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Memorial Day Holiday Schedule

Please note that municipal offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015 for the Memorial Day Holiday. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 8:00 a.m.
 
For information regarding City news and events, 24/7, please visit cityofwildwood.com, “Like” us on Facebook, or “Follow” us on Twitter.
 
We wish you a safe Memorial Day Holiday!  The City would also like to extend an acknowledgment to all those families and friends of veterans that have given the highest sacrifice to our country.  Thank you!
 

Delay in Trash Service – Memorial Day Holiday

Due to the Memorial Day Holiday, trash service will be delayed by one day. If your normal pick-up is on Monday, your trash will be picked up on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. If your normal pick-up is on Tuesday, your trash will be picked-up on Wednesday, and so on. On Monday, June 1, 2015, the normal pick-up schedule will resume.

Around Wildwood with Woerther

I know that I left off last week’s message with an update on the legislative session in Jefferson City and specifically Bill SB221. Now that the session has wrapped up, you need to know that the bill saw no further action or consideration during this session.  What that means is that there will not be any changes to the Pool Sales Tax system for at least a year.  That also means the effort isn’t simply over, just because the legislative session has ended.  We have time now to further our efforts to educate legislators before the next session begins in January 2016.  We also need to work with our neighboring municipalities to promote a system that has worked for nearly forty years and which every municipality is accustomed for its individual planning and budgeting purposes.
 
We still have the lawsuit, filed by the City of Chesterfield, regarding the constitutionality of the current sales tax distribution system proceeding through state courts. Wildwood, along with five other municipalities and St. Louis County, have a request to intervene in the suit pending before a judge in Jefferson City.  I would expect that some action will come from that suit in the weeks ahead.  Should Chesterfield succeed and get its way, the entire sales tax system would be tossed aside.  What would replace it, if anything, no one has a clue.
 
I’ll promise to provide updates as they become available to me. 
 
Just a reminder as well, with the long weekend ahead of us, solicitors continue to walk around our community offering their goods and services.  If you encounter someone who has refused to obey a “no solicitation” sign or harasses you, contact the Wildwood Police immediately. We have had reports from just about every corner of the City in recent weeks.  I suspect this troublesome issue will continue with the warm weather.
 
Finally, I want to thank the trustees of the Wild Horse and Strecker Farms Subdivisions for extending invitations to me to join them during their meetings this week.  I enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about your concerns and the impact that they have on residents living those neighborhoods.  I hope I was able to put a face to Wildwood government.
 
As always, if you want to reach me about anything related to the City, including extending and invitation to a future subdivision meeting, feel free to contact me at twoerther@cityofwildwood.com
 
Until next week,
Mayor Tim Woerther

Farmers Market

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 then be open every Saturday, through the Fall. The market begins 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 will be participating 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.

Informational Meeting on New Development

Consort Homes and Fischer & Frichtel Custom Homes will be hosting an informal presentation on The Villages at Bright Leaf – a new residential community located at the northeast corner of State Route 100 and State Route 109.  The presentation will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the Wildwood Hotel – The Ballwin Room, 28011 Fountain Place, Wildwood, Missouri 63040.  This presentation is being hosted by the developers and intended for trustees and residents of the area.

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 section 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 section of the City’s website 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. 

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.

RECREATION EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES >>>

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. 

PUBLIC SERVICE TOPICS >>>

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 >>>

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.”

BUSINESSES >>>

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.

SUSTAINABILITY TOPICS >>>

Recycle

Free Recycling Containers

If you find your blue, 65-gallon recycling cart is overflowing with recyclables each week, congratulations, you’re a great recycler and you’re not alone.  The City of Wildwood has consistently been one of the strongest recycling communities in the St. Louis Region, and that’s mostly due to you and other residents.
 
With our great success as a recycling community, Meridian Waste Services was able to qualify for a recycling grant through the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District to provide larger recycling carts to residents.  The new carts are 95 gallons in size, and are a dark green color, with the Wildwood logo.  If you find the 65 gallon cart to be too small for your weekly recyclables, please call Meridian Waste Services, at (314) 291-3131, and reserve one of the larger recycling carts.  Meridian will replace your 65 gallon recycling cart with the new one, at no cost to you.  Since quantities are limited, the larger carts will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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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