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A Publication of St. Charles County Government February 2018

New County Park Named to Honor Local Heroes


At its Jan. 29 meeting, the St. Charles County Council approved Veterans Tribute Park as the name of the park in development between Pitman Hill and Kisker Roads.

After receiving suggestions that the park should honor an individual or all members of the military who were killed in action, the County Council passed an ordinance creating a nine-member committee to recommend a park name. The committee was tasked with recommending an appropriate way to honor these local heroes, and present their recommendation to the County Executive and County Council.

Veterans Tribute Park is expected to open in summer 2018 – stay tuned for updates! This exciting new park will include a destination playground for children of all abilities, an off-leash dog area, trails, and much more. Additionally, the County is finalizing plans for a Memorial Garden at the site to honor the five branches of the armed forces and the conflicts in which military from our community have given their lives.
 
Read more about the Memorial Garden and the park’s features and amenities in our latest press release. Also, check out our News Update on SCCMO-TV and view conceptual drawings of the park, like the one above!


In the Know...

Bravo! Emergency Dispatch Receives International Accreditation

Emergency Communications

St. Charles County’s Department of Emergency Communications was recognized as the world’s 252nd Medical Accredited Center of Excellence (ACE) for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) dispatching by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch® (IAED). The center is one of 21,209 dispatching facilities worldwide, and one of 5,783 in the United States.
 
The accreditation process began in 2015 and an application for the accreditation was submitted this past December. IAED also conducted a thorough review of required documentation, including listening to actual emergency calls, and made a site visit.

This is just one more way your County is working to keep residents and visitors safe.  Congratulations to the entire Emergency Communications team! Watch our News Update on SCCMO-TV and read our press release about the accreditation and the department’s next exciting accreditation goal.


Save Time on Your Personal Property Assessment

File Taxes Online

Did you know you can file your personal property assessment online from the comfort of your home, saving both time and a stamp? The St. Charles County Assessor mailed personal property assessment forms at the end of January, and each form has the e-filing website and unique secure access code on the form. The assessment forms must be completed and returned to the Assessor by March 1.

Please note: State law requires that a new personal property assessment be filed every year. Those who do not turn it in may be charged a late-filing penalty fee of up to $105 and experience delays in renewing or registering license plates. For more information, visit the Assessor’s website. For questions, please call 636-949-7420.

ICYMI: Learn more about the assessment and tax process by checking out this video and these resources from the “All About Assessments and Taxes” presentation at the November 2017 #SCCMore Speaker Series.


Parks Volunteers Recognized by National Organization

Boone Home Volunteers
Two of St. Charles County Parks’ longtime volunteers, Barney Combs (left) and Robert Pecoraro (right), were recognized by the National Association for Interpretration (NAI) for their outstanding skill and dedication in the field of historical interpretation at The Historic Daniel Boone Home in Defiance. Both are Certified Interpretative Guides through NAI, an international professional organization dedicated to advancing the profession of interpretation. Congratulations!

(In case you're wondering, Barney is dressed as Daniel Boone and Robert as John Filson, Boone’s biographer!)

Learn more about their work and award

Outstanding Food Establishments Receive 24 Carrot Awards

24 Carrot Gold Winners

The Division of Environmental Health and Protection presents 24 Carrot Gold Food Safety Excellence Awards annually to recognize the importance that St. Charles County restaurants and other food establishments place on safety, sanitation and employee education. Following are the 24 Carrot Gold award winners for 2017 (pictured above, clockwise from top left):

  • Culver's of O'Fallon – 8500 Mexico Road, O’Fallon
  • NHC Healthcare – 35 Sugar Maple Lane, St. Charles
  • Progress West Hospital – 2 Progress Point Parkway, O’Fallon
  • Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers #180 – 6095 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Charles
  • Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers #236 – 1840 First Capitol Drive, St. Charles
  • Red Robin of O'Fallon – 1440 Mexico Loop Road East, O’Fallon
  • The Brass Rail – 4601 Highway K, O’Fallon (not pictured)

Congratulations to all! Learn more about how winners are chosen and view a list of 24 Carrot Gold award winners since the program began in 2007.


