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Work continues on filling the large void under Melrose Road (between Allenton Road and State Route 109), caused by an adjacent sinkhole. Concrete grout was placed in the area of concern to seal the sinkhole and additional backfill and restoration work will take place next week. The Department of Public Works is targeting the end of next week for reopening Melrose Road to traffic. To all who have been inconvenience by this unusual event, thank you for your patience, as work has progressed at the sinkhole.

- Board of Public Safety's Education Series -
Household Hazardous Materials
6:30 P.M., February 23, 2016, at the Wildwood Municipal Building 

From cans of old paint to bottles of bathroom cleaner, our homes contain numerous chemicals and potentially hazardous materials. So that Wildwood residents can be more knowledgeable with regard to the dangers of these household chemicals, the Board of Public Safety is sponsoring the following presentation by Brian Zaitz, Captain-Training Officer with the Metro West Fire Protection District.

The lecture will explore the most common household chemicals and discuss their proper usage and how improper usage and mixing of these "benign" chemicals can lead to potentially deadly results. The lecture will discuss how to properly dispose of unused and old chemicals and how to safely clean-up a household chemical spill. The lecture will review basic first aid procedures for contact with household chemicals and discuss the use of Poison Control for these incidents.

Pond-Grover Loop Road Extension Study

A Committee of three (3) residents, three (3) City Council Members, and the Mayor has been established to begin work on determining the future of the Pond-Grover Loop Road. This Committee will evaluate traffic calming measures for the existing length of road and, whether the roadway should be extended through the recently approved Villages at Bright Leaf subdivision, and connect to State Route 100, at Taylor Road. The first meeting of this Committee will be in early March.
Anyone interested in being informed of this Committee’s meetings, and other information, can sign up for the newly created e-mail/SMS list. Simply visit this link: http://cityofwildwood.com/list.aspx and sign in to your existing account, then select the preferred delivery method for the ‘Pond-Grover Loop Road’ List in the Notify Me Section.
Any questions can be directed to Kathy Arnett, at Kathy@cityofwildwood.com, or 636-458-0440, Extension 135.

Great Rivers Greenway
Seeking Citizen Input on Regional Plan Update
February 17 and 18, 2016 Open Houses

Great Rivers Greenway, the St. Louis Metropolitan Area’s regional greenway district, is seeking citizen input, as part of the organization’s effort to update its strategic plan, which will help guide efforts to build, promote, and sustain greenways over the next five years. All residents in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County are invited to provide feedback at one of two open house events in February. The first open house will be held Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at the Bridgeton Trails Branch Library, located at 3455 McKelvey Road. A second open house will be held Thursday, February 18, 2016, at Great Rivers Greenway’s Office, which is located in the Delmar Loop at 6178 Delmar Boulevard (intersection of Delmar and Skinker). Citizens are encouraged to drop by anytime between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., on either night to review displays and talk with staff. Duplicate 45-minute presentations will take place at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

For those unable to attend an open house, an online survey will be made available February 17, 2016 through March 9, 2016. For more information, including directions by car, transit, biking, or walking, or any questions about accessibility for persons with disabilities, contact Great Rivers Greenway at (314) 436-7009 or info@grgstl.org.

See flyer at the end of this newsletter for more information.


*** Garden Buddies 2016 ***
Registration Opens February 16, 2016

Garden Buddies is a fun and educational program that introduces children, ages 4-9, to the rewarding activity of gardening. Between the months of May and August, eight (8) classes will be held for you and your little one to learn gardening tips together, from planting seeds to soil pH, proper watering, mulching techniques, and much more!!! For more information, please visit www.cityofwildwood.com/454/Garden-Buddies

Space is limited so sign up your young gardeners A.S.A.P.
See a copy of the application at the end of this newsletter for more information.

Pond Elementary PTO - Trivia Night and Auctions

Friday, February 19th, 7:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M. (Midnight) 
Doors Open at 6:30 P.M. 
Legends Country Club - 625 The Legends Parkway, Eureka, Missouri 63025

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:  Please tell your family, friends and neighbors so that we can expand this event and share in making some great memories!  

Put together a team of TEN, or just bring yourselves and we will build a team for you! Your $30.00 ticket includes free beer, trivia prizes ($150.00 1st and $100.00 2nd) and access to amazing LIVE auction and silent auction items.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.rsdmo.org/pond/pto. Contact Sara Wylie at swylie_3@hotmail.com with any questions.

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 Annual Wildwood Cabin Fever Hike is scheduled for February 27, 2016 and open for registration!! The hike is just about filled, but there are some positions still available at this time! This hike is really a popular event! It’s a great time to get outside and explore the gorgeous trails! Winter time offers great views, not available during the summer months, when the trees are fully leafed! The City will identify several hikes, when you arrive for check-in, or you can just meander anywhere you please, either way, you will be rewarded with a beautiful morning of nature! The event is free, BUT YOU MUST REGISTER! The morning begins any time between 8:15 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Check-in takes place at the Al Foster Memorial Trailhead (225 Grand Avenue). There will be warm drinks and snacks available, until 11:00 a.m. and, of course, plenty of camaraderie and conversation! Once again, there is limited space remaining, so register now! Click here to go to the webpage for this event - http://www.cityofwildwood.com/Activities/Activity/Detail/2016-Cabin-Fever-Hike-29. Questions: Call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440, Extensions 134 or 126! See you on February 27, 2016!!!!!

