Wentzville saw many changes in 2017 – positive changes that brought growth and strengthened the community, reminding us of our past, present and future.
By far, our biggest accomplishment this year is our new City Hall. This project has been something I’ve worked hard to bring to fruition for almost a decade. The new location combines staff from nine departments and five different buildings into one. We officially opened for business on Nov. 13, following an open house and ribbon cutting on Nov. 9.
This new building is 45,000 square feet and will take the city well into the future. The building is expected to accommodate city staff for more than 30 years. The facility was long overdue. By consolidating staff and departments we have elevated our level of customer service. The City paid for the new building out of reserves. No debt. No bonds. No taxes. And, we stayed under budget by $1.8 million. Thorough planning by current and previous elected officials has allowed us to brightly welcome Wentzville into the future.
Please remember, although my office has moved my door is always open. Stop by and see me at the new facility at 1001 Schroeder Creek Blvd.
Several road projects were also started this year – some have been completed and others are presently in various stages of construction.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for Phase 1 of the David Hoekel Parkway Project. Phase 1 is located at the interchange at Peine Road, Highway P and Highway 61. This is a joint project between the City, MoDOT and St. Charles County, with MoDOT serving as the project lead. This project made good progress during 2017 with a large portion of the grading completed, center bridge piers and MSE (mechanically stabilized earth) walls installed, as well as additional paving work for the right-in/right-out intersections along the corridor.
Design is near completion for David Hoekel Parkway Phase 2, which is situated at the interchange of I-70 and North Point Prairie. Final coordination from MoDOT and Norfolk Southern Railroad is anticipated in early 2018. Currently, the city expects to bid and begin a preliminary grading package in late 2018. Full construction would then follow in mid-to-late 2019.
As much as we are proud of the present growth and excited to see what’s next for Wentzville, we are also very proud of Wentzville’s past. 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of Wentzville’s Vietnam War Memorial – the first memorial of its kind in the nation. To commemorate this important anniversary, the city completed an expansion and renovation project at the site. The memorial received an updated look complete with seating, lighting, a rock wall, an ADA ramp, a commemorative memorial plaque and more. A ribbon cutting was held in May, followed by a rededication ceremony on Veterans Day.
As you can see, 2017 was a busy year full of many positive changes. Look for more details regarding new businesses, parks growth and more in my next article. On behalf of myself, the Board of Aldermen and our city staff, Happy New Year to you and yours. We can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store!