Online Payment System Will Be Unavailable Friday/Saturday
The City's online utility payment system will be undergoing an upgrade this Friday and Saturday. The online utility payment system will be unavailable during the upgrade. The system will be down from 4:45 p.m., this Friday, October 9, through approximately 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, October 10. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.
City Says "Thank You" to Residents for Passage of Fire/EMS Sales Tax
The City would like to thank residents for passing the 1/4-cent Fire/EMS Sales Tax in April. The Fire Department is in the process of hiring seven new firefighter/paramedics. We also want to remind residents that the sales tax went into effect on October 1, so effective immediately, purchases in the City will be taxed at the new rate of 8.613 percent.
City Releases Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
The City has released its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2015. You can download and read it here.
City Issues Municipal Court Warrant Recall
In light of the legislation that will take effect on August 28, 2015, and in the spirit of the current amnesty activities in the St. Louis area, the City of Kirkwood Municipal Court has ordered the withdrawal of all existing warrants and re-docketing of all cases that were in warrant status. All warrants with the City of Kirkwood Municipal Court have been cancelled, and these cases are being assigned new court dates. The Court will be mailing notices with new court dates to all defendants formerly in warrant status at their last known address.
Any person who had a case in warrant status with the City now has the opportunity to take responsibility, avoid reissuance of an arrest warrant, and address their pending matters with the Court. Any such person who does not receive a letter or who has moved is urged to contact the Court to obtain their new appearance date information. For cases in which defendants do not appear or otherwise address the matter, warrants and show cause orders will be reissued.
This warrant recall only applies to municipal ordinance violation cases as filed with the City of Kirkwood Municipal Court. This also will not apply to warrants the Judge issues after September 8, 2015.
City Issues First Draft of 2016-2017 Budget
Department heads, City administration, and members of the Citizens' Finance Committee have begun work on the City's budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year that begins April 1, 2016. Here is the first draft of the budget. This is a working draft, and we will update it as changes are made. A final budget will be presented to City Council in March.
Kirkwood Arts Commission Asks for Input on Two Surveys
The Kirkwood Arts Commission seeks input on arts and music programming for the Kirkwood community. Please consider taking one or both of the following surveys:
Parking Lot Closes in Downtown Kirkwood
The owner of the parking lot at 112a West Jefferson Avenue in downtown Kirkwood has indicated that effective September 1, the lot may no longer be available for use by the public.
Kenneth Connor, who owns the property, had leased the lot to the City of Kirkwood for more than a dozen years. The City was unable to come to what it considers a reasonable agreement to either purchase or continue leasing the lot from Connor. In May 2015, Connor approached the City about either purchasing the property or entering into a new lease at approximately four times the cost of the current lease payment. Over the next several months, the City attempted to reach an agreement with Connor but was unsuccessful. As of September 1, the City of Kirkwood no longer leases the parking lot.
The parking lot in question is located on West Jefferson, north of Argonne Alley. The adjacent parking lot, which is south of Argonne Alley and directly behind several businesses, including Cornucopia, Racanelli’s Pizza, and the UPS Store, and to the east of the Bug Store, remains open.
Visitors to Downtown Kirkwood can still find public parking in several other lots, including two other lots on West Jefferson and one on East Jefferson, the Train Station lot on Argonne Drive, as well as on-street parking along Clay Avenue, Argonne Drive, and both sides of Jefferson. Additionally, visitors can access both Station Plaza garages on East Madison.
Kirkwood City Council continues to seek an equitable and fair solution in the best interests of Kirkwood citizen taxpayers and business owners. City Council also apologizes for any inconvenience and confusion that may result from the current status of Mr. Connor's decision to discontinue leasing the lot for public use.
Community Center Planning Continues
City Council received the Concept Design for a new Community Center and a proposed Performing Arts Center at its August 20 Work Session meeting. An economic feasibility study is now being considered. To see the concept design for the two facilities, please click here to download and view the PowerPoint presentation in a PDF.
Residents Can Request Tree Planting Sites
Residents and businesses in the City of Kirkwood can request that a City tree be planted in the parkway or right-of-way at the front of their residence or business. Visit the Urban Forestry Commission page(here) on this Website, and click on the "Street Tree Request Form" on the right-hand gold navigation column.
Interested residents willing to help care for a tree should email contact information and exact location of the proposed site to KeepKirkwoodGreen@ gmail.com, or contact the program co-chairs Kathy Paulsen, at 314-822-8947, or Nancy Luetzow, at 314-965-1470. For more information about the 50 Trees program, please visit their Website at KeepKirkwoodgreen.wordpress.com.