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City of Wildwood Schedule of Public Meetings for the Week of November 5, 2018

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, is Election Day

In case you haven't watched your television recently, you may not be aware this coming Tuesday, November 6th, is Election Day. Or you may be aware Election Day is coming up, since you are having trouble wading through the high-volume of political memes on your Facebook page. Fear not! This post is here to give you helpful information regarding Election Day!

First, the ballot is VERY long! Being prepared before going to the polls will assist in the time everyone will spend there. To find your polling place, preview your ballot, view candidates' positions, and even print out your preferences to assist when voting at the polls, visit the League of Women Voters' site at: https://www.vote411.org/.

Second, there are a large number of judges on this ballot. For more information on each of them, visit: http://www.yourmissourijudges.org/.

If you qualify for absentee voting, there are electronic machines at the Clarkson-Wilson Center to accommodate you. Visit this link for more information: https://www.stlouisco.com/YourGove…/Elections/AbsenteeVoting.

Finally, plan ahead, before heading to the polls on Election Day! The lines may be long and some polling places do not have restrooms available to the public.
Please exercise your rights and vote!

City Hall Closed on November 12, 2018, 
in Honor of Veterans Day

City Hall Offices will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2018, in honor of Veterans Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, with City Hall opening at 8:00 a.m. There will be no change in trash pick-up this week.

Hopefully, some time during this day, everyone can take a moment and extend their appreciation to a veteran for his or her service to this great country and the sacrifices these men and women have made to keep America free and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world. For more information on this day, please click the following link - http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp.

Come to the Mayor's Coffee
They're Educational and Fun!
City Hall - Community Room - 16860 Main Street
Next Coffee is December 6, 2018

Coffee With the Mayor - First Thursday of Each Month

“Wildwood 2020”

Mayor Bowlin announced his vision plan for the City of Wildwood during the City Council Work Session held on Monday, October 9, 2017.  The plan was developed based on input from residents and other stakeholders, and calls for improving residential experience and a renewed focus on the City’s original plans, said Mayor Bowlin. 

“I’m very committed to things that benefit our residents and businesses, and there’s so much we can do to make Wildwood even better for them. My plan incorporates ways to make that happen with optimal cost efficiency,” said the Mayor. The plan includes several proposed projects that will benefit residents in all eight wards, along with implementation guidelines that include resident participation and input. 
 
For more information, please contact Ryan Thomas, City Administrator, at (636) 458-0440, or visit the following link - Cityofwildwood.com/708/Wildwood-2020.

Graphic for Wildwood 2020

Don't Forget ... Public WiFi is Available
at Wildwood City Hall

Public WiFi is available at Wildwood City Hall. The Network Name is Wildwood/Guest and no password is required. This new service will improve your ability to access agenda items during meetings on your smartphone or other WiFi-enabled device.

Wildwood City Council
and Planning & Zoning Commission Meetings
! Streaming Live !

As of this month, Council Planning and Parks Committee meetings are also now available on Livestream! It's been over a year now since the City began video streaming City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission meetings, which can be viewed live or thereafter. Please click the link below to visit the City's Livestream Page, where you can both link to live meetings, or view past recorded meetings: http://www.cityofwildwood.com/703/Livestream.

Community Associations Institute - The "Board Leadership and Development Workshop
Registration Form for the Board Leadership and Development Workshop

High-Speed Internet to the Rural Areas of Wildwood

At Rural Internet Access Committee's (RIAC) last meeting on November 1, 2018, members discussed the progress the two (2) providers that currently offer high-speed internet access service to the rural areas of Wildwood have made over the past few months. These providers, Bays ET and Wisper ISP, are both actively adding new capacity and increasing speeds to their respective networks. Along with these improvements to the networks, reliability efforts have also been redoubled by both providers. If you have not thought about obtaining internet access from one (1) of these two (2) providers over past concerns about service, reliability, and speeds, you may want to check back with them and hear about the improvements they have made for Wildwood residents. Bays ET and Wisper ISP can be contacted at the following telephone numbers: Bays ET (serves the south half of the City) -  (636) 334-9353 and Wisper ISP (serves the north half of the City) - 1 (800) 765-7772.

... City of Wildwood's New Business Activity Update Ticker ...

