Waynesville city news

It seems that spring has skipped us and summer has arrived.   I wish our 2018 area graduates all the best, as they begin this new chapter in their lives.  It is a special time of year.

      *After the April election, a write-in candidate was named to the Ward Two council seat. Donald Ungerecht was sworn in at the April Council meeting, but family issues have led him to announce his resignation.  “I am sad to not be able to take advantage of this opportunity, but with younger children I think the time away will be detrimental and as always, family should be first.”

   Replacing Donald, and sworn in at the May Council meeting, is Cecil Davis, of the Summit area. Cecil has experience serving with the City, as a member and chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission. He is a retired combat engineer and recently joined the faculty at Richland High School as a biology teacher. He is married to Alanna and father to two daughters.  He will serve on the Airport and Finance Committees.

    *Waynesville is one of five cities along Route 66 to host the BIG BAM (Bicycles Across Missouri). June 20th will see an estimated 600 bicyclists coming into the Roubidoux Park area for a night of camping and a music festival which is open to the public.  Downtown businesses and restaurants will be open for the event and shuttles will run for participants to visit St. Robert and other sites. 

  This event is sponsored by the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau and the City of Waynesville. If you live in the Park area, please be aware of the added traffic and activity.  The music concert will end at 10:00 pm.

  * We will say goodbye to our City Clerk, Carol Welch, the last week of May and will host an Open House in her honor on May 31st from 3 to 5 in the afternoon.   Please stop in and visit with Carol.

     Michele Brown has been appointed Waynesville City Clerk, effective June 1st, following the retirement of Carol Welch.  Michele brings many skills to a job dependent on organization and work ethic. She brings municipal experience to the job, after working with our police department, utilities and as Executive Assistant. Michele has a son and daughter and the joy of her life, a grandson. Michele looks forward to bringing new and creative ideas to the city, while building on the traditions already established. 

     *At the April City Council meeting, an ordinance forbidding tobacco products at the Spray Park, the Little Heroes Playground and within 100 feet of WSR Youth Sports was passed.  Please share this with neighbors and friends.  This does not outlaw smoking in the Park, it is aimed at protecting our kids and our new playground.  We have had over 350 kids play soccer this year and over 300 sign up for baseball and softball this summer.  Great job to all!

     *The City is observing the 175th anniversary of the designation of Waynesville as the County Seat of Pulaski.  Shortly, with the help of the Waynesville Downtown Business Association, we will be hanging some new banners around the downtown to commemorate this event.  We have also ordered a limited edition, china plate to commemorate the occasion.  These will be available at City Hall and the Tourism Bureau for $20.  We will make an announcement when they arrive.   Throughout the summer, Lone Oak Printing will also intermix the banners with their special Veterans’ recognition banners.  Be looking for a mural to appear on the side of the Odyssey Scuba building.  We are very excited to see what the Waynesville High School students do to highlight our community.

IMPORTANT DATES:   June 16th, Freedom Fest on the Square, with added kids’ activities this year;   June 22nd-23rd, Cave State Cruisers Club will be in the main park;  June 23rd, Waynesville-St. Robert Day with the Springfield Cards, sponsored by the WSR Youth Sports Program, tickets are available at City Hall.   The Farmer’s Market is open for the summer season in the pavilion by the Roubidoux, 8 to noon.