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A Publication of St. Charles County Government - July 2018
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Top Five 
Things to Know About St. Charles County this Month

1. Road Update: Additional Lanes Coming to Route 364

Route 364 at Mid Rivers

If you are a frequent traveler of Route 364, also known as the Page Extension, prepare for exciting improvements! Route 364 in the Mid Rivers Mall Drive area soon will have additional lanes. An increase in traffic was expected when Page was built, and was opened to traffic with the expectation that more construction would be needed to accommodate the increase. St. Charles County Government is a funding partner for this project and has led the effort to get this construction supported and completed. 


“Shortly after the Page Extension opened, we knew there were going to be traffic concerns and immediately started working with MoDOT to plan for more lanes,” says St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann. “The traffic counts during the peak hours are three times higher than estimated by the design-build team that constructed 364. We’re happy to report that construction will start soon on this project and the new lanes will be open to the public by the end of the year.”

MoDOT will start construction in July to add the following lanes:
  • Route 364 Eastbound: 
    • Addition of a continuous third lane from the Route 94 on-ramp onto Route 364
  • Route 364 Westbound: 
    • Addition of a continuous fourth lane past the Harvestowne Industrial Drive/Central School Road/Kisker Road existing merge lane (Exit 9) to the Mid Rivers Mall Drive off-ramp (Exit 8B) 
    • Addition of a continuous third lane past the Mid Rivers Mall Drive existing merge lane (Exit 8B) to the Route 94 off-ramp (Exit 8A)
Traffic disruption during construction is expected to be minimal; any necessary lane closures are scheduled to occur during off-peak traffic times from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Construction is expected to be complete by November 2018.
 
The County’s 40 percent share of this $1.2 million project comes from the voter-approved Transportation Sales Tax. This ½-cent tax was enacted in 1985 and reauthorized by voters three times for road improvements that enhance the mobility and safety of our local roads. MoDOT’s share of the project is 50 percent and the City of St. Peters is 10 percent.
 
Watch the County News Update on this project. For questions about the project and construction, please contact Andrew Tuerck, MoDOT St. Charles County Area Engineer, at 314-453-5046 or by email

2. Police Reach Out with Citizen Academy, Community Events

PD in Community

Getting to know citizens and giving back to the community is important to the men and women of the St. Charles County Police Department. Throughout the year, the department participates in a variety of events to meet the public and help residents learn about policing. Mark your calendars for these upcoming programs and activities:

  • If you would like the opportunity for an up-close educational and interactive experience with law enforcement, apply to the Citizen Police Academy (CPA). This 14-week course is held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays from Sept. 10 through Dec. 10 at the St. Charles County Police Department in O’Fallon. Training classes include patrol functions, special operations, use of force, cyber crime investigation, firearms, crime scene investigations, police K9s, and more. Past graduates of CPA rave about the experience! Registration opened July 2 and ends Aug. 13. Watch the CPA video for qualifications and details.

  • The River City Rascals First Responder Night on Friday, July 6, will recognize the men and women of the St. Charles County Police Department and all first responders in our community. Several first responders will be recognized as MVPs during the game. Watch the department’s Facebook and Twitter account to see if one of the County Police Department's own receives this honor! The event benefits The BackStoppers, which provides needed financial assistance and support to the families of first responders who have died or suffered a catastrophic injury performing their duty. Tickets are $13, with $4 going to The BackStoppers. For tickets and more information, visit the River City Rascals online.

  • The St. Charles County Police Department and other local law enforcement and first responder agencies will participate in National Night Out 2018 from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the New Melle Sports Complex, 4700 Hwy Z, New Melle. National Night Out is an annual block party-style community event that promotes positive police-community relationships and collaboration for crime reduction. Officers and neighbors join together at this free event to discuss important public safety issues, while enjoying food, fun, and entertainment. St. Charles County Regional SWAT, St. Charles County Bomb Disposal Unit, St. Charles County Corrections Department, St. Charles County Sheriff's Department, and the Metro Air Support Unit also will be there. For questions, please contact Val Joyner, Public Affairs Officer for the Police Department, at ext. 3057 or by email.

3. Kids, Online Safety Focus of July 17 #SCCMore Speaker Series

SCCMore Speaker Series July 2018

If you’re a parent, grandparent, educator or simply have children in your life who you know and love, you won’t want to miss the July 17 #SCCMore Speaker Series, “Protecting Your Kids Online.”

The internet is an amazing resource and learning tool for kids and teens, but the presence of online predators and other dangers means it must be used safely. At this event, Lieutenant Mark O’Neill of the St. Charles County Cyber Crime Task Force and Commander of the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (MOICAC) will discuss the roles and day-to-day work of these organizations as well as provide tips to keep youth safe online. Additionally, attendees will participate in a cyber crime case study. Detective Brigid Oldani of the St. Charles County Police Department and Cyber Crime Task Force will join Lieutenant O’Neill for the presentation.

