St. Charles County Connection
A Publication of St. Charles County Government - September 2015
Dispatch and EOC

Keeping Our Community Safe: County Plans New Emergency Communications and Operations Center

As the third largest and fastest growing county in Missouri, St. Charles County needs to be prepared to respond to any type of emergency and meet the needs of our citizens. Combined with the need for more space and more modern facilities, the county is planning to build a new emergency communications and operations center.

Plans are for the 41,000 sq. ft., two-story center to be built on 10 acres of land behind the St. Charles County Police Department in O’Fallon. The building would bring all of the county’s emergency communications functions together, including police/fire/EMS dispatch as well as the Police Department's Division of Emergency Management (pictured in action above in their current facilities), in a structure built to:

  • Appropriately protect the investment in the equipment and infrastructure housed in the facility.
  • Allow officials and first responders to provide the best response possible for our citizens.
The project will be funded with revenue from the ¼ cent sales tax for capital improvements. To learn more about the project, vision, need, and timetable, watch the County Council Work Session on the project and read Councilman Joe Cronin’s blog later in this newsletter. 

I-70 Fifth Street

I-70 Fifth Street Interchange Improvements Project Set to Begin in Spring 2016

Did you know 50% of traffic crossing the Blanchette Bridge exits at Fifth Street or First Capitol Drive? In a cooperative effort funded by St. Charles County, the City of St. Charles, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration, construction will begin in spring 2016 on improvements between these two exits. This project is separate from the City of St. Charles' current Fifth Street reconstruction and includes reconfiguring the interchange at I-70 and Fifth Street, constructing a new one-way outer road for westbound traffic between Fifth Street and Fairgrounds Road, and adding a fourth lane on eastbound I-70 under Route 94/First Capitol Drive. For more details, visit the I-70 Traffic Flow Improvement Plan webpage.


County to Adopt New Flood Insurance Rate Maps

On October 13, a bill will be introduced to the County Council to adopt 2016 Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS) and studies developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in place of the 1996 and 2003 maps and studies that are part of our floodplain development ordinance. With over 40% of St. Charles County in flood plain, updating this ordinance per FEMA is critical to protect life and property, to qualify for federal disaster assistance, and to allow county property owners to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program.

A total of 69 FIRMS and three flood insurance study (FIS) reports cover St. Charles County. To view the effective or pending maps for a particular address or location, visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center Portal. To view or download all 69 maps and three studies, visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center Advance Search Portal. For questions, please contact the St. Charles County Planning & Zoning Division at 636-949-7335 or


Make a Difference in the Lives of Hundreds in Our Community Through Project CARE

Last year was the launch of Project CARE, an opportunity for taxpayers to add $1, $5 or $10 to their tax bill to benefit nonprofit organizations in our community who receive support from the county’s Community Assistance Board (CAB). Local nonprofits such as Youth in Need, Bridgeway Behavioral Health and Habitat for Humanity receive support from CAB to help fulfill their missions. Watch your mailbox later this year for your tax bill and consider making a donation! (NOTE: Real estate and personal property tax bills will be combined starting this year into one envelope – watch for more info on the county’s website!) To learn more about Project CARE, visit the Collector of Revenue’s payment website.

Star Between the Rivers

Coming Soon - The Star Between the Rivers: A History of the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department 1805-2015

Not your average history book, The Star Between the Rivers chronicles the journey of the department, from the appointment of the first sheriff following the Louisiana Purchase to the creation of a separate county police department after voters approved a charter change, in a coffee-table format with pictures on nearly every page. The book was a committee effort kicked off in 2014. County Executive Steve Ehlmann, retired St. Charles County Journal photographer Roy Sykes, retired St. Charles County Sheriff Tom Neer, and St. Charles County Police Chief Dave Todd served with others on the committee to bring this book to life. The book will be available in November 2015 (date TBA) to purchase for $20 - stay tuned for more info on the county’s websiteFacebook and Twitter for how you can get your copy!


Events and Important Dates

For more events, including additional Parks activities, Workforce Development/Missouri Job Center classes and recruiting events, and County Council meetings, please see the County Calendar.

Steve Ehlmann

A Message from County Executive Steve Ehlmann

My office is in the Historic Courthouse overlooking the Missouri River in St. Charles. I have explained to people for years that I look out my window to view St. Louis County across the river and ask myself, “What do we have to do in St. Charles County to duplicate St. Louis County’s successes and avoid its failures?” Events in Ferguson have highlighted several of those failures, causing me to ask, “What are the lessons of Ferguson for St. Charles County?”...MORE

Council Comments

Joe Cronin

Joe Cronin, District 1

The first responders of our county have always done a great job assisting residents in need. The EF3 tornado of May 31, 2013, damaged thousands of properties and left tons of debris behind – and county government, law enforcement, fire and EMS all did their part in the recovery effort. The ability for St. Charles County to respond to any kind of emergency and help our citizens is extremely important...MORE

Mike Elam

Mike Elam, District 3

Pioneers with a spirit for adventure and discovery founded St. Charles County. However, those of us who live here sometimes need to be reminded of the adventures for us to discover in our backyard. So, I would encourage you to “Re-discover St. Charles County” this fall. If you take a few minutes to search, you’ll soon find there are many fun things to do very close to home...MORE

Terry Hollander

Terry Hollander, District 5

We are fortunate in St. Charles County to have a safe community and to be one of the healthiest counties in Missouri. Did you know that county departments, from the Police to the Recorder of Deeds to Health, offer a variety of services you can utilize to keep your family safe and healthy? I encourage you to take a closer look...MORE

Published by: St. Charles County Office of Public Information, 100 N. Third St., St. Charles, MO 63301, 636-949-1864, 

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