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Wildwood Historic Route 66 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run  

Last Call Everyone!!! It’s not too late to participate in the 2015 Historic Route 66 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run on the morning of October 31, 2015!! You can enter on race morning between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., at Wildwood Middle School, 17401 Manchester Road, Wildwood, Missouri 63038. This run is truly a family event and a great way to begin the weekend!! This year, we have turned the Kids Fun Run into a display of costumed kiddies!!! If they wish, the kids can show off their Halloween Costume, as they run their ½ mile event. Finisher medals to all!!! The 5K can be a challenging race to those with fleet feet or a casual jog with friends discussing the Halloween evening plans!! Or, better yet, Mom and Dad can shuffle the distance with the kids, as they complete in their first major run!!! There will be plenty of refreshments, as you wait for your awards and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow runners!! The 5K event begins promptly at 8:00 a.m., with the Kids Fun Run beginning at 9:00 a.m. Awards will follow soon after the kids finish their ½ mile run!! You could be home by 10:30 a.m. to begin the rest of your Saturday!!! Really! Try to make this family event!! You will have a good time!! If the good time isn’t enough, this year’s run will also benefit the YMCA Annual Campaign!! Every 5K entry represents direct financial assistance to individuals and families in need!!


A HALLOWEEN SAFETY MESSAGE FROM THE ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE – WILDWOOD PRECINCT

It's almost here! Let's have a safe Halloween for our little goblins. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

DRIVE SLOWLY – For those driving to activities after dark, please be aware of heavy pedestrian traffic due to trick-or-treating activity. Children get caught up in all of the fun of Halloween and often forget about even the basics of safety.
STAY IN LIGHTED AREAS AND STAY TOGETHER – Remind your children to stay in large groups. Large groups provide safety in numbers. In all situations, lighted areas provide a safety measure allowing others to see you and for you to see your surroundings. Trick-or-treaters should only go to homes with the front porch light activated with the owners expecting visitors.
BE KEENLY AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS – Whether you are a driver or a pedestrian, there is going to be a lot of activity around you. Keep your eyes open and expect the worst. Do not take risks.
PARENTS, WATCH YOUR CHILDREN – As noted earlier, children get caught up in all the fun and forget safety precautions. Everyone is in costume, and it can be hard to differentiate one child from the next. Stay organized, stay together and stay alert.

The Dog Park is Open!

The City is very excited to announce its first dog park opened last week, on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at 7:00 a.m. The dog park is located in the Community Park, which is a 66-acre site situated on the north of State Route 100, just west of State Route 109. The dog park has a fenced mulched area for small dogs and another area for all size dogs as well, along with agility equipment. Please note the dog park is only available to Wildwood residents, and all users of the facility must register each of the dogs in their household, prior to using the park.  Registration must be completed in person at City Hall (16860 Main Street).

The registration form is available on the City’s website (http://www.cityofwildwood.com/542/Dog-Park) and can be dropped by City Hall during normal business hours - Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Again, use of the dog park facility is not authorized, until each dog in the household has been registered.  For full rules and regulations on the dog park, visit the City’s website: http://www.cityofwildwood.com/542/Dog-Park.With cold temperatures approaching, water to the dog park has been winterized and is not available. Please bring your own water. Come out and enjoy this special park, and now with your dog as well.


Job Openings @ Wildwood - Administrative Assistant = Part Time Position 

The Departments of Planning/Parks and Public Works for the City of Wildwood are seeking candidates for a shared part-time Administrative Assistant position, which is an integral part of a team of planners and engineers. Primary responsibilities include permitting/clerical work, website updates, assistance with recreation programs, telephone and walk-in inquires, and working closely with the public. Proposed core work hours are Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 5:00 p.m.  Position is also responsible for recording meeting minutes for 2 – 3 night meetings per month.  The ideal candidate will have a high school diploma, with 3 years of applicable experience in a general office setting. Candidate must be proficient in Microsoft Office, with knowledge of other business machines. 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 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm. This information must be e-mailed to lynne@cityofwildwood.com.  Please note “Attention – Administrative Assistant” in the title bar of the e-mail transmission.  The City of Wildwood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Public Works Inspector = Part Time Position 

The Department of Public Works for the City of Wildwood, Missouri is seeking candidates for the part-time position of Public Works Inspector.  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 and winter snow removal.  Qualified applicants must be familiar with general street maintenance procedures, including both concrete and asphalt paving.   Candidate must also be proficient in Microsoft Office and possess a valid Missouri Driver’s License. . Proposed work hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  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 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm. This information must be e-mailed to lynne@cityofwildwood.com.  Please note “Attention – Public Works Inspector” in the title bar of the e-mail transmission.  The City of Wildwood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Recreation Specialist = Full Time Position 

