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A Publication of St. Charles County Government - October 2019

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

1. Special Veterans Day Ceremony Marks Memorial Opening 

Veterans Memorial Plaza

Final touches are being made to the County’s new Veterans Memorial Garden at Veterans Tribute Park in Weldon Spring. The garden will be open to the public for the first time on Veterans Day.

St. Charles County Government, the St. Charles County Veterans Committee, and the St. Charles City Veterans Commission are proud to host a special Veterans Day Ceremony to commemorate the opening of the Veterans Memorial Garden at Veterans Tribute Park. We hope you saw the "save the date" in the September e-Connection—following are the full details:

1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11
Veterans Tribute Park, 1031 Kisker Road in Weldon Spring
  • Speakers: County Executive Steve Ehlmann and Lt. Col. Samuel W. Kline, Commander of the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Chemical Brigade at Fort Leonard Wood
  • Master of Ceremonies: Mike Elam, District 3 County Councilman, U.S. Navy Veteran
  • Pledge of Allegiance: Dave Hammond, District 4 County Councilman, U.S. Army Veteran
  • Honor Wall Tribute: Mayors Dan Borgmeyer, St. Charles; Len Pagano, St. Peters; and Nick Guccione, Wentzville, all veterans
Other guests participating in the ceremony include the St. Charles Municipal Band; the St. Charles County Police Department Honor Guard; accomplished singer/songwriter Rev. Dr. Randy Mayfield; and Monsignor Michael Butler, pastor of Saint Clement of Rome Catholic Church in Des Peres and a retired U.S. Air Force and Missouri National Guard chaplain. The Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 6 will lay a wreath at the memorial, St. Charles American Legion Post 312 will perform a 21-gun salute, and local businessman/musician Mike Boschert will end the program with Taps.

Weather permitting, the ceremony will be followed by activities for children and their families under the adjacent Sammelman Pavilion in the park. Attendees also can donate items for the “Support Our Troops Care Package Drive” sponsored by the St. Charles County Government Veterans Best Practices Working Group. Learn more.

Created in 1997, the St. Charles County Parks Department is supported through a voter-approved local use tax. 

2. County Submits Port Authority App; Public Open House Nov. 5

Aerial View of St. Charles
The term "port authority" often conjures up images of big, bustling metropolitan ports along the Atlantic and Pacific oceans—but port authorities don’t need to be located on the coasts to be necessary or valuable to a community.
 
On Sept. 9, the St. Charles County Council passed Bill No. 4755, creating a new Chapter 170 relating to a St. Charles County Port Authority. Port authorities are political subdivisions that offer numerous economic benefits. St. Charles County's Port Authority would promote development within the Port District, encourage private capital investment by fostering the creation of industrial facilities, increase the volume of commerce, and promote the establishment of a foreign trade zone to help local businesses involved in importing and exporting goods and raw materials.
 
St. Charles County is an ideal location for one—two rivers border the county, Interstate 70 and other major highways run throughout, and Lambert Airport is in close proximity.
With Missouri’s waterways moving $4.1 billion of cargo annually, it makes sense that the state has 15 port authorities and for St. Charles County to form a port authority.
 
“St. Charles County previously had a port authority that was established in the 1970s and disbanded in the 1990s, so this is re-establishing what we had,” explains John Greifzu, Assistant Director of Administration. “It will assist with business and job attraction and retention, as well as continued infrastructure improvements.”
 
Public Open House: The public is invited to learn more at an open house public hearing from 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the St. Charles County Administration Building, 201 N. Second St., Suite 542, St. Charles, MO 63301. Citizens who require special services at the meeting, including the need for a translator, are asked to notify Amanda Brauer by Oct. 29 at 636-949-3074 or 800-735-2966 (TDD). Read our press release for additional information, including how to submit written comments.

3. Nancy Schneider Appointed to Fill Seat on County Council 

Nancy Schneider Swearing-In
Nancy Schneider is sworn in as District 6 Councilwoman by Bob Schnur, Director of Finance, at the Oct. 15 County Council meeting.

St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann appointed former St. Charles County Circuit Judge Nancy Schneider to fill a seat on the County Council left vacant by District 6 Councilman Mike Klinghammer, who resigned Aug. 22. Schneider’s nomination was confirmed by the County Council Oct. 15.

“It is my pleasure to appoint Nancy Schneider to serve District 6,” County Executive Ehlmann says. “Nancy’s credentials, knowledge of the county and her ability to work with elected officials and residents alike make her the perfect choice for this position.”  

