Spotlight

Refurbished Antique Railroad Scale on Display at Kirkwood Train Station

On the scale of such things, a rusting, 100-year-old, wooden contraption, covered in cobwebs and looking like it’s only good for running over toes, may have seemed destined for a landfill or a scrap metal recycler.  Kirkwood and the region at large are lucky that Bill Burckhalter, the Kirkwood Train Station manager, saw "the contraption’s" value and resisted that temptation.

When the City of Kirkwood purchased the Train Station back in 2003, it inherited a variety of old furniture and equipment, including one cast-iron-and-wood, 100-year-old railroad scale, which Bill found in a storage closet.  It was manufactured around the turn of the 20th century by Fairbanks-Morse, a company that still makes scales.  Even the manufacturer was unsure exactly how old the scale is, but they were able to furnish some important details that helped in its refurbishing.

Bill enlisted the help of fellow City staff in Fleet Services, and they went to work on its restoration.  First, they talked to representatives at Fairbanks-Morse, who donated new decals and provided the original paint colors.  The scale was then disassembled, bead blasted (similar to sand blasting), painted, its brass polished, and then re-assembled.  Ace Hardware in Des Peres donated the paint.

Most modern scales are metal, but the Kirkwood scale is largely made of wood (everything in blue in the photo is wood).  It was likely used by the Missouri Pacific Railroad to weigh freight.  The fleet staff constructed a wooden platform to secure the scale and prevent it from rolling so it could be kept on display at the Train Station, where Kirkwood residents can visit it any time the station is open.
Police

Kirkwood Police Department: Keeping You Safe and Secure

The standard of performance for which the Kirkwood Police Department strives is based on the ideal of total commitment, not only to the police service but also to the general well being of our community. Such a commitment is the hallmark of the police professional who recognizes that it must be present not only in their daily work, but their private and family life as well. This commitment assures each citizen of Kirkwood that the police will maintain constant vigilance over their property and personal safety.  It also assures them that the necessary police responses will be swift, unbiased, competent and scrupulously maintained within the bounds established by law and in the highest ethical traditions.  To read more about the Police Department, read our Performance Measures here.

KIRKWOOD / OAKLAND DAY OUT - SAVE THE DATE:  Scheduled for Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Police Department, 131 W. Madison Avenue.

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The Kirkwood Police Department Brochure:  The Citizens' Guide to Making Inquiries, Commendations, and Complaints

FOR EMERGENCIES, CALL 9-1-1

For all non-emergency calls: Call: 314-822-5858

Police Chief: Jack Plummer
Email: plummejr@kirkwoodmo.org
Phone: 314-822-5866

PERFORMANCE MEASURES:
~ Police Department
~ Municipal Court

 

 

DOWNTOWN PARKING AMNESTY PROGRAM

The City of Kirkwood is piloting a Downtown Kirkwood parking citation amnesty program through the holiday season.  The program is designed to help new visitors to Downtown Kirkwood who may not be fully aware of the parking regulations, while still ensuring there is adequate parking enforcement action and sufficient turnover of parking spaces to benefit the Downtown area.  Here is how it will work:

If a motorist receives a citation for violating designated two- or three-hour parking, and has never received a Downtown Kirkwood parking citation before, he or she will receive an “Amnesty Pass” along with the parking citation.  The motorist can submit to the Police Department the citation, Amnesty Pass, identification, and some proof that he or she patronized a Downtown business, and the City will waive the $10 parking citation.  In addition to instructions for submission, the pass contains additional suggestions for parking to assist the motorist’s next visit to Downtown Kirkwood.

We hope this program is successful and will encourage visitors to return to visit the many shops, restaurants and other services of Downtown Kirkwood.  We welcome suggestions to improve the program.  Please call Captain John Folluo at 314-822-5885 with your suggestions.  After this holiday season the program will be evaluated to determine whether long-term program implementation may be warranted.