St. Charles County Government Expo
A Publication of St. Charles County Government - February 2019

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

1. Get to Know YOUR County Government at March 9 Expo

St. Charles County Government Expo
If you want to know more about St. Charles County’s programs and services that are funded by sales tax dollars, you’ll have a great opportunity soon! The County is partnering with Mid Rivers Mall to offer the St. Charles County Government Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9, in Center Court on the lower level of the mall. Representatives from 19 County departments and divisions will be on hand in a fun, interactive setting to talk about programs and services offered by St. Charles County.

The public is invited to:
  • Explore job opportunities.
  • Register to vote.
  • Ask questions about assessments and taxes.
  • Develop a family emergency plan.
  • Find out about exciting events coming to the Family Arena.
  • Get health screenings.
  • Adopt a pet.
  • Make a craft with the Parks Department.
  • Check out vehicles and equipment from the St. Charles County Police Department – including Officer Bailey, the department’s robot dog.
  • And much more!
Guests also can register to win attendance prizes, including a cabin rental at Klondike Park and tickets to Family Arena events. For more information or questions, contact Molly Dempsey, Community Relations Manager, at 636-949-7900, ext. 3724, or mtdempsey@sccmo.org.     

2. Crime Lab Receives Prestigious Accreditation

Crime Lab

The St. Charles County Police Department Criminalistics Laboratory recently earned re-accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) National Accreditation Board (ANAB). This accreditation applies to the Lab’s forensic testing disciplines, including firearms, seized drugs, toxicology, biology (DNA), and fire debris. Funded through sales tax dollars and state and federal grants, the Lab first earned accreditation in 2007 and is one of only five crime lab systems in Missouri to meet these international standards.

“Receiving the ANSI accreditation demonstrates that our crime lab is among the best of the best worldwide. We are proud to receive this prestigious honor,” says St. Charles County Police Chief David Todd.

Re-accreditation is a rigorous process and is granted by ANAB only after a thorough evaluation of management systems, technical procedures, and practices. Assessors conducted an on-site review of the crime lab for three days and reviewed policies, procedures, and casework files. To show continuing conformance with accreditation requirements between reviews, ANAB will conduct additional remote and smaller on-site assessments until the next full re-accreditation assessment in 2022.

The St. Charles County Police Department Criminalistics Laboratory analyzes over 2,000 cases per year from law enforcement agencies in St. Charles County and surrounding communities. It is staffed by four full-time scientists with combined forensic laboratory experience of over 60 years. Watch this video to learn more.


3. It's Not Too Late to Prevent the Flu

Flu Shot
Spring may be around the corner, but that doesn’t mean flu season is winding down – the number of flu cases have spiked throughout the metro area. Since October 2018 there have been over 2,300 positive cases of the flu in St. Charles County, which includes 1,700 new cases reported in February alone. 

If you haven’t received an annual flu vaccination, it’s not too late to get one to avoid becoming ill! The Division of Health Services’ Immunization Clinic offers two types of influenza vaccinations for children and adults. Vaccinations are provided at-cost and can be paid for through insurance plans or out of pocket. Additionally, state and federal funding for Vaccines for Children and Adult Section 317 programs provide flu shots at no cost for those who qualify.

Along with getting a shot, you can prevent the spread of the flu by:
  • Staying home if you have the illness. Adults may be able to infect other people one day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after becoming sick.
  • Covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue and disposing of soiled tissues after use.
  • Thoroughly cleaning hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Routinely cleaning commonly touched surfaces with soap or cleaning products.
Visit the Department of Public Health online and watch the latest County News Update for more information about the flu and vaccinations.

4. GGL Spotlight: Traffic Incident Management

Traffic During Rush Hour

Some of the most difficult situations that Gateway Green Light (GGL) traffic operators manage are highway closures following major accidents. In January, GGL operators handled two shutdowns of eastbound I-70 during morning rush hour commutes after two fatal incidents resulted in multi-hour shutdowns of the interstate.

For each of the closures, operators implemented pre-developed signal timing plans to accommodate traffic diverted off the highway. These timing plans extended the length of green lights at the end of off-ramps and coordinated traffic signals on surrounding roads to keep detoured vehicles moving. GGL operators also monitored traffic flow throughout these incidents and made changes to traffic signal timing plans where needed. This proactive approach during each event helped to reduce backups and travel delays, as well as improve travel safety. 

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. GGL is funded by the voter-approved half-percent Transportation Sales Tax. Visit the GGL website for more information.


5. County Government Receives Financial Reporting Honor

Historic Courthouse/Executive Office Building

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to St. Charles County Government by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2017. The Certificate of Achievement was presented to Bob Schnur, who has served as St. Charles County Director of Finance since 2008. The award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

St. Charles County Government has received this honor every fiscal year since 1989 from the GFOA, a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals. The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.


On SCCMO-TV in February...


Click on the images below, visit the SCCMO-TV YouTube channel, tv.sccmo.org, or download our Roku Channel (search for SCCMO-TV) 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, learn more about the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) process and a survey you can take to help the Department of Public Health and other area agencies identify public health issues and develop strategies to address those concerns. 

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

County News Update
County Council Meetings
MAPP Survey

County Executive Steve Ehlmann

A Look Back with the County Executive


Last month, I shared the first of a two-part series about the history and financing of our road system. Funding for road improvements and new construction has long been a challenge in St. Charles County and it continues to be a concern as we grow. There are more and more automobiles on the roads, which, logically, should increase the amount of fuel fees collected that go towards transportation funding. However, vehicles have become more fuel efficient and inflation has shrunk buying power, which means that the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has chosen to concentrate on maintaining roads rather than new construction. Fortunately, through the County’s voter-approved Transportation Sales Tax we have been able to work with MoDOT in making road improvement projects a reality – but as our growth continues, we cannot afford to maintain the state road and highway system.

To conclude this series, we’ll look at the rapid growth of our transportation infrastructure and the funding challenges it created, from the automobile boom of the early 1900s to the construction of our interstate system to the completion of the Page Extension in 2014...MORE                  


Council Comments

John White

John White, District 7

St. Charles County may be the wealthiest in Missouri, but this doesn’t mean our citizens are immune to life’s difficulties. Fortunately, the “neighbors helping neighbors” mentality is a way of life here, and there are amazing local nonprofits and social service agencies that provide tremendous support. Did you know your County Government helps, too? Through fee revenue and securing federal grants, the County works to help citizens in need every day...MORE




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