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We’ve built a community here in Wentzville that offers safety and security, exemplary schools, affordable and diverse housing, and expanding employment opportunities. We’ve built a community people want to call home. Here in Wentzville lots of great things are happening, and I want to tell you a little bit about what made 2019 such an exciting year for us. In addition to being exciting, it’s also been a busy year. So, for this issue I’ll only be able to cover a few items. 

Stay tuned to my next article for more!

Recognition and Awards

In 2019 Wentzville was rated the third “Best Place to Raise a Family in Missouri.” The City was also recognized as a top employer. This year, our employees really helped to make Wentzville shine. In 2019, we were:

• Recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as a 2019 “Best Place to Work”

• Honored as a 2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch “Top Workplaces” finalist

• Selected as a Green Cities Challenge Finalist

• Chosen by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments for a Outstanding Local Government Achievement Award 

As you’re likely well aware, the Wentzville Police Department is one of the best. They are truly top-notch and go above and beyond to protect and serve. They ensure Wentzville remains a safe place to live, work, play and grow. This year, they received the following recognitions and accolades.

• Earned formal accreditation through the Missouri Police Chiefs Association

• Special Olympics Missouri awarded the Wentzville Police Department its “Outstanding Agency of the Year” award

Missouri Police Chiefs Association recognized Wentzville Police Chief Kurt Frisz as the “Chief of the Year”

Medal of Valor was presented by the Missouri Police Chiefs Association to four Wentzville officers.

Transportation Projects

• Being a fast-growing City means we are often repairing or replacing streets in Wentzville. Improving infrastructure and increasing mobility through transportation projects is one of the City’s top priorities. In fact, in the next five years, more than $70 million dollars is budgeted for transportation improvement projects. Two highly visible current projects include the David Hoekel Parkway and the Wentzville Parkway Turn-Lane Project. 

Phase 2 of the David Hoekel Parkway project, which includes preliminary grading and outer road realignment, is complete. In 2020, the interchange project will go out to bid and construction will tentatively begin this spring.

The Wentzville Parkway Turn-Lane Project Phase 2 is moving along with completion expected in late spring. This phase of the project includes adding a turn lane, widening sidewalks, etc., on Wentzville Parkway between Schroeder Creek Boulevard and Meyer Road.

New Businesses

In 2019, Wentzville welcomed more than 50 new businesses – including a long-awaited new U.S. Post Office on Luetkenhaus Boulevard. The former Post Office had been in use since 1961 when the population of Wentzville was just under 3,000.

As you can see, many great things are happening in Wentzville. Look for more updates in my next article. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email me at mayor1@wentzvillemo.org.