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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.

News & Announcements 

Better Together City-County Governance Task Force Report to the Community

The City of Kirkwood is aware of the Better Together Task Force proposal to merge St. Louis City and County. We will study the report and evaluate its impact on the citizens of Kirkwood if enacted. We encourage all citizens to read the report and become familiar with its recommendations. You can read the report here (pdf).  The document is 160 pages long and may take a few moments to load and open. 

Kirkwood Human Rights Commission Announces 2019 Essay Contest

The Kirkwood Human Rights Commission will once again hold an Essay Contest for Kirkwood High School students who are juniors during the 2018-2019 school year. Essay Topic: In what ways can we each work to recognize and move beyond our own implicit biases and why does this matter?  For full details, rules, and how to submit, please read the press release here.

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. 

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.

Major Traffic Signal Project on Kirkwood Road Will Improve Traffic Experience and Safety: Expect Delays During Construction

A major traffic signal project along Kirkwood Road will begin work in mid-January and continue through November, with intermittent, temporary lane closures and some traffic delays.  Drivers who use Kirkwood Road/Lindbergh Blvd. for part of their commute or to visit Kirkwood should expect delays during construction. Signs will be posted along the route, and traffic updates will be communicated on the City’s website and social media pages.  Read the full press release here.

January 15:  Gerstner Electric will begin boring conduit under the BNSF railroad south of Rose Hill Ave beginning January 15, weather permitting.   Upon its completion they will move on to boring under the Union Pacific  Railroad south of Argonne Drive.  No lane closures are anticipated. Watch for equipment and workers adjacent to the roadway.  The pedestrian path across the railroad tracks will be closed near the BNSF tracks while the work takes place. One half of the entrance to the public parking lot north of Station Plaza may be blocked during utility locates for the Union Pacific crossing.  The parking lot will remain accessible.

Nominations Sought for Human Rights Commission's Award for Excellence

The Kirkwood Human Rights Commission Award for Excellence is presented to individuals who embrace and exemplify the spirit and intent of the Commission and have worked to promote the following:  Respect for the awareness and appreciation of diversity; Encouraged positive human relationships within the community; Eliminated discrimination based on economic status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, familial status, or gender identity.  Please read the full guidelines for the Award here.  Nominations are due February 15, 2019. All nominations should go to Kathie Valentine at Kirkwood City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road, or by email to:  stephekj@kirkwoodmo.org.

Police Ask Residents to Register with Community Camera Program

The Kirkwood Police Department is asking residents to register their exterior security cameras with the Police Department. In the event of a crime in your area, you exterior camera may capture evidence that could be useful in an investigation. The police will only have your address and will NOT request remote access to your camera. If you register your camera and there is a crime in your neighborhood, an officer might contact you about viewing your video.  For more information, please contact Det. Sgt. Steve Urbeck at 314-822-5880, or access the online registration form here.


Complete Streets Pilot Project Implemented

The Complete Streets pilot project on West Woodbine has been implemented, and the City has received tremendous feedback. Click here for before and after photos.  As more residents continue to use the facilities, we would like to hear more about your experiences, both positive and negative. Please provide feedback to the City Clerk’s office by email:  aschelb@kirkwoodmo.org. The City will continue to gather the comments and consult them when planning further enhancements in the future.  

Read the Report on the Findings from the 2018 Citizen Survey

The City of Kirkwood contracted with ETC Institute to administer a survey to residents of the City over the summer of 2018. The purpose of the survey was to help us ensure that the City's priorities continue to match the needs and desires of residents. This is the third survey in four years.  Previous surveys were conducted in 2014 and 2016. Read the Report here

City Offices Closed Feb 18 for Washington's Birthday

City Hall and most City offices will be closed on Monday, February 18, in observance of Washington's Birthday. Sanitation will not be collected on the holiday, and all routes will be delayed by a day all week. 

