50 Trees Street-Tree Planting Program Seeks Site Nominations for Fall 2015
The 50 Trees Street Tree Planting program hosted by Keep Kirkwood Green each year seeks site nominations for Fall tree planting. To promote National Arbor Day on April 24, citizens are asked to nominate sites for trees to be planted in the Fall.
The 50 Trees program began in 2010 to honor the 50th anniversary of the Greentree Festival, but it's been going strong ever since. This year, the program was recognized with the 2014 Arbor Award of Excellence by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The group hopes to plant 75 trees this year, bringing the program's six-year total to 420 trees planted by local volunteers through this citizen-led initiative.
Nominated planting sites must meet certain requirements. Sites must be within the City of Kirkwood's publicly owned right-of-way areas, which typically, but not always, fall in the three- to four-foot grassy are between the curb and sidewalk. The sites must also be clear of overhead utility lines and underground utility conflicts. Qualified sites will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. The trees are planted free of charge.
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.
Kirkwood Water Implements Infrastructure Renewal Charge
Kirkwood Water has been working for several years to preserve and improve the reliability of the City’s water distribution system. The need to fund deteriorating public infrastructure across the United States has been the topic of much discussion at both the national and local levels (read a report on that here). In 2011, Kirkwood City Council established goals as part of the City’s Strategic Plan to improve the City’s public infrastructure, including water distribution.
The Plan’s objectives included replacing a minimum of 1 percent of the City’s aging water mains each year. To meet this goal, the City commissioned a Master Plan (available here) to evaluate the system and develop a rate structure to fund the plan. The Master Plan concluded that more than $50 million was needed over the next 20 years to preserve the water distribution system’s reliability.
To fund these improvements, Kirkwood’s City Council authorized implementation of a new Infrastructure Renewal Charge (IRC) to be added to water bills in the City, effective April 1, 2015. The charge will be assessed at $1.04 per 100 cubic feet of water used (or 748 gallons) by each customer. To help offset the IRC, the City will suspend the monthly fire hydrant fee of $2.33 per month.
It remains the City’s goal to provide a reliable, high-quality public drinking water system to its current and future citizens in an equitable and fiscally sound manner. Any questions can be addressed to Kirkwood Water at 314-984-5936.
Please Consider Taking the Disabilities Survey
The Kirkwood Human Rights Commission has developed a "Disabilities Survey" to determine what actions the City can take to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. Please consider taking the survey for yourself, a friend, a family member, or anyone visiting the City. Click here to access the electronic version. Please complete the survey no later than Friday, May 29. Thank you.
Public Meetings on MSD Rate Proposal Scheduled for March
On Wednesday, March 4, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) presented the Rate Proposal for fiscal years 2017 through 2020 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2020) to its Rate Commission for both wastewater rates and stormwater revenues. These proposed changes would apply to all MSD customers. MSD will host a series of community briefings with the goal of communicating the components of and reasoning behind the proposal. MSD’s Executive Director Brian Hoelscher will present the proposal, followed by a question and answer session. While these briefings are designed to provide information to the public, MSD Rate Commission will hold its own public hearings in May, specifically to hear public comment about the proposal. One meeting remains:
- Wednesday, April 8, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., The Pointe at Ballwin Commons, 1 Ballwin Commons Circle, Ballwin. 63021
MSD provided the following documents:
~MSD Community Meetings Flyer
~ Final Rate Proposal Fact Sheet
~ Final Rate Commission Fact Sheet
Community Survey Results (Fall 2014) and Community Center Survey Results (Fall 2013)
The recent Community Survey Results and Report, from Fall 2014, can be accessed and downloaded here.
The Results and Report on the Community Center Survey from Fall 2013 can be accessed and downloaded here. Both survey reports are long and make take 30 seconds or longer to download and open.