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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

Holiday Closing Information

THANKSGIVING:  City Hall and most City offices will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28.  There will be no sanitation collection on Thanksgiving. Thursday routes will be collected on Friday.  The Community Center will be closed on both Thanksgiving and the day after but will be open Saturday morning, November 29.   The Ice Rink will be closed on Thanksgiving but will be open the rest of the weekend. Please check the City Website for the full public skating schedule: kirkwoodmo.org/IceRink.

CHRISTMAS:  City Hall and most City offices will be closed for Christmas on Wednesday, December 24, and Thursday, December 25. Sanitation will be collected normally on December 24, but there will be no sanitation collection on December 25. Thursday routes will be collected on Friday.  The Community Center will be closed on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but will be open normal hours on Friday, December 26, and Saturday, December 27.   The Ice Rink will be closed on Christmas Day but will be open the rest of the weekend. Please check the City Website for the full public skating schedule: kirkwoodmo.org/IceRink.

NEW YEAR'S:  City Hall and most City offices will be open on New Year’s Eve, December 31, but all offices will be closed on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2015. The Community Center will close at 4:00 p.m., on December 31. The Ice Rink will have public skating sessions on both December 31 and January 1. Please check the public skating schedule on the City Website for session times.

City Council Schedule for November (Only)

Kirkwood City Council changed its meeting schedule for November.  Council met on Thursday, November 6, and Thursday, November 13, instead of on its regular 1st and 3rd-week meeting schedule.  Therefore, there will be no meeting on November 20. 

Kirkwood Water Meter Upgrades Are Under Way

Utility Metering Solutions (UMS) is now installing new AMR / AMI (automated meter reading/automated metering infrastructure).  The project will start out slow to ensure that proper data transfers are made and to adjust any operational issues before ramping up to full scale later this month. UMS representatives will operate in marked vehicles with the UMS logo throughout the City.  They will wear UMS logo shirts and safety vests and will have identification badges with the City's logo and the workers' picture.

 

The City began a comprehensive water meter replacement program in October that will upgrade or replace approximately 10,340 meters. Residents were notified earlier this year in utility bills that the City would implement an automatic meter reading (AMR) system starting in the Fall.  The City has hired Utility Metering Solutions (UMS) to perform this upgrade and replacement project.  This improvement to the City's water distribution system adds an electronic meter-reading capability and allows the City to replace meters that have served beyond their estimated useful life.

 

The new "smart" meters will minimize the need for personnel to go onto property or inside the home, and they will eliminate the need for estimated bills. With the new system, Kirkwood Water will have the ability to detect if a leak or backflow problem is occurring in a resident's plumbing system.   The project is predicted to take about six months to complete. For a list of frequently asked questions (and answers), click here.

Development Updates and Recent Approvals from the City Planning Department

RECENT APPROVALS:
~ CVS Pharmacy received Planning & Zoning approval to construct a 13,592 square foot pharmacy with drive-thru at 1085 N. Kirkwood Road.

~ Green & Clean received City Council approval to operate a home cleaning business at 632 W. Woodbine Avenue.

~ Namaste Yoga & Spa, received City Council approval to operate a yoga studio and day spa at 200 S. Kirkwood Road, Suite 240. The business will provide yoga instruction (conventional and innovative) as well as day spa activities (facials, waxing and sunless tanning).

CURRENT CONSTRUCTION:

~ McDonalds, which received City Council approval in January to operate a restaurant with drive-thru, is currently under construction. Targeted completion is mid-to late-October.

~ Greentree Church received a building permit to construct a place of worship at 100 Kirkwood Place. The main sanctuary will include seating for 422 individuals, and a separate fellowship hall will provide seating for 120 individuals. Classrooms will be located on the lower level. A large outdoor amphitheater will be the main focus on the west side of the facility and will allow for special church and public activities.

 

UNDER REVIEW:
~ Fresh Thyme Market received approval for a re-zoning to B-4 Planned Commercial and a Preliminary Development Plan. A Final Development Plan will be forthcoming later this year. The proposed store, which is 27,977 square feet, will be located at 1018 N. Kirkwood Road. Fresh Thyme is a specialty grocer and will offer organic, locally sourced fruits and vegetables, store-created sausages, premium coffee beans, and local craft beers.

~ Domino's Pizza submitted a Special Use Permit and Site Plan Review application for a restaurant use at 11240 Manchester Road.  

 

Situation in Ferguson

In anticipation of the Saint Louis County Grand Jury decision in the police shooting death of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, there are many rumors being disseminated and many stories being told on social media and elsewhere.  At this point, we do not know what the jury’s decision will be, and we do not know where any protests may occur.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon issued a state of emergency declaration on Monday, November 17, because that declaration is required by law before the National Guard can be deployed inside the state.  In his announcement, the governor said:  “As part of our ongoing efforts to plan and be prepared for any contingency, it is necessary to have these resources in place in advance of any announcement of the grand jury’s decision.  These additional resources will support law enforcement’s efforts to maintain peace and protect those exercising their right to free speech.”

The police department and administration in Kirkwood would like to advise Kirkwood residents to remain calm.  Any resident, business owner, or visitor who witnesses activity about which they feel concern should contact the Kirkwood Police Department at 314-822-5858 or, in an emergency, call 9-1-1.

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.

Turkey Day Race Information

It's not too late to register for the Kirkwood-Webster Turkey Day Race that happens on Thanksgiving Day.  The three-mile race starts at 7:30 a.m., and the six-mile race starts at 8:10 a.m.  Click here to get all the information and access the registration page.

Some streets will be closed that morning.  A map of the route is below.  Click on it to enlarge.

Board and Commission Volunteers Receive Training

About 90 of Kirkwood's volunteers who serve on a variety of boards and commissions participated in a new training program on October 29. 

The City Council is dedicated to providing training to volunteers who serve on the boards and commissions to help them understand their responsibilities in this capacity.  This first training session at Kirkwood City Hall was conducted by speakers John Hessel, Kirkwood's City Attorney, Paul Rost, a City Attorney who works for Warson Woods and other cities , and Kirkwood City Clerk Betty Montaño.

The two-hour session included information on the City Charter, the Missouri Sunshine Law (Open Meetings), Conflict of Interest and Robert’s Rules of Order.  The session was well attended by elected officials, volunteers and staff.  It is anticipated that other training opportunities will be made available through ongoing sessions and the possibility of podcasts.

Register for Skate Lessons

Registration is open for the November-December skate sessions.  Click here to access the schedule for skating, hockey, figure skating, and ice dance classes for all levels.

New Customer Service Form Allows for Anonymous Comments to City

A new customer service form, the Neighborhood Caretaker Alert form, is now available to residents who prefer a hard-copy form and/or one that is anonymous to notify the City of problems or issues of importance.  The new form, which allows residents to communicate concerns, is an extension of the Citizens' Action Center, accessible here on the Website.  The hard-copy form, which includes a unique tracking number and two copies (one for the resident and one for the City), will allow residents to make anonymous comments and then check the Website, on this page, using their tracking number, to follow up on the outcome of their concern or complaint.  The forms may be picked up at City Hall, the Kirkwood Community Center, and the Kirkwood Public Library.  For additional information, please call 314-822-8506.