Recycle Electronics at the Hands-on-Kirkwood Event on October 1
The City gets frequent inquiries about electronics recycling, and we do on occasion host an electronics recycling drive. However, this fall, you can recycle electronics as part of the "Hands-on-Kirkwood" event. Here is the information:
~ Saturday, October 1, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
~ On the campus of St. Louis Community College-Meramec, 11333 Big Bend Blvd., western parking lot.
~ For "old style" TVs there will be a charge. Everything else is FREE. If you can plug it in, we will take it!
~ To see ALL of the HOK activities, download the 2-page flyer here.
Maple Avenue Closure at Kirkwood Road
Maple Avenue will be closed from October 3 thru 17 for street replacement. The closure will extend from N. Kirkwood Road to just east of 126 Maple Avenue. During the closure there will be no access to Kirkwood Road. Residents will have access from N. Clay Avenue. Construction traffic will access the site from Manchester Road.
Kirkwood Greentree Festival Was a Success Despite the Rain on Friday
The City of Kirkwood and the Greentree Planning Committee THANKS everyone who attended the festival over the weekend for being patient and understanding. Friday's all-day rain resulted in cancellation Friday night of all activities other than the main stage concert. The Fabulous Motown Revue concert was moved indoors to the Community Center, where many festival goers had a great time.
Then on Saturday, because many vendors had not been able to set up on Friday due to the rain, the opening of the festival was pushed back by an hour, as was the start of the parade. Once again, parade goers were patient and forgiving of the delay, and we greatly appreciate it. A short video of the parade was created by Kirkwood resident Tripp Frohlichstein and can be viewed on the City's main Facebook page. Later this week, photos will be posted on the Greentree Facebook page. Thank you again, and we will do it again next year!
2016 Citizen Survey: Final Report Available Here
Thank you to all residents who received and returned their 2016 Citizen Survey questionnaire. The results have been compiled into a final report, which you can download and read here. This final report includes geographic maps as well as the data. Thank you.
When it Comes to Streets, Long-Term Planning is the City's Goal
The City of Kirkwood has for several years faced the challenge of determining how we will provide for the long-term rehabilitation and maintenance of our streets. In 2015, the City commissioned a Street Study and selected the Lochmueller Group and Payken Consulting to conduct it. A final report was prepared and submitted to the City in July 2015. Access the full report on this page of the Website, along with a list of street projects for 2016.
2015 Water Quality Report
The 2015 Kirkwood Water Quality Report is now available. Please click here to download it. If you prefer a paper copy of the report, please call 314-984-5936 to request one.
Be a Volunteer With the City!
The City of Kirkwood is seeking citizens willing to serve on a board or commission. We have many volunteers in this capacity that dedicate their time and energy to the City. We invite you to apply by submitting a Volunteer Profile Form. The Volunteer Profile Forms are considered and reviewed by City Council anytime there is an opening on one of the City’s boards or commissions. They remain on file in the City Clerk’s office for two years. Most vacancies occur in the spring. If you are interested in serving your community in this way, please visit the City Website and complete the fillable Volunteer Profile Form, at: www.kirkwoodmo.org/VolunteerProfile.
Sign Up for CodeRED!
The City has implemented a new high-speed emergency notification system called CodeRED. The new system will help us reach residents and business owners in the event of an emergency or in a situation that needs your immediate attention. This is a completely voluntary system, so you must opt in. To register or opt in, click on the link below and follow the instructions. But that's not all... now you can also sign up for Emergency Notifications through the City's new CodeRED system. Read below...
KlaasKids Kirkwood-Oakland Day Out: October 1
The public is invited to join us on Saturday, October 1, for a day of fun at the Kirkwood Police Department. This is a FREE safety awareness and activity event for the whole family: October 1, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Police Department, 131 W. Madison. Including:
~ Police Station Open House - including the jail!
~ Car Seat Inspection: Demos every hour
~ Bike Rodeo: Fun safety event for kids
~ Food, fun, music: Hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, and refreshments FREE while supplies last.
~ KlaasKids Foundaiton Print-a-Thon: Fingerprinting and photos of children without databasing, DNA collection kits for parents, proactive child safety information, and a 9-point plan on what to do if your child disappears.
Invited guests include: Operation Lifesaver, Powder Valley Nature Center. County Department of health, CERT, Certified Safety Care Seat Installers, County Department of Social Services, Kirkwood Police K-9, Kirkwood Electric, Kirkwood Fire, Kirkwood Parks & Recreation, Kirkwood Lions Club, Smoothie King, Missouri Poison Center.
