In my Jan. 23 article, I covered several items including the City’s employee successes in 2020, and the changes we made to adapt to new ways of doing business virtually. I also provided an update on our comprehensive plan and more. To continue, I’d like to tell you about how we engage our community members through City programs, give you an update on transportation projects and conclude with a look at the Wentzville Community Center.
We Are Community Oriented
While 2020 made it harder to connect in person, the Wentzville Police Department (WPD) kept its commitment to positively impact our community as often as possible. Last year, our Police Department shifted to address COVID-19 issues and adapted in an effort to keep employees and residents safe.
WPD was able to safely conduct its annual Citizens Police Academy, which gives residents the opportunity to learn first hand how the Wentzville Police Department operates through an eight-week class. WPD also conducted four Walk and Talks where officers went into neighborhoods to meet with community members outdoors.
In addition to our police programs, we also introduced our first-ever resident Photo and Holiday Display contests in 2020. These contests provided fun and easy opportunities to engage with residents virtually and celebrate our community. Both were great successes! We’re looking forward to enhancing them in 2021.
We Are Focused on the Future
Projects that address infrastructure and transportation issues continue to remain a top priority for the City of Wentzville.
In 2020 we …
• Completed the Wentzville Parkway Turn Lane Phase 2 project;
• Started construction of the David Hoekel Parkway (DHP) and I-70 Interchange;
• Began the David Hoekel Parkway Phase 2D project (Goodfellow Road to West Meyer Road);
• Completed construction oversight of a Two-Million Gallon water tower and well house; and
• Worked on the design of Wentzville Parkway South Phase 1 and 2. Phase 1 construction will start this spring.
In 2021, we will continue to work on the DHP projects and Wentzville Parkway South project; additionally, design for the Interstate Drive and Route Z intersection will start this year, too. To learn more, please visit www.wentzvillemo.gov/projectupdates.
We Are Always Planning for What’s Next
We are currently moving forward with the Wentzville Community Center project near City Hall and Heartland Park. The design for the facility and the construction firm have been selected, and a groundbreaking will be held in February. The facility will include an indoor aquatics area, senior activity space, a gym and an elevated track, a one-of-a-kind outdoor fitness area, classrooms, meeting rooms and multipurpose rooms, a kids’ zone, and more! Stay tuned in to Wentzville Community Center project updates at www.wentzvillemo.gov/wcc.