A Message from the Mayor
It’s Summer in St. Charles
Summer in St. Charles–don’t you love it? Everything is so nice and green. Baseball leagues are in full swing in our parks, bicyclists are heading up and down the Katy Trail, and families will be splashing in the pools all summer long.
Another sure sign of summer is the Lion’s Club St. Charles Farmer’s Market. It’s now open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon through the end of October. Located in the parking lot of the Foundry Art Centre (520 N. Main Center, 63301), it’s a great place for local produce and other homemade items. Once you go, you’re sure to become a regular.
On the horizon is another big summer event, Riverfest 2016! This year’s festival will be July 1-4 with two nights of fireworks on July 3 & 4. This annual celebration is filled with all kinds of family fun including Fredbird, stilt walkers, The Bubble Bus, Babaloo and more! You’ll also enjoy top-notch musical entertainment from the Fabulous Motown Review (one of my favorites), Spazmatics (an ‘80s throw-back band) and more. You’ll find the flier on page 17. I hope to see you there!
Hot off the press is the second edition of the City of St. Charles Accessibility Guidebook for People with Disabilities–and it looks great! St. Charles is dedicated to ensuring that residents and visitors with diverse abilities have equal access. Published by our Citizens with Disabilities Advisory Board, the guide contains valuable information on resources, City services, entertainment, transportation and more. We hope you will find the guidebook an important resource and recommend it to your friends and neighbors. See the news briefs (page 6) for details on where you can find the new guidebooks online or in-person.
Progress continues on the new Highway 94 water tower at 1805 S. Highway 94 (63303) next to Demolition Ball/Adrenaline Zone. Once complete, this elevated concrete and steel tower will hold two million gallons of water. Since April, crews have prepped the site and are nearly finished with the foundation. Why did we need this new water tower? Because St. Charles is growing! Our total water storage capacity needed to be increased to accommodate the demands of recent actual and future estimated growth. If you have any questions about this project, feel free to call Public Works at 636-949-3237.
Did you know that the City has a number of volunteer opportunities for residents and business owners? We are always seeking qualified people to serve on the City’s 20+ boards, committees and commissions. These groups were created by ordinance and receive their authority and responsibilities through the ordinances. Individual members are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Council. There’s the Landmarks Board, Audit Committee, and commissions on Arts & Culture, Digital Media, Senior Citizens and Veterans, just to name a few. If you’re interested in serving, I invite you to learn more and complete the application form at www.stcharlescitymo.gov/boards or call my office at 636-949-3269.
This month we’ll cut the ribbon on the new Fifth Street Gateway (page 3). We thank you for your patience! It wasn’t always easy to get around during construction, but that’s behind us now! Traffic flow has been improved. Pedestrian pathways have been improved. Lighting, landscaping and overall aesthetics have been drastically improved! I think you’ll agree, Fifth Street has never looked better.
Next up, is MoDOT’s Fifth Street and I-70 interchange. This project will help improve traffic flow, as well as access to and from I-70 and Fifth Street. It will improve overall safety and provide better access to our top attractions, including Ameristar, Historic Main Street, The Streets of St. Charles and the Convention Center. The Fifth Street interchange itself is expected to be completed by late November. MoDOT invites you to keep up with their latest project updates. You can find them online at www.modot.org/stlouis/major_projects/705thstimprovements. You can also sign up to get weekly email updates, which are helpful.
Speaking of email updates, if you’d like to get the latest City news by email each week, sign up for eNews at www.stcharlescitymo.gov/newsletters.
And finally, you’ll be hearing more about Proposition P (page 1). This important issue will be on the August ballot. You'll be asked to consider a one-half of one percent sales tax increase for a limited period of 15 years. For more information, visit www.stcharlescitymo.gov/PropP and then be sure to vote on Tuesday, August 2.
Have a great summer!
Sally A. Faith, Mayor