Situation in Ferguson
In anticipation of the Saint Louis County Grand Jury decision in the police shooting death of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, there are many rumors being disseminated and many stories being told on social media and elsewhere. At this point, we do not know what the jury’s decision will be, and we do not know where any protests may occur.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon issued a state of emergency declaration on Monday, November 17, because that declaration is required by law before the National Guard can be deployed inside the state. In his announcement, the governor said: “As part of our ongoing efforts to plan and be prepared for any contingency, it is necessary to have these resources in place in advance of any announcement of the grand jury’s decision. These additional resources will support law enforcement’s efforts to maintain peace and protect those exercising their right to free speech.”
The police department and administration in Kirkwood would like to advise Kirkwood residents to remain calm. Any resident, business owner, or visitor who witnesses activity about which they feel concern should contact the Kirkwood Police Department at 314-822-5858 or, in an emergency, call 9-1-1.
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.
Turkey Day Race Information
It's not too late to register for the Kirkwood-Webster Turkey Day Race that happens on Thanksgiving Day. The three-mile race starts at 7:30 a.m., and the six-mile race starts at 8:10 a.m. Click here to get all the information and access the registration page.
Some streets will be closed that morning. A map of the route is below. Click on it to enlarge.
Board and Commission Volunteers Receive Training
About 90 of Kirkwood's volunteers who serve on a variety of boards and commissions participated in a new training program on October 29.
The City Council is dedicated to providing training to volunteers who serve on the boards and commissions to help them understand their responsibilities in this capacity. This first training session at Kirkwood City Hall was conducted by speakers John Hessel, Kirkwood's City Attorney, Paul Rost, a City Attorney who works for Warson Woods and other cities , and Kirkwood City Clerk Betty Montaño.
The two-hour session included information on the City Charter, the Missouri Sunshine Law (Open Meetings), Conflict of Interest and Robert’s Rules of Order. The session was well attended by elected officials, volunteers and staff. It is anticipated that other training opportunities will be made available through ongoing sessions and the possibility of podcasts.
A new customer service form, the Neighborhood Caretaker Alert form, is now available to residents who prefer a hard-copy form and/or one that is anonymous to notify the City of problems or issues of importance. The new form, which allows residents to communicate concerns, is an extension of the Citizens' Action Center, accessible here on the Website. The hard-copy form, which includes a unique tracking number and two copies (one for the resident and one for the City), will allow residents to make anonymous comments and then check the Website, on this page, using their tracking number, to follow up on the outcome of their concern or complaint. The forms may be picked up at City Hall, the Kirkwood Community Center, and the Kirkwood Public Library. For additional information, please call 314-822-8506.