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A Publication of St. Charles County Government April 2018

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

1. County PD Receives National Accreditation

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The St. Charles County Police Department has earned an Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®). This prestigious status signifies that the department met the Commission’s professional excellence standards in public safety.

“This is a hard-earned award that the men and women of the St. Charles County Police Department truly deserve for their selfless commitment to public safety and for meeting every standard throughout this journey to accreditation,” explains Chief David Todd. “We have accomplished an incredible goal and will continue improving for the betterment of our community.”

Created in 1979, CALEA is a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA); and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). Its voluntary, yet arduous accreditation process is internationally recognized as the gold standard in public safety. Of the more than 1,050 public safety agencies in the CALEA accreditation process, 775 have been accredited.

“Our work is not complete,” continues Chief Todd. “Every day we will strive toward maintaining the gold standard in public safety by providing quality service to our community.”

Read more about this prestigious award.


2. Amazon and Others Bring More Jobs to County

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St. Charles County received great news recently as three major new businesses announced plans to locate and bring more jobs to the area. Two of the companies will be in St. Peters and one in O’Fallon.

  • In St. Peters, Amazon will build its first Missouri fulfillment center at the Premier 370 Business Park (pictured above). The 855,080-square-foot building initially will bring 1,500 new full-time jobs to our area. The facility is expected to be completed in fall of 2019.

  • Grove Collaborative will build a new fulfillment center in the Business Park as well.  The company, a high-growth natural home-focused platform delivering products directly to consumers, will construct a 137,000-square-foot facility and create 210 new jobs in the region over the coming years. 

  • In O’Fallon, Cenlar FSB, a mortgage servicing firm, is taking over the mortgage servicing operations of Citigroup at Progress Point Business Park at I-64 and Highway K. The company is leasing space and moving into the Citigroup building. This is Cenlar’s first Missouri office and it is expected they will have about 500 employees – many of whom will be former Citigroup workers.

The City of St. Peters submitted two applications to the St. Charles County Road Board for funding signals and road improvements. The first, for the Amazon project is for $1.1 million and asks the County for 50 percent of the needs. The second, is for funding for the entire Premier 370 Business Park area and asks for 80 percent, or $2.1 million of the $2.6 million need. The project includes seven traffic signals and work, including road widening, on Premier Parkway, and Truman and Spencer roads. The applications were reviewed by the Road Board and a recommendation was made to the St. Charles County Council that the funding be approved. The Council will vote on the issue at its April 9 meeting.
 
Funding comes from a voter-approved transportation sales tax that makes economic development projects such as these possible. These tax dollars allow critical infrastructure improvements to be made within tight timelines of new development. 
 
This is great news for St. Charles County and for the region! 


3. St. Charles County Tops National Lists in Health

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It’s no secret that St. Charles County is a great place to live – and now the rest of the country is taking note! U.S. News and World Report recently placed St. Charles County among the nation’s top 100 Healthiest Communities. Communities were ranked on a variety of factors, including overall population health, education and public safety.  
 
Additionally, for the ninth consecutive year, a national report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute places St. Charles County at the top of Missouri's list for County Health Rankings.
 
These continued high marks are yet another example of the commitment by residents, businesses and community leaders to making good health a priority for all in St. Charles County.


4. Centennial Greenway Bridges Celebration is April 7 
 

Citizens on Centennial Greenway

The two new Centennial Greenway pedestrian bridges in St. Charles County over Routes 364 and 94 will officially open with a ribbon cutting and community celebration from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 7. The bridges are part of the recent expansion of the greenway (pictured above), which provides a new connection across these busy highways to parks, schools, businesses and neighborhoods, as well as the Katy Trail.

Great Rivers Greenway, the City of St. Charles, St. Charles County Parks and the Missouri Department of Transportation invite area residents to celebrate this new connection by joining a one-half mile walking and bicycling parade. After the parade, there will be music, food, free bike adjustments, a photo booth and the opportunity to explore the new greenway. Learn more about these bridges and the celebration!


5. National Prescription Drug Takeback Day is April 28

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 28. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abuse controlled prescription drugs, the majority of which were obtained from the homes of family and friends. This day provides an opportunity to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

Here are two ways to turn in your unused or expired prescription medication for safe disposal:
  • The St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department is hosting a collection a day early from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 27, in the lobby of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court, 300 N. Second Street, St. Charles. For questions, call the department at 636-949-3010.

  • The St. Charles County Police Department has a kiosk in their station lobby, located at 101 Sheriff Dierker Court in O’Fallon, that is available not just on this national day but 24/7 year-round for the public to dispose of unwanted medications. Visit their website for disposal instructions and more information. For questions, call the department at 636-949-3000.



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