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GreenRock Trail Challenge – June 6, 2015

It’s on! Despite the rain today, if you are registered for the hike, we will see you tomorrow. The trail will be muddy, so dress accordingly.  Need details? Please go to the City’s website – cityofwildwood.com.

Around Wildwood with Woerther

Earlier this week, we lost a resident and founding member of the City of Wildwood.  To honor him, and the love he showed this community, I asked the Wildwood Flag be lowered to half-staff. 
Don Kozlowski had been a resident of the area abutting Babler State Park since the 70’s.  He was, at one time, our City Administrator, during the early years, after the incorporation.  However, he was best known for his work and contributions, as a member of the Committee to Incorporate Wildwood.
Don contributions were significant in time and expertise.  He had a keen sense of how a municipal government should serve its residents and a great understanding of the U.S. Constitution.  That sense ended up finding its way into Wildwood and being reflected in many of the ways how the City was structured and still operates today.
My prayers are extended to his family and, in particular, Don’s wife Pat, of fifty-four years.
Don’s booming voice and clear conviction will be missed around town.
Until next week,
Mayor Tim Woerther

2015 Farmers Market in Wildwood Every Saturday

The City’s 2015 Farmers Market Season, at the Town Center Plaza (221 Plaza Drive), is officially underway. The market will 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 at the market 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:
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. 

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.

Wildwood is Almost 20

On August 28, 29, and 30, 2015, Wildwood will celebrate its twentieth anniversary.  This event, Celebrate Wildwood, will have something for everybody, so mark your calendar now and don’t miss it.  This year, the City is proud to announce that, on August 28th, Friday night, the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America’s group – Starlifter will be the headlining entertainment.  At the conclusion, of the band’s performance, fireworks will follow. 
What a start to Wildwood’s birthday and that is just the first day! For more information, please visit www.celebratewildwood.com.  To learn more about the band and the service men and women in it, please visit www.bandofmidamerica.af.mil.


Plein Air Art Event - June 13, 2015 - Saturday

A new event is planned for artists and photographers, as part of the City’s 20 th 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 bathrooms need to have the 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 equipment is being installed.

  • The bio-swales are almost complete. 

The general contractor, Gershenson Construction, believes this phase will be completed by July 2015. 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

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. 

The City of Wildwood’s Historic Preservation Commission Presents: Guest Speaker, Ron Coleman, “Meramec River Valley History”

Abra-Kid-Abra Magic Camp


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.                  


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.”


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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