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2015 Wildwood Concert Series - TONIGHT

The 2015 concert season begins TONIGHT!!! There are some great music groups scheduled this summer, and it all begins TONIGHT with BritBeat!!! BritBeat will play all your Beatle music favorites and take listeners through the history of its 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, chips, and drinks!! We look forward to spending an evening with the Beatles!! For more information, call Andrea or Gary at 636-458-0440.

Around Wildwood with Woerther

Tonight, Friday, May 15th, the City will have its first concert of the year.  BritBeat returns for a trip through Beatles history covering some of their most popular songs and reprising the look of the era. 
 
In conjunction with the concert, the City is partnering with Circle of Concern for a “Peanut Butter and Jelly” Night.  With summer upon us, Circle of Concern experiences a spike in need for younger residents.  Providing the basics for a good PB&J goes a long way with youngsters during the summer months.  Please consider helping out the charity by bringing a jar of each for donation.
 
As you come to Town Center tonight for the concert, we are also recognizing those members of our community who volunteer their time and efforts on one of our many Boards or Commissions here in Wildwood. 
 
Some of these residents are new to volunteering for municipal endeavors and I am sure this experience has been interesting and, hopefully, fulfilling.  It’s the new vision and ideas that many of them bring, which keeps the city moving forward. There are many among these volunteers that have many years of experience.  They provide continuity to the residents of the City of Wildwood that is rivaled only by members of City staff and their years of service.  I salute them for their unparalleled efforts to be here for meetings and to make the City the best place to live in the region.
 
I also need to make mention of the spouses and others that escorted volunteers to tonight’s dinner.  I hope that they can begin to understand that it truly takes the commitment of so many residents to make the City work and plan its future.  Tonight demonstrates that it really does take and engaged citizenry to effectively guide a City.
 
To wrap up this brief tribute, I’d like to leave you with a small story about why Wildwood was created and how it’s reflected in the volunteers who serve.
 
Wildwood is a unique City because it didn’t evolve over time like most municipalities. In the early 1990’s, when outside interests threatened to change the open spaces and country feel of our area, citizens in unincorporated St. Louis County decided to take matters into their own hands, creating a town, where they would decide their own future.  A five-year incorporation effort was led and funded solely by residents.
 
You can call them the first municipal volunteers for the City of Wildwood.
 
As you know, the Missouri Supreme Court allowed the organizers of this community to place the question of creating a new City before the residents of the area now known as Wildwood. In 1995, a vote was held and the voters overwhelmingly agreed to incorporate Wildwood.  On September 1, 1995, Wildwood was formed. Today, we continue that journey. Then, as now, the City’s main goal is "Planning Tomorrow Today." The knowledge, time, and ideas from those individuals that serve in volunteer capacities throughout Wildwood continue to insure that we live up to that goal.
 
I thank everyone for their dedication and service to the City over the past year and I’ll see each of you at a future meeting.
 
Finally, a brief update on SB221.  This legislation is now before the Senate and it contains several amendments; one of those amendments is the disruptive language that would cap the amount any City would contribute to the Pool Tax system to 50% of what is collected in that municipality.  The bill was briefly discussed in a joint House / Senate Conference Committee on Monday.  It appears that, as of today, there won’t be any change to the Pool Tax system in St. Louis County this legislative session.  However, the legislative session ends Friday (5/15), at 6:00 p.m., and I won’t count on anything until the final gavel falls. 
 
I’ll provide an update next week and discuss what may lie ahead.
 
As always, if you want to reach me about anything related to the City, please feel free to contact me at twoerther@cityofwildwood.com
 
Until Next Week,
Mayor Tim Woerther

2015 Farmers Market in Wildwood

The City’s Farmers Market in the Town Center Plaza (221 Plaza Drive) will officially open on Saturday, May 30, 2015. The market will be open every Saturday, through the Fall. The market 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 at it. 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, and products you can trust and feel good about eating or using in your home.
 
As always, the Wildwood Farmers Market continues to be the location where you can obtain the freshest produce, vegetables, 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 Six (6) years, new participants are here in 2015 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.

Big River Running Company Pub Run – Llywelyn’s Pub Wildwood

May 20, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Click here for details and to register.

Pond Elementary Names a 2015 National School of Character

Congratulations to Wildwood's very own Pond Elementary School for being named a 2015 National School of Character. Pond is one of 64 schools nationwide to receive this recognition by the Character Education Partnership.

