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A Publication of St. Charles County Government - Spring 2017
 
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County Breaks Ground on Emergency Operations Center

St. Charles County broke ground on March 13 for its new Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The facility will be on 10 acres of land located behind the existing St. Charles County Police Department building in O’Fallon.

The new EOC will house the day-to-day operations of the Department of Emergency Communications, St. Charles County Police Department’s Division of Emergency Management, and a data center for County information technology operations and the county-wide emergency radio communications system. The project also includes an addition to the Police Department for expansion of evidence storage.

“As our population continues to grow, demand for public safety and emergency preparedness is rising,” says County Executive Steve Ehlmann. “Now is the time to consolidate these operations into one, mission-critical facility that will sustain 365/24/7 operations during any type of emergency event or extreme condition.” 

It is anticipated the facility will be operational in late 2018. For the future updates, visit us online and on social media!

EOC Groundbreaking and Rendering
Top, from left to right: Brinkmann Constructors Founder and CEO Bob Brinkmann, Councilman Dave Hammond, Councilman Joe Cronin, County Executive Steve Ehlmann, Councilman Mike Klinghammer and Council Chair Mike Elam break ground for the County's new Emergency Operations Center. Bottom: Rendering of the center.
 
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Envision I-70: Join the Conversation  

How will Interstate 70 (I-70), and the area around it, look in the future? What changes would be welcome and what should be preserved? What multimodal considerations should be included? Now you have an opportunity to share your ideas about this critical part of our region.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is taking a high-level look at what I-70 is today, and envisioning what it can be in the future. A new study, managed by MoDOT, in close coordination with East-West Gateway Council of Governments and Metro, will look at the area of the interstate beginning just west of the I-70/I-64 interchange in Wentzville and continuing through the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge complex to the end of the express lanes in downtown St. Louis City. Twenty miles of this 40-mile corridor is in St. Charles County.

The area includes a vibrant mix of residential, commercial, and industrial land uses. Whether you use I-70 for your daily commute, to reach school, or to travel to and from the many activities the region has to offer, MoDOT wants to hear from you!

To provide your input, visit www.envisioni70.com, where you can take a brief survey, share ideas for the I-70 corridor, and learn more about this study. Please feel free to share this link with colleagues, neighbors, friends, and others who use I-70 for business or personal travel. The survey ends May 22.


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St. Charles County Tops Missouri’s “Healthiest Counties” List

Congratulations, St. Charles County residents! For the eighth consecutive year, a national report ranks St. Charles County at the top of Missouri’s “Healthiest Counties” list. Presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute, the County Health Rankings place St. Charles County first in Missouri for the “Health Factors” category and second in the state for “Health Outcomes.” Learn why St. Charles County receives high rankings in this study.


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Watch Your Mailbox - Real Estate Assessments Coming Soon

The St. Charles County Assessor will mail 2017 Notices of Real Estate Assessment by late April. State law requires the Assessor to re-evaluate property values as of Jan. 1 every odd-numbered year. Notices will reflect the change in value since Jan. 1, 2015. Taxpayers with questions or concerns have 10 days from the mailing date on the notice to schedule an informal hearing. Visit the Assessor's website for more information about real estate assessment.


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Happy Birthday #SCCMOParks

The St. Charles County Parks Department celebrates 20 years in April! In 1997, voters elected to pass the dedicated use tax that created the regional County parks system. Quail Ridge became the first park; today, the system includes 12 parks open to the public and several more parks in reserve. Follow us on social media to learn more about County parks and amenities. If you’re out and about in our parks, tag the pics you share with #SCCMOParks!


