CodeRED: Sign Up for Emergency Alerts
The City of Kirkwood 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 a situation that needs your immediate attention.
This is a completely voluntary system. That means that to receive notifications, residents and business owners must "opt in" and register for the system. To register, or "opt in," for this service, please follow the link below (click on the CodeRED logo at the bottom of this article) and follow the instructions.
At this time, typical emergencies associated with the system will be: Boil water alert, earthquake, tornado, train derailment, foreign or domestic terrorist attack (bombing, shooter, etc.), flood, chemical spill, major road closure, other National Weather Service warnings (ice storm, major snow), and mass civil unrest or disturbance. These events may be related to other things such as major power outages, significant water main breaks, massive fires, or other issues, and the messages the City sends can provide additional information related to those occurrences. As time goes by, the City may modify or expand system use to encompass power outages, sewer tests by MSD, or other non-emergency but important notifications.
Kirkwood Electric Dedicates New Electric Substation
Kirkwood Electric held a Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting for its new Alfred Avenue Substation on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. The first Alfred Substation was built in 1959, had three transformers, and delivered power to 2,000 customers. The new Substation has two new transformers that are five times larger than the older ones they will replace. The old Substation could deliver power to roughly 1 out of every 5 Kirkwood Electric customers, while the new Substation will be capable of delivering power to 6,000 customers if needed. Typically, it will only serve about 2,000 households, but it could potentially deliver power to nearly 2 out of every 3 Kirkwood customers if needed. The new Substation cost just under $2 million to build. Construction began in 2008. The new Substation is expected to be connected to the Ameren Electric system in Fall 2016.
Annual "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, pre-treating may not work very well.
CFL Exchange Program Discontinued
The City will continue to accept CFLs (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) for recycling at the Finance window at City Hall and at the Community Center. However, new CFLs will not be handed out in exchange. Instead, each customer who turns in used CFLs will receive one LED bulb (one per customer, per year).
CFLs are not accepted for trash collection because they are a hazardous waste. Residents can recycle them with the City or take them to the County’s Household Hazardous Waste facility in Lemay.
HRC Essay Holds Annual Essay Contest for High School Juniors
This year's topic is: "What can I do to foster human rights in our community?" The deadline to submit an essay is February 16. Click here for the press release, with full details, information, and judging criteria. Please also visit the Human Rights Commission page on this Website for samples of winning essays from previous years.
City Offices Will Close for Washington's Birthday Feb 15
City Hall and most City offices will be closed on Monday, February 15, in observance of Washington's Birthday. No sanitation will be collected on the holiday, and all routes will be delayed by a day all week. The Community Center and the Ice Rink will both be open.
Drug Take-Back Day is April 30
The Kirkwood Police Department will sponsor another Drug Take-Back Day and collection event on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Police Department, 131. West Madison. Remember: If you cannot make that date, a drug collection box is accessible at the Police Department, in the lobby, 24/7 for anonymous drop-off of prescription and OTC drugs.
Vote in the Missouri Primary
The 2016 Presidential Preference Primary will be held on March 15 in Missouri. That is a much earlier date than in previous elections. Last day to register to vote in time for the primary: February 17.
Plan to Attend the Annual PD Pancake Supper February 25
The Annual Kirkwood Police Department Pancake Supper, to benefit the Benevolent fund, will be held on Thursday, February 25, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m., at Kirkwood High School, 801 W. Essex Avenue. "All the pancakes you can eat" - pancakes, sausages, eggs, coffee, milk, and applesauce will be served (no carry-outs, please). Donation: $4.00. Purchase your tickets from any Police Department Employee, at City Hall, or at the door. Questions? Call 314-822-5867. [Please note corrected date, which was incorrectly printed in the January utility inserts.]
Stay in Touch: City Launches New Customer Service Mobile Application
Kirkwood Konnect is the City’s new FREE Mobile Application that allows residents, business owners, and visitors to report issues, request assistance, and get in touch with City departments and administration. For example, maybe after a month of snow, there’s a pothole you keep hitting every morning on your way to work, but by the time you get to work, you’ve forgotten about it. Now you can use the City’s mobile application to report it before it slips your mind. (But please pull over and send your request safely from a side street or parking lot.)
How Do You Get the App? It's Easy! It's FREE!
First, search for “Kirkwood Konnect” in your Google or Apple App Store from your phone. It’s FREE. Then download it and install. After installation, click on the icon, and the application will open up. Click on “Create a Request,” and then select “Create [with] with photo/video/audio” or without, and the map page pops up. You can slide the map around with your finger, and zoom in or out to find your location, or you can type in the location at the top of the page and the app will find it for you. Then hit “next” and select a report type, enter a description, and hit submit. You can use the app to track the progress of your report later on. If you need a response, be sure to provide a name and contact information.
Free Trees for Right-of-Way
The City Street Department still has about 80 trees available to residents for planting in the right-of-way. We have Red Maples (8 trees), Redbuds (7 trees), Swamp White Oaks (19), London Planetree (24), and European Hornbeam (24). The trees are between three and five feet tall. Interested residents must be able to plant the trees before the ground freezes. The Street Department will deliver them. Right-of-way areas are typically the area adjacent to the homeowner's property, where your property marker stops, and where the City property begins. Street curbs and electric poles are found in the right-of-way, although sometimes the ROW extends into your front lawn area. Interested residents should call Street Director Tony Bonastia at 314-822-5829. The trees will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.