John Gwaltney, Mayor
Well folks, spring has sprung and I think it is safe to put away those heavy coats. However, you might want to keep the raingear handy. As I write this on Wednesday morning, I hear some birds chirping but it is a grey, damp day following a stormy night. It makes us realize how blessed we are to have nice warm and dry homes to give us shelter. Be of good cheer though, bright and sunny days are in our near future.
Last month I asked for volunteers to help with contacting our state legislators on bills that will adversely affect our city. For the lack of a better name, I called it the Mayor’s Advocacy Council. I expressed a desire to have at least ten volunteers. So far, we have had three of our concerned citizens to volunteer. These three are what I would consider of high quality, dependable persons who have a deep concern for the quality of life in our neighborhood. I want to extend my thanks to them for stepping up and helping out. Anyone else that would like to take part in this worthwhile endeavor can contact me via my email — firstname.lastname@example.org or call my phone # listed elsewhere in this newsletter. Be sure to leave your name and contact information. e.g. email address and/or phone number.
I have been working with MoDOT on a project called I-70 Corridor Improvement. The focus of the project is to make the I-70 corridor from approximately Wentzville to downtown St. Louis safer and to better serve the needs of municipalities and businesses within that path. The project has several phases, and we just moved into the phase where we gather ideas and information from the general public that live and work near this corridor. There is a survey available to gather this information. The survey web site is http://www.envisioni70.com where you can express your thoughts about exit/entrance ramps, lane usage, etc. etc. This is your opportunity to have an impact on the long term planning of this important thoroughfare.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a federally funded grant program to help homeowners keep their property in good shape and repair. It is set up to help low to middle income households. Many of our residents are eligible to participate in the CDBG. It is a great and long running program that has helped many homeowners with projects like tree removal, concrete repair or replacement and the list goes on. The fly in the ointment is that President Trump’s budget proposal eliminates the CDBG. If you have some of these needs that you have been putting off, it would be wise to get your CDBG request submitted soon, before the program disappears. The CDBG is administered by H.U.D. and St. Louis County. You may obtain their contact information by calling city clerk, Ronda Phelps (428-7125 option 2) during normal office hours.
The month of April brings with it the beginning of activities in the park. For this month, we have the Easter egg hunt on the 15th at 11:00AM. As always, starting at 11:00AM hot dogs, other snacks and refreshments will be served. It is my understanding that the Easter bunny will be available again this year for picture taking.
On May 18th, the concert in the park series will kick off at 6:30 PM with a band called Everyday People. They have performed here before and were enjoyed by many. They have an eclectic program that is enjoyable to almost everyone. So, mark your calendars for this event and come on out for an enjoyable evening with your neighbors. Also for the month of May, we are planning to turn the splash pad on.
Thought to ponder: It is never too soon or too late to be kind. — Be a good neighbor. ¨