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City of Wildwood Community Park Property Opens Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 12:30 p.m.

The opening ceremony for the City’s community park property will take place on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at 12:30 p.m., and coincides with the City’s 20th Anniversary Celebration that is being held that same weekend in the Town Center Area. The park opening ceremony will include a speech by the Mayor, the traditional ribbon cutting by the Mayor and City Council Members, and photographs. Additionally, members of the City’s boards and commissions and representatives from the St. Louis Municipal Park Grant Commission have been invited, along with the major contributors to the project, including Oates Associates, Gershenson Construction, and All-Inclusive Recreation. Along with these guests, several residents have been asked to participate in the ceremony, to reflect their input into the design of the playground, along with the citizen Committee members that developed the Concept Plan for the overall park. Collectively, many people, investing their time, resources, and talents have made this project a reality.
The Community Park is a 66-acre site located north of State Route 100, just west of State Route 109. This project represents phase one of a multiple-phased approach to the property’s final development and use. In Phase One, the City has developed a large and unique playground area that is accessible to all children, regardless of abilities, a spacious pavilion for picnics and other gatherings, and a 1.5 acre dog park (see below for more information on the dog park). A multiple-use trail has also been constructed, which connects the existing trail network to the east, along State Route 109, and will eventually extend west to Pond Road. The facility will have other amenities in the future, but will always retain ample undisturbed areas to ensure outdoor enjoyment and respect for nature and the environment.

Dog Park Registration to Begin Tuesday, September 1, 2015

With the grand opening of Community Park on Sunday, August 30, 2015, comes the addition of the City’s first dog park.  This dog park is only available to Wildwood residents, and all users of the facility must register each of their dogs prior to using the park (no more than three (3) in total per household).  Please be aware the dog park will not be open at the same time as the overall Community Park.  The dog park will open on Tuesday, September 1st at 10:00 a.m.
Registration must be completed in person at City Hall (16860 Main Street) and will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Registration forms will be available on the City’s website beginning on Monday, August 31, 2015. Registration can be completed during normal business hours at City Hall - Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Again, use of the dog park facility is not authorized, until the dogs in each household have been registered.  For full rules and regulations on the dog park, visit http://www.cityofwildwood.com/542/Dog-Park.
Come out and enjoy this special park!

Event Booklet

2015 Celebrate Wildwood Event Booklet NOW AVAILABLE

Follow the link below to view the 2015 Celebrate Wildwood Event Booklet. This year's booklet includes, not only all of the details for this weekend's event, like artist information, an event schedule, and a map of the grounds, but is also filled with details of the history of the City, a map showing historic communities and points of interest in Wildwood, and a scavenger hunt that will test your knowledge of Wildwood and help you explore your City in celebration of its 20th Anniversary. We hope to see you this weekend at Celebrate Wildwood!
Click here to view the event booklet.


Celebrate Wildwood 2015

THIS WEEKEND, August 28, 29, and 30, 2015, Wildwood will celebrate its twentieth anniversary.  This event, Celebrate Wildwood, will have something for everybody, so 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.
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!  Speaking of artists…..

Art Festival Opens Saturday

Many in the Wildwood community may not be aware of the significant interest that exists among many of our residents in the arts.  This interest led to a group of them forming a committee to promote art and artists in Wildwood.  The outcome of its efforts is now the 2nd Annual Celebrate Wildwood Art Festival.  This year, 60 artists are participating and will bring their unique talents right to your doorstep.  The Art Festival opens on August 29, 2015, and concludes the next day, August 30, 2015.  Please come out and support these artists and their efforts at this event.
We are sure you will be pleased with the beauty, thought, and expression these artists have put into their works.

2015 Celebrate Wildwood Parade

The Annual Celebrate Wildwood/Founders’ Day Parade will once again take place on Saturday, August 29, 2015. The parade start time for 2015 has been changed to 9:00 a.m., in an effort to beat the heat that has troubled the event in past years. As always, the parade will begin at the Schnucks Store parking lot at Wildwood Crossing Center. It will travel west on Manchester Road to the round-about at Taylor Road, turn right at the round-about onto Taylor Road, then travel to Main Street, and will end at Main Street and Fountain Place.  
This year’s parade has over thirty (30) entries representing various businesses, organizations, and institutions. There will be a parade float contest, with a judging theme of 20 Years of Wildwood, 200 Years of History, the Lafayette High School Marching Band, squads of cheerleaders of various levels and skills, the Moolah Mounted Lancers, the Moolah Shrine Gateway 500 miniature race cars, an assortment of vintage cars and military vehicles, and much, much, more!!!
With every parade, there are minor traffic delays and the Annual Celebrate Wildwood/Founders’ Day Parade is no exception. Residents of the Enclaves of Cherry Hills, Cherry Hills Meadows, and the Villages of Cherry Hills will find some inconvenience leaving their subdivision between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, August 29, 2015. Access to Manchester Road at the entrance to those three (3) subdivisions will be re-routed, until the parade passes. Limited access from Manchester Road will still be possible for the Villages of Cherry Hills via the round-about. During the time period of 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., if you need to leave your subdivision, please plan on leaving via the Old State Spur or Waterside Drive.
Hopefully, however, the parade will not present an inconvenience, and everyone will find a spot along the parade route and enjoy it as it passes!!!  