1. A new restaurant “Craft” will open at the former Big Bear Grill, in Schnucks Wildwood Crossing, with an upscale menu, expanded patio, and 35 craft beers on tap.


2. “The Miller Haus” (a local coffee shop, bar, private event space, and co-working office incubator) expects to open in early November 2018, at 2612 East Avenue, immediately behind the Grover Post Office.

3. Code Ninjas will open a new location at 16747 Main Street, next to Pure by Jen.

4. Ryan Jett will open a new personal trainer facility at 16797 Clayton Road, in Winding Trails Centre.

5. Premier Martial Arts will open a new facility at 2418 Taylor Road, in Dierbergs Town Center.

6. New Community Church recently re-opened their newly renovated lobby at 16801 Manchester Road.

7. Cherry Hills Family Eyecare will relocate to a new expanded space at the former St. Louis Bread Company location, at Schnucks Wildwood Crossing.

8. Clinical Biosafety Services will open a new office at 16759 Main Street, above Table Three.


Election Information
April 2019 Municipal Election

Starting Saturday, October 27, 2018, signatures may be obtained on Nominating Petitions for the April 2, 2019 Municipal Election.
 
Election Information - April 2, 2019 Election
Filing OPENS on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.
Filing can be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Monday – Friday
Filing CLOSES on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
A filing fee of $10.00 is required made payable to: The City of Wildwood.  Credit cards cannot be accepted at this time.
 
 Do you want to be a City Council Member in the City of Wildwood? 
 You must meet the following Qualifications of Candidates for City Council Member:
* Serves a term of two (2) years;
* Must be a registered voter;
* A resident of Wildwood one (1) year preceding his/her election;
* A resident of the Ward for one (1) year preceding his/her election; and
* Must not be in default on any City taxes, fines, or financial obligations to the City.
 
Nominating Petitions:
Candidates for City Council Member shall be by petition filed by the nominee.  Signatures shall be valid only if obtained not earlier than forty-five (45) days prior to the first day of filing.  Therefore, No Signatures Valid Prior to Saturday, October 27, 2018.  No person shall be allowed to be nominated for more than one (1) office at a time.

Prior to filing for the office of City Council Member, you must complete a Nominating Petition and have it signed by not less than twenty-five (25) registered voters of the residents of the Ward. This petition must be submitted at the time of filing for the office of City Council Member.
 
Please click on the provided link for the nominating petition and other information:
http://www.cityofwildwood.com/421/Online-Information-for-Candidates
 
If you have any questions, please contact Wildwood's City Clerk, Amanda Foster, or Deputy City Clerk, Jessica Meyer, at 636-458-0440, or via e-mail at afoster@cityofwildwood.com or Jessica@cityofwildwood.com.    


<< CITY RECREATIONAL EVENTS and 
EXCITING ACTIVITIES >>

Operation Wild Lands 2018 at Al Foster Memorial Trail

November 8 through November 10, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Noon)

We need your help to restore native habitat on the Al Foster Memorial Trail! Volunteers will remove invasive bush honeysuckle in this conservation area along the Meramec Greenway in Wildwood, Missouri. Your assistance will help improve water quality, enhance wildlife habitat, and create a healthier environment for all. Corporate groups and school groups looking for volunteer projects are encouraged to contact us to be a part of our Thursday through Saturday workdays! Contact us at 314-835-9225 or info@openspacestl.org.

Volunteers will meet at the Al Foster Memorial Trailhead. The trail is located near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Washington Avenue, in the Glencoe Area of the City of Wildwood. Parking is available at the trailhead.


We will provide necessary tools, gloves, snacks, and water for this event. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Youth ages 15 and up are welcome to join with the accompaniment of a parent or guardian.


This event is sponsored in part by: 

The Open Space Council, www.openspaceSTL.org.
Great Rivers Greenway, www.greatriversgreenway.org.
St. Louis County Parks, www.stlouisco.com/parksandrecreation.
Missouri State Parks, www.mostateparks.com
City of Wildwood, www.cityofwildwood.com.

November Early Childhood Recreation Program 
The St. Louis Zoo is Coming to City Hall!

