Fall is upon us. Activities in Waynesville include the annual Oktoberfest on the Square, sponsored by the Route 66 Fest and Waynesville Youth Football League.

The date this year is Saturday, October 21, 11-4.  Volunteers are so vital to a small town and over the years, volunteers have sponsored the Frog Fest.  This year interest in that event waned and the volunteers were honored at the September Council meeting, as they brought a donation for the playground to end their event sponsorship.  We thank Rhea Anne Mathews for her dedicated support and effort for this fun event.

The Frog Hill Marathon will take place on October 6 and 7 and is sponsored by the F.R. O.G Fitness group.  Information on both these events is available on their Facebook page and also, flyers are posted on the City of Waynesville MO page.  Check us out.

Fall Clean Up Day is October 5th.  Details are the same as in years past and can be found on our website at www.waynesvillemo.org or on our Facebook page.

The City received a $38,852 grant from the MO Public Energy Pool of the MPUA for work on the electric feeder line that was destroyed in the April flooding.  We have re-routed that line off the banks of the Roubidoux, mitigating future flooding issues.  This line feeds into downtown and Ward One.  We have recently installed pressure regulators in the Pioneer Ridge area to improve their water pressure.  Street overlays and paving began this week and when finished, 12 city roads will be repaired.  The City has also purchased the water systems of Northern Heights and High Point subdivisions.  This will ensure safe water for these residents.

 The City received a special award from the Employee Support of Guard and Reserve recently for our support of our military employees, active duty, retired and guard and reserve.   We are proud to be supportive of their service and to take advantage of the unique skills they bring to our day to day business.  

The Little Heroes Playground project is in full swing and progress is being made daily.   We are planning a Community Build Day on October 14th.   Please call the City Hall if your group would like to volunteer in putting the final touches on the playground.   We are hoping for a fall dedication day and details will follow shortly.   Richland Elementary attended the September Council meeting to thank the city for the donation of the old playground to their project.  They were able to refurbish and rehab the old playground with monies they had raised.  We are proud to be helping with two playground projects in the County.  Again, our sincere thanks and admiration to our community for embracing this project.  “Come and Play!”

City officials and staff are always busy this time of year setting the budget for the coming fiscal year.   I have always enjoyed being involved in this process.  Even as a councilwoman, watching the department heads and the staff discuss their plans and needs for the coming year always helped establish the goals for the coming year.   I have watched our city grow from a $8 million budget to last year's, $19 million.   As we have to have a balanced budget by state law, it is always an adventure making it all fit.   Our focus this coming year will be continuing to upgrade our infrastructure and to pay down some of the projects we have done over the last five years.