The Schools of Character application process provides an opportunity for schools to receive feedback, as well as recognition for growth and excellence in the area of character education, as measured by Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education framework. National Schools of Character are schools (public, private, and/or charter), early childhood through high school, and districts that have demonstrated through a detailed evaluation process that character education has had a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate.
 
http://character.org/uploads/PDFs/Press_Releases/schools-of-character/2015%20National%20Schools%20of%20Character%20Release.pdf

City Council Activity – May 11, 2015

  • Approved Bill #2106 authorizing the Mayor to renew a contract with Krupp Construction, Inc. for the resurfacing of Centaur Road, Ridge Road, and St. Paul Road, including traffic control and other incidental items, as shown on construction drawings and specifications. (Wards One, Six, and Eight)
  • Bill #2107 authorizing the Mayor to execute a change order with Gershenson Construction for the addition of a multiple-use trail, as part of the phase one development of the Community Park property, as indicated on the attached bid sheet, which was reviewed and recommended by the Planning/Economic Development/Parks Committee at its April 21, 2015 meeting. (Ward One)
  • Bill #2108 authorizing the re-approval of the adjustment of certain common boundary lines between three (3) parcels of ground, being Lot 8 of ‘Remington Heights Resubdivision’ located on the north and south sides of Whitsetts Fork Road, west of State Route 109, for the purposes of reconfiguring certain areas of them to accommodate improved conservation designs. (Ward Six)
  • Bill #2109 authorizing the division of a 35.36 acre tract of land, known as ‘Adjusted Lot 1 of Salia Tracts Second Boundary Adjustment Plat,’ being located on the south side of Puellman Road, west of Wild Horse Creek Road; thereby creating two (2) parcels of ground: Lot 1-A (31.648 acres in size) and Lot 1-B (3.71 acres in size) for purposes of placing the existing dwelling on a smaller tract of land. (Ward One)
  • Resolution #2015-15 hereto endorses and thereby ratifies a change to the definition of “Sub-Urban Residential Area” to limit the allowable residential density to no greater than one (1) unit per acre, rather than the current one point seven five (1.75) units per acre, for two (2) properties located at the terminus of West Avenue (Brown Properties) (Ward Eight)
  • Resolution #2015-16 authorizing the Mayor to enter into an amended contract with E. Terrence Jones and Cynthia J. Palazzolo for the development, administration, and analysis of an internet-based business survey to be used in conjunction with the 2015 update of the City’s Master Plan, as recommended by the Master Plan Advisory Committee. (Wards – All)

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.

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 Marker
Historic Preservation Commission Members and Liaisons - From Left to Right: Fran Gragnani, Sue Cullinane, Judy Sahm, Greg Barth, Bill Kennedy, Jerry Jeter, Russ Rosener, Larry Thompson, and Mayor Woerther

Historic Community Marker Program – Pond Historic District

As you may know, 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, the City’s Historic Preservation Commission held a special unveiling event for its historic community markers program, with the addition of the Pond Historic Marker. This sign was installed at Old Pond School, 17123 Manchester Road. The Historic Preservation Commission and several residents of the area attended this unveiling to honor the area’s past.
 
If you should have any questions regarding this program or would like any additional information, please feel free to contact the Department of Planning and Parks at 636-458-0440. 

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.

Residential Subdivision/Trustee Information on City Website

The City of Wildwood maintains a listing of residential subdivision trustees, websites, and other contact information on its Website:
 
http://www.cityofwildwood.com/205/Subdivision-Trustees
 
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:
 
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.

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Wildwood Early Childhood Program – Meet the Machines

The 10:00 a.m. session is now full; however, space is still available for the 1:00 p.m. session 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.

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.

Wildwood Historical Society Garage Sale

Wildwood Historical Society will be holding a garage sale at 18750 State Route 100, this Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
 
Stop by and support the Wildwood Historical Society!

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!!

Park Pavilion Rentals

Still looking for a place to hold a birthday party or other family event?  Consider renting one of the City of Wildwood’s park pavilions.  Pavilions are available at Anniversary Park at Clayton and Strecker Roads and at Old Pond School at 17123 Manchester Road.  Dates are filling quickly so do not delay.  Please call Andrea at 636-458-0440 to arrange your pavilion rental for your special event. 

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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.”

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Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park FREE Community Appreciation Day TOMORROW

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.

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Combined Shredding and Recycling Event Realized Big Results

Once again, the City of Wildwood and St. Louis Community College -- Wildwood partnered together on a shredding and electronics recycling event that was held on Saturday, May 2, 2015. This event netted tremendous results, with 80,000 pounds of excess electronics and 24,000 pounds of paper waste disposed of in a responsible, safe manner. The day of the event, 37 volunteers worked to help unload more than 750 cars filled with everything from old documents and electronic files to televisions and computers. The City of Wildwood and the St. Louis Community College-Wildwood would like to thank all who participated.

 
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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