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St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 34 of 2017-2018 Session

February 16, 2018 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 34 of 2017-2018 Session
St. Louis City Hall

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 34th week of the 2017-2018 session.

NEW BOARD BILLS ON THE AGENDA* FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 2/16/18:

*Note that just because a bill is on the agenda doesn’t mean it’ll be introduced, similarly, bills not on the agenda might be introduced if they suspend the rules to do so. This information is based on the published agenda as of yesterday @ 8am:

  • B.B.#260 – Vaccaro – An Ordinance establishing a four?way stop site at the intersection of Pernod and Childress regulating all traffic traveling eastbound and westbound on Pernod at Childress and regulating all traffic traveling northbound and southbound on Childress at Pernod, and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#261 – Roddy –An Ordinance recommended by the Tax Increment Financing Commission to amend the City Foundry Saint Louis Redevelopment Plan and Redevelopment Project areas by amending the Redevelopment Plan by: (1) combining Redevelopment Project areas 2 and 3 into a new Redevelopment Project area 2; (2) revising the boundary between Redevelopment Area 1 and the new Redevelopment Area 2; (3) changing the use in new Redevelopment Area 2 from residential to retail and office; (4) revising the financing plan to remove Tax Abatement as an Incentive in Redevelopment Area 2; and (5) activating the new Redevelopment Area 2; establishing the City Foundry Saint Louis RPA2 Special Allocation Fund; making findings with respect thereto; authorizing certain actions by City Officials; and containing a severability clause.
  • B.B.#262 – Roddy –An ordinance affirming adoption of the City Foundry Saint Louis RPA2 Redevelopment Plan, the RPA2 Redevelopment Area and the RPA2 Redevelopment Project, authorizing the execution of a Redevelopment Agreement between the City and FOPA, for the City Foundry Saint Louis RPA2 Redevelopment Project; designating FOPA Partners, as developer of the RPA2 Redevelopment Area; and containing a severability clause.
  • B.B.#263 – Middlebrook –An ordinance authorizing the execution of a Cooperation and Community Benefit Agreement with Discovery Pier Land Holdings, authorizing reimbursement in Accordance therewith, and containing a severability clause and an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#264 –Guenther –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 3450 Wisconsin.
  • B.B.#265 – Davis – Honorary street name for, Elder Bernie Lee Thompson.

The meeting begins at 10am, past meetings and a live broadcast can be watched online here. See list of all board bills for the 2017-2018 session.

— Steve Patterson

 

St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 33 of 2017-2018 Session

February 9, 2018 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 33 of 2017-2018 Session
St. Louis City Hall

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 33rd week of the 2017-2018 session.

NEW BOARD BILLS ON THE AGENDA* FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 2/9/18:

*Note that just because a bill is on the agenda doesn’t mean it’ll be introduced, similarly, bills not on the agenda might be introduced if they suspend the rules to do so. This information is based on the published agenda as of yesterday @ 8am:

  • B.B.#257 – Guenther ? An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 3434 and 3436 Indiana.
  • B.B.#258 – Middlebrook ? An ordinance approving the Petition to Establish the Gateway Land Community Improvement District.
  • B.B.#259 – Oldenburg ? An ordinance amending Ordinance No. 68481, approved November 9, 2009, for the purpose of prohibiting smoking within one?hundred (100) yards of any Park Playground, except in those areas in which smoking is not regulated under Ordinance No. 68481, and containing an emergency clause.

The meeting begins at 10am, past meetings and a live broadcast can be watched online here. See list of all board bills for the 2017-2018 session.

— Steve Patterson

 

St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 32 of 2017-2018 Session

February 2, 2018 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 32 of 2017-2018 Session
St. Louis City Hall

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 32nd week of the 2017-2018 session.

NEW BOARD BILLS ON THE AGENDA* FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 2/2/18:

*Note that just because a bill is on the agenda doesn’t mean it’ll be introduced, similarly, bills not on the agenda might be introduced if they suspend the rules to do so. This information is based on the published agenda as of yesterday @ 8am:

  • B.B.#251 – Howard ? An Ordinance establishing a two?way stop site at the intersection of Alfred Street and Bingham Street regulating all traffic traveling northbound and southbound on Alfred Street at Bingham Street, and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#252 – Boyd ? An ordinance recommended by the Board of Public Service authorizing the 2018 St. Louis Works and the 50/50 Sidewalk Programs City Wide, appropriating $5,300,000.00 from the Street Improvement Fund; containing sections for description of the work, approval of plans and specifications, work and material guarantees, estimated costs from City funds and supplemental agreements and reversion authorizations, applicable state and federal wage rate requirements, equal opportunity provisions, the Mayor’s Executive Orders, contract advertising statutes, and a public work emergency clause.
  • B.B.#253 – Roddy ? An ordinance pertaining to parking within “Talmage Residential Parking District”; containing definitions, a penalty clause and an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#254 – Williamson ? An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 1301 Union.
  • B.B.#255 – Coatar ? An ordinance promoting the use of energy efficient heating through the connection to the Downtown Steam Distribution system; requiring the continual use of the Downtown Steam Distribution System for any development project occurring in Downtown St. Louis seeking Municipal Financial Incentives; prohibiting the Clean Energy Development Board of the City from approving financing for any project that would result in a commercial building disconnecting from or no longer using the Downtown Steam Distribution System for heat; a portion of the net profits be remitted to the SWMDC and containing a severability clause.

