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Welcome to Kirkwood!

Turn-of-the-century homes and a thriving business community await you in the City of Kirkwood, Missouri. Established in 1853, Kirkwood has long been known for its down-home charm, community pride, nationally recognized schools, vibrant business community, and its involved residents.

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Holiday Closing Information

CHRISTMAS:  City Hall and most City offices will be closed for Christmas on Wednesday, December 24, and Thursday, December 25. Sanitation will be collected normally on December 24, but there will be no sanitation collection on December 25. Thursday routes will be collected on Friday.  The Community Center will be closed on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but will be open normal hours on Friday, December 26, and Saturday, December 27.   The Ice Rink will be closed on Christmas Day but will be open the rest of the weekend. Please check the City Website for the full public skating schedule: kirkwoodmo.org/IceRink.

NEW YEAR'S:  City Hall and most City offices will be open on New Year’s Eve, December 31, but all offices will be closed on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2015. The Community Center will close at 4:00 p.m., on December 31. The Ice Rink will have public skating sessions on both December 31 and January 1. Please check the public skating schedule on the City Website for session times.

City Council Schedule for January 2015

Due to the New Year's holiday, City Council will not meet in January 1.  Instead, Council will meet on January 8 and 15 at 7:00 p.m., with a work session immediately preceding the formal meeting.

Kirkwood Wins Outstanding Local Government Award

The City of Kirkwood was recognized this year by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments for its efforts in and support of the 2014 Operation Clean Stream project.  The City received the “2014 Outstanding Local Government Achievement Award for Exemplary Accomplishment by a Local Government Jurisdiction” at a ceremony in November.  City personnel stepped in and supported this year’s clean-up efforts after the National Guard was unable to do so.  Public Works and Parks’ employees provided equipment to remove debris from the riverbanks as volunteers brought in what they had collected, provided security and access to park facilities at Greentree Park, and helped in a variety of other ways. The City was nominated for the award by the Open Space Council, which sponsors and runs Operation Clean Stream each year.

 

Kirkwood Water Meter Upgrades Are Under Way

Utility Metering Solutions (UMS) is now installing new AMR / AMI (automated meter reading/automated metering infrastructure).  The project will start out slow to ensure that proper data transfers are made and to adjust any operational issues before ramping up to full scale later this month. UMS representatives will operate in marked vehicles with the UMS logo throughout the City.  They will wear UMS logo shirts and safety vests and will have identification badges with the City's logo and the workers' picture.

 

The City began a comprehensive water meter replacement program in October that will upgrade or replace approximately 10,340 meters. Residents were notified earlier this year in utility bills that the City would implement an automatic meter reading (AMR) system starting in the Fall.  The City has hired Utility Metering Solutions (UMS) to perform this upgrade and replacement project.  This improvement to the City's water distribution system adds an electronic meter-reading capability and allows the City to replace meters that have served beyond their estimated useful life.

 

The new "smart" meters will minimize the need for personnel to go onto property or inside the home, and they will eliminate the need for estimated bills. With the new system, Kirkwood Water will have the ability to detect if a leak or backflow problem is occurring in a resident's plumbing system.   The project is predicted to take about six months to complete. For a list of frequently asked questions (and answers), click here.

 

Winter Fireworks Light the Skies in Downtown Kirkwood this Saturday, December 27

The third-annual Winter Fireworks, hosted by the Downtown Business District and the City of Kirkwood, will be held in the downtown area this Saturday, December 27.  The festivities kick off with music and dance performances at 5:00 p.m., in Station Plaza.  The fireworks will light the night sky at 6:30 p.m. over City Hall.  Bad-weather date is Sunday, December 28 (check back here in the event of rain, snow, or high winds).

Thank you to this year's sponsors:

  • Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District
  • Des Peres Hospital
  • First Church of Christ Scientist
  • Adams Place Retirement Community
  • Riggs Construction & Design
  • BRiC Partnership, LLC
  • Kirkwood Station Restaurant & Brewing Company
  • Gaffner Realty
  • Hardy R. Washington, Jr., State Farm Insurance Agent
  • Billy G's
  • Simmons First National Bank
  • Spencer's Grill
  • Barb & Jim Byerly
  • Barbara & Art McDonnell

Community Center Options Explored: Public is Invited to Give Comments

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.

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.

City of Kirkwood Conducts Community Survey

The City of Kirkwood has contracted with ETC Institute to perform a community survey.  The survey will be random and statistically valid.  It was mailed to a random sample of residents at the end of November. Those residents who received the survey can fill it out and return it in the pre-addressed, stamped envelope that was included with the survey.  Participants can also complete the survey on the ETC Website, and a link was provided with the survey. Some residents may receive a telephone call reminding them to complete the survey.

Individual responses will be completely confidential, and the City will not be informed which residents received or completed surveys.  Survey questions primarily deal with the level of satisfaction residents have with City services such as police, fire, parks, streets, water, sanitation, electric service, and utility billing.  ETC Institute will compile and present aggregate results to the Mayor and City Council in January 2015. For any questions about the survey, please contact the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Georgia Ragland at 314-822-5801 or RaglanGL@kirkwoodmo.org.