Project CARE
A Publication of St. Charles County Government - December 2018

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

1. Countywide Smoking Ban Now in Effect


On Nov. 6, St. Charles County voters passed an amendment to the County Charter that places a smoking ban, with exemptions, on all enclosed areas in incorporated and unincorporated St. Charles County. The vote for the Smoke-Free Air Act of 2018 has been certified by the Election Authority and the regulation is now in effect.

The ban includes:

  • Enclosed places, including patios, food trucks, etc.
  • Places of employment.
  • Outdoor spaces within 15 feet from entrances, operable windows and ventilation systems.

A complete list of exemptions is outlined in County Ordinance 18-070. Penalties related to violation of this act will be enforced beginning Jan. 28, 2019.

Read more online or watch our County News Update for additional information on this ordinance, including responsibilities of owners, managers and operators of area businesses.

2. Latest Road News: TIP Approved, Road Board Honored 

Progress 64 West Awards Banquet
The St. Charles County Road Board was honored at the Progress 64 West 2019 Excellence in Community Development Banquet. Pictured from left to right: County Executive Steve Ehlmann; John Greifzu, Assistant Director of Administration; Scott Kolkmeyer, Road Board Member; Jim Tognoni, Road Board Member; Amanda Brauer, Manager of Roads and Traffic; Daniel Kuntz, Road Board Member; and Bridget Nations, Executive Director of Progress 64 West.
Photo courtesy of Progress 64 West.

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:

  • Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP): The 2019-2021 TIP was approved Nov. 26 by the St. Charles County Council. Through the voter-approved half-cent Transportation Sales Tax, funding for TIP projects provide roadway improvements that make it easier, more efficient, and safe for citizens to travel. Every year, the County Highway Department and local municipalities are invited to submit applications to the St. Charles County Road Board for funding.

    View project descriptions, the TIP presentation to the County Council, and more about our County roads online.

  • Progress 64 West Honors: The St. Charles County Road Board was honored recently with the 2019 Excellence in Community Development Award at Progress 64 West's 31st Annual Banquet. Progress 64 West is a partnership of citizens, business and civic leaders who work to create and maintain sustainable communities and a high-quality standard of life in St. Louis and St. Charles counties. 

    Since the half-cent transportation sales tax was first passed by voters in 1985, the St. Charles County Road Board has provided approximately $650 million to construct just under $1.3 billion in transportation improvements. The tax generates over $28 million a year for important road and bridge projects around the community. 

    Thank you to the 12 members of the St. Charles County Road Board for their service. 
    View our County News update on this honor. 

3. Recycle Works Facilities Available to Help Residents

Recycling Cardboard at Recycle Works Central

Major changes to the recycling industry have caused confusion both nationally and locally. Watch our County News Update to learn why these changes occurred and check with your local trash hauler or municipality (if applicable) about their recycling perimeters.

Despite changes to curbside collections, residents in St. Charles County are reminded that the two Recycle Works locations, Recycle Works Central in St. Charles and Recycle Works West in Wentzville, will continue to accept a large array of recyclable items at no or little cost to residents. These facilities are managed by the St. Charles County Division of Environmental Services and funded through sales tax revenue.

For details about what each facility accepts, hours of operation and more, visit us online.

4. St. Charles County is Ready for Winter

St. Charles County works year-round to be prepared for any conditions that winter has in store. The Highway Department, funded through the Road and Bridge property tax, and the Division of Emergency Management and Department of Public Health, funded through sales tax revenue, work and collaborate throughout the season to keep citizens safe.
  • The Highway Department watches the weather and road conditions closely when winter precipitation is in the forecast. During major winter storms, the department runs 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, by handling main roads first, then side streets, and then subdivisions. Watch this video to learn more about how Highway crews treat the County’s thoroughfares.

  • When temperatures drop, the Department of Public Health and Division of Emergency Management make sure public safety agencies are aware of overnight warming centers open in our community for those in need. The Health Department’s Division of Humane Services also checks on animals when complaints are made about pets left in the cold and educates the public about how to care for animals during the season.

  • Like the Highway Department, the Division of Emergency Management watches weather and road conditions closely and works with the National Weather Service to prepare for impacts on the county when snow and ice are on the way. During a major winter storm, the division may activate the County’s Emergency Operations Center to manage resources and provide support to handle widespread outages and major road closures. Representatives from law enforcement, fire and EMS would be invited to work from the center so that the division could coordinate with their services. The division also would keep in contact with other state and local agencies.

5. GGL Spotlight: Keeping Holiday Shoppers on the Move

Gateway Green Light Camera View of Wentzville Parkway

Throughout this holiday season, St. Charles County’s Gateway Green Light (GGL) operators will be keeping an eye on key corridors to help make your holiday shopping a little easier. The GGL program is funded through the voter-approved half-cent Transportation Sales Tax. They monitor Fifth Street, Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Route K and Wentzville Parkway, among other areas, using the system’s traffic cameras and data collection equipment and adjust traffic signal timing plans through GGL's Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS).

Prior to the start of the shopping season, GGL’s engineers developed special traffic signal timing plans based upon previous years’ experience in these corridors. The ability to monitor traffic patterns and congestion levels in real time allows the engineers to implement the traffic signal timing plans and reoptimize the system. This makes traffic flow smoother for everyone.

St. Charles County’s investment in ATMS makes this possible. ATMS integrates traffic monitoring devices such as traffic cameras with computer software to help engineers manage traffic. The live information also allows for quick detection and response to problems. GGL staff work daily to keep the ATMS running optimally to provide safe and efficient traffic operations for St. Charles County.

The GGL program, a cooperative traffic control initiative between St. Charles County Government, local municipalities, and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), coordinates and synchronizes more than 300 traffic signals and other traffic control devices throughout the county. GGL operators monitor traffic conditions, identify problems, and implement changes when necessary to improve traffic flow. Visit the GGL website for more information.

On SCCMO-TV in December...

Click on the images below, or visit the SCCMO-TV YouTube channel or, 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.

And, you can see all the furry friends who need loving homes this holiday season on the December edition of Humane Touch!

To view agendas and minutes from Council meetings, visit

County News Update
County Council Meetings
Humane Touch

County Executive Steve Ehlmann

Looking Back with the County Executive

St. Charles County law enforcement history dates back to the late 1700s when Louis Blanchette served as the first civil and military commandant of San Carlos, which would become St. Charles. Later, after the Louisiana Purchase, Mackey Wherry was appointed as the first sheriff. Law enforcement was difficult in this growing frontier county, and the community was no stranger to major challenges and societal issues of the era. From the beginning, officers had to balance a wide range of responsibilities and demands in their work...MORE                  

Council Comments

Terry Hollander

Terry Hollander, District 5

Missouri weather is unpredictable! If you need a reminder, just think about the Sunday after Thanksgiving. There were blizzard warnings in the western and central parts of the state and tornado warnings around our area. Talk about extremes!

That day serves as an important reminder that we need to be prepared for natural and man-made emergencies year-round. And the holidays are the perfect time – when family is all together – to update or make an emergency preparedness plan...MORE


Calendar, Reminders and Directory

  • For more information on County events or meetings, visit our website.

  • Remember that tax payments are due by Dec. 31! Visit the Collector of Revenue online for payment information and learn how you can help citizens in need while paying your taxes through Project CARE.
  • To schedule a speaker for your group, visit our Request a Speaker page.

  • View the St. Charles County Government Directory for a listing of departments and contact information.

Have safe and happy holidays!

County Government offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25 for Christmas and Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, for New Year's Day.

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