Mark Your Calendars for Two Exciting Park Events 

It's going to be a big summer in St. Charles County Parks! Celebrate 20 years with the department by checking out these events:

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Daniel Boone Home Brew Fest – 12 to 5 p.m., May 20

If you are a beer connoisseur, you won’t want to miss this event! Sample brews from local breweries and homebrewers – as of March 31, nine breweries, three brew clubs and eight homebrewers have registered and many more are expected! Food trucks also will be on site. Music will be provided by the Skylark Brothers from 12-3 p.m. and Bustin Bootleggers from 3-5 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, and free for designated drivers. Paid attendees receive a wristband to participate in tastings, souvenir glass, ticket for a tour of the Daniel Boone Home (to be used by Dec. 31), and a ballot to vote for “People’s Choice” Best Homebrew. Designated drivers also receive a ticket for a tour of the Boone Home. Hurry – this event is limited to 500 attendees! Visit the Parks online registration site for more information and to purchase tickets.



Total Eclipse in the Park – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Aug. 21
The Parks Department and the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (ASEM) are preparing for the once-in-a-lifetime FREE total solar eclipse event that will be visible throughout St. Charles County! Total Eclipse in the Park celebrations are planned at Klondike Park in Augusta, Broemmelsiek Park in Defiance and Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville. These exciting events are limited to 1,000 guests per park (five ticket limit per household) and each guest will receive a pair of commemorative eclipse glasses for safe viewing. Learn more on the Parks website and register online!


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Join Us on Instagram to #SCCMore

Along with our website, Facebook and Twitter, Instagram is now another way you can stay informed about everything St. Charles County. We kicked off our social media campaign – #SCCMore – in March to show you more of what St. Charles County has to offer citizens, visitors and businesses. If you’re at an event in our parks, adopting a new friend at the Pet Adoption Center, or just out having fun somewhere in the County, share with us on Instagram or our other social media sites using the #SCCMore hashtag. We may share your pics online!


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Help GGL Keep Traffic Moving in St. Charles County

Your feedback is needed to improve traffic in St. Charles County! Gateway Green Light (GGL) is a cooperative effort between the County and municipalities to improve the coordination of traffic signals. The program works to synchronize traffic signals, especially those that cross city limits. This reduces unnecessary delays, improves traffic flow and cuts emissions that contribute to ozone pollution.

Please take a few minutes to participate in GGL’s latest citizen survey. Responses help the program identify areas of focus for the future. The survey is available until mid-May.


Calendar

Events and Important Dates

For more events, including Parks activities, Workforce and Business Development/Missouri Job Center classes and recruiting events, and County Council meetings, please see the County Calendar. Also, check out the latest edition of the County Buzz on SCCMO-TV for information on activities and events happening throughout St. Charles County!


Steve Ehlmann

A Message from County Executive Steve Ehlmann


Technology makes life easier. We can buy just about anything online instead of driving to a retail outlet. We make fewer trips to the gas station because our cars are more fuel efficient. In an emergency, we have the ability to call 911 from cell phones instead of relying on landlines. All of this is fantastic – but you may be surprised to know that these technological advances have created new challenges for government in a growing county like ours...MORE




Council Comments


Joe Brazil

Joe Brazil, District 2

It’s the time of year when flowers are starting to bloom and there is a gentle spring breeze – and it’s the perfect time to enjoy all that the wine district, or Historic Missouri Wine Country, in St. Charles County has to offer. I’ve talked to residents throughout the county about the area, and many have no idea this is in their “backyard”! From wineries to County parks and trails, historic sites and unique events, there is something for everyone to enjoy...MORE

Dave Hammond

Dave Hammond, District 4

Gone are the days of having to do all business on paper and in person – just ask St. Charles County’s Community Development Department. Whether it’s an application for a building permit or a property maintenance complaint, businesses and citizens now can receive services through the department online. The benefits? Convenience, time savings, and more efficient customer service...MORE

John White

John White, District 7

I am excited to congratulate the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department on celebrating 20 remarkable years in 2017. It is amazing to see how our parks system has grown. There is a park for everyone – and there is always something to do! I hope you saw the article earlier in this newsletter about the Daniel Boone Home Brew Fest and Total Eclipse in the Park - I’d also like to share with you some other exciting events coming up this spring and summer...MORE


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