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A Publication of St. Charles County Government - April 2019

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

1. Volunteers Make a Big Impact on County Government

Parks Volunteers
Volunteers. They are the backbone of many organizations – large and small. At St. Charles County Government, volunteers give their time and talents to our community in immeasurable ways. In honor of National Volunteer Month, here are a few examples:
  • In our Parks Department, individuals, groups, businesses, Scouts and other organizations logged 10,543 volunteer hours last year supporting our environmental resources by assisting with beautification projects, special events, trail maintenance (pictured above), educational outreach, nature projects and park development. 

  • At the St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center, volunteers help care for our furry friends by assisting with cleaning, grooming, and exercising and socializing with the animals, allowing staff to focus on pet adoptions, fostering programs, and community programs. In 2018, Pet Adoption Center volunteers logged 5,282 hours.

  • Elsewhere in the Public Health Department, volunteers pitch in with various aspects of the Medical Reserve Corps, Recycle Works centers and Health Services needs. These volunteer hours totaled more than 2,000 last year, keeping our neighborhoods clean and healthy.

  • And in the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, volunteers support the Victims of Crime Assistance Program, logging 1,306 hours. They attend court hearings and forensic interviews, meetings with victims, assist with correspondence and support victims of crime at a time of need.
These are a few examples of how volunteers demonstrate a passion for community service. All told, these volunteer hours equate to approximately $475,000 in staff hours – a generous contribution to St. Charles County taxpayers. We appreciate all our volunteers’ hard work and dedication to the County. Learn more about volunteer opportunities and meet some of our fantastic volunteers!



2. Improvements Coming Soon to South River Road

South River Road

If South River Road in St. Charles is part of your commute, you’ll be happy to know that pavement repairs are starting soon. After utility work is complete, a .65 mile stretch of the road between South Main Street and Friedens Road will undergo four lanes of pavement replacement by the St. Charles County Highway Department starting in mid-May. The addition of a bike lane on the east side of the road and extension of the sidewalk on the west side also will be part of the construction. The entire project is expected to be completed by mid-September. Watch our County News Update for more details.
 
St. Charles County Government is funding 20 percent of this approximately $1.5 million project with the voter approved half-cent Transportation Sales Tax. The other 80 percent is funded through federal dollars from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.
 
For more information about this and other road projects underway in unincorporated St. Charles County, call the Highway Department at 636-949-7305 or visit us online.


3. Behind the Scenes: Outdoor Warning Sirens

Outdoor Warning Siren
April showers may bring May flowers, but in Missouri, spring brings severe weather. According to St. Charles County Regional Emergency Management, April, May and June traditionally have the most rain and the most tornadoes.

When severe weather strikes, the County is ready. Emergency Management staff is at the County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) keeping a watchful eye on the storm long before it hits. They work with the National Weather Service to know when and where tornadoes are most likely to appear and gather information from trained weather spotters. If one is seen, the outdoor warning sirens are activated to alert the public to take shelter.
 
There are 139 warning sirens across the county; 72 of them are located in unincorporated areas and are maintained by the County. The remaining 67 sirens are purchased and maintained by municipalities. All the sirens, however, are tested regularly and activated by Emergency Management during severe weather and events such as levee breaches or other emergencies. The warning system can be activated in four ways to ensure safety: over the police radio system, via telephone, with an encoder device at the EOC, or by pushing a button on a device in the Emergency Communications department.
 
Because the sirens are electronic devices exposed to weather, they can malfunction. If this happens, the siren is disconnected at the location so it doesn’t interfere with the entire system. Staff begin diagnosing the problem and coordinate with vendors and repair companies if necessary. If a siren is out of service for any length of time, a portable siren is taken to that area.
 
Because outdoor warning sirens are only meant to be heard outside, Emergency Management encourages citizens to have a weather radio or other sources for weather alerts and other emergencies. Learn more the County’s siren system from Captain Chris Hunt, Regional Emergency Management Director.

4. Master Plan Goes Digital

Interactive Master Plan

We all know St. Charles County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state, but do you know what’s ahead for our future? Find out today through St. Charles County’s interactive online Master Plan.
 
Required by the County Charter, the Master Plan is a coordinated set of recommendations to achieve desired outcomes for jobs, housing, transportation, community facilities, land uses, and the natural environment over the next two decades. The plan is produced by the Department of Community Development and the Master Plan Steering Committee every five years and approved by the County Council. The latest Master Plan, Envision 2030, was approved in January 2019.
 
