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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.

News & Announcements
City Will Host Public Informational Meeting Feb 22 on Proposition R

The City of Kirkwood will host a Public Information Meeting at Kirkwood City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road, on Thursday, February 22, at 7:00 p.m. The topic of this meeting will be Proposition R, which will be on the April 3 ballot in Kirkwood. 

Proposition R, if approved by voters, will repeal a 1987 amendment that made the City’s defined-contribution pension plan the “sole and only’” plan for police and fire employees. 

Repealing the amendment will allow the City to move both civilian and fire/police personnel to a defined-benefit pension plan. Specifically, employees would move to participation in the Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System known as LAGERS. 

At the Public Information Meeting, City staff along with Jeff Kempker, the Assistant Executive Director for Member Services from LAGERS, will answer questions about Proposition R and about the City’s pension plans.  The format of the meeting will be an informal question-and-answer session. All residents are invited to attend.

Emergency Dispatch Office Will Temporarily Relocate During Renovations

Kirkwood’s Emergency Services Dispatching Office, which is housed at the Police Department, will undergo renovations beginning January 29 for approximately 10 days. During this time, dispatchers and phone lines will be temporarily relocated to another location in St. Louis County. Please Note: During the relocation, because phones lines are being transferred, when you call 822-5858, there will be a 10-second delay before the line begins to ring.  

The Police Department will remain open and staffed 24 hours per day. The Dispatch window will be closed, but residents who need the Police Department after hours can enter through the same door, at 131 W. Madison, and walk to the back of the lobby, to the Records Department, for assistance.

Get Your Season Pool Pass Early and SAVE!

Recreation Program Guides will be mailed to residents the last week in January. Beginning February 1, residents can sign up for classes and programs, including the summer pool pass.

New This Year: Purchase your Summer Season Pass for the Aquatic Center between February 1 and 28, and pay only $195 for a family of four (resident rate). Nonresident rate during the sale period will be $295 for a family of four. This deal is only good in February. Regular prices resume March 1. For more information about aquatics programs, visit the aquatics page of this website. 

City Works to Finalize Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019

City staff and City Council have been working for months to develop the City's budget for the coming fiscal year, which begins April 1. There may be additional changes to come, but click here for the current draft.  A public hearing will be held on the final draft in February 2018, and then Council will vote on the budget in March.

Annual Human Rights Essay Contest is Now Open. 

The Kirkwood Human Rights Commission will once again hold an Essay Contest for Kirkwood students who are high school juniors during the 2017-2018 school year. The deadline to submit an essay is Friday, February 23, at 4:00 p.m. Please visit the Human Rights Commission page of this website for full details.

Commercial Development Updates First Quarter 2018

A list of commercial development updates for the first quarter of 2018 is available here.  This list has been compiled by the City's Planner

For information on the City's Planning and Zoning efforts, or to access some of the City's planning documents (Downtown Master Plan, etc.), please visit this page of the website.

Kirkwood Public Library Will Host Council Candidate Forum Feb 26 at Robinson School

Kirkwood Public Library, along with the Kirkwood School District and Keep Kirkwood Green, will sponsor a City Council Candidate Forum moderated by the League of Women Voters, on Monday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m., at Robinson Elementary School, 803 Couch Avenue. The candidates for three open seats are: Catherine (Kara) Wurtz, Mark Zimmer, Josh Loeffler, and Wallace Ward. 

City Moves to Place Proposed Charter amendment Change on April Ballot

Kirkwood City Council voted at its January 4, 2018, meeting to place a proposed Charter amendment on the April 3 ballot. Proposition R, if approved by voters, will repeal a 1987 amendment that made the City’s defined-contribution pension plan the “sole and only” plan for police and fire employees. Repealing this amendment will allow the City to move both civilian and fire/police personnel to a defined-benefit pension plan. Specifically, employees would move to participation in the Missouri Local Government employees Retirement system, known as LAGERS. For more information on Proposition R, please see the documents below. Residents will also receive “FAQs” on Proposition R with their March utility bills. 

Reminder: Order of Plowing

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.   There are some streets we do not maintain, including all the streets maintained by MoDOT and St. Louis County, such as Manchester, Big Bend, the portions of Kirkwood Road/Lindbergh that are north of Swan and south of Big Bend, a portion of Ballas, and all of Adams.


Reminder: Trim Trees Over Sidewalks

The City's Code of Ordinances requires that trees that hang over sidewalks be trimmed to allow at least a 7-foot clearance for pedestrian traffic. The City has two Code Enforcement Officers who are happy to investigate situations like this when residents call. Reach them at 314-822-5804.  You can also use the Kirkwood Konnect mobile app (free in your device’s app store) to report overgrown vegetation. With the app, you can upload a photo and pinpoint a location using the GPS map.