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Have You Finished Your Holiday Shopping Yet?
If Not ... Shop, Dine, and Unwind in Wildwood

With so many options for shopping, dining, and personal needs, please think of Wildwood first. The City is home to a large number of businesses and professionals, who offer a range of products, dining, and services, which are the best in the region. Local owners are at these businesses and provide a personal touch to all they do and invest in Wildwood each and every day. For a listing of these businesses, just click on this link: Information on Wildwood businesses is provided, including contact numbers and their respective specialties. Also, click on the provided link that follows to visit the Wildwood Business Association's website for participating businesses as well - Shopping locally always makes a lot of sense and everyone wins. Thank you!

 Wildwood Named Best Place to Raise a Family in Missouri

Personal finance website WalletHub has named the City of Wildwood as the best place to raise a family in Missouri. WalletHub analysts ranked 86 of Missouri’s biggest cities using twenty-one data points of “family-friendliness.” Specific rankings were developed for categories, such as “family life and fun,” "education, health and safety,” “affordability” and “socioeconomics” to create the list of best places for children. “It’s nice to see our neighborhoods in Wildwood be recognized as great places to live and raise families,” said Mayor Jim Bowlin. “We are dedicated as a community to be an extraordinary place to live, work and play."
City Administrator Ryan Thomas said he wasn’t surprised by the news that came today. “This newest ranking by WalletHub joins several others that list our city among the best places to live in Missouri,” said Thomas. Recently, the neighborhood and school-focused website 
Niche ranked Wildwood as the 2nd best place in Missouri to raise a family and 4th best place to live overall. Real estate blogger Movoto ranks Wildwood #4 across the state for best overall places in Missouri.

Information on the April 3, 2018 Municipal Election

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, candidates interested in the upcoming municipal election could begin collecting signatures on Nominating Petitions.

Election Information:
Filing OPENED on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 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 16, 2018 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.

April 3, 2018 is Election Day.

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 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 are valid, prior to Saturday, October 28, 2017. No person shall be allowed to be nominated for more than one (1) office at a time.

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 and other information:

If you have any questions, please contact Wildwood's City Clerk, Amanda Foster, or Deputy City Clerk, Laura Rechtin, at 636-458-0440, or via e-mail at or

Come to the Coffee - They're Educational and Fun!
City Hall - Community Room - 16860 Main Street

No Coffee in January, but right back on February 1, 2018

Coffee With the Mayor - First Thursday of Each Month

“Wildwood 2020”

Mayor Bowlin has announced his vision plan for the City of Wildwood during the City Council Work Session held on Monday, October 9, 2017.  The plan was developed based on input from residents and other stakeholders, and calls for improving residential experience and a renewed focus on the City’s original plans, said Mayor Bowlin. 

“I’m very committed to things that benefit our residents and businesses, and there’s so much we can do to make Wildwood even better for them. My plan incorporates ways to make that happen with optimal cost efficiency,” said the Mayor. The plan includes several proposed projects that will benefit residents in all eight wards, along with implementation guidelines that include resident participation and input. 
For more information, please contact Ryan Thomas, City Administrator, at (636) 458-0440, or visit the following link -

Wildwood City Council
and Planning & Zoning Commission Meetings
! Streaming Live !

In August, the City installed a video streaming system in the City Hall Council Chambers, which allows for certain meetings to be streamed live and/or viewed thereafter. Initially, City Council Meetings (2nd and 4th Mondays) and Planning & Zoning Commission Meetings (1st and 3rd Mondays) are being streamed live and recorded for playback. Please click the link below to visit the City's Livestream Page, where you can both link to live meetings, or view past recorded meetings:

Hidden Valley Zip Line Course Proposal

This proposal, now granted by the Planning and Zoning Commission, was received and filed by the City Council at its meeting on November 27, 2017, then referred to the City Council Committee that oversees planning matters for further review and recommendation. A public hearing will be held by this Committee on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers (16860 Main Street). If you are interested in the Planning and Zoning Commission's final report on the zip line course request at Hidden Valley Ski Resort, please click the following link:

Plein Air Event Art and Photography Sale

Only a Week Left to Buy Beautiful Art and Photography

"A Great Gift for the Holidays"

The City of Wildwood hosted its 3rd Annual Plein Air Event on October 14, 2017 and over thirty-five artists and photographers participated in it. The art and photography are now being displayed at City Hall and all of it is for sale. Over sixty (60) pieces of art and photography are here.

