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GreenRock Trail Challenge - CANCELLED this Saturday

With the amount of rain over the last two (2) weeks, and the predicted forecast of more precipitation this Friday night and Saturday morning, City staff made the difficult decision to cancel this popular event for the safety of its participants and protect the trail from undue damage. If you registered through the City's website and would still like to pick-up the complementary T-shirt, please come by City Hall during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), Monday through Friday. T-shirts are only available to registered participants. Sorry for the cancellation, but we hope to see you next year. By the way, City, County, and State trails are open all year long, so get out there and enjoy them!

2016 Farmers Market in Wildwood

The City’s Farmers Market, which is located in the Town Center Plaza (221 Plaza Drive), officially opened its 2016 Season two (2) weeks ago. The market will now be open every Saturday through the fall, from 8:30 a.m. 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. 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.
As always, the Wildwood Farmers Market continues to be the location where you can obtain the freshest produce, vegetables, baked goods, and other items of interest in west St. Louis County and many of the vendors from past years are here again. Along with those vendors who have served you, and many residents, for the past seven (7) years, new participants are here in 2016, as well. Along with the vendors, there are always refreshments, food, and music to round out the atmosphere and create a great and fun place to visit!
So, remember, to visit the Wildwood Farmers Market, every Saturday, 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.

Alt Road Closure - As of Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The contractor for the City of Eureka, Missouri has cloesed Alt Road, between Thunder Valley Drive and Forby Road, as of Tuesday, May 31, 2016.  A signed detour route is in place and local traffic will be able to access Alt Road, at Thunder Valley Drive and Wren Meadow Drive. This closure is expected to be in place for approximately two (2) months. Follow this link for updates on this City of Eureka project.

Recreation Events and Activities >>>

Junior Trailblazer

Junior Trailblazer Program

Know any kids in the 5 to 13 year age range who would love to get out and enjoy some of Wildwood's trails? Then check out the City's Junior Trailblazer Program! This fun program will have kids (and their families) getting out and getting fit (don't tell them they will learn some things as well).

Check it out here: http://cityofwildwood.com/580/4802/Junior-Trailblazer-Program

Free Music Festival and Fundraiser
To Provide Musical Instruments for St. Louis Area Students
Sunday - June 5, 2016 ~ 11:00 a.m. 7:30 p.m. 
Wildwood Town Center

Music is best when it is shared with others, and that is what the young organizers of the Melomaniac’s Music for Change festival hope to do. This free festival aims to raise money and collect musical instruments to support music education via the Sheldon Concert Hall's Music for Lifelong Achievement Program.

The event is the brainchild of Melomaniac Founder, True Morse, a 2016 graduate of Lafayette High School whose vision is to create positive change through music. In lieu of a graduation party, the 18 year old Morse decided to return the gift of music to others. The free community event will take place at 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 5, 2016, at the Wildwood Town Center Plaza (221 Plaza Drive). Bands will take the stage at noon. Food trucks and community booths will also be on site.

“Music has been an important part of my upbringing from playing music with my family and various bands to performing in the Lafayette High School Orchestra,” states Morse. “I will be attending the University of Kentucky this fall and participating in their music program and orchestra. As I look forward to how I want to live my life and use my talents to their greatest potential, I had the vision of linking music to positive change. Out of this vision grew Melomaniac.”

The Melomaniac Music for Change event will feature 9 bands presenting covers and original works throughout the day, ranging from acoustic and acapella to rock and pop. “Melomaniac is not about me, or any one musician. It is about a collective with a common vision to create positive change through the music,” says Morse. A collaborative Melomaniac Jam finale will close out the event.

Musicals instruments can be donated and delivered at the event to the Sheldon Concert Hall booth. No pianos or organs will be accepted. Donations of cash, check and credit cards will also be accepted at the event or through the donation portal at http://melomaniacmusic.org/donate. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Sheldon Concert Hall and their Music for Lifelong Achievement program. 

The event is family-friendly, alcohol free, and appropriate for all ages. Dogs welcome. No glass containers permitted and guests must provide their own lawn seating. For more information visit http://melomaniacmusic.org or follow the event updates on Facebook.

About Melomaniac
Melomaniac is an organization with a mission to bring musicians together to perform and to create positive change through music. (501c3 in process) 

Wildwood Plein Air Art Event - June 11, 2016

Plein Air Art Event - June 11, 2016 - Saturday

The 2nd Annual Plein Air Art Event is planned for artists and photographers, as part of the Celebrate Wildwood Event. This event, which is a duration of twelve (12) hours on Saturday, highlights nine (9) Town Center sites. Artists and photographers can paint or photograph any or all of the sites and then turn them into the judges for cash awards (courtesy Wildwood B&B Theaters), which will be announced at an artists' reception in July. No pre-registration is required, but if you have questions, please e-mail  joe@cityofwildwood.com.