The Department of Parks & Recreation for the City of Wildwood, Missouri is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Recreation Specialist.  Primary responsibilities include assisting the Superintendent of Parks & Recreation in the coordination and implementation of programming activities as directed, i.e., directing volunteers, instructing classes, fundraising, preparing flyers, planning, setting up for special events, seasonal preparations, and other tasks, as assigned (note: some events will occur at night and/or the weekend).  The ideal candidate for this position will have experience in recreation programming and/or education in the field of recreation. The individual chosen for this position must be literate in Microsoft Office applications, with knowledge of other business machines a plus. Starting salary for this position will be $40,000, and the City also offers an excellent benefit package. A letter of interest and accompanying resume for this position must be submitted to the City of Wildwood, by November 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm. This information must be e-mailed to lynne@cityofwildwood.com.  Please note “Attention – Recreation Specialist” in the title bar of the e-mail transmission.  The City of Wildwood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

RECREATION EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES >>>

Thanks to Everyone!

With the Historic Route 66 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run this weekend, the City of Wildwood's recreation event calendar for 2015 is coming to a close. Wildwood elected officials and City staff would like to extend a thank you to all of our residents who attended an event or events this year sponsored by the community. Hopefully, the events were fun and all of you had a great time. If you have any thoughts or suggestions about these events, please let the Department of Planning and Parks know about them by contacting  joe@cityofwildwood.com. Another year of events are planned in 2016, so we hope to see you there!

Historical Society Annual Bus Tour!

“School days, school days, dear old golden rule days…”

The Wildwood Historical Society's 16th Annual Bus Tour will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

The morning tour leaves at 9:00 a.m., while the afternoon tour leaves at 1:00 p.m., both from the Wildwood Historical Society (WHS) Meeting Hall, at 18750 Highway 100, Wildwood, MO 63039

Each tour will last about three (3) hours and will feature one-room schoolhouses of Meramec Township, including brief outdoor stops that are now private residences, and a tour of the City of Wildwood’s beautifully restored Old Pond School.

Please note bus seating is limited, and reservations are first-come, first-serve. Reservations are $35.00 per person, with lunch included. The Wildwood Historical Society (WHS) will confirm your reservation by e-mail, after it is received. Please click here for more information and the reservation form.  Questions? Please e-mail Lisa Kelpe at kelpefamily@gmail.com or call her at (636) 458-2860.

Wildwood Historical Society (WHS) November Program

The November program of the Wildwood Historical Society (WHS) features the ever popular ‘Antiques Roadshow,' presented by you! The format is an informal show-and-tell period, and members can bring any special item they wish, such as an antique family dish, a favorite childhood toy, or a quirky kitchen tool from days past. Even if you don’t know much about your artifact, the Wildwood Historical Society (WHS) would love to see it. Who knows? Maybe one of the other attendees will be able to provide some valuable insight!
Details:
What: Antiques Roadshow  - November Program
When: Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Wildwood Historical Society (WHS) Meeting Hall, 18750 Highway 100, Wildwood, MO 63069


Next Early Childhood Recreation Program (ECRP) - LITTLE GYM

The next ECRP is November 18 and 19, 2015 and will feature a great program for all the little athletes. Two (2) sessions will be held each day -- 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Registration is open! For more information, please contact Gary Crews at (636) 458-0440 or by e-mail via gary@cityofwildwood.com

Wildwood Frozen Feet Half Marathon Trail Race  

The Frozen Feet Half Marathon Trail Race is on the schedule for January 23, 2016. You are probably asking yourself why is this event being brought to your attention now?? The reason is simple ….. we want you to participate!!! In this event's short six (6) year history, it has become surprisingly popular, filling to its three hundred (300) participant capacity the last two (2) years!! Registration for this event opened a short time ago and it is almost halfway filled!!! So, if you have an interest, register now!!! The event travels popular Wildwood trails for the entire distance. The race is doable by anyone, of any experience level, providing challenges for those wanting to set a PR, or just fun for those athletes doing their first trail run. There will be plenty of food and drink, before and after the race, a fabulous hooded sweatshirt, and great awards!! And, by the way, you will not find a better race in the area for the registration fee!!! Register on-line at www.brrm.com/frozenfeet2016 or fill out a registration form and send it to Wildwood City Hall, 16860 Main Street, Wildwood, MO 63040, Attention: Trail Run. The run starts/finishes at LaSalle Springs Middle School, 3300 Highway 109. Questions? Call Gary at 636-458-0440.

