State of the City: Successes, Accomplishments and Future Plans Part 1
Wentzville continues to be one of the fastest growing cities in the state and with an unemployment rate of 1.9%, exemplary schools and easy access to major highways, it’s not hard to see why.
Let’s take a quick look at Wentzville’s successes, accomplishments and projects in 2018. It’s been a busy year, so in this article I’ll only be able to cover a few items. Stay tuned for my next article, which will include an overview of current and future transportation projects, an update on the Wentzville Bend project and more.
In 2018, the City adopted a Comprehensive Plan Update. The document offers history, demographics, land use guidelines and more. This policy document will help to guide the City’s growth and development for years to come. To view the Comprehensive Plan, visit http://bit.ly/comprehensiveplan2018.
In March, the United States Post Office broke ground on its new Wentzville location. The current Post Office on Allen Street has been in use since 1961 when the City’s population was under 3,000. The new location is expected to be operational in late spring of 2019 and is located on Luetkenhaus Boulevard.
Jake’s Field of Dreams Playground
Last summer, Jake’s Field of Dreams Playground officially opened at Wentzville’s Heartland Park (100 William Dierberg Dr.). This playground celebrates the life of Jake Vollmer to lost his battle with muscular dystrophy and left this world all too soon. Jake was an avid sports enthusiast, this playground pays tribute to his love of sports with a baseball field replica, zip lines between two football goal posts, a larger-than-life football helmet climbing structure and much more. The City budgeted $500,000 toward this project; additionally, Unlimited Play who brought the playground to life raised more than $600,000.
City Hall Award
Wentzville’s City Hall, which opened in November 2017, brought multiple departments together under one roof – increasing efficiency and enhancing customer service. Last year, City Hall was recognized by the St. Louis Chapter of the American Public Works Association as the 2018 “Project of the Year – structures.”
Utility Billing Enhancements
Speaking of customer-service enhancements, in 2018 the City added a pay-by-phone option which gives residents access to their utility account 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To make payments over the phone at any time, residents can call (833) 326-7020. Additionally, the City added the ability for residents to opt-in to receive utility bill reminders by text (instead of via phone call). To change their preferences, residents can call (636) 639-2155.
Police Department Outreach
Community engagement continues to be a top priority for the Wentzville Police Department. The department hosts an annual Citizens Police Academy, summer camps for kids, neighborhood Walk and Talks and more. In 2018, the Department spearheaded the Arrest Hunger Challenge, which collected 10,000 pounds of food that was donated to the St. Louis Area Food Bank.
This year the City completed 4,000 square yards of concrete slab and sidewalk projects, issued 3,000 permits, donated $9,000 to Meals on Wheels through the utility bill round-up program and much more. We’re proud of the accomplishments and successes we’ve had in 2018 and look forward to what’s to come in 2019. Happy New Year!