Next Concert in the Summer Series - June 17, 2016

Been wanting to wear your cowboy hat and boots to a City of Wildwood concert, then we have something for you this month! On June 17, 2016, at the Town Center Plaza, the Country and Western Band - Two Way Crossing - will be performing from 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Along with the band and its great music, the City will be supplying hot dogs, chips, kettle corn, shaved ice, soda, and water to attendees. Although only 800 hundred hot dogs are available, the music will just keep coming from this great band. Click on the provided link to obtain more information about Two Way Crossing - http://www.twowaycrossing.com

Home Alone Safety Class

This very popular class is being offered on June 22, 2016 and preregistration is required! This parent/child class, led by a St. Louis Children’s Hospital facilitator, will help parents and children determine the child’s physical, mental, social, and emotional readiness to stay home by themselves. This class will prepare them for this experience.
Location:          Wildwood City Hall – Community Room
                          16860 Main Street
                           Wildwood, Missouri  63040
Date:                  Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Time:                  6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cost:                  $25.00 per family

To Register: please call 314-454-5437 or 800-678-5437, Press 3, and provide the following response: Wildwood City Hall – June 22nd.  If you have questions, call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440.

Photography Contest for 2017 Wildwood Calendar

The Photography Contest for the 2017 Wildwood Calendar is quickly approaching, so it’s time to get out those cameras or start gathering photographs you’ve taken recently!  Photographs will be accepted from 8:00 a.m., on July 1, 2016, through 4:00 p.m., on July 22, 2016, in digital form only, on the Wildwood website at www.cityofwildwood.com.  More details and the contest rules can be found at http://www.cityofwildwood.com/458/Calendar-Contest.  On-line public voting will be from August 3, 2016 to August 25, 2016, followed by professional judging and the winners being announced in the fall. The winning photographs will be featured in the 2017 Wildwood Calendar! More details to follow soon!

Car Enthusiasts - We Have Something For YOU!

This Weekend!

1) The fund raiser Display Car Show at the Wildwood Historical Society, off Highway 100, just west of Stovall's Grove, on Saturday June 4, 2016, 12:00 (noon) to 4:00 p.m. Barbecue to be sold and museum open for tours. Funds go directly to the Wildwood Historic Society (not affiliated with the City of Wildwood). People's Choice award will be offered. Please come and enjoy a fun afternoon and visit the Wildwood Historical Society and help them with its museum.

2) The St. Alban Roe Knights of Columbus is holding its 2nd Annual St. Alban Roe KofC Car Show on Sunday, July 3, 2016, in the Wildwood Town Center Plaza parking lot. The show is open to early and late model muscle cars, classics, hot rods, imports, customs, trucks, and rat rods. Registration starts at 9:00 AM.  Awards are at 4:00 PM.  Food and beverages will be available, so bring the family. The net proceeds from the show will benefit the St. Louis VA Medical Center Fisher House. Fisher House is a non-profit organization established to provide a "home away from home," where veteran's families can stay at no cost, while their loved one is receiving inpatient medical care at the St. Louis VA Medical Center.  If you have any questions, please call Gary Lewis at 314-598-0824 or e-mail carshow@kofc12022.org.

3) The Wildwood Founders' Day Car Show, on Main Street in Town Center, Saturday August 27, 2016. Registration starts at 10:00 a.m., at Main Street and Eastgate Lane. If you have a classic and you would like to drive it in the City's Founders' Day Parade, contact John Gragnani, at jgrag@sbcglobal.net, or Gary Crews at 636-458-0440. Parade line-up is no later 8:30 a.m., with its start at 9:00 a.m. (SHARP). Meet at Schnucks Wildwood Crossing Lot - 16580 Manchester Road. 

Pavilion Rentals

With Spring here, families and friends gather to celebrate milestones such as birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries. Looking for an outdoor venue to hold your celebration?  The City of Wildwood has three (3) beautiful park pavilions available for your upcoming events. 
Anniversary Park and Old Pond School Park have great outdoor pavilions available for your families and friends to join you on your special celebrations. The pavilions at Anniversary Park and Old Pond School hold up to thirty (30) people. The parks have playground equipment and also provide picnic tables.

The City's new Community Park has a pavilion, with convenient restrooms a part of it, that seats over one hundred (100). Nearby is the all-inclusive playground and the great outdoors!
For more information, please contact Amanda or Gary at 636 458-0440 or via e-mail at amanda@cityofwildwood.com or gary@cityofwildwood.com. Additionally, pavilion reservations can be completed online at: www.cityofwildwood.com/facilities/.


