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Around Wildwood with Woerther

I know that I skipped a couple of weeks on providing something for the Weekly Enews, but this week there are two park updates that everyone should read about.
First though, let me extend my thanks to the Westglen Farms and Wild Horse Trustees and residents for inviting me to their Home Owner’s Association meetings.  It was great to meet everyone, provide updates on things around the City, address specific issues, and answer questions.  I always have a good time and enjoy putting a face to the City.
Now on to the updates I mentioned at the start.
In the past we have talked about two new parks that were soon to be complete and ready to open for use. Well that day is just about here.  The first of the parks, Bluff View Park, on Old State Road is complete and an official opening will occur next Friday, August 7, 2015 (see article below).
Bluff View Park will be the first facility opened by the City that has a hiking, biking and equestrian trail running through it.  Initially the park will have about five (5) miles of trail available for an out and back trip.  In the months ahead though, we hope to provide access to the Rock Hollow Trail area with an expansion of the trail length another ten (10) miles. Finally, I need to mention that Bluff View does, in fact, provide a fantastic view over the Meramac River and the neighboring valley.
The other park is the New Community Park, just west of State Route 109, north of State Route 100. The first phase is coming along after delays due to rain and we can see the opening date on the horizon.  In fact, the first phase of the park will be open to everyone on August 30th.  This includes the pavilion, fully-accessible playground and dog park.  Access will be available from State Route 100 to begin, but will be expanded as future phases are completed. When you’re there, remember that what you see is just the beginning of what we expect will be a very unique facility for Wildwood residents.
I am thrilled to see a couple of significant projects opening for use and hope that after you take advantage of them yourself, that you will let us know what you think.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me through email at twoerther@cityofwildwood.com
Until next week,
Mayor Tim Woerther

Back to School Party NEXT FRIDAY – August 7, 2015

The 2015 Wildwood Back to School Party is next Friday, August 7, 2015 on Wildwood Town Center Plaza! The Back to School Party is a great night for the kids to party and play one last time before hitting the books for another year. This year’s activities include a variety of bounce houses and a real rock climbing wall! Babaloo will provide music and entertainment for the young kids until approximately 8:00 p.m. then, miraculously switch over to some adult sounds!
New this year will be the Bubble Bus!!! From 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the Bubble Bus will ooze tons of regular bubbles of all sizes!!! Then, from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. the bubbles will glow in the dark!!! Of course there will be the usual complementary hot dogs, kettle korn, snow cones, water, and soft drinks.
So, make sure the Back to School Party is on the calendar! Bring a lawn chair, enjoy Babaloo, and prepare to be covered in Bubble Juice!!! It sure to be a great time for the whole family!
Questions? Call Andrea or Gary at 636-458-0440. See you on August 7th!!!

Bluff View Park Opening Soon

The Department of Planning and Parks receives daily phone calls from individuals wondering when Bluff View Park will be opening. Well, the opening date is almost here!!! Outdoor enthusiasts will be able to begin enjoying the beauty of Bluff View Park beginning on August 7, 2015. This will be a soft opening with a grand opening being scheduled shortly thereafter. The park is located at 1900 Old State Road and has been developed through a partnership between St. Louis County Parks and the City of Wildwood. The main features of the park, at this time, are the incredible views and the Bluff View Trail. The park and trail will be multi-use facilities, meaning the park and trail will be shared by hikers, runners, mountain bikers, and equestrian users!! Plenty of parking will be available for cars and vehicles towing horse trailers and, initially, there are several picnic tables (on concrete pads) available to users. More details about Bluff View Park will be made available in the very near future, but for now, it was felt our residents should know the facility will be open for use on August 7, 2015.
Questions? Call the Department of Planning and Parks at 636-458-0440.

Calendar Contest Voting Begins Tuesday – August 4, 2015

Voting will begin on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 for the 2016 City of Wildwood Calendar Photo Contest.  Stay tuned to cityofwildwood.com, along with the City’s Facebook, and Twitter pages for voting details.  Voting will end on Thursday, August 20, 2015.
Thank you to all of those that submitted another year of great photos for the contest!

