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Wildwood begins Economic Development Initiative - PRESS RELEASE

Wildwood is embarking on an initiative to further enhance economic development conditions in the City. City officials have chosen to be proactive in creating an action plan to improve the economic climate, including retention of existing businesses and their expansion. The City is working with Houseal Lavigne Associates, a nationally recognized planning and economic development firm, to help prepare a long-term plan and strategies. The project will include: comparing the success of Wildwood’s growth and development policies to comparable communities throughout the country; preparing an objective opinion on the effects of past and current efforts on economic development in the community; development of a priority list of three to five actionable items, that can accelerate growth of the Town Center area and other locations; and the creation of benchmarks for measuring future progress.

Mayor Tim Woerther said of the effort, “We plan on leveraging the assets that exist across the City, while looking for new opportunities to grow the economy here.”

The project, which began in late April, will take about six months to complete. It is being led by the City’s Economic Development Task Force and will include input from residents, business owners and operators, property owners, brokers, developers, retail representatives, and others.

The City of Wildwood is the third largest city by area in the State of Missouri, with its borders touching the Missouri and Meramec Rivers. It is also the seventieth largest in terms of population, from most recent census, and currently has hundreds of residential units under review or recently approved.

For more information on the project or related City efforts, please contact Ryan S. Thomas, Wildwood City Administrator, at (636) 405-2041 or ryan@cityofwildwood.com.

Medication Take-Back Events TOMORROW

Help stop potential drug abuse and save lives by turning in unwanted and expired medications!
Saturday, May 9, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Ellisville Police Department (37 Weis Avenue, Ellisville, MO 63011)
Eureka Police Department (120 City Hall Drive, Eureka, MO 63025)
For more information, visit http://www.rockwoodcoalition.org.

St. Louis County Age-Friendly Communities Action Plan

St. Louis County is wrapping up its Age-Friendly Communities Action Plan and will have a public open house on May 20, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., at The Heights at Richmond Heights. More information will be available soon.  If you have any questions or for more information, please visit the AFC webpage at www.stlouisco.com/agefriendly or email age-friendly@stlouisco.com.

Historic Community Marker Program

Over the past several years, the City of Wildwood, led by its Historic Preservation Commission, has undertaken an exciting new program of developing historic community markers to recognize and honor the eleven (11) historic communities that now form much of the City and have contributed to its rich history. These eleven (11) communities are: Glencoe, Grover, Pond, Westland Acres, Centaur, Hollow, Orrville, Melrose, Kelpe, Monarch/Eatherton, and Fox Creek. As noted, these communities have contributed to the rich and storied history of the area, and existed long before the City of Wildwood was incorporated in 1995. Thus, the City Council endorsed this historic community markers program and, shortly thereafter, the Historic Preservation Commission began its research on each community, compiled information on them, and began creating markers for each of them. This Pond Historic Marker is the second of eleven (11) of these signs to be installed over the next few years.
On Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., the City’s Historic Preservation Commission will hold a special unveiling event for its historic community markers program, with the addition of the Pond Historic Marker. This sign will be installed at Old Pond School, at 17123 Manchester Road. The Historic Preservation Commission encourages you to attend this unveiling and be a part of the City of Wildwood’s rich history by recognizing this area’s past.
If you should have any questions regarding the aforementioned event or need additional information, please feel free to contact the Department of Planning and Parks at 636-458-0440. We hope to see you on May 9th!

National Public Works Week

May 17-23 is National Public Works Week.  This year's theme "Community Begins Here" speaks to the essential nature of Public Works services in support of everyday quality of life. 
For more information, visit the American Public Works Association at http://www.apwa.net/discover/national-public-works-week.

Wildwood Historical Society Garage Sale

Wildwood Historical Society will be holding a garage sale at 18750 State Route 100, this Saturday, May 9, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Stop by and support the Wildwood Historical Society!

Residential Subdivision / Trustee Information on City Website

The City of Wildwood maintains a listing of residential subdivision trustees, websites, and other contact information on the City Website:
Information is provided on a voluntary basis, but the City would like to have information on as many residential subdivisions as it can, and maintain this page with the current items of interest and need.  Therefore, please urge your subdivision trustees to submit information to the City through the form provided on this page.  By doing so, this webpage can become a great resource to residents throughout Wildwood.

Active Shooter: Survival Strategies for the Community

Are you prepared for an active shooter incident?
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Wildwood City Hall (16860 Main Street)
The St. Louis County Police Department will present survival strategies for an active shooter event.  Instructors from the St. Louis County Police Department, Tactical Operations Unit, will discuss prior active shooter events and provide up-to-date FBI data in regards to those occurring in the United States.  This program will present the Department of Homeland Security’s option based program, RUN, HIDE, FIGHT, and offers the options available should an active shooter incident occur.  There is no cost and no registration required. 

Wildwood one of the 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Missouri

The Culture Trip has named the City of Wildwood as one of the 10 Most Beautiful Towns In Missouri - click here to read the full article.

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:
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.


Wildwood Early Childhood Program – Meet the Machines

Plenty of space is still available for the Wildwood Early Childhood Program – Meet the Machines, being held at Kelpe Contracting, 17955 Manchester Road, in Wildwood, Missouri.  This one-day event will take place on Wednesday, May 20th, at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Wildwood Early Childhood Programs are for pre-school age children, 2 through 5 years of age.  A caregiver must remain with the child for the duration of the event.  Please register online at cityofwildwood.com.  

2015 Wildwood Concert Series

The 2015 concert season is almost here!!! There are some great music groups scheduled this summer, and it all begins on May 15, 2015 with BritBeat!!! BritBeat will play all your Beatle music favorites and take listeners through the history of their unique sounds, with corresponding costume changes! The music starts at 6:45 p.m. on the Wildwood Town Center Plaza! The music will be enjoyable along with the complementary hot dogs and drinks!! So mark May 15, 2015 on your calendar to spend an evening with the Beatles!!

For more information, call Andrea or Gary at 636-458-0440.

Wildwood Car Club Events

The Wildwood Car Club has an upcoming cruise scheduled:

  • 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.

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. The cost of the family pool pass will be $180.00.
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. 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 school graduations and other Spring events, families and friends gather to celebrate milestones.  Looking for an outdoor venue to hold your gathering?  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. 


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.  


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.”


Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park FREE Community Appreciation Day

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Eureka is having a FREE Community Appreciation Day, Saturday, May 16, 2015! The park will be open to the community and the staff and ownership would love to see many residents from Wildwood in attendance! Come out and enjoy swimming, mini golf, games, crafts, dunking booth, inflatable fun, and more! The park will be open to the public from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 16, 2015. If you have any questions, please call 636-938-5925.

Criminal Justice Program Offerings at St. Louis Community College – Wildwood Campus

The Criminal Justice Program at St. Louis Community College is pleased to announce that they are offering a full slate of criminal justice courses at the Wildwood campus beginning this summer.  It will now be possible to complete the entire criminal justice degree at the Wildwood campus. 
In addition, St. Louis Community College now offers a Credit for Prior Learning program in which prior training, and academy and employment histories can be evaluated in order to award college credit for that work.  It’s a good way to get a head start on a college degree and a good way to complete a degree that was started and never finished.
Summer and fall courses offered at the Wildwood campus include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice (summer)
  • Criminal Law and Procedure (summer)
  • Police Supervision (fall)
  • Criminal Investigation (fall)
  • American Correctional System (fall)

Contact Dr.  Michael Robert Hepner, Criminal Justice Program Coordinator, for more details at 314-984-7471 or mhepner@stlcc.edu.


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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