City Council Approves Tax Initiative for April 7 Ballot
The Kirkwood City Council approved a Fire/EMS Sales Tax initiative for the April 2015 election at its January 8 meeting. Click here to read the full press release. For more information on the sales tax initiative, please click here to access the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on this issue.
Kirkwood Police Hold Annual Pancake Supper February 26
The Kirkwood Police Department will hold its annual Pancake Supper on February 26 at Kirkwood High School, 801 W. Essex, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $4.00 and are available at the Police Department, 131 W. Madison, at City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road, and at the door. "All the pancakes you can eat" plus sausage, eggs, coffee, milk, applesauce. No carry-outs, please.
Amtrak and MoDOT Recognize Kirkwood Train Station and Volunteers for Customer Service
The Missouri Department of Transportation has recognized the Kirkwood Train Station and its volunteers for customer service in 2014 in a letter to Station Manager Bill Burckhalter. Nationwide, all Amtrak train stations compile and report on customer satisfaction scores for Amtrak stations. For 2014, the Kirkwood Train Station was rated Number 1 in “overall station experience.”
The Station received a 95 percent score for overall station experience. Customers rated the volunteer staff “high” in all categories, including friendliness and helpfulness of station personnel, personal safety at the station, the ease of the train boarding process, the overall cleanliness of the station, and the condition of the platform and boarding area.
Kristi Jamison, Railroad Operations Manager for MoDOT wrote a letter of congratulations to the City. “I want to congratulate and thank you and all the wonderful volunteers at the Kirkwood Station,” she said. “This is truly a testament to the great work and the dedication you and the rest of the volunteers exhibit to customers every day, as well as the wonderful community outreach that occurs at and around the station.
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.
City Offices Closed on Washington's Birthday
City Hall and most City offices will be closed on Washington’s Birthday/Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 16. Sanitation will be collected normally that week. The Community Center office will be open, and there will be open skating sessions at the Ice Rink. Visit Kirkwoodmo.org/IceRink for a full schedule.
Kirkwood Human Rights Commission Announces 2015 Essay and Art Contests
The Kirkwood Human Rights Commission will once again hold an Essay Contest for high school students who are juniors during the 2014-2015 school year and enrolled at Kirkwood High School, Vianney High School, Ursuline Academy, or any 11th-grade Kirkwood resident enrolled elsewhere, as well as all 11th-grade home-schooled students who live in Kirkwood. The deadline to submit an essay is February 20. Please click here to download the press release with the full guidelines, rules, and judging criteria.
ART FAIR AND COMPETITION FOR 4TH THROUGH 12TH GRADES: The Human Rights Commission will also sponsor a first-ever Art Fair and Competition in partnership with Robinson Elementary School and the Kirkwood School District. This will be a juried art competition that is open to all students in the Kirkwood community, grades 4 through 12. Please click here to download a flyer with the specifications and requirements. Certificates will be awarded in each grade level for First Place, Second Place, and Best Representation of Theme. The Art Fair will be held at Robinson Elementary School on March 7. Participants must register in advance. The deadline to register is February 13. Click here to download the registration form.
Kirkwood Resident Creates Video of Winter Fireworks!
Check out the mini documentary on the 2014 Winter Fireworks, produced by Kirkwood resident Tripp Frohlichstein, which can be viewed in two parts from the City's Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/CityOfKirkwoodMo