City Offices Will Be Closed on Washington's Birthday
City Hall and most City offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, for Washington's Birthday (aka Presidents' Day). There will be no sanitation collection on the holiday. All routes will be delayed by a day all week. Kirkwood Public Library will be closed as well. The Ice Rink and Community Center will be open.
Year-End Commercial Development Updates
Approved and Recently Opened
~ Kirkwood Brewhouse, 10312 Manchester Road, in Greentree Center. New restaurant located in the old Winfield's Gathering Space, described as a "sports-friendly, beer-centric pub, wrapped around a great menu," according to St. Louis Magazine. Kirkwood Brewhouse recently received approval for an expanded outdoor seating area that will be located in the existing adjacent courtyard in the Greentree Center.
~ CVS Pharmacy, southwest corner of Kirkwood and Manchester Roads. New building with approximately 14,000 square foot combination pharmacy with drive-thru, medical clinic, photo lab, and retail sales, on the old Lou Fusz site. The new store is now open and is open 24 hours.
~ Midwest Regional Bank, west of new CVS. Another new building on Manchester Road, between the new CVS and the existing Waterway carwash. Approximately 3,500 square foot banking facility with drive-thru service.
Approved & Under Construction
~ Fresh Thyme Market, southeast corner of Kirkwood and Manchester Roads. New 28,000-square foot grocery was completed in 2016 and is anticipated to open in February 2017. The store will focus on local and healthy grocery options.
~ Kirkwood Square Retail Center, 10700-10712 Manchester Road. New 16,000-square foot, multi-tenant commercial building is under construction at this location directly east of the new Fresh Thyme building. It will replace the old center that was built in the 1960s.
~ Villa Di Maria School, 1280 Simmons Avenue. The existing Montessori School founded in 1967 is currently building a new classroom building along with outdoor amenities including an open air pavilion and a pool house. This will provide additional updated facilities for their 6.2 acre campus.
~ Starbucks, 10300 Manchester Road on Greentree Center Parking Lot. New stand-alone Starbucks building was approved in 2015 for the southwest corner of Manchester Road and Woodlawn. This project has not yet reached the construction phase but is still moving forward according to the property owners. This location was approved for a 1,900 square foot building with drive-thru facilities.
~ Strictly Pediatrics Daycare, 449 Magnolia. Approval was granted this Fall for a new daycare building that is proposed for the northwest corner of Woodbine Avenue and Magnolia Avenue on a currently vacant site. The proposed center would be approximately 11,000 square feet, catered to infants, toddlers, and pre-school aged children.
Fire Department Will Honor Retiring Captain with Full Dress Ceremony
Kirkwood Fire Department will honor retiring Captain Keith Short with a Full Dress ceremony on Saturday, February 18, at 8:30 a.m., in front of Fire House #1 at 137 W. Argonne Drive, in downtown Kirkwood. Firefighters will be dressed in Class A uniforms for the short ceremony, and all fire apparatus will be on hand.
The ceremony will involve a salute to Captain Short and a "last ride" on Engine 1514 to signify the department's thanks for his many years of service to the citizens of Kirkwood. Captain Short began his career with the Kirkwood Fire Department on January 14, 1980. He was promoted to Engineer in 1989 and to Captain in 1991.
Human Rights Commission Essay Contest
The Kirkwood Human Rights Commission will once again hold an Essay Contest for Kirkwood high school students who are juniors during the 2016-2017 school year. Please click here to read the full rules and details.
It's Budget Season at City Hall
The City of Kirkwood begins its planning for the next budget year within months of completing the process for the previous one. The City's fiscal year begins on April 1, but the planning begins the summer before. Department managers begin working on operating and capital budgets over the summer, and they submit their budget requests to the Chief Administrative Officer by August. In October, the Citizens' Finance Committee begins to meet and discuss the budget requests with each department. They meet every Friday morning through the end of the year and prepare a budget recommendation document for presentation to City Council in January.
City Council then begins its process, which includes multiple work session discussions on budget requests, capital budget planning, employee benefits, and long-range planning. A public hearing is held at the second City Council meeting in February, and the public is invited to provide their input at that time. This year that hearing will be on February 16, at 7:00 p.m., in Council Chambers at City Hall. Council will then vote on the budget in March. To see the current draft of the proposed 2017-2018 budget, click here.
Greentree and Emmenegger Park Repairs Ongoing a Year Later
Many of the repairs to Greentree Park made necessary by the flooding that occurred in December 2015 have been completed. Repairs to the restroom facility located near the boat ramp are finished, including electrical systems and roofing for the building. Replacement of the scoreboard and associated electrical service has been completed, as well as repairs to the electrical system serving the press box. New bleachers and goalposts have been acquired and installed. The major task remaining in Greentree Park is the replacement and relocation of the control system for the athletic field light system. That project is underway and should be completed in a month or so.
Emmenegger Park repairs are still underway. Due to erosion of the river bank at its location, the pavilion located in Emmenegger has been taken down. The decision about where to locate a new pavilion will depend on the outcome of an effort to relocate major utility supply lines exposed by the flood. A request to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to provide assistance to protect the banks of the Meramec River in the park was recently denied, leaving any effort to repair the bank in the park unfunded.
To date the City has received just over $176,000 in insurance settlements and FEMA grants to repair the damage from the flood in the two parks. In addition to staff labor costs for clean-up, a total of just over $124,000 has been spent to repair the damage (this figure does not include possible future costs to replace the Emmenegger pavilion).
Kirkwood Electric is in the process of converting to an advanced metering system that will eliminate manual meter reading each month and provide timely power usage date to customers. Installation of meters is expected to begin in January 2017. It will take up to a year to complete. Therefore, customers will be notified in several ways. First, all customers will receive a letter in November explaining the change. Next, about a month before installation, the affected customer will receive a door hanger announcing the coming installation. Finally, customers will receive another door hanger on the day of installation, informing them that the work has been completed.
This new technology will allow customers to see what their power usage is, and it will allow Kirkwood Electric to determine almost immediately when a power outage occurs and where. To help Kirkwood Electric customers understand the process better, a set of Frequently Asked Questions has been developed. You can access it here on this website.