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Federal Funding Available for Flood Damage

President Barack Obama recently declared the Great Flash Flood of 2015 a major disaster. This announcement made federal funding available to those affected by the flood event in Wildwood.
Individuals and business owners can apply for grants and low-interest loans to cover costs for temporary housing, home repairs, uninsured property losses, unemployment payments and a variety of other needs like medical, dental, funeral or transportation services.
Individuals can also take advantage of federal relief programs like crisis counseling, income tax assistance and advisory assistance for legal, veterans' benefits and Social Security issues.
Anyone who was affected by the floods can apply for aid at www.disasterassistance.gov/ or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA.

Curbside Pick-Up of Flood Debris

For those residents and others that experienced flood damage in their homes or other structures, the City is providing curbside pickup of flood debris. All debris must be placed at the curb or by the edge of the street to be eligible for pickup. Residents wanting to arrange for curbside pickup should call the City of Wildwood at (636) 458-0440.

Attention +++ All Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics, and Amateur Radio Operators

The City of Wildwood Board of Public Safety is collecting a voluntary list of doctors, nurses, paramedics and amateur radio operators that reside within the City.  The list, which is being developed for potential use by the Wildwood Precinct Police, would allow the Police to contact local doctors, nurses, paramedics and amateur radio operators for assistance in the event of a public emergency or natural disaster.
Qualified individuals who would like to be considered for this voluntary list should email their contact information with credentials to lynne@cityofwildwood.com.  Please note “Attention – Emergency Response List” in the title bar of the e-mail transmission.  For more information please contact Rick Brown at 636-458-0440 or rick@cityofwildwood.com.

Wildwood Frozen Feet Half Marathon Trail Race - Twenty (20) Race Day Registrants Will Be Accepted - First Come/First Serve Basis 

Please visit the City's website for more information on the event or contact the Department of Planning and Parks at (636) 458-0440. Thank you for your interest in this fun and challenging event.

April 5, 2016 Municipal Election – Filing Has Closed

Filing for the office of Councilperson closed on January 19, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. Below is a list of those individuals that have filed and will be on the April 5, 2016 ballot for the City of Wildwood. Thanks to all for participating and being willing to serve this great City. If you should have any comments or questions regarding municipal elections in the City of Wildwood, please contact City Clerk Liz Weiss at 636-458-0440.

Mayor:                 Jim Bowlin
Ward One:          Glen DeHart

Ward Two:          Ray Manton and Joe Pirrello

Ward Three:       Jim Baugus

Ward Four:         Marc Cox

Ward Five:          Debra Smith McCutchen and Debbie Sinden

Ward Six:            Jerry W. Porter

Ward Seven:      Jeffrey S. Levitt

Ward Seven:      Greg Stine

Ward Eight:        Larry Goodson

Six (6) of the City Council candidates are running unopposed, along with the Office of Mayor. Please remember to vote!

With the closing of filing this week for the April Municipal Election, it also brought the resignation of David Sewell from City Council due to personal reasons and other time commitments. Mr. Sewell had been on City Council for eight (8) years and, before that, on the City's Rural Internet Action Committee for two (2) years. Mr. Sewell served with distinction and helped make Wildwood the great place it is to live, work, and play. All of us at City Hall want to thank him for his service and wish him the best in the future.


Maple Sugar Festival - Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

(All Ages) It’s maple sugar time! Venture outdoors to Rockwoods Reservation and experience conservation success and forest resources at their finest - and sweetest! Visit the Sugar Bush to see trees tapped and collect the precious sap. Boil the sap down like Colonial Americans at the Three Kettle Station and see a more modern method at the Sugar Shed. Taste delicious syrup, sugar on snow taffy and pure maple sugar. Learn to do all of this right in your own backyard. It’s a day your whole family will enjoy. (No reservations necessary. Parking will be available at Rockwoods Reservation and off-site via a shuttle bus.)

February Early Childhood Recreation Program - Starring Babaloo - One of Wildwood's Favorites

The Wildwood Early Childhood Recreation Programs begin on February 10 and 11, 2016! Babaloo will be in the house!!! Two classes will be offered each day at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and they will be held at Wildwood City Hall, in the Community Room. Registration is open NOW through the City of Wildwood website - http://cityofwildwood.com/Activities/Activity/Detail/ECRP-Babaloo-at-Wildwood-City-Hall-28 ! Register at your first opportunity to make sure you can secure the date and time you wish!! If you have questions, please call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440.