Registration is now open for the November Early Childhood Recreation Program! Sign up soon to reserve a spot for your child(ren) (between 2 and 5 years old) to attend the program, “Dynamite Defenses,” presented by the St. Louis Zoo. “Animals are always on the lookout for danger.They use their senses, body coverings, and behaviors to protect themselves. Whether showing their teeth and claws, oozing slime, hiding in their shells, or simply holding still to blend in, every animal has a way of keeping safe. This program includes live animals and an open-ended craft.” This program will be held at Wildwood City Hall (16860 Main Street). Only one (1) session has any remaining openings, which is the 1:00 p.m. program, on November 15, 2018, so register now. This program is free, but your child(ren) must be registered! Go to: www.cityofwildwood.com/programs to register.

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Pop-Up Events Brought to You by the City of Wildwood

Information about upcoming 2018 Pop Up Events is always posted on the City's website (www.cityofwildwood.com), as well as on our social media pages - Facebook (www.facebook.com/cityofwildwood), Twitter (twitter.com/cityofwildwood), and Instagram (instagram.com/cityofwildwood).

Hike and Seek for 2018 - City of Wildwood

Participate in the Junior Trailblazer Program

Know any kids in the 5 to 13 year age range who would love to get out and enjoy some of Wildwood's trails? Then check out the City's Junior Trailblazer Program! This fun program will have kids (and their families) getting out and getting fit (don't tell them they will learn some things as well). Check it out here: http://cityofwildwood.com/trailblazer.

Programs for Seniors - City of Wildwood - 2018

CITY OF WILDWOOD - 2018 Programming for Seniors

The City of Wildwood is excited to offer several FREE programs for Wildwood resident seniors (non-resident seniors will pay just $5.00 per class), Age 60+, in 2018!  A variety of programs will be offered. In January, the City kicked off senior yoga and fitness classes. These classes are offered on alternating Fridays, starting at 11:00 a.m. The senior's fitness class is held at the Wildwood Family YMCA, while the senior yoga class is at Wildwood Yoga & Wellness. Again, these classes will continue throughout 2018, again on alternating weeks. Participants do not need to be members of the Wildwood Family YMCA or Wildwood Yoga & Wellness to participate in these programs.

in mid-September, additional fitness classes were added, along with a new water fitness class now offered at the Wildwood YMCA. Please follow the link to see the schedule for all of the senior classes that are being offered. Pre-registration is required, even though the class is free. To register for a class, go to www.cityofwildwood.com/programs.

Wildwood Frozen Feet Half Marathon Trail Run   

OK Readers - Pay Attention to this One!!

The 9th Annual Wildwood Frozen Feet Half Marathon Trail Run is scheduled for January 19, 2019. This popular run starts and finishes at LaSalle Springs Middle School and covers 13.1 miles of beautiful Wildwood trails! This run has become one of the top rated trail runs in the St. Louis Metro Area and has filled to capacity the last four (4) years. The  race is capped at three hundred (300) participants. You will not find a better trail running value than the Wildwood Frozen Feet Trail Run!! Organizers wanted to put on a quality trail running event that was challeging, fun, and affordable ….. and that has been accomplished. 

An unbelievable trail run, plenty of food and drink, finisher medals for everyone crossing the finish line, a wonderfully warm and comfortable hooded sweatshirt, and awards to the top three finishers in each of the five year age groups!! The run is doable by runners of any experience level, but will  present a subtle challenge to those wanting to be competitive! Runners will pass aid stations seven (7) times on the course, where water will be available, but if you want/require special needs, come self-contained! January 19, 2019 seems to be a long way off, but registration recently opened and a large number of veteran Frozen Feet runners immediately registered!! Needless to say, the event will likely fill long before 2019 even arrives!!!

So, if you are interested, register at your first opportunity. Registration can be done online at http://https://register.chronotrack.com/r/44926 or go to the Big River Running Company Website. Paper applications are also available and can be mailed to Wildwood City Hall, 16860 Main Street, Wildwood, Missouri 63040. The Wildwood Frozen Feet Half Marathon Trail Run is a great event for those just breaking into trail running or doing their first half marathon. On the flip side, it is a fast, challenging course for the veteran trail runners wanting to be competitive. Put Frozen Feet on your calendar and register now! Questions? Call Gary at 636-458-0440.  

Pavilion Rentals
Get Into the Great Outdoors

The trees are in full Fall brilliance, so let's get outside and enjoy them for these final days of 2018 or get a jump on 2019 plans. The City of Wildwood has three (3) beautiful park pavilions available for your upcoming events, but register A.S.A.P., they fill up fast! 
 