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/.

Shop Small this Holiday Season

For the Future

Small Business Saturday is coming soon - November 28, 2015. 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 Saturday; West County Chamber of Commerce; and Wildwood Business Association.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS >>>


City Council Actions from its Meeting on October 26, 2015

City Council appointed Mary Giles from Ward One to the Board of Adjustment to fill an unexpired term that will end in January 2019.
 
City Council passed Ordinance #2128 authorizing the approval of a Record Plat, General Warranty Deed, Trust Indenture, and Deposit Agreement, with associated letters of credit, for a 4.65 acre residential subdivision, creating twenty lots to be known as ‘Wildwood Trail Subdivision.’
 
City Council passed Ordinance #2132 authorizing the City Administrator to enter into a contract on behalf of the City with T.R.E. Electric, LLC for the installation of up to three utility poles, as part of the City’s high speed internet program. 
 
City Council passed Resolution #2015-34 authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement with MSD for a ten foot wide permanent easement within the Anniversary Park property with its use in conjunction with the Caulks Creek Trunk Sewer Project – Phase I, along with a twenty foot wide temporary construction easement for associated work. 


Election Information - April 2016 Municipal Elections

Starting Saturday, October 31, 2015,  signatures may be obtained on Nominating Petitions for the April 5, 2016 Municipal Election.

 
Election Information - April 5, 2016 Election
Filing OPENS on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 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 19, 2016 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 Mayor in the City of Wildwood? 
You must meet the following Qualifications of Candidates for Mayor:
*  Serves a term of Four (4) years;
*  Must be a registered voter;
*  Must be at least Twenty-Five (25) years old
*  Resident of Wildwood Two (2) years preceding his/her election; and
*  Must not be in default on any City taxes, fines, or financial obligations to the City.

 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 Mayor and 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 31, 2015.  No person shall be allowed to be nominated for more than one (1) office at a time.

Prior to filing for office of Mayor, you must complete a Nominating Petition and have it signed by not less than one hundred (100) registered voters of the City of Wildwood. Please click on the provided link for the nominating petition - http://www.cityofwildwood.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/2395.

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 - http://www.cityofwildwood.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/2396.

Photographs For the 2016 City of Wildwood Calendar:

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2016 Calendar Contest this summer!!! One hundred twenty eight (128) incredible photographs were submitted, making the selection of fourteen (14) photographs for the 2016 Calendar a difficult process. However, between the votes collected from the community on their favorites submittals and the eyes of the professional photographers that examined each photograph, the 2016 City of Wildwood Calendar will be the best yet! Congratulations to the following participants in the 2016 City of Wildwood Calendar Contest, who had one or more of their photographs selected for the 2016 Calendar:

 
Ariel Ferman                     Steve Buneta                       Eugene Werges
Jill O’Dell                           Donna Stout                        Marcia Voorhees
Ronald Putman                 Marvin Fornwalt                   Angie Lewis
Stephanie Pipes                Kelley Woerther                  Bobbie Millham
 
A reminder to all, it is not too early to begin thinking about photographs for the 2017 Calendar! Photographs are needed to represent each month and season of the year, so don’t wait until next year’s contest is announced to begin snapping those Fall photographs!! Please click on the following link to view the selected photographs for the 2016 Calendar - Slideshow of Calendar Contest Winners

Make-A-Wish Event @ B&B
Coffee with the Cops
View to the West

Wildwood Crossing at Manchester Road Intersection Pedestrian Improvements

The City recently had a contractor complete some intersection improvements at the Wildwood Crossing intersection with Manchester Road.  The islands on the north side of the intersection were modified to allow wheelchair access to the pedestrian push buttons on the signal poles.  Sections of the existing raised islands were removed and replaced with new concrete walks at street grade to allow wheelchair access.  Truncated domes were added at the island access points to increase safety for sight-impaired pedestrians using the intersection.  The crosswalk markings were also replaced and a contractor is scheduled to upgrade the existing pedestrian signal heads next week to further improve safety at the intersection.  The new pedestrian heads will have countdown timers so pedestrians will know how much time they have left to complete their crossing.  These improvements will allow more pedestrians to have safe and accessible crossing points at the intersection.

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