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Wentzville Updates – by Mayor Nick Guccione

Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11:30 am

Columbus Day Holiday

City offices will be closed on Monday, Oct. 9 for Columbus Day. However, Progress Park Recreation Center will be open regular hours (from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.). This holiday will not affect your trash/recycling/yard waste collection schedule.

Free Pickup of  Tree Limbs

The City’s Chipper Program provides residents a free, convenient way to dispose of small tree limbs twice a year. Please note: tree limb pickup does not correspond with the resident’s trash pickup day. To take advantage of this free program, residents should have their tree limbs stacked at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday of the week their area is scheduled for the Chipper Program.

The 2017 Fall Chipper Program will run the week of Oct. 16-20 for residents living north of the railroad tracks; and Oct. 23-27 for residents living south of the railroad tracks. Tree limbs must be less than eight inches in diameter and should not be bundled or placed in bags. The Chipper Program collection does not include leaves, root balls, shrubs or hedge trimmings, decorative grasses, or grass. Questions? Please call Public Works, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., at (636) 327-5102.

Halloween Safety 

This year is flying by! I can’t believe it’s already October and Halloween is just around the corner. Halloween is a fun day for children and families in our community who wish to participate in trick-or-treating. By practicing some basic safety tips, you and your children can enjoy a safe and fun Halloween here in Wentzville!

Having the right costume is important to your child, but having the right type of costume should be important to you. Ensure your child’s costume is light colored, so that they are easily visible once the sun goes down. If you have to use dark colors, place reflective tape on several parts of the costume, so your children can be seen. Avoid masks if possible, as most masks will restrict a child’s vision. A good, fun and inexpensive alternative is face paint.

Opt to stay in your own neighborhood and trick-or-treat at residences you are familiar with. Remind your children to never enter a home, but to stay on the porch outside the door. Increase the fun and safety by trick-or-treating with a group of friends!

Children should:

Be accompanied by an adult at all times. Cross streets only at corners or marked crosswalks, never cross the street between parked vehicles, and watch for cars backing or turning. Take a small flashlight with you in your treat bag for extra light.

Drivers should:

Keep an eye open for children who forget the rules, use caution when traveling and obey posted traffic signs, especially in our neighborhoods.

Parents should:

Allow your children to only accept treats that are wrapped. Be sure to throw away any fresh fruit, unwrapped candies or open candies. When giving treats, consider small toys, non-toxic bubbles or sugar-free treats, too! This will help ensure all children get to enjoy in the Halloween fun!