Thank you to our sponsor, the Mungenast Automative Family.
Culvert Replacement Will Require Road Closure
The City’s contractor will close Boaz Avenue and Emmerson Avenue on Wednesday, October 5, and Thursday, October 6, to remove the existing culvert and install a new box culvert. The road will be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., during these work days to vehicles and pedestrians. The road will reopen to traffic after 7:00 p.m., both nights. Kirkwood Fire Department will stage equipment south of the culvert during the closure in case of an emergency. Please check back here for updates if closings are delayed due to weather.
Temporary High Voltage Line Installation Will Require Tree Trimming
Tuesday, September 21: Today, Kirkwood Electric will install a temporary high voltage line on the north side of Monroe from Geyer to Van Buren. This temporary overhead line is designed to provide a by-pass for an underground cable failure that has caused network problems over the past week. Tree trimming will be required to install the line. Once the line is installed, the underground can be repaired and the temporary overhead line can be removed.
City Issues First Quarter Financial Report
The City has issued its first-quarter financial report for fiscal-year 2016-2017. Read it here.
Public Meeting Notice
A meeting will be held on September 28, 2016, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Kirkwood City Hall, on the issues of Kirkwood Road Signal and Sidewalk Improvements. Please click here to read the FULL public meeting notice.
Power Restoration Involves a Sequence of Operations and a System-Wide Approach
Kirkwood Electric crews work 365 days a year to ensure reliable electric power service for the residents of Kirkwood. When large power outages occur, KE crews follow a "sequence of operations" to restore power to the greatest number of customers at one time. As power is restored to the larger areas, crews work to restore individual, isolated cases. Generally, the following steps are followed to restore power:
STEP ONE: High-voltage transmission lines supply power to substations from power plants where the electricity is produced. If the transmission lines are damaged, it is impossible for power to be supplied to anyone.
STEP TWO: Substations receive electricity from transmission lines. Large transformers located at substations reduce voltage from 34,500 volts to about 13,000 volts. Substations must be repaired before power can be sent to distribution lines.
STEP THREE: Distribution lines are the third link in the system to be repaired. Distribution lines (also killed 3-phase lines) operate at 13,000 volts. They typically provide power to commercial and industrial customers, but they also supply electricity to single-phase lines.
STEP FOUR: Single-phase lines (or "tap lines') operate at 7,200 volts and supply power to residential areas. During extreme power interruptions, it may take days to completely restore power to all tap lines because they are widespread and make up a larger portion of the electric system.
STEP FIVE: The final step is to restore electricity to individual homes and small services. During this step, power is generally supplied at a voltage of 120/240. Repairs to individual service lines and transformers can be time consuming, as there are often numerous isolated cases. These individual service locations must be repaired one job at a time.
Downtown Parking Update
Free two-hour parking is available all over downtown Kirkwood. Full-day parking passes (for shoppers and visitors who need more than the two free hours of parking) are available for purchase at Kirkwood City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road, and in the Downtown Kirkwood SBD business office, 130 E. Jefferson, for $5.00. These passes cannot be used for multi-day parking.
Other Parking Options:
~ Parking passes for train passengers who need full-day or multi-day parking, can be purchased at the kiosk in the Amtrak parking lot across Kirkwood Road from the Train Station (just to the north of Station Plaza and directly to the south of the train tracks).
~ The cost for a full-day parking pass for this lot is also $5.00 per day. These passes can only be used in the Amtrak lot, but anyone can park there, not just Amtrak passengers. The Amtrak lot is also available for free two-hour parking.
~ The 2-hour free parking limit on the Amtrak lot is enforced from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.
~ On Saturdays and Sundays, parking on most public parking lots and at City Hall is FREE all day.
Long-Term Financial Plan Presented to Council
City Finance and Administration staff presented a Long-Term Financial Plan to City Council at its August 4 Work Session. Please click here to download and read the full document.
"50 Trees" Nominations Open
Apply now for a "50 Trees" tree and pay it forward! Kirkwood Citizens to Keep Kirkwood Green needs your help to keep our City streets shaded. The 50 Trees organization is requesting nominations for street-tree planting sites for Fall 2016. The trees will be planted on October 29.
Nominated sites must be located within Kirkwood right-of-way areas, or within 10 to 15 feet of the street curb approximately. Sites must be clear of overhead power lines and underground utilities. Residents willing to help care for a newly planted tree can email the site location and their contact information to Kathy Paulsen at KeepKirkwoodGreen@gmail.com, or call her at 314-822-8947. For more information about the organization and its history, visit their Website at: http://keepkirkwoodgreen.wordpress.com.