Anniversary Park and Old Pond School Park have great outdoor pavilions available for your families and friends to join you on your special celebrations. The pavilions at Anniversary Park and Old Pond School hold up to thirty (30) people. The parks have playground equipment and also provide picnic tables.

The City's new Community Park has a pavilion, with convenient restrooms a part of it, that seats over one hundred (100). Nearby is the all-inclusive playground and the great outdoors!
 
For more information, please contact Amanda or Gary at 636 458-0440 or via e-mail at amanda@cityofwildwood.com or gary@cityofwildwood.com. Additionally, pavilion reservations can be completed online at: www.cityofwildwood.com/pavilions.

Wildwood History Book Cover

Third Chapter of Wildwood History Book Available
Collect Your Book @ City Hall

The City's Historic Preservation Commission and the Wildwood Historical Society have added another chapter to the Wildwood History Book, which covers the era from 1860 to 1919. The Civil War had a major effect in Wildwood, given the many families involved in it in some fashion. Come on by City Hall to pick up a copy. Limit one (1) book per family.


<< COMMUNITY AREA ANNOUNCEMENTS >>

Babler State Park - November 2018 Programs
Holiday Craft Fair @ Eureka High School - November 3, 2018

Holiday Craft Fair at Eureka High School

November 3, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Join in for a full day of festive enjoyment at Eureka High School's Holiday Craft Fair. Eureka High School is located at 4525 Highway 109, 63025.This event benefits the Eureka High School Marching Band and features the following items:

- Free admission
- Over 150 local craters, artists and artisans
- Concessions 
- Live music by the EHS Band
Contact 314-406-1261 for questions or further information or email ehscraftfair@gmail.com.

Wildwood Family YMCA - Kids Night Out - Beginning in this September

Kids Night Out at the Wildwood Family YMCA

Next Event is November 17, 2018, 2018, FROM 6:30 P.M. TO 10:00 P.M.

Kids, ages 5 through 12, can enjoy the YMCA and a full evening of fun: swimming, games, sports, dinner, crafts, and friendship. Concessions will be available for purchase. Kids, please wear gym shoes and bring a swimsuit and towel. Families don't need to be YMCA members to enjoy this program. The YMCA must have a minimum of ten (10) kids registered by 6:00 p.m. the Friday before to host this event. $20.00 per child, $15.00 for YMCA members, $5.00 sibling discount. Register at gwrymca.org or at call (636) 458-6636. Remaining events will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 15, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to10:00 p.m.


Lake Chesterfield HOA's Holiday Sip 'N Shop - November 17, 2018
Whisper of Hope Living Word Church - November 18, 2018
Whisper of Hope - Living Word Church - Details of Service
Lafayette High School's Market Place ... Coming in December
Wildwood Historical Society

WILDWOOD HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S UPCOMING EVENTS

The Society's Museum is OPEN on Monday mornings, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or by appointment. For questions or more information about this great organization, please contact Sandra K. Becker-Gurnow, President, at 314-374-3159. 

 
> December 16 - Christmas OPEN HOUSE, with Appetizers and Desserts, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wildwood Historical Society - Early Churches Book - $20.00
Wildwood Family YMCA - Preschool Enrichment

YMCA Preschool Enrichment
Morning and Afternoon Options Still Available

The Wildwood Family YMCA is now enrolling friends, ages 3-5, for its Preschool Enrichment Program held  Monday through Friday, August 14, 2018 - May 22, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to -12:00 p.m. or 1:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Y! The program will feature swimming, gym time, outdoor garden education, crafts, story time, show & tell, outside play, interest centers, sensory stations, and family events, along with offering 2, 3 and 5 day attendance options. Sign up in person at the Y Welcome Center. Immunization records will be required. If you have any questions, please contact Tiphanie Johnston, at tiphanie.johnston@gwrymca.org, or call (636) 458-6636.

Caregiver Support Group ... Living Word Church in Wildwood

Are you caring for a family member or friend? Living Word Church, 17315 Manchester Road, in Wildwood, will begin a “Caring for the Caregiver” support group. The group will meet the first and third Thursdays of each month, beginning October 4, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, please visit www.livingwordumc.org.  


