KIRKWOOD • The Kirkwood City Council gave its blessing Thursday night to the city's first collective bargaining agreements with its police officers and sergeants.
The agreements will run through March 31, 2021.
Russ Hawes, the city's chief administrative officer, said collective bargaining agreements have long been in place for the city's fire and electric departments but are new for the police.
He said police with the Kirkwood Police Officers Association had requested the representation of the Eastern Missouri Coalition of Police Fraternal Order of Police/Lodge 15 to bargain on behalf of them for pay and benefits.
Forty-six police officers and seven sergeants are being represented in the two agreements, he said.
Also Thursday, Agnes Garino, chair of the Kirkwood Arts Commission, said that the organization and the city will dedicate a new steel sculpture at 10 a.m. June 30 in the Kirkwood Farmers Market greenway on Argonne Drive at Kirkwood Road, across from the historic Kirkwood Train Station.
The sculpture is called Purple Twist and it's part of the Creative Communities Alliance's “Sculpture on the Move” program. It was designed and built by artist Jessie Cargas, of Rosebud, Mo., and installed at the site in April, Garino said.