City Offices Closed on September 5 for Labor Day
City Hall and most City offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day. Sanitation will not be collected on Labor Day, and all routes will be delayed by a day all week. The Community Center and Ice Rink will be closed on the holiday, but the pool will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The pool closes for the season at 6:00 p.m. on Labor Day.
Post-Season Dog Pool Parties:
~ Tuesday, September 6, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., all dogs.
~ Thursday, September 8, 5:30 to 6:00 p.m., for dogs 25 pounds and smaller; 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. for all dogs.
~ For full details, visit: www.kirkwoodmo.org/pool.
2016 Citizen Survey: Final Report
Thank you to all residents who received and returned their 2016 Citizen Survey questionnaire. The results have been compiled into a final report, which you can download and read here. This final report includes geographic maps as well as the data. Thank you.
Pool Transitions to Reduced Summer Hours August 16
Reduced Summer Hours begin on Tuesday, August 16, for the Kirkwood Aquatic Center. The reduced hours are as follows:
- Monday thru Friday: 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Lap pool, family pool, slides open.
- Saturdays/Sundays: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All pools open.
- Holidays (Labor Day): 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The pool will close for the season at 6:00 p.m., on Labor Day, Monday, September 5. Post-season Dog Pool Parties will be held:
- Tuesday, September 6, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (all dogs)
- Thursday, September 8, 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. for dogs 25 pounds and smaller; 6:00-7:30 p.m. for all dogs.
- Cost is $10 per dog/owner, $3 for each additional person
- Current shot records, DHLPP and rabies, must be provided.
Making Music Summer Concert Series Winds Down in August
The final concerts of the 2016 Making Music Concert Series will be held on Saturday, August 27, in Kirkwood Park, and will feature Kim Massie. THANK YOU to all who have attended the concert series this summer. The concerts are free and open to the public and start at 7:00 p.m., in the Lions' Amphitheatre.
For full details and a description of each of this season's acts, please visit the Arts Commission page on this Website (click here).
When it Comes to Streets, Long-Term Planning is the City's Goal
The City of Kirkwood has for several years faced the challenge of determining how we will provide for the long-term rehabilitation and maintenance of our streets. In 2015, the City commissioned a Street Study and selected the Lochmueller Group and Payken Consulting to conduct it. A final report was prepared and submitted to the City in July 2015. Access the full report on this page of the Website, along with a list of street projects for 2016.
2015 Water Quality Report
The 2015 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.
Election Results Available
The County Election Website has posted unofficial election results from the August 2 election, including the race for City of Kirkwood Council Member (special election). The vote tally is:
~ Gerry Biedenstein: 2,753 votes
~ Mark Zimmer: 3,954 votes
Mark Zimmer will be sworn into office on Thursday, August 18.
Open Letter to Kirkwood Residents on Vianney
Please click here to open the letter to Kirkwood residents from Chief Administrative Officer Russ Hawes, regarding the situation at Vianney High School.
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...
Power Restoration Involves a Sequence of Operations and a System-Wide Approach
Kirkwood Electric crews work 365 days a year to ensure reliable electric power service for the residents of Kirkwood. When large power outages occur, KE crews follow a "sequence of operations" to restore power to the greatest number of customers at one time. As power is restored to the larger areas, crews work to restore individual, isolated cases. Generally, the following steps are followed to restore power:
STEP ONE: High-voltage transmission lines supply power to substations from power plants where the electricity is produced. If the transmission lines are damaged, it is impossible for power to be supplied to anyone.
STEP TWO: Substations receive electricity from transmission lines. Large transformers located at substations reduce voltage from 34,500 volts to about 13,000 volts. Substations must be repaired before power can be sent to distribution lines.
STEP THREE: Distribution lines are the third link in the system to be repaired. Distribution lines (also killed 3-phase lines) operate at 13,000 volts. They typically provide power to commercial and industrial customers, but they also supply electricity to single-phase lines.
STEP FOUR: Single-phase lines (or "tap lines') operate at 7,200 volts and supply power to residential areas. During extreme power interruptions, it may take days to completely restore power to all tap lines because they are widespread and make up a larger portion of the electric system.
STEP FIVE: The final step is to restore electricity to individual homes and small services. During this step, power is generally supplied at a voltage of 120/240. Repairs to individual service lines and transformers can be time consuming, as there are often numerous isolated cases. These individual service locations must be repaired one job at a time.
July 13 Storm Debris Special Pick-Up is Now Finished
The City has completed its collection of all debris and tree branches related to the July 13 storm. Street employees are on a tight schedule to finish road repairs and other summer projects before cold weather arrives. Residents who still have branches and debris should follow normal yard waste collection procedures, and place at the curb on their regular sanitation collection days. Thank you. For full details on yard waste collection, visit this page on the City's Website.
Downtown Parking Update
Free two-hour parking is available all over downtown Kirkwood. Full-day parking passes (for shoppers and visitors who need more than the two free hours of parking) are available for purchase at Kirkwood City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road, and in the Downtown Kirkwood SBD business office, 130 E. Jefferson, for $5.00. These passes cannot be used for multi-day parking.
Other Parking Options:
~ Parking passes for train passengers who need full-day or multi-day parking, can be purchased at the kiosk in the Amtrak parking lot across Kirkwood Road from the Train Station (just to the north of Station Plaza and directly to the south of the train tracks).
~ The cost for a full-day parking pass for this lot is also $5.00 per day. These passes can only be used in the Amtrak lot, but anyone can park there, not just Amtrak passengers. The Amtrak lot is also available for free two-hour parking.
~ The 2-hour free parking limit on the Amtrak lot is enforced from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.
~ On Saturdays and Sundays, parking on most public parking lots and at City Hall is FREE all day.
Long-Term Financial Plan Presented to Council
City Finance and Administration staff presented a Long-Term Financial Plan to City Council at its August 4 Work Session. Please click here to download and read the full document.
"50 Trees" Nominations Open
Apply now for a "50 Trees" tree and pay it forward! Kirkwood Citizens to Keep Kirkwood Green needs your help to keep our City streets shaded. The 50 Trees organization is requesting nominations for street-tree planting sites for Fall 2016. The trees will be planted on October 29.
Nominated sites must be located within Kirkwood right-of-way areas, or within 10 to 15 feet of the street curb approximately. Sites must be clear of overhead power lines and underground utilities. Residents willing to help care for a newly planted tree can email the site location and their contact information to Kathy Paulsen at KeepKirkwoodGreen@gmail.com, or call her at 314-822-8947. For more information about the organization and its history, visit their Website at: http://keepkirkwoodgreen.wordpress.com.
Gilbert Street Reconstruction: Project Presentation
Please visit the Active Projects in the City page (click here) of this Website to access the presentation on this project. The presentation was originally presented to residents at the June 1, 2016, public meeting.
Don't Forget the Mobile App!
KirkwoodKonnect is the City's new FREE customer service Mobile Application. You can use it to report potholes or lights out to the City, request assistance, or get in touch with a department. How? First, search for “Kirkwood Konnect” in your Google or Apple App Store from your phone. It’s FREE. Then download it and install. After installation, click on the icon, and the application will open up. Click on “Create a Request,” and then select “Create [with] with photo/video/audio” or without, and the map page pops up. You can slide the map around with your finger, and zoom in or out to find your location, or you can type in the location at the top of the page and the app will find it for you. Then hit “next” and select a report type, enter a description, and hit submit. You can use the app to track the progress of your report later on. If you need a response, be sure to provide a name and contact information.