County Parks Will Hold Open House on Proposed Master Plan
Saint Louis County Parks and Recreation invites you to help plan the future of county parks. The County is currently working to develop a 20-year Master Plan, and they will hold five open houses at various locations, between October 11 and 27, so the public can provide input and feedback. For more information, click here.
Thank You to All Who Completed 2016 Citizen Survey
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.
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.
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.
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...
Thanksgiving Holiday Information
City Hall and most City offices will be closed on November 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving.
~ There will be no sanitation on Thanksgiving. Thursday routes will move to Friday.
~ The Ice Rink will be closed on Thursday but will have public skating sessions the rest of the weekend.
~ The Community Center will be closed on Thursday and Friday but will be open on Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.
Thursday, October 20 Update: Due to rain delays, the contractor will install the storm sewer pipe and structures along Emmerson Avenue today.
Monday, October 17 Update: Storm sewer pipe and structures will be installed along Emmerson Avenue tomorrow - Tuesday, October 18, 2016. The street will be closed temporarily at times, but work crews will make the road accessible for one-way traffic as needed.
The City’s contractor will close Boaz Avenue and Emmerson Avenue on Wednesday, October 12, and Thursday, October 13, to remove the existing culvert and install the new box culvert. The road will be closed to both vehicles and pedestrians from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., on both days. The road will be opened to traffic after 7:00 p.m., both evenings. The Kirkwood Fire Department will stage equipment south of the culvert during the closure in case of an emergency.
City Issues First Quarter Financial Report
The City has issued its first-quarter financial report for fiscal-year 2016-2017. Read it here.
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.