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Turn-of-the-century homes and a thriving business community await you in the City of Kirkwood, Missouri. Established in 1853, Kirkwood has long been known for its down-home charm, community pride, nationally recognized schools, vibrant business community, and its involved residents.

News & Announcements

Update for Residents on Curbside Recycling Program

The City was notified on August 1 that its recycling processor, Resource Management, would no longer accept the City’s mixed, or single-stream, recyclables, effective November 1.  Since that initial letter, a lot has happened.  With no processor identified to accept and sort the City’s materials, a tentative decision was made to halt curbside recycling on October 22, and to move to individual drop-off containers for paper, glass, aluminum, and plastic at the Scheidegger Recycling Depository on South Taylor.

Since that initial decision, however, the City has worked diligently with processors in order to continue its single-stream curbside service.  City officials have decided to continue curbside recycling collection in the near term.  Therefore, the City will NOT halt curbside collection of recyclables on October 22, as previously reported.

However, residents do need to be more vigilant about cross-contamination of your mixed recyclables.  Here are a few tips:

  • Make sure everything that goes into your recycling cart is:  Empty, Clean, and Dry.
  • Avoid “wish-cycling.” Just because you wish it were recyclable, doesn’t mean it is.
  • Reduce, by using reusable containers.
  • YES:  You can recycle plastic bottles and containers, metal food and beverage cans, glass bottles and jars, paper, and food and beverage cartons – if they are Empty, Clean, and Dry.
  • YES: You can recycle cardboard curbside – if it is flattened.
  •  NO:  You must not throw the following into your recycling cart: Plastic bags, Styrofoam, food-encrusted anything, and paper plates and paper napkins (too thin for recycling).
  • If in doubt, throw it in the trash.

Need to know more?  Follow this link to the St. Louis County website, where a full list of items eligible for curbside, single-stream recycling, is available.  

City Needs Resident Feedback on W. Woodbine "Complete Streets" Project

The City has begun the discussion of adopting a "Complete Streets" policy. "Complete Streets" are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities. The City is is implementing a pilot project on W. Woodbine Ave. to showcase some complete streets' features with striping and signage.  The section between Geyer Road and Craig Drive will be striped to provide an 11-foot drive lane, 5-foot buffered bike lane, and 8-foot parking lane on both sides of the roadway.  There will also be “bulb outs,” striped at the side street intersections, and a mid-block crossing added near Magnolia Ave.  The City requests feedback from citizens concerning the pilot project and the Complete Streets initiative in general.  We ask that you provide all feedback to the City Clerk’s office by email:  aschelb@kirkwoodmo.org.  Depending on public feedback, the City will consider making the pilot project permanent in the future. 

Who Should You Call? Building Commissioner or Code Enforcement?

The City’s Code Enforcement office and the Building Commissioner’s office both enforce the City’s Code of Ordinances and conduct inspections.  The kinds of inspections, however, can be very different. If you were ever not sure who to call, click here for a new City brochure that breaks it down. 

Kirkwood Electric Receives "Tree Line USA" Recognition  

Every day in their communities all across America, people depend on safe, reliable electric service to power their homes, businesses, and public buildings. In the Tree City of Kirkwood, this gets done while also protecting and enhancing the urban forest. The TreeLine USA program exists to recognize best practices in public and private utility arboriculture, demonstrating how trees and utilities can co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens.

In April, Kirkwood Electric received the TreeLine USA recognition for the following: 1) Quality tree care. 2) Annual worker training. 3) Tree planting and public education. 4) Tree-based energy conservation program. 5) Arbor Day Celebration. The award is given by the Arbor Day Foundation in collaboration with the National Association of State Foresters.

Deer Population Report Available 

Kirkwood City Council commissioned a deer population report for the City and hired a firm to conduct it. The City has received the final "Distance Sampling Report" or Deer Population Estimate (click here for report). More information on this issue will be forthcoming.  