The meeting begins at 10am, past meetings and a live broadcast can be watched online here. See list of all board bills for the 2017-2018 session.

— Steve Patterson

 

St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 31 of 2017-2018 Session

January 26, 2018 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 31 of 2017-2018 Session
St. Louis City Hall

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 31st week of the 2017-2018 session.

SEVEN (7) NEW BOARD BILLS ON THE AGENDA* FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 1/26/18:

*Note that just because a bill is on the agenda doesn’t mean it’ll be introduced, similarly, bills not on the agenda might be introduced if they suspend the rules to do so. This information is based on the published agenda as of yesterday @ 11:45am:

  • B.B.#244 – Coatar – An honorary street naming the setting of 7th Street, Barton and Lami Streets as Bismarck Street.
  • B.B.#245 – Pres. Reed/Oldenburg/Roddy –An ordinance directing the St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC) to complete an annual City Economic Growth Strategy Report (the “Report”) and present the findings of the Report to members of the Board of Aldermen and the Board of Aldermen Financial Analyst.
  • B.B.#246 – Oldenburg/Pres. Reed/Muhammad –An Ordinance pertaining to the additional sales tax and corresponding use tax established by Ordinance No. 70580; prohibiting any special reallocation of the revenue generated by such taxes for any purposes other than those specified in Ordinance No. 70580, except as approved by the Board of Aldermen in an independent appropriations board bill that is independent of the Board’s adoption of the City’s Annual Operating Plan for the applicable fiscal year.
  • B.B.#247 – Roddy –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the Forest Park Scattered Sites V.
  • B.B.#248 – Roddy –An ordinance recommended by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment authorizing and directing the issuance and delivery of one or more series of tax increment revenue notes (St. Louis Innovation District/RPA 3 Redevelopment Project) Series A, Series B, and Series C (collectively, the “RPA 3 Notes”) in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $18,400,000, plus costs of issuance, for certain Reimbursable Redevelopment Project Costs associated with Redevelopment Project Area 3 of the St. Louis Innovation District Redevelopment Area in accordance with the terms of the Redevelopment Agreement; and containing a severability clause.
  • B.B.#249 – Roddy –An ordinance adopting and approving redevelopment projects for Redevelopment Project Area 3, as described in the Amended and Restated St. Louis Innovation District Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Redevelopment Plan; adopting tax increment financing within Redevelopment Project Area 3; establishing the RPA 3 Account of the St. Louis Innovation District Special Allocation Fund; authorizing the execution of a First Amendment to Amended and Restated Redevelopment Agreement between the City, and St. Louis Innovation District, LLC; prescribing the form and details of said agreement; authorizing certain actions by City officials; and containing a severability clause.
  • B.B.#250 – Coatar –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 300 South Broadway.

The meeting begins at 10am, past meetings and a live broadcast can be watched online here. See list of all board bills for the 2017-2018 session.

— Steve Patterson

 

Opinion: St. Louis Should Consider Having School Board Members Appointed By The Mayor

January 24, 2018 Education, Featured, Politics/Policy Comments Off on Opinion: St. Louis Should Consider Having School Board Members Appointed By The Mayor
Former Arlington School in North St. Louis is now residential

When I wrote the recent Sunday Poll my thought was that we should always elect school board members — I’ve never lived anywhere otherwise. Then I began researching the subject and discovered many big central cities have school boards appointed by their mayor. Of course, this doesn’t make them better or worse than an elected board — just different.

The Post-Dispatch reviewed the pros & cons of elected, appointed, or a combination board in November:

Chicago, New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Cleveland all have appointed school boards. Nationwide, appointed boards are either selected entirely by the mayor or by a combination of the mayor, governor or local elected officials. Here, the governor, St. Louis’ mayor and president of the Board of Aldermen each appoint a member to the SAB. The number of people on an appointed board ranges from three in St. Louis to six in Chicago and 14 in New York.

Wong found that appointed boards improve academic performance and district management. Appointed boards have also been better than elected boards at tackling systemwide priorities such as achievement gaps or graduation rates.

“The appointed board is primarily suited if the city really wants to head-on confront tough challenges and if they really want to push for some of the changes faster,” Wong said. (Post-Dispatch)

I don’t know that an appointed board is right for St. Louis, but it’s worth considering. Of course, I think the entire St. Louis region needs to reconsider much of how it’s governed.

Here are the results from the recent non-scientific Sunday Poll:

Q:  Agree or disagree: The board appointed to run St Louis Public Schools did such a great job we should abandon electing board members

  • Strongly agree 3 [15%]
  • Agree 3 [15%]
  • Somewhat agree 2 [10%]
  • Neither agree or disagree 0 [0%]
  • Somewhat disagree 2 [10%]
  • Disagree 5 [25%]
  • Strongly disagree 5 [25%]
  • Unsure/No Answer 0 [0%]

The number of responses was lower than usual, I didn’t even vote. Still, more than half support electing school board members.

— Steve Patterson

 

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