Thursday, April 19, 2012
The city has been without a city administrator since Dianna Wright left the position in late August 2011.
The City of Wentzville issued an announcement today that the board of aldermen would hold a closed meeting tomorrow, April 20, at 4 p.m. to interview more candidates for the position of City Administrator. The city has been without a city administrator since Dianna Wright abruptly left in late August. City officials cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for Wright's resignation. She had served in the position since June 2008. Wentzville’s Director of Finance and Assistant City Administrator, Dennis Walsh, has served as the interim city administrator while the position remained unfilled. The board conducted interviews in February, when a dozen candidates were considered for the position. The administrator provides professional …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wentzville Patch launched one year ago today.
One year ago today, Wentzville Patch came to life. Weeks of preparation, introductions and explanations reached fruition when the site went up and Patch's first 14 stories posted. As I explained last year, Wentzville Patch is your site for news, events and opinions about Wentzville. Your contributions are invaluable to the site and I appreciate every person who adds their calendar event, comments on a story or sends me a news tip. Over the past year, Patch has grown in audience and depth. Since Dec. 22, 2010, we've posted 2,275 articles, hundreds of announcements, tons of calendar events and bunches of comments on our news and views. I'm happy to say that more than 500 people follow @WentzvillePatch on Twitter and 327 people get their …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
All the news you need for Wednesday, Aug. 31.
Good morning Wentzville! Welcome to the column that will help you get through the day. Every Monday through Friday at 6 a.m., we'll tell you what's going on around town, what you need to know and where the traffic snags might be. Have a suggestion to make Wentzville Patch more helpful? Leave a comment or drop me an email at email@example.com. Do you use social media? Check us out on Facebook and Twitter.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Search is now on for a replacement for Dianna Wright.
The Wentzville Board of Aldermen held a special meeting on Monday to discuss continuity of day-to-day city management and the search for a new city administrator as a result of the sudden departure last Thursday of Dianna Wright as city administrator. City officials cite "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for Wright’s departure. Wright had served as Wentzville’s city administrator since June 2008. At Monday's meeting the board directed the city’s attorney, Paul Rost, to complete implementation of the final severance provision in Wright’s contract as city administrator. The board will begin conducting a search for Wright’s replacement immediately. Until a replacement for Wright is found, Wentzville’s Director of Finance and …
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Residents who underpaid or have not paid tax on motor vehicles may get a bill. City works to fix neighborhood erosion problems.
At Wednesday night’s board of aldermen meeting, the board agreed to send the results of a new city motor vehicle audit to the Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles. This means that citizens who have underpaid, or not paid, taxes on their cars will be forced to pay the state once the DMV has reviewed the audit. City Administrator Dianna Wright said, despite the cost to residents, the city has no choice but to send in the results of the audit to the DMV. This is because neighboring cities are sending in their audits as well. If the DMV finds that residents are paying taxes to the wrong city, the neighboring city that should have received the funds may be able to collect that revenue. “It’s a matter of making sure that if the city is going to…
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
City council and other meetings available to watch.
After months of working out the kinks, the City of Wentzville is now ready for its close-up. City meetings are now videotaped and then posted on the city's website. The video does not stream live; it is time-stamped according to the agenda. City Clerk Vi Skillman is responsible for time-stamping the tapes. Within the next month or so, all city meetings will be taped and posted to the website. The city started experimenting with the tapings in December. Issues with camera movement and microphones had to be worked out before the tapes were of a quality to post. Wentzville has tried to remain at the forefront of technology, said City Administrator Dianna Wright in December. Last August, the city won an award for best government website. …
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
For new parks, aquatic center.
Project Parks, the city of Wentzville's plan for two new parks and a new aquatic center, is moving closer to construction. The city recently narrowed its search for a development firm from 19 candidates to five finalists. "Any one of these five firms is going to do a great job," said Gloria Ehll, park board president. "We are all concerned with doing a great job — we owe that to the people that voted for this." The firms were evaluated on a point system based on the Expression of Interest (EOI) submissions. City Administrator Dianna Wright said the selection committee looked at each firms expertise and prior experience. "There is more to building fields than just spreading the dirt," she said. "There are issues of drainage, design, …
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Rate to stay the same as previous year.
The Wentzville Board of Aldermen Wednesday approved a preliminary tax levy of 0.9075. That figure is the same as the 2010 levy and includes a 0.8325 general fund levy and a park fund levy of 0.075. According to City Administrator Dianna Wright, the preliminary tax levy is not binding, but is required by the legislature. "As part of a legislative change, counties are now required to send out preliminary tax statements for planning purposes," she said. "We have our new assessed valuations from the county. This number reflects existing homes and businesses and new construction." Wright noted that the property values in the city were down 3.4 percent over the previous year, a decline anticipated by city staff. She noted the city planned for a …
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
At 6:30 p.m. at Wentzville's Law Enforcement Center.
Public safety isn't just the responsibility of the police and fire departments. It is the responsibility of residents. Speeding in residential areas is especially dangerous for children who may be walking or playing in the neighborhood, and it represents one of the most frequent complaints police departments and city councils hear throughout the United States. Surprisingly, most speeders in residential areas live right in the neighborhood. Consequently, neighbors working together can do a lot to reduce speeding in their neighborhoods. Keep Kids Alive-Drive 25 (KKAD25) is a nationwide program that focuses on ways to reduce speeding in neighborhoods and make them safer places for children to live and play. On Tuesday, Feb. 8, the city of …
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Winter weather emergency period over.
The Wentzville Storm Center, opened Tuesday morning, has closed. The winter weather emergency center was staffed by city employees. Individuals with non-emergency storm concerns can call Wentzville Public Works at 636-327-5102 or City Hall at 636-327-5101, according to City Administrator Dianna Wright. The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) continues to discourage travel Wednesday citing dangerous road "treacherous" road conditions. Troopers said the freezing rain, sleet, heavy snow, wind, and bitterly cold temperatures has made driving treacherous and dangerous and all highways and interstates continue to be snow covered. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) reports Interstate 70 from Wentzville to Kansas City re-opened …