City Council Activity - July 13, 2015

  • Approved Bill #2114 authorizing the Mayor to renew a contract with St. Louis County, Missouri to provide lane striping and traffic marking services on City Streets (Wards – All)
  • Approved Bill #2115 authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement with GBA for vehicular bridge inspections and pedestrian bridge/tunnel inspections. (Wards –All)        
  • Approved Bill #2118 approving a lot split plat of a 13.14 acre tract of land, known as ‘Adjusted Lot 11,’ which was the consolidation of lots 8, 11, and adjusted lot 10 of the “Estates of Autumn Farms Subdivision,” situated on the south side of Old Manchester Road, west of Autumn Farms Drive, for the purposes of resubdividing it into two (2) parcels of ground, returning to the 3.55-acre configuration of original lot 11, hereafter to be known as Lot 11b, while maintaining the remaining 9.59 acres as a separate and single tract of land, hereafter to be known as lot 11a.  (Ward Six)
  • Approved expenditures from the City of Wildwood’s General Operating Account pursuant to Chapter 140, Section 140.050 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Wildwood.

Basic Life Support Program

Wildwood Municipal Building (16860 Main Street)
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Registration is open for a certified American Heart Association course on Basic Life Support, including qualification on Automated Electrical Defibrillation (AEDs).    Successful completion of the program also allows certification as a provider for a two-year period, before requiring recertification.  The course will be led by a certified nurse instructor.  Participants must be Wildwood residents and a minimum of 18 years of age.  Please pre-register at the following link:  http://www.cpr-n-more.com/course/cpr-training-thursday-september-17-2015/
The cost per participant is $25.00.
CPR -N- MORE is dedicated to saving lives one class at a time. We are pleased to offer Health and Safety Education to the communities, businesses and Health Care Professionals. Founded on the principles of professionalism, quality, and reliability, our team is here to train and educate people from all walks of life. The work begins with education, providing knowledge of ways to prevent a life threatening event, but should that situation occur, CPR -N- MORE has the trained instructors to take you through the steps of CPR, First Aid, use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and other skills....knowledge that could ultimately make the difference between life or death. Early intervention can improve a victim's chance of survival.

Notice - St. Louis County Department of Public Health Laboratory Closure - July 27-31, 2015

Environmental Health Laboratory will not accept samples from Monday, July 27, 2015 to Friday, July 31, 2015 due to repairs to laboratory ventilation. 
Normal laboratory testing is expected to resume on August 3, 2015.
If you are planning on submitting a sample of your well water for testing, please check with the St. Louis County Department of Health, after August 3, 2015, to confirm that testing has resumed.

Interactive Mapping

New Interactive Mapping Platform Now Online at Cityofwildwood.com

CITY OF WILDWOOD, MISSOURI – (JULY 2015) – Beacon is an interactive public access tool for the City of Wildwood that allows users to interact and view local government information, public records, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), via an online portal.

On July 20, 2015, Beacon will release a new home page that is built on using modern responsive and adaptive design techniques. This new offering is a precursor to the Beacon site being migrated to a new platform.

What this means for the user is simply that when going to the home page, you will now see a more modern design with some additional functionality, like the ability to save specific Beacon sites as “Favorites” and a list of “Recently Used” Beacon sites that will make initial navigation easier. The home page will also work more seamlessly across multiple devices, operating systems, and screen sizes, while still taking advantage of available mobile enhancements (like access to the GPS signal).

When the Beacon site is fully upgraded later this year, users will see additional added functionality, such as a more powerful and dynamic search tool, user selectable columns on reports, auto-complete functionality to make searching easier, and an enhanced map that will fill the screen.

In addition to many of the new features that you’ll see in the new site, a critical enhancement was added with this upgrade, the ability for the end user to temporarily switch back to the old platform. While the site is very intuitive and easy to use, this accommodation will help transition some end users that may want to continue using the old site for a while longer.
To access this enhanced tool, visit http://www.cityofwildwood.com/191/GIS-Mapping and select “interactive mapping system.”

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.

