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A Publication of St. Charles County Government - November 2018

Top Five
Things to Know About St. Charles County This Month

1. Register for SCCMO AlertMe Notifications

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Keeping residents safe and informed is St. Charles County's first priority – and now we have a new way to do it even better! SCCMO AlertMe is a free* mass notification system that delivers alerts by text, email, or phone call. Subscribers can receive notifications in one or all the following categories:

  • Emergency Management Alerts from the St. Charles County Division of Emergency Management cover natural disasters, including flood evacuations and related major/emergency road closures; public safety emergencies; and other county-wide safety concerns. Please note: The National Weather Service provides alerts for thunderstorms and tornadoes; these notifications are not available through SCCMO AlertMe.

  • Health Alerts from the St. Charles County Department of Public Health encompass mass outbreak/pandemic information, including illnesses and food poisoning, as well as county-wide animal control concerns.

  • Police Alerts from the St. Charles County Police Department include missing persons, manhunt information and county-wide safety concerns.

  • Road Construction and Closure Alerts from the St. Charles County Highway Department cover road construction and related road closures by the department.

Learn more and sign up online today!
 
*While registration for SCCMO AlertMe is free, cellular message and data rates may apply depending on provider and plan.


2. Latest Road News: Route N, Heritage Crossing, Muegge 

Heritage Crossing

St. Charles County works diligently with community partners, funding agencies, and municipalities on road construction projects to improve the quality of life for the residents of our community. Here is the latest in transportation news:

  • Route N Study:  The St. Louis region's long-range transportation plan, Connected2045, identified Route N as a priority for a study to explore the future of the corridor. As a result, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is conducting a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Study as an Environmental Assessment for an approximately eight-mile stretch of Route N from west of South Point Prairie Road east to the I-64/Route 364 interchange. The goal of the study is to assess the needs and issues of this portion of Route N, as well as the impacts and overall effectiveness of potential alternatives to address those needs. The study is funded by St. Charles County and is expected to be completed in early 2020.

    MoDOT needs citizen feedback throughout the study including experiences on this stretch of Route N, input on potential environmental impacts, and thoughts on proposed alternatives. Visit the Route N Study website or call 1-888-Ask-MoDOT for more information and to comment.


  • Heritage Crossing:  When the East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWGCG) engaged the community in its Public Involvement Planning Process earlier this year, one project stood out among the 230 applications submitted for federal funds: Heritage Crossing in St. Charles County. The agency received more than 100 comments – more than double any other application – in support of constructing slip ramps near Heritage Crossing on Route 364 in St. Charles County. The ramps would allow motorists direct access to Heritage Crossing from Route 364.  

    On Oct. 31, the EWGCG Board of Directors, which includes St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann and District 7 County Councilman John White (pictured above right), approved a $2.8 million project to build new ramps. St. Charles County sought and secured 50 percent of the funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program; the other 50 percent comes from the County’s half-cent transportation sales tax. While MoDOT had no funds for this project, Senator Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring), and Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters) (pictured above left), gave their support for acquiring funding at the federal level. 

    It is anticipated that construction will begin in early 2021 and will be complete by the end of that year. Watch our County News Update about this exciting project and read more about the efforts to make it a reality.


  • Muegge Road:  Drivers in St. Charles County longing for direct access from Muegge Road to Highway 94 will get their wish thanks to a partnership between St. Charles County, the City of St. Charles, and MoDOT. MoDOT recently announced a $5 million cost-share commitment for the project, adding to contributions from St. Charles County and St. Charles City of $4 million each. St. Charles County funding comes from the voter-approved half-cent transportation sales tax.

    “St. Charles County has a long history of working with state and local governments to improve its infrastructure for our growing region,” says County Executive Steve Ehlmann. “This partnership is an excellent example of how we all work together to get things done.”

    Plans are in the works for construction and completion of the project in 2021. Watch our County News Update and read our news release to learn more about the highly unique design planned for the interchange.

3. County Seeking Veteran Info for Memorial Garden

Rendering of Veterans Memorial Garden

The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department is seeking information from the public for the Veterans Memorial Garden (rendering from SWT Design pictured above) being planned at Veterans Tribute Park, located at 1031 Kisker Road in Weldon Spring. The memorial will feature the names of veterans from St. Charles County who were killed during active duty in service to our nation from World War I to current conflicts.