18th Annual Taste of West County @ Lafayette High School

18th Annual Taste of West County will be held Monday, February 22nd from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Lafayette High School, 17050 Clayton Road, Wildwood. This event features culinary samples from more than 30 different area restaurants. Featuring a live auction from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., a silent auction, and a raffle for a free deep freeze full of meat from C&C Butcher. Tickets are $12.00 each, $5.00 for children - 5 & younger, $45.00 for family of 4. Proceeds to benefit the Class of 2017 graduation activities.  Ticket sales at the door are not guaranteed. E-mail questions to LHSTOWC@gmail.com. Form is provided at the end of this e-newsletter.

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Cabin Fever Hike - 2016 - Along the Meramec River

The 2016 City of Wildwood Cabin Fever Hike is scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 2016. Mother Nature can sometimes exert influence over this event, but when she allows us to proceed, it is a great way to spend a Saturday morning!! Several hiking options can be chosen by registrants on the morning of the hike, sharing routes up to nine (9) miles, or explore the area on your own and trek any distance you wish! It is a great opportunity to gain some perspective on the recent flooding, realizing the trails you will be exploring were 12 to 15 feet underwater a few short weeks ago! Or how about the fact the 194 foot bridge crossing the Hamilton-Carr Creek was COMPLETELY submerged! 

REGISTRATION FOR THE CABIN FEVER HIKE BEGINS NEXT WEEK ON JANUARY 25, 2016 through the City of Wildwood's website. Please note the event is free, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. The event will have a rolling check-in/start time. You may check-in and start your hike any time between 8:15 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., at the Al Foster Memorial Trailhead. Warm drinks, water, and snacks available/provided from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Questions? Call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440.


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/.

Recycling Grant Provides Optional Larger Recycling Carts

If you find the 65 gallon cart to be too small for your weekly recyclables, please call Meridian Waste Services, at (314) 291-3131, and request one of the larger recycling carts.  Meridian will replace your 65 gallon recycling cart, with a new 95 gallon recycle cart, AT NO CHARGE (the old carts cannot be utilized for anything, but recycling, and will be redistributed to those needing the smaller carts).  Since quantities are limited, the larger carts will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Holiday Light Recycling

The City of Wildwood is pleased to once again partner with Meridian Waste Services’ holiday light recycling program.  No longer wanted strands of holiday lights may be placed in the dumpster supplied for this specific purpose at the end of Wildwood Avenue, which is located just to the east of the Wildwood Municipal Building.  Please do not place light strands in your regular trash, as they become tangled in the equipment at the landfills.  Please do not place them in the curbside recycling containers, since they will not be accepted in the weekly pickup.  Please help keep the City of Wildwood the eco-friendly city we are known to be by placing those unwanted light strands in the appropriate dumpster on Wildwood Avenue.

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. 


Metro Transit to Expand MetroBus Service to Route 109/New College Avenue

In response to requests made by both the St. Louis Community College and City of Wildwood, Metro Transit has developed a solution to extend the Maplewood-Wildwood Bus Route #57 to the intersection of Route 109 and New College Avenue to provide better access for students and faculty at St. Louis Community College, as well as others in the area, which is set to begin on Monday, March 14, 2016.  The new route schedule would provide service to the intersection of Route 109 and New College Avenue on weekdays only from approximately 6:15 a.m. to 10:43 p.m. Service would operate every 30 minutes during rush hour, and hourly during mid-day and evening.  The bus stop will be located along the west side of Route 109, just north of New College Avenue.
Please visit the Metro Transit website for maps, schedules and other information:  www.metrostlouis.org

How to Keep Your Driveway Entrance From Filling with Snow

Throughout the winter months, State, County, and City snowplow crews will be out clearing the highways, roads and streets during and after each snowfall. Homeowners and other property owners will be clearing their driveways at the same time.

Many times while this is going on, a snowplow truck will go by and fill in the end of a freshly cleared private driveway with snow from the roadway. This is not intentional, and there is a way this wintertime inconvenience can be minimized.

The diagram below shows how you can clear snow around the end or your driveway opening a certain way to reduce the possibility that you will have to do very much re-clearing after a snowplow truck goes by on the road next to your driveway.

The idea is to place as much snow as possible when clearing your driveway, in the direction of travel downstream on your side of the roadway. Next is to clear an area upstream from your driveway opening to form a "pocket" for the snow from the roadway to go into instead of at the end of your driveway.

The result is more of the snow accumulation from clearing the roadway will go into this open pocket area and less will wind up at the end of your driveway.

A note of caution is in order. Please be extremely careful when working next to the roadway—especially when snowplowing operations are in progress.

Snow Plowing
Taste of West County
Trivia Hoedown at Sundown - YMCA

Trivia Hoedown @ Sundown - Wildwood Family YMCA

This fun event supports the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, which provides direct financial assistance to individuals and families in need. Your support has a meaningful, lasting impact right in your own neighborhood.

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