Wildwood Arbor Day Tree Hugger Run 

A friendly reminder!! The 2nd Annual Wildwood Arbor Day Tree Hugger Run is scheduled for Friday evening, April 29, 2016!! This run is a really great 5K! A fabulous way to begin the weekend and an energetic way to  start a Friday evening!!! Full steam ahead with your New Year’s resolution!! Register now on the Big River Running's website at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/17941 or pick up a registration form from Wildwood City Hall! The run starts and finishes at LaSalle Springs Middle School and begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. Participants will run on asphalt trails, standard roadways, and chat trails! Runners will travel through a  tunnel, cross a 194 foot bridge, and run along the beautiful Meramec River! You will want to finish fast because there will be plenty of pizza, refreshments, and music waiting for you at the finish line! Awards will be presented to the top three overall male and female finishers and three (3) deep in each age group. Special prizes this year for the overall finishers … gift cards to a local plant nursery!!! After all, this is an Arbor Day Run!!! The Wildwood Arbor Day Tree Hugger Run is a wonderful family event! Everyone is welcome!! Run it - Jog it - Walk it!! Just come out and have fun!!! Register now. Questions? Call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440, Extensions 134 or 126. See you on April 29th!!!!


The Shoeman Water Project Shoe Drive Continues 

at Wildwood 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/.

 Larger Recycling Carts Are Available to Residents

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).

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. This service is available through the end of February.

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. 


Activity at the City Council Meeting - February 8, 2016 

  • A public hearing was un-postponed regarding P.Z. 14-15 City of Wildwood Planning and Zoning Commission, c/o Department of Planning, 16860 Main Street, Wildwood, Missouri 63040  - A request to amend Chapter 415.410 Sign Regulations for “FP,” “PS,” “NU,” and all “R” Districts and Chapter 415.420 Sign Regulations for all “C” and “M” Districts of the City of Wildwood’s Zoning Ordinance to consider the addition of new language to allow electronic message boards for certain institutional, not-for-profit, and commercial organizations. Currently, these types of displays are prohibited within the City of Wildwood. (Wards – All) The City Council did not introduce legislation on this matter and, if no action is taken within the next ninety (90) days, the matter will be deemed denied.

  • A public hearing was un-postponed regarding - A response to a communication from Drew Bextermueller, Director of Real Estate for Dierbergs Markets, Inc., which is  dated November 17, 2015, regarding P.Z. 14-98 Dierbergs Wildwood Town Center; Amended C-8 Planned Commercial District (Downtown District Designation under the Town Center Plan); that seeks modifications to the existing site-specific ordinance (Ordinance #1001) that governs the Dierbergs Wildwood Town Center development relative to the uses permitted on Outlots G and H, as well as the addition of a drive-thru facility, as part of Outlot G.  (Ward - Eight) The City Council authorized the Department of Planning to prepare legislation to move forward with this request's consideration.
  • Approved - Amended Bill #2146 authorizing the Mayor to execute on behalf of the City a real estate contract and addendum thereto for the purchase of property located at 4285 Fox Creek Road within the City of Wildwood. (Ward – Six)
  • Failed - Bill #2149 an ordinance determining the compensation for the office of the Mayor and amending Section 110.040 of the Municipal Code. (Wards – All)
  • Failed - Bill #2150 an ordinance determining the compensation for City Council Members and amending section 110.110 of the municipal code. (Wards – All)
  • Approved - Bill #2151 authorizing the Mayor of the City of Wildwood, Missouri to enter into a contract with Gershenson Construction for the development of Phase Two of the Community Park Project.  (Ward - One)
  • Approved - Bill #2152 authorizing changes in Amended C-8 Planned Commercial District Ordinance #1389 to accommodate the reuse of the existing building, being located in the Town Center Area, for retail, office, and the custom fabrication of furniture, thereby facilitating its re-occupancy in this regard, all being consistent with the Letter of recommendation approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission on October 12, 2015 and forwarded to City Council for consideration and action. (Ward – Eight)
  • Approved - Bill #2156 authorizing the Mayor of the City of Wildwood, Missouri to execute an agreement with Ameren Missouri for the installation of power poles, associated lines, and equipment to provide electrical service to the Wildwood Community Park – Phase One. (Ward - One)

April 5, 2016 Municipal Election – Filing Has Closed

Filing for the Offices of Mayor and 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 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

Seven (7) of the City Council candidates are running unopposed, along with the Office of Mayor. Please remember to vote!

Metro Transit to Expand MetroBus Service

to State 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 State 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 State 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 State Route 109, just north of New College Avenue.
Please visit the Metro Transit website for maps, schedules and other information:  www.metrostlouis.org

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.

6th Annual Doggie Easter Egg Hunt
March 26, 2016 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Come join Fox Creek Veterinary Clinic for its 6th Annual Doggie Easter Egg Hunt! Registration starts at Noon and hunt soon after. ALL proceeds go to our local non-kill animal shelter - Open Door Animal Sanctuary! They care for over 400 homeless dogs and cats, 365 days a year! Founded in 1975, Open Door has helped over 100,000 lives! Visit their website for more information: http://odas.org/. Open Door may also have adoptable pets at the event. 

A wide variety of prizes are planned for participants to choose from, as well as gift cards for $25.00 off any service, 50% off grooming with Joanna or Sam, and, finally, the best prize yet, 2 FREE nights pet boarding in our Luxury Boarding Suites! This event is family friendly and free (please keep all dogs on leads). HAVE YOUR PICTURE TAKEN WITH THE EASTER BUNNY!!! Please call (636) 458-6569, with any questions or visit the clinic's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/218562555153197/.
Regional Greenway Plan - GRG
Garden Buddies Application - 2016
Pancake and Sausage Supper
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