Wildwood is Almost 20 – Part II

After Friday’s great kickoff to the weekend, Saturday’s Celebrate Wildwood schedule is full as well.  If you like parades, music, great cars, art, good food and drink, and friendly people, this event is the place for you on Saturday, August 29, 2015.  It all starts at 9:00 a.m. and this day’s festivities conclude at 9:30 p.m., with another fireworks show, highlighting the music of the Smash Band, featuring Smash himself, who is returning from his new home in Arizona for this concert.  Don’t forget, this day is only the second of three days and Sunday is special too.  For more information, please visit www.celebratewildwood.com
P.S. The Art Festival has 60 artists, with a great range of art to offer any taste!

Seventy-six Trombones Led the Big Parade!  

This year’s Founders’ Day Parade might not have 76 trombones, but it will have the Lafayette High School Marching Band, the Lafayette High School Cheerleaders, and other great participants. Want to be a part of this event? There is still availability to enter the parade. Here are some ideas for parade entries…

  • Clubs and organizations

  • Neighborhoods – create a friendly rivalry between friends in other neighborhoods. Bragging rights and prizes are on the line!

  • Sports teams

  • Individuals/families – do some type of anniversary theme, since this year is the City’s 20th Anniversary

Prefer to be a spectator?  Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 29th, at 9:00 a.m., along Manchester Road and Taylor Road. More details can be found here: http://cityofwildwood.com/DocumentCenter/View/1992

Celebrate Wildwood - Founders’ Car Show

One (1) of the major venues of the City’s three (3) day Celebrate Wildwood Event, which this year recognizes its 20th Anniversary, is the always popular and fun Car Show. This year’s show is planned for Saturday, August 29, 2015, and registration begins at 10:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. (no0n). Great awards are planned in six (6) categories and everyone can enjoy all of the other activities and great food and beverages that are planned that day as well. Providing the right mood for the Car Show and the great entries will be the Back Street Cruisers, which play the best music for enthusiasts and participants alike.
If you are interested in registering for the car show or for more information, please see the link below.
Registration fee is $10.00, with all proceeds benefiting Children’s Cancer Fund through Wheels-in-Motion.
Following the Car Show, a car cruise is planned, from the event grounds in Town Center Area, then along many of the City’s most beautiful rural roads, to Historic Route 66, for dinner at the Big Chief Roadhouse – 17352 Manchester Road. There is no charge for the car cruise and all participants are welcome. For more information on the car cruise, and the Car Show, please contact jgrag@sbcglobal.net.

Need Service Hours or Do You Like to Volunteer?

The Celebrate Wildwood 20th Anniversary Event is less than two months away and volunteers are needed to help with the Art Festival, Car Show, and other venues. If you like more information, please contact Joe Vujnich at joe@cityofwildwood.com. All volunteers will receive a free Celebrate Wildwood Shirt, refreshments, and a lunch/dinner.

2015 Farmers Market in Wildwood Every Saturday

The City’s 2015 Farmers Market Season, at the Town Center Plaza (221 Plaza Drive), is open every Saturday, now 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.
So, remember, to visit the Wildwood Farmers Market, every Saturday, now 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.

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. 


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.

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.      


Master Plan Action Committee Completes Internet Survey of Residents and Businesses

Every ten (10) years, the City is required to update its Master Plan. In 2015, a group of resident and business volunteers, twenty-three (23) in total, are leading this effort. These volunteers agreed to undertake two (2) surveys, one of the residents and property owners, and the other of current licensed businesses in the City of Wildwood. The findings of these surveys have been compiled and are available on the City’s website at cityofwildwood.com.
To all who participated in the two (2) surveys, the Mayor, City officials, the volunteers on the Master Plan Action Committee, and staff want to extend our appreciation to each of you for your time, thoughts, comments, and suggestions. The volunteers overseeing the update of the Master Plan will be reviewing these findings and utilizing this information in their discussions and deliberations on Wildwood’s future. 


Operation Clean Stream registration is now open!

The Open Space Council's 48th annual Operation Clean Stream is right around the corner. Last year over 2,225 volunteers donated over 7,000 hours of their time. Thanks to their hard work we removed 9,000 lbs of metal, 2,481 tires and 6 large construction dumpsters filled to the brim with trash from our waterways. We want you to join us as we anticipate another successful year of impacting Missouri's open spaces!
For more information about Operation Clean Stream, one of the nation's largest and longest-running river clean up events, visit our website.
Volunteers can register for Operation Clean Stream on our event pages.

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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