This year's subject was the Meramec River Valley and our participants found some great locations and captured the essence of this great natural jewel. Art and photography can be viewed Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Again, all of these wonderful art and photography pieces are for sale and would make a great and long-lasting gift to a loved one, friend, or colleague this holiday season. If you have questions about this event or would like to purchase a piece of art or photography, please contact Gary Crews at or by telephone at (636) 458-0440.

Recycle Your Holiday Lights



Last of the Pop Up Events for 2017 - First Day of Winter 12-21-2017

Babysitting 101 Presented by St. Louis Children’s Hospital Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Considering hiring a new babysitter? Enroll him or her in this class to encourage the best care for your child. This class is a great introduction to the basics of babysitting. A workbook is provided. Topics include: (a.) the business of babysitting; (b.) child development; (c.) safety and first aid; and (d.) fun and games. For more details or to register, please call 314-454-KIDS. 

Wildwood Frozen Feet Half Marathon Trail Run   

OK Readers - Pay Attention to this One!!

The 8th Annual Wildwood Frozen Feet Half Marathon Trail Run is scheduled for January 20, 2018. This popular run starts and finishes at LaSalle Springs Middle School and covers 13.1 miles of beautiful Wildwood trails! This run has become one of the top rated trail runs in the St. Louis Metro Area and has filled to capacity the last three years. The race cap has been raised this year to three fifty hundred (350) participants, but registration is already over one-half full, so don't delay ... sign-up now. You will not find a better trail running value than the Wildwood Frozen Feet Trail Run!! Organizers wanted to put on a quality trail running event that was challenging, fun, and affordable ….. and that has been accomplished. 

An unbelievable trail run, plenty of food and drink, finisher medals for everyone crossing the finish line, a wonderfully warm and comfortable hooded sweatshirt, and awards to the top three finishers in each of the five year age groups!! The run is doable by runners of any experience level, but will  present a subtle challenge to those wanting to be competitive! Runners will pass an aide station seven (7) times on the course, where water will be available, but if you want/require special needs, come self-contained! January 20, 2018 may seen like a long way off, but registration is already open and a large number of veteran Frozen Feet runners have immediately registered!! Needless to say, the event will likely fill long before 2018 even arrives!!!

So, if you are interested, register at your first opportunity. Registration can be done online at or go to the Big River Running Company website. Paper applications are also available and can be mailed to Wildwood City Hall, 16860 Main Street, Wildwood, Missouri 63040. The Wildwood Frozen Feet Half Marathon Trail Run is a great event for those just breaking into trail running or doing their first half marathon. On the flip side, it is a fast, challenging course for the veteran trail runners wanting to be competitive. Put Frozen Feet on your calendar and register now! Questions? Call Gary at 636-458-0440.  


2018 Spring Registration Drive - Pond Athletic Assocation

Christmas Tree Lot - Living Word Church

The Living Word Church Christmas Tree Lot opened on Friday, November 24, 2017. The Men’s Club Christmas Tree Lot has many different types of trees to choose from for your home or workplace. Bring your family and come out and support our Men’s Club (all proceeds go to missions and scholarships) and find the perfect tree for your home! Hours are: 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays, at the church, 17315 Manchester Road, in Wildwood.  Please visit for more information.

This Saturday ... Another Kids Night Out!
Wildwood Family YMCA 

The Wildwood Family YMCA offers Kids Night Out events monthly throughout the school year. These events allow kids ages 5-12 to enjoy the YMCA and themed-based programming, while parents get the night out. Activities include swimming, games, sports, dinner, crafts, and friendship. Concessions are available for purchase. Kids should wear gym shoes and bring a swimsuit and towel. Families don’t need to be YMCA members to enjoy this program. A minimum of 10 kids must be registered by 6:00 p.m. the Friday before the event for the YMCA to host the event. Advance registration is appreciated.

Fall 2017 Wildwood YMCA Kids Night Out Events
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 6:30-10:00 p.m.

Register online at, in person at 2641 Highway 109, or by calling (636) 458-6636. For more information, please click on this link: or see the flyer below.

