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Neighborhood Caretaker Alert
Response Center

Citizens can use the Neighborhood Caretaker Alert (NCA) form to anonymously notify the City of issues or concerns.  The NCA form is available in paper form only at City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road; at the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Road; at the Kirkwood Public Library, 140 E. Jefferson Avenue; and at ALL THREE Fire Houses (137 W. Argonne, 11804 Big Bend, and 1321 W. Essex).  If you have completed a form previously, you can find the results of your anonymous Neighborhood Caretaker Alert form here - click on the link and then enter your form number:

http://w5.kirkwoodmo.org/nca


All Aboard: the City Blog

The City of Kirkwood is BLOGGING!  Join us in the conversation at ALL ABOARD, the City's new blog.  Read cool stuff, and leave a comment or a question!

What's a blog?  Well, it's short for Web Log or Weblog (with the first two letters deleted), which means it's a log or diary about what's going on in the City.  It's less formal in its approach and style, but more interactive!  That means we hope you'll get involved by sending a comment on something you've read on the blog, or by posing a question.

We're glad you're here, and we hope you enjoy the ride!


All Aboard:  The Kirkwood City Blog
March 2011 (Archived)

March 28:  It's been a long, hard winter, and the forecasters are telling us it's not over yet.  Another winter storm is due tomorrow (Tuesday).  Your gas and electric bills may be higher this winter than they have been in many years.  Here's some help:  On our Website (click here), we have a page full of tips and suggestions for keeping your heating costs down, as well as other energy-saving ideas.  Additionally, we recently found this helpful Website too.  Stay warm!!


March 18:  We HAVE a budget!  The City Council approved and adopted the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2010, that begins April 1, at last night's Council meeting.  In case you're wondering how the budget process works, here's a brief summary.

The budget development process in Kirkwood begins in August of each year and includes input and review by a Council-appointed Citizens’ Finance Committee (CFC).  City department heads begin to review their current-year budget expenditures in August.  They create a proposed budget for their department, which they submit to the Finance Director in September.  The CFC begins meeting in September and continues for several months, discussing budget priorities.  The City Council then meets with the CFC and the City’s department heads in Work Sessions over a three-month period beginning in December and continuing through February before a final budget is approved in March of each year.  It's a deliberate, detailed process, but it ensures that City revenue funds are spent efficiently and wisely.  A copy of the adopted budget is available here.

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March 9:  Wow.  March is a busy month!  First, we've got Daylight Savings Time starting this Sunday, March 13 - don't forget to SPRING FORWARD by setting your clocks an hour ahead before going to bed Saturday night.  And while you're at it, be sure to switch out the batteries in all your smoke detectors as well! Then there's St. Patrick's Day on March 17, and in Kirkwood that means the St. Patrick's Day parade hosted by St. Peter Catholic Church, starting at about 11:00 a.m. on the 17th.  The parade route starts at the Church and proceeds up Argonne, and it's always a lot of fun to watch.  Then on March 20, believe it or not, Spring officially begins.  According to Wikipedia, March 20 is the Spring Equinox, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is "inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the center of the Sun being in the same place as the Earth's equator."  This means, roughly, that there is an equal amount of daylight and night (no daylight) everywhere on the planet. 

In Kirkwood, it means that it's getting WARMER and that we are only two months away, give or take, from Opening Day at the Pool!!   Of course, to get there, we have to get through the windy days of March and the rainy days of April, but this time of year, the days seem to just rush by when what we really need is for them to slow down, so that we can literally smell the flowers.  Happy Spring!!
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