The #SCCMore Speaker Series is designed to help residents learn about programs and services provided by St. Charles County Government, and to learn more about what the County has to offer. Speakers for the bi-monthly series are St. Charles County elected officials and County staff, who address topics of interest to residents. All programs are held from 7-8:30 p.m., at various libraries in the St. Charles City-County Library District.

The #SCCMore Speaker Series is free, but registration is requested. Visit us online to register and learn more about future programs!


4. Archer Alexander Creek Named After Local Civil War Hero 

Archer Alexander Creek Naming Event

A creek in St. Charles County formerly known as Tributary B officially was named Archer Alexander Creek after approval from the Missouri and U.S. boards on Geographic Names. Alexander (pictured above left) was a slave and Civil War hero who lived in the area of the creek in the mid-19th century. 

During the Civil War, Alexander informed Union troops about an incident of local railroad sabotage and weapons hidden on a farm along the creek that now bears his name. He escaped to St. Louis and successfully petitioned the Provost Marshal of Missouri for his freedom. A photo – taken later in his life by abolitionist William Greenleaf Eliot – was used by artist Thomas Ball to sculpt the face of Alexander alongside President Abraham Lincoln in the Emancipation Memorial found in Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Park. 

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (pictured above right with Steve Ehlmann, St. Charles County Executive, and James LeNoir, President of the NAACP St. Charles County Chapter) visited St. Charles County on June 28 to issue a proclamation regarding the designation. Resolutions supporting the name change were passed and submitted to the naming boards by the St. Charles County Council, O’Fallon County Council and Cottleville Board of Aldermen.
 
“We thank Secretary of State Ashcroft for issuing this proclamation and for his interest in our county and its history," says County Executive Ehlmann. "Naming this creek after Mr. Alexander reminds us of the rich, diverse history of our county and of the brave men and women who fought on many levels during the Civil War to reunite our nation and make all men free.”
 
Archer Alexander Creek is approximately 2.5 miles long with its head in the City of O’Fallon. It flows generally south through the City of Cottleville to enter Dardenne Creek 3.9 miles north-northwest of Weldon Spring. View a map of the creek.


5. Regulations, Requirements Prevent Swimming Pool Dangers 

Swimming Pool
Every day, about 10 people in the United States die from unintentional drownings. Of these, two are children 14 or younger. Children ages 1-4 have the highest drowning rate and most of those occur in home swimming pools. These are startling statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a reality that hits home every summer.
In unincorporated St. Charles County and all area municipalities, national standards are used to place regulations and requirements on swimming pools of all types for the safety of our residents and guests. For example, did you know that doors with direct access to the pool need to be equipped with an alarm that produces an audible warning when it’s opened? Did you know that pools, hot tubs or spas more than 24 inches deep require a 4-foot-high barrier around the pool area or yard?

St. Charles County requires a building permit for both above-ground and in-ground pools, as well as for outdoor spas and hot tubs. Regulations for contractors, barriers, fencing, gates, alarms, locks, pumps, electricity and more are outlined in a document available on the County’s website.

Pool owners can help make swimming pools safe and accident-free this summer. Residents who have questions or want to report a code violation can contact the Community Development Department’s Division of Building and Code Enforcement at 636-949-7345.



On SCCMO-TV in July...


Click on the images below, or visit the SCCMO-TV YouTube channel or tv.sccmo.org, to watch recent County Council meetings, hear the latest local news and helpful information on County News Updates, see what's happening in County Parks, and more! 

To view agendas and minutes from Council meetings, visit 
sccmo.org.

This month, be sure to check out the latest myCounty, our mini-documentary series. This edition features Ralph Barrale, a local World War II U.S. Army veteran who is instrumental in making sure our military heroes are recognized in the community. Watch the documentary to learn more!

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County News Update
Parks Promos

County Executive Steve Ehlmann

Looking Back with the County Executive


Starting this month, MoDOT will add additional lanes to Route 364, also known as the Page Extension. The popularity of the route, especially since the completion of Phase III construction in 2014, has exceeded expectations. The completion of the Page Extension was a team effort – and I continue to be proud of the accomplishment. Following is the history of how the thoroughfare came to be...MORE                  


Council Comments

John White

John White, District 7

Midwest summers can be brutal as we have experienced. However, the warm weather comes with a bonus: an abundance of fruits and vegetables to enjoy. Produce stands and farmers markets are often year ‘round operations, but at this time of year these businesses thrive. We are fortunate to have them in our area – there’s nothing like fresh produce in the summer, and your support benefits local farmers, entrepreneurs, the economy and our community as a whole...MORE




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