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A Publication of St. Charles County Government January 2018

Welcome to the New Monthly Edition of YOUR Connection e-Newsletter!

Last year, we conducted a survey about the Connection newsletter, and readers told us they prefer a monthly, electronic format. For several years, we have been publishing quarterly, with the summer issue being mailed to all homes in St. Charles County. Starting with this issue, you will receive the e-Connection electronically at the beginning of every month. We are excited about this change because it allows us to communicate with you in a timelier manner.
 
Additionally, look for the County’s new annual report, INSIGHT 2017, in your mailbox soon. Learn more about this report in the "On the Move" section of this newsletter. 

We‘d like to have your feedback about our publications on a regular basis. Please email Communications with comments and suggestions.

Resolve to Stay Healthy in 2018 


The New Year is a perfect time to make positive changes for your health. For eight years, St. Charles County has been ranked among Missouri’s healthiest counties. Let’s work together to keep it that way!

  • Visit the Public Health Department online to learn about the range of services offered help you and your family stay healthy. Also, get health news, tips, recipes and more on the department's Facebook and Twitter, and through the monthly Health eNews.

  • If you have a resolution to get in shape, look no further than St. Charles County Parks. The 12 parks in the system are open year-round! There are more than 45 miles of trails and lots of activities to keep you active throughout the year. Watch Active by Nature monthly on SCCMO-TV and subscribe to Parks' e-newsletter for the latest happenings!

In the Know...

Avoid End-of-Year Rush By Preparing for Assessments,Taxes

Plan Ahead

You can get a head start on your 2018 assessment and tax planning by taking note of this important information:

  • The Assessor will mail personal property assessment forms before the end of January. Forms are due by March 1. To file online, see the e-filing website and unique secure access code printed on the form. For questions, call 636-949-7420.

  • The Collector of Revenue offers partial and advance tax payment options to help citizens who have fallen behind or would like to start making payments on the current year's bill. Read more online, or call 636-949-7470.
For more information, check out this video and these resources from the “All About Assessments and Taxes” presentation at the Nov. 2017 #SCCMore Speaker Series.

Economy, Workforce Focus of Jan. 16 #SCCMore Speaker Series

January Speaker Series

St. Charles County is the third largest, and one of the fastest growing, counties in Missouri. Want to know how and why, and what’s to come? Join us for the next #SCCMore Speaker Series when Scott Drachnik, Director of Workforce & Business Development, will present “Growing St. Charles County: Economic and Workforce Update” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the St. Charles City-County Library Middendorf-Kredell Branch, 2750 Highway K in O’Fallon. Register online for this free program and see more upcoming speakers and dates!


Holiday Train Display Keeps the Season Alive

Holiday Train Display

Did the holidays go by too fast for you? You still can enjoy the season at the St. Charles County Heritage Museum – where our holiday toy train display is available to view through Jan. 31. Admission is free! The display features three trains making their way through miniature villages that include models of historic St. Charles County buildings. Get a sneak peek on YouTube!

For hours and more information about the museum, visit us online or call at 636-255-6000.


Bravo! SCCPD Voted "Best of St. Charles County"

Police Department

The St. Charles County Police Department was named Best Police Department in the 22nd annual St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Suburban Journals "Best of St. Charles County" awards. Winners were chosen in November by an online reader-submitted vote. Congratulations!


On the Move...


Impact: A Look Back at 2017

Impact Annual Report

The goal of St. Charles County Government is to make a positive impact the community by providing those we serve with fiscally responsible, quality services. Our new annual report – IMPACT 2017  will be mailed to all County residents soon and gives us an opportunity to share with you some of our successes. It highlights many of the programs and services that were introduced in 2017, and tells you how we are doing as a County. (Great, by the way!) Reading time: 15 minutes. We hope you’ll take the time to learn what’s happened in your County this past year.

After it hits mailboxes, the annual report will be available to view online at sccmo.org.




"Coordinated Entry" Offers Hope for the Homeless 


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Beginning Jan. 23, 2018, St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties will have a new system for helping people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Coordinated Entry provides a centralized case management team, accessible through United Way's 211, that helps connect clients to more than 40 housing and related programs. The system was established by the Continuum of Care (CoC), a coalition led by the Community Council of St. Charles County. 

Learn how Coordinated Entry works at the Community Council Network Luncheon on Jan. 11, or call 636-978-2277.


On SCCMO-TV...


Click on the images below, or visit the SCCMO-TV YouTube channel or tv.sccmo.org, to watch recent County Council meetings, hear the latest local news and helpful information on County News Updates, and see what's happening in County Parks on Active by Nature! 


To view agendas and minutes from Council meetings, visit sccmo.org.
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County News Update
Active by Nature

Safety First: Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when someone uses another’s personal information without permission. To prevent identity theft, the St. Charles County Police Department recommends the following tips:

  • Only give out your Social Security Number when necessary, store personal information in a safe place, and don’t respond to unsolicited requests for personal information by phone, mail or email.

  • Collect your mail promptly.

  • Create complex passwords and change them often.

  • Review credit and bank statements regularly, and your credit report once a year.

  • File your income taxes as early as possible.
For information on what to do if you believe you are the victim of identity theft, visit the Police Department online or identitytheft.gov

#SCCMOThrowback

Ice Skating in Rural St. Charles County 1909

1920: Residents ice skate on a farm pond in rural St. Charles County.

Photo courtesy of the Saint Charles County Historical Society.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more St. Charles County history and pictures during #ThrowbackThursday!


County Executive Steve Ehlmann

Looking Back with the County Executive


Have you driven around St. Charles County and wondered how various streams, towns, streets and roads got their names? Each new group of settlers French, American and German lent their names in their own time...MORE


Council Comments

Joe Cronin

Joe Cronin, District 1

From big events to everyday traffic management, Gateway Green Light, or GGL, is working behind the scenes in St. Charles County to keep you moving...MORE


Calendar

County Calendar and Directory

All events are subject to change. For updates, please see the County Calendar and Parks online activity registration.


Visit the St. Charles County Government Directory online for a listing of departments and contact information.



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