A current list of veterans, compiled by the Parks Department, is located online. Those knowing someone to add to the list or who can contribute information about a veteran should follow the instructions on the website and submit the form provided. If you have questions, please contact Parks Historian Pardis Zahedi.


4. Public Health Expands Travel Services

Travel

Whether for business, service or vacation, more and more Americans are traveling to new and exotic international destinations. During these trips, travelers can become exposed to infections, diseases and other items that may threaten their well-being. To help, the St. Charles County Department of Public Health has expanded its travel services to keep citizens healthy before, during and after their journeys.

The Travel Health Clinic is located at the Department of Public Health, 1650 Boone's Lick Road in St. Charles. Nurses are available to consult with travelers about their medical history and planned itinerary to determine recommended precautions. In addition to vaccinations and other medications, staff will suggest ways to avoid illness during trips and recommend items to pack for particular destinations. If a Missouri birth certificate and/or assistance with a U.S. passport is needed, those applications also can be completed through the health department.

For more information about the clinic, documents to bring, vaccinations, and passports, please visit the following pages:


5. GGL Spotlight: Back-to-School Traffic Recap

Gateway Green Light Camera Shots

Gateway Green Light (GGL) is a cooperative traffic control program between St. Charles County Government, local municipalities, and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). GGL coordinates and synchronizes more than 300 traffic signals and other traffic control devices throughout the county. The system allows GGL operators to monitor traffic conditions, identify problems, and implement changes when necessary to improve traffic flow. The St. Charles County e-Connection features monthly information about this important program.

The busy pace of the school year puts additional traffic on the roads and poses new challenges for the GGL team. Utilizing Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) devices, operators are able to quickly identify traffic issues and implement solutions. Here are two ways operators used this system to help with back-to-school traffic issues this fall:

  • St. Peters Howell Road and Central School Road:  Through ongoing observations, GGL staff identified worsening congestion at the Central School Road and St. Peters Howell Road intersection, particularly around school arrival and dismissal times. These observations allowed engineers to develop scheduled timing plans, coordinating the signals at this intersection with adjacent signals during morning and afternoon rush hours to ease some of the congestion. 

  • Route N Coordination:  In another example, County officials recently alerted GGL operators of morning left-turn back-up at Route N and Sommers Road as traffic entered Wentzville’s Liberty High School. Using GGL's system software applications, staff made adjustments to traffic light timings at the intersection to better accommodate school traffic in the morning. Staff also noticed a need for coordination improvement along the Route N corridor and made timing changes to signals along Route N from Hawk Ridge Trail to Lake Saint Louis Boulevard to keep traffic flowing throughout the day.

Visit the GGL website for more information.

On SCCMO-TV in November...


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.

Also, watch one of the latest tips from the St. Charles County Police Department and local law enforcement agencies' public safety campaign!

To view agendas and minutes from Council meetings, visit 
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County Council Meetings
County News Update
Police Safety Campaign

County Executive Steve Ehlmann

Looking Back with the County Executive


On November 11, 1918, world leaders signed the Armistice ending World War I after four years. Since then, Armistice Day and Remembrance Day are recognized annually on Nov. 11 by the nations involved in the war. In 1954, Congress renamed the day to Veterans Day in the United States to honor all who served in the military.

With a large German-American population and over 1,000 citizens enlisted, World War I deeply affected St. Charles County. On this 100th anniversary of the Armistice and the reopening of the Soldiers Memorial Museum in St. Louis, it is fitting to look back at how the “war to end all wars,” as it was once called, shaped our community...MORE                  


Council Comments

Dave Hammond

Dave Hammond, District 4

Halloween is over and it’s almost Christmas! These weeks ahead of the holiday are a time to reflect on the “reason for the season” as well as prepare for events and the precious family traditions many of us hold dear. It also is a time to give to those who are less fortunate. If you are looking for ways to enjoy all this hustle, bustle and fun, St. Charles County has programs to help make this Christmas your family’s best yet...MORE




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