Learn more about Nancy Schneider.

The County Council District 6 appointment is for the term ending Jan. 1, 2021. An individual elected to represent District 6 will be chosen in the general election held November 2020.




4. Join St. Charles County Parks' 2 Million Visitors Contest

St. Charles County Parks 2M
The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department is on its way to celebrating 2 million visitors this year—and wants you to be a part of this exciting milestone! The 2019 Countdown to St. Charles County Parks’ 2 Million Visitors Contest continues through Sunday, Dec. 15. Here’s how it works: 
  • Visit any of the 15 St. Charles County Parks.

  • Capture your park adventures with a selfie or self-portrait using your smart phone or camera and upload them to your Facebook and Instagram accounts using #SCCMOParks2M. Don't forget to mark your post "public"! If you don't have a social media account, email your photos. Please note: There is a different theme each week and photos must be posted prior to drawings on Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16 to be eligible to win.
Read more about the contest, including prizes and themes, and don’t forget to follow St. Charles County Parks on Facebook and Instagram! For questions, call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535.

5. At a Glance: Impact of the 2019 Flood

Flooding Near 370

Floodwaters cover land around Highway 370 in St. Charles County in spring 2019.

Homeowners and businesses are continuing to recover and rebuild after the near-historic spring and summer 2019 flooding in St. Charles County. Following is a summary of the impact this natural disaster had on the community and County Government:

  • Building damage totals
    • Unincorporated county: $74.4 million
    • West Alton: $38.1 million

  • Structures damaged or affected by the flood
    • Unincorporated county: 1,266
    • West Alton: 469

  • Detailed damage inspections conducted by the Division of Building and Code Enforcement: 2,504 by nine staff
  • Building permits issued by the Division of Building and Code Enforcement to homeowners and businesses as of Oct. 23: 430

  • Impact on Smartt Field Airport
    • 14 hangars damaged
    • Closed 41 days
  • Sand, rock and sandbags procured by Regional Emergency Management and utilized by levee districts: 4,838.51 tons of sand and rock; 131,200 sandbags

  • Flood debris picked up Aug. 12—Sept. 5 by County Government in unincorporated county and West Alton: 5,521.39 tons

  • Tetanus shots given by the Department of Public Health to residents affected by flooding and volunteers: 138

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) Assistance
    • FEMA Individual Assistance grants: $1.59 million provided; 342 households approved

    • SBA low-interest disaster home loans: $5.4 million provided; 80 home loans approved

    • SBA low-interest disaster business loans: $1.19 million provided; 6 business loans approved

St. Charles County was approved Sept. 30 for the FEMA Public Assistance Program. This grant program will help St. Charles County Government, municipal governments, and certain nonprofit agencies with reimbursement for response to and recovery from the flood. County Government is in the process of putting together a grant request.

“Clearly, these numbers demonstrate the flood had a tremendous effect throughout St. Charles County,” says Captain Chris Hunt, Director of Regional Emergency Management. “We greatly appreciate the support of our citizens, volunteers and partners, and County Government's departments and divisions, for their efforts to help residents and businesses get back on their feet.”

Watch SCCMO-TV on YouTube to learn more about how to prepare for severe weather and flooding.

Free and confidential counseling and legal assistance is still available for residents affected by the spring and summer flooding. Visit FEMA's website for more information.


On SCCMO-TV in October...


Click on the images below, visit the SCCMO-TV YouTube channeltv.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. If you want to add a new furry friend to your family this fall, or would like tips to care for your pet, be sure to watch the latest edition of Humane Touch.

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

County News Update
County Council Meetings
Humane Touch

County Executive Steve Ehlmann

A Look Back with the County Executive


Like the industrial sector, agriculture in St. Charles County prospered during the 1990s and early 2000s. This was despite the fact that, due to residential growth, most of the agricultural production was in the 43 percent of the county designated as floodplain. This month, in the third part of a series on how the County, municipalities and businesses managed and encouraged prosperity and growth during this time frame, we’ll look at agricultural and other environmental development, and how flooding – including the flood of 1993 in particular – impacted farmers and the community...MORE                 


Council Comments

Joe Cronin

Joe Cronin, District 1

In December 2016, I wrote an article for this newsletter called “Tough Choices” that reported on the growing budgetary challenges faced by St. Charles County. At that time, the County Executive and County Council were grappling with finalizing the 2017 budget. The steady growth rate in the County population, declining growth rate of sales tax revenues and increased cost of operations (especially in the area of law enforcement) were the primary issues facing us at that time...MORE




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