Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Thank you to all who voted in the April 5th municipal election. In keeping with recent trends, Crestwood voter participation exceeded the St. Louis County average by more than 10% and we continue to have one of the highest participation rates in the area.
Additionally, thank you to Crestwood voters for overwhelmingly approving Proposition 1. With this approval, the City’s Fire Department is proceeding with preparations to begin providing top-tier ambulance service to residents and businesses in Crestwood by working on policies, sourcing supplies, and ordering equipment.
As with many things, the lead times on new ambulances have lengthened recently and we will have an update in the near future on when the City expects to begin providing ambulance service.
I want to welcome new Ward 1 Alderman Jim Zavist and new Ward 2 Alderman Michael Balles to the Board of Aldermen. Alderman Zavist previously served as Chairman of the Board of Zoning Adjustment and the Economic Development Commission, and served on the Crestwood Mall TIF Commission. Alderman Balles previously served as Chairman of the Public Works Board and served on the Crestwood Mall TIF Commission. We look forward to both of their contributions.
The gift of time and talents made by the volunteer members of the City’s Boards, Commissions, and Committees are extremely appreciated. Their important work refining and vetting City policies results in better lawmaking at the Board of Aldermen level.
If you would like to volunteer on one of the City’s Boards, Commissions, or Committees, please fill out an application form on the City’s website at www.cityofcrestwood.org/volunteer.
The Crestwood Crossing redevelopment project continues to advance positively. Sitework has already begun in earnest. It is expected Phase 1 will be completed and open in mid-2023 and the work on the site will not be impacted by the politically motivated lawsuit that was in the news. For the City’s position on that frivolous lawsuit, please visit the City’s website. We regret that resources are being wasted on such an exercise.
With summer just around the corner, I encourage Crestwood families to enjoy all of the programs and activities that Crestwood has to offer. The RecConnect Brochure can be found on the City’s website at www.cityofcrestwood.org/parks, where programs can also be registered for online. Crestwood residents rightfully enjoy the lowest rates for our parks programs and memberships, including to the Crestwood Aquatic Center.
In addition to our regular parks programming, there will be special events all year to commemorate Crestwood’s 75th Anniversary culminating with a Celebration day on October 15th with a 5k, parade down Watson Road, a Taste of Crestwood, and a fireworks display. For more information, please visit www.crestwood75.org.
In conjunction with the 75th Anniversary celebration and as a proud Tree City USA, the City will be planting 75 trees this year throughout City parks and along City streets. If you would like a tree to be planted on your property in the City’s right of way, please fill out the form on the City website or request a form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board of Aldermen has recently approved several construction ordinances that will bring about lasting improvements to our City. Multiple streets will be repaved this summer, the Whitecliff basketball and tennis courts will be reconstructed, and a grant-funded pavilion will be erected adjacent to the new Whitecliff Quarry Boardwalk, among other projects.
At Crestwood City Hall, the remaining portions of the police department that were not worked on during the flood reconstruction are being renovated, and the original 1970s single-pane windows throughout City Hall are being replaced, which we expect to bring about significant utility savings.
Have a great summer and please shop and dine Crestwood first to keep your tax dollars working for you in your community!