City Offices Closed on July 4
City Hall and most City offices will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day. There will be no sanitation collected on the holiday, and all routes will be delayed by a day all week. The Community Center will be closed on July 4 as well. The pool will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fireworks Safety: A Reminder
According to the National Fire Protection Association, more fires are reported in the United States on a typical Independence Day than on any other day of the year, including around Christmas. Fireworks account for more than half of those fires. The NFPA also reports that in 2010, fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 reported fires, including 1,100 total structural fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 14,100 outside and other fires. These resulted in an estimated eight reported deaths, 60 injuries, and $36 million in direct property damage.
It's that time of year again. Firecrackers are going off at night, and everyone is tracking down where the *big* fireworks displays will be held this weekend and on the Fourth (Kirkwood Park, July 4: See details in the right column). While fireworks are exciting, they can also be dangerous if misused or if used by non-professionals. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is at a public fireworks display put on by trained professionals.
ORDINANCES: The City of Kirkwood has an ordinance prohibiting fireworks (3301.1.3.1). The ordinance prohibits both the sale and use of certain fireworks. In Saint Louis County, it is also against the law "to sell, possess, offer for sale, expose for sale, give, use, discharge, or explode fireworks within Saint Louis County." (SLCRO 810.020) Please leave the fireworks to the professionals.
SAFETY TIPS: Fireworks sales at licensed seasonal retailer are legal in Missouri from June 20 to July 10. State permits should be displayed at all seasonal retail locations. Missourians who choose to use consumer fireworks should follow basic safety practices. Purchase fireworks only from a properly licensed retailer. ADDITIONAL TIPS can be found on the Safety/Emergency Management page (click here).
Hotdog Dayz of Summer Run on Fridays in June/July
Join Kirkwood's Police Department and Parks and Recreation Department for FUN and HOTDOGS in a City park. The Hotdog Dayz events will be held on Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays in June and July. For the full schedule, visit this page (click here) of our Website.
2016 Water Quality Report
The 2016 Kirkwood Water Quality Report is now available. Please click here to download it. If you prefer a paper copy of the report, please call 314-984-5936 to request one.
Be a Volunteer With the City!
The City of Kirkwood is seeking citizens willing to serve on a board or commission. We have many volunteers in this capacity that dedicate their time and energy to the City. We invite you to apply by submitting a Volunteer Profile Form. The Volunteer Profile Forms are considered and reviewed by City Council anytime there is an opening on one of the City’s boards or commissions. They remain on file in the City Clerk’s office for two years. Most vacancies occur in the spring. If you are interested in serving your community in this way, please visit the City Website and complete the fillable Volunteer Profile Form, at: www.kirkwoodmo.org/VolunteerProfile.
City Will Hold Special Election
With the election of Council Member Timothy Griffin to the position of Mayor, a seat will be open on City Council. The City will hold a special election to fill this Council seat on August 2. As of the closing date for filing, there are two candidates who completed the process for filing and will be on the August ballot: Gerry Biedenstein and Mark Zimmer.
Sign Up for CodeRED!
The City has implemented a new high-speed emergency notification system called CodeRED. The new system will help us reach residents and business owners in the event of an emergency or in a situation that needs your immediate attention. This is a completely voluntary system, so you must opt in. To register or opt in, click on the link below and follow the instructions. But that's not all... now you can also sign up for Emergency Notifications through the City's new CodeRED system. Read below...