City Will Hold Special Election in August
With the election of Council Member Timothy Griffin to the position of Mayor, a seat will be open on City Council. The City will hold a special election to fill this Council seat on August 2. You must be a registered voter in the City of Kirkwood to run for office.
Candidacy forms may be picked up beginning at 8:00 a.m., on April 12, 2016, at Kirkwood City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road. The opening date for filing a declaration of candidacy for the office of Council Member is May 3, 2016. The closing date for filing candidacy forms is May 17, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. The proper place to file is with the Kirkwood City Clerk, at City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road.
Petitions nominating candidates shall be signed by not less than 100 registered voters of the City of Kirkwood. Additional information is available in the candidate packet, or you can call the City Clerk, Betty Montano, at 314-822-5802, or email her at: email@example.com.
City Will Hold Community Day at the Park for Second Year
The City of Kirkwood will hold a second year of "Community Day at the Park" events on three dates in 2016. The first event will be held at Mitchell Park on Saturday, May 14, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Residents are encouraged to attend and to meet their City staff and elected officials in a fun, informal morning gathering. Since Mitchell Park is close to the City's border with Oakland, and since Kirkwood provides fire and police services to the City of Oakland, we invite Oakland residents to attend as well.
This will be the first of three Community Day events the City will host for residents in neighborhood parks. These events will feature touch-a-truck exhibits with police and fire vehicles as well as booths staffed by representatives from all City departments - fire, police, electric, water, parks, Kirkwood Public Library, and others.
This is a great opportunity for residents to get to know their local government, ask questions, pick up some information, find out about volunteer opportunities, and learn more about the City's comprehensive planning initiative - EnVision2035. Light refreshments will be served.
Mitchell Park is a "vest pocket" park with a playground and picnic area, located in the 100 block of Mitchell Avenue. The other dates are as follows, all from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon:
- Saturday, June 11: Walker Park, 135 E. Washington Avenue.
- Saturday, October 8: Kirkwood Park, 111 S. Geyer Road, corner of West Adams Avenue
AT&T Will Excavate in Kirkwood Right-of-Way Areas
AT&T is undertaking a project to maintain and upgrade their network in the Kirkwood area. Some of the work requires excavation and boring in the right-of-way or easements. AT&T contractors will be placing informational flyers on the doors of affected residences prior to beginning work. Landscape repairs or damage caused by the work will be restored by AT&T in a timely manner. If you have any questions or complaints please contact: AT&T Construction Help Desk, 314.544.7688, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For emergencies: 1-800-246-8464.
City Moves Forward with Final Set of Surveys for Envision 2035 Comprehensive Plan
The City of Kirkwood is wrapping up the creation of its new Comprehensive Plan - Envision Kirkwood 2035. This document will help guide the growth and future development of the City based on community input. What's your vision for Kirkwood over the next 20 years? What's most important to you? The final series of mini surveys are online now and cover topics such as housing and neighborhoods, active living, the environment, and more. Take them today, before the wrap-up on April 11, at: www.kirkwood2035.org. Stay connected, and stay tuned for updates on when we will have our last open house to unveil the plan. They will be posted here, in our newsletters, and in social media.
Final Kirkwood Community Center Feasibility Study Presented to Council
Several documents are now available for residents to download and read with regard to planning for a new Community Center. Click here to read the Final Feasibility Study. For additional information and other documents, visit this Parks and Recreation page on this Website (click here).
CodeRED: Sign Up for Emergency Alerts
The City of Kirkwood 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 a situation that needs your immediate attention.
This is a completely voluntary system. That means that to receive notifications, residents and business owners must "opt in" and register for the system. To register, or "opt in," for this service, please follow the link below (click on the CodeRED logo at the bottom of this article) and follow the instructions.
Unofficial Results for April 5 Municipal Election
Following are the unofficial results for the April 5, 2016, municipal election, from the St. Louis County Board of Elections. Once the results have been verified, the new Mayor and Council Members will be sworn in. This is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 28, at Kirkwood City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road, at 7:00 p.m.