While the Master Plan still is available through Community Development in print and PDF formats, the online plan is a dynamic educational tool that allows viewers to select content and customize their research experience. It features:

  • Tabbed chapters that contain the plan’s issues, goals and strategies positioned next to interactive maps to improve understanding of challenges and recommendations.

  • Hyperlinks throughout the site’s text and maps that lead to helpful information and data, including maps, charts and other digital resources.

  • The ability to search for property addresses and access County Assessor parcel data, as well as obtain a variety of spatial information at various zoom levels.

Viewers are encouraged to share the site via social media and provide feedback to Community Development on the future land use section for consideration in the 2035 Master Plan.
 
“Whether you have experience in community planning or not, everyone can learn more about our community and what’s next for St. Charles County through this interactive website,” says Michael Hurlbert, Director of Community Development. “We encourage citizens to visit and explore its capabilities.” 

View it today!




5. Like, Follow, Visit Stay Connected

Social Media Browsing

Communicating has become a lot easier with social media. Whether you have a love, hate or love-hate relationship with it, we all have to agree getting the word out is much simpler and less costly using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

St. Charles County Government uses all these tools to provide residents and visitors with up-to-date information on a variety of topics. From assessments and elections to park programs, pet adoptions and everything in between, social media is a big part of how we communicate every day to keep people informed and safe. It’s fast, effective and free!

But we need your help to reach even more people! We invite you to like us, follow us, and visit us so you can get connected, and then share us and retweet us so others will do the same! Our social media sites have grown tremendously since we first launched them, but it’s a big world out there and we want everyone to know what St. Charles County has to offer. Check out our social media webpage for links to all our accounts!


On SCCMO-TV in April...


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, watch our latest Earth Day piece to learn how St. Charles County protects the environment year-round. 

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

County News Update
County Council Meetings
Earth Day

County Executive Steve Ehlmann

A Look Back with the County Executive


At the corner of Third and Jefferson streets in St. Charles is the County’s Historic Courthouse. Often mistaken for the First Missouri Capitol because of its dome and commanding presence, it is now the home of my office, as well as the County Counselor and County Council. This magnificent building took years to complete and is the second of three courthouses in our county’s history...MORE                 


Council Comments

Joe Brazil

Joe Brazil, District 2

On April 29, the St. Charles County Council will present a resolution opposing the recommendation of Better Together to use a statewide initiative to change how the citizens of St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis are governed.

I have lived in the St. Louis region my entire life, so I understand that we can do better. When large corporations consider locations for their next headquarters, offices, or factories, they will often consider the Greater St. Louis region generally before narrowing their search to St. Charles County...MORE




Calendar

Calendar, Reminders and Directory

Reminders
  • The Assessor is mailing Real Estate Assessments this month. State law requires the Assessor to revalue all real property in the county as of Jan. 1 of odd-numbered years. Read more about the process.

  • The Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Drug Takeback Day is Saturday, April 27. The St. Charles County Sheriff's Department is hosting a drop off a day early from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 26, in the lobby of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court, 300 N. Second St., St. Charles. The St. Charles County Police Department also has a drug disposal kiosk available 24/7 at 101 Sheriff Dierker Ct., O'Fallon. For additional collection sites, visit the DEA's website.

  • A Public Open House hosted by St. Charles County, the City of Wentzville, and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) regarding improvements along U.S. 61 is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, at Wentzville City Hall, 1001 Schroeder Creek Blvd., Wentzville. Learn more about the event.

  • Need a vaccination or a passport? Thinking about fostering a pet? Have old electronics? If you’ve got questions, our experts have answers. Learn more about what the St. Charles County Department of Public Health does for you! Join us for the St. Charles County Speaker Series – Public Health in Action: People. Pets. Planet. on Wednesday, May 8, in the Community Commons at the Spencer Road Branch of the St. Charles City-County Library, 427 Spencer Rd., St. Peters. An information fair will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. and the panel discussion and Q&A will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Register online today!

  • The third annual Daniel Boone Home Brew Fest is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 18! Try samples from local home brewers and breweries, visit with homebrew clubs, and learn from the brewers themselves how they make that mug of cold beer, ale, or cider. Food trucks will be on site and live music will play all afternoon. The Boone Home is located at 1868 Highway F, Defiance. Purchase tickets online!


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