Mark Schlinkmann is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The goal is to take advantage of a Missouri state law that lists child care facilities as among places in which the carrying of guns can be barred. But one board member said he expected that the courts would strike down the ordinance.
Bi-State Development Agency, which operates MetroLink and Metro buses, is seen as the Loop Trolley’s only option, local officials say. The Bi-State board meets Tuesday.
‘We have been in the dark, forever,’ commissioner Lee Kling complained to mayoral aide Linda Martinez.
Whether those officers will be aboard by Jan. 1 is another question.
This is the first time in 30 years that a Board of Freeholders — or Board of Electors, if members instead use that name — has been convened under a state constitutional provision giving St. Louis and St. Louis County a way to modify their relationship following the Great Divorce of 1876.
Five hundred LED lights outfitted with strips that can change colors and patterns, along with "smart technology" software, will soon go up along Market Street and in areas near Enterprise Center and Union Station. Those will be followed by 300 more near Busch Stadium in March.
The bill is part of the national “ban-the-box” movement, which seeks to remove check boxes or questions on job applications that require applicants to disclose any criminal convictions. The sponsor said it's about "giving people a second chance and expanded employment opportunities.”
An aldermanic committee considering the mayor’s appointees met again Friday morning but didn’t vote, as it remained divided over who should be on the city delegation to the new regional board.
The committee met briefly Thursday afternoon and narrowly rejected the chairman's move to bring up for a vote a compromise slate of nominees from Mayor Lyda Krewson. The panel will meet again before Friday's meeting of the full Board of Aldermen.
Red light cameras in St. Louis and most of the rest of Missouri haven’t been used since the state Supreme Court in 2015 effectively put new restrictions on how cities employ them.