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AROUND WILDWOOD WITH WOETHER >>>

2015 MUNI AWARD

This week could be called “Award” Week in Wildwood. 
 
On Wednesday evening, the St. Louis County Municipal League held its fourth annual “Muni” Awards and Installation Ceremony.  This event recognizes municipalities across the county for their initiatives and collaboration efforts.
 
This year, the City of Wildwood was recognized, along with our neighbors to the east, Ballwin and Ellisville, for our collaborative work on the Manchester Road Great Streets Project.  The recognition is validation that municipalities can, and do, work together to achieve larger goals that cross our respective boundaries.
 
We are witnessing the efforts today along Manchester Road and Highway 100.  What you see is all part of the Great Streets Project and will continue through the end of the year.  This project represents the start of the revitalization of Manchester Road through the Great Streets effort, with more to follow over the years, as the “Master Plan” for Manchester Road / Highway 100 is realized.
 
The other award the City was notified of just yesterday is one coming from the St. Louis Branch of Missouri Chapter American Public Works Association (APWA).  The APWA Award Committee selected the Route 109 Widening and Roundabouts Project to receive the Project of the Year Award for projects greater than $250,000 in cost for 2015.  The APWA Award recognizes an individual, team, or organization for excellence in management and administration of public works projects and the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/engineer, and the contractor who, working together as a team, complete public works projects.
 
This award is really very significant for the City to receive.  It further validates the efforts that have been undertaken to improve Highway 109, both from a traffic and safety perspective.  Many of you have provided comments stating the efforts have paid off nicely and that you are witnessing better movement of vehicles during peak hours and at slower speeds.
 
There is more work to be done to finish up this section of the highway and planning is underway for more improvements, as we seek to realize the plan that was developed more than ten years ago.
 
When you look at both projects and realize the improvements and efforts that have gone into making them both happen; a lot of individuals, staff members, contractors, and partners contributed to each, which made each very successful.  A thanks goes to everyone involved!
 
Finally, if you want to reach me about anything related to the City, including extending an invitation to an upcoming gathering or meeting, feel free to contact me at twoerther@cityofwildwood.com
 
Until next week.
Mayor Tim Woerther

NEW OR TIME-SENSITIVE TOPICS >>>


Farmers Market

2015 Farmers Market in Wildwood Starts TOMORROW

The City’s Farmers Market, which is located in the Town Center Plaza (221 Plaza Drive), will officially open its 2015 Season TOMORROW - 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.

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.

 
Historic Preservation Commission - Does Your Family Have a Story You Would Like to Share?

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 >>>

 
Plein Air Art Event - June 13, 2015 - Saturday

A new event is planned for artists and photographers, as part of the City’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. This event, which is held over twelve (12) hours on this Saturday, highlights six (6) historic sites, all located along Route 66 in Wildwood. Artists and photographers can paint or photograph any or all of the sites and then turn them into the judges for cash awards, which will be announced at the Celebrate Wildwood Event in August. Please click on the link for more information – Plein Art Event

Community Park Update

Over the past several months, substantial progress has been made on Phase One of the City’s community park site. As noted in the previous update, Phase One includes a large playground area, a major pavilion structure, with restrooms, and a Dog Park.
 
Below is a list of the status of these improvements, among other items:

  • The pavilion is almost complete, except the interiors of the bathrooms need to be painted and windows and doors installed. All of the fixtures and furniture are in place at this time.
  • Landscaping is approximately three-quarters completed in the playground and pavilion area of the park.
  • Sidewalks are completed around the playground and pavilion area, with approximately half of these pedestrian improvements finished around the parking lot area.
  • The dog park is mulched, fenced, and equipment is installed.
  • The playground concrete, its base, is completed.
  • The parking lot light standards are installed.
  • The bio-swales are nearing completion. 

 
The general contractor, Gershenson Construction, believes this phase, minus the playground equipment, will be completed by mid-June 2015 (approximately four (4) weeks behind schedule). More information about the community park site can be assessed on the City’s website at www.cityofwildwood.com, along with other information about Wildwood parks, recreation, public works, and administration.

Next Concert in the Summer Series - June 19, 2015

If you love those danceable and sing-along Motown classics, the fabulous Motown Revue will be back in Wildwood on June 19, 2015, at the Town Center Plaza. Click on the provided link to obtain more information about this fun event – Fabulous Motown Review

 
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.

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 must 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 TOPICS >>>

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 >>>

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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