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. (noon). 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.


Route T Flashing Beacons at Ossenfort Intersection 

The City recently had a contractor install intersection warning signs, with flashing beacons, on Route T, at the Ossenfort Road Intersection.  Equipment was installed on Ossenfort Road to detect approaching vehicles and trigger the flashing beacons in both directions on Route T to warn motorists that a vehicle is present in the intersection.  The addition of the flashing beacons should greatly enhance the safety at this intersection and all of the equipment installed is powered by solar panels, so future maintenance costs should be minimal.

City Council Activity - August 24, 2015

  • Approved Bill #2120 authorizing various mid-year amendments to the City of Wildwood Fiscal Year 2015 annual municipal budget. (Wards – All)

  • Approved Bill #2121 amending Section 135.305 of the Wildwood Municipal Code relating to the Community Service Program for the City of Wildwood.  (Wards – All)

  • Approved Bill #2122 authorizing the adjustment of a certain common boundary line between two (2) tracts of land, totaling 1.323 acres of area, both being part of Capt. Benj. F. Hutchinson’s Subdivision on his Ellisville Farm, situated on the West side of Strecker Road, south of Clayton Road, for the purposes of consolidating said parcels of ground into a single legal lot of record, while also providing a ten (10) foot wide, right-of-way dedication strip to Strecker Road, yet becoming more conforming relative to the minimum acreage requirement of the nu non-urban residence district. (Ward Four)  

  • Approved Resolution #2015-29  making its Bi-Annual Election to locally regulate ethics and financial disclosures, as permitted by RSMO §105.485 (Wards – All)

  • Approved Resolution #2015-30 adopting the Local Records Retention Schedules developed by the Missouri Local Records Board, as the City’s Records Retention Policy (Wards – All)

  • 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.

  • Approved Resolution #2015-19 authorizing the Mayor to submit on behalf of the City Of Wildwood an application to the St. Louis County Department Of Planning for 2016 Community Development Block Grant Funds (Wards – All)

Employment Opportunity - Deputy City Administrator/City Clerk

The City of Wildwood, Missouri (pop: 35,517) is seeking an experienced Deputy City Administrator/City Clerk.  The ideal candidate will be able to perform complex, highly responsible administrative and managerial duties assisting the City Administrator in directing and coordinating administrative work relating to the full range of municipal management issues, as needed and to help promote the City’s committed efforts for sustainable, long-term economic development in a manner consistent with the City’s Vision Statement. Preferred candidates will possess strong initiative, attention to detail, and an ability to effectively problem solve and work on several projects/programs concurrently and effectively. Must have knowledge of the principles of City government administration, organization, budget, economic development, marketing/communications, legislative processes, and personnel management.
Duties include directing the activities of City departments and offices based on general direction and policy of the City Administrator and City Council. Position has a high degree of independence and initiative, latitude in exercise of independent judgment concerning assigned duties. Must be familiar with City Clerk duties and the legal requirements relating to municipal records, policies regarding meetings, and any laws applicable to administration of the city clerk’s office; position requires taking minutes at monthly City Council meetings and other meetings as assigned. Candidate must have strong writing skills in order to produce reports, correspondence, meeting minutes and citizen communications; must use good judgment and maintain confidentiality of personal and private information of citizens and officials.
Prefer bachelor degree in Business Administration or equivalent education. Starting salary range $70 – 90k DOQ; comprehensive benefits package.  Job description available at www.cityofwildwood.com.  Letter of interest and accompanying resume for this position must be submitted to the City of Wildwood, by September 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm., 2015. This information must be e-mailed to lynne@cityofwildwood.com. Please note “Attention – Deputy City Administrator/City Clerk” in the title bar of the e-mail transmission. EOE.

September 2015 Early Childhood Recreation Program – Come Ride the Train – SPACE STILL AVAILABLE

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Registration is now open, and space is still available, for the Wildwood Early Childhood Recreation Program – Come Ride the Train, on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., at the WF&P Railroad, 101 Grand Avenue, in Wildwood, Missouri.  The Wabash, Frisco and Pacific Railroad is a 12 inch gauge, live steam railroad that travels through a beautiful, natural wooded area, with views of the Meramec River along the way. 

