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A Publication of St. Charles County Government - December 2015

Happy Holidays from St. Charles County!

We hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 
View a special holiday greeting from the County Executive's Office.

St. Charles County Police Dispatch

Taking Safety, Response to Another Level: County's 911 System Receives Upgrade

St. Charles County and local municipalities have implemented a significant upgrade to our county's 911 system. The upgrade was necessary to keep up with new technologies for a variety of reasons, including the fact that over 70% of 911 calls are now received from wireless devices. As of Nov. 18, all seven of the county PSAPs (Public Service Answering Points) that handle 911 calls, including the cities of St. Charles, St. Peters, O’Fallon, Lake Saint Louis, Wentzville, as well as the St. Charles County Police Department and the Department of Dispatch & Alarm, now are operating on an Emergency CallWorks cloud-based system.

The new system improves safety and system stability in several ways. First, separately hosted equipment operated off-site and out of the county ensures there's a backup for the system in the event of an emergency. In addition, one of the many features the new system offers is the ability of the 911 operators to visually pinpoint where a caller is located on a map. This allows dispatchers to not only dispatch the appropriate first responders quicker, but also allows them to determine if calls are from one incident or multiple incidents across the county. Dispatchers are also able to login to the system from any PSAP location, which allows for staffing and operational flexibility.

Coming next in 2016 is "text-to-911" where citizens who might be unable to call 911 will have the option to text for help – stay tuned for further news. Funding for the new 911 system comes from each PSAP, along with St. Charles County and the 2% 911 landline tax.

Snow Plow

Let's Work Together to Make Snow Removal Easier!

Winter’s here, and that means snow and freezing rain are not far behind. When winter weather hits, the St. Charles County Highway Department treats main arterials first, then side streets and then subdivision roads, with the goal to have each route salted or plowed twice in a 24 hr. period. Extremely heavy snow, freezing rain, or severely cold temperatures impacts the time it takes for our drivers to get through the various routes. To help make this process as fast and efficient as possible:

  • Please avoid parking in the street during snow or freezing rain.

  • Please move any mobile basketball hoops or other sporting equipment out of subdivision roads and cul-de-sacs.

For more information on snow removal, visit the Highway Department's Snow Removal webpage.

Also, before winter storms hit it is a good time to prepare emergency kits for your home and vehicle – and, when the frigid weather arrives, remember to bring your pets inside! For more tips, visit the St. Charles County Police Department Division of Emergency Management’s Winter Preparedness webpage.


New Year, New Transportation Projects

There are exciting and fast-moving road construction projects starting in 2016 to improve our transportation infrastructure:

  • I-70 Fifth St. Interchange Improvements: Construction to improve traffic flow and stimulate economic development between Fifth Street and First Capitol Drive, where 50% of traffic crossing the Blanchette Bridge into St. Charles County exits during the evening rush. This project is separate from the City of St. Charles' current Fifth Street reconstruction and includes a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) at Fifth Street, the addition of a fourth lane under First Capitol Drive/Route 94, and additional improvements.The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will manage construction on the project, which will start in spring 2016. The project will be substantially complete by Thanksgiving 2016 and fully complete by spring/summer 2017. The I-70 Fifth Street Interchange Improvements are done in partnership between St. Charles County, the Federal Highway Administration, MoDOT and the City of St. Charles.

  • Resurfacing by MoDOT of I-70 from the Warren County Line to Wentzville Parkway and of Route W from Route 61 to Route T: Work will be completed in summer and fall, respectively.

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Gift a Piece of Law Enforcement and St. Charles County History!

The Star Between the Rivers: A History of the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department, 1805-2015 chronicles the journey of the department in a coffee-table book format with pictures on nearly every page. Published by St. Charles County, the book costs $20 and is getting rave reviews – don't miss out! Check out our press release to learn more, including information on where you can purchase a copy!

Project CARE and Shop Local Logos

Support Our Community Through Project CARE and Shop Local St. Charles County!

When you pay your taxes this year, consider checking the $1, $5, or $10 box to donate a little extra to Project CARE – an opportunity to help the community by supporting local nonprofit agencies that serve residents in need and receive support from the County’s Community Assistance Fund. The County’s Community Assistance Board administers the fund, and 100% of the donations go to nonprofits designated to receive funds. Organizations that have received funds include Bridgeway, Crider Center, Sts. Joachim and Ann and Volunteers in Medicine. Donations are tax deductible!

Also, during the holiday season – and all year – remember to Shop Local St. Charles County! Sales tax helps support the services, such as public safety, courts, health, transportation, parks and more that make our community a great place to live. Look for the Shop Local St. Charles County logo (above left) around our community as a reminder!


Events and Important Dates

For more events, including Parks activities, Workforce Development/ Missouri Job Center classes and recruiting events, and County Council meetings, please see the County Calendar.

Please note: Pending approval by the County Council at its Dec. 21 meeting, as of Jan. 1 the following department names will change to better reflect their services and missions. Department contact information will remain the same:

Steve Ehlmann

A Message from County Executive Steve Ehlmann

Nearly a year has passed since the launch of the St. Charles County Police Department, and to say it has been a big year is an understatement. In a short period of time, under the direction of Chief David Todd, the department has made quite an impression on the community by focusing on building relationships with citizens and educating the public on the role of law enforcement. Internally, the department is integrating programs and efforts to improve already outstanding officer training and overall department response in the community...MORE

Council Comments

Dave Hammond

Dave Hammond, District 4

Do you read your tax bill to see where your tax dollars are going? This year, you might be surprised to see no line item for General Fund property tax – the tax that goes to the primary operating fund for St. Charles County Government. This is not a mistake and it doesn’t mean anything is wrong – it actually means a lot is going right in St. Charles County...MORE

Mike Klinghammer

Mike Klinghammer, District 6

There is exciting news for seniors of St. Charles County – several new senior living communities are slated for development in the City of St. Charles and the County's 5th and 6th Council Districts...I am extremely pleased to see several options under construction to afford our seniors the ability to choose which community is right for them...MORE

John White

John White, District 7

Are you or anyone in your family, business or organization planning to travel out of the country in the New Year? Whether you’re going on a vacation, business or mission trip, a passport is required for all travel outside the United States – and you may need specific vaccinations to protect your health in some locations.You may already be aware that you can obtain certified copies of birth records through the Department of Community Health and the Environment, but soon you’ll also be able to apply for a passport and obtain travel vaccinations at the facility...MORE

Published by: St. Charles County Office of Public Information, 100 N. Third St., St. Charles, MO 63301, 636-949-1864, 

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