Community Survey Results (Fall 2014) and Community Center Survey Results (Fall 2013)
The recent Community Survey Results and Report, from Fall 2014, can be accessed and downloaded here.
The Results and Report on the Community Center Survey from Fall 2013 can be accessed and downloaded here. Both survey reports are long and make take 30 seconds or longer to download and open.
Order of Plowing Reminder
When snow falls, City plowing crews focus first on the main roads, such as Kirkwood Road, Geyer Road, Essex, Woodlawn, Woodbine, Couch, etc. Cleaning these streets first allows emergency vehicles to get through when needed. During this first stage, street crews also work on hills and bridges. Crews do not begin to work on secondary streets until the snow stops. Secondary streets include Taylor, Fillmore, Dickson, Quan, Rose Hill, Clay, Lindeman, Harrison, Peeke, and Ann. When all those are done, crews move to subdivision streets and clear those.
PRE-TREATING: When possible, crews pre-treat all City streets when a storm has been predicted. However, in some storms, when the temperatures are very low, pretreating may not work very well.
Amtrak and MoDOT Recognize Kirkwood Train Station and Volunteers for Customer Service
The Missouri Department of Transportation has recognized the Kirkwood Train Station and its volunteers for customer service in 2014 in a letter to Station Manager Bill Burckhalter. Nationwide, all Amtrak train stations compile and report on customer satisfaction scores for Amtrak stations. For 2014, the Kirkwood Train Station was rated Number 1 in “overall station experience.”
The Station received a 95 percent score for overall station experience. Customers rated the volunteer staff “high” in all categories, including friendliness and helpfulness of station personnel, personal safety at the station, the ease of the train boarding process, the overall cleanliness of the station, and the condition of the platform and boarding area.
Kristi Jamison, Railroad Operations Manager for MoDOT wrote a letter of congratulations to the City. “I want to congratulate and thank you and all the wonderful volunteers at the Kirkwood Station,” she said. “This is truly a testament to the great work and the dedication you and the rest of the volunteers exhibit to customers every day, as well as the wonderful community outreach that occurs at and around the station.
City Council Approves Tax Initiative for April Ballot
The Kirkwood City Council approved a Fire/EMS Sales Tax initiative for the April 2015 election at its January 8 meeting. For more information on the sales tax initiative, please click here to access the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on this issue.
Community Center Planning Moves Forward
The Feasibility Study investigating the future of the Kirkwood Community Center continues to move forward. Residents recently had the opportunity to view information related to the current phase of the study, which focuses on understanding how the existing site and building could be utilized for future development of the Community Center. Those who attended the two public review sessions held in late January had the opportunity to view and comment on two different approaches to using the site, along with a timeline for the feasibility study, an analysis of how program space is allocated in the current facility, and an analysis of how allocations of program space could be made in the future based on the 2013 Community Interest Survey.
Site Plan “A” examines opportunities to repurpose and add to the existing building, while Site Plan “C” is based on tearing down much of the almost 50-year-old building and replacing with new. Both approaches are expected to cost about the same amount of money. This information will be discussed with Kirkwood City Council on February 19. The next step in the process would call for a further investigation of one of the two site plans, resulting in more detailed floor plans, elevations, and construction costs. Both site plans and the timeline/list of other potential amenities are posted here:
~ Site Plan A
~ Site Plan C
~ Timeline / Other Amenities
Update: Discussions about the Community Center site plan options have evolved to include the idea of moving the Reim Theatre to a location on land the City owns on Monroe, between South Taylor and Fillmore. This proposed site would support a theater of about the same size as proposed in Kirkwood Park (20,000 square feet) and would seat approximately 500 patrons. The site would also accommodate 100 parking spots, with extra parking being available on the street and at the Station Plaza parking garage one block north. The graphic here (click) indicates the location of the proposed site. Discussions are ongoing, and updates will be posted here on the City Website.
Kirkwood Human Rights Commission Hosts First-Ever Art Fair
The Human Rights Commission will host an Art Fair on March 7 at Robinson Elementary School. The Fair will showcase art work from Kirkwood School District students, grades 4 through 12, who submitted work to the HRC's first-ever art competition. This Art Fair will be a juried art competition and is being held in partnership with the Kirkwood School District. Certificates will be awarded in each grade level for First Place, Second Place, and Best Representation of Theme.