This Place Matters!
THIS PLACE MATTERS! In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office and the Kirkwood Landmarks Commission are encouraging residents to share a photo and story of a favorite historic place.
Print out a "This Place Matters" sign here. Go to a Kirkwood place that matters to you and take a photo with your sign. Submit your photo via e-mail to email@example.com or post on our Preserving Kirkwood (MO) page or on the City's Instagram page (KirkwoodCity), with the hashtag #ThisPlaceMatters. The best submittals may be displayed at statewide historic preservation events this year.
Annual Police Pancake Supper is March 9
The annual Kirkwood Police Pancake Supper to benefit the Police Benevolent Fund will be held on Thursday, March 9, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. “All the pancakes you can eat” (plus sausages, eggs, coffee, milk, and applesauce) will be served up in the Kirkwood High School cafeteria, 801 W. Essex Avenue, for a donation of $4.00 per person. No carry-outs, please. Purchase your tickets from any Kirkwood Police Department employee, from the security officer at City Hall, at the dispatch window at the Police Department (131 W. Madison), or at the door.
Honeysuckle Hackathon Starts March 6 in Kirkwood Park
More than 33 acres of Kirkwood Park is invaded with bush honeysuckle. This plant deprives native plants and wildlife of nutritional food and a healthy habitat. To restore the wooded areas in the park, the Kirkwood Parks Assistance Corps (KPAC) will host a five-day “Honeysuckle Hackathon” to clear the northern side of the park, bordering West Adams Avenue. The goal is to free the entire park of invasive bush honeysuckle this year. Volunteering your time is one of the many ways to stop this invasive bush from spreading.
Hackathon volunteers are needed Monday through Friday, March 6-10. Volunteers can sign up for shifts of two hours, or more. A celebration in the park will close the Hackathon on Friday, March 10. KPAC will partner on the Hackathon with Honeysuckle Sweep Week, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force, and Enemy of the State/Stop-Honeysuckle.org. Visit kirkwoodmo.org/hackathon or call 314-984-5993 for more information or to volunteer.
Downtown Kirkwood is a "Great Places" Winner
Downtown Kirkwood has been chosen as one of three “Great Places in Missouri” by the American Planning Association (APA) for 2017, along with Tower Grove Park and the 4th Street Corridor in Maryville. The Great Places in Missouri program was started in 2014 to recognize neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces throughout Missouri that demonstrate exceptional character, quality and planning, attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire residents and visitors alike. The Great Places in Missouri program was modeled after APA’s Great Places in America Program that has recognized 260 neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces around the country since 2007.
Proposition One Will Be on April 4 Ballot
The City of Kirkwood has placed Proposition One on the April 4, 2017, municipal election ballot. Prop One will ask the citizens of Kirkwood to renew the City’s half-cent Capital Improvements Sales Tax. The original tax was passed in 1994 and became effective in 1995. It was renewed for 2005 with a 15-year sunset provision. The current tax will expire in 2020 unless voters approve Proposition One.
Prop One asks voters to continue the half-cent tax, which is used for improvements to infrastructure, such as street and sidewalk construction, and for capital purchases such as cars, fire trucks, snow plows, and equipment. For more information, please download this Frequently Asked Questions.
Fire Department Honored Retiring Captain Short
The Kirkwood Fire Department honored retiring Captain Keith Short with a full dress ceremony on February 18, at Fire House #1 in downtown Kirkwood. Firefighters dressed in Class A uniforms for the short ceremony, and Captain Short was saluted and given a “last ride” on Engine 1514 in recognition of his many years of service to the citizens of Kirkwood. Captain Short began his career with the Kirkwood Fire Department on January 14, 1980. He was promoted to Engineer in 1989 and to Captain in 1991. Please visit the City's Facebook page to see the photos.
It's Budget Season at City Hall
The City of Kirkwood begins its planning for the next budget year within months of completing the process for the previous one. The City's fiscal year begins on April 1, but the planning begins the summer before. Department managers begin working on operating and capital budgets over the summer, and they submit their budget requests to the Chief Administrative Officer by August. In October, the Citizens' Finance Committee begins to meet and discuss the budget requests with each department. They meet every Friday morning through the end of the year and prepare a budget recommendation document for presentation to City Council in January.
City Council then begins its process, which includes multiple work session discussions on budget requests, capital budget planning, employee benefits, and long-range planning. A public hearing is held at the second City Council meeting in February, and the public is invited to provide their input at that time. This year that hearing was held February 16 at City Hall. Council will vote on the final proposed 2017-2018 budget on March 2 and 16, 2017. To see the current draft of the proposed 2017-2018 budget, click here.