Asphalt Resurfacing Program for the City's Rural Streets

*** Summer 2016 ***

The City of Wildwood has contracted with L. Krupp Construction for its re-surfacing project for Summer of 2016. Preparations will begin soon for this project, including tree trimming, shoulder maintenance, and stabilization. This year’s project will include Alt Road, Allenton Road, Hardt Road, and Eatherton Road, from State Route 109 to Wild Horse Creek Road, totaling almost nine (9) miles of roadway. The  City of Wildwood will be milling side streets and drive entrances, prior to the two (2) inch asphalt overlay to ensure smooth transitions.

<<< Pond-Grover Loop Road Committee >>>
Draft Traffic Study Presented to Community

A committee of volunteers have been studying the issue of the extension of the Pond-Grover Loop Road, as part of the development of a large residential subdivision in the City's Town Center Area. The study, prepared by the Lochmueller Group, was presented to the community on May 24, 2016. The study is being reviewed and refinements/additions are anticipated to be made to it, but if you were unable to attend the meeting or would like to review, please click on this link - http://www.cityofwildwood.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/7118?fileID=10870.

<<< Concrete Street Slab Replacement Program >>>
2016 Work Season

Since the incorporation of the City, each year, the City has been replacing concrete slabs in many of the residential subdivisions. This program provides preventative maintenance and helps to maintain property values in these locations. The locations of work for the 2016 Work Season can be found at this link: http://www.cityofwildwood.com/576/2016-Street-Slab-Replacement/.


At the end of the Missouri Legislative Session, which concluded last Friday, new legislation passed both the Senate and House, altering the distribution of the 1% St. Louis County Sales Tax to the benefit of only seven (7) municipalities in St. Louis County, based upon those municipalities receiving more of the sales tax revenue collected from businesses in their respective jurisdictions.  Wildwood, along with sixty-five (65) other municipalities would see a decrease in sales tax revenue from this legislation.  It has been heavily driven by Senator Dave Schatz, who represents Wildwood, Chesterfield, Eureka and Pacific, but who supports Chesterfield receiving more sales tax revenue at the expense of the other St. Louis County municipalities he represents.

The Bill now awaits Governor Nixon’s approval, and many area municipalities are preparing for the worst. "It would be a disappointing day for the citizens of Wildwood and many other municipalities in St. Louis area," said Wildwood Mayor Jim Bowlin. He went on to say “The act will deprive St. Louis County municipalities of the ability to have predictability in their budgeting.”  If approved, the legislation would go into effect on January 1, 2017, and is estimated to result in a loss of revenue to the City of Wildwood in excess of $125,000 annually.

Legislation for changes to the St. Louis County sales tax distribution formula have been proposed for many years, but until this year have not reached the Governor’s desk.  With the passage of legislation this session, many State legislators have stated that they won’t revisit the issue again in the foreseeable future.  However, “the fact is no one can guarantee Wildwood and all the cities affected by this action that we won’t be right back here in a year or so,” Bowlin added.

E-Newsletter – An Excellent Way To Be ‘In the Know’

The City of Wildwood would like to thank all of the subscribers to the e-newsletter for your interest in receiving it and hopes you find this weekly publication to be very informative and interesting.  It has been a major goal of the City to enhance citizen communications and input, and it hopes the e-newsletter has been an effective communication tool. However, the City is only reaching a small portion of the population and would like to reach many more of our citizens.  While not everyone wishes to receive yet another weekly e-mail, it is likely many citizens are unaware that the City’s weekly e-newsletter exists. Therefore, the City is asking for your assistance in sharing this opportunity to stay informed about Wildwood.  The following link will take you directly to the Subscription Section of the City Website: http://www.cityofwildwood.com/list.aspx. Through this link, not only can you subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter, but you can also sign up for Traffic & Weather Alerts, News Flashes, and many other City notifications.
The City would also ask that you forward this notice to friends and family, or share through social media sites, and let’s see if we can grow our subscriber base and keep the citizens of our great community well-informed.


Ameren Missouri
New Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Residential programs are available again to customers and can be viewed by clicking on the following link: www.ameren.com/energy-efficiency/residential/hvac/.

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.  Donation boxes are located at City Hall, 16860 Main Street, both on the 1st and 2nd Floor Foyers.  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
"Still Some Available"

If you find the 65 gallon cart to be too small for your weekly recyclables, please call Meridian Waste Services, at (314) 291-3131, to request a larger recycling cart.  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).

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. 

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