child who seems to be the center of the universe. Discovering new skills to get a seed started begins an educational path.

2015 Summer Swimming Pool Passes

Summer swimming pool passes have been available since 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!! 

Pavilion Rentals

With Spring here, 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.  

Dirty Spokes Mountain Bike Race - SUNDAY

The 5th Annual Dirty Spokes Mountain Bike race is again being held on the trails of Castlewood State Park.  This race is open to all abilities.  Helmets are required.
 
When: Sunday, April, 12, 2015
Where: Castlewood State Park

Register online click here or at The Pointe at Ballwin Commons. 
A confirmation e-mail will be sent out a week before the race with event details.
 
Click here for full event details.

PUBLIC SERVICE TOPICS >>> 

Rockwood Prom “Safe Celebration” Campaign

Rockwood School District, Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition, and Wildwood police and business partners are working together again this spring to share a community-wide message with area teens:  PROMise to celebrate safe and sober!
 
Efforts include parent tip sheets, school and business marquees, posters, donated road signs, social media blasts, and message cards that will reach parents and students via floral orders, tuxedo rentals, and salon visits.  Area hotels and limousine companies will be notified about prom dates and encouraged to follow the law regarding underage drinking. Law enforcement agencies will provide additional neighborhood surveillance. Some schools will host crash reenactments.
 
Yard signs, on display for several days prior to each high school’s prom (in accordance with municipal and neighborhood sign ordinances), will share the message: THOSE WHO HOST LOSE THE MOST – Don’t be a party to teenage drinking…It’s against the law.
 
Rockwood has experienced declining rates of reported underage drinking and drug use during prom season in recent years.  Coalition and district officials attribute this positive trend toward enhanced youth and adult awareness, and steps taken on a community-wide basis to curb illegal and dangerous behavior.
 
For more information on this campaign or other coalition programs, contact Renee Heney at 636-733-2136.

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 >>>

2015 Street Slab Replacements

The 2015 Street Slab Replacement Project has begun with work in the Seven Villages of Cherry Hills Subdivision.  The contractor will be replacing various concrete slabs in the area for approximately one month.  After completing the replacements in the Seven Villages of Cherry Hills, the contractor will then move to the Lake Chesterfield Subdivision.  Please use caution, when traveling in these areas, and thank you for your patience.

Town Center Streetscape Project Updates

Click here to view the preliminary plan for Phase 3.

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.”

WILDWOOD BUSINESSES >>>

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Recycling Shredding 2015

Meridian Waste Service – Reminder

If you had canceled your yard waste pick up service during the winter months, and wish to resume this service, please contact Meridian directly at 314-291-3131.  


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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