MAYOR, KIRKWOOD (one seat):
~ Timothy E. Griffin: 3,476 (52.57 percent)
~ Scott Stream: 1,649 (28.40 percent)
~ Gina Jaksetic: 1,513 (22.75 percent)
~ Write-in: 12 (.18 percent)
COUNCIL MEMBER, KIRKWOOD (3 seats):
~ Mark Zimmer: 2,978 (17.75 percent)
~ Maggie Duwe: 3,533 (21.06 percent)
~ Ellen Z. Edman: 3,473 (20.70 percent)
~ Nancy Luetzow: 3,811 (22.71 percent)
~ Kevin E. O'Brien: 2,902 (17.30 percent)
~ Write-in: 81 (.48 percent)
For full municipal election results, please visit this page on the County Website (click here).
Request for Public Comments
East-West Gateway (EWG) staff is currently evaluating the local project applications which were due March 3 (including some in Kirkwood). The evaluations will be completed by mid-late April. The Transportation Planning Committees will be making project recommendations for funding by early May.
At this time, EWG is seeking public comment on the submitted local project applications. The comment period ends April 20, 2016. A listing of the proposed projects, grouped by sponsoring organization, is available below.
Last Spring Wildflower Walk Scheduled for April 30
Saturday, April 30: “The Hidden World in Plain Sight.” Join us for a fascinating look at the insects and other creatures that are always around us, yet rarely noticed. Emmenegger Nature Park, 11991 Stoneywood, 10:00 a.m. Meet at trailhead kiosk by creek. Rain or shine. Bring notebook or camera if desired. Easy-to-moderate difficulty on unpaved trails. Free. All ages.
Drug Take-Back Day is April 30
The Kirkwood Police Department will sponsor another Drug Take-Back Day and collection event on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Police Department, 131. West Madison. Remember: If you cannot make that date, a drug collection box is accessible at the Police Department, in the lobby, 24/7 for anonymous drop-off of prescription and OTC drugs.
Stay in Touch: City Launches New Customer Service Mobile Application
Kirkwood Konnect is the City’s new FREE Mobile Application that allows residents, business owners, and visitors to report issues, request assistance, and get in touch with City departments and administration. For example, maybe after a month of snow, there’s a pothole you keep hitting every morning on your way to work, but by the time you get to work, you’ve forgotten about it. Now you can use the City’s mobile application to report it before it slips your mind. (But please pull over and send your request safely from a side street or parking lot.)
How Do You Get the App? It's Easy! It's FREE!
First, search for “Kirkwood Konnect” in your Google or Apple App Store from your phone. It’s FREE. Then download it and install. After installation, click on the icon, and the application will open up. Click on “Create a Request,” and then select “Create [with] with photo/video/audio” or without, and the map page pops up. You can slide the map around with your finger, and zoom in or out to find your location, or you can type in the location at the top of the page and the app will find it for you. Then hit “next” and select a report type, enter a description, and hit submit. You can use the app to track the progress of your report later on. If you need a response, be sure to provide a name and contact information.
Free Trees for Right-of-Way
The City Street Department still has trees available to residents for planting in the right-of-way. We have a few European Hornbeams, Some London Plane Trees (Ornamental Sycamore), and a couple of Swamp White Oak. The trees are between three and five feet tall. The Street Department will deliver them, but residents must plant them. Right-of-way areas are typically the area adjacent to the homeowner's property, where your property marker stops, and where the City property begins. Interested residents should call Street Director Tony Bonastia at 314-822-5829. The trees will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Check Traffic Tickets Online
Did you forget your court date? Do you need information about a court case or a copy of a traffic ticket? You can now access information about pending cases, outstanding fines, court costs, and other information related to Kirkwood's Municipal court, atwww.municourt.net.