January 2015 Sanitation Announcements
For the week of January 19, all sanitation routes will be delayed by a day all week, due to the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. Monday routes will be collected on Tuesday, Tuesday routes on Wednesday, and so forth.
~ CHRISTMAS TREES will be collected throughout January on your regular sanitation day at no charge to residents. Beginning February 1, standard yard waste fees will apply.
Community Center Options Explored: Public is Invited to Give Comments on Two Dates
As a portion of the existing Kirkwood Community Center approaches its 50th birthday, a feasibility study is being conducted to examine the future of the building. A statistically valid survey completed earlier this year has given direction to the feasibility study, which is being conducted by Jacobs Engineering. As part of the feasibility study process, the public is being invited to review and comment on some very preliminary design ideas and conceptual plans. This opportunity will take place during two public comments sessions. The first will be held Wednesday, January 21, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and the second will be held Saturday, January 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Both sessions will be held at the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Road.
City Council Approves Tax Initiative for April 7 Ballot
The Kirkwood City Council approved a Fire/EMS Sales Tax initiative for the April 2015 election at its January 8 meeting. Click here to read the full press release. For more information on the sales tax initiative, please click here to access the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on this issue.
Update on Boil Water Advisory
Thank you to all our Kirkwood residents who called with or posted questions and comments about last week’s “boil water” advisory. We apologize for any confusion over this situation. We can do a better job notifying customers and the community. This was the first time in more than 20 years that Kirkwood Water has had a possible water contamination situation, but we do see this as a learning moment and plan to improve our communication process for the future.
We learned late on January 1 that there was a possible water contamination situation, due to a Missouri American Water broken water main. Very few Kirkwood Water customers were potentially affected, but once we learned of the situation, we expanded the precautionary advisory area just to be safe. The water was immediately tested as a precaution. It takes 24 hours for the test results to come back, so we learned late on Friday night, January 2, that no water had been contaminated. We greatly appreciate the response from the community and the sharing of information on social media by residents. Please send any additional comments or questions to Info@KirkwoodMO.org. Thank you.
Missouri American Water has lifted the precautionary boil water advisory.
Kirkwood Human Rights Commission Announces 2015 Essay and Art Contests
The Kirkwood Human Rights Commission will once again hold an Essay Contest for high school students who are juniors during the 2014-2015 school year and enrolled at Kirkwood High School, Vianney High School, Ursuline Academy, or any 11th-grade Kirkwood resident enrolled elsewhere, as well as all 11th-grade home-schooled students who live in Kirkwood. The deadline to submit an essay is February 20. Please click here to download the press release with the full guidelines, rules, and judging criteria.
ART FAIR AND COMPETITION FOR 4TH THROUGH 12TH GRADES: The Human Rights Commission will also sponsor a first-ever Art Fair and Competition in partnership with Robinson Elementary School and the Kirkwood School District. This will be a juried art competition that is open to all students in the Kirkwood community, grades 4 through 12. Please click here to download a flyer with the specifications and requirements. Certificates will be awarded in each grade level for First Place, Second Place, and Best Representation of Theme. The Art Fair will be held at Robinson Elementary School on March 7. Participants must register in advance. The deadline to register is February 13. Click here to download the registration form.
Bike-Pedestrian Planning Team Invites Residents on Walking Tour January 24
Join the Bike-Pedestrian Planning Team as they preview the recommendations for improving walking safety. This 30-minute walking tour will be an opportunity to learn about the planning process and recommendations and to ask questions. There will be two walking tours on Saturday, January 24:
- Argonne Drive. We will meet at the northeast corner of Argonne Drive and Kirkwood Road, from 11:00 am - 12:00 p.m.
- Longview Boulevard. We will meet at the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and Longview Boulevard, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
For more information on the Kirkwood Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, click here. In the event of bad weather - storms, severe ice, heavy snow - the event will be rescheduled for January 31, 2015.
Kirkwood Resident Creates Video of Winter Fireworks!
Check out the mini documentary on the 2014 Winter Fireworks, produced by Kirkwood resident Tripp Frohlichstein, which can be viewed in two parts from the City's Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/CityOfKirkwoodMo
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.