Wildwood Family YMCA's Kids Night Out! Starts on September 30, 2017



SUNDAY, December 17, 2017, will be our Wildwood Historical Society Christmas OPEN HOUSE, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Come and see what all we have done this year in our Museum and Meeting Hall. The location is 18750 Highway 100 (Manchester Rd.) Wildwood, Missouri. Come and Join Us! Our volunteers will be available to answer any questions you might have about joining or volunteering.
Christmas Eve at Living Word Church
 Blood Drive at Bethel United Methodist Church - December 27, 2017
Parkside Grille - New Year's Eve in Wildwood

New Programming by Your Wildwood YMCA!

Wildwood Family YMCA will Offer a
Preschool Enrichment Program for Ages 3-5

 Starting on January 22, 2018 to May 5, 2018

•Features swimming, gym time, outdoor garden education, crafts, story-time, show & tell, outside play, interest centers, sensory stations and family events.
•Provides a high quality, safe, convenient, recreational and educational environment for children regardless of ability.
•Offers hours of 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and 2, 3 and 5 day options, Monday through Friday.
Find more information here:

Wildwood Family YMCA - New Program for Ages 3 to 5 - January 22, 2018


City Council Activity
from its Meeting held on December 11, 2017 

  • The City Council passed Ordinance #2319 adopting the Municipal Budget and Capital Improvement Program for the City of Wildwood for Fiscal Year 2018 (Wards – All)
  • The City Council passed Ordinance #2320 of the City of Wildwood, Missouri authorizing the Mayor to negotiate and execute an addendum to and a renewal of the Police Services Agreement with St. Louis County for the Year 2018 (Wards  - All)
  • The City Council passed Ordinance #2321 authorizing changes to the regulations governing the use of temporary banners in multiple zoning district designations of the City of Wildwood to address current application inconsistencies and improve the enforcement of the same, all being consistent with the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission in its report dated October 16, 2017 (Wards – All)
  • The City Council passed Ordinance #2322 approving a Record Plat, Trust Indenture, General Warranty Deed, and Deposit Agreement, with associated Letters of Credit, which are to guarantee certain required improvements, for a 44.2-acre portion of the overall 78.8-acre residential development area, containing seventy-one (71) lots, being part of Section 1, Township 44 North, Range 3 East, City of Wildwood, St. Louis County, Missouri, and, more specifically, situated north of State Route 100, west of Taylor Road, to be known as “The Villages at Brightleaf – Plat One” (Ward – Five)   
  • The City Council  passed Ordinance #2323 authorizing a Lot Split Plat of a 6.183 acre tract of land, known as ‘adjusted Lot A of the Boyle-Holcomb Estate’ which was subject to a Boundary Adjustment Plat approved in 2014, with said tract of land being located in Section 25, Township 45 North, Range 3 East, City of Wildwood, St. Louis County, Missouri; and, more specifically, situated on the east side of Shepard Road, north of its intersection with Shepard Ridge Road, for the purposes of subdividing it into two (2) parcels of ground, hereafter to be known as Lots 1 and 2 of the Lot Split Plat of adjusted Lot A of Boyle-Holcomb Estate (Ward – Three)    
  • The City Council passed Ordinance #2324 authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement with Byrne Software Technologies, Inc. for the provision of a City-specific software program that will offer information and permit management solutions to uniquely address the diverse needs of Wildwood residents, businesses, and customers by enhancing Team Members’ workflow and making publicly available information more accessible to all user groups (Wards – All)
  • The City Council passed Ordinance #2326 authorizing the consolidation of two (2) tracts of land, known as Parcels 1 and 2, both being located in the Southeast Quarter of Section 32, Township 45 North, Range 3 East, City of Wildwood, St. Louis County, Missouri (identified by St. Louis County Assessor’s locator numbers 22X410104 and 22X410105) and, more specifically, situated on the south side of Wild Horse Creek  Road, west of Rieger Road; thereby creating a single, 10.876 acre lot, to be hereafter known as the Thoma Consolidation Plat (Ward – One)
  • The City Council passed Ordinance #2327 revising the budget for the City of Wildwood, Missouri, for the fiscal year commencing on January 1, 2017 and ending on December 31, 2017 (Wards – All)
  • The City Council passed Resolution #2017-43 authorizing the City Administrator to execute an agreement with Accela, Inc. for the 2018 purchase of ten (10) user licenses for on-going access and use for the permit management system being developed for the City of Wildwood, Missouri by Byrne Software Technologies, Inc. (Wards – All)


December 6, 2017  @ 2:00 p.m. (CST) - Posting Date
December 28, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m. (CST) - Closing Date