Please Take the Affordable Housing Survey

Saint Louis County’s County Executive Steve Stenger recently formed an affordable housing task force, consisting of various community stakeholders, to develop recommendations on the establishment of an affordable housing trust fund in St. Louis County. A trust fund would ensure a stable funding source to assist those most in need of affordable housing in our area.  To gather input on community needs and priorities related to affordable housing, the task force has created two surveys, one for residents and one for organizations. St. Louis County is asking that residents take the resident survey and provide vital input.

Click HERE to take St. Louis County’s Affordable Housing Survey.  The survey will be live through December 12, which is the deadline. Thank you.

Kirkwood Electric Recharges Rebate Program

Kirkwood Electric is recharging its rebate program to reflect changes in the energy market.  In the past, KE’s rebate program was designed to curb energy consumption and avoid the need for the construction of large expensive power plants.  Now we have a new power portfolio that consists of market power and renewable energy that has no problem accessing additional low-cost energy to meet its customers’ demands during the heating and cooling seasons.   As a result,   Kirkwood Electric will discontinue its traditional HVAC Rebate program effective August 31, 2018, and begin to offer rebates for some newer energy technologies. 

Beginning September 1, 2018, Kirkwood Electric will provide a $300 rebate for customers upgrading their service to add EV charging or energy storage. Although this means that we will no longer provide a rebate towards the purchase of appliances, lighting, water heaters or air conditioning systems, we will be assisting customers with dollars on projects they’re undertaking that will move our service territory into the future.  Kirkwood Electric prides itself in being a utility that’s constantly adapting to meet its customers’ ever-changing needs.  We’re hoping you’ll agree that this recharging of our rebate program does just that, and helps us keep pace with the current developments in the energy business.

If you have any questions regarding this program change, or any other programs at the utility please contact Mark Petty, Kirkwood Electric Director, via email at pettyma@kirkwoodmo.org, or by phone at 314.822.5847.

Saint Louis County Performs Mosquito Control

The City of Kirkwood does not spray for mosquitoes.  However, St. Louis County does perform this service. To see the current schedule of spraying, visit this page of their website (click here).  You can also call this number daily to find out where they will be spraying that evening:  314-615-4284 (615-4BUG).

Mosquitoes can develop in any standing water that is present for more than five days. To reduce the mosquito population around your home and property, eliminate all standing water and debris. For more tips on how to control mosquitoes, visit this page of the County's website (click here).

Kirkwood Fire/EMS Gets New Tool for Helping Pediatric Patients

The Kirkwood Fire Department has acquired a new tool to help its Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff better administer medication to pediatric patients. Paramedics will be able to use a mobile app that utilizes the Handtevy Method software to help them save the lives of children on emergency calls.

When firefighter-paramedics are called to an emergency involving a critically ill or injured child, every second counts. Treating children is difficult, stressful, and time-sensitive. The Handtevy Method helps to prevent over-dosing and under-dosing by focusing on the age of the patient. It allows EMS crews to look up the right dosage and administer it quickly. The mobile app is faster and more accurate than the old method, which relied on measuring younger patients from head to toe using a tape measure and then doing a manual calculation.

The Handtevy Pediatric Resuscitation System software, combined with educational and organizational tools, will help improve outcomes for pediatric patients. The system software will be installed on tablets and smartphones used by Kirkwood EMS crews. These devices will be used on the way to emergency calls to look up vital information about the patient based on age. The crews can then start preparing necessary equipment and medication before they arrive at the scene. This information can be used at the scene and then relayed ahead, while the EMS crew is en route to the hospital, to facilitate treatment.

The Handtevy system is currently in use by EMS systems around the country and by cruise lines, helicopter companies, and hospitals. “The Handtevy System provides a customized, predetermined approach to the critically ill child,” said Kirkwood’s Deputy Fire Chief David Smith.  “It takes into account location, provider ability, and resources. When seconds count, it provides the best opportunity for a medical team to positively affect the outcome, no matter where the child is at the time.”

For more information, or for a demonstration of the software, please contact Deputy Fire Chief David Smith at 314-984-6970. A two-minute video on the system can be found here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFMRrZGoZf0 

Downtown Master Plan Available

Kirkwood City Council heard the finalized report from DPZ Partners on the Downtown Master Plan and Parking Study at its Work Session on Thursday, March 1. Click here to view the final Plan.