On the Move...


Economy Thriving, Future Bright in St. Charles County

Unemployment Chart

Last year was another success for St. Charles County’s economy and workforce. At the January #SCCMore Speaker Series, Director of Workforce & Business Development Scott Drachnik gave an update on the status of both (view and download it online here). Here are some highlights from 2017:

  • St. Charles County accounted for 40 percent or more of all new single family housing construction on the Missouri side of metro St. Louis. Single family housing permits issued in St. Charles County totaled 1,722, according to the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri.
  • Unemployment was the lowest in the St. Louis metropolitan region at 2.7 percent as of December 2017. See chart above for regional, state and national comparisons.

  • St. Charles County set a new record with $8.3 billion in assessed valuation for real estate and personal property.

  • New industrial development in St. Charles County totaled more than 2 million square feet by the third quarter of 2017.




Find a New You in 2018 at the Missouri Job Center


MissouriJobCenter

If you made a New Year’s resolution to find a new career or learn a new marketable skill, look no further than the Missouri Job Center in St. Peters! The center, operated by St. Charles County’s Department of Workforce & Business Development, provides a wide range of services for job seekers, including career assessment and counseling, classes, job fairs, job search training, resume assistance, and specialized employment programs for eligible veterans, youth, people with disabilities and the unemployed. 

Learn more about these and other upcoming classes and all events in February on the calendar at the end of this newsletter, on the center's online calendar and Facebook:

For questions about services, call 636-255-6060.


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.
Council Meeting Graphic
County News Update
Active by Nature

Safety First: Cyber Safety for Parents and Youth

Cyber Safety
The St. Charles County Police Department's Cyber Crime Task Force and the Fort Zumwalt School District held their first Cyber Safety Summit for parents and youth in late January. Below are some important takeaways from the day, as well as safety tips and resources. And check out our News Update about the event on SCCMO-TV.

Parents
  • Establish boundaries and guidelines for internet and social media use. 
  • Be aware of, and approve, the apps that your children use. Visit Common Sense Media for more information.
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your children about their online activity. Remind them to contact you immediately about questionable content or people who make them uncomfortable.
  • Know who your child is connecting with online. 
Youth
  • Remember what you share online cannot be erased or unseen. Share with caution.
  • Never share personal identifying information such as addresses and telephone numbers on social media or over the internet.
  • Bullying or harassing others using social media is hurtful, illegal, and can lead to unfortunate consequences.   
  • Immediately tell an adult if you receive unwanted material or requests.
Online resources

#SCCMOThrowback

Strand Theater in St. Charles

1918: The Strand Theater, located on the west side of Second Street in St. Charles where City Hall is today. At the time, the top story of the theater was removed to add a swimming pool. The building then functioned as a swimming pool center in the summer and a theater in the winter. The front of the theater featured posters for a variety of silent movies.

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


The history of the land in Weldon Spring south of Interstate 64 is both interesting and controversial. Today, this scenic area of the county features a research park full of businesses, a valued conservation area and one of our largest school districts. It is also deeply rooted in our nation’s defense and energy industries, and the longtime focus of public health concerns. As with all opportunities to look back, important lessons abound...MORE


Council Comments

Joe Brazil

Joe Brazil, District 2

Representing and living in District 2 in southwest St. Charles County is rewarding for many reasons. One big reason is that Historic Missouri Wine Country is blessed with four St. Charles County Parks that are open to the public. Along with regular amenities like pavilions, hiking/biking trails, camping, and fishing, these parks provide a home to local wildlife. This population includes a large number of deer that I feel creates safety issues for drivers in this well-traveled area...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 for a listing of departments and contact information.

Parks Activity Guide

The New Parks Activity Guide is Here!

The first edition of the 2018 St. Charles County Park Activity Guide is now available online. The guide features programs through April, and is the first of three to be published this year. When you explore the new guide, you discover everything fun about St. Charles County Parks! 

The guide is simple to use. A digital interactive version and a printable PDF are available. 

The next guide will be released in May and the final guide of the year in September.    



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