Annual Kirkwood-Oakland "Day Out" Will Be Held at Police Department October 4
The Kirkwood Police Department will hold a "Day Out" Open House on Saturday, October 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will be held on the parking lot between City Hall and the Police Department, 131 W. Madison Avenue.
Activities include car seat inspections, food, music, games, and the KLAASKIDS Foundation Print-a-Thon. Guests include Powder Valley; Kirkwood Fire, Electric, and Parks/Recreation departments; Kirkwood Public Library; and St. Anthony's Medical Center, for bike helmet fittings, among others. Food treats from Walk-Away Waffles, Pretzel Boy's, Rocket Fizz, Kellogg's, and Palo Popcorn.
PLEASE NOTE: Construction on Madison Avenue and on the west-side entrance to City Hall may result in fewer parking spaces during the event. Please consider parking in the Station Plaza garage, on East Madison. Thank you.
Kirkwood Water Will Begin Meter Upgrades in October
The City will begin 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.
Development Updates and Recent Approvals from the City Planning Department
~ CVS Pharmacy received Planning & Zoning approval to construct a 13,592 square foot pharmacy with drive-thru at 1085 N. Kirkwood Road.
~ Green & Clean received City Council approval to operate a home cleaning business at 632 W. Woodbine Avenue.
~ Namaste Yoga & Spa, received City Council approval to operate a yoga studio and day spa at 200 S. Kirkwood Road, Suite 240. The business will provide yoga instruction (conventional and innovative) as well as day spa activities (facials, waxing and sunless tanning).
~ McDonalds, which received City Council approval in January to operate a restaurant with drive-thru, is currently under construction. Targeted completion is mid-to late-October.
~ Greentree Church received a building permit to construct a place of worship at 100 Kirkwood Place. The main sanctuary will include seating for 422 individuals, and a separate fellowship hall will provide seating for 120 individuals. Classrooms will be located on the lower level. A large outdoor amphitheater will be the main focus on the west side of the facility and will allow for special church and public activities.
~ Domino's Pizza submitted a Special Use Permit and Site Plan Review application for a restaurant use at 11240 Manchester Road.
~ Fresh Thyme Market received approval for a re-zoning to B-4 Planned Commercial and a Preliminary Development Plan. A Final Development Plan will be forthcoming later this year. The proposed store, which is 27,977 square feet, will be located at 1018 N. Kirkwood Road. Fresh Thyme is a specialty grocer and will offer organic, locally sourced fruits and vegetables, store-created sausages, premium coffee beans, and local craft beers.
Fillmore Park Planning Process: An Update
The public is invited to view a conceptual plan being developed for the future improvement of Fillmore Park, located at the corner of Fillmore and East Clinton Avenues. The public can review the conceptual plan on Monday, October 6, at 7:00 p.m., in the Nipher Middle School Cafeteria, 700 S. Kirkwood Road.
The conceptual plan follows from a public input session held in August. Local residents and park neighbors met with design team members from Planning Design Studio, members of the Kirkwood Park Board, and staff and were able to offer their opinions on how the park could be improved to serve the neighborhood more effectively. The ideas gathered at this public input session will be incorporated into the new conceptual plan. The improvement project is being driven by the acquisition of an adjoining lot, which expanded the size of the park to just over one acre. The development of the conceptual plan is being financed in part by a grant from the Municipal Park Grant Commission of St. Louis County.
Construction Update on City Hall and Madison Avenue
CITY HALL UPDATE:
Beginning Friday October 3, at 5:00 p.m. our contractor will begin the removal and replacement of the concrete entering into City Hall (the area between the front doors to the other side of the columns). The current pad will be removed Friday evening, a new pad will replace it early Saturday morning, and the surface will be finished on Sunday. The area is projected to be opened by the start of business on Monday 10/6/14.
Beginning on Monday, October 6, demolition and construction will begin for the remaining west side construction area. This process is expected to take approximately three weeks to complete (depending on weather). During this time access to City Hall will be via the temporary concrete ramp on the south side of the entrance. PLEASE NOTE that the automatic door entering into City Hall will be disabled. The security officer will be available to offer assistance.
MADISON AVENUE CONSTRUCTION: Over the next five to six weeks, Madison Avenue, which runs alongside City Hall and in front of the Police Department, will be rebuilt. The contractor for the Madison street construction will start next week (the week of September 29) at the west side of Madison (the Clay Avenue side) and will work in sections so that employees and residents can access both City Hall and the Police Department.
Additionally, they plan to only work on the entrances/exits to all parking lots along Madison in half-lane increments. That means that HALF of the entrance/exit will be open at all times (single-file and one-way). Signs will be posted and moved as the work progresses. Please drive cautiously as you enter or exit, and remember that access to Madison from both Kirkwood Road and Clay Avenue will be restricted during different times, and you may have to circle around to access the parking lots.
New Customer Service Form Allows for Anonymous Comments to City
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.
Order of Plowing: A 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.