Wildwood Early Childhood Recreation Programs are for pre-school age children, 2 through 5 years of age.  There is no cost to participate, but registration is required, and each child must be accompanied by a caregiver.  This event usually fills to capacity.    
Please click here to register.

Please plan to arrive at 12:45 p.m. as the train will leave the station at 1pm.  If you have any questions, please contact Andrea at andrea@cityofwildwood.com.  Come on out and ride the train!  
If you register and find you are no longer able to participate, please contact Andrea at andrea@cityofwildwood.com to cancel so that those who may be on the waiting list are contacted and given the opportunity to participate. 

2015 Farmers Market in Wildwood Every Saturday – INCLUDING THIS SATURDAY – AUGUST 29, 2015

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.

Not Too Soon to Place it on Your Calendar

The City’s fourth, and last, summer concert series is planned for September 11, 2015, at the Town Center Plaza, 221 Plaza Drive. Fat Pocket will be performing from 6:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., with some of the most danceable songs ever recorded. Last year’s performance by Fat Pocket ended early due to rain, so everyone is ready for a great night, highlighting all of its great performances. As always, there will be complimentary hot dogs (800 in total), chips, shaved ice, kettle korn, and soda/water. Before the nights get shorter and the temperatures drop, come on by for one more evening out on the town, Town Center that is. For details, please contact Gary at gary@cityofwildwood.com or Andrea at andrea@cityofwildwood.com. Thanks to everyone who attends these events.

11th Tour de Wildwood – With the Fall Colors

Fall colors, good company, challenging courses, food and fun, and you – what could be better. The event is scheduled for October 4, 2015, starting at Wildwood City Hall, 16860 Main Street. Last year’s tour had over 230 riders and great weather. There will be plenty of food, water, Gatorade, and other treats for entrants and, as always, in Wildwood, plenty of hills. More information will be forthcoming over the next few weeks, but check back often or go to mobikefed.org/2015TourDeWildwood, to register or for more information. Any other questions, please contact the City of Wildwood – (636) 458-0440.

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. 



Run Circles Around Hunger 5K Run/Walk

Join Circle of Concern for the 2nd Annual Run Circles Around Hunger 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 19, 2015!
Hit the road along Valley Park’s scenic Meramec River Trail. Timed for serious runners by 2Timing Guys or perfect for a casual family stroll, this event is a great morning out for all.

Attendance Prizes * T-Shirts * Music * Food * and Much More!
Visit circleofconcern.org for details and to register.

City of Wildwood Mosquito Control Services

The City of Wildwood contracts with the St. Louis County Department of Health for the treatment of areas that are prone to having large populations of mosquitoes.  Wildwood is in the region of the County scheduled for Sunday nights or early (before sunrise) Monday mornings.  Residents can email the County at vector.doh@stlouisco.com and request to have an email notification of when they are spraying by a particular address.  You just need to include your email address and your home address.  With your home address, the County can assign you to an email group and will notify you the afternoon before the spraying is scheduled that evening.  Additionally, you can call St. Louis County’s hotline on Sunday evenings (after 6:00 p.m.) and the recording will let you know the areas they are scheduled to spray that evening.  That number is (314) 615-4BUG or (314) 615-4284.

Bethel United Methodist Church 91st Annual Chicken Dinner

Bethel United Methodist Church will host its 91st Annual Chicken Dinner, from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 19, 2015, at Bethel United Methodist Church (17500 Manchester Road in Wildwood).  Bethel United Methodist Church is located 1.5 miles west of State Route 109, just past Wildwood Middle School.  
The Bethel Crafters will also be showcasing their handmade items, open from 12:00 p.m. (noon) until 7:00 p.m.  Dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 6-10), and free for kids 5 and under.  For more information, please call 636-458-2255 or visit www.bethelunitedmethodist.org.

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.

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.

A Taste of Fall at Fahr’s

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Fahr Greenhouses, 18944 St. Albans Road, Wildwood, MO 63038

  • Live Music

  • Craft Beer Sampling

  • Missouri Wine Tasting

  • Food

  • Pumpkin Painting

  • Plein Aire Painters

Please RSVP by Monday, September 12, 2015, for this event by calling 636-458-3991.
A Fall Container Workshop will also be offered, showcasing a beautiful selection of Fall flowers and décor.  Pre-register for the workshop by calling 636-458-3991.  The cost is $35.00 and you’ll receive $25.00 in Fahr Bucks.
Visit www.fahrgreenhouse.com
Also, consider making a day of it, by visiting Bethel United Methodist Church for its 91st Annual Chicken Dinner (see above).


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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