City Invites Input on ADA Planning

The City of Kirkwood is in the process of creating a comprehensive ADA Evaluation and Transition Plan.  The plan will identify non-ADA-compliant pedestrian paths and facilities in the Kirkwood right-of-way and provide a strategy to address the issues.  This plan is critical to removing barriers to access for all Kirkwood residents and moves the City closer to its goal of being a more pedestrian-friendly community.

A critical element of the Plan is gathering feedback on the pedestrian routes and travel habits of citizens and visitors.  The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KirkwoodADA . Upon request, reasonable accommodations will be provided in completing this survey.  Contact the Engineering Division, Kirkwood City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122.  Phone: 314-822-5822.

Geyer Road Resurfacing Project

The City has prepared a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for residents about the Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) signal installation on Geyer Road across from Keysor Elementary School.  You can read that here.

Please Take the Affordable Housing Survey

Saint Louis County’s County Executive Steve Stenger recently formed an affordable housing task force, consisting of various community stakeholders, to develop recommendations on the establishment of an affordable housing trust fund in St. Louis County. A trust fund would ensure a stable funding source to assist those most in need of affordable housing in our area.  To gather input on community needs and priorities related to affordable housing, the task force has created two surveys, one for residents and one for organizations. St. Louis County is asking that residents take the resident survey and provide vital input.

Click HERE to take St. Louis County’s Affordable Housing Survey.  The survey will be live through December 12, which is the deadline. Thank you.

Kirkwood Electric Recharges Rebate Program

Kirkwood Electric is recharging its rebate program to reflect changes in the energy market.  In the past, KE’s rebate program was designed to curb energy consumption and avoid the need for the construction of large expensive power plants.  Now we have a new power portfolio that consists of market power and renewable energy that has no problem accessing additional low-cost energy to meet its customers’ demands during the heating and cooling seasons.   As a result,   Kirkwood Electric will discontinue its traditional HVAC Rebate program effective August 31, 2018, and begin to offer rebates for some newer energy technologies. 

Beginning September 1, 2018, Kirkwood Electric will provide a $300 rebate for customers upgrading their service to add EV charging or energy storage. Although this means that we will no longer provide a rebate towards the purchase of appliances, lighting, water heaters or air conditioning systems, we will be assisting customers with dollars on projects they’re undertaking that will move our service territory into the future.  Kirkwood Electric prides itself in being a utility that’s constantly adapting to meet its customers’ ever-changing needs.  We’re hoping you’ll agree that this recharging of our rebate program does just that, and helps us keep pace with the current developments in the energy business.

If you have any questions regarding this program change, or any other programs at the utility please contact Mark Petty, Kirkwood Electric Director, via email at pettyma@kirkwoodmo.org, or by phone at 314.822.5847.

Curbside Recycling is Alive and Well in Kirkwood

Three months after being notified by its processor Resource Management that effective November 1, it would no longer accept the City’s mixed recyclables, the City of Kirkwood has secured another processor and will continue curbside collection of residents’ single-stream recycling materials.  Republic Services will accept and process Kirkwood’s recycling effective Thursday, November 1.  They will process the materials locally, at their plant on Bayless Avenue in South County.

The City has entered into an agreement with Republic that involves cost sharing, whereby the City will receive revenue to offset some of the cost. There will be no changes in collection or cost to residents. The City has also applied for a grant with St. Louis County’s Public Health and Solid Waste Management department to conduct a Recycling Classification Study.  If the grant money is awarded, a consultant will be hired to sort through a sample of the City’s recycled materials and determine the level and kind of contamination present.  Based on that assessment, the City will conduct a public education campaign to help residents decrease the levels of contamination. At a later date, a second study will be conducted to see if the situation has improved.  For reminders about what you can and cannot recycle, read the list here

Downtown Master Plan Available 

Kirkwood City Council heard the finalized report from DPZ Partners on the Downtown Master Plan and Parking Study at its Work Session on Thursday, March 1. Click here to view the final Plan. 

Deer Population Report Available 

Kirkwood City Council commissioned a deer population report for the City and hired a firm to conduct it. The City has received the final "Distance Sampling Report" or Deer Population Estimate (click here for report). More information on this issue will be forthcoming.