Wildwood Area Lions Club - Dropbox - Wildwood City Hall

Wildwood Area Lions Club
Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids - Drop-Off Box @ City Hall

The Wildwood Area Lions Club has a drop-off box at Wildwood City Hall (16860 Main Street, 63040) for used eyeglasses and hearing aids that are provided to others that cannot access them for a number of reasons. Don't throw them away, donate, and help others in need. 

The Wildwood Area Lions Club was chartered by Lions International and is a non-profit organization by the State of Missouri since June 23, 2009. Lions Clubs support the Wildwood Area by providing assistance through actions and monetary funding. Lions International  has 1.35 million members in 205 countries and regions worldwide. The international foundation has awarded more than $700 million for humanitarian service projects worldwide and provides disaster relief, youth programs, and help to combat disabilities, where needed.
Bethel Exercise - Mondays and Thursdays (9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a..m.)

<< PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS >>

CITY OF WILDWOOD, MISSOURI
Department of Public Works
Maintenance Worker Position Opening

The Department of Public Works for the City of Wildwood, Missouri is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Public Works Maintenance Worker.  The selected individual will be involved with the inspection and maintenance of the City’s public infrastructure and rights-of-way, and will also assist in City Hall building maintenance, litter removal, tree inspection removal and replanting, and winter snow removal.  Qualified applicants should be familiar with general street maintenance procedures, including both concrete and asphalt paving, or have training, knowledge or experience working as an arborist.  Candidate must also be proficient in Microsoft Officeand possess a valid Missouri Driver’s License.  Hourly Pay Range: $15-$22/hour DOQ. A letter of interest and accompanying resume for this position must be submitted to the City of Wildwood, by November 19, 2018 at 5:00 pm. This information must be e-mailed to rbrown@cityofwildwood.com.  Please note “Attention – Maintenance Worker Position”in the title bar of the e-mail transmission.  The City of Wildwood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Shop Small

In the Near Future

Small Business Saturday is coming soon - November 24, 2018. This day is dedicated to the small business owners, who make communities like Wildwood better. These businesses help sustain the business districts of their communities, so, if you shop on this Saturday, think SMALL AND SHOP BIG. For more information on Small Business Saturday or the organizations located in west St. Louis County and Wildwood that promote local businesses, click on the following links: Small Business SaturdayWest County Chamber of Commerce; and Wildwood Business Association.

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: www.cityofwildwood.com/list.aspx. Through this link, you can subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter, as well as 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 share 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.

Park and Trail Memorial Program

The City of Wildwood is pleased to offer a Park and Trail Memorial Program intended for residents to honor and commemorate the memory of a loved one or close friend. The City is offering three (3) different options that can be placed in a number of different active or passive park/trail locations in the City. Please click on the link for more information: www.cityofwildwood.com/725/Park-and-Trail-Memorial-Program.

<< SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS
AND
 OPPORTUNITIES >>


The Shoeman Water Project Shoe Drive Continues

Wildwood City Hall

Thanks to everyone who has donated shoes, boots, and sandals to the Shoeman Water Project over the years.  Donation boxes are located at City Hall, 16860 Main Street, both on the 1st and 2nd Floor Foyers.  We appreciate everyone’s support of this worthwhile organization.  To learn more about the Shoeman Water Project, visit www.shoemanwater.org/.

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. 

American Flag

Ameren Missouri
Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Residential programs are available to customers and can be viewed by clicking on the following link: www.ameren.com/energy-efficiency/residential/hvac/.

For 2018, Let's All Shop, Dine, and Unwind in Wildwood 

With so many options for shopping, dining, and personal needs, please think of Wildwood first. The City is home to a large number of businesses and professionals, who offer a range of products, dining, and services, which are the best in the region. Local owners are at these businesses and provide a personal touch to all they do and invest in Wildwood each and every day. For a listing of these businesses, just click on this link: cityofwildwood.com/businessdirectoryii.aspx. Information on Wildwood businesses is provided, including contact numbers and their respective specialties. Also, click on the provided link that follows to visit the Wildwood Business Association's website for participating businesses as well - www.wildwoodba.org. Shopping locally always makes a lot of sense and everyone wins. Thank you!

Editor's Note: Thanks to all our subscribers for your patronage of the e-newsletter. If there are topics or information the City can add to the e-newsletter, or is missing something at this time you would like to see, please let me know by e-mailing joe@cityofwildwood.com

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