The City of Wildwood, Missouri is seeking an individual(s) or entity to manage its seasonal Farmers Market Facility within the boundaries of its Town Center, which will begin its ninth year of existence. The market’s season is from May to October, every Saturday. Hours of operation of the market are negotiable, based upon the proposal submitted by the considered individual(s) or entities. The following duties and obligations are expected of the Market Manager(s):
Acts as the administrator of the Farmers Market, exercising general supervision over it and its activities. Keeps the operation of the Farmers Market functioning smoothly and effectively; and

  1. Creates rules and regulations governing vendor operations, to be approved by the City; and

  2. Interprets the Farmers Market rules and regulations governing vendor operations. Make necessary judgments and decisions, if questions or concerns arise; and

  3. Solicits potential vendors providing local products, including, but not limited to, produce, plants, flowers, seafood, food for sale, arts and crafts, nuts, baked goods, breads, pastas, jams, jellies, and any other products deemed to add value to the Farmers Market; and

  4. Presents all proposed vendors to City for approval at City’s sole discretion; and

  5. Ensures that all vendors maintain general liability insurance covering their operations and any employees working for vendors at the Farmers Market; and

  6. Keeps all vendor general liability insurance documentation on file, with copies forwarded to the City; and

  7. Establishes a vendor fee schedule, subject to City approval, and collects vendor fees from all vendors, which are to be retained by the Manager(s);

  8. Ensures that all vendors obtain a City of Wildwood business license, prior to participating in the Farmers Market and meet Missouri Department of Revenue and Crossings Community Improvement District sales tax requirements; and

  9. Ensures that all vendors are in compliance with City and St. Louis County health and sanitary codes; and

  10. Organizes and administers a system allowing vendors to reserve and check-out tables and tents for their booths and return them in good condition at the conclusion of the Farmers Market each day of operation; and

  11. Removes litter and trash associated with the Farmers Market operation; and

  12. Maintains records, accounts, and files relating to the operation of the Farmers Market including, but not limited to, vendor fees, sales, licenses, insurance, and agreements (for term of Agreement).

The City provides a monthly stipend for this service, which is negotiable, along with tables, tents, and other items for use in the management and operation of the Farmers Market Facility. Interested individuals or entities in this opportunity should contact Joe Vujnich, City of Wildwood, at (636) 458-0440 to discuss this position or to receive additional information relating to it. The City of Wildwood, Missouri is seeking only qualified candidates, with related experience in a similar venue. Physical activity and exertion is required, in a range of weather-related conditions. 
Submit a resume by e-mail to Kathy Arnett, Assistant Director of Planning and Parks at or by mail to: Kathy Arnett, Assistant Director of Planning and Parks, City of Wildwood, 16860 Main Street, Wildwood, Missouri 63040.  Again, applications will be accepted until close of business (5:00 p.m. - CST) on December 28, 2017.  The City of Wildwood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips from Ameren Missouri

As the holiday season approaches, Ameren Missouri is urging customers to make safety a factor in holiday decorating. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 12,000 people are treated at hospital emergency rooms for injuries, such as falls, cuts, and shocks, all being related to holiday lights, while Christmas trees are involved in nearly 300 fires annually, resulting in more than $10 million in property loss and damage. Click this link to view safety tips to keep in mind while decorating for the holidays -

It's Dark Out There, Let's All Be Safe!

With the change in time, many of us walkers, runners, and bicyclists are now dealing with darkness during our outings. Please remember to use sidewalks, trails, and other pedestrian facilities, whenever available, and always remember to wear some type of reflective garment when you are out. Let's stay out there, but be safe!

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: Through this link, you can subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter, as well as 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.

Park and Trail Memorial Program

The City of Wildwood is pleased to offer a Park and Trail Memorial Program intended for residents to honor and commemorate the memory of a loved one or close friend. The City is offering three (3) different options that can be placed in a number of different active or passive park/trail locations in the City. Please click on the link for more information:


The Shoeman Water Project Shoe Drive Continues

Wildwood City Hall

Thanks to everyone who has donated shoes, boots, and sandals to the Shoeman Water Project over the years.  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

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. 

Editor's Note: Thanks to all our subscribers for your patronage of the e-newsletter. If there are topics or information the City can add to the e-newsletter, or is missing something at this time you would like to see, please let me know by e-mailing

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